first_imgResearchers have unearthed the earliest evidence of a bird sipping nectar from a flower. The stomach contents of the 47-million-year-old fossil flyer—a long-extinct species of perching bird—include hundreds of grains of pollen (ovals in picture above). The animal, from the genus Pumiliornis, would have been about 8 centimeters long and weighed between 5 and 10 grams, the researchers estimate. That’s about the same size as modern-day hummingbirds and sunbirds, but the ancient bird isn’t related to them or to any of today’s hundreds of species of birds that get their nutrition from flowers. The ancient pollen grains are large and apparently clumped together readily, a clue that the plant that bore the flowers was pollinated by creatures and not by the wind, the researchers report online today in Biology Letters. The fossil bird’s stomach contents also contained a few bits of small insects. As of now, it’s not clear if those insects, probably beetles, were consumed intentionally for their protein or accidentally slurped in during flower-sipping.last_img read more

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first_imgThe counsel for the Unnao rape survivor told a court here on Saturday that the Central Bureau of Investigation had “deliberately” not named expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brother as accused in the murder case of the woman’s father.The submissions were made before District Judge Dharmesh Sharma, who held a special hearing on a court holiday with the Delhi High Court’s permission to comply with the Supreme Court’s 45-day deadline to conclude the trial.Appearing for the CBI, Senior Public Prosecutor Ashok Bhartendu denied the allegation and said the investigation officer (IO) had collected the evidence in all “fairness” and there was no “mala fide” intention on his part.The court reserved its order on framing of charges for August 13 in the case of alleged assault and framing of the rape survivor’s father in an Arms Act case in 2018.last_img read more

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte In the letter, seen by The Associated Press, Mohamed requests an investigation into the Kuwaiti sheikh’s supposed influence on the April 6 vote in Kuala Lumpur.Mohamed says the sheikh told her she had no future in soccer if she stayed in the election against Mahfuza Akhter Kiron of Bangladesh. Mohamed lost 31-15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTwo years ago, Sheikh Ahmad resigned his FIFA Council seat after being implicated in a U.S. federal court of bribing Asian soccer officials to influence elections. He denied wrongdoing. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated FILE – In this file photo dated Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, president of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) delivers a speech during the ANOC general assembly in Tokyo. In a letter seen by The Associated Press Thursday April 18, 2019, Mariyam Mohamed of Maldives, who lost an election to join FIFA’s ruling council earlier this month, has filed a formal complaint alleging “threats and manipulation” by Olympic power broker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, FILE)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A candidate who lost an election to join the FIFA Council this month has filed a formal complaint accusing Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah of “threats and manipulation.”Mariyam Mohamed of Maldives says in a letter to the Asian Football Confederation’s election oversight committee that “women’s football should work and run independently of the apparent politics and vote rigging that clearly occurred.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ticket sales: The least understood side of the Olympics View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgENGLEWOOD, CO— Peyton Manning surveyed the landscape of his brilliant career and called one last audible. He’s retiring a champion.A month after Denver’s triumph in Super Bowl 50, Manning informed John Elway he is following his lead and riding off into that orange sunset just like the Broncos’ boss did 17 years ago after winning his second Super Bowl.Just shy of 40, Manning will forgo $19 million and a 19th season in the NFL, where he served as both a throwback and a transformer during a glittering career bookmarked by an unprecedented five MVP awards and dozens of passing records.“Peyton was a player that guys wanted to play with,” Elway said. “That made us better as a team and I’m thrilled that we were able to win a championship in his final year.”The Broncos scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. Monday.Manning leaves the league he helped popularize to supersize status as its all-time leading passer and winningest starting quarterback, the only one in NFL history to win Super Bowls with two franchises.His first came in 2007 with the Indianapolis Colts, who drafted him No. 1 overall in 1998. The Colts gave up on him after a series of neck surgeries forced Manning to miss all of the 2011 season and left him without feeling in the fingertips of his right hand.A rare superstar quarterback on the open market in 2012, Manning resettled in Denver, where, despite a right arm weakened by nerve damage, he went 50-15 with his fifth MVP award and two trips to the Super Bowl in four seasons.So, defensive coordinators, you can breathe a little easier today: Manning will no longer be on the docket to wreck your game plans and ruin your designs on a title.There will be no more showdowns matching skills with Tom Brady or wits with Bill Belichick — against whom he was just 6-11 but 3-2 in AFC championships.With no more defenses to dissect, the face of the league since the turn of this century no longer has to be buried in an iPad all day, nor will he have to submerge his battered body for hours in a cold tub in a labor of love.“I get asked a lot about my legacy,” Manning said before the Super Bowl. “For me, it’s being a good teammate, having the respect of my teammates, having the respect of the coaches and players. That’s important to me. I am not taking this for granted. I just love football.”The 18th season for No. 18 was by far his most trying on the field. He had to adjust to new coach Gary Kubiak’s run-based offense, to unrelenting health issues and to questions about his character on his way to winning his second Super Bowl.Manning, whose dry wit and star power has made him a staple of commercials and late-night television for nearly two decades, saw his squeaky-clean image take a beating as the final pages were flipped on his storied career.The NFL is investigating allegations that human growth hormone was shipped to his home in his wife’s name following an Al Jazeera report that Manning dismissed as “garbage.” And in a new lawsuit filed last month. Manning was cited as an example of a hostile environment for women at the University of Tennessee for his alleged harassment of a female trainer in 1996.A torn ligament in his left foot hampered Manning all the way back to August. It led to his worst statistical season and sidelined him for six weeks before that fairy tale finish in Santa Clara, California, when his defense carried him across the finish line.Constantly harassed, never quite comfortable — sort of the way the whole season played out — Manning walked away with his second NFL title after Denver’s defense, with seven sacks and four takeaways, all but handed him the Lombardi Trophy in a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.“He had to do several things different this year,” said his dad, Archie, a former star quarterback himself. “Had to take off during the season, which he’d never done before. He ran the scout team, which I don’t think he’d ever done, and he dressed out as a backup, which he’d never done.”Manning also had to play the role of game manager for the first time during Denver’s defense-fueled run to the title. “I’m just glad I was on the same team as our defense,” he said.Although his teammates said his speech on the eve of the game felt very much like a goodbye, Manning didn’t call it his “last rodeo” right away, saying he needed time to reflect.Denver gained only 194 yards against the Panthers, the fewest for a victorious team in a Super Bowl, and Manning had but 13 completions for 141 yards. Thanks to a defense led by game MVP Von Miller, however, Manning became the oldest quarterback to win a championship, a year older than Elway was when he won his second Super Bowl in 1999 before walking away.Manning, who revealed at the Super Bowl that he faces a hip replacement in retirement, finished in a tie with Brett Favre for most regular-season wins with 186. His victory in Super Bowl 50 was his 14th in the postseason, one more than Favre, making him the NFL’s only 200-win quarterback.“There’s no question that his work ethic is what made him into one of the great quarterbacks of all time,” Elway said. “All the film study Peyton did and the process that he went through with game planning and understanding what the other teams did was second to none.”Almost from his pro debut in 1998, Manning was a pioneer in the way he deciphered defenses and directed play at the line of scrimmage. Envision him pacing from tackle to tackle, pointing and hollering, as he became a model for every quarterback who’s come along since. Manning not only was at the vanguard of the aerial fireworks shows that light up today’s scoreboards and big-screen TVs, he was the mastermind of it.“I think from the sense of quarterbacks, he’s been fast-paced, no-huddle, dynamic offense, score a lot of points, and score quickly,” said his brother, Eli Manning, a two-time Super Bowl winner himself, for the Giants. “Now you see that more. More teams are doing it. The Colts kind of started that trend and did it well for a long time.”So did the Broncos, for whom Manning threw 140 of his NFL-high 539 TD passes, including a record 55 in 2013.Manning was never the best athlete, but his off-the-charts preparation and other-worldly memory recall made him rise above the rest, suggested teammate DeMarcus Ware.“He beat you mentally,” said Ware, who came to Denver two years ago for the chance to play with Manning. “That was his guide: Physically you might be faster than me, you might be more athletic than me, but I’m going to outsmart you every time.”Manning’s retirement allows the Broncos to focus on re-signing his longtime backup, Brock Osweiler, who went 5-2 in his place.“There’s not a day that’s gone by since I’ve been in the league,” Osweiler said, “that I haven’t learned something from Peyton.”Manning relinquishes the game he loves secure in having left an indelible imprint on America’s most popular sport.“He was on the forefront of basically a revolution in the way offenses are run in the National Football League,” Joe Theismann said recently. “His footprint was bigger than just the cities he played in. He transformed the position. The style of offense that he ran in Indianapolis was revolutionary and nobody ever figured out how to stop it there — or in Denver.“The only thing that’s basically slowed Peyton Manning down was Father Time.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FL (AP) — Ryan Lochte doesn’t know when he’ll be in another race.And that worries him.What’s next for Lochte is a mystery, even to himself. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to suspend the 12-time Olympic swimming medalist because he broke a rule by getting an intravenous infusion of vitamins will keep him from competing in any major meet through July 2019.So essentially, the only opponent he’ll be facing other than training partners as he preps for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is rust.“I’m worried about that 100 percent,” Lochte said Monday, shortly after USADA announced his ban. “I know I’ll be able to swim in 2020, but in swimming, you have to compete. You have to race. It doesn’t matter how well you train. That doesn’t matter. It’s how you compete when you get on those starting blocks. And the less chance I have of getting on those blocks, the worse it’s going to be for me.”The suspension was handed down by anti-doping officials, who made clear that Lochte was not taking any banned substance. His mistake was getting an IV that exceeded the legal level of 100 milliliters — something he and his wife did together at a Gainesville, Florida, clinic on May 24 in an effort to bolster their immune systems after their infant son got sick.Lochte posted a photo of the scene on his Instagram account, and USADA opened an investigation after seeing that image.Lochte cooperated with the USADA probe, but apparently was shown no leniency. His penalty: A 14-month sanction, going back to the date of the photo. It will cost him the chance to swim at this week’s U.S. national championships, the Pan Pacific Championships later this year, and next year’s world championships.Hence, his concern about rust.“It’s something I’ll have to deal with,” Lochte said.He said he will continue his daily training regimen. It’s possible Lochte could race in some unsanctioned events during the suspension — he said he would review options. He hasn’t raced often since the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where he left in shame after his story about how he and three teammates were victims of an armed robbery unraveled and ultimately led to him being suspended for 10 months by U.S. officials.“As soon as you get to a certain point or level, in any kind of sport career, you’re always going to have an eye on you,” Lochte said. “I think I’ve learned it the hard way, definitely — especially since Rio. And now this.”And now, he’s on the deck again, over what he insists was an honest mistake. He simply didn’t know the rule about IVs. Under most circumstances, athletes cannot receive IVs unless related to a hospitalization or when allowed under the terms of a USADA-approved exemption, and Lochte fell into neither of those categories.So instead of heading to California to compete at nationals, Lochte was holding a news conference inside a hotel conference room in South Florida — vowing that this experience will only stoke his fire to be at those 2020 Tokyo Games.“I definitely made myself a better person after Rio,” Lochte said. “I was back in training. I was feeling good. I was swimming fast. My son being born, everything was happening, everything was perfect. And then this happened. And it’s devastating. But we’re a family, we’re going to stick together and we’re going to get through this.”By TIM REYNOLDS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgFormer Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is willing to help out left-arm speedster Mitchell Starc before the second Test against India starts on December 14.Starc picked up 5 wickets in the Adelaide Test but struggled with his line and length, particularly during India’s second innings when Australia were looking to restrict the visitors’ lead.They eventually lost the match by 31 runs in a thrilling contest on Day 5 as they failed to chase down the target of 323 set by India.Starc bowled 21.5 overs in that innings and picked up 3 wickets for 40 runs at an economy rate of over 1.80.But Johnson, who was commentating during the Test match, was not impressed with Starc’s body language while he was bowling on the fourth day and wanted the Aussie quick to show some aggression.”I just don’t like his body language. He hasn’t given a bit of a glare or puffed his chest out with a good follow-through, let the batsman know he’s in the contest, that he’s going to rip the pegs out,” Johnson said on air on ABC Grandstand.His comments were not appreciated by Starc’s wife and Australia women’s team wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy, who hit back at Johnson on Twitter.”Will your preparation be getting grumpy?,” Healy replied on Johnson’s tweet which read, “Congratulations to India. Loved Australia’s fight to the end, need to move on quickly from this loss & prepare for Perth which is a quick turn around.”@mstarc56 will your preparation be getting grumpy?Alyssa Healy (@ahealy77) December 10, 2018Johnson has now reached out to Starc and wants to help the 28-year-old regain his form and aggression ahead of the Perth Test.advertisement”Everyone operates in a different way and I’ve already sent him a couple of text messages to see if he wants to catch up and have a chat about things because I have worked with him in the past and you get to know people really well.”It just looked like there was something on his mind, something’s not quite clicking (in the first Test). We’ll sit down hopefully before the Perth Test match starts,” Johnson said on BBC’s Stumps podcast.Starc meanwhile, was the only fast bowler from the playing XI to take part in Australia’s optional training session at the WACA on Wednesday.Opener Marcus Harris, who faced Starc in the nets, defended his teammate and can’t wait to have a crack at India in the second match starting Friday.Mitchell Starc has been backed by his captain to rediscover his fiery best on a fast track in Perth: https://t.co/stojdyCDia pic.twitter.com/UmJSriwvg7cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 10, 2018″Quick,” Harris told reporters when asked how Starc was bowling.”He bowled pretty well. There was obviously a bit of talk about him after the game, but I thought he bowled pretty well during the game. He felt like he was in good rhythm out there before so I’m sure he’s ready and raring to go before Friday,” he added.Also Read | Langer calls for patience and partnerships from Australia batsmen ahead of Perth TestAlso Read | India vs Australia: What awaits India in Perth after highs of AdelaideAlso Read | Tim Paine warns India ahead of 2nd Test: Heard Perth pitch will be really fastAlso Read | Tim Paine is the toughest pretty boy I have ever met: Justin Langerlast_img read more

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first_imgT-shirt calls for white out of Ohio State game against Wisconsin.Ohio State doesn’t have any chance of catching Wisconsin in the Big Ten standings this season, but the Buckeyes can still drastically improve their seed for the league tournament with a victory this Sunday against the Badgers. As such, the school has declared its final home game to be a “White Out” for fans. The school announced the news earlier this week, and shirts for the occasion are being sold on campus.#WhiteOutWisconsin #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/6BdBfk3r0s— Brutus Buckeye (@Brutus_Buckeye) March 2, 2015#WhiteOutWisconsin this Sunday! Shirts available @Buckeye_Corner and @TheSchott Thursday! #GoBucks @Brutus_Buckeye pic.twitter.com/INJaVI06SX— J. America OhioState (@JAmericaCollege) March 4, 2015Ohio State has Penn State Wednesday night before Sunday’s regular season finale. If the Buckeyes win both contests, they could find themselves as the 3-seed in the Big Ten.last_img read more

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first_img The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Editors’ Recommendations As the evenings grow crisper and the leaves take on their russet hues, it’s time to think about enjoying fresh air, good food, and a satisfying cocktail or two in the great outdoors – all in the comfort of your favorite stadium parking lot.Yes, my champions, football season is here, and with it comes the time-honored, finely-honed craft of the tailgate party (get all your tailgating gear here). Whether it’s pro-ball or college, football or hockey; do the home team proud by winning the sartorial trophy before the game even starts (leave the painted faces to the competition). Keep it practical—a warm autumn afternoon can turn into a chilly evening by half-time. Here are all the best fall style essentials to keep you comfortable this sports season.Uniqlo Heattech Knitted Gloves – $15Light enough to tuck into a pocket, warm enough for all but the bitterest temperatures, these Uniqlo tech gloves come in eight colors, and feature Uniqlo’s Heattech “biowarming” and insulating yarns. They also include touch-screen responsive finger and thumb tips, so you can easily text your location to your buddies or catch up on the latest scores.Shop NowKnown Supply Long Sleeve T-Shirt – $36This super-soft Pima cotton tee stands on its own, but will also become a winter favorite to layer under sweaters, sweatshirts and—oh, yeah—shirt jackets. Known Supply goes one further: each shirt is signed by its maker, and you can learn about the crafts-person by going to the brand’s website and entering their name. Championing fair practices and safe workplaces, wearing a Known Supply T-shirt wins one for the home team on many levels. Shop NowDuckworth Snowcrest Vest – $151Duckworth gives the classic insulated vest a tasteful, workwear-inspired makeover. The exterior is made from American-made Helle Rambouillet wool (similar to merino) for a clean elegant finish, is lined with ripstop for durability, and is then filled with the company’s own Woolcloud insulation. The minimal styling looks great over flannel for a hearty outdoorsy feel or under a sportcoat for a sophisticated, urbane look. Shop NowLife/After/Denim Shirt Jacket – $188Is it a shirt? Or is it a jacket? Either way, it’s one of our favorite new pieces for fall. Heavy-weight, but soft cotton twill is great over a T-shirt for the afternoon, but you’ll be glad to have this as a mid-layer under a vest or jacket when it cools down. We like the tasteful, neutral horizontal stripes of this version from Life/After/Denim.Shop NowDakota Grizzly Tripp Jacket – $168With plenty of pockets to accommodate a flask, gloves, hand-warmers, and everything else you need to keep close at hand while tailgating, the Tripp jacket from Dakota Grizzly is a tailgaters go-to. Made from microsuedoe bench cloth, the jacket is super soft to the touch, but durable, and can hold up to anything the fall weather can throw at it. With its workwear-inspired olive color and comfy plaid interior, the Tripp jacket works just as well on date night as it does on game day.Shop NowPatagonia Performance Straight Fit Jeans – $119Jeans are practically required for this venue, but since we’re expecting a great performance from the home team, let’s provide a little performance of our own: this denim from outdoor purveyor Patagonia incorporates Coolmax to keep you warm and dry, from the tailgate through to the after-party. Of course, since it’s Patagonia, the polyester mechanical stretch denim is dyed in a way to minimize energy, water use, and carbon dioxide emissions, which is good for you and good for the planet. They also feature a durable water- (or beer!) repellent finish.Shop NowDarn Tough Socks – $20Trust us on this one. Go for fine-gauge merino wool socks for long-lasting breathability and comfort. They wick away moisture to keep your feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Darn Tough’s undetectable seam fusion makes for an ultra-smooth feel that’s so lightweight, you’ll forget you’re wearing socks … until you take off your shoes and knock ‘em out with this great modern fair isle pattern. Shop NowThursday Boot Company Captain Boot – $199Thursday’s Captain Boot, in a tasteful olive suede, walks that fine line between sport and luxury. You’ll wear ‘em all season long for work and play. They feature a sturdy Goodyear welt construction and a comfortable, shock-absorbing insole (perfect for jumping up and down at touchdowns).Shop NowL.L. Bean Insulated Tote – $70It’s just the thing to keep your chili warm or your beer chilly, with the added benefit of having a preppy-approved design. Inspired by the classic Bean Boat and Tote, this carrier features a coated cotton exterior, a BPA and PVC free liner and a detachable shoulder strap. And yes…it can be monogrammed. Shop NowAnd just one more addition to the line-u[, since on a cold day at the stadium (or on the bleachers) you might be happy to have a USB-powered heated seat. A crowd-funded project, the seat features a sturdy steel frame, foam-padded construction, a beverage holder (natch), and features low, medium, and high settings of 100, 110, and 115 degrees, as well as an adjustable back. Are you ready for some football? If you’re not into serving an entire look for a tailgate, you can always just throw on a favorite flannel and call it good. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgParis: Novak Djokovic’s dream of becoming just the second man in history to hold all Grand Slam titles at the same time twice was crushed by Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros on Saturday. Thiem downed the world number one 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 to set up a repeat of last year’s final against 11-time winner and defending champion Rafael Nadal. Djokovic, who was second best to Thiem when it came to mastering the gloom, wind and damp of Paris, was bidding to join Rod Laver in the Grand Slam history books. However, it’s 25-year-old Austrian fourth seed Thiem who goes on to face Nadal where he will be buoyed by having defeated the 17-time major winner four times on clay in his career.last_img read more

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first_imgLondon: Computer pioneer and World War II codebreaker Alan Turing will feature on the new £50 polymer note, the Bank of England announced on Monday after it selected him from a shortlist that included famed Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan and British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney made the announcement at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. He also revealed the imagery depicting Alan Turing and his work that will be used for the reverse of the note. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe new polymer 50 pound note is expected to enter circulation by the end of 2021. Turing was chosen following the Bank’s character selection process including advice from scientific experts, the BoE said in a statement. In 2018, the Banknote Character Advisory Committee chose to celebrate the field of science on the 50 pound note and this was followed by a six week public nomination period. The Bank received a total of 227,299 nominations, covering 989 eligible characters, it said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe Committee considered all the nominations before deciding on a shortlist of 12 options, which were put to Governor Carney for him to make the final decision. “Alan Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on how we live today. “As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as war hero, Alan Turing’s contributions were far ranging and path breaking. Turing is a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand,” Carney commented on the 41-year-old computer pioneer who died in 1954. Turing provided the theoretical underpinnings for the modern computer. While best known for his work devising code-breaking machines during World War II, Turing played a pivotal role in the development of early computers first at the National Physical Laboratory and later at the University of Manchester.last_img read more

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first_imgPeter Andre has launched his own charity, the Peter Andre Foundation, following the death of his beloved brother from cancer.“I’m delighted to tell you that the Peter Andre Foundation has launched!” he wrote on his fundraising page. “As you all know, I have a personal reason for wanting to raise money for research into cancer and raise awareness of this terrible disease and that is why I am going to be supporting Cancer Research UK.“Losing Andrew has been devastating for me and my family but through my Foundation and your support we can change the odds for people diagnosed with cancer in the future and save more lives.“This is a disease which affects each and every one of us so I would encourage you all to donate to this amazing cause. Please help me to make a difference and donate whatever you can to show your support.”To find out more about the Peter Andre Foundation, click here.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsVANCOUVER–Six new charges have been leveled against convicted sex offender Martin Tremblay.Vancouver police Sgt. Peter Thiessen said Tremblay had been charged with two counts of criminal negligence causing death, two counts of failing to provide the necessities of life and two counts of obstruction.The charges stem from the March 2010 deaths of Kayla Lalonde, 16, and Martha Hernandez, 17.Hernandez died after being taken out of Tremblay’s house in an ambulance.Lalonde was found dead on a street in Burnaby, B.C.Both were at a party at Tremblay’s residence.Tremblay was convicted of five counts of sexual assault in 2002.He served 14 months in jail.last_img read more

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first_imgPARIS — The “yellow vests” in France are worrying greens around the world.The worst riots in Paris in decades were sparked by higher fuel taxes, and French President Emmanuel Macron responded by scrapping them Wednesday. But taxes on fossil fuels are just what international climate negotiators, meeting in Poland this week, say are desperately needed to help wean the world off of fossil fuels and slow climate change.“The events of the last few days in Paris have made me regard the challenges as even greater than I thought earlier,” said Stanford University environmental economist Lawrence Goulder, author of the book “Confronting the Climate Challenge.”Economists, policymakers and politicians have long said the best way to fight climate change is to put a higher price on the fuels that acre causing it — gasoline, diesel, coal and natural gas. Taxing fuels and electricity could help pay for the damage they cause, encourage people to use less, and make it easier for cleaner alternatives and fuel-saving technologies to compete.These so-called carbon taxes are expected to be a major part of pushing the world to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and try to prevent runaway climate change that economists say would be far more expensive over the long term than paying more for energy in the short term.But it’s not so easy for people to think about long-term, global problems when they are struggling to get by.Macron said the higher tax was his way of trying to prevent the end of the world. But the yellow vest protesters turned that around with the slogan: “it’s hard to talk about the end of the world while we are talking about the end of the month.”The resistance to the fuel tax is a personal blow to Macron, who sees himself as the guarantor of the 2015 Paris climate accord, its strongest defender on the global stage. He has positioned himself as the anti-Trump when it comes to climate issues.The French government quietly fears a Trump-led backlash against the accord could spread to other major economies whose commitment is essential to keeping the deal together.The fuel tax was not originally Macron’s idea; it dates back to previous administrations. But he vigorously defended it and won the presidency in part on a promise to fight climate change.So what went wrong?Yale University economist William Nordhaus, who won this year’s Nobel prize for economics, said the tax was poorly designed and was delivered by the wrong person. “If you want to make energy taxes unpopular, step one is to be an unpopular leader,” he said. “Step two is to use gasoline taxes and call them carbon taxes. This is hard enough without adding poor design.”Macron, like French presidents before him, made environmental and energy decisions without explaining to the public how important they are and how their lives will change. He’s also seen as the “president of the rich” — his first fiscal decision as president was scrapping a wealth tax. So hiking taxes on gasoline and diesel was seen as especially unfair to the working classes in the provinces who need cars to get to work and whose incomes have stagnated for years.The French government already has programs in place to subsidize drivers who trade in older, dirtier cars for cleaner ones, and expanded them in an attempt to head off the protests last month. But for many French, it was too little, too late.The French reaction to higher fuel prices is hardly unique, which highlights just how hard it can be to discourage fossil fuel consumption by making people pay more. In September, protests in India over high gasoline prices shut down schools and government offices. Protests erupted in Mexico in 2017 after government deregulation caused a spike in gasoline prices, and in Indonesia in 2013 when the government reduced fuel subsidies and prices rose.In the United States, Washington state voters handily defeated a carbon tax in November.“Higher taxes on fuel have always been a policy more popular among economists than among voters,” said Greg Mankiw, a Harvard economist and former adviser to President George W. Bush.Even proponents of carbon taxes acknowledge that they can disproportionally hurt low-income people. Energy costs make up a larger portion of their overall expenses, so a fuel price increase eats up more of their paycheque and leaves them with less to spend. And because energy costs are almost impossible to avoid, they feel trapped.It is also not lost on them that it is the rich, unbothered by fuel taxes, who are hardest on the environment because they travel and consume more.“The mistake of the Macron government was not to marry the increase in fuel taxes with other sufficiently compelling initiatives promising to enhance the welfare and incomes of the ‘yellow vests,’ said Barry Eichengreen, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley.Now the question is “How can we address the climate problem while also avoiding producing political upheaval,” Goulder said.The key is giving a good chunk of money back to the people, Wesleyan University environmental economist Gary Yohe said.Many economists back proposals that would tax carbon, but then use that money to offer tax rebates or credits that would benefit lower-income families.The protests, while sparked by fuel prices, are also about income inequality, populism and anti-elitism, experts say, not just about carbon taxes.“Is it a death knell for the carbon tax or pricing carbon? I don’t think so,” economist Yohe said. “It is just a call for being a little bit more careful about how you design the damn thing.”___AP science writer Seth Borenstein reported from Washington. AP economics writer Christopher Rugaber contributed from Washington and Frank Jordans contributed from Katowice, Poland.___Read more stories on climate issues by The Associated Press at https://www.apnews.com/Climate .___Follow Seth Borenstein on Twitter at @borenbears and Angela Charlton at @acharlton .___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.Seth Borenstein And Angela Charlton, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_imgBeating Delhi’s heat wave by wrapping his head and face with a white towel Shiv Kiran stood near gate number seven of Rajiv Chowk metro station to distribute pamphlets of a political party for the upcoming parliamentary election. His target of the day was to finish the distribution of about 300 pamphlets for Rs 100. “Now we do not earn much money in distributing political pamphlets unlike earlier when we used to earn around Rs 300 per day by doing the same since political parties now focus on mobile phone-based campaigns more,” says Shiv. He narrates the story of his father who was a master in making political graffiti on the walls for campaigns in Uttar Pradesh. “Now the focus has shifted from such campaign strategy to videos and social media,” apprises Shiv. With the election around the corner, stories of political campaigns in India are witnessing a change of strategy which commenced from the 2014 election itself. Now, modern campaigning has taken over. Months before the election, most of the major political parties in India launched their party’s theme-based music videos. These videos are being played all over social media platforms and televisions as advertisements. The theme songs are regularly played on the radio as well. Political parties made these videos with the help of notable lyricists, composers and singers. The list includes Javed Akhtar and Prasoon Joshi among others. Some of the political parties even have two different music videos targetting different voter base. Congress & BJP’s Music Videos On the second weekend of April, BJP and Congress launched their theme songs for the election campaign presenting a contrasting picture. While Congress focused on political economy with basic minimum income and justice for all, BJP had its “Modi-versus-All” pitch with more than a dash of hyper-nationalism. Ab Hoga Nyay (There will be justice now), Congress’s rap-style theme song penned by lyricist Javed Akhtar, is based on the party’s famed Nyuntam Aay Yojna (NYAY). “In the theme song, we wanted to focus on the issue of justice because that is the need of the hour. Similarly, we have portrayed the faith and believe on plurality and diversity of India through the song,” Aishwarya Mahadev, national media panelist for Congress tells Millennium Post. Mahadev explains that the party wanted to bring the concept of diverse India at the forefront and not concentrate on the face of its president Rahul Gandhi. “We all know PM Narendra Modi made a lot of promises in the last election but did not fulfil anything moreover he and his party attacked the idea of India as a whole. To shift the focus from the real issue they have only focused on communal politics, caste atrocities and now on Pakistan,” she says. On the other hand, BJP theme song “Phir ek baar Modi Sarkaar” (Modi government once more), penned by Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi, revolves around Modi’s five-year performance – with a special thrust on national security, honesty, ability to take big decisions – besides targeting the Opposition for its alleged lack of cohesiveness. The poor, middle class and neo-middle class will be at the centre of BJP’s electioneering, party leaders said and took a swipe at Congress for “not even saying a word” on the emerging middle class when it launched its manifesto. A senior BJP leader says, “Our song is all about the PM because India wants and believes in only one face and that is him. The people know how much he has worked in these last five year for the people hence we have talked about all the scheme he has made. We will fight this election in his name and we do not believe when his face with us the BJP needs anything else. Congress talked about all their lies and the false narrative they want to create but people will not believe in those lies anymore.” Regional Parties The regional parties have been an important part of Indian politics and analysts opine that they will play a major role in making the Prime Minister in the ongoing election. In every state, there have been waves of alliances. While in some states these alliances materialised, it did not go down well in others. But these regional political parties are certainly not less active on social media or lagging behind when it comes to campaign theme songs. The Telegu Desam Party of Andhra Pradesh led by CM Chandra Babu Naidu has come up with a song named ‘Sila Mose Gaayale’. The song draws a parallel between a stone and Naidu to describe how the leader has to undergo much hewing before being carved into a fine statue and how the wounds left behind, thus, have reduced people to tears. Naidu has always talked about a ‘behind-the-door’ association of PM Modi, K Chandrasekhar Rao and YS Jaganmohan Reddy and accused them of hatching a conspiracy against Andhra Pradesh. TDP has come out with a musical rendition of Naidu’s own trials and tribulations because of the “conspiring trio” through a campaign song. Similarly, his opponent Jaganmohan Reddy has a campaign song, ‘Ravali Jagan Kavali Jagan’. The line “Jagan is coming, we want Jagan” sounds like a marching song as it highlights the year-long padayatra by Reddy prior to his election campaign. Another major regional party, Trinamool Congress has also come out with an official campaign song for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The song titled ‘Ma, Mati, Manush’ was released by party supremo Mamata Banerjee on her social media account. TMC campaign song is sung by Somlata Acharya and Rupam Islam. The two and a half minute video song talks of the achievements of TMC government in West Bengal. While Bengal’s composite culture and communal harmony is the main theme, the song also targets “riot mongers”. Makers’ Voice Arjun Harjai is a Mumbai-based composer and is a popular figure in the advertisement world. He has created many jingles for companies such as Amazon, Google and Suzuki among others. Harjai created Congress’s song based on Javed Akhtar’s lyrics. “I kept that idea in my mind and approached it with that sort of soundscape, something that’s catchy and will leave an impact. The idea was for every common person to feel that he/she represents Hindustan,” says Harjai, about the song directed by Nikhil Advani. A drum and bass piece, it has the lines Tum jhoothi chaalen chal ke, shehron ke naam badal ke, noto ko kachra kar ke… Ab dhokha nahi khayenge, Congress sarkar layenge,” he was quoted in a media interview. Similarly, Delhi-based Ankita Singh wrote a song titled Modi Once More, which speaks of bringing Modi back along with synth, drums and rhythmic claps. ‘Har qadam ab saath badhaana hai, Saath Namo ke hum sabko aana hai/ Safety ki baat aati baar baar, Humko safe rakhe Army aur sarkaar’, sung by Sharvi Yadav and composed by composer Anurag Chauhan. This song is not the theme music video of BJP but it is a song which the party has come out with to target the youth. From wall graffiti to advertisements on autos to the social media buzz with music videos, political campaigning in India is becoming more colourful each time. The campaigns across the spectrum are technically aimed at the youth because it is the youth who will make the future and the parties recognise this well. But between colours and rhythms, the politics which earlier had a human touch – one-to-one engagement and dialogue – is now missing from the environment. It is now more power, colour and superficial.last_img read more

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16 November 2007During a just-concluded visit to Central Asia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has strengthened his agency’s cooperation with the Governments of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan to assist thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers in the two countries. António Guterres wrapped up a five-day visit to the two countries on Thursday, after agreeing to boost refugee assistance in Kyrgyzstan and signing a cooperation agreement with Kazakhstan to play a greater role in addressing global asylum-migration issues, the agency (UNHCR) said in a press release.While in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, the High Commissioner met with President Kurmanbek Bakiev, as well as the prosecutor general, the minister of foreign affairs and the chairperson of the State Committee on Migration and Employment, which deals with asylum and refugee issues.Mr. Guterres expressed his appreciation to the Government for respecting refugee rights in a difficult political environment, and for naturalizing some 9,000 refugees from Tajikistan. He also pledged to reduce statelessness in the country, believed to affect more than 10,000 people.Also in Bishkek, the High Commissioner opened the region’s first reception centre for asylum seekers, offering temporary shelter as well as interview, medical and information facilities to refugees and asylum seekers. Kyrgyzstan hosts several hundred refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. During his stay in Astana, Mr. Guterres met Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and other high-ranking officials, including the ombudsman and the chairman of the Human Rights Commission.UNHCR is assisting Kazakhstan in drafting a national refugee law. Mr. Guterres was assured that the law would serve as a model for legislation in the region as it seeks to strike a balance between Kazakhstan’s national concerns and international refugee and human rights obligation, the agency said.According to the agency, Kazakhstan is host to some 3,700 Chechens from the Russian Federation, as well as several hundred people from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and China. read more

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Working to create a secure environment in Haiti so that the country’s constitutional process can unfold, United Nations peacekeepers and Haitian National Police have conducted a joint operation in the capital, Port-au-Prince, suffering minor injuries during the arrest of several dozen people there, a UN spokesman said today.During the five-hour operation on Saturday, 73 people were arrested, a Brazilian soldier was slightly injured and a member of the Haitian National Police was wounded, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at the daily press briefing.In northern Gonaïves, an Argentine soldier was injured while clearing a roadblock. He and the wounded Haitian policeman were hospitalized in Port-au-Prince, Mr. Dujarric said.The UN recently redeployed hundreds of troops to Gonaïves to help out with the humanitarian relief effort after Tropical Storm Jeanne wreaked havoc across the area. read more

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The halls of the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) grew livelier today as hundreds of participants gathered to mark “young and future generations day,” an opportunity for youth to remind world leaders and negotiators of the need to reach an ambitious climate agreement to secure their future, according to the UN Envoy on Youth. “As the UN Secretary-General has said, we are the first generation which can eradicate extreme poverty but also we are the last generation that could reverse climate change,” recalled Ahmad Alhendawi, speaking to the UN News Service in Paris, France on the margins of the global event. “It’s the task of our generation to get it done,” he continued. “And my message is that this is our power. The people who are here [at COP21] represent the more active and the more engaged in this debate but my hope could only be that this will trickle down as well in their communities. We have to secure and claim the space for young people in this process.” The process in which Mr. Alhendawi hopes more youth voices will be heard is the current talks happening in the 32 “negotiating rooms” of the 18 hectare conference centre locate north-east of the French capital. Youth delegates – the ones the UN Envoy say represent some of the most active young climate advocates – attended the youth event on Thursday wearing t-shirts which read: “We must, we can, we will take action.” Some blew up large green balloons before letting them fly loose and deflate – a symbol of what their world could look like, should an ambitious agreement on climate change is not reached. Taking the stage, Mr. Alhendawi was greeted with cheering from the crowd as he wished young delegates a “happy youth day.” “This is one of the most important days – because what is at stake today is your present and future,” he said. “Nobody has the right to gamble with your future.” Following his remarks, in which he highlighted the importance of even little actions to tackle the significant challenges of climate change, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – the organizer of COP21– thanked youth representatives for what they have achieved in their respective communities. “Thank you for what you’re doing not just at the COP but also what you’re doing back home,” Christiana Figueres said. “That is where the rubber hits the ground.” Echoing this message, Mr. Alhendawi said he is very proud of the youth movement around the world. “Young people were the mobilizers and the volunteers,” he exclaimed. “And they took to the streets reminding everyone that it’s time to take action on climate change.” During the event, a manifesto called “Our communiqué: Act like a kid” was presented, which urges world leaders to include climate education in the universal climate agreement expected to be adopted at the end of next week. read more

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Daniel Gafford scored 21 points and Arkansas won its fourth straight game with a 78-60 victory over Texas-Arlington on Friday night.Gafford was a career-best 9 of 10 from the free throw line, helping the Razorbacks (4-1) overcome a sluggish shooting start and stay undefeated in eight games against the Mavericks.Jalen Harris and Adrio Bailey added 14 points each for Arkansas, and Isaiah Joe also finished in double figures with 10. The Razorbacks forced 19 turnovers and scored 25 points off of Texas-Arlington miscues.Edric Dennis had 19 points to lead the Mavericks (3-3), who played Indiana close until late in a loss earlier this week. Brian Warren added 15 points as the Sun Belt Conference school fell to 1-14 all-time against current members of the Southeastern Conference.Arkansas led for all but the opening point of the game, doing so despite opening the game 4 of 20 from the field.The Mavericks didn’t fare much better from the outset, hitting only 4 of their first 21 shots and trailing 31-26 at halftime.BIG PICTUREAs goes Gafford, so go the youthful Razorbacks — an early season trend that continued on Friday night. The reigning Southeastern Conference Player of the Week scored in double figures for the fifth time this season and is now shooting 72.6 per cent (37 of 51) after deciding to return for his sophomore season. Gafford scored 12 of his points against the Mavericks in the first half while Arkansas was struggling to pull away, and he’s proven to be the mainstay on a Razorbacks team that entered the season with only three scholarship returners from last season’s NCAA Tournament squad.UP NEXTTexas-Arlington finishes off a three-game road trip by facing Tulsa on Nov. 27.The Razorbacks play their fifth straight at home when they host Florida International on Dec. 1.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Kurt Voigt, The Associated Press read more

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Supporters Want Colin Kaepernick Signed by NFL Season Start

People gather in support of unsigned NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in front of NFL headquarters in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) — Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality against blacks, showed their solidarity with him and his cause at a rally outside National Football League headquarters on Wednesday, demanding that he be signed by the start of the regular season next month.More than 1,000 people, many wearing jerseys bearing Kaepernick’s name, crowded the steps outside the NFL’s midtown Manhattan offices.Kaepernick, who once took the 49ers to the Super Bowl, opted out of his contract with the team in March and remains unsigned. Supporters say he is being blackballed for his advocacy, but some critics say he should not have sat or kneeled during the anthem or contend his lack of a job is more about his on-field talent.Chants at the demonstration included “Boycott! Boycott!”Women’s March organizer Tamika Mallory, addressing football fans, said, “I don’t care how long you’ve been watching football, if they don’t stand up for your children, turn the damn TV off.”Some speakers said the league’s treatment of Kaepernick is of a piece with its cavalier attitude toward players’ health.“How in the world can we call ourselves the land of the free, the home of the brave, and you get vilified and criminalized just for speaking your mind?” the Rev. Jamal Bryant said. “The NFL has proven with their treatment of Colin Kaepernick that they do not mind if black players get a concussion, they just got a problem if black players get a conscience.”Earlier Wednesday, the NAACP called for a meeting with the NFL to discuss the fate of Kaepernick, who was born to a white woman and a black man but was adopted by a white couple. The civil rights organization’s interim president, Derrick Johnson, said in a letter to the NFL’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, that it’s apparently “no sheer coincidence” that Kaepernick isn’t on a roster.“No player should be victimized and discriminated against because of his exercise of free speech. To do so is in violation of his rights under the Constitution and the NFL’s own regulations,” Johnson said.The NAACP’s state president in New York, Hazel Dukes, said: “Right now, the action of the league seems to imply to young black men that this league, which is comprised of 70 percent African-Americans, only values black lives if they are wearing a football uniform.”Goodell has said the league isn’t blackballing Kaepernick.Some other players followed Kaepernick’s actions last season, and some are doing so in this year’s preseason. On Monday, a group of Cleveland Browns players prayed in silent protest during the national anthem. Among those kneeling was a white player, Seth DeValve. Another white player, Britton Colquitt, did not kneel but kept his hand on the shoulder of a teammate who did.That protest earned the ire of an Ohio Supreme Court justice, the lone Democrat holding an Ohio statewide office. Justice Bill O’Neill wrote on Facebook that he wouldn’t attend any games at which “draft dodging millionaire athletes disrespect the veterans who earned them the right to be on that field.”“Shame on you all,” he said. read more

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