2 killed in blast in Tarn Taran NIA team called

first_imgChandigarh: Two persons were killed and one was seriously injured in a blast that took place in an agricultural field in Pandori village in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district, police said on Thursday. The incident took place on Wednesday evening, police said, adding it was yet to be ascertained how this blast took place. Two persons were killed and one was injured in this blast, Inspector General of Police (Border Range) SPS Parmar told PTI. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The police have called a team of National Investigation Team for the probe. An NIA team of two-three experts has arrived at Pandori village and they are carrying out the post-blast investigation, said Parmar. Investigators wanted to find out what was the material which triggered the explosion, the police said. There was no eyewitness of this incident. Therefore it is difficult to know how it occurred, said Parmar, adding one who was grievously injured in the blast is undergoing surgery.last_img read more

Football Stars Named For Soccer Aid

first_imgSoccer Aid 2016 managers Jose Mourinho, Sam Allardyce and the 2015/2016 Premier League winning manager Claudio Ranieri will have some of the game’s greatest ever players at their disposal.The Legends from both teams have amassed over ONE THOUSAND international caps between them.The two star-studded squads will once again go head to head in what promises to be another electrifying match on Sunday 5th June, broadcast live on ITV from Manchester United’s legendary Old Trafford Stadium, all in aid of UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation.The Rest Of The World squad will have a FIFA World Cup Winning captain, Brazilian Legend and their most capped player Cafu. He is joined by Manchester United favourites Jaap Stam and Dimitar Berbatov, Dutch midfield dynamo Edgar Davids, former Barcelona and Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto’o plus Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann – who will be looking to make it two Soccer Aid wins in a row for Rest of The World.The England Legends signed-up for Soccer Aid 2016 will include: Liverpool icons Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler and former Manchester United star Phil Neville; David Seaman and his former Arsenal team-mate Sol Campbell – all hoping to wrestle back the much coveted Soccer Aid trophy.The commentary team and match official have also been confirmed for Soccer Aid 2016. In the commentary box will be broadcasting icons Clive Tyldesley and Chris Kamara with Howard Webb officiating in the middle.These new additions join the previously confirmed England and Rest Of The World line-ups including; One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, pop star Olly Murs, TV and Heart FM presenter Mark Wright, pop star and presenter Marvin Humes; comedian Paddy McGuinness, Jonathan Wilkes, GMB’s Ben Shephard, comedians Jack Whitehall and John Bishop, TV and Heart FM presenter Jamie Theakston in goal and coach Bradley Walsh.The Rest of the World Legends join Captain and Unicef UK Ambassador Michael Sheen, Michelin-starred Chef Gordon Ramsay, pop star and presenter Nicky Byrne plus Kiss FM and ITV’s Bang on the Money presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams.The tenth anniversary match promises to be bigger, better and bolder than ever before, as the world’s biggest stars from sport, music, television and film play in a jaw-dropping game to raise money and vital support for Unicef’s work for children in danger.Soccer Aid is the brainchild of Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes and 100% of all public donations will go towards supporting the vital work of Unicef. The money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations will add to the incredible £17 million that has already been raised for Unicef to help provide children with life-saving food, vaccines and clean water, as well as protecting them from violence, exploitation and abuse.The biennial live event will be hosted by Soccer Aid veteran Dermot O’Leary with Sky Sports News presenter Kirsty Gallacher once again pitch side to report on all the action as it happens. This will be the sixth Soccer Aid event, with previous matches held at Wembley in 2008 and at Old Trafford in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014 raising over £17 million in total for Unicef.Tickets now on sale for Soccer Aid 2016, call 0845 456 2016 or visit manutd.com/socceraid.Booking fee applies. Calls charged at 0.75p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.last_img read more

Some Québec teachers say new history curriculum doesnt go far enough to

first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN National NewsThe Province of Québec recently implemented a new history curriculum for high schools.Many groups agreed that it was time to change the province’s history textbooks.But there are still many questions being asked about this new curriculum.drochette@aptn.calast_img

UNESCO voices new concern over deaths of journalists in Caucasus

18 September 2008The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend press freedom today voiced renewed concern over the safety of journalists in the Caucasus region, this time citing the deaths of two newsmen in the Russian Federation. “I am deeply shocked about the all too numerous reports of violent attacks against journalists in the Caucasus,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a news release. “I call on all authorities in the region to do everything they can to improve the safety of media workers.”Abdullah Alishaev from the Republic of Dagestan, who reported on religious affairs for the local television station TV-Chirkei, died on 3 September from wounds sustained when he was shot by unknown assailants the previous evening in Dagestan’s provincial capital, Makhachkala.Magomed Yevloyev, the founder, owner and former editor-in-chief of the independent news website www.ingushetiya.ru, died after he was detained by the police on his return to Ingushetia from a visit to Moscow on 31 August. Police brought him to hospital where he died from gunshot wounds to the head. “The killings of journalists are crimes against society as a whole as they deal a blow to freedom of expression and access to independent information for the people of the region,” Mr. Matsuura said. “I trust that the investigation launched by the authorities will allow the culprits to be brought to justice.”Last month he deplored the killing of at least three journalists in the fighting in Georgia between Georgian, Russian and South Ossetian forces. read more

University Wind Ensemble presents worldly performance

The University Wind Ensemble.The Department of Music’s University Wind Ensemble presents Around the World in 80 Minutes on April 2 at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.The performance features masterworks of the past and present, including Modeste Moussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain, Robert Russel Bennett: Suite of Old American Dances, Samuel Hazo: Exultate, Robert Sheldon: Iberian Escapades, and Claude-Michel Schonberg: Les Miserables.The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to Around the World in 80 Minutes are $5 and can be purchased by calling 905.688.5550 x3257.905.688.5550 x3257The University Wind Ensemble, under the baton of conductor Zoltan Kalman, is 55 musicians drawn from the Brock community, local high schools and Niagara’s classical music community, including the Niagara Symphony and Symphony on the Bay, Hamilton.“The variety of musical offerings will demonstrate the versatility of the Brock University Wind Ensemble as we take our audience on an extraordinary musical journey around the globe, across countries such as Russia, Scotland, France, Spain, U.S. and Hungary,” Kalman says.“To cap it all, we will be honouring the 25th anniversary of one of the most popular and inspiring musicals ever written by performing Schonberg’s Les Miserables.”Such performances from the Department of Music are a key part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts’ mandate in building connections between the community and the breadth of talent and creativity at Brock University. read more

First nine months of 2015 are hottest on record UN agency reports

According to a press release from WMO, the Global Climate Report from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the globally averaged air temperature over land and sea surface temperature for September was 0.90°C (1.62°F) above the 20th century average temperature. Record warmth was observed across much of South America and parts of Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.The year-to-date globally averaged combined temperature of the air over land and ocean surface temperature was 0.85°C (1.53°F) above the 20th century average, said in the report. This was the highest for January–September in the 1880? record, surpassing the previous record set in 2014 by 0.12°C (0.19°F), according to NOAA.With strong El Niño conditions in place, the September globally averaged sea surface temperature was 0.81°C (1.46°F) above the 20th century average of 16.2°C (61.1°F). The highest departure for September on record, which beat the record in 2014 by 0.07°C (0.13°F), was 0.25°C (0.45°F) higher than the global ocean temperature for September 1997, preceding the peaking up of the last strong El Niño of 1998.Earlier this year, WMO reported that the globally averaged temperature for the first half of 2015 was 0.85°C (1.53°F) above the 20th century average of 15.5°C, the hottest for such period on record. An annual Statement on the Status of Global Climate will be released by WMO in November 2015, the UN climate change conference in Paris, COP-21, analyzing the combination of data. A summary of the global climate in 2011-2015 will be released at the same time, said in the WMO’s statement. read more

UN chief saddened by loss of life and devastation caused by landslide

According to media reports, more than 100 people are missing following the landslide in Xinmo village in Maoxin county early Saturday. Rescue operation is ongoing, with bodies being recovered from the rubble. “The Secretary-General salutes the efforts of the national relief and recovery teams. The United Nations stands ready to support the authorities in any way it can if needed,” Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said in a statement. “The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the people and Government of the People’s Republic of China and wishes those injured a speedy recovery,” he added. read more

UN aid chief urges international support to tackle spiralling humanitarian needs in

“We heard their heart-wrenching stories, their descriptions of what they need, but also their hopes and their stories of resilience and courage in the face of unimaginable challenges,” said Mark Lowcock, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, wrapping up his visit to the country with Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation for the Netherlands.With humanitarian needs having doubled since last year, more than 4.6 million Congolese children are acutely malnourished, including 2.2 million severely acute cases. Moreover, epidemics are spreading – counting the worst outbreak of cholera in 15 years.“What we know is happening in many parts of the country, doesn’t need to persist if we work together,” continued Mr. Lowcock. “Every vulnerable Congolese family deserves all our support to rebuild their lives.”Mr. Lowcock and Ms. Kaag Tuesday travelled to Kalemie in the south-eastern province of Tanganyika where they visited the Katanika displacement site and spoke with some of the over 13,000 people who live there, having fled ethnic violence. Ms. Kaag joined a group of women, including survivors of sexual violence, to listen to their experiences, needs, and hopes for the future. In Katanika, as in most Congolese provinces affected by displacement, women and children make up the majority of the severely affected people.They also travelled to the Kalunga displacement site, which, since November 2016, has received nearly 3,500 displaced families. Humanitarian partners there have established education; water and sanitation; and agricultural to help meet the needs of displaced people.On Monday, Mr. Lowcock and Ms. Kaag met with Jose Makila Sumanda, acting Prime Minister, and Bernard Biando Sango, Minister of Solidarity and Humanitarian Action and discussed the impact of insecurity on aid operations.The Government representatives said they would facilitate the work of humanitarian organizations and reduce tariffs for humanitarian imports, including medicines and foodHumanitarian partners require nearly $1.7 billion this year to address humanitarian needs in the country, including for 4.5 million internally displaced people. On 13 April in Geneva, the European Commission, the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates will co-host the first-ever DRC humanitarian donor conference. read more

Focus on future talent for National Apprenticeship week

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, SMMT will host a webinar focussing on skills and training in the automotive industry.On the panel:Yung Tran: Head of Member Services and Business Improvement, SMMTRichard Smith: Engagement Director, Talent Retention Solution (TRS)Carolyn Mason: Policy and Funding Manager, Sector Manager Automotive and Aerospace, SemtaIt will be co-presented by Richard Smith and Carolyn Mason. Richard Smith will explain Talent Retention Solution’s focus on talent development and retention, as well as the role of universities. He will also introduce the new TRS website. Semta is responsible for representing a 1.7 million-strong workforce in the UK. They will be presenting on what help is available to develop companies’ skills capabilities.The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.To register, click here, fill in your details and joining instructions will be e-mailed to you directly.The automotive sector is one of the largest providers of apprenticeships in the UK, and SMMT in collaboration with SEMTA (Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies) will be hosting a seminar and reception event on Monday 11 March to kick-off National Apprenticeship Week. Celebrating the career opportunities in UK automotive and the strength of the apprenticeship programmes on offer, the event will bring together senior delegates from across the motor industry, government officials and apprentices representing a range of automotive companies.Click through to find out more about skills, training and apprenticeships in UK automotive.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Report Former Alabama offensive lineman Chad Lindsay to transfer to Ohio State

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said he was not pleased with where his offensive line sat following spring practice. However, he appears to have taken a step in further bolstering that unit for his team.Alabama redshirt-junior transfer Chad Lindsay is set to sign with the Buckeyes, according to a report from CBS National college football writer Jeremy Fowler Tuesday.Lindsay, who is listed as 6-foot-2-inches tall and 302 pounds on Alabama’s official roster, is available to suit up right away for the Buckeyes as he has already graduated from Alabama.Lindsay participated in eight games last season for the Crimson Tide, starting four.An OSU spokesman told The Lantern in an email Tuesday afternoon that he could not confirm the report of Lindsay’s transfer.Lindsay should compete for playing time right away on an offensive line who lost four starters — Jack Mewhort, Corey Linsley, Andrew Norwell and Marcus Hall — from a 12-2 team last year.At the OSU Spring Game April 12, Meyer listed redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein and junior Taylor Decker as the lone players who earned starting positions on the offensive line after spring practice. read more

Opinion Once there were artists entrepreneurs and everyone else on the sidelines

first_imgONCE UPON A time, there were people who became artists and writers and entrepreneurs, and then there was everyone else who watched from the sidelines. People who worked in banks and hospitals and estate agents and supermarkets. People who made career decisions at 16 or 17; who put aside creative aspirations or entrepreneurial tendencies in favour of a more practical college course or a potentially stable career.Some of this is down to lack of encouragement – the career guidance counsellor who says “Now, painting pictures isn’t really a job, but what about accounting?” And some of it is common sense. Lots of people have a creative side, but not everyone can make a career of it. And if we did, there’d be no accountants or nurses or teachers or bus drivers left to buy the books and the paintings. Or to teach the kids and drive the buses.Then everything changedBut still. It means there were many people who chose certain paths, and in doing so, quenched any possibility of following a passion. A product not invented, a book not written.Then, along came the internet. And everything changed.Suddenly, aspiring artists could photograph their paintings and sell them online. Secret bakers could set up kitchen businesses and sell cakes on Facebook. Talented crafters could open Etsy shops. Kitchen-table novelists could self-publish e-books. The technically gifted could invent multi-million-dollar apps (I want that talent).Today, everyone has a shot – the playing field has, to an extent, been levelled.Flexing a creative muscleAnd it’s not just about sales and money making: it’s about venting; airing a talent; flexing a creative muscle.Hesitant writers can start a blog – try it out, see what fits, tell nobody until there’s something to tell. Wannabe photographers can showcase their art on Instagram. The interior designer that never was can nurture boards on Pinterest. The film-maker whose day job is waiting tables or balancing books can post her own short-films on YouTube.The ones who made itAnd if you work really (really) hard at it, you might just succeed like these household names, who all started out with a laptop and an internet connection:Justin Bieber began his career in 2008 by uploading videos of himself singing R&B songs onto YouTube. He was discovered seven months later by Scooter Braun who became his manager, and by 2012 he had sold 15 million albums and had been named by Forbes as the third most powerful celebrity in the world. Known as the world’s first social media superstar, he now he has 51 million followers on Twitter – eleven times the population of Ireland. And he’s still only twenty years old. So if you can sing, forget The Voice – get on to You Tube quick. Source: James Moy Photography/Press Association ImagesThe Huffington Post was started as a blog and online newspaper by Arianna Huffington in 2005. Now owned by AOL, who bought it for $315m, it won a Pulitzer prize in 2012. And with 2.4 million Facebook fans and 4 million Twitter followers, it remains one of the most prolific news blogs in the world.AirBnB, the global accommodation website that was in the news recently with plans to double its workforce in Ireland, was started by founder Brian Chesky and his flatmate Joe Gebbia when they couldn’t afford their rent. They began hosting paying guests on airbeds in their San Francisco apartment, and providing home-cooked breakfasts. Their website which enables users worldwide to do the same, now features more than half a million listings and is on track to become the largest hotelier in the world. It is said to be valued at about $10 billion.Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James started out writing fan-fiction on her own website, and then self-published her very famous novel as an e-book and on a print-to-order basis when she couldn’t find a mainstream publisher. She has now sold 70 million copies world-wide.Mark Zuckerberg‘s story is the one everybody knows – he started Facebook in his dorm while at Harvard, and it went on to become the multi-million user, multi-billion dollar social network it is today. Zuckerberg at just 30, has a net worth of $19bn according to Forbes. And Facebook has 1.2 billion active users every month. Zuckerberg literally changed how millions of people interact with one another, from his college dorm.Of course, launching an online shop or a blog or an internet business doesn’t automatically mean that success and fame are just around the corner. The competition is as tough as ever, and the most talented will always rise to the top. But now more people can at least enter the race. Even if it’s not a race. Even if it’s just nurturing a little creativity, letting off a little steam.Now excuse me while I go to work on my multi-million dollar app.Andrea Mara has three small kids, one tall husband and one office job. She writes at OfficeMum.ie about being a parent, being a mother working outside the home, being a woman in the workplace. She’s just trying to keep her balance. Follow her tweets@office_mum or on Facebook.Read: What is the psychological impact of spending so much time in cyberspace? > Read: A new drug trade is hiding in the underbelly of the internet >last_img read more

Buy This Comic Captain Phasma 2

first_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 “As the excitement ramps up for this December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, come back with us to the final moments of The Force Awakens and the destruction of Starkiller Base to learn the fate of Captain Phasma! Captured by the Resistance and thrown into a garbage masher, we follow the chrome-adorned warrior from the site of the First Order’s biggest defeat to the doorstep of this holiday season’s biggest blockbuster.” CAPTAIN PHASMA #2(W): Kelly Thompson (A): Marco Checchetto (C): Andres Mossa (L): VC’s Clayton Cowles (CA): Paul RenaudThe road leading to The Last Jedi is a long one that needs to get here tomorrow. In the meantime, we have so many fantastic comics and books to hold us over. These stories bridge the journey between the events of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi to bring us new adventures of our favorites.Kelly Thompson writes the Captain Phasma series in between the films with intrigue and adventure. We follow the journey of our shiny chrome villain after Han, Finn, and Chewbacca force her into a garbage suite. That’s after they make her take down Starkiller Base defenses as the weapon is counting down to full charge. Captain Phasma #1 turns our attention to Plasma having to deal with what she’s done. As she tries to erase the footage of her errors, she discovers someone has beaten her to it. The chase is on to find the “traitor” Lieutenant Rivas and bring him to her type of justice.via MarvelCaptain Phasma #2 picks up right where #1 left off. The Captain boards a TIE fighter piloted by TN-3465, later known as Pilot, as they follow Rivas to a seemingly unknown planet. They land and Phasma and Pilot encounter some inhabitants that know where Rivas is… and what might have taken him away.Star Wars comics (and books) deserve much more love than they get. They bring out a side of the Star Wars universe and show us the things we don’t get to see. Darth Vader has continued to be a great success. New heroes such as Doctor Alpha built unknown characters in the universe and gave them a platform. Star Wars contains so much world-building, and the unbelievably brilliant storytelling that comes with it is out of this world.Kelly Thompson gives you another piece of building a character and invites you into the world of Captain Phasma. She doesn’t skip a beat within this series. She revisits Phasma’s final moments aboard Starkiller, but goes further than that, leading her into unknown territory that truly has Phasma stand alone. You’d think Phasma would be a hard character to pin down, right? There’s not a lot about her… yet. We just got a sublime book by Delilah S. Dawson, but there’s not much else. Thompson captures who Phasma is, maintaining the character as this every growing mystery. However, in her manipulation of the situation, we’re still weirdly rooting for her to get this guy and not let anyone know her secret.via MarvelWhat’s interesting and engaging about Thompson’s approach to Phasma is how much this story echoes that of Poe and Finn’s story in The Force Awakens. This isn’t wrong in any way. It’s impressive. Phasma not only relies on TN-3465 to pilot her but also gives her a name like Poe does with Finn. Phasma would be announced as a traitor if the transmission of her errors went through. Finn is announced as a ‘traitor’ almost immediately. Thompson’s writing of Phasma is bringing elements of the story now, but laying them on with new details about the character for fans to hold.Marco Checchetto’s art was MADE for Star Wars. I feel with characters like Captain Phasma and Darth Vader; it’s hard to convey expression because of the mask. What Checchetto loses in the formal expression, he makes up for that in body language. He conveys so much of who Phasma in this way. She’s tall and statuesque, but she’s also strong 150% ready to put you in your place. As the panels tell the story, he reveals so much more about her with the way that he displays her confidence and command.via MarvelK. Andres Mossa colors bring you into the story with his colors. The colors carry the story with light calming blues and alarming reds. Mossa also plays upon the reflection of Phasma’s chrome to make the colors just right reflecting off of her for a short time. VC’s Clayton Cowles’ letters complete what this story needs to push it over the top. I love when letterers can make my eyes open wide. I can almost hear the noise coming from the panels, listen to the heavy breathing and more. Cowles’ lettering guide you through the danger of this unknown territory that Pilot and Phasma have to get through.If you’re not caught up with Captain Phasma, now is a perfect time to do it. It’s not only a journey into The Last Jedi, but a look into one of the most mystifying and perplexing characters we have. Captain Phasma #1 & #2 are both available on Comixology.9/20/17 Releases – In addition to Captain Phasma #2, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Headlopper #7 by Andrew MacLean (W), Jordie Bellaire (C) Image ComicsGlitterbomb: The Fame Game #1 by Jim Zub (W), Djibril Morissette-Phan (A), K. Michael Russell (C), Marshell Dillon (L), Holly Raychelle Hughes (BM) Image ComicsSpace Ghost #2 by Jeff Parker (W), Ariel Olivetti (A), A Larger World Studio (L) DC ComicsBatman: The Red Death #1 by Joshua Williamson (W), Carmine Di Giandomenico (P & I), Jason Fabok, Dean White (CA)Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Southgate warns of Spains power

first_imgThe Spanish national team is on first place on Group 4 of the UEFA Nations League after beating England and CroatiaSpain is on top of Group 4 in the League A of the UEFA Nations League.The Spanish squad defeated England 2-1 and then trashed Croatia 6-0.They have a perfect run with only two matches left to play for them.Meanwhile, the England national team is on second place with one defeat and three matches left to play.And the Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has warned about what’s coming for the English footballers.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I’m not surprised in terms of Spain’s quality,” Southgate told reporters, as echoed by Sport 360, after the match.“I would imagine Croatia have been through a similar experience to us: players with very little chance for pre-season and matches. I don’t know their line-up.”“Of the teams that got to the last four, Roberto (Martinez, Belgium boss) has the Harlem Globetrotters and (champions) France have strength in depth, but we don’t have that,” he said.“Our players were out on their feet by the end against Switzerland. I can imagine Croatia have experienced something similar and Spain are capable of tearing you apart if they’re on song.”England will visit Croatia and Spain on October 12th and 15th respectively.Then they will close actions on November 18th at home against the Croatians.last_img read more

Report Coutinho set for crisis talks with Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde will reportedly seek out talks with the struggling Philippe Coutinho to discuss his future.The Brazilian playmaker arrived at Camp Nou last year for €160m from Liverpool and enjoyed a strong end to his debut campaign with a respectable tally of eight goals and five assists in 18 La Liga games.But Coutinho has struggled to make the desired impact Barcelona had hoped for this season, which has caused concern among the club board.Now Sport reports that Valverde will speak to Coutinho in an attempt to figure out what is the reason behind his struggles this term.The Blaugrana coach hopes to find a tactical solution for Coutinho as Barcelona are not keen on parting with Coutinho anytime soon.This comes despite reports linking Coutinho with a return to the Premier League to either Manchester United or Chelsea.Speaking to journalists after Barcelona’s 2-0 derby win over Girona in La Liga on Sunday, Valverde backed Coutinho to return to his best form after another lacklustre outing.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“What I like about him is that he always tries things and takes on his man,” said Valverde.“It might work or it might not. He had chances but didn’t score because their goalkeeper is excellent.“He’ll convert other chances soon.”Coutinho was brought in to replace club legend Andres Iniesta, who now plays his football in Japan for Vissel Kobe after leaving Barcelona last summer.However, Coutinho has struggled to establish himself this season with just four goals and two assists in his 19 La Liga appearances.Due to Ousmane Dembele’s ankle injury, the Brazil international may get another shot in the starting line-up in Wednesday’s return leg against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.Valverde’s side fell to a shock 2-0 defeat in the first leg and will need to beat Sevilla by at least two goals if they are to progress to the semi-finals.last_img read more

CWC 2018 UAE welcomes the world

first_imgA new edition of the FIFA Club World Cup has started in the United Arab Emirates and the local fans are going crazy for the honor and opportunity to host itThe 2018 edition of the FIFA Club World Cup started tonight in the United Arab Emirates city of Al Ain.And the local supporters are expecting to welcome visitors from six different countries during the ten-day tournament.Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium was the host of the inaugural match between Emirati side Al Ain F.C. and New Zealand’s Team Wellington.Fans from the local supporters group got together in the main entrance of “The Boss” home in order to show their love for their team with loud chants.videoOFFICIAL: Qatar will host the next two Club World Cups Manuel R. Medina – June 3, 2019 FIFA has announced today that the next two competitions will be played as planned, after meeting today in Paris.Meanwhile, around only 20 Newzealander fanatics traveled all the way from Oceania to show their colors at the stadium.The start of the celebrations for this competition were very discrete, but things should heat up starting on December 15 when the Quarterfinals are played.#CWC18: Fans from @alainfcae_en enjoy their time outside Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium as the @ClubWorldCups started today. pic.twitter.com/sKc7ZVf8zU— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) December 12, 2018last_img read more

Miami Seaquarium Zoo Miami reopen after Irma

first_imgVIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (WSVN) – Two South Florida attractions are reopening after they were closed due to Hurricane Irma.Miami Seaquarium reopened on Friday, and Zoo Miami will reopen on Saturday, more than a month after both attractions closed their doors.Hurricane Irma left a big mess at the Seaquarium. Trees were torn down and storm surge flooded some areas of the park.Zoo Miami also sustained some damage but nothing too serious.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Modest Mouse To Release New Music For Record Store Day 2019

first_img Modest Mouse To Release New RSD Music modest-mouse-release-new-music-record-store-day-2019 Facebook News Modest Mouse To Release New Music For Record Store Day 2019 Twitter Email The beloved indie-rock band will be dropping their first new music since 2015’s ‘Strangers to Ourselves’Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 21, 2019 – 12:08 pm Record Store Day 2019 has shared its latest special-edition release: Indie-rock heroes Modest Mouse are set to release a new song, “Poison the Well” via limited-edition vinyl.The song is the GRAMMY-nominated group’s first new music in four years, since their 2015 album, Strangers to Ourselves, and will be available “on a triangular mint green vinyl 7″ single,” whose B-side will also be a new track. The vinyl version is slated for only 1,500 copies and comes out on April 13.The cover art is a trippy, pastel-hued mushroom and foliage collage, corresponding with the mysterious puzzle some of the band’s fans were mailed earlier this week. The digital release of “Poison the Well” is set for March 29.Last week, on March 14, Modest Mouse announced a joint tour with The Black Keys. Their “Let’s Rock Tour” will have the two groups playing 31 shows at arenas and other large venues across North America this Fall.Marc Maron On His Upcoming ‘WTF’ Record Store Day Release, Dollar-Bin Diving, And Why Mandy Moore “Really F***in’ Shines”last_img read more

Texas Executes Robert Pruett Who Insisted On Innocence In Prison Guards Murder

first_imgOn Thursday night, Robert Pruett became the sixth person to be executed in Texas so far this year. He spent the last 15 years insisting he was innocent — and some wondered whether there was sufficient evidence to send him to his death. Here’s what you need to know: • Robert Lynn Pruett was a 20-year-old in prison in 1999, sentenced to 99 years after being convicted as an accomplice in a murder his dad committed. That was the year Pruett was accused of murdering Daniel Nagle, a prison guard who was found dead in a pool of blood alongside a shredded report he had written against the inmate. Pruett always insisted he was innocent — and argued he had been framed by corrupt guards and inmates. “I’ve hurt a lot of people, and a lot of people have hurt me,” he said in his final statement Thursday. “One day, there won’t be a need to hurt people.” Pruett was pronounced dead in Huntsville at 6:46 p.m. Tamir Kalifa/ Texas Tribune Robert Pruett was sentenced to death in 2002 for the murder of prison guard Daniel Nagle.• Pruett’s attorneys fought his execution up to the last day — and the U.S. Supreme Court denied his last appeals just under two hours before he died Thursday. When Pruett was convicted in Nagle’s murder in 2002, the ruling was mainly based on testimony from inmates who were there when the murder happened. Pruett’s lawyers argued those witnesses were unreliable and fought for years to test crime scene evidence in a shot at proving his innocence. When a court twice ordered testing on clothes, the report and weapon used, the results were inconclusive.• This case has gotten national attention. The New York Times ran an op-ed ahead of Pruett’s scheduled execution Thursday that called the lack of evidence surrounding his conviction “deeply discomforting” and added his impending death should “trouble the country’s conscience.” Mother Jones, a left-leaning publication, also argued against Pruett’s execution, saying “no physical evidence” actually tied him to the crime he was convicted of. His death marked the 1,462nd execution in the United States since 1976, per the Marshall Project, and 544th one in Texas.  Share Tamir Kalifa/ Texas Tribune Robert Pruett, 33, was sentenced to death in 2002 for the murder of correctional officer Daniel Nagle. Pruett says he was framed by corrupt guards and inmates while the prison employee union says chronic understaffing led to Nagle’s murder.last_img read more

Flies provide aerodynamic model for tiny flying vehicles

first_img This side view of a fly shows the figure-eight motion insects use to fly. Wing speed remains fairly constant in the middle of the strokes, but at the high and low points, the wings stop and rotate in place – different than airplanes and other large flying vehicles. Image credit: Zbikowski et al. Midge swarms show mechanical properties, behave as a viscoelastic material The fly’s advanced flying techniques provide a prototype for scientists designing micro air vehicles. Scientists Zbikowski et al. have found a model to describe certain flying dynamics that will help where observation becomes practically difficult. Photo credit: FreeDigitalPhotos.net, http://www.freedigitalphotos.net When it comes to flying, the fly reigns supreme. This two-winged insect’s sophisticated flying behavior enables it to make sharp turns, aim at targets and hover – traits which make the insect an ideal prototype for tiny micro air vehicles (MAVs). However, the same flying finesse also presents challenges for scientists trying to investigate, observe and understand these complex creatures in their natural environments. Now, scientists from the U.K. demonstrate that mathematical modeling may provide adequate complementary information for advances in MAV technology. Airplane technology has been evolving for more than 100 years, with much attention to size increase: In 2005, for example, the Airbus380 was unveiled. The plane can carry up to 800 people and is as long as a football field.On the other end of the spectrum, MAVs – which scale down to around 150 mm, about 10 times larger than a real fly – have only emerged in science labs since the late ‘90s. Because the aerodynamics of airplanes don’t work for such minute flying machines, engineers and biologists have looked to nature to mimic her millions-year-old evolution of insect aerodynamics.Up to now, scientists have primarily learned about insects’ flying behavior empirically – for example, by tethering flies inside a virtual reality cage and manipulating the flies’ environment to observe flight patterns and motions. “[Tethering means that] insect behavior may differ from free flight,” wrote Rafal Zbikowski, Salman Ansari and Kevin Knowles in a recent issue of the new journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. “Further progress, especially in the context of MAVs, can be achieved by the complementary information derived from appropriate mathematical modeling. The focus here is on a means of computing the data not easily available from experiments and also on making mathematical predictions to suggest new experiments.” Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Flies provide aerodynamic model for tiny flying vehicles (2006, August 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-08-flies-aerodynamic-tiny-vehicles.html In their paper, Zbikowski, Ansari and Knowles presented a sample model of the fly in hover mode with aerodynamic modeling, for the first time accounting for the non-linearity due to the fly’s complex wing kinematics. The team found good agreement when comparing their model with data from experiments by Michael Dickinson, known for his fabrication of Robofly – a motor-powered, stainless steel robot controlled by a computer.“Since the aerodynamic force and moment production in insects is periodic, it is relevant to consider special mathematical tools,” the team concluded, noting that periodicity only describes part of insect flight. “Indeed, if all solutions of the equations of motion were periodic, straight line flight (observed clearly in hoverflies) would not be possible. On the other hand, butterflies often fly ‘erratically’ which may mean that they employ quasi-periodic (or even chaotic) solutions in order to avoid capture by predators.”Scientists foresee a wide range of applications for tiny flying robots based on insects: for starters, MAVs could have uses in search and rescue missions (such as in burning buildings), spying, sensing dangerous chemicals and space exploration. Since MAVs should be inexpensive to manufacture after the technology is developed, they could conceivably be exploited for many as-yet-unthought-of everyday applications, as well.Citation: Zbikowski, Rafal, Ansari, Salman, and Knowles, Kevin. “On mathematical modeling of insect flight dynamics in the context of micro air vehicles.” Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. 2006. 1 R26-R37.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com, Photo credit: FreeDigitalPhotos.net One type of modeling the scientists demonstrate concerns the “six degrees of freedom” motion, which refers to the ability to move forward, backward, left, right, up and down, as well as rotate in directions called yaw, pitch and roll. The fly, like a plane, can move and rotate in each of these directions, but it flaps its single set of wings more akin to oars on a rowboat than airplane wings. Flapping nearly 200 times per second, its wings move in a figure-eight motion perpendicular to its body. “The motion of a flapping wing differs from conventional aeroplane rotorcraft wings in that it starts from rest, accelerates to some roughly constant speed, and then decelerates to rest again,” the scientists explained.The fly achieves its flight and keen maneuverability due to complex airflow created by the highly angled wings when they stop at the high and low points (halfstrokes) of the figure-eight path (see figure). At these points, the wing rotates rapidly, creating peaks of lift force due to a special vortex system. Further complexity arises because the wings continually pass back and forth through their own wake, capturing energy from previous strokes and complicating scientists’ traditional aerodynamic theories. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Confessions of a dying mind

first_imgExploring the nature of science, religion, evidence and love, ‘Confessions of a Dying Mind’ is a non-fiction novel written by Haulianlal Guite, an IAS Officer from the state of Manipur, currently serving in Rajasthan. The book is the world’s first philosophical novel on God which makes use of the latest findings of modern science and the most solid theories in philosophy. The book was unveiled by State Minister for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju in presence of Dr David Syiemlieh, Chairperson, UPSC at Civil Services Officers’ Institute, New Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn his first novel, Haulianlal Guite said, “The book explores the most important question; whether modern science has done away with God? Hundreds of books have been written on God. But these are mostly scholarly treatises not accessible to the lay reader as they tend to be dense, dry and full of jargon. Also, my book is written as a nonfiction novel since the plotline is a demonstration of my central argument: that whether we believe or disbelieve, there is no evidence for or against. This use of the novel format makes it the world’s first philosophical novel ever written for God.” Speaking on the occasion of book launch, Kiren Rijiju, said,” I haven’t read the book yet but I am sure that the book is a masterpiece which takes its readers into the world between science and philosophy. Haulianlal Guite’s comprehensive knowledge of contemporary philosophy is truly astonishing. I wish him all the best for all his future endeavours.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe title, ‘Confessions Of A Dying Mind’ alludes to the story of the main protagonist, Albert Dyers – an atheist who undergoes a life-transforming near-death experience. The book is presented as a series of novelised discussions between Dyers who is in a coma and experiencing the effects of a near-death experience; and a mysterious Mr Walker, either a figment of his imagination, or a divine figure sent by some force unrevealed, or a distillation of his own inner contemplations, to teach him the meaning of life, religion and all the rest. It is the first non-fiction novel written by a North-East Indian and also the first philosophical novel by an Indian Civil Servant since John Stuart Mill published ‘On Liberty’ in 1858.last_img read more