Maisnam Meiraba Clinches Korea Jr Open Title, Sathish Kumar Karunakaran Wins Bronze

first_img badmitonbronzeGoldIndia First Published: November 2, 2019, 11:00 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Maisnam Meiraba Luwang lived up to his top billing as he clinched the boys singles U-19 title at the Woncheon Yonex Korea Junior Open International Challenge 2019 in Miryang, Korea on Saturday. The top seed from Manipur needed just 36 minutes to brush aside the challenge of 15th seed Lee Hak Joo of Korea in a 21-10, 21-13 win.Also claiming the bronze in the same category at this Junior International Challenge badminton tournament was eighth seed Sathish Kumar Karunakaran, who had bowed out to Luwang 16-21, 22-24 in a gritty semi-final contest on Friday. Luwang, who currently holds the No. 9 spot in the World Junior Rankings, was impressive throughout the week and dropped just one game in six matches. This is the 16-year-old rising star’s third international title this year following his triumphs at the Russian Junior White Nights 2019 and India Junior International 2019.Luwang would especially be pleased with the way he rebounded after a disappointing exit from the World Junior Championships last month, where he crashed out in the Round of 64. last_img read more

Isiah Thomas Wants People to Keep Open Mind About His New Job

first_imgGREENBURGH, N.Y. — Isiah Thomas knew there would be questions when it was announced two weeks ago that he would be the new president of the New York Liberty. Thomas hopes that people will just keep an open mind.“We were concerned, and we talked about it,” he said in a news conference Thursday at the WNBA team’s training camp. “At the end of the day you can only live your truth.”Thomas had an unsuccessful stint as coach and president of the New York Knicks from December 2003 to April 2008. After being fired as coach, he remained with the team in an unspecified role, even after a lawsuit brought by former team employee Anucha Browne Sanders cost Madison Square Garden $11.5 million in a settlement. Sanders alleged she was sexually harassed by Thomas, who was not found personally liable.“I’ve always maintained my innocence, moved on from that. Our organization has moved on from that,” Thomas said. “I’m proud of the way I lived my life.”Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan gave Thomas another chance now as the president and potential part-owner of the Liberty. Thomas and Dolan had a meeting with the players before training camp opened Sunday.“It was necessary to do that because we live in a society where the information that’s out there, some’s accurate, some’s not accurate,” Thomas said. “We felt it was necessary to meet, discuss and have an open forum. The players we have and the people in this room, they’re grown women and they can make up their own minds and come to their own conclusions.”Coach Bill Laimbeer, who played with Thomas for years in Detroit, and the Liberty players sat on couches off to the side during the 25-minute news conference. At the end, the players applauded their new president.“It was great having that sit-down the other day to clear the air. We are all professionals and are focused on what happens on the court,” said Liberty guard Essence Carson. “All the interaction I’ve had with him so far has been good.”A Hall of Fame, championship-winning point guard with the Pistons, Thomas has failed to match that success in his post-playing career. He tried college coaching after leaving the Knicks but was fired by Florida International in 2012 after going 26-65 in three seasons.Thomas spoke Thursday at a podium in a makeshift area normally used as a players lounge. Laimbeer joked earlier that more media were in attendance then in his first few years combined with the team. He and Thomas hoped that all the attention on the team would carry over to when the Liberty season starts at home on June 5.However, some fans won’t be attending games at Madison Square Garden. Yolanda Jackson, a Liberty season-ticket holder since 1999, said she canceled her subscription.“I’m not planning to attend any Liberty games,” said Jackson, who works in marketing with female athletes. “And since I’m so disappointed in the way the WNBA has handled this situation, I doubt if I’ll be attending any games this season. The WNBA should deny his application for ownership.”Thomas filed the paperwork to be a part-owner of the team last week. He needs approval from the league’s board of governors for his ownership application to go through. WNBA President Laurel J. Richie told The Associated Press last week that she hopes to have that resolved before the season starts June 5.Thomas wouldn’t talk about his ownership petition.“That’s a confidential discussion,” he said.DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer___AP Sports Writer Melissa Murphy in New York contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Luka pulls out of confirmatory trials, out of Asian Games

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Aug 13 (PTI) Incheon Asian Games’ 800m silver medallist Tintu Luka will not feature in this edition of the continental multi-sporting event as she has pulled out of the confirmatory trials called by the Athletics Federation of India on August 15. Luka was scheduled to appear for a confirmatory trial, along with three other athletes, in Thiruvananthapuram on August 15 if she was to be considered for the Asian Games, but now she has pulled out of it. Her mentor and sprint legend P T Usha has written to the AFI, saying that her ward will not be able to take part in the confirmatory trial as she has not recovered from her heel injury. National record holder Luka, who won a bronze in the 2014 Asian Games, has been suffering from a heel injury and she did not take part in the June 26-29 National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships in Guwahati, which served as the qualifying event for the Jakarta Games. She also did not take part in the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games also due to injury. “Luka has pulled out of the confirmatory trials and hence she will not take part in the Jakarta Asian Games. We have written to the AFI that she will not be able to take part because she has not recovered fully from the heel injury,” a source close to Usha told PTI from Kerala. “Luka can run with a normal running shoe but she is not being able to run wearing spikes. So, she has decided not to take part in the confirmatory trials,” the source added.advertisement Luka’s name was also not included in the list of Indian contingent submitted by the Indian Olympic Association and cleared by the Sports Ministry. The AFI said that the confirmatory trials will be held as scheduled on August 15. Athletics has the biggest number of participants with 50 out of 572 Indian athletes taking part in the Asian Games. PTI PDS PDS KHSKHSlast_img read more

Twitter announces over 50 premium video content collaborations

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 11 (PTI) Twitter on Tuesday said it is expanding premium video content in Asia Pacific with over 50 live stream and video highlights collaborations.”Twitter today unveils over 50 premium video content collaborations, bringing hundreds of hours of live stream and video highlights programming, across sports, entertainment and news, to the platform,” Twitter said in a statement.The statement also said that a dozen Indian content collaborations with partners like Red Chillies Entertainment, Vh1 Supersonic, Comic Con India, Network 18, Scoopwhoop, NDTV, Filmfare and CricBuzz and others will feature new live stream and video highlights programming on Twitter, available to advertisers.”Content is happening now at Twitter, and we have proven through the efficacy of the partnerships we have crafted, that content programming and distribution on Twitter is an essential part of any media company’s audience engagement and content monetisation strategies,” Kay Madati, Global VP of Content Partnerships, Twitter said in a statement.Stating that Asia Pacific is “accelerating growth” for Twitter, Madati said that the platform seeks to move forward with more live stream and premium video content partnerships in the region. PTI MBI MBI BALBALlast_img read more

Charlyn Corral gives Atlético Madrid upper hand against Manchester City

first_img Ole Gunnar Solskjær needs more time and respect at Manchester United Women’s football Topics The Manchester City manager, Nick Cushing, was relaxed after a late strike from Charlyn Corral earned Atlético Madrid a precious away goal, and a draw.“The away goal means zero because we had it last year and got beat,” he said. “It’s the Champions League and it’s competitive. We need to try not to concede goals and score. I think the away goals only really matter if you score again in the second leg.” Twitter Share on Messenger Manchester City Women Janine Beckie scores Manchester City’s opener. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. match reports Women’s Champions League Share on WhatsApp Read more Read more “The performance we put in, the injuries we have got, the week we have had, it was a positive performance from us all. We haven’t seen the best from Atlético but we are near the top of the table and competing in the Champions League.”City too are a very different side. Further into the season they are fitter and fresher than against Atlético last year. But it was the Spanish side who pushed for an equaliser on the break in the second half. Share on Facebookcenter_img At half-time Cushing would have been significantly happier with his team’s relaxed but assured performance compared with their showing against the La Liga champions here last year. In the round of 32 a valuable away goal in Madrid, tempered by Kenti Robles’s 89th-minute leveller, was thrown away within four minutes in Manchester. Atlético then doubled their lead and City found no way back. Struggling to break through City’s commanding backline, which had conceded only once in seven games, Maria Santos tried to catch Roebuck out from distance but could only loop the ball over the bar.Hemp should have doubled City’s lead after a burst into the box from the left but Laia Aleixandri threw her body in the way. In the end the hosts were punished.Ludmila Silva surged down the right, shoulder to shoulder with Stokes, and having got the better of the full-back passed into the middle for Corral to poke in the late equaliser. City now have a testing run, with away trips to Manchester United, Arsenal and Madrid. “I never think we won’t get a goal so we are just looking forward to that game now,” said Scott. “I’d rather play Arsenal every week. These are the games that I was like an excited kid waiting for. These runs excite the team.” Pinterest Read more Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema hits four in Champions League win at Slavia Prague England Women poised for attendance record after Wembley sell-out Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn The hosts took the lead through Janine Beckie before Corral, who scored 86 goals in 117 appearances for Levante before joining Atlético, ensured City face a tough return leg.The most alluring tie of the round did not quite live up to that billing. But in Lauren Hemp, who was making her third appearance of the season after a spell out with a shoulder injury, City had the brightest player on the pitch. The 19-year-old ran Carmen Menayo and Aïssatou Tounkara ragged, and it was her shot that led to their goal. Hemp’s low effort was saved by the Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal but a poor clearance enabled Keira Walsh to play a ball through the middle. The pass took a deflection but ran kindly for Beckie, who powered it coolly into the roof of the net with her first touch. It was her fifth goal of the season and all have come in the Champions League.City were ahead but Atlético could have punished them in the opening minutes. A free-kick from the edge of the box was swung towards goal only for Ellie Roebuck to acrobatically palm the ball away. It fell to Toni Duggan in the six-yard box but the former City forward could only direct the follow-up over the bar. Rather than spurring the visiting side on though, it would be their only real chance of the half, with City dominating possession and whipping the ball around. The England right-back Demi Stokes returned to the starting lineup for City and combined smartly with Hemp, with shades of the Lucy Bronze and Nikita Parris partnership to their link-up play and Jill Scott characteristically supporting the flank play from inside. Share via Email Share on Pinterest This time round they were facing a very different Atlético side, one that was turned over 6-1 by Barcelona in their second game of the season and with a new manager, Pablo López.“It was tough. We knew it would be difficult,” said Duggan, whose attitude was praised by López as “extraordinary”.“We lost our coach which is always difficult. We had a tough game on Saturday then had to travel here. I am so proud of the team. It means so much to us. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Slogans black flags welcome Ravi Shankar at Patna airport

first_imgNew Delhi: Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who arrived in Patna on Tuesday for the first time after being declared BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Patna Sahib, was shown black flags by supporters of another BJP leader in Patna. Prasad, a resident of the Bihar capital whose late father was a state minister and leader of the Jansangh, was shown black flags by the supporters of RK Sinha, a Rajya Sabha member, who was hopeful of a ticket for the seat which is currently held by dissident MP Shatrughan Sinha. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The sloganeering and protest by Sinha’s supporters led to a clash with BJP workers who had gathered at the airport to welcome the Lok Sabha poll debutant. Reports said that the clash erupted as Prasad landed at airport and Sinha’s supporters started raising slogans against him. Slogans of “Ravi Shankar Prasad- Go back, go back” welcomed the Union Minister as he exited the airport in Bihar capital. The protester, holding black flags also chanted “RK Sinha-Zindabad, zindabad (RK Sinha-Long live, long live). “Ye hawa hawai neta hain inke pass karyakarta nahi hain. Ek galat aadmi ko ticket diya gaya hai jo kabhi janata ke beech nahi raha. (He – Ravi Shankar Prasad – is a leader without any base. He doesn’t have workers. The ticket has been given to a wrong person who has never lived among people),” a protester said. The Union minister drove away while telling the posse of mediapersons who stood waiting at the airport, “I thank my party for considering me for this great responsibility. I will be giving my best shot. The BJPs commitment to nationalism and good governance will help Narendra Modi return to power.”last_img read more

SLFP joint opposition and JVP want Parliament debate on bond report

He said that the public suffered a loss of Rs. 11.5 billion as a result of the treasury bond deal. “I would like to specifically state here that I would not hesitate to take steps to recover the loss of Rs 11,145 million and take legal action against the offenders and punish them,” the President said.He said that the report has already been sent to the Attorney General to take legal action. (Colombo Gazette) The President had also said that Perpetual Treasuries had made profits over 11,145 million. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the joint opposition and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have called for a debate in Parliament on the report of the President Commission which investigated the alleged treasury bond scam.President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday assured tough action after the Presidential commission recommended steps be taken against former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran and Perpetual Treasuries head Arjun Aloysius. read more

Cities in Central Asia Caucasus sign up to UN campaign to become

The global campaign, Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!, launched in 2010 for a period of five years until 2015, is promoted by the Geneva-based UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).“The campaign helps participants to become better organized and to identify key priorities for action for risk reduction. They can also benefit from the shared experience of other participants facing similar challenges. It is a very dynamic and interactive campaign,” said Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu, UNISDR regional coordinator. UNISDR’s initiative, now in partnership with the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), is titled “Strengthened Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Asia and the Caucasus through greater fostering of the Hyogo Framework for Action priorities.” The eight cities to sign up are Noyemberyan and Berd in Armenia; Tbilisi and Gori in Georgia; Oskemen and Ridder in Kazakhstan; and Bishkek and Kara-Kol in Kyrgyzstan.“These cities and towns are committing to a ten-point checklist of actions which help them to become resilient to disasters and to manage their growth in a sustainable way,” said Ms. Ariyabandu.The worldwide campaign is based on 10 essentials for developing local resilience, which in turn build on the five priorities for action of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), endorsed by UN Member States for the period 2005-2015. Central Asia and the Caucasus are exposed to a range of natural and technological hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, mud and debris flows, avalanches, floods, drought and extreme temperatures inflicting serious human and economic losses. Risks and exposure to risk are exacerbated by the rapid growth of urban population and climate change.Over the 30-year period from 1980, 14 million people were affected by 131 major disaster events with economic losses of $3.8 billion. The destructive earthquake in Spitak, Armenia in 1988 and the extreme cold spell across Central Asia in 2008, prove the importance of strengthening communities.To address these challenges, the campaign will aim to build local capacity to assess risks of natural hazards, update action plans which are disaster risk inclusive, increase accessibility of international expertise in disaster risk reduction, and foster exchange of experiences between municipalities and local governments. A post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction is expected to be approved at a world conference, in March 2015, in Sendai, Japan, emphasizing the need to continue to work to strengthen community resilience, particularly in municipalities with less than 10,000 inhabitants. read more

Peace endures when women can participate meaningfully in peace talks says new

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the lead author of the global study, introduced it at a press conference at UN Headquarters.“Since 2000, when resolution 1325 was adopted, the UN has recognized that women’s leadership and equality are key to international peace and security,” said Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka.“This is now an accepted global norm,” she added, while noting that it had been “reiterated as many times as it has been ignored in practice.”Introducing the new study, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said that it represented the most up-to-date and comprehensive compilation of all the evidence that “women’s empowerment contributes to the success of peace talks,” as well accelerates economic recovery after conflict and counters violent extremism.She also noted that, in recent years, the positive impact of women’s participation had been seen in Colombia and the Philippines, but that “these cases are still outliers rather than the norm.”In the 15 years since the adoption of resolution 1325, she said, “progress remains far too slow,” with only 2 per cent of aid to peace and security interventions in fragile States targeting gender inequality, while just three per cent of military peacekeepers are women. In conflict-affected settings, violence against women and girls is higher, as is child marriage, while girls’ school enrolment and access to property falls.She also commended the scope of the study, which, she said had incorporated submissions from civil society, member states, regional and international organizations, as well as country visits undertaken by the author.Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka also referred to the UN Security Council meeting tomorrow on women, peace and security to mark the 15th anniversary of the resolution, noting this as an opportunity for the “positive stepping up of women’s empowerment and gender equality.”In her concluding remarks, she said that evidence shows that when women are at the peace tables, their participation brings a higher rate of peace agreement, adding that “squandering the potential dividends has never been more costly.”Ms. Coomaraswamy, the lead author of the report, underscored the importance of its independence, for which she thanked the Secretary-General, noting that there are areas not completely in line with the United Nations position on some of the issues contained within it. She cited the report’s focus on prevention, the nature of early warning systems, armed and unarmed presences, and the need for dialogue. “Levels of military spending are high and the cycle of escalation must stop,” she noted, adding that force should only be used as a last resort; when dialogue is impossible. She also said that the study proves “beyond any doubt” that women’s “participation in peace processes sustains [those] processes for a much longer time” than efforts that exclude them. Ms. Coomaraswamy also stressed the importance of looking at peacekeeping at the local level, because “not one size fits all.”“You have to understand what the society needs and the peacebuilding program should be mapped for that particular area,” she said. She also noted that the report contained detailed recommendations for the Security Council, which will be debated tomorrow. One such recommendation was the need for an expert level group that would help the Council deal with issues through a “gender lens,” as well as a proposed change to funding, with some earmarking for projects affecting women. It also calls for an Assistant-Secretary-General at UN Women to work in the area of women, peace, and security. read more

Network maintenance planned for July 30

Upcoming maintenance work planned by Brock Information Technology Services will mean a major network outage in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 30.The work is scheduled for midnight until 8 a.m. on July 30 and will affect access to all IT services from outside Brock and all access to the Internet from inside the University.Services impacted include:All Brock University websitesSending and receiving e-mailOffice365SharePoint including OneBrockIsaak/Sakai from off campusWorkdayWi-Fi network accessThe Brock University phone system will be unaffected during the network outage. read more

Tiger Woods Pursuit Of History Resumes At US Open

When you’re Tiger Woods, you live for this week at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. From the beginning, he placed his focus on winning major championships. With 14 to his credit, second-most in history, Woods has established himself among golfing greats. But that is not enough.That is why he looks at the U.S. Open that begins Thursday with so much hope, so much optimism. Having won two weeks ago at The Memorial helps, too, especially since it was a come-from-behind win. He is seeking to move closer to Jack Nicklaus, who holds the record for major championships with 18.Woods has been stuck four majors behind Nicklaus for the last four years. He last conquered a major in 2008 — the U.S. Open over Rocco Mediate at Torry Pines. To take this U.S. Open will require length, skill and patience, which is just how Woods likes it.“I’ve always preferred it to be more difficult, there’s no doubt,” he said. “And I’ve always preferred it to be fast. I just like a fast golf course, because then you have to shape shots. You have to think.”Woods will play the first round Thursday with the popular Bubba Watson, winner of this year’s Masters, and long-time rival Phil Mickelson, making for must-see golf.The Olympic Club is a long and difficult course, protected by water and bunkers. Most experts insist a score of even round after four days could be enough to claim victory. For Woods, he said a win this week would do little to deter his detractors from doubting him.“I think even if I do win a major championship, it will still be, ‘You’re not to 18 yet’, or ‘When will you get to 19,’ ” Woods said. “I’ve dealt with that my entire career, ever since I was an amateur and playing all the way through and to professional golf. It hasn’t changed.”Woods has won twice this year and insists he’s close to regaining the excellence that dominated the sport for several years prior to injuries plagued him — and his well-documented personal troubles that led to a divorce from wife, Elin. At 36, no matter what happens at the Olympic Club, Woods said he still has time to topple Nicklaus mark.“Well, Jack did it at 46, right?” Woods said of the age Nicklaus was when he won his last major. “So I’ve got 10 (years).Tom Watson almost pulled it off at 59. It can be done. We can play for a very long time. And that’s the great thing about staying in shape and lifting weights and being fit is that the playing careers have extended.” read more

Convicted IRA bomber Marian Price released after two years in prison

first_imgThe Parole Commissioners have decided, given her current circumstances, to release Marian McGlinchey on licence. Such a licence is normally subject to conditions.The 58-year-old had been given bail but her life licence, which was granted on release for the Old Bailey bomb, was subsequently revoked by Mr Paterson in May 2011.Read: Funeral of Dolours Price to take place in Belfast today> IRISH REPUBLICAN MARIAN Price has been released from police custody after a ruling by the Parole Commissioners in Northern Ireland.The convicted IRA Old Bailey bomber, whose married name is Marian McGlinchey, was imprisoned in May 2011 since former Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Owen Paterson, revoked her licence.Due to ongoing health issues she was held at Belfast City Hospital, but is expected to be discharged later.The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Taoiseach Enda Kenny welcomed news of her release.Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said Price’s release was a “much belated but welcome development”.A statement from the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) said:last_img read more

Duke Nukem Forever features babeslapping multiplayer mode

first_imgIf Gloria Steinem were a gamer, it’s not hard to imagine the particular shade of purple her face would darken into if she were to play a game of Duke Nukem 3D. It is, after all, a shooter in which a player is encouraged to “use” the women he finds: pressing the space bar, any woman found in the game will immediately expose her breasts to the player.That was in 1995. Sixteen years later, Duke Nukem 3D is finally getting a sequel in the endlessly delayed title Duke Nukem Forever, cobbled together by Gearbox Software…. and if you expect it to approach women with the same sort of casual misogyny, you’re wrong. It’s even worse.Consider the latest news report, courtesy of the Official Xbox Magazine. Amongst Duke Nukem Forever’s myriad deathmatch options — Dukematch (Deathmatch), Team Dukematch (Team Deathmatch), and Hail to the King (King of the Hill) — is a mode called Capture the Babe. Obviously, Capture the Babe is a variation on the age-old game Capture the Flag, only with two teams trying to kidnap the opposition’s scantly-clad sex thing back at base. If that’s not chauvinistically gang rapey enough for you, though, once you grab the opposing team’s babe, she’ll begin to freak out, kicking and screaming (presumably in anticipation of the sexual violation to come), at which point you as the player must spank her to get her under control.Okay, it’s a butt slap, and it’s not worth getting to excited about, especially considering the fact that this is exactly the kind of controversy Gearbox is trying to spark to increase sales. That said, I think even within the context of the Duke Nukem series, Gearbox has gone too far here. I’m not a prude, but the Duke Nukem, for all his considerable faults, still seemed to actually value women and want to protect them in the earlier games. There’s a more casual, sexually abusive disregard for women this time around — women not as “babes” but as, well, dumpsters — that strikes me as more disturbing than juvenile.Read more at Arslast_img read more

First Jolla handset launches in May with Kickstarterstyle preorders

first_imgGet your thumbs ready, Jolla fans. The first smartphones running its Sailfish OS will go up for pre-order next month when what sounds like a Kickstarter-style crowdfunding campaign gets under way.Jolla chairman Antti Saarnio broke the news in an interview with the Finnish Economic Times. And like many Kickstarter campaigns have done, Saarnio says that Jolla plans to offer special goodies to those who are willing to plunk down their hard-earned cash in advance.Without going into any great detail, Saarnio mentioned that one possible reward for pre-orders might be a custom skin for the Sailfish OS. As for what else might be in store — like custom finishes on the actual phones — we’ll have to wait until the company makes an announcement next month.Saarnio said that the Jolla smartphone will feature a “modern, Scandinavian design.” One would assume that mean a sleek shape and clean lines, and perhaps a bit of a natural touch. One of the hallmarks of Scandinavian architecture and interior design is the incorporation of local woods, after all. A dark anodized shell with a nice beech inlay? Sounds like all kinds of sexy to me.There may be other ways to show support beyond a straight-up pre-order, too. Jolla’s official Twitter account responded to a fan’s inquiry along these lines by saying that there will be “vraious options” that will get supports “something in return.”Saarnio made it clear in his interview that this isn’t really crowdfunding. Jolla, he states, already has its finances in order and doesn’t need a grassroots campaign to fill its coffers.  This is just a way for enthusiasts to show their support with their wallets, which, arguably, is pretty similar at the end of the day.last_img read more

Heroin racket suspects remanded in custody

first_imgFive Turkish nationals linked to the discovery of a ton of heroin last week in Attica’s biggest drugs seizure on record were remanded in custody on Wednesday after defending themselves before a magistrate.According to sources, two of the five have admitted to their involvement in the racket which has also implicated a Greek shipowner in whose Filothei home half a ton of heroin was found last week. The other half ton was found in a warehouse in Koropi, eastern Attica. A total of 12 suspects have been linked to the racket, which appears to be one of the biggest on record in Greece. The probe into the case comes amid indications that Greece is a key hub for international drug-trafficking.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les sportifs auraientils une activité cérébrale supérieure à la normale

first_imgLes sportifs auraient-ils une activité cérébrale supérieure à la normale ?Selon une étude tout juste dévoilée, les sportifs professionnels et les athlètes de haut niveau montreraient des fonctions cognitives plus développées que la moyenne des étudiants de niveau universitaire.Les sportifs auraient-ils des capacités cérébrales hors du commun ? Si la question peut surprendre, c’est précisément ce que suggère une étude récemment dévoilée et menée par le professeur Jocelyn Faubert de l’École d’optométrie de l’Université de Montréal. Publiée dans les  Scientific Reports de la revue Nature, elle explique que les sportifs professionnels possèderaient des fonctions cognitives mieux développées que la moyenne des étudiants de niveau universitaire. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les chercheurs ont mené une série de tests auprès de 102 sportifs, footballeurs de première division à Manchester, en Angleterre, joueurs de hockey de la LNH et rugbymen du Top 14. Ceux-ci consistaient à “décrire une série d’objets simulés se déplaçant dans trois dimensions. Même si le contexte n’avait rien à voir avec quelque sport que ce soit, nous avons constaté que les  [102] athlètes professionnels étaient en mesure de traiter les scènes visuelles beaucoup mieux que les  [173] athlètes amateurs, qui à leur tour ont mieux réussi que les [33] étudiants”, indique M. Faubert dans un communiqué.Les participants ont exécuté la tâche “3D-MOT” à 15 reprises afin d’évaluer les capacités visuelles, perceptives et cognitives pour visualiser des scènes complexes : la répartition de l’attention entre un nombre de cibles en mouvement, un champ de vision élargi, la vitesse maximale des objets qu’une personne est en mesure de suivre et la capacité de perception de la profondeur. Les scènes utilisées étaient alors “neutres”, l’expérience d’un sport n’ayant aucune influence sur le résultat, d’autant que les mouvements et les interactions étaient aléatoires.Un rythme d’apprentissage nettement supérieur À lire aussiUne application pour lutter contre la dépressionAu final, les sportifs ont obtenu de meilleurs résultats que les autres et ont notamment présenté un cortex plus épais. “Il semblerait que les athlètes soient en mesure de concentrer avec beaucoup d’acuité leur attention afin d’améliorer leurs capacités d’apprentissage, ce qui constitue la clé de leurs aptitudes”, avance M. Faubert qui a évalué les résultats avec un appareil à simulation graphique qu’il a inventé, le NeuroTracker. Ajouté à cela, les tests ont révélé que les athlètes professionnels étaient en mesure d’apprendre à un rythme nettement supérieur comment suivre des objets se déplaçant rapidement. “Le traitement mental et la capacité d’apprentissage sont manifestement essentiels au rendement de calibre supérieur des athlètes professionnels. Par contre, nous ne savons pas encore si cette capacité d’apprentissage supérieure est propre aux athlètes professionnels et si, de surcroît, il s’agit de capacités innées qui leur ont permis d’être sélectionnés par leur équipe respective, ou si ces habiletés ont été acquises dans le cadre d’un entraînement poussé”, souligne M. Faubert. Aussi, pour lui, il serait “intéressant d’observer comment les personnes possédant des habiletés athlétiques dans toutes les disciplines amélioreront leur score de perception en s’entraînant avec ce système”. Cette découverte est utile pour les chercheurs qui y voient un nouveau champ à explorer pour le traitement des personnes âgées notamment, lesquelles souffrent de problèmes de l’attention.Le 1 février 2013 à 15:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Most read stories on Columbiancom week of Nov 20

first_imgMost read stories on last week:No. 1) Police identify woman who died in Hockinson crashThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office on Monday released the name of a woman who died in a fatal car crash near Hockinson.No. 2) Vancouver attorney accused of abusing girl in Sunday school A Vancouver divorce attorney has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl in his Sunday school class.No. 3) Woman, 28, dies in Washougal apartment fire A Tuesday afternoon fire claimed the life a woman, believed to be 28, at the Towne Square Apartments in Washougal, while fast-responding firefighters were able to stop the blaze from spreading.No. 4) Vancouver restaurant owner arrested on drug allegations Drug detectives said they arrested the owner of the El Rancho Viejo restaurant in Vancouver on Wednesday as a “major player” in distributing methamphetamine in Clark County.No. 5) Local woman gets email death threat A Ridgefield woman says she has received a chilling death threat from someone who wants $12,000 — or else. “This email scam is an outrage!” the woman said.last_img read more

The Secret Life of Pets 2 Again Tops Studios TV Ad Spending

first_img$5.36M – Aladdin Disney Already Clashing With 20th Century Fox After Billion-Dollar Deal Impressions: 190,666,683Attention Score: 95.39Attention Index: 141National Airings: 622Networks: 32Most Spend On: NBC, TNTCreative Versions: 6Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $5.60MStudio: Columbia PicturesStarted Airing: 12/20/18 Impressions: 310,489,049Attention Score: 92.90Attention Index: 109National Airings: 1,591Networks: 45Most Spend On: TNT, Adult SwimCreative Versions: 33Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $18.36MStudio: Twentieth Century FoxStarted Airing: 04/08/19 TV ad placements for Twentieth Century Fox’s “Dark Phoenix” (EMV: $5.27 million), Columbia Pictures’ “Men in Black: International” ($4.1 million) and Paramount Pictures’ “Rocketman” ($3.5 million) round out the chart. Notably, “Men in Black: International” has the best iSpot Attention Index (141) in the ranking, getting 41% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 05/20/2019 and 05/26/2019.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with, the TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the platform and methodology. Related $5.27M – Dark Phoenix $7.12M – The Secret Life of Pets 2 Impressions: 429,311,986Attention Score: 90.39Attention Index: 81National Airings: 1,588Networks: 50Most Spend On: NBC, NickCreative Versions: 45Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $28.58MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 11/22/18 Impressions: 431,589,357Attention Score: 86.01Attention Index: 56National Airings: 1,182Networks: 40Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 58Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $29.98MStudio: Walt Disney PicturesStarted Airing: 10/11/18 Box Office Report Card: Studios Get Their Summer Grades Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by Popular on Variety $3.5M – Rocketman Impressions: 241,768,873Attention Score: 92.12Attention Index: 99National Airings: 613Networks: 21Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 18Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $18.90MStudio: Paramount PicturesStarted Airing: 10/09/18 In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by TV ad measurement and attribution company, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “The Secret Life of Pets 2.”Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $7.12 million through Sunday for 1,588 national ad airings on 50 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from May 20-26. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Universal prioritized spend across networks including NBC, Nick and TNT, and during programming such as NBA Basketball, “The Voice” and “NBA Full Court Press.”Just behind “The Secret Life of Pets 2” in second place: Walt Disney Pictures’ “Aladdin,” which saw 1,182 national ad airings across 40 networks, with an estimated media value of $5.36 million. $4.1M – Men in Black: International ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Feet may be the key to hand evolution

first_imgImage: Wikimedia Commons. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In research reported in the journal Evolution, a team of scientists, led by Campbell Rolian from the University of Calgary, took extensive measurements of the feet and hands of chimpanzees (genetically, our closest relatives) and humans to try to find out how the extremities of our chimp-like ancestors might have evolved. They found there was a definite correlation between measurements of similar areas of the foot and hand, so for example if the big toe was long, the finger was also long. Dr Rolian speculated the correlation between toes and fingers may be because they share a similar genetic “blueprint”, so minor changes to the blueprint would affect both hands and feet.Once they had the anatomical measurements, the team used the data to create a mathematical simulation of the evolution of the hands and feet from those of our chimp-like ancestors to humans. The model simulated the evolutionary pressures and changed the shape of the feet or hands in small increments to see what effects the changes would have. They discovered that changes made to the feet also caused corresponding changes to the hands, particularly in the relative lengths of fingers and toes, and Dr Rolian said these changes may have allowed the hands of early hominins, including Neanderthals, the dexterity required to use stone tools.The scientists say the capacity to walk upright on two feet is linked intrinsically to the emergence of the use of stone tools. Dr Rolian said the findings go “back to Darwin’s The Descent of Man,” since Darwin was one of the first scientists to consider there might be a link between walking upright and using stone tools. But Darwin’s idea was that bipedalism evolved first, and this freed the hands, which could then be used for purposes other than locomotion, while Rolian’s work suggests they evolved together.Professor Robin Crompton at Liverpool University in the UK, said the feet and hands of chimpanzees may not necessarily be good models for those of human ancestors, and suggested the extremities of lowland gorillas may be more “interesting” in this respect. He also said the shape and biomechanics of hands and feet were more complex than simple anatomical measurements might suggest.Professor Crompton is head of the university’s Primate Evolution and Morphology Research Group. His research has found that orang-utans, which are tree dwellers, are more like modern humans in bipedal walking than the chimpanzees, and his work suggests bipedalism may even have arisen as early as 24 million years ago. © 2010 ( — Scientists in Canada have used a mathematical model to simulate the evolution from an ape-like hand to the modern-day human hand, and discovered that changes in our fingers and hands developed in parallel changes in our toes and feet. Explore further Citation: Feet may be the key to hand evolution (2010, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: THE CO-EVOLUTION OF HUMAN HANDS AND FEET, Evolution, DOI:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00944.x Early human ancestors had a wobble in their walklast_img read more

Aadi Mahotsav Upliftment of tribals

first_imgAadi Mahotsav, a fortnight-long national tribal festival promoting tribal culture, cuisines and commerce, is being held at Dilli Haat. Organised under the supervision of Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED), the festival features exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewellery and much more through 204 stalls.The event, which was inaugurated on November 16 by M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, in the presence of Jual Oram, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs and Sudarshan Bhagat, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Government of India, will last till November 30. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith participation of over 750 tribal artisans and artists from over 25 States are, the mega event has a lot to look forward to. A special feature of the festival is Aadi Vyanjan i.e., tribal India cuisine. The delectable food items are recreated and presented by tribal chefs, to suit the urban tastes. Offering local flavours of Assam, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand etc., festival gives you an opportunity to treat your taste buds with specialties like Chilka, Jowar papad, Pokkada, Khari Boti, Maka ki roti, and Urad daal vada. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis is not all, as an attractive stage has been raised at the venue to showcase tribal music and dance performances every evening, from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Artists from different parts of the country shall perform their traditional art forms to enthrall the audience. Moreover, four rock bands from North East would be giving enrapturing performances throughout the festival. The 15-day Mahotsav is expected to have a footfall of over one lakh delhiites as it promises to be a feast of shopping, exotic dining, and fine music. What’s interesting is that, for the first time, this Mahotsav displays rich digital commerce and e-commerce being promoted by Tribes India. In line with the national aspiration, to go cashless, the tribal artisans are accepting payment through major credit/debit cards for which Point of Sale (POS) machines have been installed in each stall. A special training program has also been conducted by State Bank of India for smooth operations of the digital transaction method. The main mandate of TRIFIED is capability enhancement of the tribals, promotion of tribal products and creation of marketing opportunities with a view to ensure them fair prices for their products and augmenting their income on a sustainable basis. Not only it is engaged in the retail operations for marketing of unique and ethnic tribal products but equally focuses on training for skill up-gradation and capacity building of tribal artisans. By signing of MOUs with online shopping portals like Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart, PayTM and GEM, TRIBES India has given a major push to the marketing of tribal products. Speaking of the same, Pravir Krishna, Managing Director – TRIFED said, “Being master craftsmen, tribals have the skills and talent to produce some of the finest handicrafts in the world, but what they lack are marketing skills. Therefore, TRIFED is taking an initiative to provide marketing support to the tribal people. This would help them to promote their craftsmanship thereby giving them a platform for commerce.” Since working with tribals was quite a difficult task for the government, TRIFED has trained about 60,000 tribals in the last one year. ”E-commerce platforms never work on charity. They seek profits. Therefore, we have a very strong quality control while we train a panel of 2,500 suppliers all over the country,” Pravir Krishna further adds.In order to appeal the customers so as to make a captive customer base, and to promote Tribes India as a brand, TRIFED is offering special discount schemes and offer packages on most of the products being sold through Tribes India outlets.last_img read more