World Cup 2019: We were chasing too many runs, Alex Carey defends Australia batsmen

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: We were chasing too many runs, Alex Carey defends Australia batsmenWorld Cup 2019: After losing to India by 36 runs, Australia wicket-keeper Alex Carey said that Australia were chasing too many runs at the end of the match as they failed to chase a mammoth 353-run target set by the Men in Blue.advertisement Press Trust of India LondonJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 15:30 IST Alex Carey said that Australia fell short of runs against India (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia fell short by 36 runs despite David Warner, Steve Smith and Alex Carey scoring fiftiesAustralia had a target of 353 runs at the beginning but they were bowled out for 316Australia will face Pakistan next on June 12Australia have the depth in their batting to chase a big total but it proved “a few too many runs” in the end against India, said Australia wicket-keeper Alex Carey.Chasing a massive target of 353, Australia fell short by 36 runs after being dismissed for 316, despite fifties by David Warner (56), Steve Smith (69) and Carey (55 not out).It was an unusually slow innings from opener Warner as he took 84 balls for his knock.”We still backed the players out in the middle to get us there. If they’ve faced a few balls they have a better understanding of the situation. The deeper we take it, we trust our batters to soak up a few balls. They’ve done it in the past,” Carey said.”There are so many options but we trust the batters we have. We had a good shake at it but we were just chasing a few too many runs in the end.”Australia needed 115 runs from the last 10 over and Carey, who came to bat at no. 7, said he still had hopes of chasing the total.”There was a job to do to go at 12 runs an over for the best part of 10 or 15 overs. It was more the state of the game that dictated the way I played. With guys like (Glenn) Maxwell and (Nathan) Coulter-Nile we still back ourselves to go out and do that. We lost a few wickets against a really good attack,” he said.”Bumrah and Kumar are really good finishers and unfortunately we fell short and didn’t have that set batter like India did. Shikhar (Dhawan) played really well and the stats say if you get 120 you will win most games.advertisement”It would have been nice to have one of our players in the top five who had 40 or 50 to go on and make a big score and win the game for us,” said Carey.Also Read | South Africa vs West Indies, World Cup 2019 Match 15: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sAlso Read | South Africa vs West Indies Live Score, ICC World Cup 2019: Cottrell removes AmlaAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Australia vs IndiaFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow Alex Carey Nextlast_img read more


No Cases of Yellow Fever in Jamaica

first_img The Ministry of Health also undertakes surveillance at the ports of entry in respect of persons arriving from these destinations. Story Highlights Yellow Fever is a Class 1 notifiable disease, which means it is to be reported to the Ministry of Health within 24 hours on suspicion by a healthcare professional. The Ministry has not received any such report. The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that there are no cases of yellow fever in Jamaica. The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that there are no cases of yellow fever in Jamaica.Yellow Fever is a Class 1 notifiable disease, which means it is to be reported to the Ministry of Health within 24 hours on suspicion by a healthcare professional. The Ministry has not received any such report.To prevent the importation of the yellow fever virus into Jamaica where the disease does not occur, but where the mosquito vector and human hosts are present, vaccination against yellow fever is required for Jamaicans travelling overseas to destinations that are reported by the World Health Organisation as countries at risk for yellow fever transmission.The Ministry of Health also undertakes surveillance at the ports of entry in respect of persons arriving from these destinations.Yellow fever vaccines are available and administered at the Comprehensive Health Centre in Kingston and at the Montego Bay Type 5 Health Centre in St. James. The vaccine should be administered at least 10 days prior to travel.Yellow fever is an acute illness caused by the yellow fever virus, which is found in the tropics of South America and Africa. The virus is transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes, such as the Aedes, the same vector that transmits the chikungunya, dengue and zika viruses.The Ministry of Health is reiterating the importance of personal protection against mosquito bites and continues to heighten its mosquito control activities island-wide during this week’s observance of mosquito awareness week.Individuals may call the Ministry of Health or the nearest health centre for more information. Persons may also visit our website at moh.gov.jm, and like and follow us on www.facebook.com/themohgovjm; https://twitter.com/themohgovjm; and https://instagram.com/themohgovjmlast_img read more


Provinces Power Corporations Sign Legal Agreements for Lower Churchill Project

first_imgNova Scotians are a step closer to benefiting from the good jobs, stable electricity prices and clean energy that will come with the Lower Churchill hydroelectricity project and the Maritime Link. Energy Minister Charlie Parker joined Jerome Kennedy, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Natural Resources, Chris Huskilson, president and CEO of Emera Inc., and Ed Martin, president and CEO of Nalcor Energy, in Sydney today, July 31, to sign the necessary legal agreements for the project to move forward. A similar signing ceremony was held in St. John’s earlier this morning. “By developing Lower Churchill and connecting it to wider markets, we are creating good jobs, growing the Atlantic economy and ensuring a cleaner energy future for ourselves, our children and grandchildren,” said Mr. Parker. “This development is an important component in ensuring Nova Scotia meets federal coal reduction regulations, as well as our province’s greenhouse gas emission targets. “Perhaps most importantly though, it will help stabilize electricity rates for Nova Scotians and their families. This is indeed a game-changing opportunity for the Atlantic region, and part of the approach that makes Canada an energy superpower.” Mr. Kennedy said that the signing of the agreements today represents a major step forward in this historic development. “This is another important milestone as we move closer towards a decision on sanctioning of the project. Muskrat Falls will deliver least-cost renewable power and stabilize rates, support economic development, and provide power to mining companies in Labrador. It will also provide long-term revenue through the export of electricity and reduce dependence on fossil fuels, along with economic and employment benefits for the province, the region, and the rest of the country. “The Maritime Link will allow us to access the Maritime and New England markets and thereby gaining a fair and competitive price for our clean, renewable power. It will also facilitate the development of our province’s energy warehouse. Today’s agreements guarantee the successful responsible development of our province’s hydroelectric resources in a manner that provides maximum benefit to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.” Nalcor and Emera have formalized 13 agreements spanning 50 years related to the development of Muskrat Falls, the Labrador-Island Transmission Link, and the Maritime Link, which will connect hydroelectricity between the two provinces through Granite Canal, NL, and Woodbine, Cape Breton. The purpose of the agreements is to formalize the transactions agreed to by the parties. Six of the agreements reflect the commitment by Emera to develop the Maritime Link connecting Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia, and to provide transmission rights in Nova Scotia. Four agreements relate to transmission rights for Nalcor in the Maritimes and New England as a result of Emera’s investment in the Labrador-Island Link, which will span from Muskrat Falls, across the Strait of Belle Isle, to Soldiers Pond on the Avalon Peninsula. Three related agreements were also completed. “The agreements signed today reflect the strong partnership between Nalcor and Emera, and the commitment by both companies to ensure a quality result for everyone involved,” said Ed Martin, president and CEO of Nalcor Energy. “We took the time necessary to get it right, and I’m proud to say that today we have 13 comprehensive, sound agreements that will stand the test of time.” “Emera is fully engaged in helping transform Atlantic Canada into an energy powerhouse with an electricity system that is more robust, flexible and better connected,” said Chris Huskilson, president and CEO, Emera Inc. “Today’s announcement sets the stage for the development of a new source and route for clean, renewable and reliable energy that will help stabilize energy costs, improve the environment and provide economic benefits for the entire region.” The deal will provide Nova Scotia with access to clean hydro-electricity from the Lower Churchill Project at Muskrat Falls through a subsea cable to Nova Scotia. Emera will invest about $1.2 billion in the project, which is 20 per cent of the estimated cost of the project, in exchange for 20 per cent of the electricity for 35 years. The link to Newfoundland and Labrador places Nova Scotia within an energy loop rather than at the end of the line as it is presently, which will improve transmission in the region, as well as reliability and access to additional electricity at market prices.last_img read more


15th Mawazine Festival Fest Kicks Off in Rabat

Rabat – The 15th edition of the Mawazine Festival-Rhythms of the World (May 20-28), organized by “Association Maroc-Culture”, kicked off, on Friday in Rabat, with an agenda full of the world’s headliners from the music sphere.The first day was marked by performances given by Arab and foreign stars as Kadim Al Sahir, Chris Brown, Diana Haddad, and Rokia Traoré. Held under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, the nine-day fest will offer music-lovers and festival-goers daily musical shows featuring also Moroccan stars.Created in 2001, the fest brought together an audience of over 2 million people during its latest edition. read more


America Softens on TwoState Solution to Middle East Peace

Toronto – During his visit to the White House for the first time under the Trump administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump discussed the long-standing two-state solution. Trump announced to reporters during their press conference that he was also open to a one-state solution, according to CNN.Covered live on major networks, the meeting of two old friends, Trump and Netanyahu, played out like a weekend visit but still managed to hold a few interesting moments. Approaching their respective podiums, it was difficult not to notice the fraternal glee displayed by both leaders… and it was instantly unnerving. The two went on at length, each in their turn, about their long-standing friendship, almost reveling in the chance to laud each other in front of the world.Soon things took on a more formal tone and questions began to flow from reporters about Trump’s position on the US’ long history of support for a two-state solution that recognizes the Palestinian State.If nothing else, President Trump’s remarks on a two-state versus a one-state solution proved he has a firm grasp of the inane. “I’m looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one both parties like,” he said, according to a report from news agency Reuters.Ultimately, Trump declared himself firmly on the fence, stating he’d be fine with either solution, adding that both parties were going to have to compromise to reach a peace deal. He openly urged Palestinians to recognize the State of Israel but there was no mention of a reciprocal move on the part of Israel toward the State of Palestine.There were glimmers of sternness like Trump suggesting to Netanyahu, “I’d like to see you pull back on settlements for a bit.” For his part, “Bibi” made no such commitment. It is worth noting that talks have been stalled since 2014.According to the same Reuters report, critics and observers feel a retreat from a two-state stance would potentially destroy decades of bi-partisan US policy. Senior member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Hanan Ashrawi said, “If the Trump administration rejects this policy it would be destroying the chances for peace and undermining American interests, standing and credibility abroad. Accommodating the most extreme elements in Israel and in the White House is no way to make responsible foreign policy.”Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, reiterated Palestinian desire to work with the Trump administration, for a two-state solution and in a statement, reminded Trump what is at stake if US support for that solution is taken off the table: “The Palestinian presidency stressed its commitment to a two-state solution and the international law and legitimacy in the way that secures ending the Israeli occupation and [establishing] the Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital.”The spectre of the US embassy in Israel moving to Jerusalem was also raised by reporters wanting to know if it was still being discussed, according to the BBC. “As far as the embassy moving to Jerusalem,” President Trump said, “I’d love to see that happen. And we’re looking at it very, very strongly. We’re looking at it with a great care, a great care, believe me. And we’ll see what happens.” What followed was a wince heard around the world. read more


UN envoy lauds courageous decision of Somali President to step down

“It is my understanding that this is the first time in Somalia’s modern history that a President has decided to leave office peacefully,” stated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah. “It is a patriotic and courageous decision.”The President formally announced his resignation, effective today, in a statement before the Parliament and cabinet members present in Baidoa. “Indeed President Yusuf has taken his courageous decision on his own and in total independence. I have no doubt that members of his family, his friends and allies support this decision,” Mr. Ould-Abdallah said. Stressing that “a new page of Somali history is now open,” the Special Representative called on the Somali people to support the President in these “historic” times and urged unity and solidarity. He added that now is the time for Somalia’s friends to help the country “and for the spoilers to stop their destructive behaviour.”The upsurge in fighting this year in Somalia, which has not had a functioning central government since 1991, has led to massive humanitarian suffering and widespread displacement. The violence continues despite the signing in June of a UN-facilitated peace accord, known as the Djibouti Agreement, by the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS), by which both sides agreed to end their conflict and called on the UN to deploy an international stabilization force to the troubled nation.While noting the progress made in the Djibouti peace process, Mr. Ban has stated in recent weeks that conditions are not yet right for a UN peacekeeping operation in Somalia.Instead, he recommends strengthening – through financing, logistical support, necessary training, equipment and other reinforcements facilitated by the UN and Member States – the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Noting the recent decision of the African Union Peace and Security Council to extend the mission for a further two months, Mr. Ban today reiterated his call on Member States to provide financial and logistical support to existing AMISOM troops, and for the deployment of additional contingents.In a statement issued by his spokesperson he commended “the dedication and courage shown by AMISOM personnel in providing security and humanitarian relief in Somalia, despite the numerous challenges,” and said he was encouraged by the readiness Uganda and Burundi to contribute one additional battalion each, and the pledge by Nigeria to deploy a battalion. He called on all parties that have not yet done so to join the Djibouti peace process. 29 December 2008The top United Nations envoy to Somalia today called for unity and solidarity among all the people of the strife-torn nation in the wake of President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed’s resignation from office, which he called a “patriotic and courageous” decision. read more


Australia files WTO complaint against Canada over wine sales rules

TORONTO — Australia has filed a complaint about Canada’s rules around wine sales with the World Trade Organization.The complaint filed Friday argues that Canada’s distribution, licensing and sales measures discriminate against imported wine.It targets product mark-ups, market access and listing policies used in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.‘Canada has just detonated a bomb’: Trade relations with U.S. plummet after WTO complaintCanadians want to be freed from provincial alcohol monopolies: pollThe complaint acts as a request for a consultation between the two countries in an effort to avoid litigation.If the matter is not resolved in 60 days, a panel can be brought in to adjudicate the case.The complaint comes two years after Australia pressed Canada to lower trade barriers on the wine industry like it had done for the European Union. read more


Simple spit test could diagnose asthma researchers say

first_img“We were therefore interested to know if techniques for metabolic profiling of saliva to identify physiological stress from exercise – developed by Loughborough – could be applied to asthma diagnosis. “We were very excited to discover that they could.”The findings were published in the journal Analytical Methods.Researchers said further large and long-term studies are needed before the tests can be offered in a clinical setting.If successful, the tests could be used to provide an early diagnosis of asthma, and to monitor patients being treated for the disease, they said. ‘Unlike other sampling methods … saliva can be collected from the very young to the very old without causing distress’Professor Colin Creaser from Loughborough’s Department of Chemistry Earlier this year a study suggested that half a million children who have been diagnosed with asthma may not actually have the condition.More than one million children have been diagnosed with asthma in Britain, but the British Journal of General Practice study suggested more than half may not have the chronic lung condition and could be at risk from the side effects of their medication.Last year the NHS watchdog warned that around one third of ‘asthmatic’ adults showed no clinical signs and had probably been misdiagnosed.Research published earlier this month suggested that a daily dose of Vitamin D could help treat the disease.Dr Samantha Walker, Director of Research and Policy at Asthma UK, said: “There is no single, simple test to diagnose asthma because it is such a complex condition with many different causes which we are yet to fully understand. This research suggests a saliva test could potentially be a simple way to diagnose asthma in the future.”However, this research into saliva tests was carried out with a relatively small group of only 30 people, and it will need testing in much larger numbers before we have a good picture of how effective it could really be in diagnosing asthma.” A simple saliva test could diagnosis asthma and tell doctors how severe condition is, researchers say.Around 5.4 million people currently receive treatment for asthma in the UK, including more than 1 million children.Diagnosis usually means measuring a person’s airflow lung capacity.However, such tests can be inaccurate, while other measures – such as blood, urine and sputum analysis can be distressing, especially for children, experts say.Researchers from Loughborough University say the new test, developed in collaboration with Nottingham City Hospital, could offer a “one stop” diagnosis, which is completely painless. The study collected saliva from 30 patients, with and without asthma.Researchers performed liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) analysis on the samples to find metabolic biomarkers which showed the presence of the disease.They said the sampling methods also had the potential to pinpoint the severity and progression of the disease.Professor Colin Creaser from Loughborough’s Department of Chemistry said:  “Unlike other sampling methods, such as expired breath analysis, saliva can be collected by passive drool from the very young to the very old without causing distress.”center_img Child with inhaler  Children can find current tests for asthma distressing, experts sayCredit:PA  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more


Serving detective and a businessman to face trial on allegations of corruption

first_img Friday 13 Sep 2019, 3:23 PM No Comments Short URL By David Raleigh Image: SIPA USA/PA Images 19,160 Views Fri 3:23 PM Image: SIPA USA/PA Images A SERVING DETECTIVE Garda has been sent forward for trial to Limerick Circuit Court, on allegations that he took money from a businessman in return for passing on confidential information about a Criminal Assets Bureau probe into the businessman’s company.The Garda and the businessman were each arrested as part of a major probe into allegations of garda corruption.The investigation is being conducted by Gardaí attached to the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI), based in Dublin.Detective Garda David Bourke, (48), with an address at Main Street Oola, Co Limerick, is charged with “corruptly obtaining” a payment or gift from Stephen O’Sullivan”, a director of Bawn Motors, a car sales firm, located at Ballysimon Rd, Limerick, contrary to Section 7 (2) of the Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act, 2018.Detective Garda Bourke faces a second charge that he did obtain the payment or gift during the course of his employment with An Garda Siochana for revealing to Mr O’Sullivan confidential information about a Criminal Assets Bureau investigation in relation to Bawn Motors, Section 5 (2) (B) of the Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act, 2018.Mr O’Sullivan, (37), with an address at Farrehy, Broadford, Co Limerick, was today also returned for trial.He faces a single charge, that, he did corruptly give or agree to give Detective Garda Bourke payment, consideration, or advantage, for the Garda revealing to him confidential information concerning a CAB investigation into Bawn Motors, of which Mr O’Sullivan was a company director at the time.Detective Garda Bourke, who wore a green padded jacket, navy pants, and tanned shoes, stood with his arms folded throughout today’s brief hearing at Limerick District Court.Mr O’Sullivan wore a three-piece dark navy suit, white shirt, and tanned shoes.Neither of the accused spoke during the hearing.Detective Inspector Michael McNulty, NBCI, told the court he presented each accused with copies of the State’s alleged Book of Evidence against them.A man and a woman were escorted from courtroom number six after shouting during the proceedings.Judge Marian O’Leary, who dealt with each accused separately, told them that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had consented that they both face a trial at Limerick Circuit Court.Judge O’Leary gave each accused the “alibi warning” where it was outlined to them that they had 14 days from today to inform the State of any potential alibi witnesses they may wish to call at their forthcoming trial.The charges against the two accused are alleged to have occurred on 22 December, 2018, at a location at Bruree, Co Limerick.During last Friday’s court sitting it was heard that Det Gda Bourke was arrested by Det Insp McNulty at 8.25am, that morning, at a location in Co Tipperary.Detective Garda Bourke was then brought to Shannon Garda Station in Co Clare where he was charged with two offences at 11.20am by Garda Michael Newport.He made no reply to each charge after caution, the court heard.The accused Garda’s bail conditions are that he sign on twice weekly at Tipperary Town Garda Station, between 6am-9pm; surrender his passport and not apply for a duplicate travel documentation; be contactable at all times; and that he reside at his home address in Oola.Detective Sergeant Dave Gilmore, NBCI, gave evidence last Friday of arresting Stephen O’Sullivan at 8.57am, that morning, in Broadford, Co Limerick.Mr O’Sullivan, who the court heard is currently working in Newmarket, was brought to Shannon Garda Station, where he was charged at 10.30am with one offence by Garda Michael Newport.Mr O’Sullivan’s bail conditions are that, he  sign on twice weekly at Kanturk Garda Station, Co Cork; that he reside at his home address in Broadford, Co Limerick; and that he notify gardai in writing if he intends to change address.Today, Judge O’Leary remanded both accused on continuing bail to appear for trial before the next sittings of Limerick Circuit Court, on their own bonds of €300. https://jrnl.ie/4808657 Share50 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Serving detective and a businessman to face trial on allegations of corruption Neither of the accused spoke during the hearing.last_img read more


Allergies attention à lambroisie

first_imgAllergies : attention à l’ambroisie France – Le Réseau national de surveillance aérobiologique (RNSA) a annoncé dans son bulletin du 13 août le retour de l’ambroisie et de ses pollens allergisants.Dans son bulletin allergo-pollinique du vendredi 13 août, le Réseau national de surveillance aérobiologique a annoncé la présence de pollens d’ambroisie sur le territoire français. Les régions touchées sont le Languedoc-Roussillon, la Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, l’Auvergne et la région Rhône-Alpes. Au moment où elle publiait ces résultats, l’agence notait un risque faible d’allergisation, déclarant toutefois qu’il devrait augmenter pour devenir moyen à élevé durant les périodes d’ensoleillement jusqu’à la fin du mois d’août.Ces pollens d’ambroisie sont susceptibles de déclencher des crises d’asthme, des rhinites et des conjonctivites. Pour se protéger, les personnes à risque doivent être particulièrement vigilantes sur la prise de leurs traitements préventifs et curatifs durant la période d’exposition.Le 17 août 2010 à 11:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


TShirt Tuesday The Best XMen Shirts

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail-order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: Marvel’s merry mutant menaces come to your chest with these X-Men shirts.X-Men Of The 90sThe 3-D extruded X-Men logo by artist Jim Steranko lasted for a really long time, and for good reason: it melds readibility and excitement without taking up too much cover space, and it’s recognizable at nearly any size. Artist OfficialGambit grabs the X and uses it as the focal point for this Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon parody that depicts the decade’s X-Men coming out in all the colors of the rainbow.$20, buy it here.Cats And LasersPlease, don’t lecture artist vo_maria about how Cyclops’s eye beam is actually a concussive force projected from an unknown energy dimension through the ruby crystal of his visor. Let’s just appreciate the cuteness for what it is and buy the shirt. Scott Summers has always been the most tightly-wound X-Man, so giving him a chance to blow off some steam with a kitten companion is good for everybody.$20, buy it here.X-Men HeadsWhile most superhero teams remained fairly static in the Golden Age, Marvel was all about shaking things up and no franchise showed that quite like the X-Men. With the launch of the new team, nearly every original member was retired, and under Chris Claremont’s nimble pen we’d see new characters and old favorites alike shuffle in and out of the book. Artist sergetowers80 does his best to depict every single hero on the team up until the early 1990s when things really started to get out of control.$20, buy it here.Appetite For MutationThe X-Men have a reputation for not just flirting with death but going all the way – and then coming back – so this skull design based on Guns N’ Roses’ album Appetite For Destruction is appropriate in multiple ways. Artist MShannon55 does a great job fusing the two universes together on their shirt. We all know that Slash can play guitar without looking at it, but what do you think Axl Rose’s mutant powers are?$20, buy it here.Mutie!People who rant and rave about “keeping politics out of comic books” must not have been reading the same ones we were for the past 50 years, because the X-Men have always been political. Prejudice against mutants was a core element of the series from the beginning, as the evolutionary ramifications of superhumans among us tends to freak normies out. Artist NeonHorror gives us a punk-influenced shot of some graffiti over the X-logo.$20, buy it here.Eez Ah Gambeet ZingWe definitely have mixed feelings for the X-Men comics of the 90s – sure, they were exciting and fun and featured some intense art, but they also introduced a bunch of ridiculous characters. Maybe the silliest and most ineplicably popular is Gambit, the Cajun mutant thief who somehow managed to become a sex symbol while also wearing a trenchcoat and having a rat tail. Very funny artist bransonreese skewers his awful accent and delivers an excellent shirt.$20, buy it here.X-Men YouthThe cover art for Sonic Youth’s Goo album by legendary punk illustrator Raymond Pettibon has been parodied time and time again, but we have a soft spot for RyanButtonIllustrations‘ take on it that replaces the anonymous criminal teens with Scott and Jean midway through the Dark Phoenix Saga. It’s a fine design for both indie rock fans and comic book heads.$20, buy it here.Fastball SpecialTeamwork is essential for superheroes, and few tandem manuevers have become as famous as Colossus and Wolverine’s Fastball Special. Using the massive strength of the Russian metal man to huck his indestructible clawed comrade at a foe is one of those moments that every new X-writer has to incorporate, because it perfectly captures the axis of goofy and cool that makes comics so great. Artist elblackbat totally nails it on this shirt.$20, buy it here.Limbo ChickPeter Rasputin’s younger sister Illyana has had a pretty troubled history, from cute little moppet abducted by interdimensional demons to sword-wielding sorceress who has been on both sides of the good/evil divide over the years. She’s currently an X-Man in good standing with one of the coolest costumes in the group, so designer NeonHorror decided to pay tribute to her complicated past and uncertain future with this striking and well-drawn shirt.$20, buy it here.X-ChibisThe X-franchise has always been known for strong female characters, owing a lot to the proclivities of longtime scribe Chris Claremont. Even after he left the book, though, writers have brought their best ideas for mutant ladies. Artist PageBranson brings a cheerful cartoon style to their portrait of 14 of the most memorable X-women, from Kitty Pryde and Jean Grey to X-23 and Armor. Putting them in the shape of the X-logo is a deft touch.$20, buy it here.last_img read more


Historic Artificially Conceived Southern White Rhino Born at SD Zoo

first_img In what is being called a “historic” birth, a southern white rhino calf conceived through hormone-induced ovulation and artificial insemination was born Sunday at San Diego Zoo.The healthy male calf was born to mother, Victoria, who remained calm during the 30-minute labor, according to a San Diego Zoo Global press release.Artificial insemination of southern white rhinos has rarely been successful; this is the first successful artificial insemination birth of a southern white rhino in North America.“All of us at San Diego Zoo Global are elated with the arrival of this special rhino calf,” said Barbara Durrant, Ph.D., Henshaw endowed director of Reproductive Sciences, San Diego Zoo Global. “We are so pleased Victoria and the calf are doing well. She is very attentive to her baby, and the calf is up and walking, and nursing frequently. Not only are we thankful for a healthy calf, but this birth is significant, as it also represents a critical step in our effort to save the northern white rhino from the brink of extinction.”Victoria was artificially inseminated with frozen semen from southern white rhino Maoto in March 2018 following hormone-induced ovulation. Victoria carried her calf for 493 days.This is the first successful artificial insemination birth of a southern white rhino in North America and brings us one step closer to saving the northern white rhino from extinction. https://t.co/NuT2AIVAw2 pic.twitter.com/Qnf2KHyagY— San Diego Zoo Safari Park (@sdzsafaripark) July 29, 2019According to he Zoo, Victoria and her calf will remain off-exhibit to the public for an undisclosed period of time, to allow them to bond.The calf will eventually be introduced to the other five female rhinos at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center— including Amani, also pregnant through artificial insemination and due to give birth in September or October.The artificial insemination and successful birth of the rhino calf represents a critical step in the organization’s ongoing work to develop the scientific knowledge required to genetically recover the northern white rhino, a distant subspecies of the southern white rhino. Only two northern white rhinos currently remain on Earth and, unfortunately, both are female.Animal care staff reported that Victoria did extremely well and remained calm during the 30-minute labor. The calf is nursing well, and mother and baby are bonding in a quiet nursing setting. pic.twitter.com/qsyOQMLmRY— San Diego Zoo Safari Park (@sdzsafaripark) July 29, 2019Scientists need to accomplish multiple steps to produce a northern white rhino. One of the first steps completed involved sequencing the genome of the northern white rhino to clarify the extent of genetic divergence from its closest relative, the southern white rhino. Another step requires conversion of cells preserved from 12 individual northern white rhinos in the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research’s Frozen Zoo to stem cells that could develop into sperm and eggs.But while the techniques still need to be perfected and the reproductive systems of rhinos are extremely complex, researchers are hopeful that a northern white rhino calf could be born from these processes within 10 to 20 years. This work also may be applied to other rhino species, including critically endangered Sumatran and Javan rhinos.More on Geek.com:Tam, Malaysia’s Last Male Sumatran Rhino, DiesRare Baby Rhino Born Using Artificial Insemination at Zoo MiamiAnaconda Gets Pregnant Without a Male, Has ‘Virgin Birth’ at Aquarium Zoo Officials Slam Visitors for Carving Names on Rhino’s BackTest Tube Embryo Transfer Could Bring Near-Extinct Rhinos Back to Life Stay on targetlast_img read more


AGA boss Bill Miller backs track record of US operators in Japan

first_img JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Speaking with Inside Asian Gaming just four months after taking over from Geoff Freeman as head of the AGA, Miller revealed he would be actively supporting American operators in Japan based on their economic achievements back home.“Ultimately when you are looking around for the best operators, they are the ones that care, that make investments in communities, that show their commitment to the local communities in which they operate, and I think American operators have a very good story to tell,” Miller, whose background includes 12 years as National Political Director for the US Chamber of Commerce, tells IAG.“I’ve been to Las Vegas many times since I began this job but I’ve also been to tribal properties and I’ve seen what the gaming industry has meant both from a commercial perspective and from a tribal perspective.“I’m a Chamber of Commerce guy at heart and I absolutely believe that you need economic hooks to create communities and whether it be a hospital, a university, a casino or IR, this ecosystem is a very positive one in communities across the country.“As the Japanese government is going through the decision-making process – and they’ve designed what an IR should look like in their opinion – they will ultimately have to look to those operators who are in-market today and applying those values, and I think our guys have a very good story to tell.”Miller also pointed to the impending license re-tendering process facing Macau’s six concessionaires – three of which are US-based – as a key issue for the AGA over the coming years.Asked whether he foresaw any problems befalling Sands, MGM or Wynn in successfully bidding for new licenses, Miller said, “I think Macau is a great success story because of the partnership between the commercial operators – be they American or other – and the Macanese government.“My view is that the American operators that have invested in Macau, that have made long-term commitments there and continue to drive innovation, are very important players in the economy and I think that should continue.” The new President and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA), Bill Miller, says the strong track record of US casino operators in providing a positive economic impact to the communities in which they operate should be a key consideration for Japanese authorities when it comes to issuing IR licenses.US operators rank among the most prominent contenders for the three Japan licenses on offer, with Las Vegas giants MGM Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts lining up alongside regional candidates such as Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, Rush Street Gaming and Foxwoods. Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move RelatedPosts Load More Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchaselast_img read more


McGrawHill Reports Revenue Slide

first_imgDuring the first quarter, BusinessWeek’s ad pages were down 19.4 percent over the same period in 2007, and ad revenues dropped 15.5 percent to $53.9 million, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.Revenues at McGraw-Hill’s education division stayed flat at $330.2 million while revenues for its financial services division—which includes the Standard & Poor’s brand—declined 11.6 percent to $644.3 million. Revenue at Standard & Poor’s Credit Market Services dropped 21.6 percent during the quarter to $427.3 million while Standard & Poor’s Investment Services group increased 18 percent to $217 million. BusinessWeek parent the McGraw-Hill Companies today reported its earnings for the first quarter, with overall revenues dropping 6.1 percent over the same period in 2007, totaling $1.2 billion. Income from operations was down 36.4 percent to $147.6 million. Net income for the quarter was down 43.6 percent to $81.1 million.Revenues for McGraw-Hill’s Information & Media division were $243.4 million, up 3.2 percent this quarter over the same period last year. In that division, the business-to-business group—which includes BusinessWeek and Aviation Week magazines, as well as J.D. Power and Associates and Platts news service—revenues increased 3.5 percent to $219.7 million.According to chairman, president and CEO Harold McGraw III, strong “demand in the energy markets for Platts’ news and pricing services and growth in the Asia-Pacific region for J.D. Powers’ research services were they key drivers in the Business-to-Business group’s first quarter performance.” last_img read more


Former NCI CEO Dan McCarthy Joins DeSilva Phillips

first_imgDan McCarthy, who yesterday announced his resignation as CEO of Atlanta-based real estate publisher Network Communications Inc., is joining media banker DeSilva & Phillips as a partner. McCarthy [pictured] previously served as CEO of Primedia Enthusiast Group and president/CEO of Cowles Business Media. According to DeSilva & Phillips, McCarthy “has lead more than 30 transactions and financings, including the $380 million sale of NCI to Citigroup Venture Capital Group, the $120 million acquisition of NCI by ABRY Partners; and the $300 million debt restructuring of NCI.” Joining a media banker is a natural step for many former publishing CEOs, particularly between publishing gigs. Ex-Penton CEO Tom Kemp served with Veronis Suhler Stevenson as managing director before ultimately taking over as CEO of Northstar Travel Media, while former Nielsen chief transformation officer Mike Marchesano joined the Jordan, Edmiston Group as managing director, to name just two.   Meanwhile, DeSilva & Phillips appointed two new executives to head up three verticals that the firm is looking to for growth. John Kaiser, Jr. now oversees the Advertising & Digital Agency sector while Jessica Luterman Naeve oversees Social Media and Video. Kaiser, Jr. and Luterman Naeve will co-head the Marketing Services sector.last_img read more


AL picks Niketa for Fakhruls vacant seat

first_imgBogura Awami League joint secretary T Zaman Niketa. Photo: CollectedBogura Awami League joint secretary T Zaman Niketa has been picked for contesting the Bogura-6 by-election on party ticket.”We’ve chosen T Zaman Niketa for the Bogura-6 by-election from our party,” AL joint secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif told UNB over phone on Sunday.The decision came from a meeting of Awami League Nomination Board held at the prime minister’s official residence Ganobhaban with prime minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina in the chair.Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on 30 April declared the Bogura-6 constituency vacant as BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir did not take oath as MP or seek time before the deadline expired.As per the law, if any MP-elect refrains from taking oath within 90 days after the beginning of the first session or refrains from informing the Speaker, his/her membership gets cancelled.The election commission has announced that fresh polls will be held to Bogura-6 constituency on 24 June.The last date for submitting nomination papers is 23 May and candidates will be able to withdraw nominations by 3 June. The nomination papers will be scrutinised on 27 May.The symbols will be allocated among the candidates on 4 June.Although Fakhrul refrained from taking oath, five other BNP MPs, however, were sworn in to the 11th parliament. While four of them took oath on 29 April, another was sworn in on 25 April.last_img read more


Wii 2 controller has camera 6inch display stylus

first_imgAs we get closer to June 7, and the start of E3 in Los Angeles, the rumors and leaks are going to increase about what the Wii 2 reveal by Nintendo will consist of.We saw a video of a developer meeting yesterday that had the Wii 2 running, as well as a presentation showing the design of the case and the controller. Today, more details are starting to appear about that tech-heavy controller.Develop has been told by an “insider” that the controller houses a large 6-inch display that has the option of input via a stylus. We knew the screen was going to be present, but we didn’t realize how large it would be.The other surprise inclusion is a front-facing camera. This is thought to play a part in some games to allow you to capture images for use in-game e.g. using your own mug shot to represent your character. This is a feature Nintendo is thought to be using in forthcoming 3DS games such as the Star Fox 64 remake.Until June 7 all such information remains rumor and speculation. We don’t doubt Nintendo has a number of surprises up its sleeve and will surely get gamers talking about its new hardware.Read more at DevelopMatthew’s OpinionA 6-inch display embedded in the controller sounds a little big to us. If you think how large a 4-inch smartphone is, then add 2-inches and a bunch of standard joypad controllers around it. That’s one large, heavy controller. So that part of the rumor we remain unconvinced about.A stylus also sounds counterintuitive. Nintendo will want games played on a TV with quick input through the controller. Having to reach for a stylus mid-game to make an input sounds messy. However, it could just be optional and allow mini-games to be played with the player’s full attention on their controller screen.last_img read more


Why You Should Hire Independent IT Consultants

first_img Register Now » March 20, 2008 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read By Mike BohlmannStrategic IT is the use of information technology to play a vital role in an organization’s business plan by improving efficiency, creating opportunities, and interacting with customers and vendors. Whereas operational IT is the use of information technology to support the functions of the business with such things as accounting software, e-mail systems, and electronic file storage.How do smaller businesses choose between strategic and operational IT? I addressed this issue in an earlier column critiquing Nicholas Carr’s “IT Doesn’t Matter.” But before smaller organizations can pursue potential projects with an operational or strategic IT perspective, they often need to look outside for IT resources if they don’t have them in-house. But where do you get IT expertise?In smaller organizations that use IT as an operational tool, there will be times that new IT capabilities need to be implemented to stay in the game. For example, just about every business has at least a basic Web site with information about the company, how to contact it, and the products or services it offers. An organization with an operational IT approach might talk to people they know who are IT savvy to discover what they needed to do and how to get it done as quickly and cheaply as possible. By contrast, another organization might look beyond operational IT capacities to consider the strategic potential of a Web site and recognize that it needs more than a mere electronic brochure.Recently, a friend of mine who works at a small print publisher faced exactly this issue. The publisher needed to overhaul its Web site, but the internal staff didn’t have Web skills beyond basic HTML and image editing, so they knew they needed to hire a person or company to do the work. But they were unsure how to do that, so I offered act as an independent IT consultant on the project.For organizations without IT management skills, independent IT consultants can be valuable allies who help identify needs, find potential service providers, advise on provider selection, and help plan and manage the project. Smaller businesses without skilled IT management can bring this expertise in-house temporarily for specific projects by hiring independent consultants, and that’s the role I played for my friend’s company.Hiring a consultant is an investment. Moreover, it’s tempting to cut costs by talking directly to service providers without input from a consultant. After all, quality service providers will gather requirements, plan the project, and manage it, so why spend more money to have a consultant do the same thing? Though a service provider and a consultant may indeed duplicate roles, they do so with distinctly different perspectives — the consultant advocates for the best interests of the client. A service provider will act in its own interest, and that may result in higher project costs or solutions that don’t meet the project objectives or both. An independent consultant plays a vital watchdog role to ensure that the service provider delivers what the client needs, not what the provider wants to deliver.An organization shopping for IT services needs to have an objective insider who’s working for it and its interests and can also identify the vendors that do not have good practices. Relying on service providers can be risky as they will have their own vision of how things should be, what add-ons they can sell to the customer, and how best to go about completing the project; and, that’s after the challenge of choosing which company to use for the project.Despite the obvious benefits of retaining an independent IT consultant, finding one who’s qualified isn’t easy. The best advice I can offer is to rely on your network of contacts. Most people know at least someone who works in IT who either has the right IT management skills or knows someone else who does. If you ask around enough, you’ll find someone who’s able and willing to help you. You’re looking for an IT leader and not for the best PHP programmer your network can find. With that in mind, here are four traits you should try to find in your independent IT consultant:Business savvyTranslating business needs into technical requirementsVendor assessment capabilitiesProject management skills (if you don’t want to rely on the service provider)I include project management as an optional skill because most vendors have worked with non-IT people as their main contact at a customer and have their own project mechanisms in place. Being business savvy and being able to translate business needs into technical needs are critical to making strategic, rather than purely operational, IT decisions. A business-savvy IT person understands issues like return on investment, cost management, revenue generation, and marketing. Having the ability to identify potential service providers and evaluate their ability to successfully complete the project is not to be looked over either. By getting someone with these skills to help out, an organization can more safely move forward on an IT project when IT is not a strategic component of the organization.So what happened with my friend’s printing company? It decided to use a vendor that someone in the company was familiar with rather that considering multiple vendors. In the end, it went over budget, over schedule, and didn’t get some of the features it wanted.Mike Bohlmann has more than 10 years of experience as a Web developer and an IT manager. He is an IT manager at the University of Illinois, where he is in the process of completing work toward his master’s degree. His research is focused on IT management, leadership, and services. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more


Spain says 32 arrested as general strike begins

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Men’s health affects baby’s health too Ministry official Cristina Diaz played down participation saying it was hardly noticeable in goods haulage and major city wholesale food markets.She said electricity consumption, a gauge of industrial activity, was down 11 percent on a normal working day.Strikes and protests are also planned in Italy, Greece, Portugal, France and Belgium.With a 25 percent unemployment rate, Spain is at the core of Europe’s debt crisis.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img Sponsored Stories MADRID (AP) – A Spanish Interior Ministry official says 32 people have been arrested and 15 people treated for minor injuries in disturbances as a general strike in Spain against austerity measures and economic reforms began.The General Workers Union said the nationwide stoppage, the second this year, was being heeded by nearly 100 percent of workers Wednesday in the automobile, energy, shipbuilding and constructions industries. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories last_img read more


Palestinian hit by jeep killed amid clashes with Israelis

first_img Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Medics check the body of Palestinian Abdallah Ghanayem, 22, killed in clashes with Israeli forces in Kafr Malik village, at a hospital in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, June 14, 2015. Ghanayem was killed after being hit by an Israeli army jeep amid clashes in the West Bank early Sunday near Ramallah. Palestinian officials say local residents were hurling stones at Israeli troops, while the Israeli military said the deceased man threw a firebomb at an Israeli military jeep. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Majid Maadi, the mayor of Kafr Malik, identified the dead Palestinian as Abdallah Ghanayem, 22. Maadi said Israeli soldiers shot Ghanayem before he was hit by the jeep. The Israeli military said it was investigating the incident.___This story has been corrected to show the name of the village as Kafr Malik, not Malec.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   JERUSALEM (AP) — A 22-year-old Palestinian man was killed Sunday after being hit by an Israeli army jeep amid clashes in the West Bank, authorities said.Palestinian officials said the clash involved local residents hurling stones at the Israeli troops in the village of Kafr Malik, just outside of Ramallah. The Israeli military said the Palestinian man threw a firebomb at the Israeli jeep, causing it to swerve and hit him. The military said soldiers later tried to provide medical assistance to the man, but the Palestinian had already died from his wounds.last_img read more