first_imgshant peppered the England bowlers with short-pitched deliveries and it did the trick for India.Pacer Ishant Sharma’s career best seven for 74 bounced out England to give India a historic 95-run victory, their first in 28 years at Lord’s, in the second cricket Test on Monday.Set a target of 319, England were bowled out for 223 runs in their second innings, a little over an hour before tea on the final day as India took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Read: India register historic Test win at Lord’sCuriously, England could not get as many as they scored in the first innings (319) to win the match. India riding on a fine century by Ajinkya Rahane (103) had scored 295 in the first innings and 342 in the second innings, reported IANS.The 25-year-old Ishant, who went wicketless in the first innings, used the short-ball well to his advantage as Joe Root (66), Moeen Ali (39), Matt Prior (12), Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad (8) all fell to short-pitched deliveries on the final day. Ishant was adjudged the Man of the Match.Resuming at 105 for four on the fifth morning, England had a daunting challenge at hand to save the Test match. Root and Moeen frustrated the Indian bowlers in the first session but at the stroke of lunch Ishant struck to remove Moeen and tilt the scales in India’s favour. Moeen was completely taken aback by a short pitched delivery that rose sharply and he took his eyes off and gloved it to Cheteshwar Pujara at short-leg.advertisementThe 101-run stand for the fifth wicket between Root and Moeen helped England to recover from a precarious 72 for four. But with Moeen’s dismissal, India sensed victory and piled the pressure on the hosts.In the post-lunch session, Ishant peppered the England bowlers with short-pitched deliveries and it did the trick for India. Prior found Murali Vijay at deep mid-wicket while attempting a pull in 80th over.Stokes continued his poor run as he fell for his fourth consecutive duck while attempting a pull and two balls later Root found Stuart Binny at deep square leg in a similar fashion. It was just a co-incidence that Binny’s father Roger, now a national selector, also featured in the last win at Lord’s in 1986 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev.With score at 201/8, the writing was on the wall for England and this time India were not ready to let loose the tailenders. Ishant again used the short-ball cleverly — and this time it was Broad, who attempting to trickle it down the leg-side, gloved to Mahendra Singh Dhoni.For Ravindra Jadeja it was like sweet revenge as he ran out James Anderson (2) to finish off a memorable win for India.last_img read more

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. arsenalarsenal fcEPLGranit Xhaka First Published: October 30, 2019, 11:47 AM IST London: Arsenal coach Unai Emery said Granit Xhaka should apologise after his confrontation with supporters and refused to confirm whether the Swiss midfielder will retain the club captaincy.Xhaka’s substitution during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday was met with sarcastic cheers from the home fans at the Emirates Stadium. The Arsenal skipper was incensed by the supporters’ reaction, cupping his hand to his ear before taking off his shirt and storming down the tunnel amid boos.”Yes (he should apologise). We make mistakes, we need to apologise and we suggested for him to do that,” Emery told reporters on Tuesday.”He is now devastated – devastated and sad. We spoke yesterday, and also on Sunday night. It is not easy for him and for the team.”We need our family, friends and supporters to support us, love us. He is not feeling that with the supporters. But we are speaking with him ‘first, be calm. Be close to your family and be close to us because we are your family’.”Emery confirmed Xhaka is not in Arsenal’s squad for Wednesday’s League Cup match at Liverpool but the Spanish manager said he was always going to make changes for the cup competition.When asked if a decision had been made about Xhaka’s future as Arsenal captain, Emery said: “At the moment I am not speaking and I don’t want to think about that.”German playmaker Mesut Ozil, however, will be part of the travelling group despite being left out of every matchday squad since starting the League Cup third-round win over Nottingham Forest on Sept. 24.”He’s in the group so he has a chance to play,” Emery said. “We have had this morning a very good conversation, Mesut and me, and I said to him I haven’t changed my idea about him.”He knows what I want from him because it’s the same as last season on the first day of pre-season training when we had a conversation.” last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Put aside the playoff talk. Jacoby Ellsbury and the New York Yankees are having a tough enough time with Houston.Scott Feldman shut down the slumping Yankees again, and Robbie Grossman snapped a seventh-inning tie with a two-run single that sent the Astros to a 5-2 victory Aug. 20.Dexter Fowler had an RBI double, Jose Altuve added a run-scoring single, and the Astros (54-73) did more damage to New York’s postseason chances with their fourth victory in five meetings this year.Houston, which has finished with the worst record in the majors each of the past three seasons, won a series at Yankee Stadium for the first time in four tries.The fourth-place Astros improved to 4-7 in the Bronx and will go for a three-game sweep Aug. 21. “We haven’t been giving up toward the end of the game. We just keep grinding out at-bats, and things are working out for us,” Grossman said.Stephen Drew hit his first homer for New York, and Ellsbury drove in a run with a bunt single. But the Yankees (63-61) lost for the seventh time in nine games and dropped five games out of a playoff spot.They are 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position during the series and have totaled 20 runs in their last nine games, never scoring more than four in that stretch.“We’ve got to score more than two runs. It’s hard to win when you only score two runs,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “Our pitching has been pretty good, but that’s a pretty tall task.”Ellsbury flied out against Jose Veras with two on to end it. New York stranded 10 in all. “I knew it was in the park. It was a great sinker,” Veras said.Feldman (7-9) matched a career high by throwing 121 pitches and worked out of trouble to last 6 2-3 innings. He gave up two runs and eight hits, striking out a season-best seven.The right-hander tossed 6 2-3 shutout innings to beat the Yankees on opening day. Houston had lost his previous six road starts, but he entered with a 2.30 ERA during four straight quality starts against New York.“He’s a veteran guy and he’s been around the game for a long time. He knows how to pitch,” Fowler said.Making his second start since a long injury layoff, Michael Pineda took a 2-1 lead into the seventh. He threw 89 pitches and was pulled after a leadoff walk to Jason Castro.Looking to rest his best relievers following a heavy workload the past few days, Girardi turned to David Huff (2-1) and Esmil Rogers. They failed miserably, ruining the manager’s bobblehead night.Houston smacked five straight one-out singles, four off Rogers, in a span of 10 pitches.“We have relied on the home run quite a bit, and today was a prime example of keeping the line moving,” Astros Manager Bo Porter said. “I felt like guys had great at-bats.”No. 9 batter Jake Marisnick tied it with a single to left, Grossman put the Astros up 4-2, and Altuve added an RBI single as the boos increased for Rogers.“When the other guys are used a lot, guys have to step up,” Girardi said. “It just didn’t happen tonight.”Kevin Chapman struck out Ellsbury with runners at second and third to end the bottom half. Veras worked the ninth for his first save since Sept. 2, 2013, with Detroit.“It was nice to see Chapman come in, probably the biggest part of the game, and pick me up. I owe him a dinner or something like that,” Feldman said.Seemingly resigned to trying small ball, the Yankees went 4-for-5 on stolen base attempts in the first five innings. But one pitch after Chase Headley was caught at second in the fourth, Drew hit his fifth home run of the season. The other four came with Boston before a July 31 trade.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgST. LOUIS — Matt Adams could barely contain his enthusiasm — and he didn’t really try, either. He thrust both arms in the air while still in the batter’s box and added a couple of big hops to his home run trot as he approached first base.A stunned Clayton Kershaw, bent over at the waist with his hands on his knees, watched from the mound as the long drive off Big City’s bat propelled St. Louis to a fourth straight NL Championship Series.“Some people are calling it the Big City Leap,” Adams said. “I was just super-excited, I didn’t know what I was doing … I knew I was jumping for joy.”The Cardinals tagged Kershaw in the seventh inning for the second straight time, riding Adams’ go-ahead, three-run homer to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Oct. 7th for a 3-1 win in the best-of-five Division Series.“I don’t think I touched the ground the whole way around the bases,” Adams said. “Definitely the highlight of my career. … I will never, ever forget this.” Neither will Kershaw.The Cardinals sent the Dodgers home for the second postseason in a row with a win over Kershaw. Last year it was in Game 6 of the NLCS.“The season ended and I was a big part of the reason why,” Kershaw said. “I can’t really put it into words, Just bad deja vu all over again.”The NLCS starts Oct. 11 in St. Louis, with the Cardinals hosting San Francisco in a rematch of 2012 won by the Giants.Trevor Rosenthal allowed two runners in the ninth before getting Carl Crawford on a grounder for a game-ending forceout for his third save of the series. At AT&T Park in San Francisco, fans cheered when the rival Dodgers were eliminated.“It was awesome, everything we did throughout that game,” starter Shelby Miller said. “It was a heck of a game and a lot of fun, I know that.”An overwhelming favorite to win his third NL Cy Young Award in four years, Kershaw’s October resume is a wreck.Kershaw dropped to 1-5 with a 5.12 ERA in 11 postseason games, including three relief appearances early in his career. He has lost four straight starts to St. Louis over the past two postseasons.“I’ve had success against them, too,” Kershaw said. “It just seems like one inning gets me every time. And obviously that’s not success.”While the steady Cardinals advanced to their ninth NLCS in 15 years, the defeat was a huge disappointment for the NL West champion Dodgers, who finished the regular season with a $256 million payroll that was $40 million higher than any other team.Los Angeles remains without a pennant since winning the 1988 World Series. “It’s awful,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. “It’s devastating. It just kind of rehashes those old memories.”Manager Don Mattingly wasn’t about to second-guess leaving Kershaw in the game, especially with a bullpen that’s foundered. He wanted the lefty to get three more outs.“It goes back to the same question: Is there anybody better, even on short rest, and even where he was at that point?” Mattingly said.Kershaw started on three days’ rest for the second time in his postseason career. He was dominant into the seventh, as he was in Game 1, but again started the inning with three straight hits.The third hit came when Adams, the burly bopper know as Big City, drove a curveball on Kershaw’s 102nd pitch into the right-center bullpen to put St. Louis up 3-2.“I had a pretty good idea that it was gone,” Adams said. The red-clad crowd roared and twirled white towels as Kershaw made a slow slog back to the Dodgers’ dugout.Kershaw allowed one homer to left-handed batters while going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA in the regular season. He gave up two to the Cardinals, with Matt Carpenter connecting in the opener. The left-handed ace is 0-3 with a 9.72 ERA in his last three postseason appearances.Reliever Marco Gonzales earned his second victory of the series, after getting treated for a nosebleed. The rookie lefty got Adrian Gonzalez on a groundout to end the seventh and strand two runners.Pat Neshek worked a perfect eighth for the second straight game and Rosenthal pitched the ninth for a second straight day, receiving two visits to the mound from catcher Yadier Molina and one from the pitching coach after a shaky start to the inning.Kershaw had yielded only one hit through six innings and struck out nine, including three in a row in the sixth.But Matt Holliday opened the seventh with a sharp single up the middle off second baseman Dee Gordon’s glove, and Jhonny Peralta lined another single before Adams homered off a left-hander for the first time since July 7.The Cardinals had an NL-low 105 homers this season and left-hander batters had only eight homers against lefty pitching. But lefties hit five off Dodgers southpaws in four playoff games.Miller matched Kershaw into the sixth, when the Dodgers started the inning with two hits. They scored a run on Matt Kemp’s double-play grounder and added another on Juan Uribe’s RBI single against Seth Maness.But Los Angeles wasted a chance to add on when Andre Ethier, playing in place of Yasiel Puig, was picked off third by Molina — a call overturned by video review.Miller went 5 2-3 innings in his first postseason start.(R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgPaola Loriggio, The Canadian Press TORONTO — The Law Society of Ontario says a gender-neutral space has now been created at the province’s top court for barristers needing to change into their robes.The regulator says it has completed the transformation of what was formerly the men’s robing room at Toronto’s Osgoode Hall courthouse so that it can be used by people of all genders.In a tweet earlier this week, the law society says barristers are asked to change in private stalls located in the washroom area. It says there are also private unisex washroom stalls.The organization says the women’s robing room has not been altered and remains available for those who do not feel comfortable changing near men.The renovation was announced in February after Toronto lawyers highlighted the size discrepancy between the women’s space, which holds 12 lockers, and the men’s, which had close to 70.Fay Faraday posted photos of the women’s room on Twitter, prompting Breanna Needham to launch an online petition calling for a unisex space.The petition, which described the rooms as “one representative example of the systemic inequality that is pervasive in the legal profession,” drew significant attention in legal circles and received roughly 900 signatures.“Sometimes, after centuries, change happens quickly,” Faraday wrote on Twitter after the new room was unveiled.The news was largely hailed online, though a few dissenters suggested the move was creating a new type of inequality.“Men lose their change room, women keep theirs. That’s equality today. Where do Muslims, Religious Jews, and modest people change?” lawyer Sam Goldstein tweeted.Lawyers are required to wear black, flowy robes to appear in Superior Court and at the Ontario Court of Appeal. Wearing them outside the courthouse, however, is generally considered “bad form,” according to the law society.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Early career photojournalists looking to gain national exposure are encouraged to apply for the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, a unique opportunity to cover breaking news, major sports and key cultural events with The Canadian Press for six weeks in Toronto. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 13, 2017.This award is open to Canadian photojournalists who have been in the business fewer than five years, including students and freelancers. Award criteria and application instructions, along with the online application form, are available on the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award page.Last year’s winner was Eduardo Lima, who joined Metro Toronto as a staff photographer shortly after his internship ended. Advertisement Facebook “The six-week internship at The Canadian Press was a great opportunity to work inside a wire and learn from experienced photographers,” says Lima. “I finished the award experience knowing that I still have a lot to learn, but I also have a clearer idea of the kind of photojournalist I would like to be.”A report of Lima’s experience, a sampling of photos taken while at The Canadian Press and his original portfolio submission can be found online.Joining the jury this year is Michelle Siu, the 2012 award winner and now a documentary photographer and freelance photojournalist. “Michelle’s greatest strengths are finding the story and human emotion in an image, so we look forward to her joining the jury and bringing a fresh perspective,” says Graeme Roy, director of news photography for The Canadian Press. A full list of the jury—which includes members of Hanson’s family and former photographer colleagues—can be found on the award criteria page.The winner of the 2017 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award will be announced in February. The award will be formally presented at the annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards on June 8, 2017 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.This award is generously supported by Nikon.ABOUT THE TOM HANSON PHOTOJOURNALISM AWARD#tomhansonawardThe Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) and The Canadian Press launched the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award in 2009 in memory of award-winning photojournalist Tom Hanson. The award offers a six-week paid internship at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto for a photojournalist in the early stages of his or her career. The selection committee is made up of CJF board members, photographers and photo editors from The Canadian Press and daily newspapers, past winners and members of Mr. Hanson’s family. The winning applicant will complete the internship between April and September 2017, and be paid at the start rate for photographers at The Canadian Press.ABOUT TOM HANSONTom Hanson was a photojournalist whose images from the Oka conflict to the cut and thrust of Parliament told vivid stories. He was an award-winning photographer for The Canadian Press who travelled around the world and across the country, shooting some of the most iconic news and sports images over a 15-year period. When Hanson died suddenly at age 41 in 2009, his family, friends, colleagues at The Canadian Press and the country’s photojournalism community wanted to find an appropriate way to honour his memory, talent and spirit. The result was the creation of the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award.last_img read more

first_imgStarring Amy Keating, Cole J. Alvis, David Patrick Flemming and Justin GoodhandOpening March 16, 2017 at Artscape Sandbox (Adelaide and John)A City will be on stage in Toronto from March 14 to April 2, 2017.(Opening night: March 16).Tickets are available from $20 to $40 by phone at 416-703-0406 xt2001, or online Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter A City  by Greg MacArthur is an intimate, personal study of four artists/friends, who tell the story of a famous friend who died under mysterious circumstances, and how he transformed them. The story is revealed through direct address in a disarmingly casual atmosphere, as if the audience were eavesdropping on a personal conversation.Based on the members of a real indie theatre company in Montreal (Sidemart Theatrical Grocery), A City is inspired by documentedstories, recorded text, confessional monologues and fictional writing. An intimate, painfully funny testament to a time and place, it is about the end of a friendship and a shifting world.A world premiere by GREG MACARTHURDirected by JENNIFER TARVER Login/Register With:last_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement TORONTO, June 25, 2018 /CNW/ – Family Channel is planning the perfect summer for kids across Canada with a jam-packed programming event and epic vacation contest that will brighten summer spirits faster than Canada Day fireworks. Beginning July 1, two new series make their debut on the network – Polly Pocket and Trollhunters: Tales ofArcadia – setting up a tidal wave of marathons and movies guaranteed to help viewers beat the heat. Family is also turning one lucky viewer’s vacation dream into a reality with the Dream Day Vacay Contest.After submissions poured in from viewers across Canada describing their ultimate 24-hour family adventure, Family has revealed the five finalists in its Dream Day Vacay contest. From trips throughout the country, to lively events, families proposed excursions that would allow them to enjoy the summers together. Viewers can now vote at to decide which once-in-a-lifetime experience Family should fulfill. Voting closes on Friday, July 9.Family Channel dives into its summer programming event with two new series joining the lineup on Canada Day:Polly Pocket – Sunday, July 1 at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT – One-hour SpecialWhen Polly inherits a magic locket from her Grandma that allows her to shrink to four inches tall, she embraces her “pocket-sized” powers and finds the upside of shrinking is big fun for her and her friends! The 60-minute animated special debuts ahead of the series, which joins Family’s schedule permanently on August 4.Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia – Sunday, July 1 at 10 a.m. ET/PT – 90-minute SpecialFrom the limitless imagination of acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth) comes a tale of two worlds set to collide. Jim Lake, an average high school student, yearns for adventure and gets more than he bargained for when he becomes entrenched in an epic battle of good and evil with a secret civilization of mighty trolls. Following its premiere, new episodes of the animated series will air Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT throughout the summer. Viewers can get into the swing of things with Family’s summer schedule shift (July 3) featuring: fan-favourite series marathons daily at 6 a.m. ET/PT and 1 p.m. ET/PT; a back-to-back summer flick frenzy beginning at 9 a.m.; and the continuation of the Super Awesome Fun Time lineup at 3 p.m. ET/PT. Popular shows include: Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, Dawn of the Croods, Johnny Test, Zak Storm, LEGO Friends, The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show, The Adventures of Puss in Boots and Grizzy and The Lemmings.The Family Channel App will also be a prime destination for viewers throughout July and August, hosting super summer episodes and mega movie titles in the Summer Feels playlist. As a special presentation on the Family Channel App, the first nine episodes of Polly Pocket will be released throughout July, ahead of the series premiere in August.Family Channel offers the best in family television entertainment in a premium, high-definition, multiplatform environment. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing a daily vacation for Canadian families, Family airs a unique mix of top-rated Canadian and acquired series, movies and specials. Family Channel subscribers have access to the Family Channel App, Family OnDemand and Family Online at no additional cost, to see hit movies and series when they want them, where they want them. Visit us at DHX Television DHX Television is composed of Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino, and is part of DHX Media Ltd., a leading creator, producer, marketer and broadcaster of family entertainment. Dedicated to celebrating family fun, DHX Television delivers best-in-class programming through premium subscriptions and its original production mandate, and creates and produces captivating in-market events that appeal to Canadian families. DHX Television is home to world-renowned series including The Next Step, Degrassi: Next Class and Teletubbies. DHX Media Ltd. has offices globally, and is traded on the NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange.center_img Polly Pocket premieres July 1 on Family Channel (CNW Group/Family Channel) Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The overall annual pace of inflation slowed to 1.9 per cent in December as gains in the price of gasoline eased up, Statistics Canada said Friday.But economists said the economic strength last year is pushing underlying prices higher.TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto noted that two of the Bank of Canada’s three preferred measures of core inflation, designed to look through the noise of more-volatile items like gasoline, ticked higher last month.“Looking past the energy-led deceleration in inflation, hot growth of the Canadian economy in 2017 now appears [to be] turning into somewhat hotter price growth,” DePratto wrote in brief note to clients.CPI-trim — which helps filter out extreme price changes — rose to 1.9 per cent from 1.8 per cent in November, while CPI-common — which filters out prices that changed due to extraordinary circumstances — climbed to 1.6 per cent from 1.5 per cent. CPI-median was unchanged compared with November at 1.9 per cent.“It provides a little more confirmation that the interest rate hike earlier this month was justified from an economic fundamentals point of view,” DePratto said of the move higher in core inflation.“That core mandate of the bank is to control inflation and this speaks to the need for further hikes.”The Bank of Canada aims to keep inflation at two per cent, the midpoint of a target range of one- to three-per cent over the medium term.In raising its trendsetting rate to 1.25 per cent last week, the Bank of Canada pointed to unexpectedly solid economic data as key drivers behind the decision.CIBC economist Nick Exarhos also noted that underlying inflation trends appear to be firming.“Core inflation metrics are trending in the right direction, something that supports the Bank of Canada’s decision to hike rates at the start of 2018,” he said.“We could see some deflationary pressure from the stronger Canadian dollar, but given minimum wage hikes, a closed output gap, and what is likely to be stronger average pricing for energy over the balance of this year compared to 2017, inflation is likely to accelerate.”Overall, Statistics Canada said Friday that the consumer price index for the final month of 2017 was up 1.9 per cent compared with the same month a year earlier. That compared with a reading of 2.1 per cent in November.Excluding gasoline, prices were up 1.5 per cent year on an annual basis in December, matching the increase in November.Prices were up in seven of the eight major categories as the transportation index, which includes gasoline, and the shelter group led the way.Transportation prices were up 4.9 per cent from a year ago compared with a 5.9 per cent increase in November. Gasoline, a key component of the group, climbed 12.2 per cent compared with a year earlier following a 19.6 per cent increase in November.The shelter index climbed 1.4 per cent compared with a year ago as natural gas prices rose 6.2 per cent following a 3.1 per cent increase in November.Meanwhile, the household operations, furnishings and equipment index fell 0.3 per cent compared with a year ago as the cost of telephone services slipped five per cent as the country’s big wireless companies battled for market share in December with deeply discounted offers.last_img read more

first_imgKuala Lumpur: A Vietnamese woman, who was the second accused in the 2017 assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was freed from a Malaysian prison on Friday. Doan Thi Huong’s release came after she accepted a deal with Malaysian prosecutors last month and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of “causing injury”. “I met Doan yesterday (Thursday) at the prison to give her new clothes and a pair of shoes,” Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, one of her lawyers, told BBC. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report “She was obviously very happy to be released and looks forward to being reunited with her family.” According to a CNN report, after her release, Doan Thi Huong left for the immigration department, where she is expected to be processed before returning home to Vietnam later on Friday. Her co-defendant Siti Aisyah, an Indonesian national, was freed in March after charges against her were dropped. The prosecution did not provide a reason for the decision. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests Kim Jong-nam had been waiting to board a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Macau on February 13, 2017 when the two women approached him in the departure area. CCTV footage showed one of them placing her hands over his face, then both women leaving the scene. Kim Jong-nam died on the way to hospital from what was later found to be exposure to the nerve agent VX, one of the most toxic of all known chemical agents. North Korea has repeatedly denied any involvement in the killing, but four men – believed to be North Koreans who fled Malaysia on the day of the murder – have also been charged in the case. They remain at large despite an Interpol “red notice”. With Doan Thi Huong heading home, it is likely no one will ever be convicted of murder for using one of the world’s deadliest chemical weapons to stage a brazen assassination in broad daylight.last_img read more

9 February 2007Avian influenza, last season transmitted by migrating wild birds, is now being spread through the poultry trade, the top United Nations expert on the issue said today, warning that despite some successful efforts of States to contain the virus, no one can afford to be complacent as it could potentially mutate into a human pandemic. “I’m generally and personally very happy with the way in which countries have organized themselves to try to respond to these challenges,” David Nabarro, Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza, told reporters at a briefing at UN Headquarters.However, he cautioned, “We have to not only maintain focus on the challenges of avian influenza, but we must get more pandemic ready.”Since late last year, outbreaks of avian flu have been confirmed in ten countries: Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand, China, Japan, Egypt, Nigeria, Hungary and the United Kingdom. There has been a report, as yet unconfirmed, of an occurrence in Turkey, and there have been no confirmed outbreaks in North and South America. Dr. Nabarro said that he forecasts that more outbreaks are to come, yet currently, it is not possible to predict their geographic distribution.This season’s wave of avian flu, unlike that of last season, is largely believed to be passed on through the poultry trade as opposed to migration of contaminated wild birds. Other methods of transmission of H5N1 include water and soil contamination as well as handling of infected poultry.Since 2003, there have been 272 confirmed cases of the H5N1 virus in humans, with 166 deaths according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). UN agencies are continually concerned that the virus could mutate and be transmitted readily between people, causing a global pandemic.Dr. Nabarro said that necessary measures to be taken against the virus include high-level political government commitment, fortified veterinary and human health services, robust compensation and rehabilitation schemes, private sector and civil society involvement and effective messages conveyed to the general public about the flu.In some instances, mass culling, or extermination, of infected birds will be necessary to prevent a further spread of the virus. Already more than 200 million birds have died worldwide from either the virus or preventive culling in the current outbreak.One of the greatest concerns, according to Dr. Nabarro, is that “in an effort to control the avian virus in countries that are very heavily affected, mass culling of birds, particularly among poorer people, can have really dramatic social, economic and nutritional consequences.”To stave off such outcomes, funds are necessary for both compensation, to reimburse poultry farmers and laborers, and rehabilitation, to allow people to restart their businesses. The World Bank has a fund which distributes grants, of which Nigeria has already been a recipient. In emergencies, the UN has a central account which can dispense money quickly. read more

Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities, John BonnettHarold Innis, a Canadian political science professor whose original ideas broke new ground in media, communications and economic theories, once caused fellow media theorist Marshall McLuhan to declare his own work a “footnote” to Innis’s writings.But Innis has been often misunderstood, in large part because of his heavy writing style.“Behind Innis’s dense verbiage lies a profound philosophy of history,” says historian and Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities, John Bonnett.Bonnett’s recently released book Emergence and Empire: Innis, Complexity and the Trajectory of History unpacks Innis’s ideas, which focus on the impact of “self-organizing, emergent change” on economies and societies.Bonnett is especially interested in Innis’s communications theory.The “material properties of communication media,” for example, initiated a cultural mindset that Innis labeled a “bias.”The material properties of a medium – such as paper, stone, or radio – determined how far messages could travel, and influenced the content and concerns of the people who used them.So, for instance, information written on papyrus in Ancient Egypt reached far-flung destinations because papyrus was easy to carry and people who used it tended to emphasized territorial control and “the dimension of space.”Messages carved on stone tablets, however, “didn’t encourage mobility but were good for inscribing long-term information and were displayed in institutions concerned with time, such as archives, temples or churches,” says Bonnett.Emergence and Empire: Innis, Complexity and the Trajectory of History makes a contribution to the literature on Harold Innis in several unique ways.Bonnett challenges the widely held notion that Innis was a “technological determinist” who advocated that technology primarily determines how people think.“Innis was the sort of person who argues that we innately have a sense or an intuition about space, time, and those intuitions form the basis of all human activity and thought,” says Bonnett. “At base, Innis was not a materialist. He was an idealist historian.”Also, Bonnett argues that information was as important a concept to Innis as media.And, Innis looked to how religion and art “map out” information visually. Innis believed that text required readers to mentally abstract concepts, an activity that is difficult for most people to do, says Bonnett.“If you present information in iconographic format, that makes it easier for people to digest.” read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedC’bean urged to closely monitor depression that could become hurricane by next weekSeptember 8, 2018In “Regional”C’bean keeping an eye on new tropical storm as Dorian moves awaySeptember 4, 2019In “latest news”CDC monitoring flooding at EteringbangAugust 8, 2019In “Environment” According to the Director of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craigm topical depression Kirk could become a tropical storm within the next 21 hours and would be passing close to the Low Coastal Plain of Guyana on Wednesday September 26, 2018.He noted that there is a possibility of heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and high winds, while also explaining on social media that the Commission and Hydromet Services will be monitoring the system.The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said on Monday however, that Kirk is expected to degenerate into a trough of low pressure during the next day or two while it moves quickly across the tropical central Atlantic.Moreover, the NHC said that “The centre of tropical depression Kirk was located near latitude 9.5 north, longitude 37.4 west. The depression is moving toward the west near 24 mph and this fast motion is expected to continue for another day or so. A decrease in forward speed is expected by Wednesday”. read more

first_img Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide Contaminated tap water could lead to 100,000 cases of cancer in the US if people drink it their whole lives. Here’s how worried you should be. 10 things in tech you need to know today A major whistleblower complaint at the US’s top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader WHEN IT COMES to effective branded Facebook posts, there is one rule: The simpler the better.Track Social is an analytics firm that monitors 10,000 brands’ social media activity in real time, and it found that the Facebook posts that got the most likes in September weren’t based on intricate social campaigns. Rather, they were heartfelt.Target and Walmart’s sincere tributes to the victims of the September 11 attacks, and other companies’ get-well-soon messages to various ailing celebrities, generated the most engagement.The counter-intuitive lesson seems to be: Going off-brand, if only briefly, proves your brand has a human side, and thus pays dividends in new brand engagement.last_img read more

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR Heritage Jimmy Deenihan said he would like to see as many of the descendants and relatives of 1916 personnel as possible attend and participate in the 1916 commemorative events.The Minister has expressed his confidence that the arrangements for the Centenary of the Easter Rising in 2016 will reflect its historic importance and transformative effect on Irish society.In particular, the Minister intended that the ‘principled commitment and selfless determination of the revolutionary leaders and personnel’ would be acknowledged.He said that throughout the development of the Centenary programme he has been impressed with the “interest and commitment of the family members and their wish to be closely involved in the upcoming commemorations”. I believe that our acknowledgement of the service, sacrifice and achievement of the truly remarkable men and women involved in the Easter Rising, should include a special consideration and their descendants and relatives should be involved.The Minister also asked for relatives who are interested in being represented in the Centenary arrangements to contact the Department.I would be grateful to receive all such expressions of interest in relation to the commemorations in 2016 from families along with information on their familial connection to the Rising.Read: Here’s how €22 million will be spent on 1916 Rising commemorations>Read: After 98 years, Moore Street buildings are to become 1916 Rising commemoration>last_img read more

first_imgCancer : peut-être un traitement contre certaines tumeurs du cerveauCanada – Les chercheurs de l’université de l’Alberta ont découvert les effets bénéfiques d’un médicament générique, actuellement commercialisé pour traiter certains troubles métaboliques. Celui-ci lutterait efficacement contre certaines tumeurs du cerveau. L’acide dichloroacétate (DCA) est habituellement utilisé pour traiter des troubles du métabolisme, notamment l’acidose lactique. Les scientifiques de l’université de l’Alberta lui ont trouvé un autre usage, dans le traitement des tumeurs cérébrales. En effet, dix-huit mois de tests mené sur un petit échantillon de cinq personnes en phase terminale de cancer ont révélé son efficacité : trois d’entre elles ont vu leur tumeur rétrécir et elle a cessé de s’étendre pour un autre malade.Selon le Dr Evangelos Michelakis, l’un des auteurs de l’étude, le DCA est “probablement sans danger et peut-être efficace cliniquement sur certains patients”. Il ajoute : “Étant donnée la petite envergure de cette étude, on ne peut pas faire davantage de spéculations. Cependant, ces premiers résultats sont suffisants pour créer suffisamment d’enthousiasme, d’inspiration et d’élan pour poursuivre les recherches, ce qui impliquerait des expérimentations à plus grande échelle”.Des études sur le DCA et ses possibilités de traitement du cancer avaient déjà été menées sur des rats en 2007, par l’université de l’Alberta. Les scientifiques avaient implanté des cellules cancéreuses humaines chez les animaux : les cancers du cerveau, du poumon et du sein avaient alors été réduits par le DCA. Le 14 mai 2010 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgDes reptiles marins à sang chaud au temps des dinosauresFrance – Il y a 200 à 65 millions d’années, de redoutables reptiles marins hantaient les océans du globe. Avaient-ils le sang chaud comme les mammifères et les oiseaux d’aujourd’hui ou bien le sang froid des poissons et des reptiles actuels ? Des chercheurs français affirment aujourd’hui que certains d’entre eux avaient le sang chaud, ce qui leur conférait un avantage considérable pour une nage rapide sur de longues distances et pour la conquête de régions froides. Pendant le Mésozoïque (entre 200 et 65 millions d’années), alors que les dinosaures peuplaient les continents, les océans connaissaient le règne de redoutables reptiles prédateurs : ichthyosaures, plésiosaures, mosasaures… Comment ces grands reptiles marins régulaient-ils leur température ? Pour le déterminer, une équipe de géochimistes et paléontologues français a utilisé, pour la première fois, les compositions des isotopes stables de l’oxygène (18O/16O) présent dans le phosphate composant le squelette de ces animaux. Les chercheurs ont analysé les restes dentaires de trois groupes majeurs de grands reptiles marins : les ichthyosaures, les plésiosaures et les mosasaures. Ils ont comparé le rapport 18O/16O présent dans l’émail dentaire de ces reptiles à celui de restes de poissons de la même période et retrouvés aux mêmes latitudes. Les poissons, qui sont des animaux à sang froid (ectothermes), présentent une composition isotopique qui reflète la température de l’eau de mer. Chez eux, le rapport 18O/16O augmente tandis que la température des océans diminue. Les différences de composition isotopique entre des reptiles marins et des poissons ayant vécu dans la même masse d’eau, vont refléter leurs différences de température corporelle. Résultat : les chercheurs ont constaté que la température du corps des reptiles étudiés est constante, quelle que soit la température de l’eau. Ainsi, les ichthyosaures et les plésiosaures régulaient leur température corporelle indépendamment de celle de l’eau de mer dans une gamme d’environ 12 jusqu’à environ 36 degrés. Dans le cas des trois grands groupes de reptiles étudiés, les estimations de températures corporelles sont comprises entre 35 et 39°C. Certains grands reptiles marins aujourd’hui disparus étaient donc capables de maintenir une température corporelle plus élevée que celle de leur milieu de vie, suggérant un métabolisme élevé adapté à la prédation et à la nage rapide sur de longues distances, y compris dans des eaux froides. Ces animaux avaient donc un métabolisme de type “endotherme” (capable de produire de la chaleur), du même type que celui des cétacés actuels. Reste à savoir comment et depuis quand ces animaux au sang chaud produisaient cette énergie. Le 19 juin 2010 à 17:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgAvec Microsoft, toutes les surfaces deviennent tactilesLes laboratoires Microsoft Research viennent de présenter les deux nouvelles technologies tactiles sur lesquelles ils travaillent. La première permet de faire de toutes les surfaces des interfaces tactiles. La seconde a pour but de faire fonctionner un appareil tactile à travers un vêtement ou un sac.OmniTouch et PocketTouch : c’est ainsi que Microsoft a baptisé les deux nouvelles technologies qui s’apprêtent à révolutionner nos terminaux tactiles. La première, explique le géant de Redmond sur le site de Microsoft Research, permettra de transformer n’importe quelle surface, même le corps humain, en écran tactile.À lire aussiWindows 8 : Microsoft annonce 40 millions de licences venduesDéveloppée par la société PrimeSense, à l’origine du capteur Kinect de Microsoft, cette technologie fonctionne grâce à une caméra mesurant la profondeur, alliée à un picoprojecteur, un vidéoprojecteur miniaturisé. Pour l’heure le système, particulièrement prometteur, demeure trop imposant pour être commercialisé. Mais les chercheurs de Microsoft planchent sur sa miniaturisation, et affirment qu’il est possible de le réduire à la taille d’une boîte d’allumettes.Comme son nom l’indique, la technologie PoketTouch a, quant à elle, pour but de permettre aux utilisateurs de terminaux tactiles de les utiliser à travers une poche, ou un sac à main. Il sera ainsi possible de faire fonctionner son téléphone ou sa tablette en toute discrétion grâce à un capteur multitouch adapté à l’écran du terminal. Ce système permet de réaliser certaines interactions, comme passer en mode silencieux, verrouiller son téléphone ou envoyer un sms. Des capacités que Microsoft entend étendre, le système présenté n’étant là encore qu’un prototype.Le 19 octobre 2011 à 19:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more