ScienceShot: Asian Bird Is a True Loner

first_imgA small, nondescript bird that spends most of its life heard but not seen is the sole member of a newly recognized group of perching birds. The spotted wren-babbler, formerly known as Spelaeornis formosus (shown), lives in Southeast Asia and spends much of its time flitting through dense undergrowth. At first glance, the drab creature—about the same size and shape as North America’s winter wren—looks, behaves, and inhabits the same sort of ecosystems as many other species in a particularly vocal group of warblerlike songbirds called babblers. But its high-pitched, multisyllabic song (listen above) is markedly different from those of other babblers, researchers note, and now they know why: Analyses reported online today in Biology Letters reveal that the bird is the lone species in a genetically distinct group of songbirds. As of now, it’s unclear when this bird’s lineage first evolved or whether other closely related species have died out, the researchers say. Because the genetic makeup of the spotted wren-babbler (based on two segments of mitochondrial DNA and five segments of nuclear DNA) is so different from that of other perching birds, the researchers suggest placing the bird in its own family and changing its Latin name to Elachura formosa.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Brexit Adds zing to UK-India Year of Culture

first_imgThe UK-India Year of Culture was announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s November 2015 visit to London but the Brexit vote has prompted extra focus. Related Itemslast_img

Chooks-to-go Pilipinas winds up 5th in Fiba Asia Champions Cup

first_imgThe Philippines had an 83-76 lead with 3:38 left in the game but Michael Singletary hit a quick three with just 10 seconds elapsed on the clock to cut the margin to four, 83-79.Ravena then scored four straight points, a jumper and a couple of free throws, to hike Chooks-to-go’s lead to eight, 87-79 with 2:10 left. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippines shrugged of a slow start against its fellow Southeast Asian foe after it fell 45-42 at the break. A strong third quarter propelled Chooks-to-go to 66-57 lead after outscoring Mono Vampire, 24-12, in the penultimate period. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Isaiah Austin had 37 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists to lead the Philippines while Ravena had 18 points.Singletary led Mono Vampire with 30 points and 12 boards. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Thunder’s Westbrook signs record $205M deal LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo from Fiba.comChooks-to-go Pilipinas salvaged the fifth place in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup after fending off Mono Vampire Basketball Club, 89-79, Saturday at Chenzhou Sports Center in China.Kiefer Ravena came up big in the clutch for the Philippine side after the Thai Club threatened a late comeback.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

India shoot to second spot with five golds

first_imgTwo pairs of shooters were bang on target while the grapplers made a clean sweep of all three titles at stake as India grabbed five gold medals to climb to the second spot in the medals table below Australia in the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday.Wrestler Ravinder Singh with his coach Satpal Singh.The Indian men’s 10m air rifle pair of Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and world record holder Gagan Narang started the gold rush for the country in the morning which was sustained by women shooters Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayeed who picked up the pairs 25m pistol event for women in style.Two more silver medals came India’s way from the Dr Karni Singh shooting range before greco-roman style grapplers Ravinder Singh (60 kg), Sanjay (74 kg) and Anil Kumar (96kg) made a clean sweep of all three gold medals on offer from the wrestling mat to round off a splendid day for the hosts.The two silver medals were earned by Deepak Sharma and Omkar Singh, in the men’s 50m pistol pairs event, and the woman’s duo of world champion Tejaswini Sawant and Lajjakumari Gauswami, who stood second in the pairs 50m rifle 3 position.The five gold and two silver medals boosted the hosts’ overall medal tally to 5-4-2 on the second day of competitions after the weightlifers gave the country two silver and as many bronze medals yesterday.The three wrestling gold medals pitchforked India to the second place behind Australia after England overtook the home country briefly through their first two golds from the pool won by Liam John Tancock (men’s 50m backstroke) and Francesca Jean Halsall (women’s 50m butterlfly).advertisementThe day commenced in scintillating fashion for India when Bindra and Narang ended the first day’s gold medal drought with a Games record of 1193, overtaking their own mark of 1189 set four years ago in Melbourne, to clinch the men’s 10m air rifle pairs event.Their feat was followed by a superb display of calm nerves and dead centre shooting by the women’s duo of Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayyed who added the second gold in the women’s 25m pistol pairs event with a championship record of 1156 to boot.Sharma and Omkar ended up second in the men’s 50m pairs event (1187) behind Lim Swee Hon and Gai Bin of Singapore.Later Tejaswani and Lajjakumari finished second in the women’s 50m air rifle 3 position, by equalling the 2006 Games mark of 1143 points, Singapore’s Aquilah Sudhir and Jasmine Xiang Wei who broke the previous record by six points.”Many thought I am a dictator, since I had imposed a gag order on the shooters prior to the Games. But whatever I was doing, I was doing for the country. And we have got the reward for that,” said a beaming national coach Sunny Thomas after his team members won a medal in each of the four events they took part in during the day.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

More than just art!

first_imgThe well-appointed sitting room in Delhi’s Chanakyapuri sports artefacts from across the world – an expected roomscape in the home of an Indian Foreign Service official. But the curios on the glazed coffee table are not the usual – there’s a miniature pumpkin-shaped Cinderella carriage, a doll in a layered skirt holding a parasol, and in the glass case beyond, an array of jewellery boxes, clock faces and stencilled oval pieces, each of the pieces sporting a pristine calligraphic surface? and all of them shaped out of eggs! My hostess Farha Sayeed clears the cobwebs and hands me a black oval, much like smoothened elephant skin to touch, saying, ‘That’s an emu egg. The yellow, larger one in the Cinderella coach is an ostrich egg and the smaller one for the ring bearer’s box is a goose egg?’ Farha’s unusual art uses hatchery eggs, specially processed, disinfected and made into a variety of artefacts as per the Faberge jewellery technique. It began in 1885, when jeweller Faberge was asked by Czar Alexander III to create an Easter-egg gift item for the Empress. He crafted a gold egg decorated with white enamel, that opened up to reveal a miniature replica of the crown. In this technique, the eggs are disinfected, dried, and then strengthened with gesso medium (an artist’s medium used for making surfaces smooth). Then it’s painted over with six coats of acrylic paint to create a glossy surface. If creating carriages or jewellery boxes, Farha cuts the eggs into two using a high-speed rotary drill. The inside of the egg is lined with velvet or silk, while the exterior may be embellished with rhinestones, pearls, lace trimmings, gold cord or paint. Finally, the egg is placed on a delicate metal stand. Farha is acknowledged as India’s only egg-art specialist. Learning the art has enriched her life in unlikely ways. It has been a journey in self-realisation. This year, Farha hosted her first solo egg exhibition in Delhi, the art fraternity, the media, and the diplomatic glitterati toasted her exotic art, and her ability to orient the European tradition into the Indian context.As wife of a senior diplomat from India, Farha has, through the years, set up home in Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia among others. It was in Qatar that she learnt her art. ‘The evenings were taken up with diplomatic dos, with plenty of cooking and entertaining thrown in. The mornings, however, stretched long and useless – till I came upon a list of courses and classes for amateurs, run by ladies from the expat community in Qatar. I was fascinated by the idea of learning to make works of art with eggs,’ says Farha. ‘As we shifted from place to place, I found that sharing an interest removed from the general run of coffee mornings and cocktail evenings gave me the perfect opportunity to break the ice and mix with people other than diplomats and officials.’ For instance, it was her art that opened doors when they moved to Saudi Arabia. ‘The atmosphere was constricting as I could not step out alone. I spent time trying my hand at charcoal painting, aluminium painting, soft-toy making, but all of them paled after a while.’ She was soon introduced to a prominent collector there as an egg-art enthusiast. ‘The lady invited me to her home to view her own collection, and I met up with many interesting local women there. Even today, we keep in touch with each other.’ This opened up doors for her. Her interest in this unique art also made her polish her time-management skills since she had to balance her duties as a hostess such that she also had time to focus on her hobby. ‘Since there were many official commitments and a lot of entertaining to be done at home, I had to struggle to squeeze out time slots for my “egg indulgence”. I discovered that if I didn’t panic and set aside a focussed time for work each day, the rest of my routine fell into place. Ever since, I’ve learnt to allocate a specific time to indulge in my art during the morning hours. At times, it gets difficult to stick to routine, but the calming effect of my art has egged me on – literally!’ Farha soon found a floodgate of opportunity opening up. And when a posting came for Copenhagen, she had her plans well chalked out.’My work became subtly influenced as I came in contact with more artists who were working on eggs.advertisementadvertisementI was introduced to the Art Lovers Group, a club of artists in Copenhagen. When these artists saw my work, they persuaded me to hold a public show and since Easter was close at hand, I agreed. The chief guest was the Mayor of Copenhagen. The prime exhibit at the show was a Rajasthani bride seated inside a Cinderella coach shaped out of an egg – that seems to have become a kind of leitmotif for my art at Copenhagen.’ Since her art is a solitary art, it led Farha, for the first time in her life, to revel in her “me” time. She learnt to introspect, to take a more calmer and wiser view of life. ‘I developed a happier attitude. I reacted more positively to my family and learnt to settle down into each new home with a better frame of mind. Some of that positivity has also brushed off on my children. I realised how much we can do if only we look out for opportunities and do not let it go by? For instance, whenever we visited India, we would head straight for Hyderabad, our hometown. Now we make it a point to travel to other parts of India; the children have seen Sikkim, Kolkata, Bangalore, Darjeeling? They get a feeling of what India is.’ Farah feels that her hobby will help fill her life with interest even when the children are away and they’re retired. ‘I find several women grumbling at the “nothingness” in their autumn years. I’m looking forward to the time when I’ll be able to indulge in my hobby with no obligation to do anything else!’.last_img read more

Terror scare near Pentagon, 1 held

first_imgAn American national, apparently of Ethiopian origin, was detained on Friday after being found with a suspicious device in a vehicle near Pentagon, following which security around the Defence Department headquarters was tightened and roads to the building closed for some time.Pentagon police spokesman Chris Layman said the person was taken into custody and that one or two other people may be involved.The suspected man was found in a cemetery after it was closed. A suspicious device had been found in his car, media reports said.”The man’s backpack contained what officials believe is ammonium nitrate and spent 9mm shells as well as written material that contained statements including: ‘al-Qaeda Taliban rules’,” ABC news reported, quoting sources.Pentagon said there was no security breach to its premises as a result of the incident.”There was no security breach,” Pentagon spokesman, Col Dave Lapan said.”A man was taken into custody by US Park Police in the area of Arlington National Cemetery and a vehicle associated with him is being investigated by law enforcement officials,” he said.The incident occurred outside the Pentagon Reservation.US Park Police spokesman David Schlosser told reporters that authorities “sent their bomb disposal people there to look at the vehicle”. The US media reports that the package was a bomb and has been rendered inoperable.The arrested person is reportedly of Ethiopian origin and he is not cooperating.Homeland Security spokesman, Matthew Chandler, said that the DHS was monitoring the incident, but that “this is a law enforcement matter at this time”.advertisement- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

PH women’s ice hockey team bags gold in 2019 Challenge Cup of Asia

first_img‘Unbelievable’ Pascal Siakam steers Raptors past Magic for 2-1 edge Bianca Cuevas, who was the tournament’s top scorer, opened the scoring early, giving the Philippines a 1-0 lead nearly a minute into the match. Danielle Lourdes Imperial doubled the lead late in the second period. The Philippine side went unscathed in three games, only dropping one goal. It thrashed Kuwait, 10-0, in the opener then dominated India, 5-0, in its second game.This gold medal conquest earned the women’s hockey team a promotion to the top women’s division.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine women’s ice hockey team hold up their gold medals. Photo by Yuka FukumaMANILA, Philippines—The Philippine ice hockey team struck gold in the 2019 IIHF Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia Division 1 early Saturday in Abu Dhabi.The Filipinas downed the host UAE, 2-1, in the final match to fittingly cap a dominant showing in the competition.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

IPL 2016: Royal Challengers Bangalore host Rising Pune Supergiants in battle of strugglers

first_imgVirat Kohli and MS Dhoni have not been able to replicate their international success with their Indian Premier League teams this season. It will be a question of who can make minimum errors when Rising Pune Supergiants meet Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru today. (Full Coverage|Points Table) With five defeats in seven games, RCB are currently placed at a lowly seventh spot in the table with four points while Pune are just a notch above in sixth spot courtesy their third win against Delhi Daredevils.It has been a tough journey for the two superstars of Indian cricket as their franchises have dished one disappointing performance after another. (Also read: RCB can still bounce back, says Chris Jordan) RCB with perhaps the most intimidating batting line-ups has had to taste defeat because of a pedestrian bowling attack that has failed to defend 180 plus scores in most of the matches.Skipper Kohli, who is in form of his life, is leading the run-getters list with 433 runs to his credit with a century and four 50 plus scores at a whopping average of 72.16. AB de Villiers with 320 runs is also in the Top-10 list but the problem has been their bowling. (Also read: RCB’s Adam Milne ruled out with hamstring tear) Their two best performers Shane Watson and Yuzvendra Chahal with 9 and 5 wickets respectively have an economy rate of 8.60 and 8.89 to show for their efforts.In fact, none of the RCB bowlers have an economy rate of less than eight runs per over.advertisementIt is expected that England seamer Chris Jordan, who put up some exceptionally good performances at the death during the last ICC World T20 will be coming into the playing XI giving Kohli, the respite he needs at the opening and during the death overs.For Dhoni and his men, they will like to think that the win against Daredevils will boost their morale after four defeats at their home ground in Pune.Spate of injuries leading to return of Faf du Plessis, Kevin Pietersen, Steven Smith and Mitchell Marsh has hampered Dhoni’s plans but he will get some relief with the joining of Usman Khawaja, who made 30 in his IPL debut. Khawaja and former Australian captain George Bailey can add the filip that the Sanjeev Goenka-owned team desperately needs.Although Dhoni did not finish the match, his two sixes did go a long way in helping Thisara Perera finish off the match. With the team needing to win each and every match, Dhoni and his boys know very well that they cannot afford any slip ups at this stage of the tournament.RCB also needs to win almost all games to keep their hopes alive, without depending on other team’s performances to qualify when the event nears the business end.To begin their quest to bounce back, the hosts will be keen to find their foot after they were defeated by two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders, who rode high on Yusuf Pathan’s match-winning half century to record a five-wicket victory, in their den.RCB would once again be relying heavily on their batsmen, hoping that opener Chris Gayle, skipper Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, KL Rahul and Shane Watson put up a massive total on the board.More than anyone else, Gayle will be eager to get back into form as he has scored only 8 runs in 3 games so far with the highest score of 7. Considered easily as the most destructive batsman in this format, the dip in form since the World T20 has not done anything great for the reputation of the ‘Big Jamaican’, who has been a proven match-winner in this format.In T20’s, it takes a match or specifically one innings for a turnaround. Dhoni and his men will pray that the turnaround at least does not happen against them.The last time when a Pune Franchise (Pune Warriors) played against RCB at Bangalore, Gayle scored an unbelievable 175 not out, a match that is still fresh in the memory of the cricket aficionados of the ‘Garden City’.Teams:Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), Varun Aaron, Abu Nechim, S Arvind, Samuel Badree, Stuart Binny, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB De Villiers, Praveen Dubey, Chris Gayle, Travis head, Iqbal Abdulla, Kedar Jadhav, Akshay Karnewar, Sarfraz Khan, Vikramjeet Malik, Mandeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Lokesh Rahul, Parveez Rasool, Kane Richardson, Sachin Baby, Vikas Tokas, Shane Watson, David Wiese, Chris Jordan and Tabraiz ShamsiRising Pune Supergiants: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ankit Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Murugan Ashwin, Ravichandran Ashwin, George Bailey, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Scott Boland, Deepak Chahar, Ashok Dinda, Peter Handscombe, usman Khawaja, Albie Morkel, Ishwar Pandey, Irfan Pathan, Thisara Perera, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Adam Zampa.advertisementlast_img read more

Asian Wrestling Championship: Harpreet Singh bags bronze in Greco-Roman 80kg category

first_imgHarpreet Singh fetched the first medal for India on the opening day of the Asian Wrestling Championship on Wednesday when he bagged a bronze in the Greco-Roman 80 kilogram category.Harpreet edged out Na Junjie of China 3-2 in the play-off for the bronze medal.South Korea emerged as the most successful nation on the opening day with a tally of five medals including one gold, three silver and a bronze.Oh Sanghun won the gold medal in the Greco-Roman 66 category for the east Asian nation by defeating Almat Kebispayev of Kazakhstan in the final.The bout had ended 1-1 after a bitter contest which saw both wrestlers matching each other move for move.Park Daeseung (75 kg), Kim Daeseung (80 kg) and Kim Seungjun (98 kg) got silver while Kim Minseok (130 kg) bagged bronze.Harpreet made an excellent start to the bout and used his superior physical strength to wrest the upper hand early on. The judges made two passivity calls against the Chinese grappler which earned a point for the Indian.But the scores were soon levelled when the judges appointed a passivity point against the local wrestler.The Chinese tried to make a strong start to the second period, pushing Harpreet on to the back foot.But just when it seemed that Na had managed to take the upper hand, the Indian turned the tables with a lightning quick take which earned him two points.Harpreet dominated proceedings after that and although the Chinese tried hard to make a comeback, the Indian kept him at bay.advertisementRamin Soltanmorad of Iran clinched the gold by defeating Kim Junehyoung of South Korea 3-1 in the final.In the other bronze medal play-off in the category, Samat Shirdakov of Kyrgyzstan and Danyal Gajiyev of Kazakhstan fought to a 2-2 stalemate. But Shirdakov was adjudged the winner as he was the last to score.Earlier, Harpreet had made a promising start to his campaign with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Maeta Yuya of Japan in the qualification round.But he ran into trouble in the quarter-finals as he was totally outclassed by the vastly superior technique and speed of Kim Junehyoung of South Korea and succumbed to a 0-8 defeat.However, Harpreet got a chance to grapple for the bronze when Kim defeated Na 2-1 in the semi-finals to enter he summit clash.The hosts however, missed out on a medal in the Greco-Roman 75kg category as Gurpreet Singh lost to Yang Bin of China by technical superiority.Yang produced a takedown to take four points right at the start before pulling of consecutive flips to take a 8-0 and outperform the Punjab Police officer in just 38 seconds of the opening round.A bout is awarded to a wrestler if he manages to take a lead of eight points or more.Gurpreet had defeated Dilshodjon Turdiev of Uzbekistan 6-4 in the qualification round, but lost 6-8 to Kazakhstan’s Maxat Yerezhepov in the quarter-finals.The Indian then defeat Burgo Beishaliev of Kyrgyzstan in the repechage round to earn a shot at a podium finish.Bakhtovar Khasanov of Tajikistan took the other bronze medal in the weight category by technical after he opened up an 8-0 lead over Chen Yu-Ching of Chinese Taipei.Maxat, who overpowered Yang 6-1 in the semi-finals, went on to win the gold. He blanked Park Daeseung of South Korea in the summit clash.In the Greco-Roman 98kg division, India’s Hardeep Singh went down by technical superiority to Yerulan Iskarov of Kazakhstan in the repechage round.Iskarov had opened up a 9-0 lead which forced the judges to award the bout to the Kazakh wrestler.Hardeep had started with a 0-5 loss to Iran’s Seyedmostafa Seyedghanbar in the quarter-finals.There was disappointment in store for the home crowd in the Greco-Roman 130 kilogram division as well since Naveen suffered a 1-2 defeat to Muminjon Abdullaev of Uzbekistan in a bitterly contested qualification round bout.Behnam Aliakbar of Iran won the gold with a 3-1 win over Damir Kuzembayev of Kazakhstan in the final.Kim Minseok of South Korea defeated Japan’s Sonoda Arata 4-2 to take bronze.The experienced Ravinder also disappointed in the Greco-Roman 66 kilogram category as he suffered a thrilling 3-5 defeat to Ali Reizollah of Iran in the quarter-finals.last_img read more

Ramachandra Guha resigns as BCCI administrator

first_img(EDs NOTE: ADDING BACKGROUND)New Delhi, Jun 1 (PTI) Historian Ramachandra Guha, appointed by the Supreme Court as one of the four administrators of BCCI, today informed the court that he had resigned from the post due to personal reasons.A vacation bench of Justices M M Shantanagoudar and Deepak Gupta was informed by Guhas counsel that he had tendered his resignation on May 28 to Vinod Rai, Chairman of the Committee of Administrators (COA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.The court said a special bench was seized of the matter and the petition should therefore be filed in the registry.Advocate Rakesh Sinha, who mentioned the matter before the bench, said he had filed the petition to inform the court about Guhas decision to resign as the main matter would be coming up for hearing in July.The apex court had on January 30 appointed a four-member COA headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai to run the affairs of BCCI and implement court-approved recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha panel on reforms in the cash-rich cricket body.Vikram Limaye, Managing Director of Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC), and former Indian women cricket captain Diana Edulji were the other administrators appointed by the Supreme Court.While naming the COA in January, the bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, had rejected Attorney General Mukul Rohatgis suggestion to appoint secretary of the Union sports ministry as one of the administrators, saying its July 18, 2016 judgement specifically debarred ministers and government servants from holding any office in BCCI.advertisementThe bench had also made it clear that the BCCI CEO would report to this COA and, with the assistance of the counsel of the Board, apprise the administrators about the implementation of the Lodha panel recommendations accepted by the apex court.The apex court had on July 18, 2016 accepted the major recommendations of the Lodha panel, including a bar on ministers and civil servants and those above 70 years from becoming its members. PTI MNL RRT MINlast_img read more

The 10 Best Oklahoma State Uniform Combinations (Part 1)

first_imgFrom Wednesday: The five worst combosAgain, I’m certain everyone will agree with me and there will be no issues at all with my list. This one was actually far less difficult than the list of the five worst combos OSU has worn I did yesterday. Let’s get to work (in reverse order).10. White-White-GrayThis is a little bit of a wild card, but I think the gray looks sharp when paired with a couple of whites. I’m not in love with the crazy-eyed Pete helmet, but I can live with it, and I think it looks good with this combo. Also, maybe we should stop wearing this to Kansas. We’ve gone G-W-G and W-W-G the last two times up there and almost lost both games.It just works for me. (USATSI)It just works for me. (USATSI)9. All BlackI’m not as high on this as most. It seems … overdone. I don’t get excited when Oregon does it. I don’t get excited when Louisville does it (or anything). I don’t get excited when Baylor does it. It’s cool in theory (and all right in real life) — and it obviously has to be in the top 10 — but I’m not clamoring for it like 2001 me did.The all blacks. (USATSI)The all blacks. (USATSI)8. Black-Orange-BlackNow we’re into the good stuff. This might be the most OSU combination of any OSU wears. For what it’s going for — orange to the bone — it’s absolutely perfect. I love that it’s the de facto home Bedlam attire.DesDes Roland gets some against UTSA. (USATSI)7. All WhiteA staple in my household. My kids’ onesies are all white. All my workout gear is all white. It’s just so clean. When they topped it with the second-best helmet OSU wears at the Cotton Bowl, I almost lost my mind. I can’t even fathom throwing the bucking bronco helmet on there.My family colors. (USATSI)My family colors. (USATSI)6. Black-White-BlackI think this was probably the first combo (at Texas in 2011) that made me say, “oh boy, we are operating in another stratosphere with our gear now.” (because that’s how I talk to myself when I’m sitting alone watching football games). This is a must-wear on the road once a year.It's really a great road look. (USATSI)It’s really a great road look. (USATSI)If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Minnesota’s QB Says Michigan State Has Big Ten’s Worst Visiting Locker Room

first_imgMichigan State's Spartan Stadium during the spring game.InstagramGoing on the road in the Big Ten is never a treat – between the travel, the team’s opposing fans and the shoddy facilities. But according to Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner, one program’s visiting locker room situation is worse than the rest.Leidner was asked which program has the worst locker room in the Big Ten, and his answer was Michigan State. He claims the stalls don’t have doors. Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press captured the quote.#Gophers QB Mitch Leidner was asked today about worst #B1G visiting locker room. Michigan State, he said. Reason: no doors on toilet stalls.— Andy Greder (@andygreder) July 26, 2016It’s hard to disagree with Leidner, if what he’s saying is true.Luckily for Leidner, he won’t have to deal with the situation again. He’s a senior, and Minnesota doesn’t play Michigan State in 2016.last_img read more

Thailand Open: Rankireddy-Shetty enter semifinals, Sai Praneeth crashes out

first_imgThailand Open: Rankireddy-Shetty enter semifinals, Sai Praneeth crashes outIndia’s top-ranked men’s doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty made the semi-finals after beating South Korea’s Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung Jae in 3 games on Friday.advertisement Next Press Trust of India BangkokAugust 2, 2019UPDATED: August 2, 2019 19:30 IST Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty reached Thailand Open semi-finals. (Photo Credit: Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSatwik and Chirag reached the semi-final after a thrilling quarter-final winSai Praneeth, who reached the semifinals of last week’s Japan Open, surrendered 18-21 12-21 in the men’s singles quarterfinalsRankireddy and Ponnappa were no match for third seeds Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino of JapanIndia’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty qualified for the men’s doubles semifinals but B Sai Praneeth crashed out of the men’s singles event at the Thailand Open here on Friday.While Rankireddy and Shetty registered a hard-fought win over qualifiers Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung Jae of Korea, Sai Praneeth suffered a straight-game defeat against seventh seed Kenta Tsuneyama of Japan.After posing some challenges in the first game, Sai Praneeth, who reached the semifinals of last week’s Japan Open, surrendered 18-21 12-21 in the men’s singles quarterfinals.With Sai Praneeth’s exit, Indian challenge has ended in the men’s singles event.However, the unseeded Indian combination of Rankireddy and Shetty fought valiantly for exactly an hour to get past the Korean rivals 21-17 17-21 21-19 in a quarterfinal duel.The win was Rankireddy and Shetty’s maiden victory over the Korean pair.The 16th-ranked Indians will take on another Korean combo of Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol in the semifinals on Saturday.However, it was curtains for Rankireddy in the quarterfinals of mixed doubles event as he and Ashwini Ponnappa lost in straight games to bow out of the tournament.Rankireddy and Ponnappa were no match for third seeds Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino of Japan, losing 13-21 15-21 in a lopsided encounter that lasted just 28 minutes.Also Read | Thailand Open 2019: Sai Praneeth progresses to quarter-finals, HS Prannoy exitsAlso Read | Thailand Open 2019: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth crash out after 2nd round defeatsAlso 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 Chirag ShettyFollow Thailand Open 2019last_img read more

Manila Port Decongestion in Overdrive

first_imgzoom The Cabinet Cluster on Port Congestion (CCPC) in Philippines has shifted decongestion efforts at the Port of Manila into full gear, two weeks after the City of Manila lifted its truck ban.The CCPC said port operations had significantly increased its efficiency and productivity which they had not been able to do during the implementation of the truck ban.According to the cluster that also include the Philippine Ports Authority, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, the Metro Manila Development Authority, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, among others, that while yard utilization remains relatively high, productivity and efficiency are slowly getting back to normal in both Manila ports—composed of the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and the Manila South Harbor (MSH).“We have already posted a 25-30% increase in the movement of cargoes to and from the port since September 13,” CCPC Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said.“The port operators are now working full-blast in its bid to reach the target yard utilization level in time for the expected influx of boxes brought about by the run-up to Christmas. More shipping lines are also now using the port of Subic and Batangas after being declared as extensions of Manila, which we expect to facilitate the decongestion of the Manila ports. With the imposition of the higher storage fee starting October 2, we expect to see further reduction of the volume of containers currently inside the two Manila ports.”Currently, the two port operators are stepping up efforts in the relocation of Customs-cleared ready-to-go containers to Subic, Batangas and Cabuyao in Laguna after being slowed down by the twin typhoon that hit the Metro for two consecutive weekends in September.Starting October 2, the Cabinet Cluster is imposing higher storage fee for Customs-cleared ready-to-go containers to discourage cargo-owners from using the terminals as their virtual warehouses, from the current USD 11.14 per TEU per day after the 5-day free storage period, to USD 111.4 after a 10-day free storage period.“We continue to appeal to the public to remain considerate as we are already in our full-blast efforts in decongesting the ports. We guarantee that the benefits after decongesting our ports will outweigh all the inconveniences they encounter if we have a congested port,” Almendras said. Press Release; October 06, 2014; Image: CGRlast_img read more

Historic Gaelic Newspapers Available Online

first_imgNova Scotians will now be able to learn more about the province’s rich Gaelic history through a collection of newspapers digitized by the Nova Scotia Archives. To celebrate Gaelic Awareness Month, Nova Scotia Archives, in partnership with the Beaton Institute at Cape Breton University and the Gaelic Affairs division of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, will add four Gaelic publications to its online collection, of Nova Scotia Historical Newspapers. “These newspapers are an invaluable source of Gaelic history and culture and to have them available online is a service to Gaelic speakers and researchers throughout the world,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture, and Heritage. “Providing access to this historical resource raises the profile of Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia and adds to the understanding of its contributions to our diverse culture and heritage.” The online collection will include Fear na Céilidh (The Visitor), Teachdaire nan Gàidheal (The Messenger of the Gaels), Am Mosgladh (The Awakening) and An Solus Iùil (Guiding Light). Web visitors can explore 1435 pages of Gaelic and English content. Pages are presented in a zoom-viewer that allows the reader to examine them in detail. Newspapers can be browsed by year and month. “Nova Scotia newspapers are a deteriorating resource,” said Lois Yorke, provincial archivist. “We hope to continue to digitize more in the years to come so that these important records of our history are not lost forever.” Fear na Céilidh (1928-1930), an all-Gaelic monthly, offers opinions on topics as diverse as the Chinese Civil War, trans-Atlantic flight attempts, the weather and Gaels’ contribution to building the British Empire and Canada. An Teachdaire Gàidheal came out sporadically over 10 years (1924-1934). The 45 online issues include news, letters, commentary, songs, stories, folktales, historical information and Gaelic lessons. Am Mosgladh (1922-32) was a monthly publication of the Scottish Catholic Society in Sydney. Although predominately in English, it offers Gaelic proverbs, prayers, conversational Gaelic lessons, songs, news and folktales. An Solus Iùil (1925) focused on Presbyterian news, including mission efforts, ministerial appointments and church meetings. The 12 digitized issues also include humorous anecdotes and historical information. The new Gaelic content is available to explore at gov.ns.ca/nsarm/ or on the Nova Scotia Libraries website at nsnewspapers.ca. Nova Scotia Archives acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage.last_img read more

Secret Avro Arrow test model found in Lake Ontario for the first

first_imgTORONTO – A somewhat beaten-up test model used in the development of Canada’s much vaunted but secretive Avro Arrow fighter jet has been found covered in zebra mussels upside down on the bottom of Lake Ontario, expedition leaders announced Friday.The tantalizing discovery of the model, between 30 and 60 metres underwater, is the first such find since the federal government killed the Arrow program in 1959, sparking a bitter debate about the demise of what was once considered one of the most advanced combat jets in the world.“It wasn’t just about finding something lost: For generations, the Arrow story has fascinated many of us and has become something dear to many Canadians,” said John Burzynski, CEO of Osisko Mining and expedition leader. “It lingers in the Canadian psyche as to what this could have been.”The find is especially significant because the aircraft themselves, along with almost everything associated in producing them, were ordered destroyed when the program was scrapped, throwing thousands of people out of work. In addition, everything about the jet and its development was classified.“This was all a secret program that nobody knew was going on when it was going on,” Burzynski said. “Unfortunately, a lot of the records are partial and spotty.”Explorers with the OEX Recovery Group spent two weeks spread out of the last several months searching for the free-flight models used as part of final design testing of the Arrow off Point Petre, south of Belleville, Ont., between 1955 and 1957.Using a remote operated vehicle and sonar imagery, they found booster rockets used to launch the models, enabling them to narrow the search area and leading to the discovery. Explorers believe the recovered Arrow free-flight model — one of nine believed to be in the lake — is one of the later versions.Photographs and video indicate the nose was bent or damaged on impact, said David Shea, with Kraken Sonar Systems. However, one of the characteristic triangular wings of the one-eighth scale model — about three metres long by two metres wide — is fully intact, and some of the paint appears to have survived, he said.The plan now, besides searching for the other eight models underwater, is to try to get divers down to remove some of the mussels and inspect the find more closely as part of plans to bring it to the surface.Expedition archeologist, Scarlett Janusas, said recovery will be delicate to ensure no further damage is done. The plan is to excavate around the model and build a cradle to get it to the surface, where it will have to be put into a container and kept wet.It will then require cleaning and stabilizing to ready it for display, either in the Canada Aviation Space Museum in Ottawa or National Air Force Museum in Trenton, Ont.The program to develop and build Canada’s first and only supersonic interceptor, just as the Cold War began roaring to life, was aimed at countering potential Soviet bomber attacks in North America’s Arctic.The reason the Conservative government of then-prime minister John Diefenbaker cancelled the Arrow — as attention turned toward defending against the emerging threat of an intercontinental missile strike — has been the subject of years of speculation.What’s clear is that the decision, branded by some as Canada’s worst research and development disaster — prompted many who worked on the program to head to the U.S., and ended the country’s military jet development ambitions.Burzynski refused to wade in the debate around the wisdom of a decision he said must have left the “bitter taste of defeat” in the mouths of those who had worked on the showcase program. But one thing, he said, is certain:“The Russians did not sneak into Lake Ontario and pick up the models back in the ’50s like a lot of people thought they did.”last_img read more

Elton John says Torontos Senator Restaurant has the best burger in the

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Elton John can’t get enough of Toronto.Following a vinyl shopping spree at Sonic Boom last month (and two sold out shows at Scotiabank Arena), Elton and his partner David Furnish made a visit to the Senator this week scarfing back one of the storied restaurant’s famous burgers.“Every time we come to Toronto, David and I pop into the Senator Diner for the best burger in the world,” Elton shared in an Instagram post. Facebook Advertisement Established in 1948, the Senator is the oldest restaurant in Toronto. Its burger consists of two 4 oz beef patties from Cumbrae’s, house smoked cheddar, pickled jalapenos, kosher dill pickle and comes with a choice of either hand-cut fries or side salad (we’ve tried it and it’s pretty darn spectacular!).The restaurant reposted Elton’s photo with the caption, “Talk about star struck!”Earlier this month, Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay stopped in at the restaurant for breakfast and ordered a Salmon Bagel Platter, a Spinach Bowl and Eggs Benedict.While in Toronto, Elton and David (who is from Toronto) also took their two children to the Royal Ontario Museum to take in the new Spiders: Fear & Fascination exhibit.Elton is currently in the midst of his final world tour dubbed Farewell Yellow Brick Road. The show returns to Toronto next October.center_img Login/Register With: Elton John and David Furnish pose with restaurant manager Allen Gottschalk outside the Senator in Toronto. (Instagram.com/eltonjohn) Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Federal Court gives green light to residential dayschool students class action lawsuit

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Tk’emlups te Secwépemc and Shishalh Indian Bands have been given the green light by the Federal Court to proceed with a class action lawsuit on behalf of former Indian residential school day students.Day-school students were not included in the Indian residential school settlement agreement.Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Chief Shane Gottfriedson speaks to APTN about the legal victory.last_img

Grant from UNbacked fund enables Togo to scale up HIV services

16 July 2009The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has signed a grant agreement with Togo worth $20 million over two years, the first part of a five-year grant that will allow the country to scale-up treatment and care for people living with HIV. The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has signed a grant agreement with Togo worth $20 million over two years, the first part of a five-year grant that will allow the country to scale-up treatment and care for people living with HIV. “This agreement reflects Togo’s determination to continue its fight against the AIDS epidemic,” said Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund, who travelled to Lomé to sign the agreement. There are 130,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Togo, which has a population of 6 million, according to a news release issued by the Fund. Portions of the new grant will help to reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV among vulnerable populations, including through the use of communication campaigns, counselling and testing and the implementation of reproductive health care services.While the country had received resources from the Fund twice before, subsequent requests for funding were not successful. As a result, the Fund had put in place a continuation of services agreement to allow those under antiretroviral treatment to continue receiving their medication.Mr. Kazatchkine said Togo’s success in obtaining the new funding is “a wonderful example of what can be achieved when a country and its local and international partners come together with a common goal.“We are all proud of the success of Togo’s HIV proposal and the fact that, in this funding round, Togo’s grant negotiations were among the first to be concluded,” he added.The Global Fund is designed to attract, manage and disburse resources to fight AIDS, TB and malaria. Since its creation in 2002, it has approved $16 billion worth of funding in 140 countries. read more