Champions League: Manchester City, Real Madrid earn huge wins to close in on last-16

first_imgGabriel Jesus was in the thick of things for Manchester City while Karim Benzema scored a brace for Real Madrid as they registered huge wins in the Champions League matches on Wednesday.While City thrashed Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0, Real Madrid completed a 5-0 rout of Viktoria Plzen to take themselves a step closer to the last 16 of the Champions League.City’s win over Shakhtar Donetsk meant they lead Group F with nine points, three ahead of the Olympique Lyonnais at the second spot.Real Madrid are joint-toppers of their group along with AS Roma, who are both on nine points off four matches. CSKA have four points with Plzen on one.Manchester City are simply destroying opponents at the moment and have scored 19 goals in their past four home games in all competitions.Even with Argentine striker Sergio Aguero left on the bench and midfield playmaker Kevin de Bruyne injured, they were simply too strong for Shakhtar.Riyad Mahrez created the 13th-minute opener, toying with the Shakhtar defence before his low ball, across the face of goal was turned in by skipper David Silva.Also read – Champions League: Manchester United score two in last 5 minutes to stun JuventusGuardiola’s side, who enjoyed a 6-1 win on Sunday over Southampton in the Premier League, doubled their advantage in the 24th minute after a comical penalty award that left the visitors shaking their heads in disbelief.Raheem Sterling burst into the penalty area and went down, without any contact or even a challenge, after driving his foot into the ground, as he attempted a chip. Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai could not have seen the incident clearly as he awarded the spot-kick and Brazilian Jesus slotted home.advertisementBoth managers said after the game that the referee had made a mistake, with Shakhtar boss Paulo Fonseca laughing as he described the decision as “ridiculous”.Sterling said he had apologised to the official, but while he may be embarrassed to watch that replay on television, he will take great pleasure from what came next.The England winger scored a brilliant third after leaving two Shakhtar defenders standing as he flew out of midfield and then beat Andriy Pyatov with a superb shot into the corner.Jesus added the fourth in the 72nd minute, again from the penalty spot, after Taras Stepanenko brought down David Silva in the box before Mahrez finished off a well-worked counter-attack six minutes from the end.Mahrez then set up Jesus for his hat-trick, a perfect through ball allowing the Brazilian to deliver a deft chip over Pyatov and into the goal.City will book their place in the next round with a win or a draw in Lyon on Nov. 27. “Unfortunately we haven’t qualified, but we are so close and will try to maintain this level. Maybe it will help keep us focused,” said City manager Pep Guardiola.KARIM BENZEMA GETS A BRACE5 Goals4 Goalscorers3 Points2 Champions League debuts1 Fantastic performance!#RMUCL | #HalaMadrid Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) November 7, 2018In temporary coach Santiago Solari’s first Champions League game in charge Real began slowly but were out of sight before halftime after a clinical masterclass of finishing.The victory also marked Real’s third in a row in all competitions under their temporary coach, who said he was focused on the next game rather than his status at the club.”We came into the game fully focused and it showed,” Solari said. “We have the players here to score lots of goals and that’s what we did.”Benzema opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he beat two defenders before slipping a shot through the legs of Plzen goalkeeper Ales Hruska to claim his 200th goal for Real.Casemiro doubled the lead three minutes later when the Brazilian outjumped his marker and headed home from a corner.An unmarked Benzema notched his second goal in the 37th minute with a redirected header assisted by Gareth Bale to give Real a 3-0 lead and Benzema returned the favour minutes later when he flicked on a cross for Bale to sweep home a volley.Toni Kroos completed the scoring in the 67th minute when he cooly chipped over the keeper after a counter-attack involving Brazilian substitute Vinicius on his Champions League debut.”It was an important night for us,” Casemiro said. “We’ve scored five times and this result will give us confidence.On other days we created chances like tonight but didn’t take them.”advertisementWhat turned into a comfortable night for Real began in nervy fashion as Czech champions Plzen began brightly with Patrik Hrosovsky’s cross cannoning off Nacho and hitting the woodwork.But any hopes Plzen harboured of a shock win were wiped out with two quickfire goals in the 21st and 23rd minutes.”We conceded four goals in the first half and the match was over,” Plzen defender Lukas Hejda said.The hosts were more lively after the break and managed a few shots on goal but could not find the quality they needed in the final third to chip away at Real’s lead.Madrid beat Plzen 2-1 at home last month 2-1 with Julen Lopetegui at the helm before the former coach was sacked three months into his first season in charge after Real were thrashed by arch-rivals Barcelona.The loss was Plzen’s second 5-0 drubbing in Group G play after Roma’s Edin Dzeko scored a hat-trick in leading the Italian side to an easy win in early October.LEWANDOWSKI DOUBLE GIVES bAYERN 2-0 WIN OVER AEKHome winTop of the group @lewy_official at the doubleCheck out our free-to-watch highlights from #FCBAEK Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 7, 2018Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski scored once in each half to give his team a 2-0 victory over AEK Athens in the Champions League on Wednesday that put them two points clear at the top of Group E with two matches left.Lewandowski scored a 31st-minute penalty and added another in the 72nd with a volley at the far post as the Bavarians got a much-needed confidence boost ahead of their Bundesliga match against league leaders Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.Bayern, who struggled in the first half against a gutsy AEK, are on 10 points, with Ajax Amsterdam on eight after drawing 1-1 against Benfica.The Greeks made the better start and Vasilis Lampropoulos’ glancing header in the fifth minute sailed just wide of Manuel Neuer’s post.AEK valiantly stood their ground for 30 minutes but a 31st-minute penalty for a foul on Lewandowski allowed the striker to score the opener.Leon Goretzka almost scored for Bayern 10 minutes after the restart but his point-blank header was pushed over the bar by AEK keeper Vasilis Barkas.The keeper then denied Lewandowski in a one-on-one as Bayern pressed hard for a second goal that would kill off the game.They were rewarded in the 72nd minute when Joshua Kimmich whipped in a corner and Lewandowski was left unmarked to volley in at the far post after a flick-on.ROMA BEAT 10-MAN CSKA TO CLOSE IN ON LAST 16| Check our the best 20 photos from another #UCL win for #ASRoma in Moscow! #CSKARoma Roma English (@ASRomaEN) November 7, 2018AS Roma put themselves on the brink of a place in the Champions League knockout stage when Lorenzo Pellegrini’s first goal in the competition gave them a 2-1 win at 10-man CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.advertisementThe game was settled in a four-minute spell in the second half when CSKA, having just made it 1-1, had Hordor Magnusson sent off and Pellegrini grabbed a fortuitous winner for the Serie A side.Roma, who completed a double over the Russian side in Group G, have nine points from four games while CSKA have four. Real Madrid (six points) were away to Viktoria Plzen (1) later on Wednesday.Roma, semi-finalists last season, went ahead through Kostas Manolas’ header in the fourth minute, and Alessandro Florenzi and Edin Dzeko wasted chances to put them further ahead before the break.CSKA sounded a warning just before halftime when Georgi Shchennikov headed over with the goal at his mercy.They levelled six minutes after the restart when Ilzat Akhmetov burst into the penalty area and found Arnor Sigurdsson, and the Icelandic teenager fired past Robin Olsen.Magnusson was sent off five minutes later for tripping Justin Kluivert and Roma quickly took advantage.Bryan Cristante’s mishit shot landed at the feet of Pellegrini and the 22-year-old, who has already provided three assists in the group, beat Igor Akinfeev from a narrow angle as the CSKA defence claimed offside.LATE GOALS EARN 10-MAN HOFFENHEIM 2-2 DRAW AT LYONWhat a battle!Even with 10 men, #TSG come away with a point against @OL_English!2-2 #OLTSG Hoffenheim EN (@achtzehn99_en) November 7, 2018Hoffenheim kept their slim hopes of extending their Champions League season afloat on Wednesday when they came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with only 10 men at a rain-sodden Olympique Lyonnais.Lyon coped much better with the wet conditions and Nabil Fekir put the home side ahead after 19 minutes when he netted from close in after a thunderous strike from Ferland Mendy came back off the woodwork.Tanguy Ndombele made it two eight minutes later when he capped a nice passing move by stroking the ball home from Mendy’s cut-back.Any hopes of a comeback looked remote when Kasim Adams Nuhu was sent off for the visitors six minutes into the second half but the decision appeared to energise the Germans and Andrej Kramaric got a goal back 14 minutes later.Lyon, who had the bulk of the goal-scoring opportunities, had reason to rue their missed chances when in the second minute of injury time Czech defender Pavel Kaderabek blasted home from close range to give Hoffenheim a share of the points.The goal was only Kaderabek’s second in 34 European appearances but it helped the German side move off the bottom of Group F and on to three points, one ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk, who lost 6-0 to Manchester City in Wednesday’s other game.City lead the group with nine points, three clear of Lyon.”When you’re two-nil down at half-time away from home, you have to choose to go out and go all-in,” said Hoffenheim defender Ermin Bicakcic. “We could have scored a late winner even after the equaliser.”Fekir, who scored Lyon’s first goal, said: “Our problem at the moment is that when we concede we’re not calm after it.”It wasn’t a good evening. It’s got to the stage where we’re repeating ourselves but we’re trying to correct things.”After their red card our intensity levels dropped a bit and some of the tempo went. We gave them more confidence and they managed to get back on terms. It’s sad for us.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Manchester United to sign defender Harry Maguire in world record transfer deal: Reports

first_imgManchester United to sign defender Harry Maguire in world record transfer deal: ReportsShould the deal be finalized, Maguire, 26, will become the most expensive defender in the world, surpassing the 75 million pounds Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk last year.advertisement Associated Press LondonAugust 2, 2019UPDATED: August 2, 2019 23:15 IST Leicester City’s Harry Maguire (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSManchester United is set to sign Harry Maguire in world transfer record dealMan united is to pay 80 million pounds for the defender: SourcesLast year, Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk in record dealManchester United is set to break the world transfer record for a defender after agreeing to pay 80 million pounds ($97 million) to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the transfer for the 26-year-old Maguire is yet to be finalized.United has been pursuing the center back for more than a year since his standout performances at the 2018 World Cup for England and finally agreed to Leicester’s asking price with just a week remaining in this summer transfer window ahead of the Premier League season opening.The fee eclipses the deals for Matthijs de Ligt to leave Ajax for Juventus last month for 75 million euros (then $85 million), and for Virgil van Dijk to join Liverpool from Southampton for up to 75 million pounds in January 2018.Leicester’s hand in the negotiations with United was strengthened by Maguire signing a new five-year contract last September. Leicester will be receiving 80 million pounds two years after paying around a fifth of that fee to sign Maguire from Hull.As it stands Maguire will be the seventh central defender at United going into the season, alongside Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, and Axel Tuanzebe.United opens its campaign against Chelsea on Sunday, Aug. 11. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is trying to return to the Champions League after finishing sixth in the Premier League last season.Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Manchester United Nextlast_img read more

NYK Oshima Working on LNGFueled PostPanamax BC

first_imgJapanese duo Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Oshima Shipbuilding have teamed up on designing and constructing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered Post-Panamax bulker.Their research and development proposal was approved by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) as part of a campaign on introducing cutting-edge vessels that use the Internet of Things (IoT) for further safety and efficiency, and eco-friendly fuel for propulsion.The approval is expected to accelerate the practical application of the plan, NYK said.Under the plan, set to take four years to carry out, the duo plans to develop a vessel which will greatly reduce its environmental impact. The design aims to minimize the loss of cargo space by optimizing LNG fuel tank and accommodation arrangements.In addition, by optimization of outfitting and piping, the construction time is expected to be reduced by 20 percent for LNG-fueled ships, which currently require more time for construction than other types of vessels.NYK said that objective was to achieve a 30 percent reduction of Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for bulk carriers constructed after January 1, 2025.“Recent, newly designed vessels have reduced EEDI by 20 to 30 percent, but in some conditions, it is difficult for Post-Panamax carriers to achieve greater reductions. By using environment-friendly LNG fuel that emits less CO2 than that emitted by C heavy oil, reductions can be attained before regulations commence,” NYK added.Separately, the shipping company announced a new medium-term management plan named “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green”.In order to reduce market volatily and boost profit, NYK group plans to reconfigure its business portfolio so as to secure stable-freight-rate business, with key priorities being digitalization and environmentally sustainable supply chain.This is going to be achieved by a combination of NYK’s core competence with advanced elemental technologies in the market, the company announcement reads.Earnings and financial targets Image Courtesy: NYKlast_img read more

Jada Pinkett Smith Honorary Host For Annual From Slavery To Freedom Event

first_imgThe Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) will host its 15th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Event on May 9 from 6pm to 9pm at the Sofitel LA at Beverly Hills.Honorary event host for the evening is Jada Pinkett Smith. Celebrity guests will include Sara Rue, Nicole Scherzinger, Russell Simmons, Mira Sorvino and Lisa Ling.The event will recognize and celebrate the social and systematic changes that occur when a coalition of diverse and dedicated people come together to put an end to modern-day slavery. The evening will include:• Special program and presentation of awards by Jada Pinkett Smith and Lisa Ling • Musical performance by classical pianist Chloe Flower • Hors d’oeuvres • Open barHuman trafficking is a real and serious problem in the United States. Nearly 150 years following the abolition of slavery in the United States, there are a at least 18,000 people who are trafficked into the U.S. every year, with Los Angeles serving as one of the top three points of entry.CAST has been internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of trafficking survivors, the mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and the provision of direct services for victims.All proceeds raised from the event will help fund CAST programs and services that provide human trafficking survivors with 24-hour access to safety and comprehensive, trauma-informed care that helps them rebuild their lives and become thriving members of the community.WHEN:Thursday, May 9, 20136pm to 9pmWHERE: Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills8555 Beverly Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90048last_img read more

Iraq UN welcomes successful launch of over 500 voter registration update centres

15 July 2008The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) congratulated the Independent High Election Commission (IHEC) for today’s successful opening of 563 voter registration update locations across the war-torn nation. “The centres provide an opportunity for all Iraqis to verify and update their details so that they are registered to vote in elections,” the mission said in a press released issued in Baghdad, commending the IHEC, a nine-member independent electoral authority.UNAMI noted that all internally displaced persons (IDPs) and Iraqis are encouraged to take part in the polls by visiting their local centre.Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), political parties and members of civil society have been registered as observers for the voter registration update, as the mission “believes this is the best way to ensure transparency and credibility in this important democratic process.”In a related development, Staffan de Mistura, who heads UNAMI, has wrapped up a five-day visit to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), during which he held talks on the Disputed Internal Boundaries in Iraq.Mr. de Mistura, who also serves as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, characterized his trip as “successful,” stressing that UNAMI will continue to confer with the Iraqi Government and others both before and after the UN concludes its analysis of districts, including options for Kirkuk’s future.Last month, UNAMI presented its first analysis to the Government regarding potential processes to resolve disputes over internal boundaries.“I want to stress that the Government of Iraq alone has the sovereign responsibility to decide on the process and methodology used to address disputed internal boundaries,” Mr. de Mistura said. read more

UN agency hails Panamas decision to join treaties to protect stateless people

7 June 2011The United Nations refugee agency today hailed Panama’s recent decision to accede to two major international treaties on statelessness, a problem which affects up to 12 million people worldwide. Panama is the first State to accede since the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launched a drive for this year’s 50th anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness to have more States become parties. “It is our hope that this accession will encourage more States to follow suit over the coming months,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva.The 1961 convention, which now has 38 State parties, is designed to prevent statelessness from occurring and thereby reduce it over time. It requires that States put in place safeguards in nationality laws by requiring that people cannot renounce their nationality without first having acquired another. Panama also decided on 3 June to accede to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, which now has 66 parties. The treaty establishes minimum standards of treatment for stateless persons and is designed to ensure that they are not left in legal limbo. The problem of statelessness occurs for different reasons, according to UNHCR, including discrimination against minority groups in nationality legislation, failure to include all residents in the body of citizens when a State becomes independent and conflicts of laws between States.The agency stresses that possession of nationality is essential for full participation in society and a prerequisite for the enjoyment of the full range of human rights. read more

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For the 11th year, residents and volunteers of the Kirkendall neighbourhood got together to support mission services.They spent the day collecting food for their annual Fill-a-Bus, Feed-a-Family food drive.HSR provided the bus to the community for the day.Volunteers loaded up the bus with a variety of non-perishable food items from the neighbourhood.The event collects enough food to last six to eight weeks. All of the food donations go directly to Mission Services in Hamilton.

UN Assembly marks fiftieth anniversary of key human rights covenants bedrock of

Zeid Ra’ad AI Hussein, High Commissioner for Human Rights, addresses the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Also speaking today, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, underlined the importance of the two Covenants and said that they have been a “lifeline” for millions of women, men and children in the last half century.“These are not empty words, but rights. Every State represented in this room has sworn to be accountable to its people in ensuring these rights are respected,” said High Commissioner Zeid in his remarks at the special commemorative event, adding: “They have helped to shape constitutions of many nations represented in this chamber, and they are deeply grounded in your laws.”He further noted that the Covenants, through the work their respective treaty-monitoring bodies, continue to guide States and also assist individuals seeking remedies for rights violations. Underscoring the importance of the treaty-body mechanism, Mr. Zeid encouraged all members of the General Assembly to act on the recommendations made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his report to ensure the bodies can provide the most effective possible support. The High Commissioner also noted that even 50 years after their establishment, the Covenants continue to bear fruit, as illustrated in the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change that draw deeply from the human rights instruments to end discrimination on any grounds, and to build governance that is grounded in civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.“The fiftieth anniversary of the Covenants must be an occasion to reaffirm our commitment to the International Bill of Rights – the great tripod of principle and commitment that is formed by the two Covenants and the Universal Declaration [of Human Rights],” said the UN rights chief, adding: “These texts are the bedrock of sound governance. In them lives the world’s hope for peace.” General Assembly President Peter Thomson (right), and Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, during the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas “We live in times when people across our world are being denied their most fundamental human rights,” said Peter Thomson, the body’s President, as the Assembly marked the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.Warning against greater restrictions on rights and freedoms, he urged Member States to work together to uphold the basics: the right to life, liberty and security; to equality before the law; to gender equality, education and health; to freedom of expression, worship and association; and to freedom from discrimination, torture, slavery and hunger.In his remarks, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, speaking on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said that half a century ago, the Assembly adopted the two international human rights covenants, “marking the beginning of a global constitution of human rights protection.” “The adoption galvanized the consensus view that the protection and realization of human rights is fundamental to building resilient, inclusive and peaceful societies,” he added. According to Mr. Eliasson, the Covenants have inspired international human rights instruments and influenced national constitutions the world over. They have guided national and regional courts and provided a normative foundation for the work of national independent human rights institutions. “They have confirmed a common universal language of human rights – at the heart of which remains the right to life,” continued the Deputy Secretary-General, adding “the abolition of the death penalty has advanced significantly. But we must step up our efforts towards ending this inhumane practice of executions once and for all.” The deputy UN chief explained that the goal of universal ratification of the Covenants includes the right of petition under their Optional Protocols and their full and effective realization for all people. “Regrettably,” he lamented, “serious human rights violations remain a huge challenge. And here I think of all human rights – political, civil, economic, social and cultural.” Elaborating, Mr. Eliasson specifically mentioned: civil liberties protection in fighting terrorism and violent extremism; preventing famine; upholding social protection, even during troubled economic times; respecting religious freedom, tolerance and freedom from discrimination for all, including migrants; shielding everyone from all forms of violence, especially women and children; and creating space for free speech, for free media and for human rights defenders to act without intimidation. “In a world of widespread suffering, war, poverty and discrimination, the fiftieth anniversary is an appropriate moment to rally around the Covenants’ principles and vision,” he emphasized. Pointing out how the Covenants remind all that carnage stemming from conflict and blatant disrespect of human rights and humanitarian law is “utterly inexcusable,” he said that they admonish us to “never accept extreme poverty, intolerance, inequality and injustices.” “More than ever,” Mr. Eliasson added, “we have the knowledge and the tools – and even resources.” Indeed, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda provides a global blueprint to implement the Covenants in a broader and deeper sense. The Covenants, in turn, support stronger accountability of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In parallel, the UN Human Rights Up Front Initiative aims to enhance the UN system’s ability to prevent and respond in a timely fashion to serious human rights violations before they turn into mass atrocities, as has been apparent in so many cases. read more

Bodies of five tigers with missing organs found in Vietnamese mans freezer

first_img Mar 21st 2017, 6:57 PM By AFP FIVE FROZEN TIGERS have been discovered in a Vietnamese man’s freezer with their organs removed, according to official reports, in a country seen as a global hub for the illegal wildlife trade.Tiger organs and bones are used for medicinal purposes in the communist country, where a thriving local market drives the illegal sale of animal parts including ivory and rhino horn.But Vietnam is also a key transit route for wildlife parts destined for elsewhere in Asia, including neighbouring China.The five tigers were discovered in the central province of Nghe An, according to a report from the official provincial newspaper.“The authorities found inside a freezer five dead tigers, with the skins intact but the internal organs removed,” it said.The tigers were Indochinese, according to Vietnam News Agency, but officials said police would investigate further.Police refused to comment.Tiger bones are commonly boiled down and mixed with rice wine in Vietnam, a mixture believed to treat arthritis and promote strength.Conservationists say Vietnam is one of the world’s worst countries for trade in endangered species, an accusation which it denies.© – AFP 2017Read: For the first time ever, a dinosaur tail has been found encased in amber > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15 Comments File Short URL Share6 Tweet Email2 center_img File Image: AP/Press Association Images Image: AP/Press Association Images Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 6:57 PM Bodies of five tigers with missing organs found in Vietnamese man’s freezer Tiger bones are commonly boiled down and mixed with rice wine in Vietnam, a mixture believed to treat arthritis and promote strength. 9,851 Views last_img read more

Science Confirms That Cats Domesticated Themselves Kinda

first_img ‘Chonky’ 26-Pound Cat Goes Viral Online, Receives Potential AdoptersFirefighters Respond to Fire Alarm at Shelter, Discover Cat Triggered It Cats are bossy. Most of the time anyway. I’ve yet to see one that doesn’t think it is clearly above me in the grand hierarchy of life. And most of the time, I’m willing to humor them. Turns out, our ancestors and those of cats had a pretty similar relationship. New genetic analysis of samples going back up to 9,000 years has been published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. And they basically confirm what any cat owner will already tell you — cats run this shit. Not us.This week researchers announced that they’re confident wildcats near what is modern-day Turkey wandered into farming villages around 10,000 years ago. Evolution is a weird thing and symbiosis can be a powerful motivator. It’s not surprising that cats wanted to hang with us, after all, once we started getting grain up in silos, mice were next. Cats, being the lazy shits they are, would have naturally flocked to the place where they could get the most food for the least amount of effort. Some things really do not change. Damn.By the time the Great Pyramids were being finished, these modernized cats began spreading to Europe and the rest of Asia and Africa. But (and this is a big but), that’s only part of the story. It seems that cats have been domesticated more than once as there are a couple of different main genetic groupings of cats in history (we’ve kinda re-blended them and then separated them, what with the breeding and all). A second line emerged from Egypt a few thousand years ago, and it was a bit more tame, allowing the subtype to become very popular among human caretakers in relatively short order.As a whole, this study maps out the genetic development of cats throughout human history. There are definitely a few highlights, like the fact that tabby cats only emergence a few hundred years ago, and that it wasn’t until the 1800s that we started breeding for snazzier traits in our kitties. But the biggest conclusion of the study is surprisingly mundane — cats are still very, very similar to their wild cat cousins. Cats are a little friendlier towards people and other cats, but that’s really it.Contrast that with dogs and wolves, for example, and you can see how big the differences could have been. Wolves, on top of being much, much more aggressive than modern dogs, are resistant to training and have the ability to bit clean through medium-sized bones like those in your lower leg. That’s actually why dogs chew on bones so much. Bone marrow was once an important source of nutrition for them, but now their jaws and teeth aren’t strong enough to crack or break bones, so they gnaw away on instinct.“I think that there was no need to subject cats to such a selection process since it was not necessary to change them,” study co-author Eva-Maria Geigl says. “They were perfect as they were.”That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but at least regarding their expected role in the home, I’d say that’s about right. We don’t really need cats to be super outgoing and playful. They just need to help keep our homes rodent-free. So they sleep except when they’re chasing shit, and we get hilariously goofy fluff balls to entertain us endlessly. Everyone wins! Stay on targetlast_img read more

National Honours and Awards Amendment Bill

first_img TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, 23 Sept 2014 – The House of assembly, debate turned to the National Honours and Awards Amendment Bill 2014; the measure appeared to be getting wide support… though members agreed the specifics of the final law may require some changes. Related Items:house of assembly, National Honours and Awards Amendment Bill Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6mlast_img read more

Lush Poincianas Gobbled Up by Hungry Caterpillars

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Oct 2014 – And an insect invasion is seeing the popular Royal Poinciana trees literally devoured in mere days by a natural predator; the Poinciana tree looper caterpillar. The little insects are infesting areas of Provo now and officials are issuing warnings and advice on how to contain the bugs. Over the past two weeks the Department of Agriculture has received unusually high numbers of public complaints… the research has shown this happens infrequently; once every 10 to 15 years. The full-grown caterpillar is about 1-5/8 inches long and morphs to a brown coloured moth with an average wingspan of 40mm. As for what to do… there are insecticides and home remedies including wrapping the tree trunk with burlap and dousing the loopers with soapy water. The tree loopers actually defoliated seven of my own Poinciana trees… the loopers died in the soapy water and from insecticides sprayed by a local pest control company. Related Items:looper caterpillars, royal Poincianaslast_img read more

Donnelley Ups Bid to Buy Quebecor to 183B

first_imgDonnelley says its offer includes $476 million more cash than QW’s reorganization plan calls for.Quebecor did not immediately return a request for comment. But sources indicate that its board of directors reviewed the offer yesterday, and that it feels the proposal still lacks certainty as to closing, given antitrust conditions.In April, Quebecor World reached a $1.5 billion agreement with its creditors that it said will allow the company to emerge from bankruptcy protection this summer.The latest proposal by Donnelley also ensures the “retention of key employees … through the closing of any transaction and for a transition period following closing.”Last month, R.R. Donnelley sent an unsolicited letter to Quebecor expressing interest in purchasing the printer for roughly $1.35 billion.According to the letter, Donnelley says it has enough cash on hand to buy Quebecor.“There would be no financing condition to the acquisition,” the letter said. A vote on a response by Quebecor’s board is expected imminently. And a QW press release is expected to be issued later today. R.R. Donnelley has increased its offer to buy Quebecor World.In a letter sent Monday by Donnelley to the Quebecor World filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Chicago-based Donnelley has increased its original cash offer of $957 million in cash to $1.135 billion, the value of its stock offer  by $21.6 million and the assumption of pension liabilities, which Donnelley estimates is at least $275 million.The new deal is valued at roughly $1.825 billion.“We believe that this (proposal) is overwhelmingly in the best interests of your creditors,” the letter said. “The transaction proposed by us is significantly more favorable to the creditors … than the stand-alone restructuring proposed by the current draft plans of reorganization.”last_img read more

OC SI face action over failure to arrest rape accused

first_imgMoulvibazarTwo police officials of Sreemangal police station have been punished for their negligence to arrest the accused in a case filed over rape of a Class-VI girl on 16 April, reports UNB.Superintendent of police Mohammad Shahjalal served show-cause notice on inspector (investigation) Sohel Rana and closed sub-inspector Delwar Hossain, also the investigation officer of the case, on Sunday as they did not take proper step even after filing of the case.On 16 April, a teenage boy of Beltali village in Sreemangal upazila reportedly raped the girl when she was alone at her residence.Two days after the incident, victim’s father filed a case in this regard.Meanwhile, Rapid Action Battalion-9 members, led by assistant superintendent of police Quamruzzaman, on Saturday arrested the accused from Sarkar Bazar area and handed him over to police.The victim is now undergoing treatment at a hospital.last_img read more

An Illegal Left Turn Caused The Metro Light Rail Train Crash

first_img– / 9Metro is looking into a light rail crash that shut down part of its Southeast Line earlier today.  As Gail Delaughter reports from the News 88.7 Transportation Desk, officials believe it was caused by a driver making an illegal turn. 00:00 /01:15 Laboring in the hot sun, crews had to pull the wreckage of a dump truck off off the light rail tracks. It happened on MLK, south of the University of Houston campus.The red dump truck had just been hit by an eastbound train. Its front end was totally destroyed, leaving the street scattered with debris.   David Jackson was riding the train to his construction job when it happened. He says all of a sudden, he heard a big boom.“It was just a big impact,” says Jackson. “Driver told us to exit the rear of the train.”So, what caused the crash?Metro Chief Operating Officer Andy Skabowski says it appears the dump truck made an illegal left turn and the train couldn’t stop in time.“The majority of our accidents are illegal left turns,” explains Skabowski. “Again we make sure to ask people to make sure to watch all the signals and the signs and don’t make an illegal left turn in front of the train. You typically lose.”The driver of the dump truck wasn’t seriously hurt and Metro says everyone on the train was okay.The Southeast Line has been opened for a little over a year, and while Skabowski says they have had some minor accidents, this crash is the most serious so far.Trains went back into service on the line a few hours after the accident. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Listen Xlast_img read more

Cirque Du Soleil Performer Falls To His Death During Show In Florida

first_imgMichael Kass/APYann Arnaud performs during a Cirque du Soleil show in Toronto in 2017. Arnaud died early Sunday after falling while performing on Saturday in Tampa, Fla.A Cirque du Soleil performer died after falling at a Tampa, Fla., show over the weekend when his hand slipped off the double rings, the theatrical company announced Sunday.“While he was performing the aerial straps number, longtime aerialist, Yann Arnaud, fell onto the stage,” Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA said in a statement on Twitter.The statement said that the 38-year-old fell about 20 feet. Emergency procedures were initiated, it said, and Arnaud was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries early Sunday.“The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy,” the statement said. “Yann had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had the chance to know him.”— Cirque du Soleil (@Cirque) March 18, 2018Ben Maldonado, who was in the audience when the fatal accident occurred, told WFTS, the ABC affiliate in Tampa, “They were doing a dance routine on stage and they had these streamers coming down from the roof.”“One of the guys lost his grip and fell from the streamer down to the floor. The other performers, everybody just stopped on stage and were just pretty much in shock like we were,” he told the television station.Following the accident, Cirque du Soleil canceled the remaining two shows of the VOLTA tour in Tampa.Although such accidents are not common, a Cirque du Soleil dancer fell to her death in 2013 during a performance in Las Vegas after slipping out of her safety harness.Yann Arnaud last performance #CirqueduSoleil in #Volta at #Tampa #Florida last night 😢— Teacher From PR (@MaestroDEPR) March 18, 2018 Share Cirque du Soleil performer Yann Arnaud has died after falling during a performance in Tampa, Florida. The company says it’s cooperating with authorities as they investigate the incident.— CNN (@CNN) March 19, 2018Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Capital creates her own Durga

first_imgCreated by Kolkata-based sculptor Guranga Kuila, the 16 feet tall and 12.5 feet wide sculpture has been fashioned out of brass replicas of items like leaves of the mango and bael leaves, diyas, brass water vessels – all traditional offerings to the Goddess Durga.The idol of the goddess itself, a monumental 20 feet high and 26 feet wide has been transported to Delhi from Kolkata where it was handcrafted with seven types of clay by sculptor Pradeep Rudrapal, who has earned fame for his spectacular idols. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘It took four trucks and over 7 days to transport the idol from Kolkata. Over 45 labourers helped carry it to the stage where she will be worshipped during Durga Puja celebrations,’ says Shanker Chakravarthy, a member of the organising committee.While with an estimated budget ranging between Rs 75 lakhs to Rs 1 crore, the Arambag committee wants to make this year’s celebration special. Former President Abdul Kalam inaugurated the Buddha-themed pandal late last evening. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOther Durga Puja committees in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) area, which is estimated to number over 800, are also geared up with special themes and festivities.For Vishvajit Pal, a sculptor from Krishnanagar in West Bengal, the days leading to the Durga Puja are quite busy.Pal, who has been making idols for the past 30 years has been coming to Delhi since the past 9 years. At the Delhi Durga Puja Samiti, he is overseeing preparations for at least 10 idols that will be dispatched to various committees across the city. One of the idols is for the Kashmiri Gate Puja Samiti, which hosts the oldest Durga Puja celebration in the Delhi and NCR region. ‘Our puja turns 104 years old this year. We maintain the old style followed by gererations and seldom deviate from tradition. The idols of the goddess and everything else is created in the traditional style,’ says Barun Mukherjee, President, Kashmiri Gate Puja Samiti.Mukherjee, who has been associated with the Puja since 1955, says many founding members have grown old and moved away but still ensure they visit it every year. Kashmiri Gate, Karol Bagh, Kali Bari and Timarpur count amongst the oldest Durga Puja Samitis in Delhi. The Tirmarpur Samiti is celebrating its 100th Puja this year, and the others too are more or less in the same zone.‘This year I have worked on 400 pandals. One of the best is a pandal in south Kolkata where elephants, fish and birds carved on wood flank the Goddess,’ says Gouranga Kulia, a handicraftsman.last_img read more

Hyatt and San Francisco International Airport announce new plans

first_imgHyatt and San Francisco International Airport announce new plansHyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) officially announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with SFO to brand and manage a 350-room Grand Hyatt hotel. Located on the airport grounds, Grand Hyatt San Francisco International Airport is anticipated to open in mid-2019. Hyatt Hotels Corporation CEO and President Mark Hoplamazian and SFO Airport Director John L. Martin participated in a signing ceremony on January 21 at the SFO Aviation Museum in International Terminal A.In 2014, SFO, an enterprise department of the City and County of San Francisco, announced plans to develop a new airport-owned hotel to enhance the overall offering of the airport. The San Francisco Airport Commission voted to award the contract to the Grand Hyatt brand under Hyatt’s management in September 2015, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved it in December 2015. With this approval, Hyatt is set to bring its hospitality expertise and award-winning Grand Hyatt brand to SFO, one of the most important airports in the United States, which recently achieved a new all-time passenger traffic record of 50 million annual passengers in 2015.“Realizing a brand new hotel at our world class San Francisco International Airport has long been part of SFO’s Capital Plan, and I am pleased with this new relationship with Hyatt,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “The construction and operation of Grand Hyatt San Francisco International Airport is a major economic win for the entire San Francisco Bay Area region, creating jobs, revenue, and an even better world-class experience for travelers at SFO.”“We look forward to working closely with the team at SFO, which shares Hyatt’s passion for quality, innovation, service and the creation of a caring environment for its customers, associates and the community it serves,” said Mark Hoplamazian, President and CEO, Hyatt. “The Grand Hyatt project at San Francisco International Airport is consistent with our company’s objective to grow strategically with great partners and in gateway destinations where our loyal guests and meeting planners want us to be.”Grand Hyatt hotels reflect the unique culture of their locations and appeal to both travelers and the local community by delivering “moments of more.” Located at the entrance to SFO, Grand Hyatt San Francisco International Airport will sit on a 4.7 acre site close to terminal buildings and parking garages with direct accessibility via an AirTrain station to the terminals. The hotel is being designed with approximately 350 rooms, 17,500 square feet of flexible meeting space, 24/7 business center, health club and spa, indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna. Additionally, the food and beverage offerings will include both full-service and casual restaurants, wine and sushi bar, and a rooftop cocktail lounge.“We are excited to work with Hyatt, a world-renowned brand in guest hospitality,” said SFO Airport Director John L. Martin. “With this agreement, we take the first step forward in our vision to create the most innovative, luxurious, and environmentally sustainable on-airport hotel in the world.”Grand Hyatt San Francisco International Airport will be uniquely designed to reflect its distinct environment within a backdrop of intuitive service, dramatic architecture and innovative design. During the signing ceremony, the design-build firm for the hotel was also announced. Webcor Builders and Hornberger + Worstell Architects will be spearheading the design work together with SFO and Hyatt’s design team. The design is envisioned to be among the most innovative and environmentally friendly airport hotels in the world. SFO will construct and own the hotel while Hyatt will provide branding and day-to-day management. Construction on the project is expected to begin in the fall of 2016, with completion expected in mid-2019. The facility is being designed to achieve both a four star designation and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) “Gold” certification for environmentally sustainable design and operation.Source = Hyatt Corporationlast_img read more

CoreLogic Adds Four New Partners for MLS Data Coop

first_imgCoreLogic Adds Four New Partners for MLS Data Co-op “”CoreLogic””: is expanding its presence in Florida, recently announcing that the company has established technology partnerships with four of the state’s real estate organizations. The Realtor groups will tap into CoreLogic’s MLS Data Co-op to launch a multiple listing service (MLS) data sharing initiative.[IMAGE]Organizations teaming up with CoreLogic include the “”Bonita Springs-Estero Association of Realtors””:, the “”Cape Coral Association of Realtors””:, the “”Naples Area Board of Realtors””:, and the “”Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach””:[COLUMN_BREAK]In an official statement, CoreLogic noted that it continues to enhance the capabilities of MLS Data Co-op since launching the system in 2010. Most recently, the company added support for the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) expanded data set.Marion Briggs, president of the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach, noted of the deal, “”Southwest Florida has always had significant market overlap, with many real estate professionals needing to belong to multiple associations to do business. Using MLS Data Co-op, we have now created a data sharing environment that gives our members … the tools to leverage that information for the benefit of their customers.””CoreLogic’s SVP of real estate and financial services, Ben Graboske, added, ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£CoreLogic has been actively involved in RESO for many years and has helped guide the development of the current data standards. The MLS Data Co-op has achieved success by using a standards-based approach to the aggregation of MLS data and other diverse property information, and by overlaying the combined data set with unique CoreLogic reports and analytical tools. “”We are simply thrilled to see the MLSs of Southwest Florida using our MLS Data Co-op solution,”” Graboske concluded. January 10, 2013 495 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologycenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers 2013-01-10 Abby Gregory Sharelast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Safety Adrian Wilson did something on Sunday in the Cardinals’ 38-10 win over the Lions that only five other players in the history of the NFL have done in their respective careers: record 25 sacks and 25 interceptions.In the postgame press conference, the 33-year-old had a hard time holding back his emotions following a milestone day.“I mean it’s just all the hard work that you put in, to see something like this happen, that’s big to me and to my teammates,” Wilson said. “I’m glad they were there to see it.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Despite being a veteran captain on the Cardinals defense this season, Wilson has had to deal with a reduced role in recent weeks. Yet in the face of a demotion, Wilson hasn’t wavered in his leadership, even when standing on the sidelines. “You know, I put a lot of stock into what I do and to play here and give everything that I have here,” said Wilson. “It feels good, and we won. So, a lot of the emotions that’s coming out now, just thinking through the hard times and being where we are at now.”Before the 2012 season began, Wilson restructured his contract, because he felt it was important to remainwith the organization. The veteran safety has been with the team since they drafted him in the third round back in 2001, and he’s never been shy about wanting to finish his career in Arizona. With his sack of Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford in the fourth quarter on Sunday, Wilson now has 25.5 sacks and 27 interceptions for his career and joins the elite 25-25 club. The other five players in that group include Ray Lewis, Ronde Barber, Rodney Harrison, William Thomas and Brian Dawkins. “You know history is history…pretty soon somebody is going to break that,” said Wilson. “I’m just going to relish in it tonight with my teammates, and you know it means a lot. I wish I was able to put it into words but I can’t, I’m just too emotional right now.” Wilson’s teammates did not hesitate to sing his praises for his leadership and his hard work, including defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. Dockett was drafted in 2004 and has been Wilson’s teammate through good times and through bad times over the past eight seasons.“Adrian Wilson, that’s my brother, I love him,” Dockett said. “I’m so happy for him. I’m just very blessed to be a part of his career for the last eight years and to see a dominant guy just dominate so many games and face some adversity this year and still overcome it.”Safety Rashad Johnson is one of the players that has filled in for Wilson on certain third down packages, since defensive coordinator Ray Horton opted to make some schematic changes following the Cardinals’ bye on November 11.“For Adrian, just to break the record that he did, I’m tremendously happy for him,” Johnson said. “Hopefully, you know, he’s got a lot of ball left in him and he can get to 30 [interceptions] and 30 [sacks].”This season, Wilson will have only two more cracks at adding to his interception and sack totals, as Arizona hosts the Chicago Bear next Sunday and then travels to San Francisco to close out the campaign against the 49ers. Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 26 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more