Cheteshwar Pujara’s family welcomes him with a cake after record-breaking Australia tour


first_imgCheteshwar Pujara’s family made special arrangements for the cricketer’s return to Rajkot after a gruelling tour of Australia.Pujara came back home from Sydney after a ground-breaking Border-Gavaskar series which India won 2-1 to retain the trophy.He was the chief architect of India’s Test wins in Adelaide and Melbourne along with the fast bowlers and he made sure to end the series with a bang as he smashed 193 in the drawn Sydney Test.On Friday, Pujara was welcomed back by his family as he cut a cake to celebrate a successful tour Down Under.The 31-year-old posted a couple of pictures on his Instagram with his wife, daughter and parents.”Happiness is only real, when shared #FridayFeeling,” Pujara captioned the post.Pujara’s performance in Australia caught the attention of the cricketing world as he amassed 521 runs in the series with three hundreds at an average of over 74 and walked away with the man-of-the-series award.Such was Pujara’s tenacity that the Australian bowlers had no response to his concentration, defence and just absolute defiance. Australia coach Justin Langer even went on say that he had not seen anyone concentrate better than Pujara not even Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.”He proved that you don’t have to be a Flash Harry to be successful. In this day and age when the bowlers are smart, with analysts studying your weaknesses, bowling attacks being more accurate… you have to earn your runs,” head coach Ravi Shastri told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in an exclusive interview.advertisementWith India’s Test assignments over for the season, the soft-spoken family man is now gearing up for his return to domestic cricket and is also looking forward to another stint in county cricket.”I’ll be playing some first-class cricket back home. During IPL, I might be playing county cricket. Next Test series is 6-7 months away. Will give me enough time to prepare. I’ll work hard on my game to play white-ball cricket. But Test cricket is my priority, it’ll always remain my priority,” Pujara had said after the Sydney Test.Also Read | Love watching Pujara bat, there’s a lot to learn from him: Shubman GillAlso Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara just can’t dance: Watch India stars celebrate historic winAlso Read | Pujara frustrated top-class Aussie attack to the point of submission: Ian Chappelllast_img read more

Report: BYU Will Discipline “10-Ish” Players For Season Opener vs. Nebraska For Their Role In Brawl vs. Memphis


first_imgBYU and Memphis players brawl during game.BYU’s football team will be lacking some depth when it takes on Nebraska in its season opener on Sept. 5. The school announced Tuesday morning that it will be disciplining “10-ish” players for the game against the Huskers due to their role in the brawl against Memphis. Following the Miami Beach Bowl on Dec. 22, many of the Cougars and Tigers’ players got into a severe scuffle on the field. Multiple punches were thrown, faces were battered – it was an incredibly ugly scene.BYU will discipline “10-ish” players for their role in brawl with Memphis in their opener vs. Nebraska. Still not saying who, however.— Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinBig12) March 3, 2015Here’s video of the brawl.With star quarterback Taysom Hill returning, BYU was expected to be a tough test for Nebraska in Week 1. The Cougars’ chances of pulling off an upset in Lincoln took a decent hit today, though.last_img read more

Undefeated Team Drops First Game Of The Season


first_imgHouston fans storming the field.HOUSTON, TX – NOVEMBER 17: The Houston Cougars fans storm the field after the Cougars defeated the Louisville Cardinals at TDECU Stadium on November 17, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Houston Cougars won 36 to 10. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)There are now just four undefeated teams in college football. The latest team to go down: the USF Bulls.South Florida was clinging on to its donut in the “L” column by the skin of its teeth.Earlier in the year, the team narrowly beat Illinois, one of the worst teams in the Big Ten. It needed a lot of luck to get by a one-win Tulsa team two weeks ago, and struggled with one-win UConn last week, eventually winning 38-30.Today was the day it finally all fell apart.Houston knocked off USF football 57-36 in today’s game.Quarterback D’Eriq King absolutely shredded Charlie Strong’s Bulls defense in every facet.He had 419 yards and five touchdowns through the air, and another 132 on the ground, with a pair of scores.The game also featured a very ugly moment on the sideline for the Bulls, with linebacker Khalid McGee charging and shoving assistant coach Blue Adams. The two had to be separated on the sideline.USF having some sideline issues between a player & coach pic.twitter.com/RLuZSu81Vq— CJ Fogler (@cjzer0) October 27, 2018Late in the third quarter, USF’s Blake Barnett tossed a 39-yard touchdown pass to DeAngelo Antoine to cut Houston’s lead to 43-36. From there, Houston finished the game on a 14-0 run.Charlie Strong’s going to need to get his team to regroup after this one.last_img read more

Major Head Coach Under Fire For Calling Out Player After Loss


first_imgGeneral view of Wagner Field.30 Oct 1999: A general view of the cloudly sky and the packed stadium taken during the game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Baylor Bears at Wagner Field in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats defeated the Bears 48-7. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch /AllsportKansas State head coach Bill Snyder is facing some major criticism for calling out one of his players while speaking to the media after the game.The head coach was asked a question about his special teams’ struggles in the 14-13 loss to TCU on Saturday. He responded to the question by singling out one player’s mistake.Kansas State’s Isaiah Zuber fumbled on a punt early in the first quarter, TCU recovered and scored a touchdown a couple of plays later.Snyder appeared to put all of the special teams’ struggles in the loss on him:Here’s Bill Snyder on Isaiah Zuber when asked about the special teams struggles pic.twitter.com/TA5JTMFfiW— John Kurtz (@jlkurtz) November 4, 2018It’s rare to see a major college football head coach call out a player like that, especially when the question didn’t mention anyone specifically.It’s been a tough season for Kansas State, which fell to 3-6 on the season with the loss.There are some who believe this will be Snyder’s final season at Kansas State.last_img read more

Province HRM Invest in Hybrid Bus Technology


first_imgPublic transit is even better for the environment with two new hybrid buses on the roads in Halifax Regional Municipality. The vehicles were unveiled today, March 2, by Bill Estabrooks, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia, and Peter Kelly, Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality. “Hybrid technology has the potential to save money and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions for urban transit operators across the province,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “Bus riders will enjoy a quieter and more comfortable commute, and everyone will benefit from cleaner air.” The total cost is $2.4 million. Conserve Nova Scotia contributed $600,000 to Metro Transit’s investment. “Our transit fleet has been progressive in testing a number of alternative fuels and emission reducing products over the years,” said Mayor Kelly. “The buses will initially be used in the downtown core on Route 1 Spring Garden and Route 10 Dalhousie. “This will maximize benefit to both passengers and citizens alike, since each articulated hybrid bus replaces at least 80 cars in rush hour.” These hybrids are equipped with 2010 emission compliant diesel engines and are expected to use 25 to 30 per cent less fuel while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 30 per cent. Together, the two vehicles could save more than 49,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year. “We are thrilled the province and the municipality are working together to increase the sustainability of the public transit system,” said Jen Powley, sustainable transportation co-ordinator at the Ecology Action Centre. “It’s up to us as individuals to take advantage of these options to reduce our carbon footprint.” Metro Transit will evaluate the fuel usage and operating costs over the next 18 months. More information is available at www.GetOnBoardHRM.calast_img read more

Black Eyed Peas Reunite To Launch Appeal To Stop Shootings And Violence


first_imgAfter a five year hiatus, the Black Eyed Peas have reunited to help communities in crisis via a transformation of their 2003 #1 breakthrough hit “Where’s The Love?” into “#WHERESTHELOVE”.Credited as The Black Eyed Peas Ft. The World, the song and accompanying video campaign calls for calm, asking citizens of the world to stop the hate and violence that has resulted in many lives lost in Baton Rouge, Baltimore, Ferguson, Orlando, St. Paul, Brussels, Paris, Istanbul, and sadly the list goes on.“The World” in The Black Eyed Peas Ft. The World features a wealth of talent joining will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie on “#WHERESTHELOVE” including performers Jamie Foxx, Ty Dolla $ign, Mary J. Blige, Diddy, Cassie, Andra Day, The Game, Tori Kelly, V. Boseman, Jessie J, French Montana, Justin Timberlake, DJ Khaled, Usher, Nicole Scherzinger, A$AP Rocky, Jaden Smith and a 40-member children’s choir.The campaign kicks off with the “#WHERESTHELOVE” music video available exclusively on Apple Music at AppleMusic.com/blackeyedpeas, and song available for download exclusively on iTunes at iTunes.com/blackeyedpeas. After the 24 hour iTunes exclusive global premiere period, the song will be going wide to all digital retailers. The Black Eyed Peas, Interscope Records and iTunes will donate all of their respective proceeds from the purchase of the song in the United States to i.am.angel foundation, a non-profit foundation that is transforming lives through education, inspiration and opportunity created by Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am.In tandem with the launch of the campaign, the i.am.angel Foundation, and foundation education partner and leading geospatial company Esri revealed a Story Map that maps all U.S. neighborhoods and draws attention to those that are struggling due to low spending on education, high unemployment, high poverty and murder rates.Esri assembled maps using data from the Sentencing Project, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Association of State Budget Officers, the U.S. Census Bureau, and Esri’s Living Atlas of the World. These maps provide context about communities in crisis, including those plagued by police killing unarmed civilians, civilians killing police officers, and civilians killing each other based upon hate and intolerance around race, gender and religious beliefs. Communities such as: Baltimore, Maryland; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Ferguson, Missouri; St. Paul, Minnesota; New York City and Sanford/Orlando, Florida are included. The maps are available for any city, town or rural area in the U.S.“will.i.am, the Black Eyed Peas, and the i.am.angel Foundation are change agents for communities with the work they do focused on youth and advancing STEM education,” said Jack Dangermond, president of Esri.To learn more about the Black Eyed Peas call-to-action campaign and the importance of investing in education to break the cycle of poverty and violence, watch an ATTN: interview with Black Eyed Peas band members will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo.“ATTN: is thrilled to be working with the Black Eyes Peas to highlight pressing social issues that warrant community activism. Together we will continue to share informative and empowering content on ATTN: to further the message of Where’s The Love?,” commented Matthew Segal, ATTN: Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief.The i.am.angel Foundation collaborates with organizations including College Track and FIRST Robotics to offer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) focused educational programs for K-12 students in underserved communities, including Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles, and Ferguson, Missouri.The Black Eyed Peas wish to thank hundreds of concerned citizens who volunteered their time and talent to perform/appear within the video, write and perform the music, film and edit the music video and behind-the-scenes elements, create the community GIS mapping project, develop social media assets, and provide significant marketing, promotion, legal and non-profit advisory services.See www.wheresthelove.com for the full list of credits, volunteer contributors and officially aligned charities.last_img read more

Reitman gets set visit from dad


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img The Jason Reitman feature Tully starring Charlize Theron and Mackenzie Davis is expected to wrap up production in Vancouver next week.The comedy written by Diablo Cody, who won an Oscar for penning the Vancouver-filmed Juno, also directed Reitman, centres on Theron, a mother of three, who is gifted a night nanny (Davis) by her brother.Reitman, son of Hollywood legend Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Stripes, Animal House), celebrated his 39th birthday on Thursday in Vancouver and received an on-set visit from his parents. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Uniteds foundations at risk unless Ole Solskjaer rids club of weeds


first_imgLondon: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said prior to the humiliating 4-0 thrashing by Everton there would not be wholesale changes to Manchester United personnel in the close season, but Gary Neville, for one, believes he should think again. United’s millionaire stars such as Paul Pogba and David de Gea put up a display described by the British press on Monday as “abject”, “an apology” for a performance, with the team derided as being generally “rudderless” and “spineless”. However, whilst it came five years to the day when a 2-0 defeat by the same opponents cost David Moyes his job, it is not Solskjaer who is being targeted but the under-performing Pogba and his team-mates. The World Cup-winning midfielder, after a series of encouraging performances when Solskjaer first assumed the reins in December, has returned to being the non-existent presence so often the focus of Jose Mourinho’s ire — although it was the Portuguese coach who was sacrificed. His and Nemanja Matic’s failure to shore up midfield has been a contributing factor to United’s miserable run of six defeats in their last eight games and five successive away losses — their worst run on the road since 1981. Seldom can a Manchester derby — they host title-chasing City on Wednesday — have been less eagerly anticipated by United fans. Neville, United to the core and an integral member of Alex Ferguson’s side that accrued eight Premier League crowns and two Champions League trophies, was excoriating in his criticism of the players. “If you’ve got weeds in the garden, you’ve got to get rid of them,” said Neville, who has become a respected pundit for Sky Sports. “There’s some Japanese knotweed at that football club and it’s attacking the foundations of the house. It needs dealing with properly. “I don’t need to name names, you know who they are.” Former England international midfielder Jermaine Jenas, who has also turned to punditry since hanging up his boots, turned on the players as well.The 36-year-old said such is the negativity in the team that even the younger talents have been sucked into the vortex of supine performances. “They showed no heart, no desire and no will to win. They were woeful,” Jenas wrote in his column for the BBC website. “Everyone was guilty. “Even Marcus Rashford, who has got one of the best attitudes of anyone at the club, got sucked in by what I would describe as a vacuum of negativity.” United fans may be wondering if the board jumped the gun in giving Solskjaer the job on a permanent basis — as the subsequent results appear to be reflective more of his unsuccessful stint in charge of Cardiff. Indeed, just as his and the team’s fortunes have dipped, the man who was seen as his major rival for the job has seen his stock rise. Mauricio Pochettino’s star has sparkled again thanks to Tottenham’s epic win over Manchester City in the Champions League. But Neville has been slow to criticise his former team-mate Solskjaer. The man dubbed ‘Red Nev’ after he led a players’ strike with England due to their anger over Rio Ferdinand being dropped because of a missed drugs test, took to the barricades when another unloved former United boss, Louis van Gaal, criticised Solskjaer a few weeks ago. Van Gaal said Solskjaer was like Mourinho in parking the bus and relying on the counter-attack, only he was more popular because the results were going in his favour.last_img read more

Canadas economy on path to mediocrity as innovation lags Conference Board says


Although Canada’s global competitive ranking remains unchanged from last year, the country is languishing behind in innovation due to too little being spent on research and development, says a Conference Board report released Wednesday.[np_storybar title=”Here’s what needs to happen for Canada’s economy to take off again” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/08/30/canada-economy-growth-scenario/”%5DAnalysis: Without an infusion of corporate cash and expanded exports, we’ll see much of the same near-anemic growth as in many previous months and quarters. Read more [/np_storybar]“Playing catch-up is not a winning formula — it is a path to mediocrity,” said the report, titled Canada’s Competitiveness and Innovation Doldrums.“Canada needs to focus its attention on blazing new trails that foster competitiveness and enhance its innovation and commercialization performance to create value-added growth and economic and social benefits.”Overall, Canada remained at the 14th spot for a second consecutive year, down from the ninth position in 2009. In terms of innovation, was ranked 25th, a drop from 21st last year and 15th in 2011.“When it comes to business innovation, Canada is seriously underperforming,” said Michael Bloom, the board’s vice-president of operational effectiveness and learning in a news release.“Canada actually fell four places in factors related to innovation and business sophistication, and that’s a real concern.”No other top-ranked country has dropped more in the competitiveness sub-index category, added the report.Earlier Wednesday, the Conference Board’s partner, the World Economic Forum, also released its annual Global Competitiveness Index.The Forum ranked Switzerland in the top spot for a fifth year in a row, followed by Singapore and Finland. Germany and the U.S. moved up two spots to fourth and fifth place respectively. Northern European countries continued to dominate the rankings, which are published annually.The U.S. turnaround reflects “a perceived improvement in the country’s financial market as well as greater confidence in its public institutions,” the report concluded.The Forum ranks a country’s competitiveness according to factors such as the quality of its infrastructure and its ability to foster innovation.Klaus Schwab, the Forum’s founder and executive chairman, said innovation was increasingly the key ingredient in an economy’s ability to prosper.“I predict that the traditional distinction between countries being ’developed’ or ’less developed’ will gradually disappear,” he said. “We will instead refer to them much more in terms of being ’innovation rich’ versus ’innovation poor’ countries.”Canada maintained its overall ranking despite lower competitive scores because nine of the top 15 countries also suffered lower scores. The Forum said Canada continues to benefit from highly efficient markets, with its goods market coming in at 17th; labour market at seventh, and financial markets at 12th.It said Canada ranks seventh in health and primary education, 12th in infrastructure, 14th in terms of well-functioning and transparent institutions and 16th for higher education and training.The report said Canada’s competitiveness would be further enhanced by improvements in its innovation ecosystem such as increased company-level spending on research and development and government procurement of advanced research products.While the time is right for Canadian businesses and governments to seek new ventures and markets, the Conference Board said the required steps aren’t being taken to be competitive citing that businesses under invest in technologies, new machinery and equipment and in staff training.The survey viewed Canada as having the soundest banks, with Canadian businesses coming in at 26th in access to bank loans and 23rd in venture capital that help fuel the commercialization and innovation.The breadth of its value chains, which is the process from resource extraction to production, marketing, design, sales and distribution, was ranked 57th. Canada’s competitive advantage ranking improved 31 places but was only 52nd out of 148 countries.Trade barriers also continued to drag down Canadian efficiency. Canada ranked 65th on the prevalence of trade barriers, 58th on the extent to which rules and regulations discourage investment and 36th on the burden of customs procedures. It was 118th on imports as a percentage of GDP and 100th on exports as a share of the economy.“By not maximizing the value of its institutions, infrastructure, natural and human resources, and financial and goods markets, Canada is missing out on major opportunities,” said the Conference Board. read more

North Carolina Fedora out as football coach after 7 seasons


RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina says football coach Larry Fedora is out after seven seasons.The school announced the decision in a news release Sunday morning. That came less than a day after an overtime loss to rival North Carolina State that dropped the Tar Heels to 2-9 and concluded with a brawl between the teams in the end zone.Fedora’s exit completes a swift fall. The program won 11 games and an Atlantic Coast Conference division championship in 2015. UNC went 5-18 over the past two seasons marred by injuries, inexperienced players and close losses.The move will cost UNC about $12 million owed on Fedora’s contract that runs through the 2022 season.In a statement, athletic director Bubba Cunningham says it “simply is time to take our football program in a new direction.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25___Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardapAaron Beard, The Associated Press read more

Roy Hill successfully implements blasthole drill autonomy to maximise efficiency and improve


first_imgRoy Hill’s successful implementation of autonomous drills at its mine is the most recent example of the company’s commitment to using innovative technology to improve safety and maximise efficiency. Located 340 km south-east of Port Hedland in Western Australia, Roy Hill’s low phosphorus Marra Mamba iron ore deposit is one of Australia’s single largest iron ore mines. Roy Hill initiated the automated fleet of nine Atlas Copco (Epiroc) Pit-Viper 271 drills to improve safety by reducing employee’s exposure to potentially hazardous environment; provide greater predictability across the operational drilling fleet; and increase the utilisation of equipment in high risk situations.The autonomation of the project was completed in September 2018, with control expected to be fully centralised within Roy Hill’s Remote Operating Centre (ROC) located in Perth by May 2019. Since the rollout, the company’s productivity targets have been consistently met and exceeded. Autonomous drills are consistently achieving working hours of greater than 21 hours and drilled metres have increased by 14% from manned operations.Removal of the variability associated with manned drilling has further allowed Roy Hill to analyse measurements gathered while drilling, gain greater understanding of the ore body and improve blasting processes. Rather than follow a traditional approach, Roy Hill opted to utilise a non-manufacturer, agnostic autonomous solution from FLANDERS Inc for the project. “This innovative partnership has proven to deliver not only enhanced performance improvements, but a significant cost advantage in light of the collaborative way the two parties approached risk-based decision making.”Roy Hill’s Head of Mining, Ian Wallace, said “The move to autonomous drills has played a significant part in increasing our production drilling performance and safety at the mine. The introduction of the technology has reduced the variation in our daily results, enabling the teams to focus on operating disciplines, forward planning and further improvement opportunities.”Also, there have been no job losses as a result of Roy Hill’s move to autonomous drills. Previously, drillers were operating one drill each, in an exposed, hot environment on the mine site. Now, the drillers have transitioned into office-based Drill Controller roles, operating up to four drills per person, using a control console and a screen from an air-conditioned office either at site or in the Perth ROC. By May 2019, all of these roles will be operating from the ROC in Perth, integrated as part of the larger demand chain.Ian Wallace said: “Automation projects are always still predominately about people. This project has highlighted that by being open, transparent and committed to people’s development, advanced technology projects can be implemented in conjunction with enriching our people’s career paths. It’s all part of the Roy Hill culture – to be a high performing iron ore business where people contribute and realise their full potential.”By May 2019, Roy Hill’s nine strong Atlas Copco (Epiroc) Pit-Viper 271 drill fleet will be automated and operated remotely from the Perth Remote Operations Centre.last_img read more

Your greatest asset


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Lifetime earnings for most Australians equal between four and six times the value of the equity in their homes. But while we insure our house, most of us don’t protect our incomes. We interviewed more than 500 employed people aged 20-45, most of them earning between $50,000 and $100,000 per year. The first thing I noticed? Just 3.1 per cent were unaware of income protection insurance, yet only 6 per cent of Australians protect their income. Interestingly, 31.7 per cent of the respondents didn’t think they had income protection unless it was provided by their super fund. I like that tax breaks are given to people who source their income protection insurance through their super funds. However, many members don’t pay much attention to what they are actually getting from their fund: three out of five of the major industry funds don’t have income protection as a default option, so if you’re relying on them to look after you in this respect, you could be out of luck. Also, funds offering default income protection have strings attached: one of Australia’s largest industry super funds enforces 90 day ‘wait’ periods before you can draw the income insurance and it has ‘capped’ monthly payouts at $850, regardless of how much you earn. I believe this is a matter that breadwinners should take control of, regardless of the ‘default’ insurance in their super. If you haven’t investigated these policies before, I urge you to talk with an insurance broker or financial adviser. You should have a policy that suits a full time, part time or self-employed person, and it must be a policy that covers what you need without paying for what is irrelevant. The cost is also an important factor in relation to income protection. Our research shows 42 per cent thought it was too expensive. So how much does it cost? It depends on a number of factors including monthly benefits, age, profession and smoking status. Here are four scenarios: Finance Manager, Male, 41, non-smoker, insuring a $5,000 monthly benefit (30 day wait; 12 month benefit). He will pay $39.52 per month. Nurse Manager, Female, 35, non-smoker, $4,000 monthly benefit (30 day wait; 12 month benefit). She will pay $41.42 per month (if any “hands on” it rises to $53.32) Domestic Plumber, Male, 29, smoker, $5,000 monthly benefit (30 day wait; 12 month benefit). He will pay $72.21 per month. Gardener (unqualified), 47, female, non-smoker, $3,000 monthly benefit (30 day wait; 12 month benefit). She will pay $117.56 per month. Remember, you can take income protection insurance in your super, but you can also buy it personally and claim the premiums as a tax deduction. Also, most companies will offer policies that cut off at 60 years old, but many policies are now extended to 70 – so long as you ask, which is why I suggest talking to a professional adviser. Start by at least asking what you’d do in the event of illness or injury. Be honest to yourself, and then talk to an expert. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on mark.neos@ybr.com.au with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch.last_img read more

GrandeBretagne les rats envahissent les maisons


first_imgGrande-Bretagne : les rats envahissent les maisonsLes autorités sanitaires britanniques tirent la sonnette d’alarme et demandent à la population de prendre des mesures pour empêcher les rats d’envahir les maisons. Il s’agit de prévenir les risques de peste. De récentes inondations ayant fait sortir les rats des égouts en Grande-Bretagne, les experts de santé ont alertés les propriétaires de maisons afin qu’ils prennent des mesures contre ce fléau avant de réintégrer eux-mêmes leur logement. Il leur est entre autre demandé de boucher les trous et de jeter tous les déchets de nourriture, afin d’éviter les cas de peste.Selon la BBC, dans certains quartiers touchés par les inondations, le nombre d’appels à la dératisation a augmenté de 25 %. Bien que la population de rats ait, elle aussi, été sévèrement touchée par les inondations, ces rongeurs sont extrêmement adaptables et sont capables de reprendre très vite du poil de la bête. Ce sont notamment d’excellents grimpeurs, nageurs et des sauteurs experts. Il faut cependant rappeler que, généralement, les rats se tiennent à l’écart des humains. C’est parce que leur habitat est inondé et qu’ils peinent à trouver de la nourriture qu’ils se réfugient dans les habitations. On les voit ainsi davantage durant la journée alors qu’ils sortent habituellement la nuit. Adam Hawley, vice-président de la National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA) précise toutefois que l’augmentation de la présence des rats en journée ne signifie pas forcément qu’ils sont plus nombreux.À lire aussiCes inondations et crues qui ont marqué l’Histoire de la FranceLe Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) conseille de jeter ses ordures dans des containers ou de les amener dans les zones appropriées si elles se trouvent loin des maisons, d’éviter de s’approcher des rats et de mettre les animaux morts dans un sac plastique avec des gants. Si quelqu’un est mordu, il doit immédiatement demander un avis médical.Le CIEH appelle les municipalités à prendre des mesures de contrôle sanitaire afin de prévenir la peste et de ne pas faire des économies sur ce point important car « il vaut mieux prévenir que guérir ». La NPTA rappelle que les rats marron sont un des mammifères qui propage le plus la peste.Le 16 juillet 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

HalfLife 3 poster appears outside Gamescom


first_img <> Trolling is defined by the Urban Dictionary as “the art of deliberately, cleverly, and secretly pissing people off.” And that’s exactly what a large poster hung outside of Gamescom in Cologne this week is sure to do.The poster reads in large text “HALF-LIFE: 3” and then is followed by a second line of smaller text written in German. Has Valve chosen Gamescom to finally reveal the 3rd Half-Life game? Of course not. This is the work of two German media companies: Spieletipps and GIGA Games.Some A++ trolling going on at the entrance to Gamescom this year. pic.twitter.com/yXBOZAaPBJ— Aoife Wilson (@AoifeLockhart) August 16, 2016You have to read both lines of the poster as one sentence. When you do, it says “Half-Life: 3 editors who played it back then.” It likely refers to some session being held at Gamescom this week, but it classes as trolling. Dirty, underhanded, hope-generating trolling.Valve may see the funny side, but then even they are probably sick of hearing about Half-Life 3. The jury is still out on how the gaming community will react. Clenched fists and wry smiles I imagine.Have we reached a point yet where a real Half-Life 3 announcement would be met with silence and a lack of caring? I think we are certainly approaching that state now. If Valve does ever intend to make “that game” they only have themselves to blame for the pressure it will certainly put on the development team. We are fast approaching Duke Nukem Forever territory, and nobody wants a repeat of that disaster.Now before I get too depressed about what could have been (or maybe still will be one day), let’s remember the greatness that was (and still is) the complete Half-Life 2 experience:last_img read more

Buy This Comic Lucy Dreaming 1


first_img“Max Bemis (Moon Knight writer and lead singer of Say Anything) and Michael Dialynas (The Woods) present a sweeping, coming-of-age fantasy about living your dreams—literally. In her dreams, Lucy is the hero of all her favorite stories, living each night as a grand adventure. These journeys will teach her more about herself and the real world around her than she ever expected.”LUCY DREAMING #1(W): Max Bemis (A): Michael Dialynas (L): Colin BellLucid dreaming is super tricky. It’s being awake and aware of the dream you happen to be dreaming. It’s something that a lot of people have experienced or want to experience in their lifetime. A dream that feels just WAY too real to be a dream, something that is totally fiction, but feels like reality. Lucy Dreaming, written by Max Bemis with art by Michael Dialynas and letters by Colin Bell, takes the concept of lucid dreaming in a fantastic and out of this world way. It immediately grips you, providing us with a new series that leaves you wanting to walk in its dreamscape.via BOOM! StudiosI’ve been waiting for Lucy Dreaming ever since March solicitations. It’s been one of the comics I was the most excited for in 2018. This comic did not disappoint one bit. Max Bemis is one of my favorite comic writers because he just gets it. He can magically turn something into nothing. Bemis creates a hysterically lyrical and down-to-earth story out of the ordinary. He understands the feeling that you can’t describe deep. The one deep down in your chest, begging to get out.This is all of what Bemis does with Lucy Dreaming. He writes with such honesty through Lucy. She’s curious, yet stubborn. Quietly rebellious, yet imaginative. She carries through her waking life in just that state of feeling too much and not getting along with others. In her books, she can be who she wants. In her dreams… they are becoming an entirely different story. The fun thing about Lucy Dreaming is the weird and wonderful place Bemis is taking lucid dreaming in with Lucy, as well as Lucy herself. Bemis allows us to explore her likes and dislikes, her aggravation with her waking life and weird power that she’ll start to explore.via BOOM! StudiosYou not only love the characters in Lucy Dreaming, but the Bemis excels at the dialogue. He can write sheer poetry such as, “Vibrating in my skin, my heart speeding up and slowly down to match a wildly chaotic thought process.” Within the same breath as hilarious lines like, “Can’t even control themselves like proper, well-organized perverts…” That’s golden. Bemis tightropes the line of creating hilarious adolescence, uncontrollable coming-of-age and galactic space-adventures. It shouldn’t go together at all, but in Bemis’ hands works so well within the scope of his narrative.Michael Dialynas’ art makes this intergalactic, hilarious driven and uncontrollable coming-of-age story so wonderfully charming. Dialynas puts an insane amount of detail in his art. He inches you closer to the smallest details, but he also excels at creating the mood and atmosphere of the comic. While Bemis does a fantastic job of structurally narrating this world, Dialynas molds it into his own visual creation. He plays with Lucy’s color to the background of everything else happening in the panels. Her imaginative pink is cast aside, boring sea-green and sleepy. However, in her dreams, those colors rush together combining her dreams and her reality.via BOOM! StudiosCompleting this fantastic team is Colin Bell, who excels at placing some voice-over dialogue. I know that’s a strange thing to single out, but hear me out really quick. Colin has done some excellent lettering, particularly in titles that carry voice over. Titles such as Kennel Block Blues, Snow Blind, UFOlogy, Curb Stomp, and Judas are some solidly strong books that genuinely excel in character because of the writing, but also because of the voice-over placement. Again, I know that’s a bizarre observation. However, it’s very much worth noting. Colin knows how to make characters shine when he’s lettering a book, and he does that spectacularly with Lucy. Allowing her teenage voice from Bemis take front and center.Lucy Dreaming is setting itself to be something incredibly unique and deeply moving. Bemis, Dialynas and Bell team up to create something special for all the dreamers who feel too much, the ones who dare to live in their imagination and the adventures you can find beyond that. Lucy Dreaming #1 is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.3/21/18 Releases – In addition to Lucy Dreaming #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Punks Not Dead #2 by David Barnett (W), Martin Simmonds (A), Aditya Bidikar (L), Dee Cunniffe (CF) Black Crown/IDWMoonstruck Vol. 1 by Grace Ellis (W), Shae Beagle (A), Caitlin Quirk (C), Clayton Cowles (L), Image ComicsTales of Suspense #3 by Matt Rosenberg (W),  Travel Foreman (A), Rachelle Rosenberg (C), Clayton Cowles (L) Marvel (Editor’s Pick)Death of Love #2 by Justin Jordan (W), Donal Delay (A), Omar Estevez (C), Rachel Deering (L) Image ComicsIce Cream Man #3 by W. Maxwell Prince (W), Martin Morazzo (A), Chris O’ Halloran (C), Good Old Neon (L) Image ComicsLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Obafemi is being praised by many managers


first_imgThe 18-year-old Republic of Ireland striker is said to be one of the fastest players in the English Premier LeagueMichael Obafemi has been called for the first time for the Republic of Ireland first squad.The Irish will play twice this week and the Southampton footballer would be able to play his first international match for his country.And his excellent performances at the club, have gained him much praise from a lot of managers.“He’s a really fast player and his speed is his most important quality,” said then Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino according to RTÉ Sport.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“He is also a good finisher, and I observed that their back four was really high and he could have some chances. He was there and he was really close, but it’s still the beginning of his career and he has to grow a lot.”“He’s got unbelievable pace,” said Mark Hughes.“It was important that I had a look at him in the Premier League environment because he could very well be someone we can use.”“Bringing on Michael late on in games as an impact sub could be something that will help us. I was pleased with what he did, he didn’t look fazed by the stage he was on, so that bodes well as something we can work on,” he added.last_img read more

Mackler Out as CEO Chairman at HMP


first_imgPaul Mackler no longer is chairman and CEO of HMP Holdings, the parent company of healthcare publisher HMP Communications and the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education. The announcement was made to staffers late last week.Company president and COO Jeff Hennessy has been promoted to replace Mackler [pictured] as CEO. Phil Thompson, a general partner at private equity owner Alta Communications, declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding Mackler’s departure but said it was a mutual decision.“I have the highest regard for Paul on a personal and professional level, and I and the board obviously wish him well on his future activities,” Thompson said. “He worked very hard for HMP during a tough environment and we’re grateful for his efforts.” “Jeff is a strong leader with a great deal of experience in the healthcare field, and his intimate knowledge of the entire organization will make this a smooth and seamless transition.” Mackler wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “The board and I feel very confident in Jeff’s ability to lead the company going forward.”Thompson did not talk about HMP’s revenues last year but said the healthcare industry as a whole, like so many others, suffered losses. “The marketplace in 2009 certainly wasn’t a lot of fun. It’s too early to tell what it will look like in 2010 but a little tail wind would be nice, and we’re slightly more optimistic than we were during most of 2009, although again it’s early. Regardless, we’ve got the right people, products and level of commitment and we’re ready for whatever is ahead of us.”Mackler, along with former HMP Holdings CFO Ken Fisher, partnered with Alta to acquire HMP Communications and NAACME in August 2007. Fisher left HMP in November and the company is actively seeking a replacement, Thompson said.Before HMP, Mackler served as CEO of Cygnus Business Information, the trade publisher he co-acquired in 2000 with private equity firm ABRY Partners for more than $200 million. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Reed Exhibitions.HMP Communications publishes several medical journals, including Wounds, Podiatry Today, Cath Lab Digest, the Journal of Invasive Cardiology, First Report—Managed Care and Skin & Aging.last_img read more

Taxmen raid Bengaluru auto driver who bought Rs 16 cr villa in


first_img[Representational image]Twitter/Vishal SAfter the high-profile hunt of political leaders and their benamis during the elections, Income Tax (IT) officials Bengaluru trained their guns on an auto rickshaw driver. In this case, the man raided was not a regular auto driver but someone who owns a home in an upscale villa community.The tax sleuths raided Subramani’s home after it was learnt that he bought a villa in Jatti Dwarkamai Villas on ECC Road in Whitefield area of the Silicon Valley worth Rs 1.6 crore. Subramani paid the full amount in cash for the purchase in 2018. The IT officials questioned him on Wednesday after the department issued a notice asking him to furnish the source of income. The man, who bought the posh villa, had not filed his tax returns. The IT sleuths suspect that Subramani might be a benami holder of the villa.It was alleged that a pot of gold and other documents were seized from the villa but the IT officials said that no cash or other evidence was seized from the house. The IT officials said that after getting a tip-off, the department wanted to know his source of income. They also said that no search operations were conducted in the villa and no arrest warrant has been issued on Subramani. SubramanitwitterAccording to the reports, Subramani said that the house was gifted to him by an American lady for his services as an auto driver, after coming to know that he was financially unstable. ”She was struggling to get a cab or an autorickshaw. I stopped my auto and dropped her home. Again after a few days, she happened to get into my auto. She then asked me if I can offer the services whenever she called,” Subramani explained, reports Bangalore Mirror.The American lady got to know about his poor financial condition after she visited his rented house, where he was living with his wife and children. He said that she helped him by funding his children’s education. She had also helped many auto drivers, said Subramani. He also said that he had insisted on a small house but she directed him to buy a villa and transferred the required amount to make the purchase.On April 16, the IT department sent a notice to the construction company of the villa, Jatti Engineering Pvt Ltd, to furnish copies of the ledgers and sale documents of the villa. According to the reports, the primary investigations by the IT sleuths had revealed that Subramani had links with top politicians including the BJP legislator from Mahadevapura, Aravind Limbavalli. But the MLA has denied any connection with Subramani.Subramani also said that he has no links with the former minister and that he took a photo with the MLA when he had visited the area. However, the officials are investigating the matter. They are still trying to find out if the alleged woman had actually paid him money to buy the house.last_img read more

India vs South Africa Magnificent Jasprit Bumrah rattles South African toporder


first_imgJasprit Bumrah once again showed his quality as a pace bowler with a fiery spell against the South Africans after the latter team decided to bat first in overcast conditions. Bumrah, opening the bowling with his long-time new ball partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar, generated great movement off the seam as well as decent bounce to trouble the Proteas top-order players.A wide delivery proved too hot to handle for Hashim Amla as the edge was caught by Rohit Sharma at first slip. Quinton de Kock also edged a ball from the same bowler that moved away from de Kock after pitching. The left-hander edged it to the third slip fielder. Even South Africa captain Faf du Plessis got a thick inside-edge on his very first delivery that, luckily for him, missed the stumps and went away to the boundary.While Bumrah was generating considerable movement off the deck, Bhuvneshwar was getting the ball to move only slightly in the air at the other end. As a result, Kumar’s efforts were not proving to be as dangerous as Bumrah.It must be remembered that many experts including Glenn McGrath have described Jasprit as the key to India’s success in the World Cup. At the moment, that seems to be proving true.last_img read more

Closer look reveals mechanism behind curling of ancient scrolls


first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Closer look reveals mechanism behind curling of ancient scrolls (2014, January 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-closer-reveals-mechanism-ancient-scrolls.html People whose job it is to protect ancient art face a variety of destructive elements, from moisture and chemicals in the air to microbes that eat away at fabrics and paints. With scrolls, there is another problem—curling that results when fabric or paper is rolled up for storage. In addition to being unsightly, curling tends to damage the art that is being stored. For that reason, conservationists have been searching for thousands of years for ways to prevent it from happening. In this new effort, the researchers appear to have made progress in that direction by revealing what happens when material is rolled up and why it curls as a result.To find out what really happens when flat material is rolled up, the researchers subjected a variety of materials (plastics and paper) to rolling, watching very closely to see what changes came about. They also created computer models meant to replicate what occurred as rolling was applied. The one element they found that was common to all the test subjects was that the backing material underwent more stress than other parts and as a result was pulled slightly apart. When the material was unrolled (for viewing, for example) the material “tried” to shrink back to its original shape causing an expansion along its width—the end result being the familiar and undesired curling.The findings by the team suggests that a way to reduce curling is to add a backing to the underside of scrolls with material that has fibers that align with the long edges. Another approach would be to create tiny perforations in the backing to reduce stress and thus stretching—a technique that has been used on Japanese artwork for generations—they use a stiff brush.Interestingly, the work by the team in China may have a modern application—reducing curling on flexible electronic displays—a problem that consumers have recently been noting in newly developed bendable phone screens. © 2014 Phys.org Explore further More information: Curling Edges: A Problem that Has Plagued Scrolls for Millennia, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 034302 (2014) prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v112/i3/e034302AbstractQi-Wa refers to the up curl on the lengths of hand scrolls and hanging scrolls, which has troubled Chinese artisans and emperors for as long as the art of painting and calligraphy has existed. This warp is unwelcome not only for aesthetic reasons, but its potential damage to the fiber and ink. Although it is generally treated as a part of the cockling and curling due to moisture, consistency of paste, and defects from the mounting procedures, we demonstrate that the spontaneous extrinsic curvature incurred from the storage is in fact more essential to understanding and curing Qi-Wa. In contrast to the former factors whose effects are less predictable, the plastic deformation and strain distribution on a membrane are a well-defined mechanical problem. We study this phenomenon by experiments, theoretical models, and molecular dynamics simulation, and obtain consistent scaling relations for the Qi-Wa height. This knowledge enables us to propose modifications on the traditional mounting techniques that are tested on real mounted paper to be effective at mitigating Qi-Wa. By experimenting on polymer-based films, we demonstrate the possible relevance of our study to the modern development of flexible electronic paper.center_img Credit: Sun-Hsin Hung/National Palace Museum, Taipei Horsetail spores found able to ‘walk’ and ‘jump’ (w/ Video) (Phys.org) —A team of researchers in China has uncovered the reason for long side curling of scrolled artwork. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the researchers describe how experiments they conducted with various materials showed that curling results from stretching of backing material. 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.last_img read more