Pune Challenger: Ramkumar Ramanathan Outwits Sumit Nagal to Enter Semis

first_img KPIT-MSLTA ChallengerPune Challengerramkumar ramanathansemi-finals First Published: November 16, 2019, 2:42 PM IST Pune: Ramkumar Ramanathan scored an upset win over Sumit Nagal in an exciting all India contest to enter the semifinals of the KPIT MSLTA Challenger here on Friday.In their first meeting this year at the Challenger level, 25-year-old Ramkumar, seeded sixth, notched up a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win over Indian No 2 Sumit Nagal, seeded third, in a 97-minute thriller. Ramkumar will now take on second-seeded James Duckworth, who went through close moments to stop another Indian Sasikumar Mukund 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in a 2 hour and 16 minute battle.In doubles section, top seeds Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan registered a dominant 6-3, 6-4 win over Tunisia’s Aziz Dougaz and Frenchman Calvin Hemery in the quarterfinals.In the semifinals, the Indian pair will take on fourth seeded Brydan. Klein of Great Britian and N Vijay Sundar Prashanth of India, who easily disposed off Indian pair of Niki Poonacha and Annirudh Chandrasekar 6-2, 6-3 in another match.It turned out to be an exciting contest between Ramkumar and Nagal as both the players held serves till 4-4 in the first set. Ramkumar broke Nagal in the 10th game to take the first set 6-4.In the second set, Sumit was broken in the 6th game but he broke back Ramkumar in the 7th game. Sumit then held his eighth game and again broke Ramkumar to go up 5-4.In the 10th game, Ramkumar played some classic tennis to break Sumit on the third breakpoint and level scores at 5-5.Both Ramkumar and Sumit held serves in the next two games to level scores at 6-6 and force a tiebreak.In the tie-break, Sumit raced off to a 3-0 lead before Ramkumar came back to level scores at 3-3. Ram played some good point at 5-4 to go up 6-4 but Nagal aced to reduce the margin to 6-5. Ramkumar then closed the match on the second matchpoint to register a big win over in-form Nagal. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Aggressive Roger Federer cruises to Rogers Cup semi-finals in Montreal

first_imgRoger Federer reached the Rogers Cup semi-finals on Friday after coming to the net early and often in a straight sets victory over Roberto Bautista Agut on a windy day in Montreal.World number three Federer, who faces Dutchman Robin Haase in the last four, was never seriously pushed by Spains Bautista Agut, who is winless in seven matches against the Swiss maestro.”I think it pays off playing aggressive here in Montreal,” Federer said in a courtside interview after his 6-4 6-4 win over the 12th seed.”Plus I feel comfortable at the net so why not spend some time up there instead of slugging it out from the baseline?”Federer opened the second set with a break and cruised through the rest of the match, which lasted just over an hour.With world number two Rafael Nadal eliminated on Thursday by 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov and world number one Andy Murray sidelined by a rib injury, Federer has an opportunity to regain his world number one ranking.He would need to win the Rogers Cup and have an equal or better finish than Nadal at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati next week to become the world number one on Aug. 21.”Now that Rafa is out I know I can make big strides, especially if I was to go further than the semis here. But it’s all connected to great play,” said the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion.Earlier, Haase recovered to defeat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 4-6 6-3 6-3 in their quarter-final.advertisementlast_img read more

Chelsea treating me like a criminal, says Diego Costa

first_imgDiego Costa has accused Chelsea of treating him like a “criminal” in a forthright newspaper interview which will deepen the breach with the Premier League club.The striker is seeking a move back to Spain in the transfer window and has not played for Chelsea since the FA Cup final in May, following which he claims manager Antonio Conte sent him a text, telling him he was not in his plans for the new season.Costa was interviewed at home in Brazil on the same day Chelsea lost their opening Premier League game to Burnley, and said he was refusing the club’s demand to return to play with the reserves.”They want me to be there training with the reserves. I wouldn’t be allowed access to the first-team dressing room and I would have no contact at all with the guys,” he told the Daily Mail.”I’m not a criminal! I don’t think it is fair after all I have done to be treated like that.”Reuters PhotoThe Brazilian-born Spain international, who joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in 2014, said if the club did not allow him to move before the transfer window he was prepared to see out his contract unpaid in Brazil.”I am open to being a year in Brazil without playing, even if Chelsea fine me for a year and don’t pay me. I’ll come back stronger. If I was in the wrong, I’d go back now and do as they say.”I want the deal with Atletico resolved this month. My idea would be to go to Madrid, train there, get in the best physical shape and be ready to fire ahead of the World Cup.”advertisementThe situation is complicated by the fact that Atletico are currently banned from signing players in this window although a loan deal would be possible.Costa’s relationship with Conte appears to have broken down although the Brazilian accepts the Italian “is a good coach”.Last week Conte said there was “no news” on the Costa situation but earlier this summer said the “situation is closed.”last_img read more

Need to look at options if MS Dhoni doesn’t deliver: MSK Prasad

first_imgChairman of selectors MSK Prasad today said that former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future is being discussed at selection meetings but they will look at alternatives only if the Jharkhand dasher doesn’t deliver.After explaining Yuvraj Singh’s omission, Prasad was asked about Dhoni and he replied: “You have been fair and I will be honest. Discussions happen about everybody. It is not just MS. When we pick, when we talk about combinations, we talk about everybody. You will also see in times to come.”Reuters PhotoAsked about Dhoni’s future, the chairman said that it’s difficult to predict but till he is delivering for the team, it shouldn’t be a problem. (Yuvraj Singh no more India’s limited-overs talisman?)”You never know. We don’t say it is an automatic thing (selection) but we will see. We are all stakeholders. We all want the Indian team to do well. If he is delivering, why not? If he is not, we will have to look at alternatives,” Prasad answered in a pragmatic manner.He then drew the Andre Agassi analogy about how some players get better with age.”I was just reading Andre Agassi’s autobiography ‘Open’, his life actually started after 30 years. Till then, he won two or three. His actual life started after that. He lived under the media pressure with the question “When are you going to retire?” But he played till 36 and he won so many Grand Slams.last_img read more

Greene Shelled, Bosox Bomb Yanks

first_imgNEW YORK — With every mounting defeat for the Yankees, it becomes more and more likely that Derek Jeter’s career will end before October.Xander Bogaerts homered among his four hits and fellow rookie Mookie Betts also went deep to power the last-place Boston Red Sox past New York 9-4 on Sept. 2.Jeter’s penultimate homestand began with a dud in the opener of his last series against the rival Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.A furious Brett Gardner got ejected on a frustrating — and sometimes embarrassing — night for the Yankees, who fell five games out of a playoff spot. They’ve lost five of seven following a five-game winning streak.Rookie right-hander Shane Greene (4-2) was hit hard and chased in the third inning, the worst of his 10 major league starts. New York had won his previous five outings. “It’s my first and it probably won’t be my last one like this, so I just have to keep grinding,” Greene said.The 21-year-old Bogaerts drove in two runs and finished a triple short of the cycle. He and Betts, born six days apart in October 1992, became the first pair of Red Sox rookies to homer at Yankee Stadium in the same game since Dick Gernert and Faye Throneberry on Aug. 9, 1952.Daniel Nava hit a three-run shot and Yoenis Cespedes tripled, doubled and singled to back Joe Kelly (1-1) in his first win with Boston.Betts had three hits and slumping Mike Napoli added two sacrifice flies for the defending World Series champions, who built a 6-0 lead against Greene.“I just didn’t think he had his location. He got into some bad counts and they put some long at-bats on him as well,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.Martin Prado and Brian McCann each hit a solo homer for New York. But embarrassing baserunning cost the Yankees when they threatened to get back in the game after McCann beat the shift with a bunt single in the fifth.Prado hit a drive over Cespedes’ head in left field, and the ball short-hopped the wall. Carlos Beltran, however, got a bad read and thought the ball might be caught. So he headed back toward second before reversing course and jogging into third.McCann had to hold up at second as Prado charged unaware toward the bag. He never even saw McCann standing on second until he was a few steps away. That left Prado trapped between bases, and he soon gave up in a rundown.“Prado was looking at the ball. That’s going to happen. That’s normal. But you also have to look at the people in front of you,” Girardi said. “It’s tough because we gave them one out. It looked like we were getting to him, and that was a big out.”Kelly walked his next two batters, forcing in a run, and Jacoby Ellsbury lined out with the bases loaded. Jeter’s infield single — he was initially called out before a replay review — made it 7-3.Kelly then threw a called third strike past Gardner, who flipped his bat in disgust and fired down his helmet with two hands. He was immediately ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons.“I saw a replay of it and obviously it was outside — just where I thought it was,” Gardner said. “Felt like I got the bat taken out of my hands there really in a pretty big situation. The pitcher was on the ropes and I just let my emotions get the best of me.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jazz Rout The Knicks, 106-85

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares SALT LAKE CITY — Gordon Hayward wondered how his Utah Jazz would respond to a frustrating loss in Sacramento with a quick turnaround for the second night of a back-to-back against the New York Knicks.Hayward set the tone himself and scored 24 points as the Jazz bullied the Knicks from start to finish in a 106-85 victory the night of Dec. 9.“It’s one of the toughest parts of the NBA, having games like that back-to-back,” Hayward said. “It’s a mental thing more than anything and making sure you’re focused and moving on to the next game. We talked about it as a team before tonight, coming out with energy and playing with force.“We did that and were able to respond really well.”Hayward was aggressive from the opening tip and shot 9-for-14 from the field, including four 3-pointers, to go along with four rebounds and five assists.The Jazz (10-10) led 70-37 early in the third quarter for their largest lead in any game this season.Hayward and Derrick Favors combined to score 15 of Utah’s first 18 points as the Jazz sprinted out to an 18-4 lead. The game was never competitive afterward.Favors finished with 20 and eight rebounds.Carmelo Anthony never found a groove, scoring 12 points on 3-for-11 shooting. He didn’t make his first field goal until 6:33 remained in the second quarter. Jose Calderon added nine.The 21-point loss is the worst of the season for New York.The Knicks (10-13) made a small run in the third quarter and cut the lead below 20 points, but consecutive alley-oops to Jeff Withey and Trevor Booker early in the fourth pushed the lead back to 28.The Jazz improved to 3-1 on the second night of back-to-back games.“We know it’s a long season … and you’re going to have some games you’re not performing the way we know we can perform,” Trey Burke said. “Last we felt like we played (poorly), but we were still in the game at the end. Tonight we wanted to come out with energy from the start.”(KAREEM COPELAND, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

Connected at Hip: Cavs, Celtics Intertwined Since Big Trade

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — Boston playoff star Jayson Tatum and Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue are cousins. The Cavaliers and Celtics might as well be.The Eastern Conference’s top two teams have been intertwined for more than a year — from a summer blockbuster trade, from opening night, from afar.Although there were long stretches this season when it seemed at least unlikely, and maybe impossible, that the Celtics and Cavs would reach the conference finals, they’re back again and meeting in the playoffs for the third time in four years.The series everyone wanted. The one few expected to see.And yet here they are: the odds-defying Celtics, guided by baby-faced coach Brad Stevens and prospering without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, versus the Cavs, who despite a massive roster makeover in February are rolling as 33-year-old LeBron James enhances his legend with every game.“There’s been a lot that’s happened throughout the season with us and for them,” Cavs forward Kevin Love said Thursday as Cleveland prepared for Sunday’s series opener in Boston. “Both teams have raised their level of play and been through it, but are here now and have to lay it all on the line.”It’s hard to process how much has changed for these teams since they played last May.Major moves, injuries, upheaval.FILE – At left, in a March 3, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue yells instructions to players in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/File)After the Cavs beat the Celtics in five games in last year’s conference finals to advance to their third straight NBA Finals, there were no hints the two franchises would ramp up their rivalry with a trade that caught their entire league, well, off-guard.The Cavs succumbed to Irving’s trade demand — he was tired of playing in James’ shadow — and sent the All-Star to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, a first-round draft pick, forward Jae Crowder and center Ante Zizic. The 5-foot-9 Thomas had bravely carried the Celtics in the 2017 postseason despite a balky hip and broken heart following his sister’s death in a car crash.With so many subplots, the league scheduled Boston at Cleveland in the season opener.However, Irving’s awkward reunion with James was quickly overshadowed by Hayward, Boston’s big free-agent signing, grotesquely breaking his ankle just feet from the horrified Cavs bench. As Hayward left on a stretcher, the Celtics’ season seemed to be riding to the hospital with him.Boston, though, showed grit and reeled off 16 straight wins before injuries resurfaced. Marcus Smart had thumb surgery and the Celtics lost Irving, who needed more knee surgery and won’t get a crack at dethroning James.Irving will watch this series from the bench. Thomas is much farther away.He spent the first two months in Cleveland trying to get healthy, but wasn’t the same when he came back and never connected with his new teammates.With Thomas a mess and the season slipping away, Cavs general manager Koby Altman traded him on Feb. 8 to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Altman didn’t stop there, dealing Crowder and Derrick Rose to Utah for Rodney Hood, sending Dwyane Wade back to Miami and acquiring point guard George Hill from Sacramento.FILE – In this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) tries to get past Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown (7) and Al Horford (42) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)Three days after the trade, the new-look Cavs beat the Celtics 121-99 in Boston as Hill, Clarkson and Hood combined for 44 points to the delight of James, who seemed rejuvenated after weeks of moping.He’s now on a mission as he prepares to face the Celtics for the seventh time in the postseason. James is averaging 34.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists in 11 games in these playoffs, which has included him making two buzzer-beaters, scoring 45 points in Game 7 to oust Indiana and dispatching Toronto with shocking ease.“LeBron’s on just a ridiculous run of play,” Stevens said. “We know that it’ll be quite a challenge.”The Celtics may not have anyone of James’ stature, but they have a complete team that’s clicking. Tatum and Jaylen Brown are two of the game’s rising young stars and Cleveland native Terry Rozier has emerged as a postseason menace, filling in for Irving and quickly winning over Boston fans, who have dubbed him “Scary Terry.”Lue knows the Cavs have their hands full.“They’re well-coached,” Lue said. “Despite all the circumstances of guys getting hurt with Kyrie out, with Gordon being out for the whole year, they just keep plugging guys in and keep playing. (Boston executive) Danny Ainge has done a good job of getting guys in that fit that mold of Celtics basketball and they’ve been playing well.”Especially the 20-year-old Tatum. He averaged 23.6 points in Boston’s series win over the Philadelphia 76ers, who didn’t do enough to slow him down.That now falls on Lue, who has known Tatum — or “Little Jay” as he called him — since he was a kid. They’re related on Lue’s grandfather’s side of the family.“He’s not scared, he’s not afraid and he’s always been that type of kid,” Lue said. “He wants these type of moments and he’s taking advantage of it. With Kyrie and Gordon going down and him having a chance to play the minutes he’s been playing, starting and playing in the playoffs the way he has, he’s taken full advantage of it. But he’s never been scared, he’s never been afraid of the big moment. You can see that.”Six years ago, a 14-year-old Tatum posted a picture of himself, wearing a replica Kobe Bryant jersey, with James on Twitter and asked Cleveland’s superstar to follow him.Lue smiled when shown a picture of his cousin.“Now look,” he said. “That’s crazy.”So is another Boston-Cleveland final.—By TOM WITHERS ,  AP Sports Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Cambridge: surface-mount design 12G-SDI BNC right angled connectors

first_img Continue Reading Previous Avnet Silica opens registration for European MiniZed SpeedWay design workshop seriesNext Rigol: real-time spectrum analyzers, electronic loads and decode options for oscilloscopes Cambridge Electronic Industries announces the first product of a brand new SMT design – a 12GHz right angled BNC connector that can be placed directly onto a PCB in rapid assembly and volume production. As bandwidths increase to carry 4K, Quad HD and Ultra HD video, so does the demand for coaxial connectors that are optimised to deliver a 12GHz channel in one single connection. These latest coaxial connectors are designed with great precision and low loss, for broadcast and high- speed video applications where there is a very high throughput of data.Cambridge Electronic Industries’ new BNC connector, part no C-SX-174, is a right-angled surface mount connector, patent pending, suitable for the automated placement techniques used in high volume manufacturing.  Its design has evolved from the company’s popular 12G-SDI connector C-SX-165, which requires a more traditional manufacturing process. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Mouser: Wireless Xpress Bluetooth modules simplify drop-in connectivity upgrades

first_imgMouser Electronics is now stocking the Wireless Xpress BGX13x modules from Silicon Labs. Providing a configuration-based development experience with everything engineers need to quickly develop Bluetooth technology-based Internet of Things applications, the Wireless Xpress BGX13x modules offer Bluetooth 5 compliance in either a system-in-package or PCB module for a variety of IoT applications, including smart home devices, sensors, and industrial monitoring.The Silicon Labs Wireless Xpress BGX13x modules enable a Bluetooth low energy cable replacement solution without requiring wireless firmware development. Using only the modules’ UART interface, the devices allow embedded systems to connect and communicate across a Bluetooth low energy link to smartphones and other BGX devices. Users can also remotely manage and update Bluetooth-enabled products over the air using native device management features. With Silicon Labs’ Zentri Device Management Service, end users can easily install and update firmware, view real-time device health metrics, and adjust product settings through mobile apps.Both the BGX13P PCB module and the BGX13S SiP include an on-board Bluetooth stack controlled through an Xpress command API, plus cable replacement firmware pre-programmed — all in modules that require a total PCB area of just 51 mm². Both modules also feature certifications from Bluetooth, CE, FCC, Japan, and South Korea.The modules are supported by the Wireless Xpress BGX13P Starter Kit, which includes a BGX13P Expansion Board with a pre-mounted BGX13P Module. The BGX13P Expansion Board can operate in stand-alone mode with a PC via USB port or in a simulated embedded host mode with a Silicon Labs EFM8 or EFM32 Starter Kit.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Maxim: extended digital IO family addresses Industry 4.0 challengesNext EKF: quad M12-X GbE ports for XEON processor CPU cardslast_img read more

Daily Mullets (September 26)

first_imgFootball NewsMason Rudolph on OSU’s line and RBs: “I’m really proud of guys, our offensive linemen. They did an incredible job all game of moving the ball on the ground. Our running backs made some great cuts, some great runs.” [NewsOK]One month into the season, Oklahoma State’s biggest problem on paper is apparent. The Cowboys haven’t stopped the pass. [Tulsa World]Also look back at the last point here in our preseason “what worries us.” [PFB]Dez caught it. [PFB]Berry Tramel still has OSU No. 4 in his Big 12 power rankings. [NewsOK]Hey I did a nerd box score for the first time in a while. [PFB]Never before has a Mike Gundy-coached OSU football team had a losing record through five games. If the Cowboys don’t beat No. 22-ranked Texas this week in Stillwater, they will have stumbled to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12. Toppling Texas also is important for this reason: Since rolling to a 10-0 start last season, OSU has lost in five of its last six meetings with FBS opponents. [Tulsa World]Four of Oklahoma State’s final five drives Saturday night ended at the Baylor 11, Baylor 3, Baylor 1 and Baylor 24. Out of that, the Cowboys came away with a total of three points. [ESPN]We all felt how QB1 felt: “Gosh … the runs that Justice made tonight were incredible.” [NewsOK]The 10 best quotes from the BU game. [PFB]The 12 best stats. [PFB]Around the countryLes … gone. [PFB]Longest-tenured P5 coaches at same school:Stoops (18 yrs)Ferentz (18 yrs)Patterson (17 yrs)Gundy (12 yrs)Whittingham (12 yrs)— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 25, 2016 Mike Gundy on Monday…”Pleased to announce new offensive line coach, Les Miles. Welcome home, Mad Hatter.”— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 25, 2016Other sportsOSU football wasn’t the only OSU team to lose to Baylor this week. [O’Colly]Golf NewsArnold Palmer passes away. [CBS]This is probably the best thing I read about him last night. [SI]I also wrote about Rory’s monster 30 on the back nine yesterday with $11.5M on the table. [CBS]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

US extracted spy that confirmed Putin role in 2016 US vote Reports

first_imgWashington DC: US agents extracted a high-level Russian government source who had confirmed Vladimir Putin’s direct role in interfering in the 2016 US presidential election, US media reported. The source, who had been providing information for decades, had access to Putin and had sent pictures of high-level documents on the Russian leader’s desk, CNN reported. The network said the spy was pulled out of Russia in 2017 due to concerns that President Donald Trump and his cabinet could expose the asset due to repeated mishandling of classified intelligence. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe CIA refuted this. Brittany Bramell, the agency’s director of public affairs, told CNN: “Misguided speculation that the President’s handling of our nation’s most sensitive intelligence — which he has access to each and every day — drove an alleged exfiltration operation is inaccurate.” The agency offered to extract the source in late 2016 but the informant initially refused, citing family issues, the New York Times reported. This prompted fears that the informant had become a double agent — but months later the source relented, the Times added. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe unnamed individual was key in providing information that led US intelligence to conclude Putin directly orchestrated Russian interference in favor of Trump and against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, the Times said. The informant was also directly linked Putin to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, resulting in the release of a flood of embarrassing messages, the newspaper reported. According to the Times, the agent was the CIA’s most valuable Russian asset.last_img read more

Roadsides not best place for planting monarchcritical milkweed study finds

first_imgTORONTO – Efforts aimed at reversing a steep decline in the monarch butterfly population by planting traditionally unloved milkweed need to take into account the size and location of the planted patches, new Canadian research indicates.The study, out of the University of Guelph, finds that restoring milkweed along roadways is less effective than doing so on agricultural lands. Milkweed is critical to the survival of the monarch population because it’s believed to be the only plant the butterflies feed on as caterpillars.“Roadside patches, which received half the number of eggs compared to agricultural landscapes, may potentially pose a number of threats to monarchs because of vehicle collision and accumulation of noxious chemicals,” the study’s authors write.“A better strategy may be for managers to develop incentive programs with landowners to plant and maintain milkweeds in agricultural landscapes.”The research, published in the journal Biological Conservation, looked at what monarch butterflies prefer when it comes to laying eggs on milkweed.Milkweed plants on farm land, according to the two-year study carried out primarily by now graduated master’s student Grace Pitman, have more than three times the amount of monarch eggs than those growing in urban gardens and roadsides. That might be because female monarchs can find the plants more easily in agricultural fields.“Based on these findings, it will be important to develop programs with landowners and other pollinator initiatives or ecosystem service programs to actively restore milkweed in agricultural landscapes,” the authors write. “Ideal areas for planting milkweed patches are crop margins, field corners, and other marginalized cropland within close proximity to crop fields.”At the same time, small patches in gardens and urban parks can still be useful for adult monarchs to lay eggs and find nectar for themselves, the paper states.Most monarchs migrate thousands of kilometres along various routes through the United States between Mexico and Canada, where they are mostly found in southern Ontario, southwestern Quebec, and the most southerly parts of Manitoba and British Columbia. They are considered an indicator species of the overall health of the environment.However, monarch populations are estimated to have plunged by 90 per cent or more across North America over the past two decades. Part of the decline has been blamed on the attempted eradication of the otherwise prolific milkweed, which has traditionally been viewed, or officially listed, as a noxious weed, even poisonous to livestock.For several years now, conservationists have been pushing milkweed restoration as a way to counter the monarch decline, arguing the plant can easily be controlled in an agricultural setting. Roadsides, which are plentiful in the monarch range, have featured prominently in the restoration push.“It looks like it’s not the best place to attract females to lay eggs,” study co-author Ryan Norris, an associate professor in the department of integrative biology, said from Guelph, Ont., on Wednesday. “Whether females don’t like roadside habitats, or they do like them but are getting killed, is something that needs to be looked at further.”Small, low-density milkweed patches of under 16 square metres in agricultural landscape appear to be most useful, in part because they tend to be home to fewer predators that feast on monarch eggs or larvae than medium-sized patches, the study finds. Large patches may be important for male monarchs to search for mates, but they might interfere with females trying to lay eggs.One big unknown, Norris said, is whether more eggs translate into more adult monarchs and what impact pesticides might have on survival rates.“That’s a trickier thing to measure,” Norris said. “It’s much harder than going around counting eggs.”last_img read more

Manitobas top chief fights back over rising evacuee numbers

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Lake St. Martin First Nation in Manitoba was forced to evacuate due to flooding last spring.Since then, the number of evacuees has inexplicably risen.This has raised concerns in Ottawa.However, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs say it’s much ado about nothing.APTN National News reporter Matt Thordarson has this story.last_img

Morocco Diabetic Person Beaten up for Drinking Water During Ramadan

Rabat – A diabetic person was beaten up by a mob of people after he was seen drinking water in broad daylight during Ramadan in Rabat.The information was reported by a doctor who shared a video on YouTube where he denounced the incident. In the video, which is being widely shared on social media, the doctor explains how his patient, who suffered from diabetes since he was a child, was assaulted for drinking water.The doctor expresses his frustration at the ignorance that reigns among large segments of Moroccans, as well as in the Moroccan penal code, which punishes those who publicly break their fast with a fine and a sentencing of up to six months in prison. “The penal code is a joke and a disgrace for Morocco. We are not living in the times of Ottomans or in the Middle Ages,” the doctor said, calling on the government to respect its international commitments in terms of the respect of human rights.Every year, the holy month of Ramadan, which is supposed to be a month of mercy, devotion and piety, brings with it its share of controversy over people who break the fast in public.On June 15, two people were arrested in Zagora for publicly drinking water because of the scorching temperature and the hardship of their manual work. Several similar cases of arrest were reported in different Moroccan cities.The application of article 222 of the penal code is giving rise to an unprecedented controversy in the country.Earlier this month in Doha, Qatar, Moroccan scholar Ahmed Raissouni said that he is in favor of repealing article 222. Raissouni argued that law enforcement officials cannot intervene in the decision of people to fast or not fast, adding that it is a question of individual freedoms and clarity of conscience.A careful reading the Quran and the Hadiths shows that article 222 of the penal code has no religious basis. The holy Quran’s surat Al Baqarah (the cow) says “there shall be no compulsion in religion.”Though breaking the fast in Ramadan on purpose is considered a major sin, no verse of the Quran calls for punishing people who decide not to fast or break the fast in public.Fasting during Ramadan is only prescribed for people who have reached their puberty and are in good health. The elderly, people who have chronic diseases, such as diabetes, and women who are pregnant are not supposed to fast.People who are traveling and women who have their period are required to abstain from fasting and to make up for the missing days after the end of Ramadan.Edited by Ghita Benslimane read more

Michigan Gov Whitmer blocks immigrant detention plan

LANSING, Mich. — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer blocked the sale of a former state prison that was proposed as the site of a privately operated federal immigration detention centre, drawing praise from immigrant rights activists and criticism Tuesday from a Republican lawmaker whose district stood to gain jobs.Whitmer late last week stopped the proposed sale from proceeding, after plans for the facility had advanced in the fall under the administration of then-Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican. She said Virginia-based Immigration Centers of America would not guarantee to not detain adults who are separated from their children or other family members.“The governor believes that building more detention facilities won’t solve our immigration crisis, and she also believes that separating families doesn’t reflect our Michigan values,” Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown said in a statement.GOP Rep. Thomas Albert, whose district includes the former Deerfield Correctional Facility in Ionia, vowed Tuesday to fight Whitmer’s decision.“This issue is not going away,” he told The Associated Press, noting that he chairs the House subcommittee that is responsible for the Department of Corrections budget.He said Ionia has lost out on 250 new jobs, $35 million in private investment and property tax revenue. It is not clear, however, if the GOP-led Legislature can realistically revive the project.U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has set a March 29 deadline for bids to house approximately 600 male detainees within 150 miles of Detroit, either in Michigan or Ohio. It may be too late for Immigration Centers of America to find another site before then, a company spokesman said.Albert, of Lowell, said Whitmer’s administration added strict stipulations to the development agreement, including that the facility not house any individual who had been separated from a family member at apprehension, during detention or any other time while in custody. The restriction, which would have applied for adults detained and separated for the purpose of criminal prosecution or unlawful entry, would have forced the company to release a detainee if he or she alleged that they have been separated.“That’s effectively turning the detention centre into a hotel. There’s literally no way that anybody could comply with that,” Albert said. “It was just a thinly veiled way to torpedo the whole deal.”Immigration Centers of America, which operates an immigration detention centre in Virginia, was the sole bidder for the former prison, which closed in 2009. Spokesman John Truscott said the detention facility would have offered a “much better and more humane” alternative than the current practice of housing detainees in county jails.It is a “possibility” that Whitmer could change her mind, “but we’re not counting on it,” he said.While Albert accused Whitmer of appeasing her political base with a move against President Donald Trump — who rescinded a family separation policy last year — the immigrant rights group Michigan United applauded her for doing the “moral and just thing.”“Not only would a new prison anywhere in Michigan make it easier for ICE to tear families apart, one so far away would also make it harder for their lawyers to work with them, harder for their families to come visit them and much harder for the community to rally in their support,” the organization said in a statement.___Follow Eggert on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DavidEggert00David Eggert, The Associated Press read more

Police arrest man seize machete in Brantford

Police have seized a 12-inch blade machete and charged a Brantford man for possession of a dangerous weapon.Brantford Police received reports of a man carrying a machete in the area of Peel and Colborne Streets on Wednesday afternoon.When officers responded they watched he man bury the machete in a pile of snow. A 28-year-old man was arrested and charged.Police seized the machete as well as four pills of oxycodone.

Get muddy for a good cause

Brock University has entered a team into the Muddy Grape Endurance Run in St. Catharines.The Ontario Special Olympics will be held at Brock June 12-14 and the Muddy Grape, similar to the Polar Plunge held here in March, will raise money for that event through the Law Enforcement Torch Run.Brock has entered a team into the Muddy Grape, a 5km race featuring 15 different obstacles being held May 6 at Hernder Estates.The Dirty Badgers, as the Brock team is called, is open to anyone to join or sponsor and can be found on the Muddy Grape website’s registration page at MuddyGrape.comThe University is also looking for volunteers for the Special Olympics. Anyone interested in helping help can find more information at volunteer.specialolympics.ca.

Mourners of Grenfell tragedy remember loved ones in silent walk through Westminster

first_imgTwo Christmas trees, outside the start of the march at Notting Hill Methodist Church, were a poignant reminder of the those not able to join in this years festivities.Along the route loved ones had placed photos of their relatives surrounded by Christmas lights. Firemen also paid their respects A green glow was cast across the streets surrounding Grenfell as hundreds marched to remember their loved ones.Dozens of green candles, the colour which has come to symbolise the tragedy, flickered among the mass of mourners as they snaked their way through the streets in silence in memory of those lost.Noha Elbaghdady, 41, clutched a wreath of white flowers intertwined with fairy lights in her arms, resting on top a picture of her lost loved one. Her brother Hesham Rahman, 57, was lost in the tragedy.”This march is so important to us to keep them all alive,” she said.”It’s six months since and we need to keep their memories alive and remind people what happened. The families are still grieving. Everyday we are living a nightmare. All we want is justice for these beautiful souls.”We will continue to come here until we get justice.”People carried large greens hearts aloft their heads with “Peace” and “Truth” written inside. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. One woman told the Telegraph she had lost her mother and sister, she said: “We are here tonight because this can never happen again. My sister did not die for no reason. She was let down but we will keep coming so no one else will be.” Firemen also paid their respectsCredit:PAUL GROVER/Telegraphcenter_img Hundreds of mourners hit the streets this evening The silent walk for #Grenfell sets off again #Justice4Grenfell pic.twitter.com/1CNX3pfvsR— Matt Wrack (@MattWrack) December 14, 2017 At 7pm the march began and a sea of placards stretched for hundreds of yards. There was just an eerie silence as the police closed the roads to all traffic.People watched from windows as the hundreds of marchers came past holding white roses. Yellow ribbons and croquet flowers adorned the trees, benches and cycle stands along the way. White roses rested gently on top of tributes along the route.Firefighters lined up along Ladbroke Grove as the marchers silently walked past, some stopped to greet them others shared knowing glances of the haunting scenes they all witnessed that fateful night. Parents pushed their children, grandparents braved the cold as residents young and old came out to mark the anniversary. Hundreds of mourners hit the streets this eveningCredit:Paul Grover/Telegraphlast_img read more

More gas for APA Group in Goldfields region of Western Australia

first_imgAPA Group has executed an agreement to extend and expand gas services to an existing customer in the Goldfields region of Western Australia.Under this agreement, gas will travel over 1,200 km across the energy infrastructure business’ West Coast Grid.The expansion contract is expected to generate some A$45 million ($32 million) of revenue, of which A$21 million is renewal revenues, over the five-year agreement period, starting in November.APA said the contract is the most significant of three it has entered into to support the expansion of the Murrin Murrin Lateral, a transmission pipeline located in south Western Australia that is 84 km in length and has a capacity of 45.6 TJ/d. It connects the Goldfields Gas Pipeline to the Eastern Goldfields Pipeline, which then connects to the Sunrise Dam, Tropicana and Granny Smith gold mines in the Eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia.The APA Group is also currently constructing the Yamarna Gas Pipeline, which it expects to use to link the Murrin Murrin Lateral to a new APA Group-owned Yamarna Power Station. The Murrin Murrin Lateral is part of the Eastern Goldfields Pipeline System, which also includes the Eastern Goldfields Pipeline, Gwalia Lateral, Mt Morgans Lateral and Yamarna Gas Pipeline.last_img read more

HTC Evo Now Gets Ballistic Protection

first_imgClumsy HTC Evo owners, you don’t need to worry any longer. Now you can wrap your smartphone in five layers of protection with the Ballistic HD. The case is now available for the HTC Evo for a list price of $49.99. What do you get for that steep amount? Layer 1 is a screen protector, layer 2 a shock-absorbent polymer, and layer 3 an impact-resistant polycarbonate shell. Moving outward, layer 4 is a second shock-absorbing polymer and layer 5 a soft silicone outer. There’s more going on with this case, however, than just extreme protection. It also includes a video stand, a rotating belt clip, and it’s made of water-resistant materials. You can find it in black/black, black/red, and black/gray. To see how tough it is, watch the drop test video. It’ll make you a believer. AdChoices广告last_img read more