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Struggling Team India skips practice session, opts for go-karting

first_imgOne would think that after their humiliating defeat during the second Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Team India would be hard at work practicing their game and preparing for the third Test in order to avoid a humiliating series defeat.But that is not the case. Team India on Monday decided to take the day off from the nets and head out instead for some recreation – Go Karting.On Monday, as many as nine players of the Indian squad headed to the go-karting venue. Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, whose 100th ton seems to be fast becoming a distant dream, was also among the nine who went go-karting.The Australian team, meanwhile, was busy practicing for the third Test match.Just before heading out to the go-karting venue, Ishant Sharma did a Virat Kohli when he showed his middle finger to fans waiting outside the hotel.Virat Kohli had been fined 50 per cent of his match fee for having made the indecent gesture at the audience during the second Test match in Sydney.Team India, despite their bluster, lost the second Test match at Sydney Cricket Ground by an innings and 68 runs.last_img read more

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HP launches 14-Inch Chromebook successor sporting Full-HD touchscreen display

first_imgHewlett-Packard has quietly launched the successor to its 14 -inch Chromebook and has topped it with some real exciting features, making it a high-end product, however not all that pricy though. The new HP Chromebook (14-inch) now joins the company’s 11-inch and 14 -inch Chromebooks that were launched during the IFA 2014 event held in September.The launch is in line with HP’s earlier announcement that it would introduce a full-HD display Chromebook soon. The new HP Chromebook 14-x050nr is now available in the US online at $439.99 (roughly Rs. 27,800).Let’s take a look at some of the specifications of the device. The new HP Chromebook 14-x050nr features a 14-inch full-HD WLED-backlit touchscreen display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution and comes with 4GB of DDR3 RAM. It  sports 32GB of internal storage.Rest of the features are more or less similar to the ones already found in the original 14 -inch Chromebook. It is powered by a Nvidia Tegra K1 processor and Nvidia Kepler GPU. Connectivity options on the device include USB 3.0, HDMI port, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.The original 14 -inch Chromebook features a 14-inch HD non-touchscreen display with a 768×1366 pixels resolution. It comes with 16GB inbuilt storage.last_img read more

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I might become FIFA’s new vice president, says Diego Maradona

first_imgFootball great Diego Maradona on Monday claimed he may be in line to become the vice president of FIFA should Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein be elected as Sepp Blatter’s successor as president.The 1986 World Cup winner and former Argentina coach has been a long-term opponent of Blatter and described him as “a dictator” last month. Maradona is now keen to help out with the restructuring of football’s governing body and offered his services to Jordan’s Prince Ali should he win the election.”If Prince Ali wins, I have many chances to become FIFA vice president,” Maradona was quoted as saying by Argentine TV channel, America. “If I arrive, I’ll clean them all up. Blatter is afraid of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Swiss police. He was afraid to leave FIFA in handcuffs,” the 54-year-old said.Maradona also took potshots at UEFA president Michel Platini, while dismissing former Portugal forward Luis Figo’s chances of succeeding Blatter.last_img read more

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Wrestling Federation of India doesn’t believe in Indian coaches, says President

first_imgWrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Saran has asserted that it was high time India have a “foreign” coach, who helps the grapplers in winning medals in the upcoming events like the Asian Games, Commonwealth and the Olympics.While talking to ANI, Saran said that Indian coaches lack international expertise.”The biggest problem we have right now is that of coach. Some people felt that the last coach was there for a bit long. Whatever resources we have and whatever we can spend, we don’t get good foreign coaches in that amount. Or you can say that there is a dearth of coaches. We are not getting the level of coaches that he wish to have,” Saran said.”So, at present our priority is to get a good coach in all the three styles at the earliest. We want that person who becomes a coach, should be an Olympic medallist and should be world champion so that our wrestlers feel that they are getting benefitted from him/her,” he added.He further stressed, “We have to bring a foreign coach.””No Indian coach matches the levels or the parameters that we desire. No Indian is a two or three-time world champion and an Olympian medallist,” he pointed out.The WFI president, however, said that it was not that India doesn’t have good coaches.”Media poses questions that why we don’t have a foreign coach. We earlier brought foreign coaches and our wrestlers benefitted from them…We have good coaches in India but it would be better if we bring in a foreign coach,” he insisted.advertisementlast_img read more

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4-Star RB Noah Cain Announces Penn State Commitment

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)As today’s early National Signing Day continues to play out, a majority of 2019 recruits will sign with their future school. Some are even announcing commitments today.One big-time prospect who waited until today to announce is four-star running back Noah Cain. The Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy officially came off the board moments ago.Cain committed to Penn State during an announcement that was televised live on ESPN2. He chose the Nittany Lions over Auburn, Texas, Tennessee and Georgia.ESPN 300 RB Noah Cain commits to Penn State. He joins ESPN 300 RB Devyn Ford and gives the Nittany Lions a total of nine ESPN 300 commitments in 2019.Penn State has now landed five ESPN 300 running backs since the 2015 class, including Saquon Barkley.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) December 19, 2018Cain is the No. 7 running back and No. 104 overall player in the 2019 class, per 247sports’ Composite Rankings.Here is an updated look at Penn State’s 2019 recruiting class.National Signing Day news will be flowing in all day, including several more commitment announcements from major prospects.Stick with The Spun for all of your NSD updates.last_img read more

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Coscol in Half-Year Profit Surge

first_imgzoom Shanghai-listed Cosco Shipping Limited (Coscol), the heavy lift arm of China’s Cosco Group, expects its half year results to soar based on the unaudited figures published today.The company’s profit is expected to jump by over 30 times year-on-year reaching RMB 391.8 million (USD 63.1m).During the first half year ending with June 30, 2015 Coscol’s revenue increased 1.7% year-on-year to RMB3.63bn.The rise in profit was attributed mainly to gain from asset disposals, government subsidies, reduction in operational costs and lower bunker costs.Namely, Coscol sold Guangzhou-based lubricants firm ELF Lubricants, a subsidiary of Total China, for RMB 301m.In addition, the company received RMB 95.86m in government subsidies for sending older tonnage for scrap.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Manitoba officials seize newborn from mom in hospital video prompts outrage

first_imgWINNIPEG — An Indigenous mother whose newborn baby was seized by social workers as she recovered in a Winnipeg hospital says she was blindsided, and did not deserve to be treated the way she was.The mother, who cannot be identified under Manitoba law, cradled the tiny newborn and rocked it before social workers, eventually helped by security guards and police, took the baby from her arms.The apprehension was broadcast live on social media by a family member and has prompted strong reactions from many who have viewed it.The woman’s aunt says one social worker accused the mother of being intoxicated at a doctor’s visit, but she says the accusation was false.Statistics from the Manitoba government show roughly one newborn a day is taken into care.Indigenous leaders say the child welfare system is broken and discriminates against First Nations.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Loonie hits nearly threemonth high on expectations of new NAFTA deal

first_imgTORONTO – Expectations that Canada will reach a trade deal with the U.S. and Mexico pushed the loonie to a nearly three-month high Tuesday and caused bond yields to rise.The Canadian dollar traded up at 77.42 cents US compared with an average of 77.01 cents US on Monday.That’s the highest level since early June.The currency’s movement came a day after North American markets rose on the announcement of a preliminary trade accord between the U.S. and Mexico.“You had the equity reaction yesterday, you have a kind of continuation on the currency and bond reaction today,” said Patrick Bernes, a portfolio manager for CIBC Asset Management.He said markets are anticipating that NAFTA negotiations will move to the final phase where Canada and the U.S. would settle bilateral issues and then all three countries would resolve multilateral items.The U.S. backed off in the Mexican deal on a key sticking point for Canada — a five-year sunset clause — by agreeing to a 16-year deal with the possibility of occasional updates.U.S. President Donald Trump also put pressure on Canada by threatening to slap 25 per cent tariffs on automobile imports.“But this just looks to me like negotiations tactics to pressure the Canadians and the reaction in currency markets both yesterday and today indicate to me that the market sees the process nearing completion and uncertainty is diminishing on the hopes of a multilateral deal,” Bernes said in an interview.The positive tone of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments Tuesday despite his defiance on dairy supply management suggests that Canada will ultimately provide the Americans with the same cut of the Canadian dairy market as it agreed to in the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, he said.The agreement gives TPP countries access to 3.25 per cent annually of Canada’s dairy market. Dairy producers in the Pacific Rim pact would displace the U.S. after it withdrew from the agreement.The S&P/TSX composite index decreased on weakness in materials and energy sectors as commodities took a hit, in part from the appreciating loonie. The two sectors were down about one per cent, surpassed by gold and healthcare that were off two and 4.15 per cent respectively.Cannabis stocks Aurora Cannabis Inc., Canopy Growth Corp. and Aphria Inc. were down as much as 7.7 per cent after enjoying several days of large increases.Real estate, consumer discretionary, base metals and information technology sectors closed in positive territory. The others were off by less than one per cent.American markets were virtually flat.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 14.38 points at 26,064.02. The S&P 500 index surpassed 2,900 for the first time but closed up less than a point to 2,897.52. The Nasdaq composite also peaked and was up 12.14 points on the day at 8,030.04.The October crude contract was down 34 cents at US$68.53 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down 2.4 cents at US$2.85 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $1.60 at US$1,214.40 an ounce and the September copper contract was up 2.75 cents at US$2.74 a pound.last_img read more

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Côte dIvoire UN urges calm as violence mars voter registration appeals process

5 February 2010The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire has deplored recent violence in the towns of Katiola and Divo and appealed for calm as the voter registration appeals process for the upcoming elections takes place. The appeals process is currently underway in preparation for the publication of the final voters list, a vital step in the process towards the holding of the West African nation’s long-delayed presidential polls. The UN mission, known as UNOCI, “encourages all the parties to work to resolve the issues while respecting their respective prerogatives,” spokesman Hamadoun Touré told reporters in Abidjan yesterday.Mr. Touré appealed to everyone to exercise self-control to preserve and consolidate the “remarkable” achievements made in the electoral process, according to a news release issued by UNOCI.Originally intended to be held as far back as 2005, the polls have been repeatedly postponed. Last scheduled for November 2009, they are now slated for March.As part of its continued support for the electoral process, the mission has recently provided generators and fuel to monitoring committees, which will allow them to continue their work without being affected by power cuts.In addition, it will hold the next round of “UNOCI days” from 10 to 12 February in Bocanda – which will include free medical consultations, workshops, and sports and cultural activities – as part of its efforts to inform the local population about the holding of peaceful elections.Mr. Touré noted that, while it is not UNOCI’s responsibility to decide on an election date, there are risks of further delays. “Taking into account all the remaining phases, simple mathematics shows that time is not on our side,” he said. Last week the Security Council extended UNOCI’s mandate through 31 May, and the French forces supporting it, to help Côte d’Ivoire stage free, fair and transparent elections, a crucial benchmark for the country, which was split into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south by civil war in 2002. read more

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Shopify to open TV and film production house for streaming and network

OTTAWA — Shopify Inc. will launch a TV and film content development and production house.The Ottawa-based e-commerce company says the venture will be called Shopify Studios and will involve developing, producing and financing projects for both streaming platforms and traditional networks.Among the first wave of content Shopify will release is a series of 20- to 30-minute films on entrepreneurs, examining the relationship between where individuals live and what they choose to create and a podcast exploring secret economies. Canada proves land of opportunity for famous immigrant inventors Shopify has a piece of the upside on cannabis sales, COO says Shopify helps ensure smooth rollout of online cannabis sales: ‘No outages’ The Shopify Studios team is headquartered in Toronto, but will also operate in New York and Los Angeles.The company has already signed deals with Anonymous Content, Spoke Studios and Saville Productions to develop entrepreneur-focused documentaries.Anonymous Content is behind hit films and TV shows including “13 Reasons Why,” “Spotlight,” “Boy Erased” and “Mr. Robot.” Spoke Studios was created by former ITV America chief executive Brent Montgomery, while Saville Productions has worked with “Crash” director Paul Haggis and Barry Levinson of “Rain Man” fame. read more

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US exempts aviation space exports from new Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is exempting aviation safety and space exploration technology from new sanctions it has levied against Russia in connection with the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.The State Department says products related to those sectors will not be automatically subjected to an export ban that was announced by President Donald Trump this week. The ban is part of a package of sanctions imposed on Russia over the March 2018 poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer turned double agent for Britain, and his visiting daughter, Yulia.The pair were found unconscious on a park bench in the British town of Salisbury after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok. They spent weeks in critical condition but recovered.Associated Press, The Associated Press read more

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Research marine mammals move to tourist park causes stir

In this July 5, 2017 photo, Lori Marino, president of The Whale Sanctuary Project, poses for a photo in St. George, Utah. Marino, an outspoken critic of keeping whales and dolphins in captivity, is trying to create ocean-based sanctuaries for retiring show animals. A former U.S. Navy research whale that has contributed to groundbreaking science for the past 30 years is again making waves after being sold to a marine amusement park in Hawaii. Animal-rights activists say Kina, a false killer whale, deserves a peaceful retirement in an ocean-based refuge, but is instead being traumatized by confinement in concrete tanks at Sea Life Park. But Kina’s former Navy trainer and a longtime marine mammal researcher say no such sea sanctuaries exist, and the park is the best place for the 40-year-old toothy cetacean. (AP Photo/John Locher) Research marine mammal’s move to tourist park causes stir by Caleb Jones, The Associated Press Posted Aug 8, 2017 2:28 am MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2017 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WAIMANALO, Hawaii – Compared with other marine mammals, 40-year-old Kina has lived a particularly winding and high-profile life.She went from the open ocean off Japan, to a Hong Kong amusement park, to a classified U.S. Navy program, to a Hawaii research lab. Along the way, studies using the false killer whale — a dark-grey member of the dolphin family with a big, round beak — led to major discoveries on whale hearing and helped develop modern military sonar .“The work that (researchers) have done over the years is quite valuable, and certainly groundbreaking,” said Robin Baird, a marine biologist with the non-profit Cascadia Research Collective, a scientific and education group based in Olympia, Washington.Now, Kina is again making waves, this time with her latest move to an Oahu marine park. Animal-rights activists say the 13-foot-long (4-meter), toothy mammal and her captive companions deserve peaceful retirements but are instead being traumatized as tourist attractions confined to concrete tanks.But Kina’s handlers maintain she is in excellent care, receiving the best food, veterinary attention and stimulation, all while continuing to contribute to important science. And park officials say she won’t take part in any acrobatic shows like other dolphins in their care.Kina’s journey started in the wild over 30 years ago, when she was captured during a Japanese dolphin hunt. She is believed to be the last living animal in the U.S. from that now-widely condemned fishery. The fishermen sold her to a Hong Kong amusement park, where the U.S. Navy acquired her in 1987.For the next six years, the Navy used Kina for classified research on sonar, the use of sound to communicate, manoeuvr and detect objects underwater. It kept her at a Marine base on Oahu’s Kaneohe Bay, the largest sheltered body of water in the main Hawaiian Islands.When that program ended, Kina went to a University of Hawaii lab on Coconut Island, also in Kaneohe Bay, where her science career continued for over 20 years. She took part in echolocation studies that could someday lessen the impacts of man-made ocean noise on marine wildlife. Cetaceans — dolphins, whales and porpoises — use sound waves and echoes to hunt and navigate.But the university was spending nearly $1 million a year to care for Kina in an ocean pen. So in 2015, amid serious funding problems, the school was forced to auction off Kina and her two dolphin companions.Sea Life Park , a family attraction just outside Honolulu, put in the highest bid, and the trio has been living there, backstage, ever since.Animal-rights activists blasted the move as inhumane. Many pushed for a measure that was introduced in the 2017 state Legislature that urged the end to local breeding programs and a phase-out of captivity. The measure failed but could be revisited next year.Activists also recently led an online “#JusticeForKina” campaign to express their concerns about her confinement at the park, which they say causes physical and psychological distress.It’s “disrespectful to the animal after she gave us so much,” said Natalie Parra, co-founder of the Hawaii-based activist group Keiko Conservation .But Jeff Pawloski, Kina’s trainer at the Navy lab 30 years ago and now Sea Life Park’s curator, said the campaign has led to a lot of misinformation.For instance, the park boasts daily dolphin shows and allows visitors — those willing to pay a premium price — the chance to swim with the animals. But Pawloski says that won’t happen with Kina. Instead, he hopes his old “friend” will help educate the public about how her research aids wild animals.“Kina’s done some phenomenal things over her career, and we intend to keep that going on as long as possible,” Pawloski said.The park agreed to let scientists continue to work with Kina at her new home. One study will look at how she uses echolocation to find fishing hooks and other entanglement hazards — a major threat to wild marine mammals.The findings could lead to fishing gear that is more “visible” to dolphins and whales, said Paul Nachtigall, founder of the University of Hawaii’s Marine Mammal Research Program , where Kina lived before moving to the park. And Sea Life Park, he says, where Kina was reunited with her longtime trainer, is the best possible place for his “old whale.”“You want her with the person who has cared for her most of her life, who knows her best, and is in a situation with very good care.”Still, many animal activists contend Kina belongs not in a tank but in an ocean sanctuary environment closer to her life in the wild. No such facilities exist, though at least two groups — a non-profit called The Whale Sanctuary Project and the National Aquarium in Baltimore — are working to create the first two. Scientists agree most captive whales would die if released into the open ocean with no human care.“I honestly don’t think that any knowledge you can give out in a captive facility would justify keeping the animals in the conditions that they’re in,” Parra said. They live their lives “stripped of all their physical, psychological, social needs just for our entertainment.”Sea Life Park gave The Associated Press access to Kina, where she spends her days in three interconnected, partially shaded pools with her longtime dolphin cohorts. The enclosure is larger than the one she was kept in at the university.The false killer whale will go on public display later this year after being moved to an even bigger pool with more animals, park officials say. Sea Life Park also holds sea lions, sea turtles, sharks and reef fish. It has a habitat for endangered Hawaiian monk seals and a rehabilitation program for injured seabirds.Nachtigall thinks the best way to research and care for animals like Kina is to have a paying public.“The only places left that keep marine mammals where research can be done are public display facilities like Sea Life Park,” he said. read more

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UN calls for immediate release of abducted school girls in northeastern Nigeria

Describing the abduction that occurred in Chibok in Borno state as “shocking,” Mr. Ban called for the safe return of the girls, all between the ages of 12 and 17, to their families. He added that the targeting of schools and school children is a grave violation of international humanitarian law. “Schools are, and must remain, safe places where children can learn and grow in peace,” the Secretary-General said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.Both Mr. Ban and UNICEF voiced deep concern about the increasing frequency of attacks against educational institutions in Nigeria. Most recently, unidentified gunmen killed 53 children at the Federal Government College in Buni Yadi, Yobe state, in February. “Such brutal acts of violence are unacceptable,” Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, said in a statement. “Attacks on schools deny children their right to learn in a safe environment and can rob them of their future.” Monday night’s attack on the Chibok school took place hours after over 70 people were killed in a bomb attack at a bus station in the Nyanyan neighbourhood, close to the capital, Abuja. “UNICEF expresses its deepest solidarity to all the communities affected by these horrific acts, and stands with the families of the abducted children in these difficult times. The agency calls for greater efforts to protect all children throughout Nigeria.” North-eastern Nigeria has been prone to attacks by Islamic militants who have in the past targeted civilians, including students and worshippers, politicians, members of Government institutions and foreign nationals. read more

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Three men charged with shotgun murder of insurance executive Guy Hedger

first_imgPolice are still appealing for witnesses to come forward In a statement released by police, Mr Hedger’s s family said: “Guy was a caring and compassionate partner, son, brother and uncle who lived life to its full and enriched the lives of all those who knew him.”We are devastated that Guy’s life has been cut short in this way. Guy will be sorely missed by family, friends and colleagues, but he will live in our hearts forever. We ask for time to grieve in peace.” Guy Hedger died at his home in DorsetCredit:INS Guy Hedger died at his home in Dorset A cordon remains in place at the address while crime scene investigators examine the scene.A 40-year-old Bournemouth woman has been released under investigation while a 40-year-old man from the Blandford area continues to be questioned by detectives. Three men have been charged with the murder of insurance executive Guy Hedger, who died of gunshot wounds following a raid at his home in Dorset last weekend.Jason Baccus, 41, and Scott Keeping, 44, both of Verney Close in Bournemouth were charged with murder and aggravated burglary on Friday afternoon.Both men are due to appear at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning.Dorset Police revealed late on Friday night that a third man, Kevin Downton, 40, from Winterborne Stickland near Blandford, was also charged with murder and aggravated burglary.He is due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning.Detective Superintendent Kevin Connolly of Dorset Police said: “Following a fast moving and thorough investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised the charges.“Family liaison officers have updated Guy’s family with this development and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.” John Montague, Senior District Crown Prosecutor from the CPS, said: “Following a review of the evidence, I have authorised Dorset Police to charge Jason Baccus, 41, and Scott Keeping, 44, with the murder of Guy Hedger. “Mr Hedger was killed in the early hours of the morning on Sunday 30 April 2017 at his home in Castlewood in Ringwood.The post-mortem examination found he died as a consequence of gunshot wounds.  Police are still appealing for witnesses to come forwardCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Syprzak and Wyszomirski to miss France 2017

← Previous Story Norway without Reinkind – Berg’s boys to repeat fantastic January 2016 in France? Next Story → Ortega’s Japan with only two players with European experience Talant Dujshebaev wanted to make rejuvenation at the start of the new Olympic cycle and he did it with the players like Szmal, Lijewski and Bielecki, but Polish Eagles will be forced to reach good result in France even without guys in “best ages” like line player Kamil Syprzak and goalkeeper Piotr Wyszomirski.Members of FC Barcelona Lassa and TBV Lemgo where forced to cancel NT action and stay to recover for the rest of the season.Poland will have the last test against Spain, Argentina and Qatar in Irun.Polish team were third at the last World Championship 2015 in Qatar. They will play at Group A in Nantes against France, Norway, Russia,Lijewski, Szmal and Bielecki say goodbye to Poland read more

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Apple launches first iAd for iPad Tron Legacy

first_imgWe reported about Apples iAd’s back in July of this year. Previously the iAd service had only been available on the iPhone and iPod Touch, but with the new iOS update iAd’s are now possible on the iPad. The first of these iAds was launched on the platform yesterday and showcased the upcoming Disney blockbuster Tron Legacy. This was just a preview of what the format will look like on the platform and it will be the only iAd planned this year, with the main bulk set to follow in 2011.Similar to the iPhone and iPod Touch, the first iPad iAd is packed with hi-res visuals, touch navigation and video. The iAd will run in iPad apps such as TV Guide and includes up to 10 minutes of video footage, images from the movie, a theater locater (including showtimes), and a preview of the movie soundtrack with the option to purchase on iTunes in-App. Also, for the first time you will be able to send email right form the Ad.According to Advertising Age there are more than 125 million Apple mobile devices worldwide, though the iAd audience is only a fraction of that figure: iAds on iPhones are only available in the U.S., U.K. and France, though they’re coming to Germany and Japan in 2011.Read more at Advertising Agelast_img read more

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Funeral of Bishop Eamonn Casey to take place on Thursday

first_img Mar 14th 2017, 9:41 AM Funeral of Bishop Eamonn Casey to take place on Thursday The former Bishop of Galway passed away yesterday afternoon. 34 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 18,605 Views Share Tweet Email3 Annie Murphy Source: Rollingnews.ieIn 1992  it emerged he had fathered a child with an American woman, Annie Murphy, in 1974.Murphy wrote a book titled Forbidden Fruit about their relationship and appeared on The Late Late Show for a famous interview with host Gay Byrne.Speaking to the Irish Independent this morning, Murphy said that she learned last week via her son with Casey, Peter, that the Bishop was very ill.She said that Peter, now a sales manager based in Boston, had a good relationship with his father in recent years.“I know that for many years that they were together that they enjoyed that they got along,” she said.President Higgins yesterday evening led tributes to Casey.The President said that he “heard with sadness” of the death yesterday afternoon.“There will be many who will remember his work on homelessness and housing with the Irish emigrant community in Britain,” President Higgins said.After his attendance at the funeral of Bishop Romero who was assassinated in El Salvador, Irish awareness of the sources of conflict in Central and South America was significantly increased. While serving as mayor of Galway I was asked by Bishop Casey to visit, with other parliamentarians, El Salvador and to speak to the religious and others who were reporting on human rights and the killings that were taking place.President Higgins also made reference to Casey’s well-publicised mistakes for which the President said he expressed “deep regret”.Read: President Higgins leads wealth of tributes to ‘pioneering’ bishop Eamon CaseyRead: Here is the crystal bowl of shamrock Enda Kenny will give Donald Trumpcenter_img Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 9:41 AM By Cianan Brennan http://jrnl.ie/3286209 Short URL Bishop Eamonn Casey in 1992 Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesTHE FUNERAL OF controversial Catholic Bishop Eamonn Casey is set to take place on Thursday in Co Galway.The reception of Casey’s remains will take place from 7pm tomorrow evening at the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas in Galway.The funeral mass itself will take place at the Cathedral on Thursday at 2pm.Bishop Casey will thereafter be laid to rest in the Cathedral’s crypt.The former Bishop of Galway, Casey passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon.He had been ill for some time and was admitted to a nursing home in 2011.For much of his career, Casey was one of the Church’s most prominent faces in Ireland, a well-known social advocate on a range of causes and an outspoken human rights advocate.Casey is best-known, however, for the scandal that forced him resign as Bishop of Galway.last_img read more

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Deux éléphants sauvés de justesse des boues dun lagon zambien

first_imgDeux éléphants sauvés de justesse des boues d’un lagon zambienUne femelle éléphant d’Afrique et son petit ont été sauvés de justesse après s’être embourbés dans les boues du lagon de Kapani dans la Vallée de Luangwa, en Zambie. L’opération périlleuse a été dirigée par les agents de la South Luangwa Conservation Society. Le pire est maintenant derrière eux. Sauvés in-extremis de l’embourbememt, deux éléphants d’Afrique, une mère et son petit, s’en sont finalement sortis sans le moindre dommage. Une belle victoire pour les agents de la South Luangwa Conservation Society qui, durant deux heures ont dirigé les opérations de secours. Les deux pachydermes, enlisés dans la boue jusqu’au cou, ont été retrouvés par un groupe de safaristes arpentant la Vallée de Luangwa, en Zambie. Selon Mindy Roberts, directrice de l’agence de voyage en question, les malheureux se seraient aventuré dans la zone du lagon de Kapani pour se rafraîchir et se seraient faits prendre dans un fossé rempli de boue. “Le lagon Kapani est presque à sec et très collant à cette époque de l’année. C’est un piège redoutable” souligne-t-elle au National Geographic.Selon les experts, l’éléphanteau se serait empêtré le premier. “Un de ses pieds s’est coincé, puis également tout son corps alors qu’il se débattait pour pouvoir s’en sortir”, explique Mindy Roberts. La mère, venant à son aide, aurait alors également sombré dans les boues, sans aucune possibilité d’échappatoire. La vaine bataille pour retrouver leur liberté aura ainsi duré environ une journée, épuisant et déshydratant les deux bêtes.Une opération délicate Pour les sortir de ce guet-apens, les sauveteurs ont dû avoir recours à de solides cordes reliées à un tracteur. L’éléphanteau a été le premier à être tiré. Une intervention délicate, mise en difficulté par la mère qui en dépit d’être extrêmement faible, avait encore assez d’énergie pour menacer les sauveteurs avec sa trompe. “Pour compliquer la tâche, chaque fois que l’équipe libérait le petit, il courait directement rejoindre sa mère, s’embourbant de nouveau”, raconte Rachel McRobb, membre de de la South Luangwa Conservation Society. Finalement, après deux heures d’intenses efforts, les deux éléphants ont pu être tirés d’affaire et ont rejoint tranquillement leur troupeau.À lire aussiDes éléphants viennent en aide à une mère pour sauver son petit coincé dans un trouGrâce à cette initiative de secours, les deux pachydermes ont pu échapper à de sombres perspectives. “Sans notre intervention, les hyènes et les lions seraient sans doute venues les manger, ou alors ils seraient morts au bout de cinq ou six jours de déshydratation, souligne Rachel McRobb.Découvrez les images du sauvetage des deux éléphants sur Maxisciences Le 17 novembre 2011 à 13:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Put Debra Wilson in More Video Games

first_img Watch These Movies Before ‘Don’t Let Go’‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… One sign that you maybe play too many video games is that you know about and have strong feelings on Nolan North and/or Troy Baker. As games get bigger and more cinematic, naturally they start making more use of voice actors. But for one reason or another, video games (and anime) tend to use the same pool of performers to bring characters to life through voiceover and motion capture. And since video games still largely star a certain type of adventurous white dude, so many games now star Nolan North and/or Troy Baker it’s basically a joke.But the video game industry is big enough to have more than these two ubiquitous actors. So we’d like to suggest a long-overlooked talent who has already began making her mark in some recent hits. Put Debra Wilson in more video games!MADtv, while never reaching the cultural appreciation of fellow sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live or even its own magazine, was a criminally underrated comedy artifact from the late 90s through early 2000s. It was often cruder and more juvenile than SNL, but that gave it a kind of FOX-y edgy energy the aging NBC institution lacked. Coke vs Pepsi and all that.AdChoices广告While not every MADtv veteran went on to have the most illustrious careers (remember Frank TV?) others did. Phil Lamarr and Alex Borstein are beloved voice actors. Ike Barinholtz shows up in a bunch of movies now. Will Sasso had great lemon-based Vines. Taran Killam made the jump to SNL and then Hamilton. Key & Peele was a direct continuation of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s sketch chemistry on MADtv. And now Jordan Peele is an Academy Award nominee at least due to his work on Get Out.But for my money the most consistently hilarious performer MADtv ever had was Debra Wilson. In a sketch comedy landscape that can only make jokes about the lack of roles for Black women without actually fixing the problem, Wilson turned impersonations of Oprah and Whitney Houston and Chris Tucker into bonafide comedy masterpieces week after week. Just watch some of this stuff.Because the entertainment industry is unfair, Debra Wilson kind of disappeared after MADtv stopped being a thing. That is, unless you pay attention to voice acting credits. Wilson has appeared in some cartoons like The Boondocks and Black Dynamite and that Madagascar spin-off. But more interesting to me was all the video games she’s been in.She was the voice of Crying Wolf, one of the traumatized supermodels trapped inside robot animals who served as the bosses (and least confusing element) of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. She was in Fallout New Vegas, Grand Theft Auto V, Gears of War 4, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Far Cry Primal, and World of Warcraft. More recently she played Amanda Waller in the newest season of the surprisingly excellent Telltale Batman series (which understands Amanda Waller should never be skinny). And perhaps her now most famous gaming role is Grace Walker, the Black anti-Nazi revolutionary Angela Davis-type of last year’s Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.Wilson’s excellent, memorable performance in Wolfenstein, as a character we just don’t see in video games, sealed the deal for me that she absolutely needs to be in more video games, and not just because I’m nostalgic for her MADtv roles. We just need more cool, diverse, talented actors to keep showing up in our video games. With Debra Wilson, it’s already happening. Let’s keep it going. You get a video game voice acting career and you get a video game voice acting career and you get a video game voice acting career!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Toyotas making a moon rover for Japan

Share your voice “Having Toyota join us in the challenge of international space exploration greatly strengthens our confidence,” Hiroshi Yamakawa, JAXA’s president, said in the release. “Manned rovers with pressurized cabins are an element that will play an important role in full-fledged exploration and use of the lunar surface.”2019’s already seen a big push for moon exploration, with China, India, Israel, the US and other nations sending, or planing to send, robots there, but Toyota isn’t planning to get its rover there until 2029.Mass Effect fans will notice that the vehicle looks a bit like the Mako from those games — let’s hope Toyota will add rocket boosters to a later version of this rover. More From Roadshow Toyota’s lunar rover will be about the six of two microbuses. JAXA Toyota’s next challenge is out of this world.The carmaker is working with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency to build a pressurized rover for exploring the moon.The six-wheeled, self-driving vehicle will be able to carry a pair of lunar explorers up to 10,000 km (more than 6,200 miles) and is about the size of two microbuses, JAXA wrote in a release Tuesday.The passengers will be able to take off their spacesuits in the 13 square meters of living space, and take two more people on board in an emergency. It’s powered by the Japanese car company’s fuel-cell tech (which uses solar energy). Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Post a comment Car Industry Sci-Tech 2017 Fiat 124 Spider: The Fiata is Fi-awesome Toyota 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better read more