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‘Carolina butcher’ walked on hind legs, terrorized early mammals in Late Triassic

first_imgWhen North Carolina was a wet, tropical swamp some 231 million years ago, the top of the food chain was occupied by a nearly 3-meter-tall crocodilian ancestor that walked on its hind legs and ate the relatives of early mammals, say paleontologists writing on 19 March in Scientific Reports. The researchers, from North Carolina State (NC State) University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, both in Raleigh, say the newly analyzed fossil—parts of a skull, spine, and upper forelimb found in central North Carolina—represents one of the earliest examples of crocodylomorphs, a group of crocodilelike animals who ruled Earth in the Late Triassic. They vied with theropod dinosaurs for top predator slots and succeeded—for a time. By the end-Triassic extinction event, some 201.3 million years ago, only their smaller cousins remained, allowing dinosaurs to take over as top predators for the next 135 million years. But the discovery of Carnufex carolinensis, known as the “Carolina butcher,” was long in coming. For more than a decade, its bone fragments lay unidentified in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. After researchers dusted them off in 2014, high-resolution surface scanners and the more complete skulls of close relatives allowed them to create a three-dimensional model of the creature. The results were telling. “Fossils from this time period are extremely important to scientists because they record the earliest appearance of crocodylomorphs and theropod dinosaurs, two groups that first evolved in the Triassic period, yet managed to survive to the present day in the form of crocodiles and birds,” says Lindsay Zanno, a professor at NC State and director of the museum’s paleontology and geology research laboratory. “The discovery of Carnufex, one of the world’s earliest and largest crocodylomorphs, adds new information to the push and pull of top terrestrial predators across Pangaea.”last_img read more

Man booked for raping minor girl in Palghar

first_imgThe police have registered a case against the driver of a private jeep for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl at Mokhada town in Maharashtra’s Palghar district, the district police said on Friday. The incident took place on October 19, when the victim, a resident of Kurudpada, Jawhar, was travelling in a private jeep, commonly used by locals in the area, the official said. Instead of stopping the vehicle at Kurudpada, the driver Dileep Bhore allegedly dropped the other passengers in the vehicle first, and then stopped the jeep at an isolated road, he added. The accused then allegedly forced the victim out of the vehicle, took her to a field nearby and raped her, he said. The traumatised victim filed a complaint on Thursday, the official said. A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act has been registered against the alleged accused, police PRO Hemant Katkar said, adding that no arrest has been made so far.last_img read more

Starry birthday bash for king of romance

first_imgSaturday night saw a gala ‘ party with Karan’, as Bollywood director- producer Karan Johar threw a star- studded bash to ring in his 42nd birthday in Mumbai.Alia Bhatt and Sonam Kapoor looked stunning at the birthday bash.Hosted at his residence, cinema’s biggies were in full attendance, adding to the excitement of the celebration. Celebrities posed for the paparazzi as they entered the building. On the occasion, many ‘ new’ friends and faces pose at the ‘ it’ party of the season.Surprisingly, old time pals Shahrukh Khan and wife Gauri were missing from the do, possibly due to the growing rift over actor Salman Khan warming up to KJo over the recent past.Bipasha Basu poses with boyfriend Harman Baweja.Meanwhile, Koffee with Karan season 4 guests Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao were spotted entering the party hand- in- hand. While Khan stuck to his typical style of a T- shirt with jeans, sneakers and Chaplin hat, Rao sported a silver dress.Other couples to join the fanfare included Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza, Sonali Bendre and Goldie Behl, and Bipasha Basu and Harman Baweja. While Vidya Balan and Siddharth Roy Kapur’s doting entrance quelled rumours of tension brewing between them, the relationship- status of actor Kunal Kapoor and Naina, neice of Big B.last_img read more

AITA Picks Eight-member Squad for Davis Cup Tie vs Pakistan; Paes, Top Players Return

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Thursday picked an unprecedented eight-member Davis Cup squad for the tie against Pakistan, rewarding players who agreed to travel to Islamabad when top players had refused.Veteran star Leander Paes returned to the Indian team after more than a year along with top players Sumit Nagal, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Sasi Kumar Mukund and Rohan Bopanna, who had reservations on travelling to Pakistan due to security concerns. In the squad announced by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) selection committee here, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Saketh Myneni and Siddharth Rawat also found places in the team.AITA usually names five-member squad apart from one or two reserve players.While the International Tennis Federation (ITF) is still deliberating upon Pakistan Tennis Federation’s appeal to shift the November 29-30 tie out of Islamabad, AITA went ahead with the team selection.In the absence of top player Prajnesh Gunneswaran, India’s singles challenge will be led by in-form Nagal (ranked 127) and Ramkumar (190).Mukund (250) and Myneni (267) will be back up singles players.Perhaps for the first time, the squad has three doubles specialists in Bopanna, Paes and Nedunchezhiyan.Left-handed Nedunchezhiyan has been waiting in wings for long and has been rewarded for his consistent performances in the past two years.Nagal was not part of the five-member squad, which was announced earlier when the tie was to be held on September 14-15. Nagal had cited an injury at that time for opting out.Divij Sharan and Prajnesh were named in that squad but with tie getting delayed due to security concerns in Islamabad, both of them are now unavailable for personal reasons.While Sharan is taking a two-week break after his wedding reception on November 23, Prajnesh is getting married on November 28, a day before the start of the tie.Paes, who was available for travel to Pakistan, has not been considered by AITA for selection after he won the history-creating doubles match during the tie against China in April 2018.He had become the most successful doubles player in the history of Davis Cup when he and Bopanna defeated Ze Zhang and Mao-Xin Gong. It was Paes’ 43rd victory, which took him past Italian Nicola Pietrangeli (42).Those who missed out after making themselves available for travelling to Pakistan are Arjun Kadhe, Vijay Sundar Prashanth, N Sriram Balaji and Manish Sureshkumar.The meeting, held at DLTA, was attended by new non-playing captain Rohit Rajpal, Balram Singh, Zeeshan Ali and Ankita Bhambri while Nandan Bal provided his inputs through conference call.Squad: Sumit Nagal, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Sasi Kumar Mukund, Saketh Myneni, Rohan Bopanna, Leander Paes, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Siddharth Rawat.Captain: Rohit Rajpal, Coach: Zeeshan Ali, Physio: Anand Kumar, Team Manager: Sunder Iyer. davis cupIndiaIndia vs PakistanLeander Paes First Published: November 14, 2019, 3:28 PM IST 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

Boxing Body Near Bankrupt, Facing 2020 Olympic Exclusion

first_imgLAUSANNE, Switzerland — The International Boxing Association says it is near bankruptcy, days before a decision to formally exclude the body from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.AIBA chief executive Tom Virgets has told board members it will be insolvent if International Olympic Committee members derecognize the troubled body as expected next Wednesday.Virgets says in a letter to AIBA executive committee members that IOC decisions “were clearly designed to bankrupt” it.He says AIBA has less than $400,000 in the bank, is releasing all but three staff, and cannot afford to challenge the IOC at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The IOC board last month recommended excluding AIBA after appointing an inquiry panel to investigate its finances, governance and integrity of judging and refereeing Olympic bouts. A key factor was AIBA members electing Gafur Rakhimov as president while on a U.S. sanctions list with suspected links to organized crime.The IOC is working on a fresh qualification program next year to send male and female boxers to 13 medal events in Tokyo.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Hima Das reacts after historic 400m gold: Thank you for the support, India

first_imgHima Das, the gold medal winner in 400m race at the World Junior championships, thanked the fans in India for supporting her after she became India’s first ever track gold medallist at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships.Hima created history on Thursday when she won India’s first ever track gold medal at the Under-20 IAAF world athletics event in Finland.She recorded a time of 51.46 seconds in the 400m race.”I am very happy to win the gold in the World Junior championships. I want to thank all the Indians back home and also those, who were here cheering me. It was very encouraging to have this kind of support,” she said after the race.She now joins the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort. In fact, Das is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.Congratulations to our sensational sprint star Hima Das for winning the 400m gold in the World Under-20 Championship. This is Indias first ever track gold in a World Championship. A very proud moment for Assam and India, Hima; now the Olympic podium beckons! #PresidentKovindPresident of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 12, 2018The previous medal winners at the World Junior Championships were Seema Punia (bronze in discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus in 2014).Das is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.advertisementHima Das creates history by winning Gold medal in 400m of World U20 Championships. She is 1st Indian athlete to win Gold in track event of U-20 World Championships. You have made proud. #NariShaktiRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) July 12, 2018The other medal winners are — Seema Punia (bronze in discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus in 2014).Das was the favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile event. Her rise has been nothing less than meteoric as she took up serious running only last year.Wow! So proud of you Hima Das. Incredible, historic achievement on becoming the first Indian track athlete to win a medal at any global event winning Gold at women’s 400m World U-20 Championships clocking a time of 51.47 seconds. Thank you for the happiness. pic.twitter.com/Cs5wY8sDuMVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 12, 2018Das had earlier clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April.Since then, she has gone on to improve her timings. She lowered the Indian U-20 record in 400m to 51.13 seconds while winning gold in the recent National Inter State Championships in Guwahati.#HimaDas gives #India the most awaited Medal in country’s athletics history with an inspiring performance at U20 World Championships #iaaftampere2018 in #Finland #India Celebrates,Congrats Girl!@sebcoe @iaaforg @Adille1 @Ra_THORe @IndiaSports @Media_SAI @NeelamKapur @Onkarkedia pic.twitter.com/rPBrCsGyy4Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018Congratulating Das, Athletics Federation of India President Adille Sumariwalla said, “Very proud of Hima for creating history. It is one of the proudest moments of my life and for Indian athletics. Congratulations to Hima and her coaches, the government and SAI for their support to AFI.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

IPL 2019 final was more emotional than World Cup 2015 semi-final: Quinton de Kock

first_imgSouth Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock has rated IPL 2019 final as the most emotional moment in his playing career. De Kock was part of the Mumbai Indians squad which edged Chennai Super Kings in a tense IPL final.On the eve of South Africa’s must-win clash against New Zealand, de Kock was asked by a journalist whether 2015 sem-final at Eden Park against the Black Caps was the most emotional moment in his playing career.De Kock rated 2015 World Cup semi-final as the second most emotional moment in his career after IPL 2019 final.”The second most at the moment. Obviously the IPL final this year was up there. But then, Eden Park obviously…Auckland, it was pretty intense. I experienced it for the first time ever, that vibe that was going through the stadium. It was so noisy. (I was) just trying to concentrate, but it was tough to deal with it,” replied De KockDe Kock conceded South Africa’s chances of avoiding an embarrassingly early elimination will be wrecked if they do not cope with the stress of playing in a do-or-die situation.”Tomorrow is a quarter-final, I guess you could say it. But if we do win it, it’s another big game again… We have to win all the games, not just focus on tomorrow, De Kock told reporters in Birmingham.But in saying that, we know how good New Zealand are playing at the moment. They are a big team in World Cups. They always seem to step up, so it’ing to be a tough one anyway.advertisementNew Zealand are only the second undefeated team in this World Cup after three wins in four matches.”During the course of the tournament, obviously after losing all the time, there’s always a bit of a slump in being mentally strong. It’ a long, tough tournament and getting a win has given us high hopes,” the wicketkeeper added.De Kock told his South Africa teammates to keep their heads when they face New Zealand in a must-win Cricket World Cup match.We’re a successful ODI team anyway over the years. So we don’t need to change anything. It just becomes a mental game at the World Cup, trying to deal with the pressures, he added.Also Read | Most expensive spell in a World Cup: Rashid Khan goes for 110 runs off 9 oversAlso Read | Eoin Morgan hits 4th fastest hundred in World Cup historyAlso See:last_img read more

Nebraska Fans Are Not Happy With This Adrian Martinez ‘Snub’

first_imgAdrian Martinez warms up for Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers warms up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Adrian Martinez had a marvelous true freshman quarterback season for Nebraska football, even amid the adversity that hit the program early in the year, and his own injuries.Martinez finished the season with 2,617 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, and eight interceptions on a 64.6-percent completion rate, and a solid 7.54 yards per attempt.He was also second on Nebraska’s roster with both 629 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.Most years, that would be good enough to win an offensive freshman of the year award. However, that wasn’t the case for Martinez in 2018.Purdue had its own superstar frosh this fall: wide receiver Rondale Moore. While Martinez was among the Big Ten’s best quarterbacks in year one, Moore was one of the best offensive weapons in the entire country.He finished first in the nation with 103 receptions, 10th in yardage (1,164), and seventh in receiving touchdowns (12). Moore also ran for 203 yards on 18 attempts, with one score. Add in return yardage, and Moore was fourth in the FBS in total yardage.Most of us find it hard to argue with Rondale Moore winning Big Ten Freshman of the Year, but Nebraska football fans aren’t happy with Adrian Martinez missing out.They made themselves known on Twitter after the award was announced.Absolute BS. The best freshman was Adrian Martinez, by a long shot #GBR— PowersBrewing (@PowersWilliamA) November 28, 2018Martinez>Moore.— Spencer Braun (@spencer_braun) November 28, 2018@BigTenNetwork I think you misspelled Adrian Martinez!— Jeff Maschka (@JMaschka) November 29, 2018#AdrianMartinez— ❄️Shellie Y Griffiths❄️ (@yshellie) November 29, 2018Really? ? #GBR— Levi Kalb (@LeviMKalb) November 29, 2018A.Martinez 4 B1G FOTY! Not takin anything away from Moore, he’s a hell of a talent. IMO it takes a little more skill to be 18 yrs old & play QB in the big house, Madison & Columbus all while the team learns a NEW offense. Than it is to receive a kick, handoff or to catch a ball.— Tyler Cheech Reed (@ReedTyler84) November 28, 2018Ultimately, this doesn’t really matter. Martinez is a star and Nebraska fans get to enjoy him for another two or three years.They also have to deal with Moore in their division for that same period of time.With Frost elevating Nebraska and Jeff Brohm spurning his alma mater Louisville to stay at Purdue, the Big Ten West should be pretty fun for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

2018 CCMA Red Carpet Arrivals

first_imgAdvertisement Shania Twain has arrived. The queen of country music sparkles on the CCMA red carpet. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebookcenter_img The CCMAs took place on Sunday, Sept. 9th and Canada’s brightest country music stars are making their way onto the red carpet in Hamilton.Check out all the looks from the 2018 awards show. It’s date night at the CCMAs for Aaron Goodvin and his wife Victoria Creech. Andrew Hyatt is the ultimate cool guy in a leather jacket at the CCMAs. The CCMAs are a family affair for the Kissels. Brett Kissel, his wife Cecilia and their two daughters make their way on to the red carpet. Chad Brownlee is handsome as ever on the CCMA red carpet. Dallas Smith and his wife Kristen pose together on the CCMA red carpet. “Found” singer, Dan Davidson steps out at the CCMAs. Dustin Lunch brings his signature look to the CCMAs. Gord Bamford steps out on the CCMA red carpet. High Valley rock red and black at the CCMAs. Hunter Brothers stop by the CCMAs red carpet before heading into the area. James Barker Band sport matching velvet jackets on the CCMA red carpet. Jess Moskaluke rocks all black on the CCMA red carpet. Jessica Mitchell is fabulous in florals at the CCMAs. Keith Urban surprises fans with an appearance at the 2018 CCMAs. Lindsay Ell radiates on the CCMA red carpet. Madeline Merlo is blushing in pink at the CCMAs. Viral sensation Mason Ramsey looks adorable on the CCMAs red carpet. Meghan Patrick is pretty in pink on the CCMA red carpet. Michelle Wright wows in black at the CCMAs. Reklaws hit up the CCMA red carpet. Shania Twain has arrived. The queen of country music sparkles on the CCMA red carpet. Tebey stepped out in a blue suit at the 2018 CCMAs. Terri Clark is a classic country queen at the CCMAs. The Lovelocks are a sparkly duo at the 2018 CCMAs. Tim Hicks steps out to attend the 2018 CCMAs in Hamilton. Washboard Union rocks matching suits at the CCMAs. By AYNSLEE DARMON Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

US energy needs linked to First Nations involvement chief

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-Canada’s continued refusal to fully involve First Nations in the development of natural resource projects on their territories could undermine the energy security needs of the U.S., says a Manitoba chief.Roseau River First Nations Chief Terry Nelson said he wants First Nations leaders to appear before US Congress to testify about their concerns around oil developments in Canada.Nelson wants U.S. politicians to understand the link between Washinton’s energy security requirements in Canada and the need for First Nations to be fully involved in the development of energy resources. Unless Canada brings First Nations onside, blockades and protests could threaten energy supplies to the U.S., he said.“Americans need to be brought on side,” said Nelson. “Our enemy is not the Americans. The Americans buy products from Canada, they invest in Canada.”Canada is one of the U.S.’s top oil suppliers, the majority coming from the Alberta tar sands. The Canadian economy also depends heavily on U.S. investment and consumption.Nelson has crafted a resolution calling on the Assembly of First Nations to begin the work on appearing before the U.S. Congress.Nelson hopes to have the resolution debated at the upcoming AFN special chief’s assembly in Gatineau, Que., later this month.“The U.S. Congress has committees specifically to enhance information gathering and dialogue on matters affecting the security of the U.S.,” reads the resolution. “The possible escalation of the blockades and protests against the pipelines by Canadian First Nations and Native Americans is a concern for the U.S. security of energy access.”The draft resolution has the support Manitoba Canupawakpa Dakota Nation Chief Frank Brown who is listed as backing it.Brown said his community is not planning any blockades, but supports the resolution because it’s time for First Nations to get a cut of the revenues from resources that flow through and from their territories.“We have been trying to address this for 40 years now we have been neglected,” said Brown. “We are the natural inhabitants of this land and we are all saying we are not being consulted, we are not being involved, and we are not benefiting.”The resolution calls on the AFN to develop a joint approach on dealing with oil development the involvement of First Nations in any oil trade negotiations between Canada and the U.S. whenever it impacts Treaties and First Nations territories.The resolution calls on the AFN to recognize the “right of a First Nation to take direct action to enforce the Treaties.”Nelson said our communities are growing increasingly frustrated with the tactics of the Conservative government. He said many believe the government is behind the Canadian Taxpayers Federation recent release of chief and band council salaries.“This thing was done deliberately to talk about the wages of the chiefs to divert the attention of the Canadian public from the tremendous amount of waste going on in the Conservative government,” said Nelson. “Indian Affairs is just a miniscule amount of the total Canadian budget.”The 2010-2011 budget had $280 billion in total expenditures and about $10 billion of that went for programs directed to Aboriginal people through 34 different departments. The bulk of the spending went through Indian Affairs.Nelson was the author of the 2007 day of action resolution.He also ran for national chief of the AFN and received about 10 per cent of the chiefs’ vote.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

UN chief presents funds from benefit football match for children in conflict

Last month Ambassadors Heraldo Muñoz of Chile and Christian Wenaweser of Liechtenstein led out two teams of UN diplomats, who kitted up to raise money and awareness for an organization founded on the basis of Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which stipulates that every child has the right to play.Play31 provides children in countries torn apart by armed conflict with the basic necessity for play – a football – in the belief that the game has the unifying power to create peaceful societies. The Secretary-General commended Jakob Lund, who founded Play31, at an event at UN Headquarters in New York where he handed over the funds raised, noting that there have been many examples where “soccer and sports in general have created a very important atmosphere, politically – conducive to the creation of reconciliation.”He also commented that it was appropriate that he played defence, and sometimes goalie, in the match since, as Secretary-General, one of his main jobs is “to defend defenceless people and speak for the voiceless people.“I sincerely hope the diplomatic community at the United Nations will continue to work together with other leaders for the well-being and benefit of the many many children who need our support.” 13 May 2009Weeks after the final whistle had blown on a United Nations fundraising football match, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today scored the winning goal by passing a cheque for $11,000 to children who have suffered the ravages of war in Sierra Leone. read more

Philippines UN working around the clock to reach thousands affected by typhoon

Relief efforts involve creating a pipeline of aid and goods distribution with deployment of relief specialists and logistic support, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. However, unknown numbers of survivors do not have basic necessities such as food, water and medicines and remain inaccessible for relief operations. “It is vital that we reach those who are stranded in isolated areas as they are at risk of further threats such as malnutrition, exposure to bad weather and unsafe drinking water,” Ms. Carvalho said. The WFP said it is in the process of flying food, logistics and communication equipment to Cebu airport, which will become a key hub for subsequent airlift through Government partners to Tacloban. “The main challenges right now are related to logistics,” said WFP Representative Praveen Agrawal. “WFP is working with the Government to set up operational hubs and organize airlifts of essential supplies.” Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has indicated that up to 4 million children could be affected – up from the 1.9 million estimated yesterday. “We are rushing to get critical supplies to children who are bearing the brunt of this crisis,” said UNICEF Philippines Representative Tomoo Hozumi. “Reaching the worst affected areas is very difficult, with limited access due to the damage caused by the typhoon to infrastructure and communications. But we are working around the clock to find ways to get these supplies to children as quickly as conditions allow.” Therapeutic food for children, health kits, water and hygiene kits to support up to 3,000 families in the affected areas have already been mobilized from supplies available in the country, with distribution prioritized for the Tacloban area as soon as access is possible. UNICEF’s warehouse in Copenhagen is airlifting $1.3 million worth of additional supplies for another 10,000 families, including those affected by the recent earthquake in Bohol. The shipments contain water purification tablets, soap, medical kits, tarpaulins, and micronutrient supplements. The agency said it is particularly concerned by children’s health, due to the impact of the typhoon on water supply and sanitation systems. “As we get a better picture of the impact of this devastating crisis, it is clear that even more children are affected than first thought,” said Mr. Hozumi. “UNICEF is doing all it can to reach these children, as quickly as possible with critical supplies, to protect their health, safety and well-being in the difficult days ahead.” ‹ › An estimated 9.5 million people have been affected and many areas are still to be reached by relief and rescue teams. Credit: OCHA In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was extremely concerned by the impact of the typhoon, which has reportedly displaced more than 650,000 people and affected 9.5 million people. Some 10,000 people are feared dead, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). Mr. Ban noted that the UN and its humanitarian partners, in close coordination with local and national authorities, have quickly ramped up critical relief operations to help some 13,000 families in desperate need. “While many communities are very difficult to reach, with roads, airports and bridges destroyed or blocked with debris, agencies have begun airlifting food, health, shelter, medical and other life-saving supplies and have deployed specialist teams and vital logistics support,” the statement said. Mr. Ban thanked Member States for their prompt response and urged the international community to continue to show their solidarity with the people of the Philippines. UN emergency response teams arrived in Tacloban city within 12 hours of the disaster, one of the largest storms to ever make landfall. “Specialist teams from Member States and humanitarian agencies are committed and mobilized, and making their way to the Philippines,” said Luiza Carvalho, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Philippines. “They are pooling resources, food and non-food items to assist the most vulnerable people.” read more

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Yankees CC Sabathia On Disabled List With Stiff Elbow

The New York Yankees, leading the American League East, will have to hold on to its advantage – for a  little while, at least – without its ace, C.C. Sabathia.The left-handed pitcher was placed on the disabled list with stiffness in his pitching elbow. Not good.Sabathia was spotted icing his elbow in the trainer’s room before Saturday’s night against the Seattle Mariners. He first detected pain after pitching a complete game on August 3 at Yankee Stadium, manager Joe Giradi said.He had an MRI that came back clean, so Sabathia made his next start five days later in Detroit, but left after 6 1/3 innings and just 94 pitches.Girardi said the stiffness resurfaced after that start, but the decision to put Sabathia on the DL was not made until about 4 p.m. Saturday.“As far as our concern, it’s pretty low,” Girardi said. “It’s not like it got any worse. He wants to pitch on Monday, which I’m not surprised, because he said he’s dealt with it before. We just decided, let’s try to get it cleaned up now.”Girardi said Sabathia would see a doctor on Monday after the Yankees return to New York, but no further tests were scheduled.“It’s a tough decision,” Girardi said. “Do you let him pitch and try to fight through it, or is it enough of a concern that we have him maybe miss just two starts and we’ll get him back?”Sabathia missed three starts between June 28 and July 16 while sidelined with a left groin strain. After his return, Sabathia made five starts and won three; his record is 12-3 with a 3.56 ERA.“We’re going to deal with it; that’s the bottom line,” Girardi said. “We don’t want to, but we need to have him healthy. If we’re going to continue to move on, we’re going to need to have him healthy.”Girardi said no decision has been made on who will take Sabathia’s place in the rotation. read more

Oxford shooting armed standoff ends after shootout between police and gunman

The incident is not being treated as terrorism. Witness earlier described hearing the gunshots ringing out during the afternoon. There were reports the suspect was shooting from a balcony.Janet Borgerson was in the nearby Hotel Malmaison when she heard “explosive cracks” she thought were holiday festivities before another series of “loud bangs”.”Again, I thought the second round were firecrackers. I noticed hotel bar staff ushering people inside,” she said. Ms Borgerson, who is visiting the city from America, said guests were later told they were “perfectly safe” and allowed to leave the hotel by an armed officer who seemed to indicate he was expecting a siege. Police presence near Paradise Square where armed police are locked in a stand-off with a gunman after a shootout in Oxford city centre Thames Valley Police said officers returned fire in the incidentCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Specialist police negotiators were called to the scene Specialist police negotiators were called to the sceneCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Police presence near Paradise Square in OxfordCredit:Steve Parsons /PA Police presence near Paradise Square 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. The resident said he heard a man repeating that he needed medical treatment, before getting “really angry, shouting, roaring at them (the police)”.He said the whole street had been evacuated and families were getting anxious about where they would be able to spend the night as darkness fell.Thames Valley Police thanked residents for their “understanding”. Thank you to everyone for your understanding and patience while we worked to resolve the incident safely. We are grateful for the support of members of the public and local businesses. If you’re coming in to Oxford today you should not experience any further disruption.— TVP Oxford (@TVP_Oxford) May 8, 2018 An armed siege sparked by reports of a man with a gun in Oxford has ended “peacefully” after around 14 hours.Thames Valley Police said shots were fired from a residential property in Paradise Square in the city centre – just yards from Oxford castle – with officers returning fire.Nearby streets were cordoned off by officers who were called to the scene at around 1.15pm. Negotiations with the man took place through Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning.At around 6.30am on Tuesday, the force said the incident has been resolved and that road closures in the area had been lifted. One person was treated for non-life threatening injuries, paramedics said.A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “Shortly before 3am today a 24-year-old man from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He is currently in police custody.” A nearby resident, who did not want to be named, said he first heard two loud bangs early in the morning, but thought it was just Bank Holiday fireworks.Later that day, he said he witnessed the start of the altercation between an armed man and the police, during which he heard around 20 shots exchanged.He said: “I could hear a female negotiator and an armed response man trying to get him to put his hands up, let go of the gun, keep his hands on show and things like that.” read more

Boart Longyears new Roller Latch™ Overshot

first_imgSince Boart Longyear introduced the Q Wireline system in 1966, retrieving the inner tube from the core barrel has been handled the same way: an overshot with lifting dogs (spring loaded hooked ‘fingers’) is lowered or pumped into the hole until it snaps over a pivoting spearhead mechanism affixed to the inner tube assembly. Once the head assembly has been removed from the hole, the driller uses the pivoting spearhead to position the head assembly on their workspace and squeezes the back of the lifting dogs to release.In all this time, this system has had the same basic issues:Spearhead handling: in up-hole applications underground, a driller is required to manually push the head assembly into the hole by the spearhead. Since it has a pointed end and pivots by design, it can be difficult to handle this operation comfortablyInner tube handling: When hoisting the inner tube assembly, elastic action of the wireline cable or accidental impact during handling can un-load cable tension and overcome spring loads which allows the hooked lifting dogs to accidentally release the spearhead. The surface ‘Ezy-Lock’ overshot includes a twist-sleeve that locks onto the spearhead even without cable tension, whereas competing overshots require cable tension to maintain a lockLifting dog and spearhead wear: To balance strength and wear resistance, lifting dogs and spear points are heat treated to a medium hardness. However, it’s difficult to visually evaluate or functionally test the degree of wear, especially in underground applications.Boart Longyear currently provides a secondary safety pin that clips through the overshot, passing just under the spearhead tip. This adds an extra layer of protection in case the lifting dogs are excessively worn or deformed. However, spearheads are loaded cyclically and often loaded ‘off-pivot’, which deforms the components over time, to the point of disassembly. While the more recent MKII™ version of the spearhead assembly is much more robust, in the case of spearhead failure, the head assembly will release from the overshot regardless of lifting dog or safety pin use or condition.Enter Boart Longyear’s new Roller Latch™ Overshot. This patent-pending overshot leverages previous experience with Roller Latch head assemblies to create a more reliable and longer lasting system that eliminates spearheads and lifting dogs entirely. The spearhead assembly is replaced by a one-piece socket receptacle (spearhead adapter) that accepts the overshot itself, which has rollers that latch into an internal groove in the spearhead adapter.Swapping the pointed, jointed spearhead for a simple cylindrical socket makes for much easier handling of head assemblies in up-holes. Surface Quick Descent Roller Latch head assemblies don’t even require the spearhead adapter since the internal groove geometry was pre-built into their design.The increased toughness and hardness of the bearing quality latch rollers have a proven history of outlasting traditional pivoting latches for wear life. The new overshot will also feature the same Nitreg-ONC surface treatment as Roller Latch head assemblies that drastically improves corrosion resistance (Nitreg is a trademark of Nitrex Inc.).Safety pin integration in the new underground Quick Pump-In overshot now pulls double duty of both locking the overshot from accidentally releasing while hoisting, as well as holding the head assembly and overshot together in case of component failure due to excessive wear. Also, the socket and rollers are not affected by side loading and ‘off-pivot’ loading during tube handling outside the hole, eliminating gradual deformation or disassembly. The new surface overshot will also include a one-hand twist-lock sleeve to maintain a locked position while hoisting outside the hole, even with a loss of wireline cable tension.It’s also easy to use.  Instead of pushing the backs of the lifting dogs together, the driller pushes the two halves of the assembly together, retracting the rollers and releasing the head assembly. This operation takes about the same amount of force as the current overshot, so drillers won’t miss a beat.Additional benefits have been included apart from the elimination of the spearhead and lifting dogs. While the current design uses a solid pivot pin that is peened into place (making it difficult to re-build), the Roller Latch Overshot has no pins whatsoever. Everything is held in place by simple threaded connections for easy maintenance.The Quick Pump-In (Q/P, underground) assembly further addresses two issues specific to pump-in applications. First, in the event of a stuck tube, the driller needs to disengage and retrieve wireline cable in order to pull rods. Today, that is done by overloading and breaking a shear pin placed just underneath the cable swivel. In theory this pin breaks at under half the wireline cable’s max load capacity, but in practice its strength is highly variable because shear pins are inherently weak and ductile. Many operators remove the shear pin, which removes release capability and may result in excessive wireline cable replacement.The Roller Latch Overshot features a brand new pump-in cable release system, originally conceptualized and prototyped by one of our expert underground drillers in Canada. A slotted sleeve and pumping seal assembly is placed over the wireline and pumped up to the overshot. The sleeve engages a quick-release mechanism and releases the wireline. This system has proven to be much more reliable, and may be the feature drillers are most thrilled to have going forward.  Reports of fewer broken wirelines have been received from several sites testing the pump-in cable release system.Second, while Q/P Roller Latch head assemblies with built-in brake features have had great success in stopping runaway tubes and creating a safer drilling environment underground, they are perhaps “too” successful. Currently, when retrieving the head assembly from an inclined hole, pressure has to be applied to disengage the brake. Getting this pressure and procedure exactly right can be difficult, especially with hydrostatic pressure at depth.To combat this and make Q/P Roller Latch easier to use while maintaining its safety features, a ‘brake release spring’ was created. This spring assembles quickly inside of the spearhead adapter on the head assembly. While tripping on its own, the head assembly brake works normally, but when the overshot latches into it this spring is compressed, disengaging the brake. This feature has also been received very positively by drillers in the field.A surface-style overshot is also in development in B/N/H sizes. In addition to many of the features outlined in this article, the aim is to add more innovations, including:An improved lock sleeve to disable accidental head assembly release and stop drillers from accidentally sending the overshot down the hole while lockedA built-in 360 degree pivot and shorter overall length for increased ease of handling.Excitement is high as testing continues. Drillers are noting the various positive developments: it’s easier to use, saves on wireline, and makes working with Q/P Roller Latch head assemblies much easier in difficult conditions. We’re looking forward to further field success as testing begins on the surface design.last_img read more

Outgoing IFA president says he has the skills for MEP job

first_imgTHE OUTGOING PRESIDENT of the Irish Farmer’s Association (IFA) has voiced his interest in contesting the European elections in May.It is believed he will run as a Fine Gael candidate in the expanded the Ireland South constituency, telling TheJournal.ie that it is something he had been approached about.Fine Gael already has one MEP in the region with Seán Kelly set to defend his seat in the European Parliament and the party looking to add a second.‘Still on the job’However, Bryan said that he was “still on the job” at the IFA as he is due to finish up as the organisation’s president next Tuesday.“I have always said that it is something that I was very interested in once my term as president at the IFA is over. I always said I was never going to finish up and just sit on my hands,” he said.He added that he felt that he had a lot to offer a role in Europe stating, “as IFA president, you get a massive amount of experience about how Europe operates, which I think stands to me and means I have a lot to bring to a role Europe”.Bryan went on to say that Europe can be a “very bureaucratic place” especially for people who have not dealt with the everyday workings of the Council and Commission, he said.Experience“For the past number of years, I have headed up talks on the CAP deal for farmers, which involved a lot of discussions, talks and meetings with different farming groups from all over Europe.“I believe I have a huge amount of experience to offer the role – skills that are second to none to some people”.He added that there was a number of farming issues that needed to be highlighted in Europe, but said there are also a number of non-related farming matters to be tackled also.“Running in the European elections has always been something I have been interested in,” Bryan said, however he added,  he still had a job to do at the IFA and said he deliberately did not want to begin talking about one job before he was finished up another.Bryan’s likely candidacy will likely bring an end to hopes that Wicklow TD Simon Harris had of running in the same constituency for Fine Gael as the biggest party in the State targets five of the 11 Irish seats including two in Ireland South.It’s also been suggested that Senator Deirdre Clune, a former TD for Cork South-Central, could run.Read: Meath man Eddie Downey elected as new IFA PresidentRead: Childers will confirm constituency at the end of January as FF nominations open todaylast_img read more

Manasis Annual Dinner Dance

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After a huge year, Manasis School of Dance and Greek Culture can finally let their hair down at this year’s annual dinner dance. The dance will provide non-stop entertainment the entire evening, highlighting traditional and contemporary dance. There will be over 300 performers on the evening, with students as young as three dressed in traditional costumes. There will be Greek dance performances from all regions of Greece including Pontos, Thrace, Macedonia, Epirus, Thessaly, Central Greece, Peloponnese, Crete, Cyprus and the islands. Music is the biggest constant of the night and there will be the perfect blend of traditional and modern music with DJs Chris and Steve. The Manasis 12 piece band will also make a performance, playing folk music including traditional Macedonian and Thracian with live gaida, Pontian with live touloum and daoulia, Epirotika, Tsamika, Kalamatiana and all dimotika with live klarina. Rembetika live in the foyer, tsiftetellia with live zournades and daoulia and zebetika with live bouzoukia and plate-breaking.There will also be cultural exhibitions displayed on the night including cutlural items and costumes from various regions and over $4500 worth of raffle prizes and giveaways. The Annual Dinner Dance will take place on Saturday 24 September from 6.30 pm – 2.00 am at Stars International Receptions, 1C Bell Street, Preston. Tickets are adults $60 and children $35 (12 years and under). Ticket price includes a four course meal, beer, wine and soft drink.last_img read more

Saudi arrests of princes consolidates anothers power grab

first_imgRIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s heir to the throne is overseeing an unprecedented wave of arrests of dozens of the country’s most powerful princes, military officers, influential businessmen and government ministers — some of them potential rivals or critics of the crown prince, whose purported anti-corruption sweep sent shockwaves across the kingdom Sunday as he further consolidated power.Among those taken into custody overnight Saturday were billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world’s richest men with extensive holdings in Western companies, as well as two of the late King Abdullah’s sons.The arrest of senior princes upends a longstanding tradition among the ruling Al Saud family to keep their disagreements private in an effort to show strength and unity in the face of Saudi Arabia’s many tribes and factions. It also sends a message that the 32-year-old crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has the full backing of his father, King Salman, to carry out sweeping anti-corruption reforms targeting senior royals and their business associates, who have long been seen as operating above the law.Reports suggested those detained were being held at the Ritz Carlton in Riyadh, which only days earlier hosted a major investment conference that the crown prince attended with global business titans. A Saudi official told The Associated Press that other five-star hotels across the capital were also being used to hold some of those arrested.The Ritz Carlton had no availability for bookings until Dec. 1, 2017 — a possible sign that an investigation of this scale could take weeks. Marriott International said in a statement that it is currently evaluating the situation at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, but declined to comment further, citing privacy concerns.last_img read more

Star Wars The Clone Wars season 7 trailer Siege of Mandalore reveals

first_img Star Wars: The Clone Wars returns The fallout of Ahsoka Tano leaving the Jedi Order will be revealed when Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7 hits the Disney Plus streaming service.Many of the upcoming season’s storylines as well as a trailer were shown on Sunday at a Star Wars Celebration Chicago panel. Executive producer Dave Filoni and members of the cast took the stage to discuss how they found out about the new season and the events the season will depict, including a major moment between Ahsoka and Maul.You can watch the panel on the Star Wars YouTube channel, which we’ve embedded here. The trailer is not separate yet, but can be found at the 52:20 mark of the panel video.We’ll get more Ahoska Tano on Sunday. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET The show focused on Padawan Ahsoka, her master Anakin Skywalker and his master Obi-Wan Kenobi as they battle in the titular galactic conflict between the events of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.The trailer opens with the season 5 scene of Ahsoka leaving the Jedi Order in sepia tint, before changing to color as we move on to fresh footage. We get shots of her descending into Coruscant’s underworld to start a new life, and the implication that she later escapes on a ship belonging to her new friends.Clone Commander Rex remembers his fallen brothers, while Yoda is “no longer certain one ever does win war.” We also see Ahsoka’s reunion with Anakin, who gives her back her lightsabers (which now have blue blades instead of her original green ones).”They’re good as new… maybe a little better,” says Anakin, who also presents her with an orange-helmeted clone squad to lead into battle.The trailer ends with a few hints of The Siege of Mandalore plot arc, which was meant to act as the concluding arc of show before its cancellation. It’ll feature an epic dual between Ahsoka and Maul, and we got a little taste as the trailer came to an end.”I was hoping for Kenobi, why are you here?” says a disappointed Maul, before they clash sabers.star-wars-the-clone-warsThe cast of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and executive producer Dave Filoni onstage at Celebration Chicago. Sean Keane/CNET During the panel, Filoni noted how technically challenging making the show always was, but thinks this season is better than ever.Ahsoka actress Ashley Eckstein found out about the show’s return while in line for a ride at Walt Disney World, remarking that she learned about it from a furtive text conversation with Dee Bradley Baker (who voices all the clones).”Tell no one, Jedi promise,” Baker apparently wrote.Sam Witwer, who voices Maul, kept pushing Filoni for details on the Siege of Mandalore, but Filoni’s wife Anne tipped him off about the show’s return when she said, “Dave, can I tell him?”star-wars-the-clone-wars-panel-rexDesigns for Rex during The Clone Wars panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Sean Keane/CNET Since The Clone Wars ended, Eckstein has played an older, wiser Ahsoka in Star Wars Rebels, which takes place many years later.”It took me a while to go back to Clone Wars Ahsoka,” she said.Thanks to the pickup of 12 episodes, Filoni was able to complete concepts that were only partially finished but have been revealed to fans since the show was cancelled.”We revamped the show a tiny bit,”he said, noting that some facial features were tweaked compared to the original run due to improvements in animation technology.star-wars-clone-wars-the-bad-batchThe Bad Batch has been fully realized for the new season of The Clone Wars. Screenshot by CNET via Star Wars/YouTube The Bad Batch, a group of genetically enhanced clones, were previously seen in the unfinished story reels. The crowd was treated to a completed clip of the Bad Batch taking out a massive squad of battle droids.Ahsoka’s life on Level 1313 of Coruscant’s grimy underworld, where she meets twins Trace and Rafa was also hinted at. She’ll be learning from the new people she surrounds herself with.star-wars-the-clone-wars-ahsoka-screenshotAhsoka will have a new design when The Clone Wars returns. Screenshot by CNET via Star Wars/YouTube “There’s a lot of character development in these episodes,” Eckstein said,A second clip from the new season was more action focused, showing Ahsoka’s bumpy descent into Coruscant’s underworld.Filoni noted that the Siege of Mandalore is “something fulfilled that I never got to do,” since it was meant to conclude the show and bring Maul to the forefront again.star-wars-the-clone-wars-maul-screenshotDarth Maul as he will be seen in the upcoming Clone Wars season. Screenshot by CNET via Star Wars/YouTube “He’s not crazy old grandpa Maul from Rebels, he’s the younger guy,” said Witwer.Maul’s new look is inspired by his Solo appearance and Ray Park, who has physically portrayed Maul since Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace was suited up in a MoCap suit for an “epic” Maul-Ahsoka battle, Filoni said. A third clip revealed at the panel is an unfinished scene where Anakin introduces Ahsoka to a Clone Trooper squad, led by Rex, with orange detailing painted onto their helmets.After this, Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), Catherine Taber (Padme Amidala), Tom Kane (Yoda), Matthew Wood (General Grievous) and James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan) joined the panel and expressed their gratitude to the fans.”Appreciate it we do, yes,” Tom Kane said in his Yoda voice.Filoni brought it home by highlighting that Star Wars creator George Lucas may be retired, but he remains a big part of the momentum that got The Clone Wars going.”The reason why it works is because I was taught by the master,” Filoni said, noting how he “listened” to Lucas instead of trying to impress him.We don’t have a release date for the new season yet, but it’s likely to hit Disney Plus either late this year or early in 2020. 41 Photos 0 Share your voice Tags Star Warscenter_img TV and Movies Digital Media Internet Services Star Wars Celebration Chicago cosplay Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 2:28last_img read more

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Auto driver stabbed to death on busy road in Hyderabad

first_imgA 25-year-old auto-driver was chased and stabbed to death by unknown assailants here on a busy road at Narsingi on Wednesday. The incident occurred at Alkapur township. The victim identified as Chand, a resident of Shaikpet has succumbed to injuries on the spot. He was shifted to Osmania General Hospital for post-mortem. The police registered a case and are examining the CCTV footage to catch the culprits.last_img