first_imgCAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS—“Some people say our science is crap,” Marie Dacke, a biologist at Lund University in Sweden, lamented to 1100 people in a packed theater at Harvard University last night. However, she added, “crap is a vehicle.” In particular, African dung beetles roll balls of the stuff around, and by fooling dung beetles by making them wear tiny hats or showing them false images of the sky, Dacke and colleagues proved that dung beetles can use the Milky Way to navigate.For that advance, Dacke and her team won the 2013 Ig Nobel joint prize in biology and astronomy. As the crowd cheered, Dacke accepted the prize: a small hammer sealed within a glass case with instructions to “use hammer to break glass in case of emergency” and $10 trillion. (Oh, that’s Zimbabwean dollars, which are essentially valueless.) The prizes were handed over by several winners of the somewhat more-coveted Nobel Prize.Hosted by Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, the Ig Nobels honor research that “first makes people laugh, and then makes them think.” The dung beetle study is a case in point. When the insects find a pile of dung—their food source—they roll a ball of it away immediately to escape competitors. Their path is a remarkably straight line. But how do they keep on the straight and narrow? 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In a carefully constructed set of experiments, Dacke’s team controlled what the beetles were able to see, by applying tiny blinders or erecting walls to hide parts of the sky. But the ultimate proof came from observing dung beetles rolling dung across the floor of a planetarium. The beetles changed their direction in response to the orientation of an image of the Milky Way, the bright band of stars that marks the center of our galaxy, as the researchers reported online on 24 January in Current Biology. It’s the first known instance of this galactic navigation.Dacke and colleagues had difficulty accepting their prizes, as their hands were occupied by giant red bouncy balls. Similarly, a team led by Masateru Uchiyama, a biologist at Teikyo University in Tokyo, arrived on stage in head-to-toe mouse outfits. The researchers won the Ig Nobel medicine prize for their study of the effect of music on mice that had received heart transplants. Control mice died after a week; those exposed to opera recordings survived as much as three times as long.Some scientists dedicated their prizes to the research subjects who endured the kind of humiliating experiments that win Ig Nobels. Shinsuke Imai, a biochemist at House Foods Corp. in Chiba, Japan, rubbed fresh onion in his own eyes on stage in honor of the people who shed oniony tears for his research on an enzyme in onions that causes crying. Brian Crandall, a science educator based in Hudson, New York, won the archaeology prize for work he did as an undergraduate 2 decades ago at the University of Victoria in Canada. He dedicated the prize to the people who ate whole parboiled shrews for his study of the effect of human digestion on tiny mammal skeletons.The swallowing of a dead shrew was about to be demonstrated on stage, but a lawyer stepped forth at the last moment to save the audience from “violence.” Whew!The full list of 2013 Ig Nobel prize winners.last_img read more

first_imgA little over a year ago, when best-selling author and senior United Nations diplomat Shashi Tharoor ran for a parliamentary seat in Kerala, he was heralded as the shining model of the New India. NRIs worldwide and educated Indian professionals rallied to his side, enamored by his willingness to sacrifice a flourishing professional career to pry open the stranglehold that illiterate, corrupt and distasteful anghuta chaaps — “cattle class,” as Tharoor himself famously tweeted — had over India’s political system.It came as a rude shock to everyone, therefore, when the urbane, erudite and articulate minister of state for external affairs was forced to resign because of his involvement in a seamy scandal involving the granting to a woman — described variously as a close friend/girlfriend/fiancé — of almost $15 million in secret “sweat equity” in a cricket franchise for which Tharoor aggressively lobbied. The tightly-held details of the sweetheart equity were exposed by Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi, possibly because he was promoting a competing franchise. The virulent public spat that broke out between Tharoor and Modi, who, until their own interests diverged, were hands in glove together, has brought the lethal brew of money, corruption, sex, Bollywood and politics that is the IPL, to a boiling point. The Indian Income Tax Department and other investigative agencies are hot on the trail of money laundering, proxy ownership, illicit betting, tax evasion and other insidious IPL business practices. But the scandal bubbling around the IPL, welcome as its exposure is, should not distract from Tharoor’s own culpability, even as he seeks to portray himself as a sacrificial victim of India’s byzantine politics, as, for example, in his recent tweet: “Looking forward to thorough inquiry into the IPL. If my resignation leads to real reform, it will be worthwhile. Our cricket should be clean.”Tharoor professed repeatedly that he was “merely mentoring” a business group in a laudable attempt to lure a cricket franchise to his home state of Kerala. There is, in fact, incontrovertible evidence that he was far more deeply involved in the shady bidding process than he has let on. But far more significantly, for all his protestations over the “besmirching” of his reputation, Tharoor has provided precious few details or credible defense to refute the core allegations surrounding the sweetheart deal granted to his sweetheart, Sunanda Pushkar. He deflected the widespread perception that Pushkar was fronting for him with platitudes about the sexism involved in implying “that a reputed business professional and entrepreneur with a long track record of business success can, because of her gender, only be seen as a front for someone else.” It simply defies credulity that Pushkar, an undistinguished sales manager at a real estate company in Dubai with no previous sports marketing experience, would have received $15 million in equity in a high flying $330 million cricket franchise for yet unspecified future “marketing” services. Tharoor’s evasive defense is an affront to the millions of professional Indian women who work hard and play by the rules every day.But even if we were to accept Tharoor’s unconvincing explanation that Pushkar’s equity was unrelated to him, it was, nevertheless, unseemly and unethical for him to use his political position and connections to promote a business venture in which his girlfriend had a substantial stake without publicly disclosing the blatantly obvious conflict of interest. It reeks of the very “hypocrisy and double dealing,” he thundered in his statement in parliament following his resignation, he had entered politics to eliminate.Instead, Tharoor’s enduring legacy may well be scaling up the corruption standards of the “cattle class” from their preferred satchels packed with a measly few lakh rupees to the Goldman Sachs stratosphere, in which tens of million of dollars are masked through opaque front companies, proxies and convoluted financial instruments that are hard to trace and even harder to capture on hidden cameras, which have upended the careers of many anghuta chaap Indian politicians in recent years.   Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgFor someone who is always been against “stitched clothing”, Baba Ramdev sure seemed to be much more flexible for the sake of survival.As he tried to flee Ramlila Maidan in a white chikankari salwar kameez early on Sunday, one couldn’t help but notice that his womanly garb appeared more carefully picked out than a last minute choice.Click here to EnlargeSuspiciously looking to be made to order, the salwar kameez did not help the heavily bearded Ramdev pass off as a woman and escape the police.But it nevertheless flattered his slender yogic frame.Baba might have given up his obvious saffron for a blend in the background white, but his salwar kameez still identified his physical frame more easily than he would have thought.After all, had it been a couple of sizes too big, it would have maybe worked as a better overall than it finally did.The fact that it looked like it was made just for the yogic guru made one suspicious if it was more of a stand- by option than a last minute desperate Bollywood- esque escape route which it was made out to be.The salwar fell right over the ankles with the bottom falling absolutely at the right length.The length of the kurta was neither too short nor too long; it fell right around the middle of the knee area.The sleeves – elbow length – didn’t seem too tight or too loose; even the armholes appeared to be of perfect fitting.advertisementThe neck was round and high – unlike what most women wear. It was particularly modest and masculine. Even the dupatta looked more like a religious stole than what goes with this kind of a salwar kameez.The Internet in particular went abuzz with comments on his choice of outfit. Twitter and Facebook saw hilarious updates on Ramdev’s carefully picked out ensemble and its dramatic purpose.From likening him to a “drag queen” to “Shikhandi from the Mahabharat”, the comments and status updates on his salwar kameez kept many entertained all day.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Jun 28 (PTI) Tiger Shroff is rumoured to be dating Disha Patani, but the actor says they are just “good friends”.The 26-year-old “Baaghi” star, who has been spotted with the model-actress at several occasions, will be seen romancing her in a new music video.”I love her as a friend. We are good friends. She is fun to work with,” Tiger told reporters here at the “Befikra” song launch.”We both were comfortable with each other on and off screen. She (Disha) pushes me to do better,” he added.Disha, who will be making her Bollywood with Dhoni biopic said she shares a great comfort level with the “Heropanti” actor.”We are good friends. We do dancing (training in dance) and sports together so we share a comfort zone. Hence we are very much comfortable with each other.”The duo said they enjoy each others company and go for outings like any two friends would go.”We like spending time with each other. And so we go together to eat, watch films,” Tiger said.”It is normal to go out with friends for lunch, dinner and movies,” Disha addedThe music video is shot in Paris, but the actors couldnt enjoy much as they were busy with the shoot.”We worked very hard for this music video. We were stressed about work more (and) there was little time to have fun,” Tiger said.”Befikra” is produced by T-Series. PTI KKP NRB SHDlast_img read more

first_imgIndian skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday put aside the confusion regarding the opening pair for the Mumbai Test, saying KL Rahul and Murali Vijay will open the innings in the fourth Test of the ongoing five-match series against England starting from tomorrow.With Parthiv Patel being retained as the wicket-keeper for the Mumbai Test as Wriddhimann Saha is still recovering from injury, there were speculations that the 31-year-old might open the innings, especially after the Mohali game where he played exceedingly well.Opening the batting for India, walking out to the middle with Vijay, Patel, who was recalled into the Test team after a gap of eight years made a classy 42 in the first innings and followed it up with a rapid-fire unbeaten 67 off 54 balls in the second and help his side win the match comfortably by eight wickets and take a 2-0 lead against the visitors.Addressing the media on the eve of the Mumbai Test, Kohli said, “Yes. They (Rahul and Vijay) are specialist openers. There’s no question of them opening or not. They are not guys who have batted at different positions. They have opened for their states and for the country as well. So, they will be our specialist openers.”Rahul returns to the team after missing out on the third Test due to an injury he exaggerated at Visakhapatnam. He had earlier suffered a hamstring injury during the New Zealand series which forced him to miss the last two Tests of that series and the first Test of the England series.advertisementThe Mumbai Test will begin after an eight-day gap after the third Test and Kohli feels that this gap will benefit the team “We did not ask for the gap. It was a part of the schedule. We will make sure when we go there we also get eight-day gap after three Tests and a 25-day gap between ODIs and Test series,” Kohli said.”Seeing the long season ahead, it did us no harm. We certainly benefited from it. We will just visualise and come back even more fresh compared to the last two Test matches. So, it was a good thing to happen and we certainly benefited from it.”SHAMI DOUBTFUL”We got to take a call on (Mohammed) Shami in the evening in terms of how he is feeling his knee. After the Mohali Test, I think, he felt a bit of soreness in his knee. So we need to take a collective call on that because he has had a history of knee surgery. We don’t want to push a player to an extent where we lose him for the whole season. So we will take a call in the evening, as I said, as to how much rest he needs or if he can go tomorrow as well. There’s still a bit of time to decide.”#TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli gives an update on Rahul’s and Shami’s fitness ahead of the 4th Test @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG BCCI (@BCCI) December 7, 2016With an unassailable 2-0 lead after three Tests, the world No.1 team is brimming with confidence and they would like to regain the Anthony de Mello Trophy which they had lost to Alastair Cook’s side back in 2012. In their last two Test meetings here at the Wankhede, England had prevailed over India and the 2012 Test match will always be remembered as one where maverick batsman Kevin Pietersen played perhaps one of the finest knocks by an overseas batsman on Indian soil.Thus, tomorrow’s match gives the hosts a chance to revenge for the two earlier defeats and also make the Chennai Test, scheduled to be held from December 16-20, inconsequential.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Australia captain Ricky Ponting was surprised at Glenn Maxwell’s exclusion from the Test squad for the two-match Test series against Pakistan in in the United Arab Emirates.Not only that, he was also shocked with the fact that Maxwell was not selected in the Australia ‘A’ squad for their matches against India ‘A’ in India.”If I was Maxi I’d be thinking, ‘why didn’t you give me the chance to actually go there (to India) and push my case to get myself into the team?'” Ponting told”That’s all a bit bizarre to me. If I was Maxi and I hadn’t been given the chance to play for Australia A, I’d be ropeable,” he added.Uncapped pair of Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head were both picked ahead of Maxwell.The Austalian team is already without the suspended trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft and Maxwell’s experience would have been a crucial addition in the midlle-order.But, the Australian selectors definitely doesn’t think so as the uncapped pair of Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head were both picked ahead of Maxwell.”They didn’t pick him on that Australia A tour and they’ve said they’ve seen him play enough in those conditions and knew what he could do,” Ponting said.”But if you think about it now, that must have actually meant they weren’t going to pick him at all. He didn’t even come into calculations for that Test tour.”With Marnus and Travis Head going on that A tour, they gave them the opportunity to play in those conditions, they’ve done well and then they picked them (for the Test squad),” Ponting added.advertisement”I’m not sure what the message is, but it’s a bit confusing to me,” said Ponting who coached him in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and national limited-overs sides this year.Labuschagne and Head were a part of the Australia ‘A’ squad for their matches against India ‘A’ and the managed to score 97 and 206 runs from two matches respectively.last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Arthur: Move to Barcelona still on track Jamie Smith 21:24 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arthur of Gremio Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Serie A Grêmio Primera División Gremio president Romildo Bolzan denied rumours of a €40 million agreement between the clubs, but the midfielder has insisted the transfer is on course Arthur has indicated his move from Gremio to Barcelona is “on track”, although the Brazilian club have denied a transfer is imminent.Gremio president Romildo Bolzan suggested this week reports of a €40 million agreement are untrue, with the move not a “foregone conclusion”.Arthur was photographed wearing the Catalan club’s jersey in a meeting with their sporting director Robert Fernandez in December. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barcelona have tracked the midfielder since he shone in Gremio’s Copa Libertadores triumph and Arthur believes his switch to the La Liga leaders is close.”My move to the club is well on track, but nothing has yet been signed,” said Arthur, as cited by Diario Sport.Arthur has a €50m release clause in his contract and Gremio have previously said they would not sell the 21-year-old for a lower fee.The midfielder only made his breakthrough with Gremio in 2017, having come up through the youth ranks at the Brasileiro club. He helped them to the Copa Libertadores, earning speculation of a transfer to some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid linked as well as Barcelona.After featuring for Brazil at Under-20 level, he received his first call-up to the senior squad in September, but has yet to make his international debut for Tite’s side.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle captain Lascelles: Man Utd performance our standardby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamaal Lascelles says Newcastle United’s performance against Manchester United set the standard for their season.Toon broke a string of poor displays by beating United 1-0 at St. James’ Park, courtesy of a goal from debutante Matty Longstaff.Magpies skipper Lascelles said: “The manager made a few changes; we know how hard a job it is for a manager to drop players and put players on the bench, but he’s put Matty Longstaff in there, added Ciaran to the team and obviously Allan (Saint-Maximin) was back in the team, so a few new faces who haven’t really featured this season and they did a great job.”It was a fantastic debut for Matty – you couldn’t write it – and I was pleased for him and his brother that they were playing together. “All over the team, we were enthusiastic, energetic, in their faces. We’ve set our standard now and that’s how we always need to play. Nothing less.“We’ll enjoy this little international break and after that, we’ll start planning for another big game at Chelsea. “I think momentum is a big thing in football but I think a little break won’t do us any harm and we can refresh but still knowing that we’ve just beaten Man United, and we’re still on a high from that, so hopefully we can go into the Chelsea game full of confidence.” last_img read more

first_imgThe Department of Agriculture will help ease the financial burden of beef farmers by extending the interest free component of the Nova Scotia Ruminant Loan Support Program for another year. The department will offset the interest payments for current and new clients of the Nova Scotia Ruminant Loan Support Program administered by the Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board. Announced in December 2004, the Nova Scotia Ruminant Loan Support Program provides more than $10 million in loans to producers to help them with the financial challenges resulting from continued depressed market conditions as a result of BSE. The loan support program remains open to all ruminant livestock producers. The interest grant is in its second year. This will give some producers a total of three years interest free. Information on the Ruminant Support Loan Program is available through the Farm Loan Board office, 902-893-6506.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – The mayor of Toronto is recommending that a stadium be named after his infamous predecessor — the late Rob Ford.In a letter to council, John Tory calls for the renaming of a stadium at Centennial Park, in the city’s west end, to Rob Ford Memorial Stadium.Tory notes that Ford, who was a lifelong west-end resident, became known for his “unique approach to public service” after being elected to city council in November 2000 and he carried it on after being elected mayor in 2010.But he says Ford’s community involvement went well beyond politics, and his passion for football led him to found the Newtonbrook North Stars in 1999 and a highly successful football program at Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School in 2002. He also established the Rob Ford Football Foundation, a program that helps fund football programs in high schools across the city.Tory says it would be fitting, in light of Ford’s many years of work on football programs, to rename a football stadium to honour Ford, who died in March 2016 from a rare and aggressive form of cancer.Ford became a certified celebrity in light of his admitted crack cocaine use, alcohol abuse, lewd comments and at times outrageous behaviour that transformed his mayoral office into an unprecedented spectacle.Ford, whose clarion call was “time to stop the gravy train,” died at age 46, 18 months after a cancer diagnosis scuttled his bid for a second term as mayor, although he easily won election as a councillor in his west-end ward.Tory also is recommending council honour two other city council members who have died recently — deputy mayor Pam McConnell, and Coun. Ron Moeser.In consultation with the McConnell and Moeser families, Tory said he would convene panels of councillors and community members in order to determine suitable public properties that could be renamed in their memory.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – The Tsilhqot’in Nation has signed a first-of-its-kind agreement with the federal and British Columbia governments that recognizes the First Nation as a full partner in wildfire response.Through the agreement, the three governments will work together to identify best practices, define roles and build the First Nation community’s capacity to manage emergencies.Tl’etinqox Chief Joe Alphonse said he’d like to see a culturally-appropriate First Nations evacuation centre established, as well as a training facility.Alphonse’s community, which he said has 400 trained firefighters and understands fire response better than anyone, defied an evacuation order in 2017.Although wildfires encircled three quarters of his community, Alphonse said the flames posed less of a threat than the federal and provincial governments, which failed to acknowledge the First Nation’s jurisdiction and expertise.“Those fires this summer, they were never a threat to us — government officials were. A lot has got to change,” said Alphonse. “I think this is where it starts.”Alphonse said he doesn’t expect concrete changes in emergency response to be in place in time for the coming wildfire season, which is two months away. But he said he’s hopeful that the tripartite agreement will lay the groundwork for future change.Both the B.C. and Tsilhqot’in governments have yet to release reviews of the 2017 wildfire season, which was the worst in B.C. history and displaced tens of thousands of residents.Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould described the agreement as “truly historic.”“The result of this work will be a foundation for a new relationship that respects the jurisdiction of the Tsilhqot’in chiefs to protect their people, property and assets in an emergency,” Wilson-Raybould said.B.C. Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser said he heard from several First Nations in the wake of the crisis that they did not feel they were treated as equal partners and experienced institutional racism in the government’s emergency response.“Those are hard truths for any government to face and hear. Government has work to do. There are lessons to be learned and they’re being learned,” Fraser said.He said the agreement is an important step toward reconciliation.last_img read more

The petitions are being considered by the Supreme Court today. One of the petitioners, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), said that Article 70(1) of the Constitution of Sri Lanka read with Articles 33(2)(c) make it crystal clear that the President only has the power to dissolve Parliament once four years and six months have elapsed since the first sitting of the current Parliament, or if two thirds of Members of Parliament pass a resolution requesting dissolution. Since neither of these two conditions have been met, the President’s Proclamation is invalid.The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution was enacted in 2015 on the basis of key promises made by President Sirisena and his coalition government to curb the powers of the Executive. Article 70 was one such provision and removed the President’s power to unilaterally dissolve Parliament. The Nineteenth Amendment was enacted to restore and introduce checks, balances and safeguards to prevent one arm of government from being able to halt or stifle the functioning of another. This is a fundamental feature of our democracy and President Sirisena’s actions represent a flagrant attempt by the Executive to suppress the functioning of Parliament. The legal position, together with the political impetus behind the Nineteenth Amendment, leaves no room for doubt that his present actions are legally, politically and morally invalid. The unilateral dissolution of Parliament and calling for elections in an unconstitutional manner only exacerbates the uncertainty of recent weeks when a myriad of issues, including the legality of the new Government President Sirisena has appointed, remain unresolved. In the immediate context, this has unnecessarily caused great uncertainty to Sri Lankans and put them at risk of potential political violence amid escalating turmoil. In broader context, it has been a reprehensible violation of the very principles of democratic accountability President Sirisena campaigned for and was elected on.On both these accounts, CPA calls on all Sri Lankans to stand firm against these blatant and dangerous abuses of power, and to demand and insist on their democratic rights and upholding of the Constitution of Sri Lanka. Twelve petitions were filed in the Supreme Court today against the dissolution of Parliament.The fundamental rights petitions were filed by some political parties and civil society. Elections Commission member Ratnajeevan Hoole was among those who filed petitions. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Council approved plans for 383 new taxi licences along with a rate increase There will be more taxis on city streets.Calgary City Council has approved 383 new licences for drivers, 126 of which will hit the road before the end of the year while the rest will wait until more data is given to council.The rest of the plates are expected to be released by mid-2015.The new plates will have some requirements, including being on the road for Friday and Saturday nights along with any other busy timesThere will a meter rate increase of eight per cent.That number seems fair to Weam Alzein with Associated Cabs.“Gas is getting expensive, we buy our own cars, we fix our own cars”, he said “Everyone gets a raise so we should get one too.”The rate increase would mean a 10km trip would cost $20.27 instead of $18.80 being paid right now.Mayor Naheed Nenshi said his big goal is to give more power to the individual driver instead of the brokers.“The more we can make that driver an independent business person who has a variety of options to run his business, then we will have a stronger system”, he said. by News Staff Posted Sep 22, 2014 1:40 pm MDT read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pipeline operator Enbridge (TSX:ENB) is cutting five per cent of its workforce as low oil prices continue to take their toll on the energy sector.The move affects 500 people at all levels of the company in the United States and Canada.The company says it is also leaving 100 positions unfilled. Enbridge’s peer, TransCanada, has also been cutting staff, starting with its higher leadership ranks.Enbridge spokesman Graham White says those receiving layoff notices will receive support and the cuts won’t compromise safety, operational reliability or environmental protection.White says that although the steps are necessary for Enbridge to stay competitive, the company remains on strong footing and will continue to grow. by Sandra Prusina Posted Nov 16, 2015 4:45 pm MDT Current Enbridge assets (image via Enbridge cutting 500 jobs across company, leaving 100 positions unfilled read more

Doug Adler, the tennis commentator who lost his job over what many viewed as racist remarks against Venus Williams, says accusations that he is a bigot are “not true.”“It just makes me absolutely sick,” Adler says Friday, Aug. 25 on the “Today Show” of being called a racist online. “Never been a racist. Never looked at color. Have never even thought of that term until this whole situation.“It’s not true,” he added. “It couldn’t be further from the truth, and I don’t quite understand nor accept how something like that can happen to me.”Adler, a former professional tennis player, was scrutinized and ultimately terminated by ESPN for the way he described Williams’ approach in playing Stefanie Voegele during the Australian Open in January.“You see Venus move in and put the guerilla effect on,” Adler said. “Charging.”Many thought the commentator was comparing Williams to a gorilla and Adler clarified his remarks the day after the match. He did so again on “Today.”“Nothing to do with an animal,” he says. “Everything to do with tactics, strategy, how to win the point.”Venus Williams Has Her Own Legal Woes to Deal with:Fla. Cop In New Body Cam Video Isn’t Sure Who’s to Blame for Venus Williams CrashVictim’s Attorney In Venus Williams’ Wrongful Death Suit Says Tennis Champ Accelerated Through Intersection After Light ChangedPolice: Venus Williams Legally Entered Intersection Before Crash, New Video Confirms Claim Adler said the phrase, “guerilla effect,” has been used in tennis for decades and took Williams’ comment that she “[pays] attention and address situations that are noteworthy,” to indicate what he said was “nothing.”ESPN requested the commentator to apologize on air and removed him from his remaining assignments before ultimately firing Adler. He is now suing the sports network for wrongful termination.“They killed me,” he says. “They made me unemployable. They ended my career. They killed my reputation, my good name. What else was I supposed to do? To me, it was the easiest decision to make. I’m not going away.”ESPN, according to “Today,” is still unsure about which word Adler used in his commentary. The network denies all allegations in the suit and in a statement said, “Adler made an inappropriate reference to Venus Williams for which he felt no apology was necessary. We disagree and stand 100 percent behind our decision to remove him from the 2017 Australian Open.”Williams’ reps declined to give the morning news show a comment on their story. read more

Norway continues it’s winning streak on group B of this World Championship, and this time they beat Poland with great authority with a final score of 35-20 to book a spot in the eight finals. The team commanded from the bench by Thorir Hergeirsson competed with 14 players on the squad as Emilie Hegh Arntzen and Heidi Løke missed the match due to food poisining.The scandinavians are looking really good in this new championship, and so far, no team has been able to shake them off. This time, the rival was Poland. The coached by Leszek Krowicki didn’t have the best of starts and from beginning to end they failed to tame the powerful Norwegian squad that was determined to go for their third triumph.After the first 10 minutes the scoreboard was 7-4 and four minutes later the Polish team requested the first timeout. By this time Katrine Lunde had already saved 5 of 10 shots and was emerging as one of the best players on court. Norway was moving the ball fast from side to side, and always finding the gap in the Polish defense that was lacking a bit of intensity. By halftime, the difference reached +7: 18-11.It took Poland 5 minutes to score for the first time on the second half (20-12), but the problems kept on coming. By minute 14th, the goal difference was +13 for Norway, who was steamrolling their opponents (29-16). For the last half of the second period, Kari Alvik Grimsbø stepped on court and continued showed off as well. During those 15’ on court, she stopped 8 out of 12 shots received. The goalkeeping duo finished with an overwhelming 52% of saves, which help explain great part of Noway’s victory. The MVP award was for the Norwegian back Veronica Kristiansen, who was also top scorer of the match with 6 goals.With the absence of Heidi Løke, two of the players that shared minutes on court were Vilde Ingstad and Kari Brattset. The Vipers Kristiansand line player expressed her feelings after the match: “Our game plan was to go out and take out their shooters and to be together in defence to take fastbreaks, and I thing we managed to do that in big part of the game. I feel great about playing this many minutes”. When asked about the quality of the players ‘serving’ for her, she confessed: “It’s great to play with these players, Nora could play me in the blinds, they all have great quality and it’s easy to play with them”.On Thursday, the only unbeaten team in the group will face Czech Republic at 20:30hs, while Poland will face Hungary in a match that could be decisive for the future of both teams in the competition as they both arrive to this 4th round with two loses. ← Previous Story Sweden beats Czech Republic and gets closer to Leipzig Next Story → GERMANY 2017 – DAY 6: Dutch girls against Serbia, Denmark VS Brazil Kari BrattsetKatrine LundeNorwayPolandVeronica Kristiansen read more

first_img Jun 20th 2018, 3:45 PM Short URL 11 Comments 15,413 Views SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS earlier this year contributed to an increased in mortgage arrears levels, according to the Central Bank, because people were unable to get to their bank branches to hand over their monthly payments.Statistics for the first quarter of this year reveal 71,833 principal dwellings were in arrears at the end of March. That is an increase of 316 accounts over the quarter. The Central Bank said the increase compared with the end of December figures is “due to ‘Storm Emma’ impacting people being able to make payments at their branch”.The number of principal dwelling houses in arrears over 90 days continued to decline, as well as the number of accounts in arrears over 720 days, though these accounts now constitute 41% of all accounts in arrears and 90% of balances outstanding (around €2.6 billion).There are also 22,545 buy-to-let properties in arrears, a decrease of 3.2% on December’s figures.During the first quarter of this year, legal proceedings were issued on 828 primary dwelling house accounts. In 252 accounts, the courts granted an order for possession or sale of the property.There were 1,658 properties in the lenders’ possession on 1 January and a total of 321 properties were taken into possession by lenders up to the end of March. The majority of these were voluntarily surrendered or abandoned. The remainder, 62, were repossessed on foot of a court order.During the quarter 174 properties were sold on by lenders. At the end of March they had 1,802 properties that had been either repossessed, abandoned or surrendered.More than 117,000 primary dwelling house accounts were categorised as restructured at the end of March, a reduction of 1,519 accounts compared to December.The majority (86%) of these accounts were deemed to be meeting the terms of the arrangement and 78% of them were not in arrears at the end of the quarter. By Michelle Hennessy Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Storm Emma caused higher levels of mortgage arrears as customers missed in-branch payments The number of accounts in arrears over 720 days has fallen but these cases still account for 41% of all accounts in arrears. Share21 Tweet Email Wednesday 20 Jun 2018, 3:45 PM Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img 9 TV and Movies 26 Photos Avengers: Endgame and time travel: Why it all makes perfect sense Avengers: Endgame quest for the Infinity Stones explained Diving into the science of Avengers: Endgame’s biggest paradox Comments Now playing: Watch this: 2:58 Share your voice In the film, Professor Hulk explains how time travel works. “Basically said what the Hulk says in that scene, which is, if you go to the past, then the present becomes your past and the past becomes your future,” Markus said. “So there’s absolutely no reason it would change.”The writers also addressed Thor’s use of his hammer, Mjolnir — retrieved from earlier in his timeline. “I think we’re leaning on, when you just take a baseball mitt, you didn’t ruin that kid’s life,” McFeely said. “When you took Mjolnir, we accept that that movie happened. Because time is irrefutable.”Avengers: Endgame is in cinemas now. How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Heroes having the time of their lives. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET The time travel aspect of Avengers: Endgame made perfect sense to some, and very little to science.The 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe wrapped up the events of the previous film Infinity War, in which half the main heroes were turned to dust. In order to remedy that, the remaining heroes had to go to extreme lengths. Spoiler alert: this involves time travel.Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who also wrote the three Captain America films to name a few, spoke to The New York Times about how their use of time travel in Endgame works. They referenced Ant-Man in their explanation for employing the story-telling technique.Warning: spoilers ahead.”We all sat there going, really? We’re going to do time travel?” Markus said. “It was only when we were looking at who we had available, character-wise; we hadn’t used Ant-Man yet. And there really is, in people’s theory of the Quantum Realm, a time thing in the MCU, right now, available to us, with a character we haven’t used yet. We have a loophole that’s not cheating.”They also explored why previous time travel films didn’t get the concept right. “We looked at a lot of time-travel stories and went, it doesn’t work that way,” Markus said.”It was by necessity,” McFeely said. “If you have six MacGuffins and every time you go back it changes something, you’ve got Biff’s casino, exponentially. So we just couldn’t do that. We had physicists come in — more than one — who said, basically, Back to the Future is [wrong].” Travel Tags Top 5 things Avengers: Endgame sets up for the future Related storieslast_img read more

first_imgPUNE: The Debt Recovery Tribunal in Pune on Saturday directed fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, who is currently lodged in a London prison, and his aides to pay more than Rs. 7,200 crore with interest to the defrauded Punjab National Bank. Nirav Modi, 48, is wanted in the country as the main accused in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case amounting up to USD 2 billion. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Presiding Officer Deepak Thakkar, who holds additional charge of Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT), Mumbai, passed two orders in two cases in favour of the Punjab National Bank. “Defendant and his partners are ordered and directed to pay to applicant (PNB) either jointly or severally the aggregate sum of Rs. 7029,06,87,950.65 with interest of 14.30 per cent per annum from June 30, 2018,” stated the DRT order. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Passing another order, the judge directed Nirav Modi and others to pay Rs. 232,15,92,636 to the PNB with interest 16.20 per cent from July 27, 2018. An official from the tribunal said the recovery officers with DRT will initiate further action. Nirav Modi was arrested by uniformed Scotland Yard officers in central London on March 19. He faces extradition to India as the “principal beneficiary” of the fraudulent issuance of letters of undertaking (LoUs) as part of a conspiracy to defraud the PNB and then laundering the proceeds of crime. The diamantaire is lodged at one of England’s most overcrowded prisons– Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Wandsworth.last_img read more

first_img Right away, last night’s Riverdale let us know we were in for something different. Rather than Jughead’s usual narration, we got a text scroll straight out of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It even includes the line about the events being more tragic because the victims were young. Still, nobody actually dies in this one. Riverdale’s showrunner really doesn’t want to turn this season into a slasher movie, even as it borrows its visual elements and story structure from them. The title of the episode, “Tales from the Darkside,” is more of an indication of what the episode actually is. Named for George A. Romero’s ’80s horror anthology series (which is definitely worth a watch, if you haven’t seen it), the episode tells three suspenseful stories taking place over the same couple nights. Each story, like the ones in Romero’s series, ends with some kind of twist.With more episodes to work with this season, Riverdale is free to be a little more experimental with the stories it tells. As much as we want to know who the Black Hood is, the stalling tactic employed by this episode is necessary. It gives the mystery some room to breathe and build suspense. It lets us spend some time in the town of Riverdale and see how the events of this season have affected it. It also gives Riverdale the time to explore its own influences and give them a loving homage. I love when this show takes a break from the high-speed insanity of its main plot to indulge in its (also insane) love for its influences. Season one had that out-of-nowhere Dark Betty turn that immediately made most viewers think of Twin Peaks. Now, season two has its teen drama dressed like its favorite horror anthology classic.Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones and Tony Todd as Farmer McGinty (Photo: Jack Rowand © 2017 The CW Network)The episode begins with some brief set-up explaining why we won’t see much of the Black Hood this week. He’s testing Riverdale. If the town can go without sinning for 48 hours, he won’t kill anyone anymore. Spoiler: It can’t. The rest of the episode follows three pairs of kids as the navigate those 48 hours. Though it looks like Betty and Jughead are back together, they both have their own worries going on. Betty is trying to figure out who the Black Hood is, and Jughead is dealing with the aftermath of Archie’s deal with the Ghoulies. They go separate ways and the stories begin. First, Archie and Jughead. Jughead gets a call from Penny Peabody, the Serpent lawyer his dad told him to stay away from. That turns out to be real good advice, although Jughead doesn’t realize that until it’s too late. She tells him his dad got beat up by some Ghoulies after Archie’s stunt last episode. She needs money to speed his case up and get him out of jail. To get that money, she hires Jughead to run a crate of “pancake mix” over to Greendale.This segment features a truly amazing guest star. Jughead enlists Archie to drive him to Greendale and, of course, they get a flat tire. The trip is seemingly rescued by the sudden appearance of horror icon Tony Todd. Yes, it’s the Candyman himself! (Or Death’s exposition guy, if you prefer the Final Destination series.) After two straight weeks of playing to musical theatre kids, it’s nice to see the show throwing a bone to horror movie buffs. Todd is terrific in this episode, bringing to it all the gravitas and danger he brings to his horror movies. He takes Jughead and his crate to a diner, where he tries to stick the kid with the bill and steal the “pancake mix.” Fortunately, Archie saves the day as only he can, and the two boys make the dropoff. Only to find out that Jughead’s been set up. That’s the twist of this story. Jughead’s dad wasn’t hurt. Penny forced him to be the new Jingle Jangle delivery boy. And he’s going to keep doing it or she’ll sell him out to the cops. Should have listened to your dad, Jughead. Knowing this show, the deliveries won’t last long before it all blows up in Jughead’s face. The only thing we can be certain about is that we can’t possibly predict how.Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, and Jordan Calloway as Chuck Clayton (Photo: Shane Harvey © 2017 The CW Network)Jughead and Archie’s story may have had a horror movie star in it, but Josie’s story was the most like a horror movie. And it had the best twist. Thinking back on it while writing this, it’s impressive how well it was set up. The foreshadowing was subtle enough that it was possible to guess what was going to happen, but it still came as a huge surprise. At first glance, Josie and Cheryl look like normal friends, but then you realize how clingy Cheryl’s being. But hey, Josie did save her from a sexual assault. It’s natural she’d want to be around a friend who makes her feel safe. Then you realize it’s a little suspicious that the music agent Cheryl hooked Josie up with doesn’t want the pussycats involved. And Cheryl is doing everything she can to make sure Josie doesn’t trust the apparently reformed Chuck Clayton.Josie’s story revolves around her having a stalker, and it’s legit scary. She’s getting strange notes that grow increasingly possessive. Finally, she receives a drawing of herself along with a real pig’s heart. Cheryl is sure Chuck is the culprit and the episode really wants us to think it’s the janitor who listens to Josie practice after the school closes. It’s neither. Cheryl is the one who’s stalking Josie. Suddenly, everything falls into place. She’s separating Josie from her band and from any potential dates. No one else is allowed to be Josie’s friend. It really shouldn’t be a surprise that Cheryl is super creepy at this point, but Riverdale keeps finding ways to make it one. If Archie and Jughead’s story showed how geeky and knowing this show can be, Josie’s reminded us that it can be truly creepy when it wants to.Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones (Photo: Jack Rowand © 2017 The CW Network)Finally, there was Betty and Veronica’s story, which largely served to tell you that your Black Hood fan theories are probably wrong. After the Black Hood killed the Sugarman at the end of the last episode, Betty starts thinking Sheriff Keller is the Black Hood. And hey, Kevin mentions that he has been acting awful strange lately. Veronica, on the other hand, thinks the Sheriff is having an affair and the two set about finding out what’s really going on. For a little bit, it looks like Betty might be right. The Sheriff is working out late into the night, going out in the wee hours of the morning, and the next day, a Jingle Jangle addict turns up dead. Then there’s his evidence room, which looks like the den of a serial killer… or a cop trying to catch one. Yes, just like you, Betty has plenty of circumstantial evidence supporting her theory, but it’s completely wrong. This is the show telling you to be patient. You’ll learn the identity of the Black Hood soon, but maybe cool it with the wild accusations. Because they’re wrong. Your theories are wrong. The only person who’s right is the one assuming things aren’t as they appear: Veronica. Sheriff Keller is having an affair. The twist is who with. He’s sleeping with Mayor McCoy. That certainly paints the scene after the pig’s heart incident in a different light.Riverdale broke from its usual format last night to experiment with the kinds of stories it can tell. Even with this break from the norm, it was still the crazy, soapy Riverdale we know and love. It’s a reminder that this show is always capable of more than it lets on. It uses its teen drama base to tell stories across multiple genres, and proudly displays its influences. Last night, the series used its three-story format to showcase everything it does well: bonkers fast-paced storytelling, Lynchian horror and convoluted mystery, all with the perfect amount of self-awareness. Is it any wonder we love this show so much? Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img SDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019 last_img read more