ScienceShot: Long-Nosed Dino Was No Fluke

first_imgIn the 1970s, a relatively small, long-nosed dinosaur was discovered in Mongolia. Some paleontologists claimed it was an unusual member of the tyrannosaurid family—which includes the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex—but many researchers were skeptical. Then, in 2009, paleontologists published details of a very similar specimen also found in Mongolia. Yet other researchers pointed out that both specimens were juveniles, and the long noses might just be a growth phase they were going through on their way to becoming typical tyrannosaurids, with tall, deep skulls and crushing jaws and teeth. But a new discovery of a much more complete adult specimen, published online today in Nature Communications and pictured here in an artist’s reconstruction, may quiet the skeptics. Qianzhousaurus sinensis (named after Qianzhou, the ancient name of the city of Ganzhou where it was discovered, and sin, from the Greek word for China), is an adult and lived until about 66 million years ago, just before most dinosaurs went extinct; but it still has the long nose and other features of the two other specimens. Moreover, because the new dino, which at an estimated 757 kilograms weighed about one-tenth as much as T. rex, was found 3000 kilometers away in China’s Jiangxi province, the team concludes that long-nosed tyrannosaurids were not just a fluke, but rather a major group of dinos with a wide geographical distribution.See more ScienceShots.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(*)last_img read more

Breaking The Bee: Indian Kids Are Spelling Out a New Sport in America

first_imgAkash Vukoti entered his first Spelling Bee contest when he was 2 years old. He was still in diapers. He won his first competition when he was 4. And became the youngest speller at the nationals in 2016, at the age of six. Now 8, Vukoti will take another crack at the title next week at an oceanside resort complex outside Washington DC that hosts the national Scripps Spelling Bee.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img

Jarin wants less Alejandro-centric offense from Bulldogs

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University head coach Jamike Jarin wants his players to stop relying on just one person to get themselves out of tight situations.In the Bulldogs’ 90-83 loss to Far Eastern University Wednesday, wingman J-Jay Alejandro was the lone player from Jarin’s team to display the fighting spirit in the fourth quarter against the Tamaraws.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES Racela proud of Tolentino’s improved defensive effort For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. And seeing just one player try to carry the whole team did not bode well with Jarin as they dropped to 2-3 in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball standings.“An all J-Jay offense is a concern,” said Jarin at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “This team is not talented enough to win games individually so it has to be a collective team effort. We need to step up offensively and defensively.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNU trailed 76-68 at the start of the fourth until Alejandro willed the Bulldogs to a 9-2 run late in the period to cut the deficit to five, 86-81.Alejandro scored 11 of his 23 points in the fourth while his teammates mustered just four in the final period. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Efficient Fournier leads Magic rout of Spurs

first_imgTexas school district apologizes for slurs during broadcast Read Next LATEST STORIES Magic: At Charlotte on Sunday night. The Magic have lost seven straight to the Hornets. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier (10) dunks the ball over San Antonio Spurs’ Dejounte Murray during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — The season is a little more than a week old, but the Orlando Magic continue to shock the NBA.The Magic buried the San Antonio Spurs 114-87 behind 25 points from Evan Fournier to run their record to an Eastern Conference-best 4-1.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Orlando’s quick tempo resulted in open looks from all over the floor, especially in the first half, when all nine players scored.Aldridge scored 12 first-half points on 5-of-9 shooting. The rest of the team combined to go 7 for 35 (20 percent) from the field, and no other Spur had more than four points at halftime.“I wouldn’t say we took them lightly. They just beat us,” Aldridge said. “We didn’t play good defense and our offense wasn’t any good. When you don’t do those things, you end up getting beat by a lot of points.”Orlando had 22 assists in the game, 19 of them in the first three periods.“The respect level we have for them kept our guys engaged in the game the whole way,” Vogel said. “Our guys worked tonight. We forced a lot of turnovers and took them out of their rhythm. There are definitely a lot of positives happening for us.”TIP-INS:Spurs: Popovich still needs one win to tie Phil Jackson for sixth on the all-time victory list. Popovich is at 1,154. … San Antonio went 2-for-13 from 3-point range in the first half. … Aldridge has scored 20 or more points in each of the first five games. … Only Miami had scored 100 points against the Spurs this season.Magic: Orlando is shooting 49 percent from the field so far this season, compared to 44 percent last season. … Gordon has hit 21 of 29 shots in his last two games. … Orlando is 3-0 at home this season. … The Magic hadn’t beaten the Spurs in Orlando since 2010.UP NEXT:Spurs: At Indiana on Sunday.center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Orlando led by as many as 36 points in a near-perfect performance at both ends of the floor. One week ago, the Magic led the Cleveland Cavaliers by as many as 37 in a 114-93 victory.Jonathon Simmons scored 17 points, Aaron Gordon had 16 and Nikola Vucevic scored 15 for the Magic, who closed this one out early. They led by 27 at halftime and pushed the lead to 36 when Fournier conveted a four-point play with just over three minutes left in the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m impressed with how we’re playing offensively,” coach Frank Vogel said. “Nobody is forcing things at the rim, nobody’s forcing it on the perimeter, and as a result, we’re getting better and better looks on each possession. That’s why you’re seeing the offense clicking the way it’s clicking.”The Magic got 56 points in the paint and 58 on the perimeter, and they shot 11-for-23 from 3-point range. Fournier hit all four of his 3-point attempts, and Vucevic was 3-for-3 from behind the arc. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Orlando shot 60 percent for the first three quarters before emptying the bench in the fourth.“We’ve got a lot of weapons out there on the floor, especially with Niko (Vucevic) being able to knock down the 3-ball,” Gordon said. “We have a lot of guys who are dangerous from a lot of different areas on the floor.”San Antonio lost for the first time in five games this season. The Spurs tried to play the up-tempo game Orlando favors but couldn’t run with the younger, fresher Magic.LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio. Patty Mills added 12 points and Pau Gasol scored 10 with eight rebounds.“They did a good job of taking us out of what we wanted to do, and they did it for 48 minutes,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “They outplayed us in every facet.”ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Hurts to have missed penalty: Lionel Messi after shock draw vs Iceland

first_imgArgentine maestro Lionel Messi missed the fourth penalty in his last seven attempts for club Barcelona and country, bringing back memories of his skying effort in the 2016 Copa America final against Chile.Two years ago, Messi had missed a penalty that cost them the Copa America title and he had immediately announced his retirement from international football, it had hurt him that much.However, after much deliberation, requests from an entire nation, Messi returned to don the white and blue.On Saturday though, Messi would go through that nightmare again, the only relief that can come out of it is that this was just the first match and not a final.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEArgentina were held by World Cup debutants Iceland 1-1 and the result that the La Albiceleste would want to forget.”It would have changed the script. It was the advantage,” Messi said.Also read – World Cup 2018: Lionel Messi’s dubious record in shock draw vs Iceland”Obviously it hurts me to have missed the penalty. They would have opened a little more and we could have found more spaces.”We have the bitterness of not being able to take the three points that we deserved. To start with winning is always important, now we have to think about Croatia.”We will try to pass this quickly.”Also read – World Cup 2018, Day 3 Highlights: Penalties, Messi flop show and VARDespite having a massive 78 per cent possession, Iceland’s defensive abilities and shape troubled Argentina. On top of that even when they got seven shots out of 20 on target, Iceland keeper Hannes Halldorsson stood big and denied the mighty South Americans.advertisementArgentina coach Jorge Sampaoli dismissed Messi’s penalty set-back as a “statistic” and praised his attitude in a difficult game.”To evaluate and characterise Lionel Messi’s work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match for him,” Sampaoli said.Also read – Lionel Messi misses penalty a day after Cristiano Ronald’s heroics”Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win. Leo is very committed to Argentina.”We always come to win so that’s why there is a certain amount of frustration.”Argentina and Lionel Messi will now want to put this draw behind them and focus on their next match against Croatia on June 21.Also read – World Cup 2018: Iceland hero reveals how he prepared for Lionel MessiCroatia played their opener against Nigeria and won 2-0 with Luka Modric scoring a penalty.Argentina’s result against Croatia will be crucial, where Messi will be up against Real Madrid nemesis Luka Modric and Barcelona teammate Ivan Rakitic in the midfield, making up for an interesting match.last_img read more

Getting to know your heart

first_imgThen God spoke. Through thunder and lightning, trumpet and smoke, he gave two tablets of stone, inscribed by his own finger: the Ten Commandments.In an age when thunder and lightning in our cells and tissues overwhelm us, doctors are the new gods. And right now they are dishing out the,Then God spoke. Through thunder and lightning, trumpet and smoke, he gave two tablets of stone, inscribed by his own finger: the Ten Commandments.In an age when thunder and lightning in our cells and tissues overwhelm us, doctors are the new gods. And right now they are dishing out the new ten commandments for optimising your health. The oldest umbrella organisation of cardiologists in India, the Cardiological Society of India (CSI), is asking us to embrace 10 everyday tips to live better. With ‘My heart, Your heart’ as the theme for this year’s World Heart Day on September 29, cardiologists have put together a slim document, ‘Ten Commandments for Creating Heart-Healthy Homes’ (see graphic), in 11 languages, and sent it out to schools and movie halls. “It is our gift to the nation, not just to keep the heart-health conversation on but also to take it a step further- a call for action,” says Dr Soumitra Kumar, general secretary of CSI. “Keep the ten commandments in mind, follow it yourself and teach your children,” he says.According to the World Health Organization, of the 54.7 million deaths across the world per year, 36 million are due to noncommunicable diseases or NCDs like heart attacks, stroke, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, hypertension and diabetes. A large proportion of these are due to the risks related to urban built environment: from physical inactivity and obesity, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases from transport-generated air pollution, ischaemic heart disease and cancers from household biomass energy use (coal, dung, wood, low-cost fuel), asthma from indoor air pollution and smoking, heat-related strokes and illnesses. Outdoor air pollution alone is responsible for 3.7 million deaths annually, mainly due to NCDs, while physical inactivity is responsible for 3.2 million deaths.advertisementUrbanisation is one of the leading global trends of the 21st century. While cities can bring in opportunities, they also have a significant impact on health. By 2050, over 68 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities. According to census reports, India is shifting toward city life- from 11 per cent in 1901 to 25.7 per cent in 1991 and 32 per cent now; it is slated to rise to 41 per cent by 2050. And NCDs have turned into the top 10 killers in the country. A just-released study by the researchers of the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative (published in Lancet, September 2018), shows that the leading risk factors are: dietary (56.4 per cent), high systolic blood pressure (54.6 per cent), air pollution (31.1 per cent), high total cholesterol (29.4 per cent), tobacco use (18.9 per cent), high fasting plasma glucose (16.7 per cent) and high body-mass index (14.7 per cent).So how bad is urban living and how can you protect yourself? Cut out the 10 everyday tips from CSI and hang it on your wall, to begin with. And read on to see what experts suggest about managing the health hazards of urban living. JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED:Look out for those little signs and flip the red flags.Knowing your body, how it works, and the environment you live in are the key to being proactive about your health. There are three things one has to work out. First, know your genes. They will tell you about your chances of getting the three most common and devastating diseases. If there is coronary heart disease in either your mother or father, you have double the chance of getting heart disease: 20 per cent. If both parents have it, then there is 30 per cent chance.Then there is diabetes. If one parent has it, children have 25 per cent chance of getting it. If both parents do, chances go up to 50 per cent. Cancer is the third risk. Some people inherit gene faults that enhance their risk of developing particular types of cancers. BRCA genes carry risks of breast and ovarian cancers to the next generation, something Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie has. Other inherited genes are linked to other cancers; some gene faults can increase the risk of more than one type of cancer. However, some people with a predisposing genetic variation never get the disease while others do, within the same family. Second, understand your own body structure and how you treat it. There is a mismatch today between the quality and quantity of food we eat, our energy intake and output, especially because of sedentary lifestyles. We need to balance that. You need to do three things for that: reduce oil-based products, sugar and carbohydrate and eat more fruits and vegetables, keeping in mind the ultimate calories these foods give your body. On an average, an adult needs about 1,600 calories a day. To match that consumption, you need 40 minutes of cardiovascular exercise- gym, walk, jog, swim- to keep your circulation in good shape.Third is the environment and how it can create a huge amount of stress, leading to high blood pressure and the thickening of arteries. The best way to neutralise stress is through yoga and pranayam. Asanas neutralise the effect of sitting for long, stooping over computers, waiting in traffic for hours, keep your body flexible, your bones healthy. Pranayam gives higher quantity of oxygen to your brain because you are taking a deep breath and holding it, allowing 200 per cent oxygen to your brain, which refreshes serotonin and dopamine levels. A stress buster, you must do that every 24 hours. It also cleans your lungs. Along with it, avoid tobacco and alcohol in excess: no more than 60 cc in 24 hours, no more than four times a week.advertisementHow well do you know yourself? And what does ‘know yourself’ have to do with your health? A lot.- Dr Naresh Trehan, Cardiovascular surgeon, CMD, Medanta: The Medicity, GurgaonIndia has the dubious distinction of being the country with the highest number of deaths due to air pollution, according to the World Health Organization. Yet, most Indians are unaware of the enormity of the problem. Such is the level of air pollution in our country that everyone in India can be called a smoker now. Think about it: we have 52 newborn smokers every minute. And every Delhiite has smoked 10 cigarettes every day in the past year.What can people do to save themselves? We breathe 25,000 times a day, inhaling 10,000 litres of air on average every day, and inhaling thousands of kilograms of toxins in each breath. About 99.99 per cent of those toxins come out, but a minuscule portion does not. As we keep breathing, 25,000 times a day, that tiny portion becomes a chunk, gets deposited in our lungs, absorbed by body and damages brain, heart, kidneys, reproductive system and every organ of the body.In children, it can lead to neuroinflammation which, it has been proved, leads to cognitive underdevelopment, or low IQ. In adults, air pollution leads to five to 10 times higher brain attacks (paralytic); hypertension in people in their 20s and 30s; five to 10 times higher heart attacks in people living in polluted cities. Numerous studies show rise in hospitalisation from heart attacks following spikes in particulate matter. Similar correlation has been shown with asthma, COPD and pneumonia. Such is the level of air pollution in India that neonates develop bronchial problems. The number of lung cancer patients is zooming. The past 20 years belonged to heart disease, the next 20 will see a lung disease epidemic.Try to contain dhul and dhuan (dust and smoke), the two contributors to air pollution, at home, in your neighbourhood or outside. That’s the only way to save yourself.- Dr Arvind Kumar, Pulmonologist and thoracic surgeon, Chairman, Centre for Chest Surgery & Lung Transplantation & Director, Institute of Robotic Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New DelhiEffectively, there is no remedy. Air is a continuous flow, it goes across boundaries. So when it is highly polluted outside, don’t go out. Normally, we breathe 12-14 times a minute. But when we do outdoor activities- running, jogging, exercising- we breathe about 45 times a minute. You will inhale more toxins every minute. That is why we have been opposing marathons, which are supposed to be good for your health but actually kill by poisoning your body. Medically, it’s suicide. Masks do not help: those sold in pharmacies can’t keep out particulate matter and the N95 or N99 masks are effective if worn tight across the nose. Even these can only prevent large particles from getting into the lungs. Finer particles like P2.5 or harmful sulphates and nitrates can pass right through.advertisementIndoor air pollution is also a big issue in India. Air purifiers do no good, because they are effective over limited space. You can do yoga, but it only helps enhance your lung capacity, it can’t remove the particulate deposits that line your lungs. The real remedy is taking small individual efforts to contain two things, dhul and dhuan (dust and smoke)- the two contributors to air pollution- at home, in your neighbourhood or outside. You as a citizen need to take the initiative, to curb pollution, to improve the air you breath. That’s the only way. People don’t eat on time and eat very late. They work all day, come home late and with just enough energy to have dinner and crash. The best meal time at night would be around 7 pm, but if that is difficult, try and eat by 8 pm and then give a gap of two-three hours before going to bed, that would be ideal. Irregular meals may set you up for obesity, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. The practice of eating and then falling asleep is not a good thing for your health: your body and digestive system should rest while you sleep, not digest food.People are often in a rush and don’t do justice to their breakfast. That’s a big problem. Breakfast should be heavy, lunch should be moderate, and dinner should be light and early. That’s very hard to implement, but needs to be done.Lack of sleep and quality sleep is another challenge. Many times people come to me complaining that they are always fatigued, can’t get up on time, sleep during the day, can’t concentrate. And then you find out that their sleep hours are about five hours. There are all these stories about famous people sleeping four-five hours, but, let’s say, they are superhumans. For ordinary mortals you need seven hours of sleep. Most people complaining of day-time tiredness are not getting their full sleep.The main challenge in urban individuals is their inability to stick to meal timings.- Dr Ambrish Mithal, Chairman and Head of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Medanta: the Medicity, GurgaonThird is physical activity. I come across people with very long home-to-work commutes every day. Long commutes take away any time for you to do things you like. You also spend less time participating in moderate to vigorous exercise- be it a social experience like aerobics, playing sports, doing yoga or taking solitary walks. But that doesn’t happen. And after dinner there should be a little bit of activity. Prolonged sitting is a risk factor for diseases of the heart, diabetes and stroke.Finally, food at the workplace. Many companies and organisations now offer food, but usually it’s not healthy. Healthy food means more of fruits and vegetables, less of roti and maida-based stuff. But everything is simple carbs in our life. If you have a lot of high-fibre veggies and multigrain bread, that should be good enough. However, in large-scale or community cooking, the dangers of infection with vegetables and salads is very high. The reason why deep-fried food is popular in India is because germs get killed. However, then you are damaging your arteries in the long run. So you have to hit a midway between the risk of infection and the risk of chronic disease to work out a properly-cooked clean food that avoids simple carbohydrates. Polluted air from traffic, factories, power generation or smoking on a daily basis, along with the daily pressure of living in crowded and fast-paced cities, loud noise, serpentine queues and long hours of commuting from one place to another turn on our stress system and over time, wear down our body and mind. Exposure to environmental stressors can lead to multiple problems, from higher cholesterol, blood sugar and triglycerides levels, increased heart rate, lower immunity, decreased muscle and bone density to increased rates of depression and anxiety. Pollution is believed to have inflammatory effects on the heart, causing chronic cardiovascular problems. Studies have shown increases in the number of deaths and hospitalisations during high concentrations of smog.Urban health is really deteriorating. A major reason is the deteriorating environment due to air pollution.- Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi; and Head, Cardiology Council of Fortis Group of HospitalsAir pollution tends to strike especially the elderly or those already struggling with heart disease. But it’s not just heart disease, pollution is linked directly to multiple problems, including depression.What are the solutions? Apart from understanding that we have a responsibility towards our environment- for instance, create green spaces to breathe, walk, play and exercise- we have to find time for ourselves. This year, the World Heart Federation’s global campaign for World Heart Day on September 29, ‘My Heart, Your Heart’, is all about making a promise: what can I do to look after my heart right now and everybody we care about. It’s about making a few small changes in our lives, so that we can live longer, better and more heart-healthy lives. As an individual, make a promise to yourself to be more active, say no to smoking, eat healthier, and do things that you enjoy. As a healthcare professional, that means save more lives. At the level of policymakers, it means implementing an action plan for chronic, noncommunicable diseases.Most people spend at least 40 per cent of their waking hours at their workplaces. A lot of companies already have environment-friendly green offices, but not many have comprehensive cardiovascular wellness programmes for employees. So, this year, we could start thinking about moving from green offices to heart offices, where employers will have to accurately track the heart health of their employees and provide clear, evidence-based solutions to improve their cardiovascular health. These could include standing desks, treadmill desks, outdoor meetings; banning smoking at the workplace, including the building itself; food in the canteen incorporating healthy snacks and fruits. Offices should aim for heart-healthy certification, apart from green certification. Three things to keep in mind to take care of your heart and health:1) Prevent heart disease: be more active, play, walk, do housework, dance, say no to smoking;2) Be aware of what you are eating: have water or unsweetened juices, swap sweet for fresh fruit, eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, limit processed foods that are high in salt, sugar and fat; and3) Take time out for yourself and your family: your health is the state of your body and mind. And research shows that positive attitude is linked to better heart health.As told to Damayanti Dattalast_img read more

Ronaldo leads Madrid to Club World Cup title

first_imgReal Madrid 1 Gremio 0: Ronaldo free-kick secures Club World Cup glory Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 02:55 12/17/17 ronaldo-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid won a fifth trophy of the year as Cristiano Ronaldo secured a 1-0 defeat of Gremio in the Club World Cup final. Cristiano Ronaldo led the way as Real Madrid beat Gremio 1-0 to successfully retain the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, securing them a fifth trophy of 2017.Gremio coach Renato Gaucho claimed in the build-up that he was a better player than Ronaldo, and the Portugal star provided the perfect response on the pitch, frequently troubling the Brazilian side and scoring the all-important goal.Madrid often looked susceptible on the counter-attack in their 2-1 semi-final win over Al Jazira, though the same could not be said against Gremio as the European champions exerted complete control in the first half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Plenty of chances fell Madrid’s way, though it took them until the second half to break the deadlock and there was more than a hint of fortune about it, with Ronaldo’s free-kick somehow finding its way past Marcelo Grohe and making him the first player to score in successive Club World Cup finals.1 – Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player to score in consecutive FIFA Club World Cup finals. Hero.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 16, 2017Luka Modric saw a 25-yard effort of his own tipped on to the post soon after, as Madrid’s search for a second left them frustrated.Ultimately it did not matter, as Gremio failed to cause the LaLiga team any problems in spite of their own desperation and Zinedine Zidane’s men had little difficulty holding on to claim the Club World Cup title for a third time in four years.CHAMPIONS!FT: #RealMadrid 1-0 @Gremio (@Cristiano 53′).#RMCWC #HalaMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) December 16, 2017It did not take Madrid long to establish dominance and they kept the South American champions penned in their defensive third for extended periods during the early exchanges.The Spanish side were not shy in getting shots away, though most of them were from distance and caused Gremio goalkeeper Grohe few problems.Grohe had to be quick off his line in the 21st minute, however, as he rushed out to smother Raphael Varane’s effort after Sergio Ramos flicked on a corner, with Modric shooting wide from 20 yards a few moments later.Gremio eventually had a chance of their own and they went close, Edilson’s 40-yard free-kick flying agonisingly over.And Ronaldo threatened in similar fashion just before the break when his long-range shot from a set-piece grazed the roof of the goal.Madrid’s dominance showed no sign of letting up after the interval and few could claim they were not deserving of the lead when they finally ended Gremio’s resistance.Ronaldo dazzled Jailson with some quick stepovers and lured him into a foul, before shooting through the wall from the resultant 25-yard free-kick and finding the bottom-left corner.Another final in 2017, another goal for @Cristiano! Champions League final Spanish Super Cup Club World Cup final#RMCWC | #HalaMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) December 16, 2017The Portugal star then had another ruled out a few minutes later due to Karim Bernzema straying offside.Modric nearly added a legitimate second just after the hour mark, but Grohe managed to tip his effort on to the post.Gremio’s need to throw men forward provided Madrid with several opportunities to counter during the final stages and, although they failed to add to the score, Zidane’s men comfortably held on to lift the Club World Cup, giving them the perfect boost ahead of El Clasico next Saturday. Key Opta facts:- Real Madrid have won five titles in the same calendar year for the first time ever (La Liga, Champions League, Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup).- Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time highest-scoring player in the Club World Cup (seven goals).- Madrid have become the first club to be world champions in consecutive years since Sao Paulo under Tele Santana in 1992 and 1993 (Intercontinental Cup).- Madrid have matched Barcelona (three) as the side with the most Club World Cup wins. read morelast_img read more

Vale Makes Maiden Call at Kashima, Japan

first_imgzoom Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation has welcomed a 400,000 ton-class large-sized raw material carrier (commonly known as the Vale Max) operated by Brazil’s Vale S.A., the largest iron ore supplier in the world, at its Kashima Works on a trial basis.VALE BRASILThe accepted vessel,  Vale Brasil, is the largest iron ore transport vessel that has been accepted into Japan, and this is the first entry of a Vale Max into NSSMC’s Kashima Works.The vessel boasts a deadweight capacity of 402,000 tons and covers a total length of 362 m and vessel width of 65 m.NSSMC has already accepted the Vale Max at its Oita Works and Kimitsu Works, but not at Kashima Works, until this time. The vessel was unloaded at NSSMC’s Oita Works, Kimitsu Works, and Kashima Works during her recent cruise, which has demonstrated the potential of the NSSMC’s port and harbor infrastructure in terms of the acceptance of large-sized vessels.NSSMC explained that it had realized the acceptance of the Vale Max at its Kashima Works as a part of its efforts to pursue the merits of the integration of its operations.Press Release, June 22, 2014; Image: NSSMClast_img read more

Scorpio Unveils Scrubber Investment

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy; Wartsila Monaco-based shipowner Scorpio is going to invest heavily in the installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) on board its ships to become compliant with the 0.5 sulphur limit on marine fuels entering into force on January 1, 2020.The intention was confirmed in two separate regulatory filings of the same content submitted by both Scorpio Tankers and Scorpio Bulkers.“The company has announced that management expects to retrofit the substantial majority of its vessels with exhaust gas cleaning systems, or scrubbers, to comply with the IMO 2020 rules regarding sulfur emissions by the end of the first half of 2020.  The company expects the aggregate capital investment of such retrofits to be material, but has not determined the exact costs or how such costs will be financed,” the two filings read.In June 2018, Scorpio Tankers said that it was planning to meet the IMO’s sulphur cap by burning compliant fuels.At the time, Scorpio was still evaluating scrubbers, but was not seeing a “compelling argument to install them today.”Explaining its decision at the time Scorpio said that regulatory, technological, and supply/pricing risks were key factors in delaying its decision on scrubber installation.“The demand and fuel-efficiency stories are more relevant to the product tanker segment than the yes/no scrubber decision,” the company added.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

We played our worst cricket in most critical moments of this WC

first_imgLondon: Former skipper Ricky Ponting believes Australia played their worst cricket in the most critical moments of the ongoing World Cup. Australia failed to make it to the finals after suffering an eight-wicket thrashing against England in the semi-finals on Thursday in Birmingham. Before the semi-finals, Australia had also lost their last league game against South Africa and finished at the second spot in the points table after the group stage. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “Unusually for Australian teams in World Cups, we played our worst cricket in the most critical moments,” Ponting told “That’ll be the thing that gets spoken about the most and see if there’s any reason behind it,” he added. Ponting, hired as an assistant coach to Justin Langer for Australia’s World Cup campaign, however, said that the Aaron Finch-led side didn’t go wrong when it came to tactics. “Tactically, I think we got things right. Personnel-wise, we picked the best team that we could for every game,” said the World Cup-winning captain. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Australia will now face England in the Ashes series beginning August 1. England will aim to win their first World Cup trophy when they face New Zealand in Sunday’s final at Lord’s. If they are able to win the coveted trophy, then according to Ponting, England will carry that momentum into the Ashes series. “It probably does, to be honest,” Ponting said, when asked whether England’s 50-over success could spill over. “The country will be on a bit of a wave and a bit of a high, the players will certainly be on a huge high after that World Cup. But who knows if they don’t (win), it might have an adverse effect on their Ashes campaign as well. “But I’m sure if they happen to win the World Cup, they’ll take as much as they can from it going into the Ashes,” he added.last_img read more

Gun Salesman Denies Business to Muslims after US Shooting

Rabat – A video of a gun salesman in Florida has been stirring controversy after his declaration to suspend his services to all Muslims, calling his business a “Muslim-Free Zone.”Florida Gun Supply storeowner Andy Hallinan says in his video posted on the store’s Facebook page, “I have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure the safety of all patriots in my community, and so effective immediately, I’m declaring Florida Gun Supply as a Muslim-free zone. I will not arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots.”He goes on to say, “Our leaders are telling us that Islam is a peaceful religion full of tolerance, love and hope. Don’t believe their lies.” The video follows the tragic killing of five people in a Navy reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Mohammad Abdulazeez, a naturalized U.S. citizen, opened fire in a Navy building, killing five servicemen.Abdulazeez was born in Kuwait and had Jordanian citizenship. It remains unclear exactly what the gunman’s motives were, and further investigation is underway. Authorities can say for sure, however, than the gunman acted alone.“So far, there is nothing connecting the attacker to ISIS or other international terror groups,” said Ed Reinhold, special agent in charge of the regional FBI office. “Abdulazeez was not on any U.S. databases of suspected terrorists.”According to Abdulazeez’s family members in Tennessee, he had been battling depression and drug abuse for years. Friends and family are still surprised by his sudden actions.James Petty, a close friend to Abdulazeez who considered the 24-year-old a devout Muslim, told CNN that he did not believe the gunman was influenced by ISIS, saying Abdulazeez considered it, “a stupid group and that it was completely against Islam. And not to even think about going towards them.”Amongst the number of recent shootings in the US, such as the tragic incident where a shooter in Charleston, South Carolina shot and killed nine churchgoers in a historically African American church in June, this viral video highlights the larger issue of associating specific ethnicities and religions such as Islam closely to acts of violence. Such an issue may raise questions as to why religions of other attackers are less frequently reported on or discussed, and whether or not these associations cause false prejudices. read more

Rabat Court of Appeals to Investigate Death During Contractual Teacher Protests

Rabat – The Public Prosecutor at the Rabat Court of Appeals has ordered an investigation into the death of a protestor. Abdellah Hajili was accompanying his daughter at a Contractual Teachers’ demonstration when the incident took place. The incident dates back to April 24 when the deceased called “spiritual father” by the teaching community for his unwavering support of their cause, was among the protesting teachers with his daughter, Houda.During the protest, Hajili allegedly sustained serious wounds when police used water cannons and violence to clear out protestors who were holding an overnight sit-in at the parliament building in the Capital, Rabat. The statement says that the deceased will undergo a post postmortem examination to pinpoint the causes and circumstances of his death, adding that the authorities will take due legal action in this matter. On May 27, following the death of Hajili, the National Coordination of Teachers Forced into Contract (CNPCC) released a public statement expressing sorrow and sympathy, while calling for a three-day strike in Rabat in commemoration of the deceased, who they called “a martyr.”The CNPCC “barbaric police intervention,” urging all human rights groups to join forces to denounce the “arbitrary approach against peaceful protests.”Read also: Contractual Teachers’ Representatives Boycott Dialogue with Education MinistryContractual teachers staged several strikes across a number of Moroccan cities, protesting the conditions of teachers in the public sector and calling for the abolition of fixed-term contract.The teachers argue that fixed term contracts are “discriminatory” in that it does not guarantee them the same rights permanent teachers enjoy.Strikes began on February 20, to commemorate the February 20 movement, and since then contractual teachers have been in a tug of war with the Ministry of Education. Both held several meetings to negotiate a mutual settlement. The discussions yielded no positive results.Both the government and contractual teachers’ representatives have accused each other of reneging on promises made during negotiations and no compromise has been reached.The contractual teachers returned to work, in response to calls from parents’ associations, to avoid a “blank year” (annee blanche) for students, which would nullify all exams taken this academic year. read more

Apple has a backup plan if the USChina trade war gets any

Apple Inc. has a backup plan if the U.S.-China trade war gets out of hand.The Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s primary manufacturing partner has enough capacity to make all iPhones bound for the U.S. outside of China if necessary, according to a senior executive at Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. The Taiwanese contract manufacturer now makes most of the smartphones in the Chinese mainland.China is a crucial cog in Apple’s business, the origin of most of its iPhones and iPads as well as its largest international market. But President Donald Trump has threatened Beijing with new tariffs on about US$300 billion worth of Chinese goods, an act that would escalate tensions dramatically while levying a punitive tax on Apple’s most profitable product. China’s trade war threat to withhold rare earths from U.S. would inflict ‘devastating’ blow Apple earnings could be slashed 29% if China retaliates with product ban, warns Goldman Sachs Down to Business podcast: Why the Canada-China trade relationship is making Canadian businesses uneasy Hon Hai, known also as Foxconn, is the American giant’s most important manufacturing partner. It will fully support Apple if it needs to adjust its production as the U.S.-Chinese trade spat gets grimmer and more unpredictable, board nominee and semiconductor division chief Young Liu told an investor briefing in Taipei on Tuesday.“Twenty-five per cent of our production capacity is outside of China and we can help Apple respond to its needs in the U.S. market,” said Liu, adding that investments are now being made in India for Apple. “We have enough capacity to meet Apple’s demand.”Apple shares were up less than 1 per cent to US$194.40 in New York Tuesday morning.Apple has not given Hon Hai instructions to move production out of China, but it is capable of moving lines elsewhere according to customers’ needs, Liu added. The company will respond swiftly and rely on localized manufacturing in response to the trade war, just as it foresaw the need to build a base in the U.S. state of Wisconsin two years ago, he said.It’s unclear if India will ever become a major production base for Apple’s marquee device. Foxconn is now running quality tests for the iPhone Xr series there and plans to begin mass production at a facility in the suburbs of Chennai. Older models are already assembled at a Wistron plant in Bangalore.Foxconn has also agreed to build a 13,000-worker facility in Wisconsin in exchange for more than US$4.5 billion in government incentives. But that project has since come under criticism for low-paying jobs, sudden dismissals and ever-changing goals. On Tuesday, executives reaffirmed that employment goal, saying construction remained on schedule and that it will hire as many as 2,000 Americans by the end of 2020.It will also start making networking and server products for the U.S. market by the end of next year, on top of LCDs starting next year, Liu read more

UN Childrens Fund appeals for 4 million for children in northern Kenya

Thousands of children in northern Kenya are malnourished, or at risk of malnutrition, and face the threat of polio and rising regional violence over scarce water, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said, as it appealed for $4 million. “More than 20,000 children are malnourished or at serious risk of malnutrition,” UNICEF said. “The risk of polio has soared, with cases now reported in Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia, which border the remote, drought-affected districts in Kenya.” In addition, rising tribal and clan violence – often politically motivated and related to competition over scarce water resources – has targeted children, costing lives and injuries, and forcing thousands to abandon their homes. UNICEF said it needed funds to assist 700,000 children, including 21,000 facing malnutrition and polio and 96,000 who need anti-malarial bed nets. It would also build drop-in-centres for 40,000 children fleeing violence and provide 100,000 people with water. UNICEF Representative Heimo Laakkonen praised efforts by the Kenyan Government to broker peace between northern groups, with some success. “Yet the risk of more violence remains, and the legacy of these brutal attacks marks children for months, years, even for life,” he warned. A recent UNICEF review of the impact of tribal and clan conflict in Kenya listed some of the clashes that have occurred in 2005, including those in Laikipia between Maasai land claimants and white ranchers; in Kwanza between the Pokot and the Bukusu; in Maai Mahiu between the Maasai and the Kikuyu; and in Marsabit between the Borana and the Gabra communities. Since last December an estimated 20,000 people have been displaced by violence in Mandera between the Garre and Murulle clans. In many areas, even before the clashes, children and women out searching for water and fuel wood were sexually assaulted by perpetrators who most often acted with impunity, UNICEF said. Mr. Laakkonen said the area suffered from poverty, lawlessness, poor governance and the lack of investment and development, including inadequate access to reproductive health services, schools and water supplies. read more

Ohio State defense stiffens in second half of 4228 win

Redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee (43) runs a recovered fumble toward the end zone during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFor nearly three quarters of play, Ohio State football fans across the country must have thought it was deja vu.Just like the previous year, OSU was heavily-favored going into its game against archrival Michigan. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, however, the Wolverines were once again matching them step for step. With 7:41 left in the third quarter, Michigan tied the game at 21 following a 12-play, 75-yard drive. The Wolverines had already scored on drives of 80 and 95 yards in the first half, leaving a record Ohio Stadium crowd virtually quiet.Enter Michael Bennett.The senior defensive lineman and co-captain gave a speech to the entire Buckeye defense after the score, he said, and the unit then forced the Wolverines into two straight punts and a fumble, allowing the offense to take the lead back in what would become a 42-28 OSU victory.OSU allowed just 129 yards in the game following the speech, and after the game redshirt-freshman Darron Lee credited Bennett with the improved caliber of play.“Second half, yeah — credit that to Mike Bennett for getting into us in the third quarter. He’s a vocal leader, a vocal force when we’re not doing our job,” Lee said. “He’s a great captain for that. We all needed that for our defense and it showed.”Bennett took similar action during halftime of OSU’s game against Minnesota on Nov. 15. At that point the Buckeyes only led by three, and this time around Bennett said the message was simple.“When you gotta say something, you gotta say something. I felt like that was the best time. I think they had just scored, and it didn’t feel right, they way they were scoring,” he said after The Game. “We expected them to do a bunch of screens and draws and all this stuff, but they just straight up ran the ball down our field and scored, and that’s not all right.”The Centerville, Ohio, native finished with three solo tackles and one sack, as did his linemate, junior Adolphus Washington. Washington noted after the game that Bennett’s interventions in the games against Minnesota, and now Michigan, have been important to the defense’s play.“Guys definitely respond better to peers than they do to a coach, so Mike’s been showing a lot of leadership these past couple weeks,” he said. “And I think that’s been helping us a lot in this second half.”But before addressing his teammates, Bennett and Buckeyes were just hanging on against Michigan’s redshirt-senior quarterback Devin Gardner. In the meeting between the two team’s last season, Gardner threw for 351 yards and four touchdowns. This year he had 129 yards in the first half, and helped the Wolverines convert on four of six third-down attempts in the opening 30 minutes.Washington credited the competitive nature of the rivalry as the reason why the Wolverines —  who ranked last in scoring offense in the Big Ten entering Saturday’s game — put together long drives and 21 points through three-and-a-half quarters.“They always got a game plan for us, they always have something up their sleeve for us. Like you said, they were coming right at us and was we were making mistakes on little things and they were just capitalizing on it,” he said. “But once we went in there the second half and we talked about it, we got it covered.”Despite the defense finding its collective footing and the offense doing similar, perhaps the biggest play of the game came on the first play of the fourth quarter. With OSU driving, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was tackled after a short game. But he didn’t get back up. The potential Heisman Trophy candidate had to be carted off the field, and an OSU official said after the game that Barrett suffered a fractured right ankle on the play, meaning his season is over.Lee said he approached Barrett after the play to reassure him that the team had the game under control.“I went out there and told him, ‘hey man, we got you.’ Told him I love him because I do, he’s a great guy and he’s a great brother,” Lee said. “Everybody was just gonna pick it up from there on, and that’s all it was.”After the teams traded three drives in which they punted, the Buckeyes extended the lead to 14 when sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott ran in from 44 yards. On Michigan’s next drive came the real game-clincher: sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa stripped Gardner, before Lee picked up the ball and took it another 33 yards into the end zone.It was a similar play to the first game of the season against Navy when Lee — in his OSU debut — gathered a fumble and ran for a score. The linebacker said his play against the Wolverines hadn’t quite hit him yet.“It’s really different from the video games, I’ll tell you that. It’s nice, a lot louder,” he said. “Hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it feels good that we won.”Even in victory, eyes turn to OSU’s quarterback situation as redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones takes the reigns for a Dec. 6 matchup in the Big Ten Championship and a potential bowl game. Junior linebacker Joshua Perry, who leads the Buckeyes in total tackles with 108, said the change means the defensive side of the ball has to be even better than before.“We’ve got some things to shore up, definitely,” he said. “We can’t have six and seven-yard runs on first down. But you get past the emotions of the game and you really turn on the film and see what you need to work on, and we’ll find out.”Lee had similar feelings when it comes to what the defense must do to help the team win going forward.“Personally, I feel like defense is going to have to step up tremendously now,” he said. “I’m gonna do everything I can, and if that means I gotta do a little extra, then so be it.”OSU is scheduled to face Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. read more

Stoke goalkeeper Begovic scores after 12 seconds from his own penalty area

first_imgUpdated 5pmTHE FIRST GOAL of today’s 3pm Premier League games came after just 12 seconds… and was scored by a goalkeeper.Stoke went a goal up against Southampton at the Britannia Stadium thanks to this incredible effort from Asmir Begovic: YouTube: XrevzXGamingBegovic is the fifth goalkeeper to score a goal in the Premier League, according to Opta Stats. The other four were: Peter Schmeichel, Tim Howard, Brad Friedel and Paul Robinson.The game was ultimately a 1-1 draw however, thanks to this equaliser from Jay Rodriguez. Begovic will be less pleased with his contribution here:YouTube:  KooraVidKeane and O’Neill scheduled for ITV duty in San Sebastian this weekMick McCarthy: O’Neill set for Ireland joblast_img

Strike action sees Lufthansa flights cancelled across Europe

first_imgGERMAN AIRLINE LUFTHANSA has cancelled almost all its flights within Europe today due to strike action provoked by an ongoing staff pay dispute.Dozens of flights to and from Ireland and the UK have been affected, with Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Hamburg airports all targeted by the strikes.The Lufthansa Group said flight operations would be “considerably restricted” in response to the industrial action by ver.di union members, with just a few short-haul flights – such as in Berlin – operating on Monday. In total, only 20 of the 1,650 planned Lufthansa short-haul flights will operate today due to the limited flight schedule.In addition to the cancellations in Germany and Europe, massive flight cancellations and delays are to be expected for long-haul flights. Lufthansa said that, of the 50 planned flights in Frankfurt, just six will operate; in Munich, of the 17 planned flights, just three will operate; whereas, in Dusseldorf all three long-haul flights are scheduled to operate as planned.Flights operated by Germanwings will not be affected.The airline said it regrets any inconvenience to passengers caused by the strike measures by ver.di, and said it would do its “utmost” to minimise impacts on passengers.Lufthansa passengers have been advised to check the status of their flight before leaving for the airport and to calculate extra time for travelling.The airline says affected customers can change flights free of charge.Read: Lufthansa flights cancelled as staff strikes commencelast_img read more

Handheld digital milling device allows anyone to become a sculptor

first_imgSome of us geeks have always been envious of artists who are able to take an idea from their minds and express it on paper or through sculpture. While I posses the skill to create ideas digitally, I have never been able to create them in the real world. If you are in the same boat, there is hope for us as a team from the Responsive Environments Group at the MIT Media Lab has created a handheld digital milling device that will both guide our hands and allow us to be creative at the same time. Called the “FreeD,” the device communicates with your computer in order to establish boundaries when carving a model that the device won’t allow you to violate. Using a magnetic sensor in both the device and the work-table, the FreeD sends a 3D CAD program its exact location at all times. If you are working on a piece and your actions are going to deviate too much outside of the 3D model that you are using as your template, the device automatically withdraws the milling bit to save you from making a drastic mistake.What is impressive is that when using the FreeD, you have total freedom to create what you want while working inside the 3D model. This gives you the flexibility to be creative, and the confidence that you will be able to create something that resembles the idea that you had in your head. Think of it as a guide to “color in the lines.”The FreeD team is also working on creating a handheld 3D printer/extruder that works on the same principles mentioned above, letting you inject your creativity into the 3D printing process. These are pretty exciting times as the 3D creation process makes huge strides forward as a technology.via MAKElast_img read more

Man killed in shooting at Miami Gardens shopping plaza

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for the person who, they said, shot and killed a man in broad daylight at a shopping plaza in Miami Gardens.Miami Gardens Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the shooting at Northwest Second Avenue and 199th Street, at around 4:40 p.m., Sunday.Investigators said the subject pulled into the plaza next to the Payday Loan and opened fire, striking the victim. He then fled westbound on 199th Street.Police described the victim as a 34-year-old man. He was pronounced dead at the scene.7News cameras captured the man’s body covered with a yellow tarp and several police officers at the strip mall as they searched for clues and interviewed witnesses.Police have not provided any details about the shooter, as they continue to investigate.The victim’s body was later removed from the scene. If you have any information on this shooting or the gunman’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Finding the Value in Digital Publishing

first_imgDigital—readers, advertising, revenue—is growing, but publishers are managing that growth in different ways depending on where their value propositions lie.For a news-driven operation, that could mean emphasizing speed and developing paid products in niche verticals. It could be offering extensions like e-commerce and education for service-oriented publications.Other elements are universal. Content is consumed differently on mobile devices; data collection makes targeted advertising possible. Publishers from different pockets of the industry discussed where they’re finding value in digital at the DeSilva+Phillips Dealmakers Summit on Thursday. Rob Grimshaw, managing director of the Financial Times website,, Inbar Barak, SVP of digital programming and strategy at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, John Brown, Chief Digital Officer for Taunton Press, and Troy Young, president of Hearst Magazines Digital, were on the panel moderated by Miriam Gottfried, Heard on the Street columnist at The Wall Street Journal.—On adapting your content for mobile: “People consume content on mobile in fundamentally different ways from how they do on desktops,” Grimshaw says. “It really is a revolution. The device is always with you and you use it habitually—people pick up their mobile device, I think, 150 times a day—and every time you expect a quick, bite-sized update.”They’re not the only ones, but Grimshaw’s team has developed a product, fastFT, specifically for that purpose. It’s staffed 24-hours-a-day, providing a continuously-updated stream of condensed news summaries.Taunton has approached the problem by going responsive, Brown says. They’re looking at what kind of experiences can be adapted to mobile, but for now, none of it is mobile-specific.”Mobile has forced a simplification of the reading experience,” Young says. “In addition to shorter, bite-sized [content], we’re seeing the death of the right rail.”On adding talent through acquisitions: As publishing and technology continue to merge, finding the right technical expertise has become a challenge, Young says, calling many SaaS companies potential targets for publishers.”It’s a New York problem and it’s a media problem,” he says. How much mobile traffic do you get?Grimshaw, FT: “We’re seeing an enormous shift toward mobile consumption and tablets,” he says, putting it at about 40 percent of total traffic. It’ll be more than half by the middle of this year though. It’s already crossed that threshold (58 percent) for core subscribers only.Young, Hearst: Mobile audiences account for as much as three-quarters of the total readership for Hearst, Young says.Brown, Taunton: Brown says Taunton gets about 38 percent of its traffic from devices at the moment. They’re not a news-driven business though, so it hasn’t been imperative to this point.Barak, MSLO: Mobile readership is close to 50 percent right now for MSLO, and is projected to cross that mark by midyear. Right now the focus is on figuring out new ways to reach the user: “We have this tremendous opportunity to figure out how else to embed this in your life.”On paywalls: “Doing a paywall well is hard, but deciding to do it is an easy decision,” Brown says. “It solves itself from a business-model standpoint.”One of Taunton’s properties, Fine Cooking, just took its paywall down because the epicurean space is crowded right now, he says. Meanwhile, paywalls are thriving for most of the company’s other brands.Paywalls aren’t the solution for Hearst, Young says—the markets they occupy are too competitive. While that takes the paywall solution off the table, it’s forced them to look into other revenue streams like e-commerce.”Paywalls aren’t the solution for every media out there,” Grimshaw says. “But the big thing for publishers is diversifying their businesses.”On e-commerce: It’s been growing rapidly for MSLO, Barak says. Paywalls won’t work for them—”You don’t really want to read about organizing,” she says—but they’re in the solutions business. They give you the information you need to buy and then the option to purchase.On education: Taunton is focusing on real-time interaction with its consumers. They’ve been in the digital learning space for years through video and how-to guides, but now they’re making instructors available on-demand. The project is in beta, Brown says.On developing niche verticals: With digital distribution costing so much less than print, if you can occupy a number of niches, you can build a business with scale, Grimshaw says. Marketing those verticals is easier when you’re building them off of an already-established core though. The FT’s regional intelligence vertical for China, for example, is marketed to people spending a lot of time on’s unpaid China pages.More on this topic Rob Grimshaw Paywalls Versus Advertising? Why Not Both? 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