first_imgSri Lanka on Wednesday postponed council elections near three ICC cricket World Cup 2011 venues as it seeks to put on a flawless show as co-hosts of the prestigious event.The Colombo Municipal Council will not go to the polls as scheduled in March while four other councils in the central and southern provinces will also be delayed to avoid clashing with the tournament.”There will be no elections in these areas while World Cup matches will be played,” an information department official said.Sri Lanka will host 12 matches in Colombo, Kandy and Hambantota. India and Bangladesh are the other hosts of the World Cup, which starts on February 19.The polls will be the first set of nationwide local elections since the crushing of Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009.New dates of the delayed polls have not been announced.last_img read more

first_imgEver since Sakshi Malik won the Bronze in Rio, she was excited to meet and see the reactions back home in India. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)On Wednesday morning, Sakshi finally returned home to a grand welcome after winning India’s first Olympic medal in women’s wrestling. (Hero’s welcome for ‘Sultan’ Sakshi Malik) Soon after landing in New Delhi, Sakshi was accorded a glorious felicitation by the Haryana government. (Sakshi Malik returns home to grand welcome)Sakshi feels her feat will inspire many girls not just in Haryana, which has a skewed sex ratio, but entire country to take up sports and be the best.”I have been waiting for this for a long time ever since I took up wrestling. I have been wrestling for 12 years and I wanted to win an Olympic medal since then. I am sure that this medal of mine will inspire many young girls and they will do well in wrestling and will win a lot of medals for the country,” Sakshi told India Today soon after her arrival from Rio. (Will work harder to win Gold at Tokyo Games: Sakshi Malik)Sakshi’s father, Sukhbir Malik, is a bus conductor with Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and she has been asking him to give up that job for quite a long time but hasn’t been able to convince him.But having won an Olympic medal this time, Sakshi believes this time she will be able to convince her father.”I have been asking my father to quit his job with DTC for a long time but he has been saying that once I get a job he will quit. In 2014, I got a job but he didn’t quit but now I am sure he will quit his job and I should be able to convince him,” she said.advertisementOn a strict diet for months to prepare for the Olympics, Sakshi has been longing for home-cooked food and now that she is back, the wrestler will finally get her taste buds back.But what all is there on her menu? Aaloo Paratha is definitely in top of her list.”I haven’t had much to eat for a long time and even water was a restriction for us as we were preparing for the Olympics. But now I will eat whatever I want to for a few days before I get back to training. Aaloo Paratha is something that I have been craving for,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgJim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines argues a call on the sideline.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines argues a call on the sideline during the second half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)The Michigan Wolverines will lose multiple stars on defense to the NFL Draft, but the coaching staff just made a significant addition for next season.With Don Brown returning to Ann Arbor for another season as the defensive coordinator, the Wolverines didn’t have to worry about having familiar faces on their staff. Nonetheless, Jim Harbaugh went out of his way to bring new methods and ideas to that unit.After spending one season with Arizona State, Shaun Nua will become the new defensive line coach for Michigan. He also had prior experience with Navy and BYU.Nua has mentored a plethora of defensive lineman over the past few years, and his ability to coach was showcased with the Sun Devils in the form of  Renell Wren. The senior became an absolute force in the trenches for Arizona State and should be selected rather early in the upcoming draft.Considering that Nua was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 2005 and was in the NFL for four seasons, he should be able to relate to his players.Harbaugh expressed his excitement over this coaching hire, saying “Shaun is a rising star in the coaching profession.”The Wolverines announced the move becoming official on their Twitter account today.OFFICIAL: @CoachJim4UM names Shaun Nua as new defensive line coach.DETAILS » 〽️?— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) January 17, 2019The Wolverines finished the 2018 season with the No. 2 defense in the entire country, allowing only 275.2 yards per game.With expectations rising in Michigan for next season, it’ll be interesting to see if Nua can help elevate the defense to new heights.last_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: ABSOn December 21, China’s Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding held a naming and delivery ceremony for Kan Wo, an asphalt tanker.The 6,200 dwt newbilding is owned by Hong Kong’s Compass Shipping and classed by ABS.Kan Wo, which flies the flag of Hong Kong, features a length of 109.9 meters and a width of 20 meters.Designed by Bestway Marine Engineering and Design, the vessel is said to incorporate the latest bitumen cargo ship design.Featuring four independent cargo tanks, and built to ABS rules, Kan Wo will leave China shortly for its first cargo loading in Australia, according to ABS.last_img read more

first_imgManchester: The Virat Kohli-led Indian team is currently unbeaten in the ongoing 2019 World Cup and the skipper is leaving no stones unturned to keep the winning momentum going. Even though the players have been given a couple of days off after the win over Afghanistan, Kohli has been sweating it out in the gym. In the short video, Kohli is seen lifting heavy weights and the skipper captioned it saying: “No days off. Nothing can be done without hardwork.” Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevKohli, known to be one of the fittest cricketers in modern day cricket, has been credited with bringing in a change in the approach and attitude of the Indian players when it comes to maintaining top-level fitness. While he was alone in this video, he often shares pictures and videos with teammates from the gym sessions. In their five matches so far, the Men in Blue have won four with the game against New Zealand being washed out. Placed third on the points table, India will now take on the eighth placed West Indies in Manchester on Thursday before locking horns against tournament favourites and hosts England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on June 30, July 2 and July 6 respectively.last_img read more

first_imgStephen Stills, Neil Young, Shawn Colvin, The White Buffalo, Steve Earle, Chris Stills and emcee Jack Black with many special guests, will return to Los Angeles on Saturday, April 25th at The Hollywood Pantages Theatre for the 3rd Light Up The Blues Concert—An Evening of Music to Benefit Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.Also performing are three artists with autism: Spencer Harte featuring Petra Haden, Nick Guzman and Matt Savage. The benefit concert will begin at 7:30 PM.Tickets go on sale Friday, February 27th at 10am through Ticketmaster outlets and Pantages Theatre Box Office. This year’s sponsors include Toyota and Guess Foundation.To purchase tickets, click here.The April 25th event spotlights Light It Up Blue, Autism Speaks’ annual global awareness and fundraising campaign, which is celebrated by the international autism community on April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day, and throughout Autism Awareness Month in April. Light Up The Blues will celebrate the many gifts of individuals with autism, while supporting Autism Speaks in their mission to raise awareness and support their successful advocacy on behalf of all those who navigate through the journey of Autism. Proceeds from the Light Up The Blues Concert will go towards Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy efforts for families and individuals impacted by the disorder.“We are so thrilled to be doing this benefit for the third time and, this year, at the iconic Pantages Theatre. The last two years’ Light Up The Blues benefits were such incredible, life-changing events for all involved. We are so grateful to be able to bring such a special night of music to the entire community and to support Autism Speaks,” said Kristen & Stephen Stills.“It is a night to celebrate the gifts of music and community,” Autism Speaks’ President Liz Feld said. “Autism sings again! Light Up the Blues is home to the most special talent we have – from Stephen Stills and Neil Young to Matt Savage.”Matt Asner, Executive Director of Southern California for Autism Speaks, added, “We value our partnership with the Stills family on this amazing event that not only has great music, but also highlights the incredible talents of individuals on the spectrum, and lets them shine bright for a wonderful evening.”last_img read more

28 March 2007A United Nations independent human rights expert on extrajudicial killings today called for action in response to reported incidents in the United States, Iran, the Russian Federation, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Indonesia. A United Nations independent human rights expert on extrajudicial killings today called for action in response to reported incidents in the United States, Iran, the Russian Federation, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Indonesia.“In recent years the United States has consistently argued that the UN Human Rights Council, and all other international human rights accountability mechanisms, have no legitimate role to play when individuals are intentionally killed, so long as it is claimed that the actions were part of the ‘war on terror,’” said Philip Alston, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.“While this argument is convenient because it enables the US to effectively exempt itself from scrutiny, if accepted it would constitute a huge step backwards in the struggle to promote human rights.”In a separate statement, he urged Iran to stop executing juvenile offenders, calling the practice “unacceptable.”“It is time for Iran to demonstrate that its commitment to international law involves concrete action, not just empty words,” said Mr. Alston, calling on the country’s Government to “immediately commute all death sentences imposed for crimes individuals committed before the age of 18.”In a statement directed at the Russian Federation, he called for an end to extrajudicial killings of journalists. “Murders are always tragic, but when journalists are being murdered to cover up human rights abuses, the stakes for the society are even higher than usual,” he said.“The Government of Russia must bring to an end what appears to be a consistent pattern of failing to prosecute those responsible for these murders and of failing to take the measures required to prevent furthers assassinations of journalists.”Egypt must instruct its police to stop using firearms to disperse crowds, he said in another statement. “Even if a country makes some demonstrations illegal, and even if the demonstrators ignore the law, that does not mean that the police are allowed to shoot at the demonstrators.”In a report including several allegations he has received regarding Egypt, Mr. Alston expressed his appreciation for the detailed responses that the Government had made to his requests for further information regarding these incidents, but noted that his dialogue with the Government had revealed serious legal misunderstandings that required immediate reforms.Bangladesh must stop the Rapid Action Battalion and other elite security forces “from using murder as a policing technique,” said the expert in a separate statement. His report covers a series of allegations he has received regarding Bangladesh, “none of which were effectively addressed by the Government.”He also called on Nigeria to “make good on its commitment to end extrajudicial executions by the police” but added in a separate statement that “unfortunately, it seems like business as usual with the Nigerian police continuing to get away with murder.”In a letter to Nigeria Mr. Alston called for the Government “to underscore the fact that the imposition of the death penalty for offences such as sodomy is unconstitutional.” But his report indicated that the Government ignored his letter.Indonesia should investigate all those implicated by the report into the murder of Munir Said Thalib, a leading human rights activist, said the expert said in another statement.In a letter earlier this year, the Government responded to Mr. Alston’s inquiries in a manner that he characterized as “cooperative but incomplete.”Also today, the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council heard reports from the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights defenders. read more

Rap impresario Jay-Z is changing the sports agent game and scaring the white establishment as he’s doing it. Big-time athletes are breaking ranks, signing with Beyonce’s husband’s agency, Roc Nation, not just because it’s cool to be on his team, but also because his business acumen is producing blockbuster results.People laughed and smirked when Jay-Z announced he was expanding his empire to athlete representation two years ago. Impressively, he leveraged his popularity as an artist to attain some of sports’ top young stars’ attention and is doing right by them in contact negotiations.Jigga Man is laughing now with his latest coup, signing Dallas Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant, who shunned agent Eugene Parker just as he is up for a new, mega-contract. Bryant’s reasons for the move mirror the thoughts of others who have shunned going with large, white firms for representation.He can relate to Jay-Z.“I feel like it fits me,” Bryant said to “It fits what I’m trying to do, what I’m trying to accomplish in life. I want to be the best that I can possibly be. It ain’t about a contract. It’s about me branding myself and being an icon for these kids. I love kids and they look up to me.“I come from dirt — point blank, period — and every day I’m writing my story and it’s getting better. I feel like they were the best choice for me. They can help me get to where I want to be. That’s what it is.”One person not laughing is Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who also serves as general manager. He reportedly talked Bryant out of hiring Roc Nation in the summer and was “not happy” when Bryant went against his wishes last week. It is unclear why Jones did not want the receiver to join Jay-Z’s agency. Jones dealt with Parker, who also is Black.Whatever the case, Jay-Z wins, and so his quest to be a mega-player in the agency game climbs another rung, even while many root against him. It will be interesting to see how negotiations between Jones and Roc Nation go, as Bryant has earned the right to a new contact around $12 million a season, which would be commensurate with his status as one of the elite receivers in the NFL.“I’d be highly disappointed,” Bryant said, if he did not get a max deal. Almost any agent could accomplish that; he’s deserving. It’s the outside-football exposure and endorsements where Roc Nation can up the ante for Bryant.Roc Nation has only 12 sports clients for now, and they include some of the athletic world’s top performers. Significantly, Jay-Z and Co. negotiated a 10-year, $240-million deal for Robinson Cano when he left the New York Yankees for the Seattle Mariners—an enormous deal that set Roc Nation in flight.Also on the Roc Nation team is NBA superstar Kevin Durant. Jay-Z earned its most significant deal for the Oklahoma City Thunder forward, an endorsement package with sneaker and athletic apparel giant Nike that could peak at $300 million. How Roc Nation pulled off the bonanza was as impressive as the numbers.It smartly pitted and created a bidding war between Nike and rising Under Armour, which Roc Nation knew was eager to make a splash in the endorsement world by stealing away Durant. The story goes that Nike offered $20 million a year for Durant. Jay-Z took that number to Under Armour, which offered about $26 million, intent on overtaking its competitor.But Nike flexed its muscle and offered $30 million a year, giving Roc Nation a landmark deal that shows other athletes, like Bryant, its negotiating power and legitimacy. Beyond that, there is speculation that Durant never had any intentions of leaving Nike—he took less in his previous contract instead of fleeing to Adidas.Other Roc Nation clients include WNBA star Skylar Diggins, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, Detroit Lion lineman Ndamukon Suh and New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz, among others. Don’t be surprised if that client list rapidly increases.Curtis Bunn is a best-selling novelist and national award-winning sports journalist who has worked at The Washington Times, NY Newsday, The New York Daily News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. read more

In 2014 the Big Ten will welcome Rutgers University into the conference, in a move that, unfortunately, will also bring Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice and athletic director Tim Pernetti.An ESPN “Outside the Lines” segment that aired Tuesday showed Rice bullying players during basketball practices from 2010-2012. The coach was shown shoving players, throwing basketballs at them while they were not looking, insulting players with expletives and perhaps most offensive of all, using derogatory slurs regarding sexual orientation.According to “OTL,” tapes of the harsh practices were brought to the attention of Pernetti last summer, but nothing was done. Months later, in December 2012, an internal investigation was launched into the allegations. The investigation only resulted in a $50,000 fine and an unpaid three-game suspension for Rice. Pernetti is also on record saying he never considered firing Rice, who finished the season with a losing 15-16 record.To never even consider firing a coach who physically and emotionally abuses his athletes is outrageous.To call athletes fa–ots and keep Rice at his job is unbelievable, and furthermore, that the athletic director knew about it and let Rice stay makes the situation that much worse. Clearly neither of them has a proper understanding of how to treat individuals, let alone the young minds of those players they have been trusted to care for.To allow Rice to continue to coach seemingly condones the violent behavior toward students and the negative slurs often used toward the gay community that were hurled at his players.Perhaps most troubling, Rutgers is no stranger to dealing with acceptance, or lack thereof, of gay individuals. In September 2010, Rutgers student Tyler Clementi committed suicide, and it is believed he did so due to bullying from others about his homosexuality. The case drew national attention and even resulted in criminal charges being filed against Clementi’s roommate for invasion of privacy.Clearly the athletics department at Rutgers did not learn a lesson from this incident.The Big Ten, or at the very least Ohio State athletics, has higher standards than the way these two men have behaved and have been allowed to behave.Both OSU athletic director Gene Smith and President E. Gordon Gee have talked, before the Rutgers incident, about inclusion and acceptance of all athletes and students at OSU.“Inclusion is something I’ve always believed in,” Smith said in an exclusive interview with The Lantern on March 12. “I’ve always believed that a diverse environment allows you to have different thoughts and different views and ultimately you get the best out of that environment.”Gee agreed.“I believe that athletes, non-athletes (whatever), we want to be a university that is very friendly to all of our students and our faculty and staff,” Gee said while visiting The Lantern on March 25.Rutgers needs to let Pernetti and Rice go. A three-game suspension in December means nothing to a basketball program and is insulting to the memory of Clementi. Their behavior is not the kind that should be allowed into Big Ten athletics. read more

first_imgIT’S JUST LIKE your mam told you: you should always, always check your bill carefully in restaurants.Sure you never know what someone could have hidden* on there.*OK, they’re not really ‘hidden’. Just camouflaged in the small print.1. This $2 ‘farting charge’ Source: funnyreceipts2. This entry for someone who just wanted a Dr Pepper Source: Imgur3. These brilliant instructions for the chef Source: Imgur4. This very special discount Source: Imgur5. This desperate bid for attention Source: Imgur6. This receipt for a customer who would do anything for lunch Source: Imgur7. And this one from a modest, retiring staff member Source: Imgur8. This poignant reflection of the difficulties of poets worldwide Source: Imgur9. This troubling warning  Source: Imgur10. These chicken wings Source: S-msn11. And this message for a good cause. Source: Imgur9 reasons why eating out is a social minefield>Which foods can you eat straight out of the jar?>last_img read more

first_imgLes chimpanzés font appel à leur mémoire à long terme pour mieux se nourrirPubliée dans Animal Behavior, une étude allemande portant sur le comportement alimentaire de chimpanzés sauvages de Côte d’Ivoire montre que ces primates peuvent mémoriser durant des mois voire des années l’emplacement des arbres les plus généreux en fruits de leur habitat.  Les chimpanzés n’ont visiblement pas fini de nous étonner. Une équipe internationale de chercheurs, dirigée par Karline Janmaat, de l’Institut d’anthropologie évolutionnaire Max Planck de Leipzig (Allemagne), a étudié les déplacements de spécimens sauvages à la recherche de fruits. Ils ont alors constaté que ces animaux utilisent non seulement leurs sens, mais aussi leur mémoire à long terme pour optimiser leur collecte en fonction de l’emplacement, de la taille et de la période de fructification des arbres de la forêt.Pour en arriver là, les chercheurs ont enregistré le comportement de 5 femelles chimpanzés du Parc National de Taï, en Côte d’ Ivoire, sur des périodes continues de 4 à 8 semaines (totalisant 275 jours d’observation) réparties sur plusieurs saisons de fructification. Ils ont premièrement constaté que les chimpanzés s’intéressaient surtout aux arbres significativement plus grands que les autres arbres matures de la même espèce. Une préférence évidemment accrue en présence d’une forte odeur de fruits.De plus, si les chimpanzés étudiés vérifiaient la plupart des arbres situés le long de leur cheminement, les chercheurs ont remarqué que 13% des arbres inspectés l’ont été d’une manière ciblée. Ces choix ciblés, apparemment non dictés par des indices visuels, concernaient, là encore, plutôt des grands arbres, et se produisaient surtout lorsque les femelles s’alimentaient seules. D’après les scientifiques, il s’agirait là de l’action d’une mémoire personnelle à long terme concernant l’emplacement des grands arbres potentiellement intéressants.Un souvenir des expériences vécues il y a longtemps À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour le confirmer, l’équipe a suivi de manière intensive une certaine femelle durant trois été consécutifs. Cette observation suggère ainsi qu’elle était capable de se rappeler les expériences vécues au cours des saisons de fructification précédentes. Or, les données phénologiques (données liées à la saisonnalité) sur les arbres concernés indiquent, selon l’espèce végétale, un intervalle entre chaque saison de fructification de 2 mois à 3 ans : telle serait donc l’ampleur de la mémoire à long terme de cette femelle.”La présente étude sur les chimpanzés est la première à montrer que nos proches parents utilisent une mémoire à long terme au cours de leur recherche de fruits tropicaux fraîchement poussés et se souviennent de leurs expériences en termes d’alimentation longtemps après que les arbres aient été vidés [de leurs fruits]”, souligne Karline Janmaat, qui a dirigé l’étude.”Pendant longtemps, les gens ont prétendu que les animaux, contrairement à l’homme, ne peuvent se rappeler le passé. Cette étude nous aide à comprendre pourquoi les chimpanzés et les autres primates doivent se souvenir des événements sur de longues périodes de temps. Et – devinez quoi ? – elle montre également… qu’ils le font !”, conclut son collègue Christophe Boesch, également de l’Institut Max Planck.Le 27 octobre 2013 à 16:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgAs immigration reform discussions reach a critical juncture in Congress, immigrant rights advocates are asking small business owners in Clark County to express their support for a law that makes it easier for immigrants to gain citizenship.So far, about 100 Clark County businesses have posted immigration reform fliers on their storefronts, activists from the Main Street Alliance said during a Thursday press conference in Vancouver.The U.S. Senate passed an immigration reform bill late last month with about two-thirds of senators in support. The legislation would increase border security, provide a pathway to citizenship for many of the estimated 11 million immigrants illegally in the country, expand the highly skilled worker program, and set up new guest worker arrangements for lower-skilled workers and farm laborers.It’s unclear whether leaders in the House will bring a similar immigration reform bill forward.During Thursday’s press conference, Don Orange, owner of Hoesly Eco Automotive in Vancouver, said immigration reform activists have been working to put pressure on U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, to support comprehensive immigration reform.Herrera Beutler, a member of the House’s Congressional Hispanic Conference, has said Republicans need to change their tone when discussing immigration issues. Her office was not available to comment Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgPrivate sector bank Kotak Mahindra Bank on Tuesday informed the Bombay Stock Exchange that the RBI had given approval to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) to increase its stake in the bank upto 10 percent.”The Reserve Bank of India has informed the Bank that it has granted approval to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) for acquiring shares in excess of 5% and below 10% of the paid up capital of Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited,” Kotak Mahindra said in its regulatory filing to the BSE.Following the news, the Kotak Mahindra stock was trading at Rs. 801.60 at around 12:25 p.m. on Wednesday, up 2.04 percent from its previous close.According to norms, a foreign investor firm cannot own more than 10 percent in an Indian private sector bank. However, under different circumstances (such as restructuring and consolidation of a bank) the RBI may allow a higher level of shareholding, Press Trust of India reported.Kotak Mahindra Bank reported a 290 percent spike in its standalone net profit to Rs. 742 crore for the June 2016 quarter (Q1) on account of a 20 percent rise in net interest income and a 41 percent fall in provisioning for bad loans.The Mumbai-based lender bank’s net profit stood at Rs. 190 crore in the corresponding period last year. The bank’s total income rose to Rs. 5,120 crore from Rs. 4,583 crore for the June 2015 quarter.Kotak Mahindra Bank has a network of 1,333 branches as of June 30, 2016. In 2003, Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd. (KMFL), the group’s flagship company, was converted into a commercial bank after receiving the requisite licence from the RBI.The bank also has interests in mutual fund and insurance businesses.last_img read more

first_imgThe coordinator of robber gang ‘Majnu Bahini’ was killed on Sunday during what law enforcers claimed as a gunfight between the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and robbers near Arbania Channel of Kalabagi area in west Sundarbans.The diseased was identified as Rouf alias Roufuj, 42, of Koira village in Khulna.Captain Khandakar Rafikul Islam of the elite force said a man of forest security force was injured by some robbers earlier on Friday. Since then, a team of Rab was conducting raids in different areas of Sundarbans to arrest the criminals.As a part of the operation, Rab men went to Kalabagi area around 9:25am. Sensing presence of the law enforcers, robbers fired gunshots on them, he said.Rab members also retaliated triggering the gunfight that continued for nearly half an hour.During the gunfight, other members except Rouf of the robbers’ gang managed to flee the scene, he added.Rouf was found bullet injured after the gunfight and he was taken to Dacope Upazila Heath Complex where on-duty doctor declared him dead.Rab also recovered a pistol, two machetes and 14 rounds of bullets from the spot.last_img read more

first_img ‘Avengers: Endgame De-Feminized’ Edit Is World’s Worst Fan Film TrendDude Watched ‘Captain Marvel’ 116 Times to Break World Record Captain Marvel is taking fans back to the ’90s with its new Magic Eye-style posters.On Thursday, Captain Marvel teased the posters on Twitter, which show Carol Danvers and company with the trippy, colorful images. Each poster was captioned with, “Who remembers these? #TBT #CaptainMarvel,” which brought back memories of Magic Eye, a series of books published by N.E. Thing Enterprises that contained vibrant 2D patterns.Who remembers these? #TBT #CaptainMarvel(5/5)— Captain Marvel (@captainmarvel) February 28, 2019 Who remembers these? #TBT #CaptainMarvel(4/5)— Captain Marvel (@captainmarvel) February 28, 2019 Who remembers these? #TBT #CaptainMarvel(2/5)— Captain Marvel (@captainmarvel) February 28, 2019 Who remembers these? #TBT #CaptainMarvel(3/5)— Captain Marvel (@captainmarvel) February 28, 2019 Who remembers these? #TBT #CaptainMarvel(1/5)— Captain Marvel (@captainmarvel) February 28, 2019The posters come just a week before Captain Marvel will hit theaters. Leading up to the big day, fans can also check out the film’s ’90s-inspired website, where they can read bios on all the characters and play an old-school Captain Marvel computer game.Captain Marvel, which stars Brie Larson, will hit theaters on March, 8 2019.More on’s ‘Captain Marvel’ Website Is a Throwback to ’90s Web Design‘Captain Marvel’ Unveils Badass Footage for Super Bowl TV SpotCrowdfunding Campaign Raises Money for Girls to See ‘Captain Marvel’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgThe final report and study recommends a long terms solution to the hypoxic conditions present in the Mississippi River Basin and the Northern Gulf of Mexico. The proposed plan to reduce nutrient discharges across the river basin and ecological water will take up to a decade to realize a difference in water quality downstream in the gulf. Nine states; Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee contribute three-fourths of the phosphorous and nitrogen discharged into the Gulf of Mexico, according to the American Chemical Society study by Anderson et. al. 2008. WTSB recommends a targeted approach to curb nutrient discharges by prioritizing intervention at the highest nutrient loading areas by directing conservation in watershed areas located in the river basin area. As a corollary objective the EPA and Department of Agriculture should identify specific areas within watersheds where the expenditure of funds and resources will have the highest probability of achieving a positive result. WTSB suggests EPA and the Department of Agriculture establish a Nutrient Control Implementation Initiative, (NCII) and a new Mississippi River Basin Water Quality Center. The WTSB further recommends certain goals for evaluating, demonstrating and creating an institutional model for local, state and federal counterparts to share research and their efforts to control nutrient discharges. WTSB recommends that Municipal and industrial point dischargers should be required as a condition to their permit under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System to monitor phosphorous and nitrogen levels. Further,WTSB recommends a cost analysis of community and governmental efforts of various nutrient control actions. Lastly, conduct a pilot project and compile and disseminate a best practices guidelines.According to the report, the most significant task for improving water quality everywhere, but in particular the Mississippi River Basin comes from nonpoint source pollutants derived from runoff flowing across agricultural land, forests, urban lawns, streets and other paved areas. The primary culprit for this region is the use of nitrogen and phosphorous based fertilizers used in agriculture. A relatively recent change in land use including subsurface drainage, increase demand for commodities and use of fertilizers with added boosts of phosphorous and nitrogen has made the most significant impact in nutrient pollution in the region. Row crops like soybeans and corn contribute 25-percent phosphorous and 52-percent nitrogen of all nutrients in the Gulf of Mexico. Pasture and range land is the next highest source of nutrient discharge with a combined discharge of 42-percent, ‘other crops’ discharge approximately 32-percent of all nutrients with ‘urban and population’ contributing 21-percent. The least nutrient discharger is ‘natural land’ and atmospheric conditions contribute only nitrogen at a rate of about 16-percent.The report states that unequivocal and decisive action is necessary for the implementation of its recommendations. For years the region has languished in a state of inertia due to a variety of reasons. Some reasons simply lack awareness of the current scientific knowledge gathered by the USGS SPARROW modeling team identifying sources and related work developing an adaptive management paradigm. More importantly, the expansive, complex, ecosystem combined with an ever fluctuating human factor will never have a perfect approach. The quest for perfection has in effect resulted in no action whatsoever to ameliorate the deteriorating conditions. Other objections by some include a lack of knowledge of the level of reduction of nutrient discharges it would take to improve water quality. The report finds that whether the recommended Mississippi River Basin Water Quality Center uses the EPA’s 45-percent reduction of nutrient discharges or 20 to 30-percent reduction in nutrient discharges is not the pivotal question. A dramatic reduction in phosphorous and nitrogen is necessary now. Other objections include state and federal conflicts, leadership and other bureaucratic turf wars for funding.The report concludes that the Clean Water Act has broad authority and overlapping authority with the states concerning nutrient use and discharge into the region. Governmental agencies and non-profit association do have access to resources including conservation and remediation funding. The recommended Mississippi River Water Quality Center would serve as the vehicle to incorporate federal, state, private sector, NGOs and interested citizens in the creation of an overall plan of action. The report indicates that the current state of inertia is not an option.Source:Nutrient Control Actions for Improving Water Quality in the Mississippi River Basin and Northern Gulf of Mexico (2009),Water Science and Technology Board (WSTB)© 2009 Explore further Stronger EPA leadership needed to improve water quality in Mississippi River Phosphorous Delivered to Gulf of Mexico. Courtesy of USGS This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Hypoxia is caused by an excess discharge of nutrients, in particular phosphorous and nitrogen into a waterway. A chain of naturally occurring events take place which include widespread algae blooms and ends with the decomposition of the dead algae blooms which in turn depletes dissolved oxygen from the water column causing hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi River Basin. The hypoxic conditions and related nutrient pollutants in the basin region literally chokes the oxygen from the waterway causing fish kills and potential toxic effects to humans and fish alike. The problem has increased dramatically over the past decades for varying reasons including changing land use,urbanization and the introduction of new varieties of agricultural products.According to the study, “Nutrient Control Actions for Improving Water Quality in the Mississippi River Basin and Northern Gulf of Mexico, 2009” data compiled since 1985 of the region is complicated by the fact that the source of phosphorous and nitrogen discharges are attributable to numerous watersheds and tributaries involving a huge land mass spanning 31 states, covering approximately 41-percent of the conterminous land in the United States with multiple governmental authorities responsible for managing the Mississippi River Basin leading to the Gulf of Mexico. Cooperative efforts between state, federal and cross-discipline regulatory schemes (ie. water quality and nutrient control) was key in the assessment of downstream effects and analysis of decades of data in order to create the WTSB recommendations. The plan for implementation was produced by the National Research Council, WTSB at the behest of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture with the objective of implementing the Clean Water Act. The specific charge of the request was to advise the EPA in the following areas: 1) initiate nutrient pollutant control programs; 2) identifying alternatives for allocating nutrient load reductions across the river basin and 3) documenting the effectiveness of pollutant loading reduction strategies on the gulf hypoxic zone and state designated uses. Special committees were formed and met during the last half of 2008 under the auspices of the WTSB. Citation: The Mighty Mississippi Basin and Gulf Suffocating: Inertia Not An Option (2009, July 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The Water Science and Technology Board, (WTSB), Division on Earth and Life Sciences of the National Research Council has released for publication its study for improving water quality in the Mississippi River Basin and Northern Gulf of Mexico. The purpose of the study was to create an action plan for reducing nutrient load in the effected areas causing low levels of oxygen and creating a condition called hypoxia. last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Actor Leonardo DiCaprio talks about illegal fishing in Costa Rica’s Cocos Island Police rescue giant sea turtle from trunk of a car after shootout with suspects Following public outcry, Costa Rica temporarily blocks exports of hammerhead shark fins Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson turns to human rights commission to block Costa Rica’s legal chase Park rangers on June 14 detained a boat fishing illegally near Cocos Island National Park, a protected marine area more than 300 miles from Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. The boat’s fishermen had hooked 11 sharks on their longlines before the rangers intervened.Officials were able to free four sharks, but seven others died. Among the dead sharks was an endangered scalloped hammerhead.The area around Cocos Island is known for its abundant shark population, but biologists estimate that illegal fishing in the area has lowered numbers of some species by as much as 70 percent.Recommended: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio talks about illegal fishing in Costa Rica’s Cocos IslandDespite the installation of a state-of-the-art radar system on Cocos Island, sharks and other marine life surrounding the island still endure frequent threats from illegal fishing in the area, according to the park’s administrator, Geiner Golfin. Sharks caught off the coast of Costa Rica. (Courtesy of Geiner Golfin) A hammerhead shark swims off the coast of Cocos Island in the Costa Rican Pacific. (Courtesy of Geiner Golfin) (Courtesy of Geiner Golfin) Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, completed the second day of her semi-annual testimony to the Senate on Thursday, and fielded questions from Congress in regard to housing and banking, including her thoughts on proposed regulatory reform.Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), released a pre-prepared statement in the morning expressing expectations for the hearing, which set the stage for Yellen’s testimony.“Today we will receive testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen regarding the Fed’s semiannual report to Congress on monetary policy and the state of the economy. Since the last Humphrey-Hawkins hearing in February, there have been numerous developments that will impact economic growth legislation. Particular interest has been focused on finding bipartisan solutions to tailor regulations, change the SIFI threshold, exempt certain firms from stress testing, fix the Volcker Rule, and simplify small bank capital rules.”Yellen was indeed asked to convey her opinions on Dodd-Frank reforms and how she best thought to change the Volcker Rule. Some members of Congress, including Chairman Crapo, believe that what they see as arbitrary thresholds—most specifically, the $50 billion SIFI threshold—make it difficult for smaller banks to do business. The suggestion has been presented in the past to raise that threshold to an indexed $125 billion, or even remove a monetary threshold and concentrate on a business model based regulatory approach. In response, Yellen said:“We’ve already said that we would favor some increase if Congress sticks with a dollar threshold that we would support some increase in the threshold. An approach that is based on business model or factors is also a workable approach from our point of view, conceivably. Some of the enhanced standards should apply to more firms with lower levels of assets and others with higher levels. I think that either type of approach is something we could work with.”Yellen was also pressed about the Volcker rule, which prohibits banks to make certain types of speculative investments, and whether or not she thought it worked.“The [Volker rule’s] goal is [one] in which I agree, and to permit market making. The implementation of it has been very complex and burdensome. We’ve suggested that community banks be exempt from it entirely. I wouldn’t [completely] get rid of it. I believe the Treasury report suggests maintaining their restriction on proprietary trading and depository institutions. So, I wouldn’t get rid of it, but I would look for ways to simplify it.”Yellen did, however, agree with the committee’s assessment that housing plays an important role in economic health. July 13, 2017 562 Views Fed Chair Calls for Looser Regulationscenter_img Fed FOMC Janet Yellen Senate 2017-07-13 Joey Pizzolato Sharelast_img read more

first_imgA bush tucker experience is the newest experience on offer on the Larapinta Trail and World Expeditions walkers are embracing the chance to learn about – and taste – delicious bush tucker food. The bush tucker food is prepared by Raylene Brown, the co-founder and owner of an Alice Springs catering company, Kungkas Can Cook, which specialises in native foods collected straight from country.“Raylene developed her interest in bush food during her nomadic childhood, when she lived all over the Territory from Wave Hill to Katherine, Tennant Creek to Adelaide River,” says World Expeditions Operations Manager, Kirke Ranson. “Along the way she developed an appreciation for bush tucker, and she shares her passion with trekkers, who are really enjoying foods like wattle seed damper, kangaroo fillet, bush tomato relish and bush dukkuh.“World Expeditions clients also participate in a “Welcome to Country” at Angkerle Atwatye (Standley Chasm), where a member of the local traditional owners formally welcomes them.” These experiences are part of World Expeditions’ most popular trek, the 6 day Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort, during which walkers carry only a daypack and stay at the exclusive World Expeditions’ permanent campsites.Other itineraries include the 6 day Larapinta Challenger Trek, which takes in some of the toughest sections along the Larapinta, the 6 day Art Expedition Larapinta, the 6 day Women’s Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort and the 3 day Larapinta Experience in Comfort. bush tuckerindigenousLarapintaWorld Expeditionslast_img read more