A meal laced with poison kills 32 rare vultures

first_imgIt looked like a normal goat carcass, and a group of vultures in Assam’s Sivasagar district settled down to devour it quickly. But at the end of the meal, 32 of them lay dead on Saturday. The incident has dealt a blow to India’s conservation programme for these highly endangered birds.Seven vultures survived, of which four were released on Sunday after treatment. The goat carcass had been poisoned as revenge for the dogs that killed it, but vultures became the unintended casualty.The mass poisoning is one of the worst such incidents in recent years, according to the Vulture Breeding Conservation Centre near Guwahati.Among the survivors, three each were Himalayan griffon (Gyps himalayensis) and slender-billed (Gyps tenuirostris), and one was an Oriental white-backed (Gyps bengalensis) vulture. Of the 32 that died, 29 were Himalayan griffons.There have been multiple incidents of mass poisoning. One was reported from western Assam’s Goalpara district in March 2011. At least 20 vultures had died then, after consuming the poisoned carcass of a dog.“The death of the vultures has been a major loss, but the small relief is that seven survived. We are trying to identify the man who is believed to have poisoned the goat’s carcass,” said Bidya Bordoloi, DFO of Sivasagar Division.Flushed outConservationist Simanta Medhi said doctors of the Bombay Natural History Society that runs the vulture breeding centre in collaboration with the Assam Forest Department, flushed out the poison from the system of the vultures, and gave them medication.“Only seven could make it, and four of these have been released. The remaining three need some more treatment,” he said.The vulture breeding centre in Assam hosts 104 birds, but the ones that died are not among those cared for by it.Vultures have fallen victim in the past due to carcasses that are either infected or poisoned. Last year, 20 birds died in March after eating cattle remains, in Lakhimpur district. Of the 50 that were found alive, 45 were released after treatment. No one was proceeded against in that case since it was not seen as a deliberate act.On the declineResearch data cited by the BNHS last year show that populations of white-backed vultures appeared to have stabilised, but that of long-billed vultures was on the decline.A steady reduction in the numbers of vultures in India was linked to the use of veterinary medicines such as diclofenac, leading to a ban on its use in animals.BNHS scientists have pointed out that several other medications are also toxic to the birds, and yet, these have not been restricted by the government.Without action on both veterinary medications and incidents of revenge killing of wildlife in villages, the bird population is at serious risk, they contend.last_img read more

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Hurricane rain slows storms up to 30%

first_imgA hurricane can dump nearly 2 trillion liters of water a day. But this massive rainfall has an upside, according to a new study. Researchers have discovered that the deluge can weaken the tempest by up to 30%—a finding that may improve future storm predictions.The hurricane engine has many parts. The calmest part—the eye—is surrounded by the most active: a narrow, 15-kilometer-wide band of wind and rain known as the eyewall. Through the eyewall flows the updraft, a vertical wind that draws water vapor from the ocean surface. At the top of the eyewall, water condenses; as the resulting drops fall back down to the ocean surface they lose power through friction with the surrounding air. The sum of this lost energy per unit time has been dubbed “rainpower.”“The rainpower is colossal, comparable in magnitude to the ocean-derived power that fuels the hurricane,” says Pinaki Chakraborty, a fluid mechanician at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University in Japan. Activity within the eyewall is closely connected to the hurricane’s overall intensity, with the vertical updraft fed by an inward-spiraling, ocean-hugging wind whose average speed is the highest across the whole storm.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Previously, researchers thought rain in the eyewall increased a hurricane’s intensity, as heat released from the condensing water added to the overall power of the storm. In contrast, Chakraborty and his colleagues found the opposite to be true: Rainpower acts to significantly lessen, not increase, hurricane intensity.To calculate rainpower, the researchers culled 15 years of data from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, a joint NASA–Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency satellite. For every hurricane in the North Atlantic Basin between 1997 and 2013, they pulled information such as mean sea-level pressure and temperature as well as vertical temperature and humidity profiles, and entered it into a thermodynamic hurricane model that treats each storm as a gigantic heat engine. Based on these factors alone, they then predicted the intensity of each hurricane, with and without rainpower.The results were surprising. The team’s model predicted a 10% to 30% reduction in storm intensity that varied with the overall strength of the storm. What’s more, whereas many models tend to overestimate the intensity of hurricanes in their predictions, theirs was a much closer match to historical observations, the researchers report online in Geophysical Research Letters.“The authors have honed in on a potentially ignored effect of the friction of falling condensate on the intensity of tropical cyclones,” says Vasubandhu Misra, a meteorologist from Florida State University in Tallahassee. He says the finding should be placed in the context of other under-researched factors that could affect hurricane intensity, including vertical changes in wind speed and the ocean surface cooling created by the storms themselves.Dave Nolan, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Miami in Florida, calls the paper “thought-provoking,” and says it makes a good case for considering the effect of rainpower. Still, he also cautions against the assumption that rainpower is the only factor impacting hurricane intensity, as not all the eyewall’s rain falls directly down through the updraft. “The eyewall and its updraft typically slope outward at angles from 30 to 60 degrees,” he explains. “Thus, much of the rain is falling down through a less active part of the storm.”Regardless, with their initial work complete, the scientists are now moving to incorporate rainpower into the models of hurricane evolution used for weather and climate change forecasting. Their hope is to improve storm intensity predictions for the future.last_img read more

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221 new members for Assam Foreigners’ Tribunals

first_imgA panel of 221 members has been selected for the existing and upcoming Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) in Assam. Another 50 applicants have been put on the wait list.In a notification on Monday, the Gauhati High Court said the panel members comprised retired judicial officers, advocates and civil servants, who we were called for interviews from July 16 to August 11. It recommended the candidates, selected in order of merit,. The list had been prepared and published less than a fortnight before the completion of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) on August 31.200 new tribunalsEach FT is headed by a judge-like member appointed under the FT Act, 1941, and FT Order, 1984, as per the guidelines issued by the government from time to time.Assam has 100 FTs. According to Home Department, there were initially 11 Illegal Migrant Determination Tribunals (IMDT). These were converted to FTs after the Supreme Court scrapped the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, 1983.The government established another 21 FTs in 1983. Four more were added in 2009 and the remaining 64 established in 2014 for disposal of cases that were piling up in the FTs.The government would establish 200 FTs primarily for handling cases of people to be excluded from the final NRC. These would be in addition to the existing 100 and are part of the 1,000 that the Centre had decided to help Assam set up in view of the pressure envisaged to dispose of cases of people to be left out of the NRC.Officials in the Home and Political Department said the new FTs would be distributed among six districts. Kamrup (Metropolitan) district, which covers Guwahati and outskirts, would get 67 of these, followed by Nagaon with 39, Jorhat 31, Bongaigaon 22, Sonitpur 21, and Cachar 20.“Apart from the cases of people left out of the NRC, the new FTs will also deal with the regular cases of D-voters,” a senior officer said. ‘D’ stands for doubtful or dubious voter, a category of people disenfranchised by the government for their alleged lack of proper citizenship documents.last_img read more

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Pune rain: angry protesters heckle Guardian Minister

first_imgA day after intense showers ravaged several parts of Pune district, Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil faced the ire of citizens on Friday, even as the death toll across the district rose to 18.Speaking here after surveying the worst-hit spots in the city and the district, Mr. Patil blamed illegal constructions and encroachments for the flash deluge that resulted in massive damage to property and loss of life.“Illegal constructions and encroachments on various canals have diverted the natural flow of streams, which led to water entering residential societies and wrecking property. The causes for these constructions have to be investigated. Moreover, why weren’t basic security measures followed at the time of these constructions?” Mr. Patil asked. Team to probe disasterHe said a team comprising senior IAS officials would be constituted to investigate the disaster. He also said all relief measures for the rain-affected in Pune would be applicable under the government resolution (GR) issued at the time of the Kolhapur and Sangli floods.On Thursday, when the city was coping with the rain damage, the Guardian Minister was in Delhi to iron out the seat-sharing issues between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena for the elections.Earlier, irate protesters blocked Mr. Patil’s convoy near Tangewala Society in Aranyeshwar area, prompting him and his entourage to leave the spot after barely 15 minutes. Five people died after the society’s compound wall collapsed owing to the relentless downpour. Protesters demanded to know what Mr. Patil was doing in Delhi when the city was being battered by flash floods.Urging him to go back, they said the Guardian Minister’s belated visit was merely a photo opportunity.Mr. Patil said those heckling him were mere “troublemakers” hired by the opposition parties. “There were no problems whatsoever. I was [at Tangewala Society] for 20-25 minutes. Genuine citizens told me about their problems. The rest were troublemakers hired by opposition parties.” He said because the model code of conduct is in place for the Assembly elections, he was compelled to put things before the aggrieved citizens in a restrained manner.Toll up to 18Meanwhile, the death toll across the district rose to 18 with at least four people still missing. There were unconfirmed reports of two more bodies being recovered, indicating a likely rise in the number of the deaths.More than 3,000 people in the city are lodged in transit camps, while teams of the fire department and nearly 2,000 municipal workers carried out cleanliness drives and relief operations.Despite the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) warnings of likely heavy rain on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, the weather remained calm throughout the better part of Friday. Schools and colleges across the city and four other tehsils of the district remained shut following a precautionary directive of the Pune District Collector.According to a release issued on Friday afternoon, the IMD has forecast light to moderate rain on Friday night to be followed by light rain over the weekend.last_img read more

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Houses arranged for families of Bhavkhedi victims in Shivpuri city: Jyotiradtiya Scindia

first_imgFamilies of two Dalit children who were allegedly killed for defecating in the open in Bhavkhedi village in Shivpuri district would be moved into two houses in the city, Congress leader Jyotiradtiya Scindia has said.“I had promised them that I will leave the village only after settling them in Shivpuri,” Mr. Scindia told reporters. “For now, they have been moved into two temporary houses having a room, a kitchen and a courtyard each…Nothing can cure the deep wounds the family has suffered. But being people’s servants, the least we can do is bring them succour,” he said. The construction of permanent houses would at least take a month, Mr. Scindia told the family. “I am going to pay ₹5 – 5.5 lakh from my own pocket for it,” he added. Besides, he said, adult members of the family would be given employment, and children their education. “Both the families will start staying at the houses from tomorrow,” Mr. Scindia tweeted on Monday, after meeting the families.Two houses had been arranged for the families, he said, besides ensuring their adult members employment and children their education. The houses would be allotted to them under a government scheme, District Deputy Collector Manoj Garwal told The Hindu. “As for a job, we will have to see what kind of work they will be able to do. Most probably, it will be a daily wage job,” he said. Besides, Mr. Scindia on Monday wrote to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath appealing to him to provide lifetime support to the families as they “belonged to the Dalit community” and were “poor”.Requesting assistance on humanitarian ground, he said both the families should be given 10 ‘bigha’ land each. Moreover, “immediate financial support of ₹50 lakh each for the affected families was important”.On September 25, as the two children were defecating in the open along a village road, two Yadav men struck lathis on their heads, killing them. They were later arrested.During an interaction with Mr. Scindia, the father of one of the victims pleaded with him for a house outside the village. “I am going mad here. I may consume poison. I want justice,” he said. The father of one of the victims had earlier told The Hindu the family had lived in fear since then and had decided to leave the village fearing intimidation by the family of the accused.“I don’t see people of my region on religious or caste lines. Only a cruel person could commit something like this… I cannot believe someone in my region could even think of doing something like this,” Mr. Scindia told the father.last_img read more

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Russia’s latest star Zagitova takes European gold

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “I woke up this morning with the thought that I’ll just do everything that’s in my power at the moment. I’ll live in the moment,” she said.Carolina Kostner of Italy, the Sochi Olympics bronze medalist, struggled through an error-filled free skate that included falling on her opening triple lutz, but took bronze on the back of her strong short program.The 30-year-old Italian veteran wore a pistachio-green catsuit that she said was inspired by the renowned Russian ballet dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky.“It was not at all my best performance and it’s a pity because my body’s ready and the practices were easy-going and mostly flawless and then you get into the competition and it just slips away,” she said.Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron won their fourth consecutive European figure skating championship, extending the two world records they already held.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The French duo’s free dance to sections from Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” reflected the music’s mood changes. They were fluid in the first movement and animated in the stormy third. Papadakis and Cizeron scored a record 121.817 points for the free dance and 203.16 total.“I think we’re very happy with our scores and we had a great feeling on the ice today,” Cizeron said. “(We’ll) just keep working as usual and really just keep working with our team.”“The Olympic Games will come up very soon now and we’re really excited.”Silver and bronze went to Russian couples Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev and Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin, respectively, reversing their positions from the results after the short dance.Bobrova and Soloviev’s free skate was a touching tale of love sought, found and lost, ending with him trying to embrace her but missing as she stares in apparent dismay. The program featured a straight-line lift in which he kneeled on one leg and she balanced upside down on the outstretched thigh“Yes, we achieved a personal best, but we still want the mark to be higher,” Bobrova said. He added: “Now it is important that we relax a bit and then on January 27th we will fly to Japan and wait for our invitation” to the Pyeongchang Olympics, where Russians are to compete under a neutral flag. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Bellator begins yearlong heavyweight tournament at Forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Zagitova augmented several of her jumps by raising one of two hands above her head, her elbow-length crimson gloves drawing attention to the move.“I’m happy I performed two clean skates. Of course I’m happy I became the European champion and I want to keep going,” she said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMedvedeva, who had won gold in every appearance since late 2015, landed some of her jumps with less assurance than her compatriot, though her “Anna Karenina” theme outpointed Zagitova on program components.Medvedeva missed the Grand Prix Final and the Russian nationals this season to recover from a foot stress fracture, and said “there were some moments during the skate when the two-month break had an impact.” Russia’s Alina Zagitova shows her gold medal, center, as she poses with Russia’s silver medallist Evgenia Medvedeva, left, and Italy’s bronze medallist Carolina Kostner, right, after the ladies free skating event at the European figure skating championships in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW — Alina Zagitova’s nearly flawless free skate on Saturday not only won gold in her debut at the European Figure Skating Championships, but also snapped the two-year winning streak of training partner Evgenia Medvedeva.The 15-year-old Russian landed seven clear triples as well as two double axels, one of them dramatically late in the program, skating to lively music from the ballet “Don Quixote.” The program scored 157.97 points, more than three points ahead of second-placed Medvedeva.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Premier League: David Luiz’s 9th Minute Header Sees Average Arsenal Past Bournemouth

first_imgLondon: Arsenal edged up to third in the Premier League as David Luiz’s first goal for the club earned a 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Sunday.Luiz has been a figure of fun for a host of defensive errors early in his Arsenal career after making the switch across London from Chelsea in August However, the Brazilian is always a threat at the other end of the field and rose highest to head home Nicolas Pepe’s corner on nine minutes.Bournemouth had enough chances to at least earn a point with Callum Wilson missing the clearest opportunity, but Arsenal held out to record their first clean sheet in the Premier League since the opening day of the season.Victory moves Unai Emery’s men a point above Leicester, Chelsea and Crystal Palace in the early running for a top-four finish.Pepe has struggled to match the expectations of his club-record £72 million ($88 million) transfer fee since a summer move from Lille, but was told by Unai Emery to embrace the pressure of that price tag and the Ivorian was in the mood to impress.#TFW you score your first Arsenal goal… and all your mates are buzzing for you 😆#ARSBOU pic.twitter.com/G86MSlkJ4C— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 6, 2019 Twice Arsenal had penalty appeals for fouls on Pepe by Diego Rico waived away.However, it was Bournemouth who arguably had the best chance to add to the scoring before half-time when Dominic Solanke headed a Rico free-kick wide.The visitors were certainly the more threatening side after the break and will rue heading back to the south coast with nothing to show for their efforts.Wilson had the best chance when the England striker eased through the Arsenal defence and rounded Bernd Leno, but could not direct his shot on goal and Callum Chambers cleared.Leno then had to be alert to turn Jack Stacey’s driven shot behind.Gabriel Martinelli was handed just his second Premier League appearance off the bench after the Brazilian scored twice in a stunning performance against Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday.And he came close to a second Arsenal goal with a looping effort that drifted just over.Emery’s men then had to withstand a nervy five minutes of stoppage time as Matteo Guendouzi made a brilliant block to deny Josh King a certain equaliser and Steve Cook headed over from the resulting corner.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was kept largely quiet, but hit the woodwork in stoppage time as Arsenal nearly sealed the points in style, but one goal was enough for a vital win. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. arsenalbournemouthDavid LuizEPL First Published: October 6, 2019, 10:49 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Sangalang leads Magnolia past winless Alaska

first_imgMagnolia plays unbeaten San Miguel Beer on Friday at MOA Arena in Pasay.“It’s going to be very hard. We just have to rest [well],” Victolero added.Alaska, meanwhile, hopes to dig itself out of the miserable rut when it goes up against skidding Rain or Shine next Sunday also at Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Magnolia kept Alaska at bay for a 95-90 win Sunday night at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Ian Sangalang scored nine of his 19 points in the final frame to help the Hotshots snuff out the Aces’ dogged tries at a comeback.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img PVL: BanKo rolls past Chef’s Classic, BaliPure stuns Air Force This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ “We needed to match or surpass Alaska’s energy because we know that their backs were against the wall,” Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said of the stand which added to Alaska’s woes this conference.“We couldn’t afford to relax,” he added as the defending champions improved to 3-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manRomeo Travis had a second-best 17 points while Mark Barroca and Paul Lee added 13 and 11 points, respectively.Vic Manuel scored 22 points while import Frank House had 20 for Alaska, which remained winless after five games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Bhutan: No medals yet in the Asian Games, but still happy

first_imgJakarta, Aug 20 (AP) The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan has never won a medal of any kind at the Asian Games, much less the Olympics.The country’s fame, instead, comes from its billing as one of the happiest places on earth. In fact, the government promotes a concept it terms “Gross National Happiness” as a way to measure success.”People at home are not unhappy we have not won,” Younten Tshedup, a reporter for the national newspaper Kuensel, told the Associated Press at the Asian Games.”Everyone is happy, even with no medals. But medals this time would be icing on the cake.” By comparison, Bhutan’s giant neighbour China has won more than 3,000 medals about 1,500 gold in Asian Games competitions.”We are hoping to change it this time,” Younten added.Bhutan, with a population of only 750,000, has 24 athletes entered in sports including archery, taekwondo, boxing and believe it or not golf.Karma Karma, who competed two years ago at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, could break through in archery, which is Bhutan’s national sport. She was also the flagbearer in Saturday’s opening ceremony in Jakarta.Soccer and cricket are also popular in Bhutan, but competition is amateur. Archery has many participants, but the disciplines practiced at home are different than those on the Asian Games and Olympic sports programs.”We’d be happy with any medal,” Nim Dorji, the head of the delegation, told The AP.Several athletes in taekwondo could break through. They talked up their chances but were realistic, too on Monday while seated around a table eating lunch and decked out in their distinctive red and yellow uniforms with the dragon crest on the chest.advertisement”Bhutan is a very small country,” taekwondo athlete Tenzin Dorji explained. “We don’t have the facilities. Maybe that’s why we are not winning. In Bhutan we (athletes) are all students and we only practice for four hours. In other countries they are almost practicing for a whole day.” Part of the challenge has been Bhutan’s isolation, trapped between China and India in the Himalayas. It has just recently begun to open up with television and social media pushing quick change, and the natural beauty also is a lure that attracts outsiders.Nim, the head of the delegation, said the Bhutan government was getting more involved and offering incentives.”We are a small country known for our culture and traditions,” taekwondo athlete Kinzang Choden said.”But sports are not our careers. Education is given more importance than sports by the government.” Bhutan has sent athletes to every Asian Games since 1990, according the country’s profile on the Asian Games website. The closest it has come to winning a medal was in 1998 in Bangkok, when its men’s archery team lost a bronze-medal match against China.Bhutan is not alone in Asia in its medal struggles.East Timor, Indonesia’s neighbor on the eastern border, is also yet to win a medal at the Asian Games, a quadrennial event that has attracted more than 11,000 athletes from 45 countries and territories competing in 40 sports.The website for the Olympic Council of Asia the governing body of regional sports shows six other nations that have won medals, but never a gold medal: Afghanistan, Brunei, Laos, Nepal, Palestine, and Yemen.”Everyone here is expecting a medal,” Younten, the Bhutanese reporter said.”We are expecting a few, but we’re not very sure about which disciplines.” (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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‘Great Khali’ plans to hold Intenational event in Jammu

first_imgJammu, Sept 23 (PTI) Dalip Singh Rana, better known as Great Khali Sunday revealed his plans to hold an international event in Jammu to wean away state’s youth from drug addiction and stone pelting, channelising their energy in sporting activities. The WWE superstar said the youth of Jammu and Kashmir have the passion and need proper platform to express themselves. “I will work to provide them the required opportunity so that they can focus on sports and earn a name for themselves, for the state and the nation. I am planning to organise a big international level competition in Jammu in near future and to make it possible, I will try to meet the state Governor (Satya Pal Malik),” Khali told reporters here.  He said focus on sports is a must to divert the attention of the youth from drugs and wrong path which they have chosen for themselves.  He asked youth including the residents of Kashmir valley to join his Continental Wrestling Entertainment (CWE) Academy in Jalandhar and promised to open its branch in Jammu with the passage of the time for them.  Unlike Haryana and Punjab, Khali said the craze for sports among the youth in the state is missing.  “The proper platform was never provided to the youth, who got inclined towards drugs and wrong path. My endeavour will be to set them on the right path,” he said.  He said a big competition would help change the mind of the youth. “We have a lot of talent here. If a proper platform is given to them, I am sure they will win lot of fame and medals for the state and the nation as well.”advertisement Khali was here on the invitation of his friend, a police officer, to join the birth anniversary celebrations of Maharaja Hari Singh, the last Dogra ruler of the state.  He advised the youth to shun stone-pelting and sloganeering and concentrate on sports and their businesses. “Politicians will only exploit you for nothing. You are only going to harm yourself and your families.” PTI TAS  KHSKHSlast_img read more

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Here’s What Charlie Strong Told Shane Buechele After Telling His Mother He Was Starter

first_imgTexas players take the field ahead of a game.Twitter/@CorkGainesShane Buechele started at quarterback for Texas last night, and gave Longhorn fans serious hope.The program has been searching for its next elite quarterback since Colt McCoy was on campus, but it has been a struggle. On Sunday night, the true freshman was 16-for-26, for 280 yards, and two touchdowns, and with an assist from position-mate Tyrone Swoopes, led the Longhorns to a big upset victory over Notre Dame.Head coach Charlie Strong wasn’t afraid to put some pressure on his freshman signal caller. Not only was he tasked with beating a top 10 team at home, but when Strong called Buechele’s mother to tell him that he would start, he made sure to tell the young quarterback not to let her down.Strong called Buechele’s mom last night, told him QB decision was final. She cried. CS told SB: “You better not let her down.”— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) September 5, 2016We’re going to go ahead and say that Mrs. Buechele was probably pretty thrilled about how things worked out.Shane Buechele was a four-star quarterback recruit out of Arlington, Texas in the 2016 class. After a stellar high school career, it appears that he will be the quarterback of the future, and the present, for Texas, as it attempts to surge to the top of the Big 12 in year three under Charlie Strong. Based on his first performance against Notre Dame, we’ll be hearing plenty from him over the next three or four seasons.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: India not worried about overdependence on Rohit-Virat, says Sanjay Bangar

first_img Reuters ManchesterJuly 8, 2019UPDATED: July 8, 2019 11:45 IST India take on New Zealand in 1st semi-final of World Cup 2019. (AP Photo)India may have been denied the first-hand experience of the threat posed by New Zealand when their World Cup group game was washed out but Virat Kohli’s men say there will be no mystery for them when the teams face off in their semi-final on Tuesday at Old Trafford.The June 13 contest at Nottingham, featuring the only two unbeaten teams of the tournament at that stage, was called off without a ball being bowled but India assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said his players would not be concerned.”It’s not too long ago that we played a full series in New Zealand,” Bangar pointed out.India, in imperious form, registered a 4-1 victory in the one-day series and prevailed 2-1 in the Twenty20 Internationals in New Zealand earlier this year.New Zealand did see off India by six wickets in a World Cup warm-up match at The Oval but Bangar said India, who saw off Sri Lanka by seven wickets on Saturday to top the group stage, would continue to focus on themselves rather than their opponents.”We are just keen to get on and play the semi-final as soon as possible. We need to keep doing the things we are doing at the moment.”We have always maintained that we are looking at our internal parameters. If we are hitting our internal indicators, then we will be playing at our best and that is what we aspire to do.”Tuesday’s contest, intriguingly, will be a repeat of the semi-finals of the 2008 ICC Under-19 World Cup in which a Virat Kohli-led India defeated a Kane Williamson-captained New Zealand in Kuala Lumpur.advertisementIndia’s success at this World Cup has been built on the heavy scoring of a Rohit Sharma-led batting top order, but Bangar rejected suggestions the team’s middle order was undercooked.”I don’t think so,” the former test all-rounder said, highlighting the cameos played by Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya and Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the group stage.”Of course the middle order hasn’t got to bat for a longer period of time, except for the Afghanistan game. But Hardik has done a role, Mahi has done a role and Rishabh has had a few good knocks.”As long as we are getting the job done it really augurs well for the team.”The second semi-final takes place on Thursday between Australia and hosts England at Edgbaston.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah one of India’s major contributors just like Rohit Sharma: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Lockie Ferguson happy with ‘underdogs’ tag ahead of CWC semi-finalAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs New Zealand Next World Cup 2019: India not worried about overdependence on Rohit-Virat, says Sanjay BangarAfter finishing the league stages on top of the pile, India is all set to take on New Zealand in the first semifinal of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on July 9.advertisementlast_img read more

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Mass evacuation of Manitoba First Nation interrupts high school grad ceremony

first_imgMatt Thordarson APTN National NewsA forest fire raging in central Manitoba has forced the evacuation of over one thousand people from a First Nation.The blaze forced a number of people to interrupt a very special day.last_img

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Supreme Court staying out of actors Empire lawsuit

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is staying out of a lawsuit involving the television show “Empire.”The high court said Tuesday it won’t take a case involving the Fox show, which follows a black family navigating the ups and downs of the record industry. That means a decision in favour of “Empire” co-creators Danny Strong and Lee Daniels stands.Actor Clayton Prince Tanksley sued in 2016, claiming that “Empire” was substantially similar to a television show he had pitched at a competition in 2008. The lawsuit said Daniels was a judge at the competition and expressed an interest in the show Tanksley called “Cream,” which involved a black record executive. A trial court dismissed the lawsuit, ruling that the shows weren’t substantially similar. An appeals court agreed.“Empire” debuted in 2015.The Associated Press read more

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Ban Kimoon and Friends of Lebanon welcome diplomatic efforts to end crisis

A statement released yesterday by the “Friends of Lebanon” called for the immediate election of a president without prior conditions and the establishment of a national unity government. Lebanon is still without a president after 18 failed attempts to hold elections since November last year. In recent days, the capital, Beirut, has seen deadly violence on the streets between pro- and anti-Government militias. The Friends’ statement added that, “We remain deeply concerned by the situation in Lebanon,” and called for the immediate cessation of violence, the withdrawal of gunmen from the streets, the unblocking of roads and the reopening of Beirut International Airport. The group of ministers and representatives also talked yesterday by phone with a Lebanese Government minister. 13 May 2008A group that includes foreign ministers and representatives from the European Union and the Arab League, as well as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has welcomed an Arab League initiative to send a delegation to Lebanon to promote dialogue in the fractured country. read more

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Rate hike expectations C rise as Poloz reiterates cuts have done their

OTTAWA — With the Bank of Canada nearing its next policy decision, expectations of an interest-rate hike increased Wednesday after governor Stephen Poloz reiterated that his 2015 cuts appeared to have done their job.Poloz made the comments in an interview broadcast on business news channel CNBC. He noted the Canadian economy enjoyed “surprisingly” strong growth in the first three months of 2017 and he expected the pace to stay above potential.The Canadian dollar climbed to a four-month high of 76.44 cents US after Poloz’s comments, which fed speculation about a rate increase as early as its next scheduled announcement in two weeks. The boost lifted the loonie from an average price of 75.83 cents US on Tuesday.If the central bank increases its key rate, the big Canadian banks are expected to raise their prime rates, driving up the cost of variable rate mortgages, other loans and lines of credit tied to the benchmark rate.Poloz credited the two rate cuts introduced by the bank in 2015 for helping the economy counteract the effects of the oil-price slump, which began in late 2014. The reductions also helped increase the speed of the adjustment, Poloz added.“It does look as though those cuts have done their job,” said Poloz, who was in Portugal on Wednesday to participate in a forum hosted by the European Central Bank.“But we’re just approaching a new interest rate decision so I don’t want to prejudge. But certainly we need to be at least considering that whole situation now that the capacity, excess capacity, is being used up steadily.”Later Wednesday, deputy governor Lynn Patterson echoed Poloz in a Calgary speech, stating that the rate cuts had “helped to facilitate the economy’s adjustment to the oil-price shock.”Patterson then added: “the economic drag from lower prices is largely behind us.”In recent weeks, a shift toward more “hawkish” statements by Poloz and the bank’s senior deputy governor, Carolyn Wilkins, suggested the bank was moving closer to its first rate increase in nearly seven years. Poloz stated earlier this month that his 2015 rate cuts had done their jobs.Still, a softer-than-expected inflation report last Friday led some analysts to believe the bank might wait until the fall or later before introducing a rate increase. Inflation was once again below the bank’s target of two per cent.But economists interpreted the fresh remarks Wednesday as signals the bank has not backed away from its view, even after the inflation numbers came out. Many believe it may be preparing to raise the benchmark as early as its July 12 announcement.“They’ve made it clear that they’re ready to move,” said BMO’s Benjamin Reitzes, who added that before Poloz’s latest comments his bank was predicting an autumn rate hike.“We’re now calling for a rate increase in July.”Reitzes said Poloz’s comments indicate the governor is “comfortable” with oil in its current range of USD$40 to USD$50 per barrel.Desjardins senior economist Jimmy Jean wrote: “This does not sound like a central banker who was profoundly shaken by the weaker-than-expected (consumer price index) numbers of last Friday.”On Friday, Statistics Canada will release a key batch of data for analysts to chew on: gross domestic product numbers for April.The bank lowered its rate twice in 2015 to the very low level of 0.5 per cent to help offset the effects of the oil-price shock.Poloz said the drop in oil prices set Canada’s economy back — causing the central bank to compensate by lowering interest rates — but that growth has rebounded with an “encouraging” pace in recent months.While he said he expects growth to moderate to a more normal level, he predicted it would remain “above potential.”Poloz, who participated in a panel with Bank of England governor Mark Carney, European Central Bank president Mario Draghi and Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda, also said virtually every major area of the world seems to be gaining economic momentum — with the United States “way out in front.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter. read more

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Rohithas wife and daughter surrender to court over assault case

Easter Province Governor Rohitha Bogollagama’s wife Deepti Bogollagama and his daughter surrendered to court today over an assault case.The Colombo Chief Magistrate had earlier ordered the arrest of Rohitha Bogollagama’s wife and daughter. Deepti Bogollagama and her daughter were granted bail after they surrendered to court. (Colombo Gazette) The court order was issued over an attempted assault on a woman earlier this year.The Colombo Chief Magistrate ordered that Deepti Bogollagama and her daughter be arrested and produced before court. read more

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WCW Thunder episodes added to WWE Network Videos from the Hardy Compound

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp Comments are closed. Videos Articles Ryan Smith March 19, 2018 at 12:31 pm Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWill Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cameron Huff WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Brock Lesnar 2 COMMENTS Videos Articles WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Now Playing Up Next Paul Heyman Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Now Playing Up Next Bobby Lashley Now Playing Up Next Twitter SAY WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!! Now Playing Up Next Google+ Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Videos Articles WCW Thunder episodes added to WWE NetworkOver 100 hours of episodes of WCW Thunder will be added to the WWE Network this week per a report by WWE Network News.The first batch of episodes are scheduled to be from the show’s debut episode on January 8, 1998 to September 1999. The series ran from 1998 to 2001.Thunder had been scheduled to go onto the WWE Network last year, but was delayed due to a lawsuit filed by former WWE and WCW stars Raven and Buff Bagwell over royalty payments from content that would be aired on WWE Network. The case was dismissed.Videos from the Hardy Compound before RAWWWE has posted the following videos from the Hardy Compound prior to tonight’s RAW where the Ultimate Deletion is set to take place between Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt. Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Now Playing Up Next ‘Bout time! Now,all I need is for them to release WCW Saturday Night,Sunday Night Heat,and Velocity. WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football Pinterest March 19, 2018 at 11:30 am Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlundlast_img read more

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