India’s star batsmen have no excuses left after failing in another away Test

first_imgThe famed Indian batting lineup was once again left exposed by English bowlers in the Edgbaston Test with just Virat Kohli waging a lone battle in both innings.The captain led from the front with 149 and 51 runs in both outings but poor performance of the other batters resulted in India losing the match by 31 runs to concede a 1-0 lead in the five-match series to the hosts.The meek surrender from India’s batsmen once again raised the question of their preparedness in English conditions or the lack of it.Sunil Gavaskar Exclusive: ‘India should have played more warm-up games in England’Just like in South Africa, India’s strategy before the Tests in England came under scanner when they decided to reduce the four-day practice match against Essex to three and headed to Birmingham instead where they would get an extra day to practice in the nets and get used to the conditions.We need to give batsmen some space, says Ashwin after Edgbaston Test defeatBut even that didn’t happen for the Kohli’s side as rain forced the team to cancel the practice session last Sunday.This meant India went into the 42-day series with just three days of proper practice.Edgbaston Test: Too early to judge India’s batting failure, says Shaun PollockThe result was there for all to see as the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane and Dinesh Karthik, along with the tail-enders, managed just 236 runs in both innings. Rahul replaced Pujara in the playing XI in the Edgbaston Test and scored 4 and 13 in both innings (AP Photo)India vs England: India batsmen need to watch and learn from Virat KohliadvertisementKohli, the only batsman who stood up against England’s James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Ben Stokes, scored the remaining 200 runs which kept India in the game after a splendid performance from its bowlers.Sourav Ganguly wants Vijay, Rahane to step up in remaining Tests vs EnglandThe script was quite similar on the South Africa tour where India didn’t even play a tour game and only practiced in the nets. Kohli emerged as the top-scorer in the three Tests with 286 runs including a hundred while the next-best Indian batsman on the list was all-rounder Hardik Pandya with 119 runs.Virat Kohli wants his batsmen to look in the mirror after Edgbaston defeatBut for how long can Kohli keep on waging a lone battle like this and when will the others step up?The same batsmen have been outstanding in Test matches in the sub-continent. Take them out and the story completely changes.Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in EdgbastonJust a look at their averages in England, South Africa and New Zealand in the recent past is enough to ring the alarm bells. Murali Vijay failed to provide good starts for India in the Edgbaston Test (Getty Images)Vijay is the most experienced out of the four having played 6 matches in England and 2 in New Zealand, averaging 35 and 12 respectively. In South Africa he averages just over 23.Stats: England win in their 1000th Test despite Virat Kohli brillianceThen comes Pujara, who has featured in five Tests in England and 2 in New Zealand, averaging 22 and 15 respectively. It goes up slightly to 31.51 in South Africa.Adelaide 2014, Birmingham 2018: Virat Kohli let down by India’s other batsmenDhawan meanwhile, averaged over 53 in New Zealand in 2014 but in England it drops down to 20.12 while in South Africa it drops to 18. Shikhar Dhawan averages 20.12 in England against a career average of 42.98 (AP Photo)Rahul is the least experienced batsman in the team but even he has struggled in whatever opportunities that he has got so far. The average is below 10 in England and South Africa, where he played two matches earlier this year.India thus, have had to rely on Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane to do the bulk of the scoring on most overseas tours outside the sub-continent.The problem now is that the vice-captain is going through a lean phase this year which is adding to India’s headache. He’s played just three Tests this year – 2 in South Africa and 1 in England – till now and is averaging just over 16 against a career average of 42.17.He was surprisingly dropped for the new-year Test in Cape Town before coming back into the playing XI but he hasn’t been at his best ever since. Ajinkya Rahane is going through a lean phase with the bat in 2018, averaging just over 16 (AP Photo)The next Test will be played in London where India had registered a historic win in 2014 riding on Rahane’s hundred in the first innings while Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Vijay made telling contributions as well.advertisementWith the injured Bhuvi and Jasprit Bumrah not in the squad and India trailing 1-0, the rest of the batsmen in particular, have to step up and support Kohli if they want to bounce back in the series.It is high time that the others pull up their socks and perform otherwise we might see some drastic changes in the Test team at the conclusion of the remaining four Tests.last_img read more

Thierry Henry suspended as Monaco manager, assistant coach Franck Passi takes charge

first_imgThierry Henry’s coaching stint at Monaco could already be over, with the club deciding to suspend the former France striker from his duties on Thursday while it makes a final decision on his future.Monaco made the announcement on Thursday with the club battling to avoid relegation amid rising tensions between Henry and players in the squad.In a brief statement, Monaco said the former striker has been suspended with immediate effect and that assistant coach Franck Passi will take charge of the team’s training session on Friday. Henry only took the job – his first as a manager – in October, but the decision follows two embarrassing losses for Monaco, 5-1 at home to Strasbourg last weekend and 3-1 at home to second-division Metz in the French Cup on Tuesday.Monaco didn’t state a reason for Henry’s suspension, but it came hours after the coach said he had excluded several players from training in a bid to keep only the motivated players.”There weren’t too many at training yesterday (Wednesday). We’re in a critical situation, unfortunately that hasn’t changed,” Henry said at a news conference earlier Thursday. “At some stage you need lads who want to save the club, who are not just thinking of themselves. We’re sifting through them, we’re going to war.”Asked who had been excluded from the squad, Henry suggested it was a significant issue when he replied: “You will see the team. There are too many names.”Monaco is in 19th place in the French league and has a crucial match away to fellow struggler Dijon on Saturday, followed by a League Cup semifinal against Guingamp next Tuesday.advertisementHenry’s situation has grown increasingly precarious and the club has been linked with a return for Leonardo Jardim, who was fired in October.Jardim led Monaco to the French title – beating Paris Saint-Germain by eight points – and the Champions League semifinals in 2017.Since replacing him, Henry has won only four of 20 matches. He arrived with only very limited experience as an assistant coach working with Belgium’s forwards, and had another lucrative role as a television pundit.The former France and Arsenal great has been unable to inspire his players and has been openly critical of them, recently saying “honestly, I don’t think the lads realize what is happening” and that every match looked the same because of the number of errors being made.In the Champions League, Monaco finished bottom of its qualifying group and lost 4-0 at home to unheralded Belgian side Club Brugge.Henry recently persuaded former Arsenal teammate and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas to join him and help the club avoid relegation.It looks like Fabregas might be doing so without Henry – Arsenal and France’s all-time leading goal scorer.last_img read more

Here’s a cool look at OSU’s chrome helmets

first_imgUSATSI_8104834_154512258_lowresIt’s awesome.Umm, these are sick. #OKState pic.twitter.com/OlfRhjQHIY— Colin Deaver (@ColinDeaverTV) September 25, 2014 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

Manchester City 2017-18 player ratings: how the title winners stack up

first_imgDavid Silva 9/10 Yet again the Spaniard added guile and sorcery to City’s play, illustrating what a top‑class proposition he remains at 32.Fernandinho 9/10 Almost monotonous in his excellence. City are aiming to buy a successor this summer; it will be hard to match his quality.Ilkay Gündoğan 8/10 A princely schemer who would walk into virtually any other European side. Has excelled when given the opportunity .Leroy Sané 9/10 Proved the doubters wrong to become one of City’s blue‑riband performers. Seriously fast, with plenty of end product.Raheem Sterling 9/10 The season of his career, delivering goals on top of creativity. As with Sané, appears transformed under Guardiola.Bernardo Silva 7/10 The quality of City’s attacking forces is summed up by the Portuguese being unable to pin down a starting place.Yaya Touré 5/10 Has hardly featured in his swan‑song season for the club – but what better way to exit than with another league title?Phil Foden 6/10 What an achievement it was for the 17-year-old to force his way into this side. The fact that he is a local boy makes it extra special.Brahim Díaz 5/10 A fringe player but the 18-year-old Spaniard has appeared accomplished in the few minutes allowed him.StrikersSergio Agüero 10/10 A haul of over 20 league goals, despite not enjoying Guardiola’s unqualified confidence, shows how lethal the 29-year-old is.Gabriel Jesus 6/10 Still Guardiola’s favourite No 9 despite another injury-blighted campaign. Repaid his faith with some important league goals. Oleksandr Zinchenko 7/10 The 21-year-old Ukrainian, a midfielder for most of his nascent career, has been another eye‑catching option at left-back.Benjamin Mendy 6/10 The left-back had his season cruelly truncated by a serious knee injury in September and is only now nearing fitness again.Eliaquim Mangala 6/10 The previously maligned Frenchman, loaned to Everton in January, impressed when he did play, to Guardiola’s credit.MidfieldersKevin De Bruyne 10/10 A magnificent footballer – deserves full marks because in virtually every league match he has been simply formidable. Share on Twitter Manchester City crowned Premier League champions after shock United defeat Play Video 4:04 Read more Share via Email Manchester City Leroy Sané GoalkeepersEderson 9/10 A flawless debut season in English football – a stark contrast to Claudio Bravo’s disastrous 2016-17 campaign.Claudio Bravo 5/10 In the shadows. His sole league appearance came as a substitute when Ederson was injured in the 5-0 win against Liverpool.Defenders Topics Share on Messengercenter_img Kyle Walker 8/10 Integral to City’s improvement under Guardiola. Would earn a higher mark if he had marauded more along his flank.Danilo 7/10 The Brazilian proved a fine back-up across the defence. His ability to play defensive midfield was a useful option, too.Vincent Kompany 8/10 Timed a run of fitness to become a regular at the business end of the season – and remains the best central defender at the club.Nicolás Otamendi 7/10 A Guardiola favourite who has raised his game but he remains vulnerable to pace and the high ball: not ideal for a centre-back.John Stones 6/10 Is surely more talented than Otamendi but lost his regular berth due to being error-prone, slipping down to fourth choice.Aymeric Laporte 6/10 The Frenchman joined in January and has so far looked the part, his physical presence strengthening the rearguard.Fabian Delph 7/10 An example of the importance Guardiola puts on versatility: the midfielder has performed at left-back with ease. Share on LinkedIn features Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Read more How Pep Guardiola’s tactics made Manchester City Premier League champions – video Manchester City have stirred hearts to earn a place in pantheon of great sides Jonathan Wilson Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Vegan footballers: Diet, benefits & stars who cut meat out

first_imgDiscussions about veganism can be rather divisive and the topic evokes strong feelings in those who adhere to its tenets as well as those who don’t.In the UK, for example, the mere promotion of a ‘vegan sausage roll’ by a bakery chain caused ructions on social media and it lamentably became a cause du jour on talk shows across the country.Some of those who bristle at the idea of veganism might be surprised to learn that an increasing number of elite-level athletes are ‘going vegan’, including footballers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Players from teams such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City have reportedly made the change to help, with each of them giving their own reasons.As more footballers embrace vegan diets, Goal takes a look at what it is, stars who have taken meat off the menu and the benefits of doing so.What is veganism?Veganism is the philosophy and practice of abstaining from the use of animal products. It is generally associated with diet, but also extends further into other aspects of life.The term ‘vegan’ was coined by animal rights advocate Donald Watson in 1944 and it is closely associated with vegetarianism, whose practitioners do not consume meat.A vegan diet is based predominantly on vegetables, grains, seeds, legumes, fruits, mushrooms and nuts.As well as abstaining from meat, vegans do not eat animal products such as eggs, milk or cheese, but there alternatives sourced from plants, such as oat or coconut milk.Footballers who are vegan or vegetarianChris Smalling Paul Pogba Manchester United Premier League 2018Scientific advances in sport over the course of recent decades have helped to increase the capacity of athletes and diet is a major part of that.A number of footballers at the highest level have revealed that they have adopted vegan diets in order to improve their performances or deal with chronic inflammation.Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has been particularly vocal about his decision to become a vegan, explaining that he spoke with the boxer David Haye, who also follows a vegan diet, about the benefits.“For me the most important thing is that inflammation in my body after games and the speed that my body recovers compared to before,” Bellerin told The Players’ Tribune.”I’ve always had little problems in my ankles when I played very hard games, they’d get very inflamed and stiff.“Now I don’t even have to strap them to play any more. It doesn’t just make a difference in your body but I strongly believe that with what we’re doing to the earth [it’s] paying back the earth too.”Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling is another example of a footballer who has adopted a “fully vegan” diet, having been influenced by his wife Sam Cooke. The England international indicated, in an interview with ESPN, that it helped the tendonitis in his knees.Hector Bellerin veganismWest Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere has embraced a gluten-free vegan lifestyle and believes that it has improved his performances on the pitch as well as his appearance.”I feel that I look better, I have certainly lost a bit of weight, and am leaner. I am probably fitter as well,” Wilshere told the Evening Standard. “I feel sharper and quicker on the pitch. I feel like I can last longer.”Colombia international Sebastian Perez revealed in 2018 that he had become vegan telling Infobae: “There are those who say that animals are there to be eaten, but for me the world belongs to all living beings.”Russell Martin, a Scotland international who previously played for Norwich City, told the Eastern Daily Press in 2016 that he began following a vegan diet to help with his health.”It started because of a health problem I have which can sometimes flare up,” Martin said. “I had stopped taking my medication for it and turned to alternative Chinese therapy. And now along with not eating any animal products I have not had any flare ups since.”Sergio Aguero Manchester City 2018-19A number of players have recently been reported as vegans, but on closer inspection they are not strictly followers of the philosophy. Manchester City and Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, for example, has cut meat out of his diet in a bid to help avoid the recurrence of certain injuries, but he is more of a vegetarian than a vegan.”I had to change a lot of things, starting with my food,” Aguero told the Independent in 2015.“I went to a doctor in Italy and he checked everything we did, and I had to change quite a bit – no more pasta, no more sugar and no meat, which I used to eat quite a bit because Argentinian meat is very good.”Aguero’s compatriot Lionel Messi is believed to avoid meat during the playing season, while the striker’s Man City team-mate Fabian Delph is another example who is not strictly vegan, with the midfielder clarifying, contrary to reports, that he had only cut red meat – not all meat – out of his diet.England international Jermain Defoe has tried a vegan diet and frequently sings its praises, but admitted to being “more pescatarian” in late 2018, due to his love of fish.”I do it to try to prolong my career, to just give you that extra edge,” Defoe told ESPN. “But the diet is not just about football for me. It’s long-term. It’s clean living.”It is also interesting to note that English League Two outfit Forest Green Rovers recently became the ‘world’s first vegan football club’.Forest Green players are not forced to become vegans, but the club serves only vegan food at its training ground and stadium.What are the health benefits of veganism?One of the chief attractions of the vegan diet for athletes is the fact that it is associated with a variety of health benefits.Studies have concluded that balanced vegan diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease and, as noted above, players have reported reduced inflammation in previously chronic rheumatic injuries.Vegan diets generally involve an increased intake of fibre, which helps improve digestion and a somewhat cosmetic bonus associated is clearer skin.If care is not taken to ensure a balanced vegan diet, followers can risk developing deficiencies in protein and vitamin B12.Vegan athletes in other sportsTony Bellew David HayeA broad span of athletes follow vegan diets, with examples in basketball, American football, mixed martial arts and tennis among others.Tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, UFC fighter Nate Diaz and former San Franciso 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick are all famously vegan.New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is reported to follow an 80 per cent plant-based diet, while Derrick Morgan, Jurrell Casey, DaQuan Jones are all believed to follow vegan dietsNBA stars Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Wilson Chandler, JaVale McGee, Enes Kanter and Jahlil Okafor are all said to be vegans.As mentioned, former heavyweight boxing champions David Haye follows a vegan diet. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Why the Infiniti Q60 Coupe was a Surprisingly Perfect Pick for a Southern Road Trip

first_img Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) Editors’ Recommendations Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Infiniti is one of those brands that really never sparked an emotion with me. My best friend’s parents had an old Qx4 as a daily driver and a ’94 J30 sedan that left the garage maybe once a month. Both were solid cars, both were that seminal ’90s opaque tan, and both got you from point A to point B with not much beyond a whimper.So when a 2017 Infiniti Q60 came up as an option for a recent trek through Tennessee, Georgia, and the Carolinas, I’ll admit that my initial reaction was one of curiosity.How far had Nissan’s luxury brand come in all those years? The answer is somewhere between a little and a lot, depending on your point of view.From the outside, my Infiniti Q60 tester in the 3.0T trim was a beauty and came draped in Iridium Blue with curvy lines and a fluidity more reserved for a Mercedes E400 or BMW 6 Series coupe. When I picked it up from the Nashville airport, it was downright sparkling — only 7,500 miles on the odometer and ready for seemingly anything.Geoff Nudelman/The ManualFrom my first tap on the throttle, it was clear Infiniti has made leaps and bounds under the hood. All 400 horses of turbocharged steel go straight to the accelerator. Every green light offers a slight hit of G-force, like a gentle upper that gets very addictive, very quickly.On the open road, it’s damn near impossible to keep it under 80 mph. Throttle response is exceptional and a mere tap of the pedal runs it at the speed limit. On the curvy section of I-40 between Knoxville, Tennessee and Asheville, North Carolina, the summer performance tires stuck nicely to the asphalt and the car blended into every turn with ease.Perhaps it’s best that Infiniti poured this coupe’s appeal into the engine first. While it would be unfair to call this Q60’s interior and control panel bland, it’s really a shame that a palette of grays and dark blues offset the juggernaut underneath the hood. The rather simplistic InTouch infotainment system has two screens for reasons beyond this writer, and phone connectivity is basic at best. With a $52,000-plus price tag, it’s not unreasonable to expect more gadgetry and oomph compared to its European and American competition.InfinitiThe flip side of that equation is classic Infiniti. The Q60’s unassuming charm means that this car that will fit in to just about any setting. Whether on The Battery in Charleston or the country roads of Tennessee, it doesn’t demand attention. It simply invites you in for a closer look without much menace or fanfare.If you prefer to disguise your high-tier horsepower from your co-workers, friends, or family, you could do much worse than the Q60. Solely from a driver’s point of view, it’s a blast. It shattered everything I remembered about Infiniti into little pieces and left it behind in the dust on I-26 through South Carolina. Ideally, you’ll be too busy enjoying the torque underneath your feet to consider the interior’s needed updating.When you pull up next to an Audi A5 or Fod Mustang GT, the opposing driver may scoff, but you’ll know you’re covered whether heading to the country club or for an evening out. The Q60 definitely opened this driver’s eyes up, but he’ll be focusing on the road ahead, not the dash. NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy last_img read more

Tips on steroids Social media both a help hurdle for police investigations

first_imgSocial media can help or hurt police investigations such as the one into three homicides in northern British Columbia, says a criminologist.Frank Cormier, head of the sociology and criminology department at the University of Manitoba, says police have started using social media as a way to get their message out.“It can be fairly effective as a tool,” he said in an interview. “Like any newer technology, it’s always a double-edged sword.”RCMP confirmed earlier this week that two bodies found in the dense brush outside of Gillam, Man., were those of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, suspected of killing a young tourist couple and a botanist in B.C. last month.RCMP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett told a news conference in B.C. last week that media coverage and public engagement were key to the public’s level of awareness.“(It) resulted in police receiving a consistent stream of information and over 1,000 tips,” he said.Hackett didn’t elaborate on how the tips came in or where they came from, and no one from the RCMP responded to an interview request.The Ontario Provincial Police had assigned a team of investigators earlier this month to look into the 100-plus tips about the fugitives in that province.“It was a combination of a lot of things,” said Staff Sgt. Carolle Dionne. “One (was) the coverage in the media, knowing that these two suspects were wanted and running away from police. And then you (had) the indication that they were moving east.”Dionne said the provincial police don’t take tips on social media, but received calls from people reporting comments that they had seen on Facebook or Twitter.“They would say, ‘Yeah, I think I’ve seen them,’ and then people would come to us and say, ‘So and so said this on their social media account’ and then we get it third hand.”Peter German, a former RCMP deputy commissioner, said it’s clear that virtually every one of the tips about the case was incorrect.“That speaks to the issue that police have these days with social media,” he said. “The other thing … is that most of those people really believed that they saw them and that speaks to eye witness identification, which can be so faulty.“That is a huge issue that police have to deal with … it’s the one that you don’t follow up that ends up being the critical one, and the question will then be asked: ‘Why didn’t you?’”German said social media has facilitated what’s become “tips on steroids.”Several warnings from police and the federal public safety minister telling Canadians to be on alert for Schmegelsky and McLeod made people extra vigilant and led to even more tips, both German and Dionne said.“Going through all those tips then means more resources,” said Dionne. “If you put in more people to triage, then it means you have less people out there.”Dionne stressed that police want people to report what they see because it could be the tip that matters to the investigation. A sighting in Meadow Lake, Sask., for instance, helped police identify Schmegelsky and McLeod as suspects rather than missing persons.Cormier said the large number of tips shows how intensely the public was tuned into the case.“Any story that catches the attention of social media becomes multiplied,” he said. “It can magnify people’s emotional response and that can lead people to be a little bit caught up and police can be flooded with speculation.“They are people who want to help, but they become a little caught up in the excitement of the story.”In some cases, he said, there are also people who feed false rumours and lies.“They’ll just make things up,” said Cormier. “We have trolls everywhere. They take great delight in messing with various processes and procedures.”It’s easy to see both sides, he said.“Social media makes it so much easier, but it can obviously also be a bad thing in some cases.”Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN refugee agency helps Mauritanian refugees return home from Senegal

14 March 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has resumed assisting Mauritanian refugees return to their home country from Senegal where they have been in exile for nearly two decades. Yesterday, a UNHCR convoy took 257 refugees from 61 families from four settlements on the southern bank of the Senegal River to the Mauritanian town of Rosso. “We plan to step up the pace of voluntary returns and organize bi-weekly convoys to reach a target of 3,000 returns per month,” UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva, adding that the next two convoys will take over 400 returnees to Mauritania on 18 and 22 March. Currently, some 24,000 Mauritanian refugees are residing in northern Senegal, along the border with their home country. In April 1989, a long-standing border dispute between the two countries erupted into ethnic violence, and some 60,000 Mauritanians fled to Senegal and Mali. UNHCR assisted the refugees in northern Senegal until 1995 and facilitated the reintegration of 35,000 who decided on their own accord to return home between 1996 and 1998. Yesterday’s repatriation follows the voluntary return of 103 refugees in late January, and the current UNHCR programme will come to a close this December. Those repatriating receive an assistance package, which includes kitchen sets, blankets, buckets, mosquito nets, soap and sanitary kits. They are also given a three-month food ration from the UN World Food Program (WFP). In the areas to which refugees are returning, reintegration projects are underway in the health, water and education sectors. read more

UN agency identifies new world heritage sites

31 July 2010The United Nations agency tasked with preserving humanity’s cultural heritage today added a selection of new sites situated in various countries around the globe to its World Heritage List, after deciding that they were of outstanding universal value. The new sites recognized by the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), include the Central Highlands in Sri Lanka, the Papahânaumokuâkea islands and atolls in the United States and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania.Others are the Turaif District in ad-Dir’iyah, Saudi Arabia, the Australian Convict Sites, the Jantar Mantar in India, the Sheikh Safi al-Din Khânegâh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil, Iran, the Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex also in Iran, the Bikini Atoll in Marshall Islands and the Historic Villages of Korea – Hahoe and Yangdong – in the Republic of Korea.The World Heritage Committee has been meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, this week to review candidates for inclusion on its World Heritage List and assess the List of World Heritage in Danger.Situated in the south-central part of Sri Lanka, the Central Highlands comprise the Peak Wilderness Protected Area, the Horton Plains National Park and the Knuckles Conservation Forest.The forests, where the land rises to 2,500 metres above sea-level, are home to an extraordinary range of flora and fauna, including several endangered species such as the western-purple-faced langur, the Horton Plains slender loris and the Sri Lankan leopard. The region is considered a super biodiversity hotspot.Papahânaumokuâkea is a vast and isolated linear cluster of small, low lying islands and atolls, with their surrounding ocean, roughly 250 kilometres to the northwest of the main Hawaiian Archipelago and extending over some 1,931 kilometres.The area has deep cosmological and traditional significance for living native Hawaiian culture, as an ancestral environment, as an embodiment of the Hawaiian concept of kinship between people and the natural world, and as the place where it is believed that life originates and to where the spirits return after death.The Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania has an extraordinary record of human evolution at the site. It spans a vast area of land from the Serengeti National Park in the north-west of Tanzania to the eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley. The property had previously been inscribed on the list as a natural site.Archaeological research in the area has also yielded a long sequence of evidence of human evolution and human-environment dynamics, collectively spanning almost four million years to the early modern era.The Ngorongoro conservancy also contains the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, which is the world’s largest caldera, and the Olduvai Gorge, one of the world’s most important pre-historic sites, where anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey made many of their greatest discoveries.The At Turaif District in ad-Dir’iyah was the first capital of the Saudi Dynasty, in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula, north-west of Riyadh.Founded in the 15th century, it bears witness to the Najdi architectural style, which is specific to the centre of the Arabian peninsula.The Australian Convict Sites includes a selection of 11 penal sites, among the thousands established by the British Empire on Australian soil in the 18th and 19th centuries. They are located on the fertile coastal strip from which the Aboriginal peoples were then forced back, mainly around Sydney and in Tasmania, as well as on Norfolk Island and in Fremantle.The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, India, is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century. It includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments. They are monumental examples in masonry of known instruments but which in many cases have specific characteristics of their own.Sheikh Safi al-Din Khânegâh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil was built between the beginning of the 16th century and the end of the 18th century. It is a place of spiritual retreat in the Sufi tradition uses Iranian traditional architectural forms to maximize use of available space to accommodate a variety of functions – including a library, a mosque, a school, mausolea, a cistern, a hospital, kitchens, a bakery, and some offices.The Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex, also in Iran, has been a place of cultural exchange since antiquity and its historic bazaar complex is one of the most important commercial centres on the Silk Road. It consists of a series of interconnected, covered, brick structures, buildings, and enclosed spaces for different functions.In the wake of World War II, the United States decided to resume nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean, on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall archipelago. After the displacement of the local inhabitants, 67 nuclear tests were carried out from 1946 to 1958, including the explosion of the first H-bomb in 1952.Historic Villages of Korea – Hahoe and Yangdong – were founded in the 14th-15th centuries and are seen as the two most representative historic clan villages in the Republic of Korea.Their layout and location, sheltered by forested mountains and facing out onto a river and open agricultural fields, reflect the distinctive aristocratic Confucian culture of the early part of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). read more

Ohio State football player Tracy Sprinkle reinstated

Ohio State redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle has been reinstated to the football program an OSU spokesman confirmed to The Lantern Monday evening.OSU coach Urban Meyer also confirmed at a Monday press conference following practice that Sprinkle had been reinstated, but said he will still face additional steps before he plays for the Buckeyes.“He lost his scholarship for the summer, so he’s going to have to pay for his scholarship,” Meyer said. “He’s going to be suspended for the first game. He’s got, every week, community service and a multitude of other things to take care of business before he’ll ever see the field.”Sprinkle was part of the morning session of the opening day of fall camp Monday.Sprinkle was arrested following an early morning fight outside a Lorain, Ohio bar July 5, and was originally charged with rioting, failure to disperse, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine before pleading no contest to a reduced failure to comply charge July 31.According to the court reports, Sprinkle received a 30-day suspended sentence in addition to a $500 fine and two years of probation. The felony charge for possession of cocaine was dropped.Meyer confirmed that Sprinkle’s reinstatement stemmed from the drug charges being dropped, in addition to his negative test for cocaine. Meyer said if anything had shown up on the drug test, Sprinkle would not have been part of the team going forward.The Elyria High School graduate has never appeared in a game for the Buckeyes after enrolling early and redshirting in 2013.OSU is scheduled to begin the 2014 season against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Aug. 30. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Junior doctors strikes could be on brink of collapse amid crunch talks

first_imgJeremy Hunt is due to impose a new contract on junior doctors from October  One said: “We have to find a way out of this, even if we take all night. If we pursue strikes on this scale it will end up killing people. There is no way that we should be contemplating action like this about a dispute on terms and conditions.”Another said: “To go ahead with five-day strikes would be unthinkable – I’m not sure the NHS could survive it.”Leaked documents have recently revealed a limited appetite for strike action. Junior doctors’ strikes could be on the brink of collapse, with a crunch union meeting today to decide whether to end the NHS industrial dispute, amid a growing backlash.Thousands of medics have been urged to take part in a string of week-long walkouts, starting next month, in action which was billed as “the trade union dispute of this century”.However, the first such strike, planned for this week, was suspended following warnings that the health service could not operate safely if so many doctors walked out at short notice.Today the council of the British Medical Association (BMA) will hold all-day talks to discuss whether to call off three more such strikes planned between now and Christmas.Such decisions could bring to an end a bitter year-long dispute, which has already seen more than 150,000 operations and appointments cancelled. Within days, the first strike was abandoned, following pleas from the head of the General Medical Council and the NHS medical director that the walkouts were too risky.Today the council will meet again, to reconsider plans for three more strikes, which are due to start on October 5th.Last night, BMA insiders said there was increasing concern within the union about the damage which could be caused by repeated strikes. Since then, private polling of junior doctors has found just one in three support walkouts.Last month Dr Yannis Gourtsoyannis, a member of the BMA’s junior doctors committee, described the strikes as the “trade union dispute of this century”.On Tuesday, in a message to junior doctors, he urged them to put pressure on the union to go ahead with the strikes, describing the situation as an emergency.In a message on a junior doctors’ Facebook group, he wrote: “Council so far has been absolutely fantastic at supporting juniors. There are however new forces at play which may well result in some wavering on the part of Council.” Eddie Mulholland Junior doctors were initially balloted about a new contract last November, when they voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action to reject changes to pay and working patterns.However since then there have been a series of concessions, resulting in terms which the head of the union’s junior doctors committee described as “fair” and “safe.”In recent weeks, a number of junior doctors have expressed concern that they have never been asked if wish to strike over the current deal, let alone take part in week-long walkouts. The union’s senior members are deeply divided on whether or not to embark on the most extreme strike action in the history of the NHS.Two weeks ago, the BMA’s Council agreed to hold four five-day strikes, after a knife-edge vote between 27 voting members.The announcement triggered an immediate backlash from thousands of junior doctors, with opposition from the leaders of Britain’s royal medical colleges and falling support for medics from the public.  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

International travel by Govt officials depleting foreign currency reserves Edghill

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedConsumers forced to pay high rates for foreign currenciesMarch 19, 2017In “Business”Mismanagement responsible for IMF’s projected increase in inflation- Former MinisterOctober 20, 2017In “Business”‘TO HAVE OR TO HOARD?’January 25, 2017In “Business” The situation in which foreign currency was in short supply earlier this year, in particular the US currency, has led financial experts to believe that Guyana could at any time face another foreign currency crisis. Former Junior Finance Minister Juan Edghill believes this reserve at the Central Bank could be further depleted through sizable spending for international travel by Government officials.The former minister said he has no doubt that, when Budget 2018 is presented, this particular line item would see a huge increase; but if measures are not taken to reduce Government’s international travel, it could lead to another crisis.Former Junior Finance Minister Juan Edghill“The question has to be asked, however, what we are getting in return. Overseas travel is calculated in US dollars, and that is heavily affecting what is happening at the Central Bank,” he opined.Edghill said demand for huge amounts of foreign currency to facilitate the travel of a Government consisting of 27 ministers and dozens of technical staff would lead to further depletion of the country’s foreign currency reserves.Over the past year or more, Guyana has experienced a reduction in its income, especially since many products that earn foreign exchange have underperformed, resulting in less foreign income. While sugar is one of those products, forestry and other export goods have seen some decline.Under these circumstances, the Opposition MP expressed fear that Government may want a more controlled approach to how foreign currency is utilized by members of the public. The former minister said once this happens, there would also be the possibility of foreign currency not being available to purchase certain items, as those could be categorized as luxury items.Edghill believes the demand for foreign currency is causing businesses to dip into the foreign reserves to make foreign currency available locally. This, he explained, may be a prime reason why Cabinet has directed that the difference between the buying and selling prices of US dollars at cambios should not be more than Gy$3 dollars.During April this year, commercial banks, claiming there was a shortage of foreign currency, had placed customers on a waiting list to effect payments to suppliers abroad. The converse situation had obtained for incoming transfers from abroad.Central Bank Governor Dr Gobind Ganga and Finance Minister Winston Jordan had subsequently refuted these claims, and attempted to provide evidence that such a shortage was non-existent by illustrating the level of foreign currency reserves held by the central bank and commercial banks, both locally and abroad; which the governor had contended was sufficient.However, the Bank of Guyana’s Statistical Bulletin report for the years 2015 and 2016 revealed that net foreign assets held by commercial banks increased by US$4 million, or 1.6 per cent, in 2016, in comparison to a decrease in 2015 by US $22.7 million; while a marginal increase was recorded in 2016, the composition of commercial banks’ net foreign holdings had evidently changed quite significantly.The value of commercial banks’ investments in foreign markets in 2015 was recorded at US$204.3million, reflecting an increase of US$6.3million, or 3.1 per cent, in foreign investments. In 2016, however, commercial banks had increased their level of foreign investments by a whopping US$43.6 million, or 21.3 per cent.This level of increase in foreign investments had in effect reduced the availability of foreign currency held by commercial banks to accommodate international trade emanating in the domestic market.One of the main causes of this phenomenon was the significant increase of foreign investments by the local commercial banks coming down to the latter part of 2016.Commercial banks had also found foreign investments more lucrative at a time when the domestic economy was experiencing a decline in economic activities. read more

Great News Tony Stark Gifts Web Wings in SpiderMan Homecoming

first_imgThere’s a case from Tony Stark with an “upgrade” for Spidey. Then we see Spidey leap off a building, open his arms, web wings! #ccxp2016 2/?— Ryan Penagos (@AgentM) December 2, 2016If you aren’t familiar with what “web wings” are, you might not understand just how pleasing this is to a long-time fan of classic Spider-Man. The reference is a visual one to how Spider-Man’s co-creator, Steve Ditko, drew the original Spider-Man costume.The more we see of the new Sony/Marvel Studios take on Spider-Man, the more obvious it is that the entire production, from director Jon Watts to producers Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige, are trying to bring the oldest elements of a Spider-Man story to the forefront. In Captain America: Civil War, Tony Stark engineers Spider-Man’s classic costume to have moving lenses that can widen to be expressive like in Spider-Man cartoons, but also narrow to a thick-lined angular eye, like the original Steve Ditko-drawn Spider-Man lenses.In the post-credits scene to Civil War, Peter Parker is recuperating in his room when he gets a visit from Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and it’s revealed that the web shooters Tony Stark made Spidey (from Peter’s web formula) has an operating system display that looks like a digital update to Spidey’s old belt light (let’s call it a Spidey signal), also nodding to the original Ditko design for the character.Captain America: Civil War post credits sequence.Considering Amazing Spider-Man 2, the last Sony attempt at a Spider-Man movie, designed it’s costume to look more like the Mark Bagley drawn Spider-Man (of The Clone Saga and Ultimate Spider-Man), it must be the Marvel Studios impulse to bring the character back to his roots as an unsure high school student wearing a costume that is cool, but not aggressively branded as a spider.The web-wings represent the final missing piece from the Ditko inspired suit, which makes this Spider-Man super-fan happy, but that’s only because Marvel Studios is heavily in this Spider-Man mix. Back in the day (Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released in 2014), it was hard to tell if the old Spider-Man production teams were more dedicated to looking cool or telling a distinctly Spider-Man story. Marvel continues to find success in even the most unlikely characters by committing to those characters.On its face, the idea of having web wings is ridiculous for Spider-Man: he’s living in New York so he can almost always swing instead of glide, for one. For two, wings made out of webbing seem like they wouldn’t be good for gliding or flying because of how little drag they’d create on the air. For three, Spider-Man with web wings is a comic book character with an excessive amount of cross hatching lines. However, what we’ve heard or know about Spider-Man: Homecoming makes me think this can be pulled off without being needlessly silly.Other internet reports say that Spider-Man’s web wings will be in the trailer when he uses them to jump off the Washington Monument and glide towards an oncoming Vulture (Michael Keaton). Taking Spider-Man out of New York and placing him on the Washington Mall would necessitate another method of Spider-transportation that isn’t web-slinging. The Vulture as a villain would also suggest that a different method of aerial maneuvering could be a benefit to Peter. The gliding suit also appears to be a gift from Tony Stark delivered via Happy Hogan, which keeps with the technology in Spider-Man’s suit being a collaborative hybrid between natural Parker genius and limitless Stark funding.All the plot elements are lining up for Spider-Man: Homecoming to have a complete Steve Ditko suit on screen without having to over-correct the whole story with a gee-whiz Ditko/Stan Lee Spider-Man story. Which isn’t to say the classic stories aren’t good, just that the visual styling is something that can (and should!) be brought forward to create familiarity as we’re introduced to our third on-screen Spider-Man franchise.There are hints that other Silver Age Spider-Man story tropes might seep into Homecoming. Tony Revolori is playing Flash Thompson and Laura Harrier is Liz Allan in the movie, the former being Peter’s classic rival and the latter being one of his earliest crushes. The problems Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will be facing will be both of the superhero and teenage variety, like the times before adult Peter Parker became a mainstay on the pages of the comics.The most welcome of all the classic Spider-Man characteristics to return is Peter’s scientific mind amongst Marvel Universe scientific minds. The webbing he creates convinces Tony Stark to bring him aboard in Captain America: Civil War, signaling that Iron Man can see Peter’s young brilliance. For Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first big-screen iteration of The Vulture, looks to be a tech-based villain that will require these upgrades to the Spider-Man suit. It’s just icing on the cake that those upgrades are the classic web wings.There’s even a new trailer for Homecoming!Tomorrow, Spider-Man comes home. Tune into @JimmyKimmelLive for a first look at the #SpiderManHomecoming trailer! pic.twitter.com/bBSKU9r4Wn— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 7, 2016 Stay on target Jake Gyllenhaal Avoids Questions About Mysterio in Sinister SixSony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man Split center_img The world waits in anticipation for the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, the co-production between Spider-Man rights holders Sony and superhero franchising masters Marvel Studios. Tom Holland is in as the new Peter Parker who is already suited up as Spider-Man as we learned way back in May of this year (strain to remember Captain America: Civil War). This past weekend in Brazil was Comic-Con Experience 2016 where Marvel debuted the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 trailer as well as the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming that is expected to debut in the U.S. with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story next week.There was some official chatter coming from Marvel when the Homecoming trailer debuted in the form of tweets from Executive Editor of Marvel Digital Media Ryan Penagos, who said that the trailer included shots from Spidey’s point of view as well as a scene of Peter meeting with Tony Stark’s wheel-man Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) who brings a case for the young Mr. Parker…last_img read more

Geek Deals Virtual Training Company Lifetime Subscription for 96 Off

first_imgAre you a Renaissance man or woman? Have a craving for a diverse selection of knowledge? Today’s deal from StackSocial is a perfect investment for you! For under 80 bucks, you’ll gain lifetime access to over a thousand courses from the Virtual Training Company. • Virtual Training Company Lifetime Subscription for $79 (List price: $2500)Want to create your own video games? You can take courses on 3D modeling, animation, game design, and programming to hone your skills. If that’s not really your style, you could choose to learn about web design, project management, CAD, audio production, or even network security. There’s a huge variety on offer.To take the courses, all you’ll need is an internet connection and a computer. And even if you don’t have a laptop handy, you can even stream to your tablet or smartphone. And if you run into any problems, there’s 24/7 support available for playback problems or account issues.While you would normally have to pay $30 per month for full access, and a lifetime membership is estimated to cost $2.5K, you’ll only have to pay $79 when you make your purchase from StackSocial. However, it’s worth noting that courses added in the future will not be included in your purchase — only the existing 1026 courses. This deal ends soon though, so don’t wait!Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the StackSocial site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

Inslee: Light rail is a must

first_imgOLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has a message for Southwest Washington: The replacement of the Interstate 5 Bridge spanning the Columbia River will include light rail, or it won’t be built.Speaking at a preview of the 2019 legislative session, which begins Monday, Inslee said that light rail will be a feature of the replacement bridge because Oregon will pay for half of the project and has insisted that it be included. Inslee said the situation might be different if Washington was paying for the entire project. But, he said, it “takes two to tango.”“What I want to make clear, though, is that the Southwest Washington community needs to come together around a consensus,” said Inslee. “At the moment, unless Oregon changes its view, you’re going to have to put light rail on the bridge if you want a bridge.”In December, Washington and Oregon lawmakers had their first public meeting to discuss replacing the century-old bridge since the last proposal for a new crossing was scuttled in 2013. Inslee included $17.5 million in his proposed budget for a bridge replacement project office that included the assumption light rail will be included.While all but one member of Clark County’s Republican lawmakers support the bridge-replacement effort, they’ve voiced their support for bus rapid transit rather than light rail, which they’ve criticized as costly and inflexible. Last month, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, and seven Republican Southwest Washington state lawmakers wrote to Inslee expressing dismay over his move to include light rail and asked him to keep other options on the table.last_img read more

Saxman Regains Rural Status

first_imgSaxman Totem Park and Clan House. Shared via KRBD-Ketchikan.The Organized Village of Saxman is now officially rural again.Download AudioThe Federal Subsistence Board voted during a work session Tuesday in Anchorage to return communities to the status they held before 2007. That’s the year the board decided to make Saxman non-rural, an action that Saxman residents and other Native leaders have fought against ever since.Theo Matuskowitz works for the Office of Subsistence Management in Anchorage. He says the board took three actions yesterday (Tuesday) related to rural determination.The first adopted a proposed rule that simplifies the rural-determination review process. The third action starts the ball rolling on options for determining communities’ rural statuses in the future.The middle action is the one that makes an immediate difference to Saxman.“They decided to go back to the pre-2007 final rule. Because, basically, everyone seemed pretty happy with the non-rural determinations there. It was after the 2007 final rule that people expressed unahappiness with their action. So, by the board deciding to go back to the pre-2007 rule, this makes Saxman rural once again.”Matuskowitz says there are still some administrative actions that need to be taken before the action is published, but Tuesday’s vote makes it official.Rural status for an Alaska Native community allows residents to subsistence hunt, fish and gather traditional foods and other materials.last_img read more

VikramAkshara Haasans Kadaram Kondan trailer hits the internet with a bang

first_imgVikram in Kadaram Kondan.PR HandoutThe trailer of Chiyaan Vikram and Akshara Haasan’s much-awaited Kadaram Kondan was launched on Wednesday, July 3. The makers will unveil the power-packed video at 6 pm directly online. [Crawl down to watch the clip]The trailer begins is loaded with action and hair-raising stunts. It reveals that an ex-undercover agent played by Vikram has become a threat to his own men. The clashes that follow with his rivals have been neatly preseted in the 1.40-minute clip.Akshara Haasan, like her debut movie Vivegam, seems like has a small role. In the trailer, she is seen as a pregnant woman whose husband is kidnapped by a mysterious man. Overall, the trailer has created a lot of positive vibes around the film.Kadaram Kondan is written and directed by Rajesh Selva. His first choice to play the lead was Kamal Haasan, who could not take up the project due to his political commitments. Subsequently, Vikram was chosen with Akshara Haasan playing the female lead.Multilingual actress Lena, Pooja Kumar and others are part of the cast. The shooting was commenced in November and wrapped up in June. It has been majorly shot in Malaysia.Kamal Haasan himself is producing the movie on the banner of Raaj Kamal Films International. The film has Ghibran’s music, Srinivas R Gutha’s cinematography and Praveen KL’s editing.The movie is scheduled to release in two languages (Tamil and Telugu) on July 19.last_img read more

Education officer killed in road crash

first_imgRoad Accident LogoAn education officer of Dacope upazila was killed as a truck hit him at Suchibunia of Khulna’s Bhatiaghata upazila on Tuesday morning.The deceased was Masum Billah, 43.Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Abdul Wadud said the accident took place when a truck hit him while he was crossing the road in the area around 9:00am, leaving him dead on the spot.On information, police recovered the body, said Mahbubur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Batiaghata police station.last_img