World Cup 2011: Proteas look to weave spin web over NZ

first_imgSpin is expected to play a crucial, even dominant, role when South Africa clash with New Zealand in the third World Cup quarter- final here on Friday.South Africa captain Graeme Smith gave enough hints that he might include all three spinners – leg- spinner Imran Tahir, left- armer Robin Peterson and offie Johan Botha – in the XI, encouraged after watching Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi and other spinners snatch eight of the 10 West Indies wickets on Wednesday afternoon at the Sher- e- Bangla Stadium.Smith’s New Zealand counterpart Daniel Vettori is, however, relying on his top order batsman to deliver the goods in the knock- out game.Vettori’s confidence must have been boosted after big- hitter Brendon McCullum recovered from a knee injury to keep wickets too.Vettori’s troublesome knee, due to which he missed the matches against Canada and Sri Lanka, is better and he will return to lead the side again in the most important game so far for a team that has so far failed to meet expectations.Going by the captains’ views, it’s going to be a battle between South African spin – not to forget their fast bowlers – and New Zealand batting. Even Vettori can exploit the pitch if it continues to provide as much assistance as it did to Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez.While New Zealand will be battling to put behind their indifferent form in the league stage, South Africa will be looking to lay the ghosts of the past World Cups and shrug off the chocker’s tag once and for all.advertisement’ Chocker’ and ‘ jinxed’ are the words that have often described the South African teams over the years, since their reentry into international cricket in early 1990s, for their tendency to lose crucial matches. And these words are likely to keep reminding Smith and his players on Friday that they have another opportunity to prove their critics wrong.Smith – and premier all- rounder Jacques Kallis – would take motivation from Dhaka city where South Africa won a major ODI title in 1998, though the venue was Bangabandhu Stadium.In the final of the ICC Knock- Out Tournament, as the Champions Trophy was then called, Kallis bagged five wickets and scored 37 in the final against the West Indies to win the man- of- the- match and man- of- the- tournament awards.Going by the two teams’ performance in the league stage, South Africa start as favourite to win the day- night encounter and inch closer to that elusive World Cup. But history will count for nothing and it is the form of the day that will come into play.Both teams fared differently in the league, with South Africa topping Group B with 10 points and the Kiwis just managing to scrape through from Group A, finishing fourth with eight points. Significantly, South Africa lost only one match, to England, but that narrow defeat again raised the ‘ chocker’ issue.South Africa started with a sevenwicket win over the West Indies and demolished the Netherlands before running into England and losing by six runs in a nail- biting thriller.However, they recovered and won a close game against India and that result would have given them the much- needed confidence. They didn’t have difficulty in brushing aside Ireland and Bangladesh to ease into the quarter- finals.New Zealand began their campaign on a high note by thumping a hapless Kenya before Australia thrashed them. Vettroi’s side bounced back with a 10- wicket win over a weak Zimbabwe and surprised Pakistan and expectedly beat the lowly Canadian side.Although the Kiwis lost to Sri Lanka, they made it to the second stage as anticipated.South Africa may be in form now, but the local fans would support New Zealand as Smith’s team defeated Bangladesh to shut them out of the quarter- final race.last_img read more

BCCI to honour former boss Shashank Manohar at dinner function

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to honour outgoing chief Shashank Manohar at a dinner function today.  Manohar had become the first independent chairman of the International Cricket Council earlier this month.”A dinner function has been organised in his honour as all the members will be present here for the SGM (on May 22),” said a BCCI said.Manohar had resigned earlier this month as the BCCI president, just over six months after commencing his second stint in the post, in order to be eligible to become the ICC’s first independent chairman. The successor to the Nagpur-based lawyer will be elected at the BCCI’s SGM on Sunday and the frontrunner appears to be current secretary Anurag Thakur.The nomination for the new president, supported by at least one unit from the BCCI’s East Zone associations, has to be filed by this evening.In order to become the new BCCI president, Thakur will have to relinquish his current post and, in that case, a new BCCI secretary will have to be nominated at the SGM.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers salute MS Dhoni: ‘What a champion knock’

first_imgFrom Indian and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, Virat Kohli to South African superstar, AB de Villiers, wished Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his blitzkrieg knock in Pune’s win . Harsh Goenka, Rising Pune Supergiant owners’ brother, also had to eat humble pie and acknowledge the champion that is MS Dhoni. (Dhoni did what he does best: Pune captain Steve Smith)Virat Kohli tweeted,  “Ms Dhoni does what he’s done with so much confidence over the years. What a champion knock. Great to watch.”Ms Dhoni does what he’s done with so much confidence over the years. What a champion knock. Great to watch ??- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 22, 2017AB de Villiers posted on his Twitter , “What a pleasure watching @msdhoni  operate like that! I see @KagisoRabada25 ‘s making his debut for the @DelhiDaredevils tonight-exciting!”What a pleasure watching @msdhoni operate like that! I see @KagisoRabada25 ‘s making his debut for the @DelhiDaredevils tonight-exciting!- AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) April 22, 2017″Anhoni ko honi kar de @msdhoni  ! Brilliant ,absolutely brilliant. #RPSvSRH” was Virender Sehwag’s response to MS Dhoni’s innings.Anhoni ko honi kar de @msdhoni !Brilliant ,absolutely brilliant.#RPSvSRH- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 22, 2017Ravichandran Ashwin, who is missing from action, sure is following the action on the field.  “Champion stuff from @msdhoni , another day at work. The IPL is ready and ripe now. #RPSvSRH”Champion stuff from @msdhoni , another day at work. The IPL is ready and ripe now. ??#RPSvSRH- Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) April 22, 2017Mohammad Kaif posted, “The great man is back with a bang. Few things give as much happiness and joy then @msdhoni finishing it off in style. Champion. #RPSvSRH”advertisementThe great man is back with a bang. Few things give as much happiness and joy then @msdhoni finishing it off in style. Champion.#RPSvSRH- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 22, 2017After criticising  Dhoni’s form and ability to perform, Harsh Goenka had to eat his own words, He posted “Masterful innings by Dhoni. Great to see him back in form. Nobody can be a greater finisher. Takes @RPSupergiants  to a nail-biting win.”Masterful innings by Dhoni. Great to see him back in form. Nobody can be a greater finisher. Takes @RPSupergiants to a nail-biting win.- Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) April 22, 2017Archana Vijaya posted  “I’m so happy for @msdhoni . Form is temporary, class is permanent.”I’m so happy for @msdhoni . Form is temporary, class is permanent. ????- Archana Vijaya (@archanavijaya) April 22, 2017Actor, Shahid Kapoor also congratulated Dhoni, “The sleeping lion is awake. Never put a great man down. Dhoni is,was and always will be a class act.” The sleeping lion is awake. Never put a great man down. Dhoni is,was and always will be a class act.- Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) April 22, 2017last_img read more

11 days ago​Eriksson swayed Abramovich to buy Chelsea over Spurs: I thought he was the driver!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Eriksson swayed Abramovich to buy Chelsea over Spurs: I thought he was the driver!by Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson had a role to play in Roman Abramovich buying Chelsea.The Russian billionaire was famously searching for a football club to purchase in the early 2000s.When he spoke with Swedish coach Eriksson about a club that would be suitable for his needs, he was advised to go with Chelsea over Tottenham.The Blues have enjoyed one of the most successful periods in their history under Abramovich.Recalling their conversation, Eriksson told The Times: “We met at Les Ambassadeurs [a casino and club in London].”There were three men standing there. One is properly dressed, the other is so-so and the third, I thought he was the driver. Of course that was Roman.”He wanted to buy a club in Moscow so we went to Moscow for three days. We saw all the clubs and I said buy Dinamo. They had the best facilities.”I went on holiday and his right-hand man phoned. Roman changed his mind. He wants to buy a club in London.”Tottenham or Chelsea? I said, ‘What does he want to do?’ He said he wants to win.”I said, ‘So buy Chelsea. You have to change half the team. Tottenham you have to change the whole team.'” last_img read more

Mount Olivet Boys’ Home Embarking on Herbal Teas Project

first_img “The plants will come in very handy, as we have to make tea for the boys every day. We have identified a plot for the plants, so we will establish a tea farm and go into the tea business. When we harvest, Mr. Wright says he will purchase them from us,” he said. “The relationship between Mount Olivet and the JIS has grown by leaps and bounds, as we have seen the development taking place over the years. We are very grateful to our sponsors who support us. We will continue to build on the relationship and partnership, so that the boys know that we really care and we support them,” she stated.  The Mount Olivet Boys’ Home is poised to establish a herb farm, following the donation of plants and a proposal for purchase of the harvest by local tea manufacturer, Perishables Jamaica Limited (PJL).“We’re planting the seed and will watch it grow, and reap and create a good herb farm that we can build a long-term business relationship from. We do this on an ongoing basis across Jamaica,” PJL Managing Director, Norman Wright, said.Mr. Wright, who handed over rosemary and peppermint plants to the Home recently, was upbeat about the prospects of the project and informed that the company buys herbs from farmers, and “based on our knowledge of the environment here at Mount Olivet, they will prosper here”.He was speaking at the Home’s annual sports day hosted in collaboration with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) at the facility in Walderston, Manchester, on April 7.Mr. Wright expressed delight in being invited by the JIS to share in the day’s activities, pointing out that “I thought, what better way to help the youngsters than to bring them something they can plant and reap”.PJL was established in 1981, and the company’s mission is to develop agricultural products and by-products.The entity partners with approximately 220 herb farmers islandwide who supply the leaves, which are processed to make teas.Mr. Wright, who also presented samples of his company’s ‘Tops’ brand tea products to the Home, assured that the company would provide Mount Olivet with the guidance to grow, reap and dry the herbs for processing.“We work with cerasee, neem, turmeric, ginger blends, cinnamon, ‘bissy’, vervain, and moringa,” he informed, noting that there is an ongoing project to grow ginger. Story Highlights The Mount Olivet Boys’ Home is poised to establish a herb farm, following the donation of plants and a proposal for purchase of the harvest by local tea manufacturer, Perishables Jamaica Limited (PJL).          Explaining his background in the field, Mr. Wright pointed to his many years of experience working with herbs and his accompanying exploits in academia.“It’s been in the family for a long time, and so I was able to learn all of what I know (as) I grew up in it. Recently, I completed my Master’s Degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from the UTech, and that has given me some authentication of what I knew as a layman,” the businessman stated.Speaking about the products and business, Mr. Wright underscored the focus on producing local products of the highest quality.“At PJL, we use 97 per cent Jamaican products, and we have a strict quality policy that helps to sell our products. It sells itself, because we don’t have the money to do advertising and put up billboards. But when people taste our products they say it is good. The Bureau of Standards Jamaica and the Scientific Research Council are critical stakeholders in our business,” he indicated.Meanwhile, Mr. Wright indicated that he does not intend to make his visit to Mount Olivet a one-off appearance, and gave a commitment to return with the JIS team to follow up on developments with the herb farm.“The journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step. I expect that (the Home) will plant the rosemary… and we’ll come back here and see a large rosemary farm, and a large peppermint farm, probably with a drying (facility) to go along with other herbs that might be available right here. So we’ll be working closely with them to make sure that it’s not (regarded as) a public relations activity. Every time the JIS comes, we will be here to see the progress,” he said.Director of the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home, Patrick Newman, was excited about the new project. “The plants will come in very handy, as we have to make tea for the boys every day. We have identified a plot for the plants, so we will establish a tea farm and go into the tea business. When we harvest, Mr. Wright says he will purchase them from us,” he said.The Home sits on approximately 10 acres of land, and the farming activities include a variety of crop planting, and the rearing and selling of pigs, cows, goats, chicken and eggs.Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, who was also a participant in the sports activities, acknowledged the growing number of sponsors partnering with the Agency to assist the Home.“The relationship between Mount Olivet and the JIS has grown by leaps and bounds, as we have seen the development taking place over the years. We are very grateful to our sponsors who support us. We will continue to build on the relationship and partnership, so that the boys know that we really care and we support them,” she stated.Other sponsors of the day’s event were Coldfield Manufacturers Limited, Maxfield Bakery, National Baking Company Limited, Tastee Patties, JP Tropical Foods Limited, and the Jamaica Urban Transit Company.last_img read more

Update: FPSO Death Toll Rises to Five, Four Missing

first_imgzoom The death toll in the explosion on board Cidade de São Mateus FPSO, chartered by Brazilian oil major Petrobras and operated by BW Offshore, has risen from three to five people, BW Offshore confirmed.Four people are still missing.The explosion occurred on board the  Cidade de São Mateus on Wednesday, February 11th. There were 74 workers on board when the blast occurred.Ten people were injured in the blast and have been transferred by helicopter to receive medical care in the city of Vitória, Petrobras said.“The remaining crew are all accounted for and receiving medical care where needed, with two in critical condition and for safety reasons, have all been taken off the unit. The next of kin have been informed and all personnel are being attended to by a special support team established by BW Offshore Brazil,” BW Offshore said in a status update.Search and rescue operations continued into the night following the explosion onboard the FPSO on Wednesday 11 February.“This is a tragic day, and our primary focus now is on the crew and their families. We cannot rest until the last four of our men are found. We express our gratitude to Petrobras and the Brazillian authorities for the tireless efforts in this time and wish to thank our peers and partners for their support,” said BW Offshore CEO Carl Arnet.Brazilian oil regulator ANP said that the explosion was caused by a gas leak in one of the machinery spaces. The fire caused by the blast has been contained and the platform is under control, ANP said. No oil leak was reported.Production has been stopped and the unit has been shut down. The FPSO is operating on the Camarupim and Camarupim Norte fields in Espirito Santo littoral approximately 120 km from the coast.last_img read more

India face toughest World Cup qualifying match vs Qatar

first_imgDoha: A heart-breaking loss in the campaign-opener has dented their chances of moving ahead and the Indian football team faces another uphill task when it takes on Asian champion Qatar in its most difficult match of the World Cup second round qualifiers here on Tuesday. India let in two goals in the last eight minutes after taking an early lead to lose their opening match against Oman on September 5 in Guwahati. Ranked 62nd in the world, Qatar will start Tuesday’s Group E match against 103-ranked India as overwhelming favourites. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThey will look to claim their second consecutive win after crushing Afghanistan 6-0 in their opening match on September 5 here. The World Cup hosts have improved by leaps and bounds in the last few years. They won the Asian Cup in the UAE earlier this year and they gave good competition to the top South American sides in the recent Copa America where they took part on invitation. India have also shown improvement in recent times as was seen during the Asian Cup in January where they gave scares to the likes of the UAE and Bahrain and missed qualifying for the knock-out round by a whisker. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHistorically, Qatar have been the dominant side, having won three out of four official matches played against India. One match ended in a draw. The last time the two sides played an official match was in September 2007 in the World Cup qualifiers where Qatar had thrashed India 6-0. India defeated Qatar 2-1 in Doha in 2011 in a friendly but that match was not considered an official game as India made more substitutions than the rules allowed. In the match against Oman in Guwahati on September 5, India clearly dominated the first half with a 1-0 lead only to concede goals in the 82nd and 90th minute to suffer a heartbreaking loss. Captain Sunil Chhetri, who scored the lone Indian goal against Oman in the 24th minute, conceded that Tuesday’s match will be the most difficult of the campaign. “We are, however, looking forward to it… there will be a fight, no matter who we play. We have to make sure we don’t repeat the small mistakes that cost us three points (against Oman),” the 35-year-old talisman said. Head coach Igor Stimac, who prefers possession-based football by building from the back, sought to dwell on the positives from the Oman match and said that his side has nothing to fear against Qatar. “Qatar are the strongest team in the group and playing them will not be easy. However, it’s a great opportunity to learn from. We have to change 4-5 players. There is no reason to fear and we shall look to score goals and play good football,” Stimac said. Qatari players are not taking India lightly and they are expecting a stern test from the visitors. “India had a good match against Oman, despite the defeat. They also performed well in the AFC Asian Cup earlier this year and they are always improving. We know that they are a good team and we respect them,” said defender Pedro Miguel.last_img read more

Wildlife committee launches emergency assessment for BC steelhead

first_imgVANCOUVER – A dismal return for steelhead salmon in British Columbia’s Interior Fraser River system has prompted an emergency assessment of the species.Eric Taylor, chair of Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, said two recent requests from the public for an investigation into the species in addition to mounting evidence of the steelhead decline led to last week’s decision to take action.“A lot of us are aware of the problems of the severe reduction in abundance that’s been observed,” he said.Alan Sinclair, a marine fisheries expert on the committee, said average annual returns of the fish should be in the range of 1,000 to 2,000.But the Steelhead Society of B.C. said only about 200 steelhead returned this year to the Thompson River and fewer than 50 came back to the Chilcotin River.The exact cause of the decline is unclear. Sinclair said warming river temperatures and changing ocean conditions have contributed added stress to steelhead and other salmon populations.Taylor said steelhead have been on the committee’s radar for several years as data collected by the province has shown a steady decline.“This year was one more data point in a time series of decline,” he said. “There is always hope the next year will be a little bit better but because of the weight of the evidence over the last couple of decades, we just decided well maybe we should expedite the process.”An emergency assessment of the two watersheds will take place in early January over a two-week period. It’s a faster process than a full study that typically takes two years to reach a conclusion.The Steelhead Society of B.C. is applauding the assessment.“I have mixed emotions about this news” said president Brian Braidwood in a statement Wednesday. “On one hand I’m thankful that the scientific community recognizes the importance of Interior Fraser steelhead; on the other I’m saddened that these great fish are in danger of extinction.”Depending on the results, Taylor said it could lead to steelhead being listed as an endangered species by the federal government.The findings would first be delivered to the federal Ministry of Environment, Taylor said. The ministry then has 90 days to respond with a decision or to launch a further review.Taylor said there is no deadline for the government to decide whether or not to list a species as at risk once it’s responded to the assessment.“Some species have languished for years where a listing decision by the federal government hasn’t taken place despite the fact (the committee) made a recommendation years before,” he said, adding the government has committed to making decisions within three years for commercially exploited species.An emergency review was last launched for three species of bats in 2012, Taylor said. All three were listed as endangered under the Species At Risk Act in 2014.While steelhead have long appeared to be in decline, Sinclair said salmon and other fish populations have at times shown promise of bouncing back.“I think if the appropriate management actions are taken there is hope for recovery,” he said.—Follow @Givetash on Twitter.last_img read more

Syncrude wants judge to dismiss lawsuit of former firefighter with PTSD

first_imgSyncrude disputes Swan was being forced back to work too soon.“Syncrude relied upon the available medical reports and medical advice when formulating the gradual return-to-work plan for the plaintiff, and, further, Syncrude had no contradicting medical reports indicating that the plaintiff should not return to Fort McMurray or the Aurora Mine site.”Swan said Syncrude first punished him for joining the program too late and then again for staying in it too long. He was fired last September.Syncrude spokesman Leithan Slade said Thursday the company has nothing to add to its statement of defence “other than that Syncrude greatly values and supports its employees.”Swan said he’ll never work as a first responder again, but he’s exploring retraining options through the WCB.The WCB’s support is helpful, he added, but he is under financial strain. His sister has set up a GoFundMe page for legal and medical expenses.“This is embarrassing, but I’m collecting some bottles and stuff and rolling change,” he said.“I’m not looking for a handout or to be set up the rest of my life. I’d just like to hold Syncrude accountable and get back to the workforce.” “At no time during the plaintiff’s employment did Syncrude demonstrate an intention not to be bound by the employment agreement. The plaintiff, however, relocated from Fort McMurray to Calgary without notice to Syncrude and subsequently abandoned his employment.”The claims by Swan and Syncrude have not been tested in court.Swan, 44, began working for Syncrude in 2002 as a heavy equipment operator at its mining operations north of Fort McMurray, Alta. Five years later, he joined the company’s fire department, which sometimes responds to calls in the surrounding community.The former firefighter and paramedic has said that no single event triggered his PTSD, but that it built up gradually. He said his symptoms were in full force by the time a ferocious wildfire swept into Fort McMurray in 2016. He was diagnosed a year later.Syncrude said Swan attended an intake screening for a traumatic psychological injury program organized through the Workers’ Compensation Board in October 2017, but he “unilaterally chose not to return” for treatment.Swan explained Wednesday that he joined the program later than Syncrude wanted because his own psychologist wished to ensure Swan was in the right condition for it. CALGARY, A.B. – Oilsands giant Syncrude Canada wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by a former first responder who claims he was wrongfully fired following a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.Michael Swan filed the lawsuit in Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench late last year seeking damages for lost compensation and benefits, improper paycheque deductions and in lieu of reasonable notice. His also seeks “moral or aggravated damages for bad faith throughout the employment relationship” and punitive damages.“Syncrude denies that the plaintiff was at any time penalized due to his disability or that Syncrude failed to treat the plaintiff with civility, decency, dignity and respect,” the company said in a statement of defence filed last month.center_img He said the program offered structured full-day treatment that included group sessions, exercise and meditation. He said he found it challenging and rewarding.“By the time I was ending it, I had come so far. I was able to talk with people and share my experience, which aids people suffering from PTSD immensely.”In February 2018, Syncrude told Swan he had to return to work within a week, even though his care team and the WCB did not think he was ready, his lawsuit alleges.Swan said he completed the program last summer. While he found it helpful, he said he spent a lot of time there dealing with his anger at Syncrude rather than his PTSD.last_img read more

With peace in Burundi UN agency sees dramatic increase in refugee returns

“The refugees tell us that orderly communal elections at the end of June – nearly the last step in a long transition to peace and democracy – gave them the confidence to return home after up to nine years in exile,” Jennifer Pagonis, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said in Geneva today. Whereas in June and July the number of Burundians coming home to the south of the country was in the range of 600 to 800 a week, Ms Pagonis said, last week alone UNHCR helped more than 4,200 (3,600 from Tanzania and 600 from Rwanda) return to three southern provinces. In August, the agency estimates the number returning to these areas on UNHCR convoys from Tanzania will total 20,000 – more than six times the 3,116 who came home in June. “UNHCR is not actively promoting return to Burundi, but we do help any refugees who want to go home voluntarily,” Ms Pagonis said. Refugees get transportation from the Tanzanian camps back to their home villages. She said that once back in Burundi they are given goods to help them restart their life, including a three-month supply of food, as well as plastic sheeting, mats, blankets, cloth, sanitary materials, kitchen sets, jerry cans, soap and a hoe, since most of them are farmers. UNHCR is also building schools and providing roofing materials for individual returnee houses, and funding other projects to help the local community absorb the returning refugees. Since 2002, more than 250,000 Burundian refugees have gone home, mainly from Tanzania. There are still some 238,000 Burundian refugees in Tanzanian camps, and another 198,000 living in settlements in the west of the country. read more

Somalia UN envoy welcomes release of ship crew held by pirates since

In a press release from the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Nicholas Kay welcomed the release today of 11 crew members of the ship MV Albedo, held hostage since November 2010. According to UNSOM, the 11 survivors of the MV Albedo crew were released to officials from the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) inside Somalia and are now safely back in Kenya. The crew members from India, Iran, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be repatriated to their home countries over the coming days. The MV Albedo had been held by armed Somali pirates since 12 November 2010. The ship sank close to the Somali coast in July 2013 due to mechanical failure and bad weather and the surviving crew had been held on shore by pirates since that time. “For over three years the crew members and their families have suffered unimaginable distress. The crew underwent the trauma of piracy, their ship sinking and then being held ashore in very difficult conditions, said Mr. Kay, who heads UNSOM. He commended the efforts of UNODC colleagues and the local authorities, who facilitated their safe return today. UNODC’s Counter Piracy Programme, now in its fourth year of operation, supports the criminal justice professionals of States in the Indian Oceans region that are dealing with Somali piracy. It has developed an extensive police and Coast Guard contingent, as well a division that deals with hostage release and repatriation. “While we have seen a significant reduction in piracy off the coast of Somalia in recent years, I remain deeply concerned that 38 other crew members are still being held hostage by Somali pirates,” said Mr. Kay: adding: “I call on those who continue to detain these crew members to release them without further delay so they can rejoin their families and loved ones.” read more

Despite secure CCHA footing Ohio State mens hockey heads to Miami desperate

The Ohio State men’s ice hockey team will bring its regular season campaign to a close with a two-game road series at No. 3 Miami (Ohio) this weekend. Barring a date in the postseason, it will mark the final time the in-state rivals meet as members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The league, which began in 1971, will disband after this season. OSU is set to join the six-team Big Ten Conference in its inaugural hockey season, and Miami will move to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The series carries large implications for both squads. Miami sits on top of the 11-team CCHA and two points will secure its fourth CCHA regular-season title. In contrast, OSU owns only one league championship (1972) in the conference’s 42-year existence. Sophomore forward Tanner Fritz said this weekend and the ensuing playoffs are great opportunities to make a statement as a program. “(The RedHawks) have been dominating this league for quite a few years now. That’s what OSU hockey wants to do,” Fritz said. “I think we’re pushing the pace for that this year. In years to come, OSU hockey is going to be on the map.” OSU, sitting in a tie for fourth with Ferris State, will face the Bulldogs in the quarterfinal round of the CCHA Tournament regardless of this weekend’s results. Whichever team earns more points will host the second-round matchup. Ferris State will play two games at Michigan over the weekend. Miami and OSU have already faced-off three times this season. The RedHawks took five of six points in a CCHA series in December, before beating the Buckeyes in the Three Rivers Classic, 1-0. “We’ve had three tight games against Miami, we want to go down there and win some hockey games and try to get home ice,” said associate head coach Steve Rohlik. In 185 minutes of play against Miami this year, OSU has only scored twice. The Buckeyes are not the only team that Miami has suffocated on offense this season. The RedHawks lead the nation in team defense, allowing a stingy 1.56 goals per game. Freshman goalie Ryan McKay has the best save percentage (.962) and goals against average (1.0570) in the country. OSU rode its own stalwart defending for much of the season. But since junior defenseman Curtis Gedig’s injury against Notre Dame on Feb. 1, the Buckeyes have given up an average of 3.4 goals per game. Barring any setbacks, Gedig will return to action this weekend to strengthen the blue line. “(Gedig) has been out skating this week; I expect him to be full-go this weekend,” Rohlik said. “Having Curtis back this weekend will be a big boost for us.” The series will be the last opportunity for OSU sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel and senior goalie Brady Hjelle to showcase their talents before the current round of voting for the Hobey Baker Award ends on March 10. The teammates are two of 77 candidates for college hockey’s most prestigious individual award. After being swept by Michigan last weekend, OSU freshman defenseman Sam Jardine said a better effort is crucial for his team this weekend. “It needs to be a playoff environment for us, and we need to be desperate,” Jardine said. Game one of the two-game series is set for Friday at 7:35 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio. read more

Would you Adam Eve it Fruit may have been the making of

first_imgThe team compiled the biggest ever database of more than 140 different species to explore the relationship between brain size, different kinds of social behaviour and feeding habits.Previous studies investigating brain size evolution in primates found a correlation between the average number of group members and the size of their brain relative to body size. But the researchers found that the relationship vanished when more complex social behaviour – such as monogamy – was added into the mix. The researchers suggest that the bigger brains probably evolved to recall fruit locations, and work out new ways to extract flesh from tough skins. Fruits also contain for more energy than plants, giving brains a boost.”Fruit is patchier in space and time in the environment, and the consumption of it often involves extraction from difficult-to-reach-places or protective skins,” said doctoral student Alex DeCasien, the lead author.”Together, these factors may lead to the need for relatively greater cognitive complexity and flexibility in fruit eating species.”Complex foraging strategies, social structures, and cognitive abilities, are likely to have co-evolved throughout primate evolution.””However, if the question is: ‘Which factor, diet or sociality, is more important when it comes to determining the brain size of primate species?’ then our new examination suggests that factor is diet.” Baboons have smaller brains and a more omnivorous diet  A high-fruit diet is known to keep people healthy, but it may also have helped us develop into humans, a new study suggests.Scientists have discovered a link between the amount of fruit eaten by primates and the size of their brains.Previously it was thought that the larger brains of monkeys, apes and humans developed to cope with the complex social maneuverings required to successfully live in a group, a theory known as social brain hypothesis.For example primates need substantial brainpower to understand who their friends and enemies are, and keep track of ever-changing hierarchies and power struggles.But researchers at New York University believe primates and humans actually ate their way to a bigger, more complex brain.“Are humans and other primates big-brained because of social pressures and the need to think about and track our social relationships, as some have argued?” said Dr James Higham, an assistant professor in NYU’s Department of Anthropology.”This has come to be the prevailing view, but our findings do not support it. In fact, our research points to other factors, namely diet.” 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. They found no link between brain size and any measure of sociality, but they did find there was a strong link to diet. Fruit-eating primates have around 25 per cent more brain tissue than plant-eating species. Baboons have smaller brains and a more omnivorous diet Credit:Santiago Cassalett Monkeys who eat leaves have smaller brains, like this howler monkey  British experts said the new study had turned evolutionary biology on its head.Dr Chris Venditti, of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Reading said: “There is a long-standing notion that social complexity is linked to cognitive complexity.“DeCasien et al may have delivered a blow to social brain hypothesis that has it reeling, and if future work irons out some of the remaining methodological creases, it may be down and out. Then we will be left with the extraordinary position of trying to explain primate cognition without sociality.” Left to right: skulls of an adult male lemur (Lemur catta), vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus), gibbon (Hylobates lar), baboon (Papio hamadrayas), chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), and human (Homo sapiens). Credit:Skull collection: Center for the Study of Human Origins (CSHO). Credit: Megan Petersdorf Left to right: skulls of an adult male lemur (Lemur catta), vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus), gibbon (Hylobates lar), baboon (Papio hamadrayas), chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), and human (Homo sapiens).  The research was published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. Monkeys who eat leaves have smaller brains, like this howler monkey last_img read more

Man accused of road rage stabbing pleads not guilty

first_img KUSI Newsroom Man accused of road rage stabbing pleads not guilty Posted: November 29, 2018 Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) – A delivery services worker accused of pulling a knife on another motorist and stabbing the father of five to death following a South Bay road-rage dispute pleaded not guilty today to a murder charge.Rickey Vernon Smith, 60, was ordered held on $2 million bail.Deputy District Attorney Makenzie Harvey alleged that Smith stabbed 36-year-old Horace Williams Jr. six times in a “callous act” following what police said was a rolling altercation between the two men.Smith was taken into custody shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the scene of the fatal encounter, which played out in a busy intersection alongside Chula Vista Golf Course.The exact reason for the deadly run-in between Smith and Williams was unclear, though it apparently began when one of them took exception to something the other did behind the wheel, sparking an exchange of angry shouts and gestures, Capt. Phil Collum said.As the fracas escalated, Smith, an off-duty FedEx warehouse worker, allegedly threw a soda at the other man’s silver Nissan Quest and used his white Ford Ranger pickup to ram the victim’s minivan from behind.A short time later, Smith’s truck passed Williams’ vehicle at Sweetwater Road and Willow Street and suddenly stopped in front of it, causing a second collision, Collum said.At that point, Smith allegedly got out, stalked over to the Quest and punched Williams through the driver’s-side window, then pulled a folding knife off his belt and stabbed the victim repeatedly, the captain said.A witness interviewed by news crews described seeing the mortally wounded victim get out of his vehicle and fall onto the roadway, then get up and collapse again several more times before crumpling to the ground a final time, bleeding profusely.The suspect, dressed in his work uniform, was still at the scene of the fatal encounter when patrol officers and paramedics arrived. He surrendered peaceably, Collum said.Paramedics took the victim to Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, where he was pronounced dead.Defense attorney Brian Watkins — arguing that bail be lowered to $100,000 because his client was not a danger to the community — alleged that Williams threw the first punch in the altercation and “there are two sides to every story.”Williams had just dropped off two of his five young daughters at school when he was killed less than two miles from his home, according to a GoFundMe.com page set up to raise funds for the family.Smith will be back in court Dec, 19 for a readiness conference and Jan. 24 for a preliminary hearing. He faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted, Harvey said. November 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Teen apologizes after attacking mother and son in Stuart home

first_imgSTUART, Fla. (WSVN) — The 19-year-old who allegedly broke into a Stuart home and attacked a 55-year-old woman and her son, Sunday, apologized as he was released from the hospital Tuesday.Nico Gallo is accused of smashing his body through the window of a Stuart home and attacking the mother and son. The pair fought back, hitting him with a baseball bat and holding him down until police arrived.The suspect, who told the victims he had taken flakka, apologized for his actions as he was released from the hospital, Tuesday, and taken to jail.When asked if he had any regrets, Gallo responded, “I do have regrets. I regret ever taking the drugs that I was on, and I regret breaking into that house, and I regret hurting those people.”Asked if there was anything he wanted to say to the victims, he said, “I’m dearly sorry.”Gallo faces burglary with assault charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Final preps lane closures on SR 836 ahead of new interchange opening

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Crews are making final preparations on the Dolphin Expressway before a new interchange is set to open, and drivers will encounter detours on the roadway.The highway received a new paint job on Friday ahead of Monday’s opening of the “Diverging Diamond Interchange,” or DDI.The new traffic pattern is part of South Florida’s massive reconstruction project on State Road 836. Drivers will soon be able to cross over to the left or opposite side of the road under the Dolphin and Northwest 57th Avenue.As crews make final touches over the weekend, all lanes, entrance and exit ramps on Northwest 57th Avenue between Perimeter Road and Blue Lagoon Drive will be closed to traffic.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Dignitaries Celebrate UAV Flight Milestone at Grand Sky

first_imgAir Force Secretary Heather Wilson, industry leaders and elected officials celebrated the launch of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight operations for large unmanned aerial systems (UAS) on Monday at Grand Sky, a UAS-focused research and development park at Grand Forks AFB, N.D. “Flying large UAS beyond visual line of sight in the national airspace will allow the unmanned aircraft industry to demonstrate its true potential for contributing to commercial aviation operations,” said Thomas Swoyer Jr., president of Grand Sky Development Co., according to a news release. “It reduces the cost for operators to test and prove systems and provides the opportunity for real-world demonstrations of how unmanned and manned aircraft can share the skies safely and efficiently.”Grand Sky recently became the first U.S. location to receive regulatory permission to host commercial BVLOS test flights for large unmanned aircraft following a 36-month process led by the Northern Plains UAS Test Site. Initial BVLOS flights at Grand Sky will be limited to large UAS flying within 30 nautical miles of Grand Sky and will be subject to several additional FAA restrictions until the safety of the flights is demonstrated. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to visit Scotland amid

first_imgLONDON: UK’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make his first official visit to Scotland on Monday amid opposition to his insistence on pulling the country out of the European Union (EU) even without a deal. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said last week that Scotland, which voted to remain in the EU in the 2016 referendum, needed an “alternative option” to Johnson’s Brexit strategy, local media reported. Also Read – UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September Advertise With Us Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson also refused to back a no-deal Brexit. In his first speech as Prime Minister on July 24, Johnson pledged to bring Britain out of the EU by October 31, saying “no ifs, no buts”. He warned that there would be a hard Brexit if the EU refused to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement. Johnson will also announce a 300-million-pound investment to drive economic growth in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.last_img read more