For shark scientists, Shark Week is a blessing and a curse

first_imgThere’s little question that television viewers look forward to the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” programming about the toothy creatures—this week’s opening lineup drew nearly 4 million viewers, a record for the 27-year-old fin frenzy.Specialists in shark behavior, however, aren’t as thrilled. They say that although Shark Week promotes public interest in sharks, the programs often misrepresent what scientists know about the animals and how they study them. Researchers also worry that Shark Week sends mixed messages that may hurt conservation efforts.On the positive side, says Yannis Papastamatiou, a marine biologist at the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom, “it is quite possible that Shark Week deserves some credit” for “a big change in public opinion over the last 15 years” that has made sharks less alien and threatening to many people. But a downside, he adds, is that the documentaries often exaggerate researchers’ knowledge of shark behavior. 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Shark-sighting statistics, for instance, promote the idea that sharks are most active at dawn and dusk, but there’s very little scientific evidence supporting the idea. When Lowe and his colleagues proposed to study the issue, however, “We were told: ‘Well, don’t we already know the answer to that question?’ ”Researchers also complain that Shark Week veers into hype and pseudoscience. Last year, a program titled “Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives” claimed the ancient shark may still be alive and hungry in ocean waters. This year, Shark Week aired the faux documentary “Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine,” about a supposedly submarine-sized great white shark that attacked people off South African coasts.One big problem, researchers say, is that Shark Week’s emphasis on shark attacks raises a thorny question for conservation: Can people become enthusiastic about protecting something they’re afraid of? “Most [shark] species are suffering some level of decline,” says George Burgess, director of shark research at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. About one-half of the world’s some 465 species of sharks are considered threatened or endangered. But “it’s hard to get people to rally around a species or a population that’s been impacted,” Lowe says, “if they fear them.”last_img read more

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Bajrang Punia enjoys distinction of being the first Indian to be seeded at the…

first_imgAdvertisementIndian grappler Bajrang Punia has been seeded third for the forthcoming World Championships to be held from October 20 to October 28 in Budapest, Hungary.The Haryana lad had 45 points in the ranking list compiled by the United World Wrestling(UWW) in the 65kg Freestyle event. Turkey’s Selahattin Kilicsallayan is seeded first with 50 points whereas Russia’s Ilias Bekbulatov and Azerbaijan’s Haji Aliyev are seeded second and fourth respectively.Bajrang Punia becomes the first Indian to be seeded at the World ChampionshipsIndia will be sending a 30-member contingent for the aforementioned tournament, but only Bajrang got the distinction of being seeded. In the past, wrestlers were drawn randomly via lots, ignoring the idea of seeding, which led to a lot of strong competitors being eliminated in the preliminary round itself.However, the parent body held various tournaments like the Tbilisi Grand Prix in Georgia and Yasar Dogu International tournament in Istanbul in the recent past to rank the competitors and seed them accordingly. The 24-year-old had emerged as the champion in both the events, but fumbled in other ranking tournaments and had to settle for a third place.Bajrang began the year by coming third at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan but clinched gold at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and Asian Games in Jakarta. He had bagged the bronze medal at the 2013 version of the World Wrestling Championships when he was just 19 at the 60kg event and finished fifth in the 61 kg category at the 2015 version of the aforesaid tournament.Unlike the other team members who will be coming at the venue in Wednesday, Bajrang has already begun his training at the Mátraháza Olympic Training Center for the past two weeks.The Sportsindiashow team wishes Bajrang Punia and the rest of the Indian contingent all the best for the upcoming World Championships, and hope that they bring glory to the nation.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mets Beat Back LA Dodgers, 4-2

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The moment of truth for the New York Mets came in the eighth inning, when reliever Jim Henderson did what he was called on to do — pitch out of a jam with a two-run lead.It helped Steven Matz win his fifth straight start.Matz pitched six efficient innings, Curtis Granderson homered on the first pitch of the game, and Kevin Plawecki also went deep to lead the defending NL champions to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 9.Henderson relieved Antonio Bastardo with one out and the tying runs on base in the eighth. He struck out Yasiel Puig after getting behind him 2-0, then got Thompson on a foul pop“At that point, you want to attack him. You don’t want to load the bases and put the tying run at second,” Henderson said of the Puig at-bat. “The second pitch he fouled off was a ball, so I just lucky with that one. Then I just kept on challenging him with the fastball and it worked out.”Manager Terry Collins is enjoying the way his late-inning relievers have been handling their roles.“One of the things we try to get through to them is that your role is very simple — get the guy out who’s standing in the batter’s box, no matter who it is or what inning it is,” Collins said. “And our bullpen has been doing that.”Matz (5-1) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings and struck out five in the opener of a four-game series, the teams’ first meeting since last year’s NL Division Series.“It was one of those days where I didn’t have my best stuff and had to grind a little bit,” Matz said. “But I was still able to throw all my pitches and be able to mix them up, which helped me out. For me it’s just more of a focus, taking it pitch by pitch, not look ahead and just kind of being in the moment.”Matz served up a two-run homer to Trayce Thompson in the fourth after he was staked to a 3-0 lead, but the left-hander helped himself out in the sixth with an RBI double inside third base that chased Scott Kazmir and made it 4-2.Jeurys Familia got three outs for his 11th save in 11 chances.Kazmir (2-3) gave up four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. The nine-year veteran lefty was drafted 15th overall by the Mets in 2002 but never pitched a game for the big club before he was traded to Tampa Bay.“He really paid for balls that he happened to leave in the middle of the plate,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “They put some good swings on those pitches and got a couple of homers. So hopefully he will learn from those mistakes and we’ll get him back on the edges of the plate.”Granderson got things underway with his 37th career leadoff homer, which landed in the pavilion seats in right-center. The Mets have outscored their opponents 24-5 in the first inning.Puig continued his recent string of highlight-reel plays in the second with a sprinting backhanded grab of Juan Lagares’ sinking liner to right-center field. Two batters later, Plawecki hit his first homer of the season into the left-field pavilion.It was the Mets’ major league-leading 49th homer. Their total is the highest through 31 games in franchise history. New York came in having scored 75 of its previous 133 runs on homers for a major league-best 56.4 percentage.Yoenis Cespedes made it 3-0 with an RBI single in the third, but was doubled off second after left fielder Kike Hernandez made a running catch of Lagares’ bases-loaded blooper. It was Hernandez’ second assist of the inning.(JOE RESNICK)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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In longest World Series Game, Dodgers Outlast Red Sox in 18

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Exhausting and then exhilarating for the Los Angeles Dodgers.Max Muncy’s home run leading off the bottom of the 18th inning finally ended the longest World Series game in history early Saturday and gave Los Angeles a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox that drew the Dodgers to 2-1 in the best-of-seven Series.While the Dodgers mobbed Muncy at home plate, the Red Sox will rue one that got away.They were oh-so-close in the 13th to taking a huge 3-0 lead. But second baseman Ian Kinsler’s wide throw on a two-out grounder by Yasiel Puig let Los Angeles score the tying run in a game that lasted 7 hours, 20 minutes.Muncy later homered to left-center off Nathan Eovaldi, jolting the remaining fans to their feet at 12:30 a.m. A grinning Muncy tossed his helmet in the air as he headed for third.Recalling Kirk Gibson’s winning pinch-hit homer in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, Muncy came within feet of ending it in the bottom of the 15th. But his shot to right sailed just foul and he ended up striking out.The battle of attrition had a bit of everything, including 18 pitchers and 27 position players.Long after rookie Walker Buehler dazzled over seven shutout innings for the Dodgers, things got interesting.The Red Sox tied it 1-all in the eighth and took a 2-1 lead in the 13th.The Dodgers answered with the tying run in the bottom of the inning.After Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger made the throw of his life in the 10th, both teams scored on bizarre errors in the 13th.Boston manager Alex Cora used starter David Price in relief, rotated his outfielders in the middle of innings and even put catcher Christian Vazquez at first base for the first time in his big league career.Out of position players, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called on ace Clayton Kershaw to pinch-hit in the 17th. He flied out.The stadium organist was busy, too, launching into “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in the 14th inning — a second version of the seventh-inning stretch. Not many had left by then.The crowd cheered when the stadium clock reached midnight.Game 4 is Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Eovaldi was scheduled to start for the Red Sox, but he threw 97 pitches in relief as one of nine pitchers they used. Left-hander Rich Hill starts for the Dodgers.The Red Sox had a wild 13th, with a walk, a steal, an infield hit and an error before taking a 2-1 lead.Brock Holt drew a leadoff walk and stole second. Pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez got flipped on his back by catcher Austin Barnes as he chased Scott Alexander’s wild pitch.Nunez then reached on a nubber to the right side and Alexander botched the throw to first, allowing Holt to score. Nunez got knocked on his back again in the play at first, but stayed in the game since the Boston had no one left on its bench.The Dodgers tied it 2-all in the bottom of the 13th. Muncy drew a leadoff walk and tagged up when Nunez tumbled into the third base stands after catching Cody Bellinger’s pop foul. Muncy scored when Kinsler botched the throw to first on Yasiel Puig’s infield single.Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. tied it 1-all with a homer off closer Kenley Jansen in the eighth.The Dodgers led 1-0 on Joc Pederson’s two-out homer in the third.Both teams squandered numerous chances. The Red Sox stranded runners in the 10th and 11th. The Dodgers left runners on in every inning from the fifth to the 11th.Boston had runners at the corners in the 10th. Pedro Baez walked J.D. Martinez with one out and took third on Holt’s single to center.Bellinger started a sensational, inning-ending double play from center field, catching Nunez’s pinch-hit fly and then firing to catcher Austin Barnes a few feet up the third-base line. Barnes made the tag as Kinsler came barreling past and both players tumbled to the dirt.The game began in 78-degree heat — 31 degrees warmer than at Fenway Park for the first two games.Buehler stymied the Red Sox through seven scoreless innings. The right-hander retired his final 14 batters before leaving after 108 pitches. He allowed two hits, struck out seven and didn’t walk anyone.Boston starter Rick Porcello gave up one run and three hits in 4 2/3 innings, struck out five and walked one.UP NEXTBoston hadn’t decided on a Game 4 starter.Hill is 0-0 with a 2.61 ERA this postseason, starting once in the NLDS against Atlanta and once in the NLCS against Milwaukee. He also appeared in relief in Game 6 of the NLCS.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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India vs England, Rose Bowl Test: Weather forecast for today and tomorrow

first_imgThe weather deceived England skipper Joe Root again after his move to bat first in the fourth Test backfired. England were bowled out for 246 on Day 1 as the Indian bowlers wrecked havoc.The weather is expected to stay the same at least early in the day with some cloud cover providing the English bowlers the perfect chance to return the favour to their Indian counterparts.At the start of play on Day 2, the temperatures will be around 17 degree centigrade and the sunny intervals will have the batsman needing to just ride out the first session. As the day progresses, batting will become easier as the temperature will rise but never over 20.There is little to no chance of rain on Day 2, with the conditions being similar the following day as well. It is expected to be cloudy on the second day of the 4th Test (UK Metoffice Photo)India bowlers fire again, England 246 all out on opening dayIndia bowled out England just a few overs before stumps and then scored 19/0 at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground here on Thursday.With India trailing by 227 runs, openers Lokesh Rahul (11) and Shikhar Dhawan (3) remained unbeaten.The day started with Indian pacers wrecking England’s top order, taking four quick wickets to reduce the hosts to 57/4 at lunch.Jasprit Bumrah (2/21), Ishant Sharma (1/7) and Hardik Pandya (1/16) were among the wickets even as Mohammed Shami, coming in as the second change bowler, constantly kept asking questions to the vulnerable English pair.Electing to bat on a track with a tinge of live grass, England’s opening woes continued to haunt them as Keaton Jennings was trapped plumb in front by an excellent incoming delivery from Bumrah, for a duck in the third over of the innings.advertisementOne over later, Bumrah almost sent packing English skipper Joe Root (4) when he was on two, before the Decision Review System (DRS) came to the latter’s rescue. Root was trapped plumb in front but television replays showed the bowler had overstepped.The England captain, however, failed to take advantage of the reprieve as Ishant swung it big into the England captain to trap him lbw.Reduced to 15/2, England’s hopes were pinned on former skipper Alastair Cook (17) and Jonny Bairstow (6), playing as a specialist batsman after injuring his finger.But Bumrah scuttled such ambitions by scalping Bairstow, caught behind by Rishabh Pant in the 13th over before first-change bowler Hardik ended Cook’s 55-ball resistance, thanks to a brilliant low catch at the third slip by Virat Kohli.India could have had Buttler too, but Pant missed a tough one. Together with Stokes, Buttler managed to see off the initial scare from the Indian pace attack before heading for lunch undivided.The second session saw Indian pacers continue their domination, taking two more wickets in the second session to reduce England to 139-6.Resuming the post-lunch session at 57/4, Stokes and Buttler played out the initial few overs cautiously before Buttler started opening up only to bring his downfall, caught by Virat Kohli off Shami.Reduced to 86/6, the left-handed pair of Moeen and Sam steered the ship to safety, as they played the Indian pacers with extreme caution and did not allow premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to dominate.The final session saw Moeen and Curran stabilising the hosts innings, forging a crucial 81-run partnership. After Moeen’s wicket no other batter supported Curran, and as a result the hosts were bundled out for 246 just before the end of play.For India, Jasprit Bumrah took three wickets while Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets each.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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Pakistan add Sri Lanka as co-hosts of Asian Emerging Nations Cup after India refuse to travel

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board has agreed to co-host the Asian Emerging Nations Cup, which is slated to be held in December, with Sri Lanka after India refused to play in the country citing security concerns.A PCB official in the know said that the BCCI had refused to send its team to Karachi or Lahore for the tournament which features the best emerging talent from Asian countries.He said that India would be playing all their matches in Sri Lanka with the final also scheduled in Colombo.Bangladesh, UAE and Hong Kong are grouped with Pakistan for the Karachi leg of the tournament while Sri Lanka, India, Afghanistan feature in the other group in Colombo.The official said that in Karachi, three matches would be held at the National Stadium even though it is undergoing massive renovation and three games at the Southend cricket stadium in Defence.”A proper security plan has been prepared for the visiting teams and they will be given top security throughout their stay in Karachi from December 4 to 10.”Another official of the board said that the Emerging Nations Cup was another opportunity for the PCB to showcase its ability to provide top security for international cricket teams.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Earl Eddings to remain Cricket Australia chairman till October 2019Also Read | Yasir Shah’s 14-wicket haul helps Pakistan beat New ZealandAlso Read | Virat Kohli could eclipse MS Dhoni as highest earning Indian sportsman everAlso watch –last_img read more

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We should not have any excuse now: Shahid Afridi on Pakistan’s chances in World Cup 2019

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi the side have injected the right amount of experience into their World Cup 2019 squad with the late inclusions of pacemen Wahab Riaz and Mohammed Amir, and have no excuse for poor performance now.Riaz’s hostile spell to Australian Shane Watson was one of the highlights of the 2015 World Cup, but the 33-year-old has not played a one-day international since June 2017.Fellow left-arm quick bowler Amir was also initially omitted from Pakistan’s World Cup squad before being pencilled in on Monday.”I think this team has the right combination,” Afridi said in a video posted on the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Twitter feed on Thursday.”The best thing is (that) batting used to be a constant worry for us but our batsmen are now in good form,” the former all-rounder said.Pakistan posted 340-plus scores in three of the four completed matches in this month’s ODI series in England, even though the hosts prevailed 4-0.In March they had been thrashed 5-0 by Australia in the United Arab Emirates.”We did quite a few experiments with the side. We rested the seniors in the series against Australia, giving chance to youngsters,” Afridi said.”Our bowling struggled before the World Cup I think because they lacked experience there.”Now Wahab Riaz, (leg-spinner) Shadab Khan and Mohammad Amir are back and it’s a well-balanced team. We should not have any excuse now.”Consistency has never been the strong point of an otherwise talented team, but Afridi reckoned a good start could take the 1992 champions all the way to the June 14 final at the Lord’s.advertisement”It’s very important to win the first couple of matches to build a momentum … Our youngsters are capable of beating any team in the world.””I see Pakistan as one of the teams in the semi-finals and, God willing, I’m confident they’ll play the final too …”Pressure is inevitable in international cricket. It tests a player and his mental strength. But World Cup is also a great opportunity to become a hero with the whole world looking at you.”Also Read | Determined to prove Arthur wrong at World Cup: Wahab Riaz after Pakistan call-upAlso Read | Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz included in Pakistan’s squad for 2019 World Cuplast_img read more

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ESPN Names Jalen Hurts As The No. 1 Transfer Quarterback

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The college football transfer market was flush with talent following the 2018 season. A few major names, including Jalen Hurts, Justin Fields and Tate Martell are all headed to new teams – though we’ll have to wait and see if any can lock down the starting role.In the immediate aftermath of the 2018 season and the bevy of transfers, ESPN college football analyst Mark Schlabach broke down and ranked the transfer quarterbacks.Schlabach ranked the quarterbacks on who will have the biggest impact on their team during the 2019 college football season. Unsurprisingly, Jalen Hurts held down the top spot after going 26-2 as a starter for the Alabama Crimson Tide.Schlabach believes the tandem of Lincoln Riley and Hurts can be highly successful.Few coaches handle quarterbacks better than OU’s Lincoln Riley, and there’s enough talent returning for Hurts to have big success in his only season with the Sooners.After Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray won back-to-back Heisman Trophies thanks to the offensive scheme from Riley, Hurts is among the favorites to take home the award in 2019 – just behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.Here’s Schlabach’s top five transfer QB’s:Jalen Hurts – OklahomaKelly Bryant – MissouriJacob Eason – WashingtonJustin Fields – Ohio StateBrandon Wimbush – UCFFields is still waiting to hear back from the NCAA on his eligibility heading into the 2019 season, but he’s expected to gain eligibility for the year after earning a hardship waiver.last_img read more

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You don’t get replacements for Amla and De Villiers overnight: Faf du Plessis

first_imgYou don’t get replacements for Amla and De Villiers overnight: Faf du PlessisAfter suffering a massive defeat in the second Test match against India on Sunday, Faf du Plessis said it’s not possible to replace world class players like Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers overnight.advertisement Next Press Trust of India PuneOctober 13, 2019UPDATED: October 13, 2019 20:00 IST South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIf you take the best players out of any team, they would find the same challenges, said Faf du PlessisDu Plessis indicated that some decisions could be on the cards for the batting unitDu Plessis lauded his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli’s double hundredSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis on Sunday acknowledged that the difference between his team and India in the ongoing Test series has been the “inexperience” of the Proteas as it’s not possible to replace world class players like Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers overnight.South Africa were thrashed by 203 runs in the first Test and lost by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test here, already losing the series.”I think, it’s purely a case of inexperience. I said before this Test series, your best Test teams are the teams with the most experience. When it comes to this Indian team, there’s a lot of experience in that dressing room, there’s a lot of Test matches behind their names,” a dejected Du Plessis said after losing the series and Gandhi-Mandela Trophy.”We are at this stage where we have lost almost all of our experience. Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, all of them were seasoned campaigners. You don’t replace those guys overnight.”And now it’s a new group of guys, who have played 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 15 Test matches. That will take time. If you take the best players out of any team, they would find the same challenges,” Du Plessis explained.He put his hands up and said that as captain he needs to show the way along with Quinton de Kock and Dean Elgar.”For us, it is important as a senior player group to make sure that we put in performances ourselves. Myself, Deano, Quinny (De Kock), we can’t expect other guys to make runs.advertisement”We need to make sure we make the runs first and then the others guys to chip in with us. In a time like this, it is important that your big guys really, really take control and make sure that they put in the bulk of the work,” said Du Plessis, putting across his point clearly.Du Plessis indicated that some decisions could be on the cards for the batting unit which has now failed in three out of the four innings.”The batting failed in the first innings and from the starting point of view, we have not started well. Every single innings, we have been in a position where we have been 40 or 50 for three. It’s a vital component as how you start in the sub-continent,” he said.”India could be a tough place to play if you lose form. And perhaps it is a good opportunity to get some fresh heads into the team. Just from my mental point of view, it can be a place for you like, where’s my next one (hundred) going to come from.”Du Plessis lauded his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli’s double hundred.”Virat’s knock was incredible. Surprised that he started slow, normally he is quite busy and gets off quite well. He was quite patient in the beginning, which was required in the wicket, he left well. And then, sheer mental toughness to bat for that long. It takes huge amount of brain power. You can see that, and you can only admire from a distance.Also Read | If you plan to bat 5 sessions, the double hundred will come: Virat Kohli unveils mindset behind epic 254*Also see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Faf Du PlessisFollow India vs South Africalast_img read more

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Yokohama Receives First LNG Shipment from Gorgon

first_imgzoom The 2009-built liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker Energy Confidence has transported the first shipment of LNG produced by the Western Australia’s Gorgon project to an LNG terminal in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture.Featuring a length of 289 meters and a width of 49 meters, the tanker arrived at the Ohgishima LNG Terminal, operated by Japan’s natural gas provider Tokyo Gas, where it unloaded some 70,000 tons of LNG.According to AIS data provided by MarineTraffic, the 75,891 dwt vessel is currently on its way back to the Australian Gorgon facility, where it is scheduled to arrive by the end of September.Tokyo Gas and energy company Chevron, the operator of Gorgon LNG, concluded a sale and purchase agreement and an agreement regarding participation in September 2009.This is the fourth delivery of LNG from projects in which Tokyo Gas has secured participation rights, following the agreement on the Darwin LNG project, the Pluto LNG project and the Queensland Curtis LNG project, according to the company.With this delivery, Tokyo Gas now receives LNG from 12 projects in five countries.last_img read more

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IM threatens to blow up Bareilly station over Kanwar route

first_imgBareilly: Munne Khan, also known as ‘Mullah’, purportedly the area commander of Indian Mujahideen (IM) has snet a letter to Bareilly railway station superintendent Satyaveer Singh, threatening to ‘blow up the station if kanwarias pass through Muslim-dominated areas in the city’.Vigil in and around the railway station has been intensified and policemen in plain clothes are being deployed there.In the letter, the area commander has said: “I, area commander of IM, want to inform station superintendent that if Kanwarias pass through the Muslim dominated areas, we will explode the railway station. You better inform the police and administration.”Station house officer of the government railway police, Bareilly, Krishna Avtar said, “We are keeping a close eye on each and every person visiting station.”Notably, in the past few years, the district had hit national headlines due to scuffle between two communities over the kanwar route.last_img read more

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Yukon First Nation man thrilled with Canadas new transgender legislation

first_imgShirley McLean APTN National NewsA Yukon First Nation man is thrilled with Canada’s new Law protecting the rights of transgender people.And he hopes the Yukon will get with the times in how people identify their gender on identification documents.smclean@aptn.calast_img

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Russian coal mine accident kills 36 including 5 rescuers

by The Associated Press Posted Feb 28, 2016 4:06 am MDT Last Updated Feb 28, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MOSCOW – A methane gas leak at a coal mine in Russia’s far north triggered three explosions that ignited fires and partially collapsed the mine, killing 36 people, officials said Sunday.The dead included five rescue workers and a mine worker who were killed early Sunday when the third explosion rocked the Severnaya mine in Vorkuta, a town north of the Arctic Circle in the Komi region, the emergency services said.The first two explosions struck late Thursday, killing four miners and trapping 26 others.Denis Paikin, technical director for mine operator Vorkutaugol, said Sunday that given the level of gas in the mine, the degree of destruction and the trajectory of the fire, which continued to burn, all the missing miners were presumed dead. Federal officials later confirmed that none of the trapped miners had survived.At the time of the first blast, 111 miners were underground and 81 were rescued.Russia’s industrial safety watchdog, Rostekhnadzor, said the accident was a natural disaster.“According to the materials that have been obtained and preliminary information, the accident had natural causes and was a geological event,” said Alexander Goncharenko, who heads the regional branch of the watchdog, Russian news agencies reported. He did not elaborate.The Investigative Committee, however, said it had not yet determined what caused the gas explosions and also scolded the Komi administration for demanding that the investigation be fully transparent.“No official besides the leadership of the Investigative Committee has the right to demand anything,” agency spokesman Vladimir Markin said. “The Investigative Committee is a federal body that answers directly to the president of Russia.”The Komi administration later issued a statement apologizing for the phrasing and saying it had full confidence that investigators would determine who bore responsibility for the accident and hold them accountable. Russian coal mine accident kills 36, including 5 rescuers read more

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Klopp indifferent about taking a break from league action

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp seemed less concerned when asked about taking a break from Premier League action to play in the FA Cup.The Reds travel to the Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, on the back of their 2–1 loss to Manchester City in the league last Thursday.Speaking about the lack of opportunity to get an immediate response to the City loss in the league, Klopp said, according to the club’s official website:“I don’t think about things I can’t change too much.”“I don’t know, it’s OK, it’s like it is, we’ve known it for a while, so it’s not that I feel we have to react immediately in the league because that would feel a little bit like we are insecure about ourselves. We don’t know exactly how it will happen.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“When the draw came up and we saw Wolves it was like, ‘wow, thank you very much’ and it’s away. Then we played there and it was really difficult. Now we have to go there again and so it’s a really tough draw and nobody was looking forward to it and saying at the moment of the draw, ‘nice game, let’s go there and win’.”“We have Brighton to come after and it is always a tough place to go, they’ve had a fantastic season. Do I want play Brighton directly after Man City? I don’t know, I didn’t think about it.”“We have now between the Premier League games nine days or so, and in between is a very, very tough FA Cup game. I didn’t think about it, it’s OK like it is.”last_img read more

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Traffic woes expected this weekend on I5 I205 into Oregon

first_imgA deck joint replacement project has closed two of the four southbound lanes on the Interstate 205 bridge across the Columbia River.Washington and Oregon transportation officials expect serious traffic backups on both I-205 and Interstate 5 heading south into Oregon. They are warning people to allow for extra time, find alternate routes or avoid travel during the peak periods of congestion between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. today and Sunday.The complete construction schedule follows:• Now until 5 a.m. Monday: Two lanes will be closed around the clock. Onramps from state Highway 14 to southbound I-205 will also be closed.• July 30 through Aug. 2: Two lanes will be closed during nights only, from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m during each of the weekend nights, through 5 a.m. Monday.• 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, until 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 9: Two lanes will be closed around the clock. Onramps from Highway 14 to I-205 southbound also will be closed.• Aug. 13-16: Two lanes will be closed during nights only, from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. during each of the weekend nights, through 5 a.m. Monday.last_img read more

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NagaCorp to begin Naga3 construction in late September McNally

first_imgNagaCorp Chairman Tim McNally says the company is planning to begin construction of its Naga3 development in late September or early October.The Hong Kong-listed firm released latest details of its planned US$3.5 billion expansion of Cambodia integrated resort NagaWorld earlier this week, which it says will set a standard to rival the best IRs in Macau. Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Speaking to Bloomberg TV on Wednesday, McNally also provided an update on the timeline to begin construction with late September set as the preferred date pending final approval at an upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting.“We have an EGM on 8 August to brief and get the concurrence of our minority shareholders … from there we’re hoping to commence construction at the end of September, early October,” he said.The Naga3 development is certain to be approved given that major shareholder Dr Chen Lip Keong holds a majority 66.10% stake. Dr Chen is also contributing 50% of funding to the project, which will add an extra 4,730 hotel rooms to NagaWorld.McNally said the proposed funding model, with the other 50% to be contributed by NagaCorp itself, was considered the best option to serve all stakeholders.“We feel that’s the best without diminishing either the interests of our minority shareholders so we can continue our dividend practices and policies and also minimize our risk,” he said. “The controlling shareholder has that great a confidence where he is going to put up 50% of the money. This is 50% investment by the company without reducing our 100% ownership rights.”Asked about the need for so many new hotel rooms, McNally said, “The Ministry of Tourism recently projected that Cambodia really needs another 100,000 additional hotel suites just to keep up with the tourism growth and demand, so our contribution will be significant.“We have a monopoly license until 2035 and we want to maximize that license. We have a lot of confidence.” RelatedPosts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load More Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive teamlast_img read more

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Officials told to rectify voltage problem

first_imgBalajinagar: Corporator Pannala Kavya Reddy on Thursday asked electricity department officials to rectify voltage fluctuation occurring at MIG 441. The corporator rushed to the spot when the residents of MIG 441 complained of a short circuit occurring on the premises in the early hours because of high voltage.She contacted the officials concerned with a request that they should immediately solve the problem of voltage fluctuations. Also present on the occasion were Area Committee Members M Srinu, Raji Reddy, BJP leaders Vinod Kumar Goud, Haribabu, Murali, Gopal, kumar Janaki, Bhavani, Sambasiva Rao, Ramanjaneya Reddy, Vinay, besides local residents.last_img

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Ravaged homes to no food water and power Heres the update a

first_imgAn estimated one crore people in 10,000 villages and 52 urban agglomerations in around 14 districts were affected by Cyclone Fani.IANSOne week after Cyclone Fani ravaged the state of Odisha, residents still don’t have power and constant supply of food and water.Over two lakh people, reportedly, do not have a power supply in the state while the climate made a dramatic U-turn from a cyclone to an intense heat wave currently wreaking havoc. To make matters worse, along with power, there is also no steady supply of water to combat the scorching heat.The lack of basic facilities brought many angry citizens of Odisha to the street protesting and demanding the restoration of electricity which was hit badly after 1.56 lakh electric poles were uprooted during the storm.The protesters had blocked a road near Garage Chhak in Bhubaneshwar and other parts of the state.”We were scared as angry demonstrators threatened and tried to attack us. We have sought protection from the police,” said N K Sahu, Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) was quoted as saying by PTI.”We have prepared a roadmap for electrification. With additional manpower from other states available, restoration work is picking up,” A P Padhi said, adding that power supply was restored to around 50 per cent of electricity consumers.In addition to this, the Sanjay Singh, Information and Public Relations secretary is confident that 100 per cent power supply will be restored by Sunday, May 12 across the state. However, this is a bit doubtful since the restoration work in Puri will begin on that day and it is unsure when it will be completed. Puri was the worst hit by Cyclone Fani when it made landfall in the coastal city last week.Cyclone Fani, which hit Odisha last week, killed 48 people, damaged 5.08 lakh houses and destroyed 34.56 lakh livestock. The State Level Banker’s Committee has decided to reschedule the payment of loans in order to provide some sort of relief to the affected people.last_img read more

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Three CNN journalists resign after Russiarelated article retracted

first_imgA large television in a bank shows CNN`s broadcast of White House Press Secretary Spicer`s briefing in Boston. Photo: ReutersTime Warner’s news division CNN has accepted the resignations of three journalists after the publication of a Russia-related article that was later retracted, a CNN spokesperson said on Monday.The three journalists included Thomas Frank, the writer of the story; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in CNN’s investigative unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, the network had earlier reported. [http://cnnmon.ie/2td7Ufy ]The Russia-related story, published on Thursday, reported Congress was investigating the ties of a Russian investment fund to an aide of U.S. President Donald Trump.CNN had reported an internal investigation by its management found that certain editorial processes were not followed when the article was published.The report said CNN had deleted the story from its website on Friday night after its investigation.The story was replaced with an editor’s note of apology to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump aide who was reported to be investigated in the story. [http://cnn.it/2rVWDgm ]Trump has been critical of CNN, calling the news outlet “fake news” and refusing to take a CNN reporter’s questions at his first formal news conference earlier in the year after his 8 Nov electoral win.last_img
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Coalition Works to Prevent RentalVoucher Discrimination

first_imgralejandro@afro.com Being forced to live in areas of concentrated poverty and far from work are just some of the consequences many Marylanders face because of the state’s lack of source of income (SOI) protection laws, which require landlords to accept any legal form of income for the purpose of renting their properties.  New, if limited, protections are now in place in Baltimore City, but the fight to pass an SOI law in the General Assembly continues, with advocates waiting to see how November’s election might affect prospects for passage.SOI laws protect renters from being discriminated against on the basis of the types of legal income they use to pay their rent.  While one of the most vulnerable groups that such laws protect are recipients of Housing Choice Vouchers (formerly Section 8), they also protect renters who rely on disability or social security payments, among others.  Under an SOI regime, potential renters are still subject to any other requirement a landlord may have, such as a clean credit history or lack of a criminal background.  SOI laws only prohibit arbitrary discrimination based on the source of income.Currently, only Frederick, Howard, and Montgomery counties, as well as the cities of Frederick and Annapolis, have SOI protections.  Just this summer, Baltimore City passed a bill which would extend SOI protections to any developments receiving municipal subsidies, including but not limited to Baltimore’s inclusionary housing subsidy.Since 2010, the Maryland HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equal) Act Coalition (MHAC), representing approximately 80 organizations, has been fighting for passage of SOI protections statewide.  In 2013, Senate Bill 487, the Maryland HOME Act, came within one vote of passing the Senate, and the coalition believes it has the votes in the House necessary for passage if the Senate can come together behind a version of this bill.For Antonia Fasanelli, executive director of the Homeless Persons Representation Project and the leader of MHAC, SOI laws ensure that people have the option to live near their jobs or families, but they also protect renters from unscrupulous landlords.“We know that people, because of this kind of (income) discrimination, pay hundreds of dollars in application fees for buildings that never intend to take them because of the kind of income they have,” said Fasanelli.For Rabbi Bruce Kahn, former executive director and current board member of the Equal Rights Center, a member organization of MHAC, SOI protections would also ensure that persons relying on housing choice vouchers do not lose that valuable assistance.“What happens is somebody applies for a voucher and waits a very very long time to get one, finally gets it, can’t find—in the amount of time that’s required—can’t find a unit or a unit of one’s choice for which to use that voucher, to apply that voucher, and then has to turn that voucher back in,” said Kahn, who pointed out that most voucher holders are single moms with children, people with disabilities, the elderly poor, and veterans.Both Kahn and Fasanelli point out that the lack of SOI protections in the state create poverty corridors where low or fixed-income persons are forced to live because their income is discriminated against in other areas of the state, forcing them into neighborhoods that may be far from their places of employment, their families, and good schools for their children.Fasanelli is happy to see that Baltimore City now has improved, if not full, SOI protections, and says that prospects for the Maryland HOME Act in the General Assembly are rather up in the air until after the election on Nov. 4 determines the assembly’s makeup.last_img read more

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