Did Snakes Help Build the Primate Brain?

first_imgThe sinuous shape triggers a primal jolt of recognition: snake! A new study of the monkey brain suggests that primates are uniquely adapted to recognize the features of this slithering threat and react in a flash. The results lend support to a controversial hypothesis: that primates as we know them would never have evolved without snakes. A tussle with a snake meant almost certain death for our preprimate ancestors. The reptiles slithered through the forests of the supercontinent Gondwana roughly 100 million years ago, squeezing the life out of the tiny rodent-sized mammalian ancestors of modern primates. About 40 million years later, likely after primates had emerged, some snakes began injecting poison, which made them an even deadlier and more immediate threat.Snakes were “the first and most persistent predators” of early mammals, says Lynne Isbell, a behavioral ecologist the University of California, Davis. They were such a critical threat, she has long argued, that they shaped the emergence and evolution of primates. By selecting for traits that helped animals avoid them, snakes ultimately endowed us with forward-facing eyes, for example, and enlarged visual centers deep in our brains that are specialized for picking out specific features in the world around us, such as the general shape of a snake’s body camouflaged among leaves.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Isbell published her “Snake Detection Theory” in 2006. To support it, she showed that the rare primates that have not encountered venomous snakes in the course of their evolution, such as lemurs in Madagascar, have poorer vision than those that evolved alongside snakes.“It is a very bold theory,” says Arne Öhman, a psychologist at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden who uses brain imaging and behavior studies to test how humans respond to visual threats. But thus far, he says, there has been little neurobiological evidence for it.Two years ago, neuroscientists at the University of Toyama in Japan and the University of Brasilia in Brazil contacted Isbell, hoping to join her in a search for brain-based evidence. In a paper published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how images of snakes affect the pulvinar—a cluster of neurons in an evolutionarily ancient part of the brain called the thalamus. Pulvinar neurons are believed to help direct our attention using our eyes and recognize a potential threat. Primates have much larger pulvinars than other animals and certain parts of the pulvinar are even unique to primates.According to Isbell’s hypothesis, other mammals that had to contend with snakes were mostly burrowing creatures, and they didn’t rely as heavily on vision as early primates, which rested in trees during the day. While some mammals developed resistance to snake venoms, primates opted for a better detection strategy.To test the snake recognition prowess of the pulvinar, the group inserted electrodes into the brains of two captive-born macaque monkeys who had never encountered the reptiles. They measured the electrical spikes from individual neurons in two regions of the pulvinar while the primates looked at four types of images: snakes both coiled and elongated, macaque faces with both angry and neutral expressions, macaque hands in various positions, and geometric shapes such as circles and stars.They found that images of snakes had a particularly strong and fast-acting effect on pulvinar neurons: Of the 91 neurons that became active at some point in the experiment, 40% were “snake-best,” meaning they were more active during snake photos than other images. These neurons also fired more frequently than the ones responding to faces, hands, or shapes. (Neurons responding to angry faces, an important social threat for the highly social macaques, came in second.) Finally, snake-responsive neurons sprang into action more quickly, activating about 15 milliseconds faster than those that responded to angry faces and about 25 milliseconds ahead of the neutral shape-detecting neurons.Isbell calls these findings “the first neuroscientific support” for her snake-centric evolutionary theory. She suspects that our unique pulvinar makes primates most adept among mammals at recognizing snakes, though she acknowledges that prediction still needs testing. There is some evidence that primates are especially skilled at detecting snakes that aren’t moving, she says, and that ability may underlie another primate-specific skill: using vision to guide reaching and grasping movements. (Example: Reach for a banana, but don’t reach toward a slumbering snake.)The results support the idea that primates have built-in mechanisms for recognizing a very specific threat based on its shape, says Isabelle Blanchette, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Quebec, Trois-Rivières, in Canada who studies the role of emotion in how we process information. But she warns that we should resist the urge to extrapolate to humans. Even if we carry these “leftovers from evolution” in the form of snake-sensitive neurons deep in our visual system, higher brain processes, such as learning and memory, may influence our behavior just as much as this deep and instinctive snake sense. “It’s a very important part of the picture, but it is only a part,” she says. Her research has shown that humans aren’t always faster at detecting snakes than other threats, including guns and cars, which we haven’t evolved to fear innately.last_img read more

UE Boom 2 review: Audio excellence 2.0

first_imgIn the last two years, India’s Bluetooth audio device market has grown bigger with the entry of new players. This has forced older brands to improve and up the ante, even as companies like Bose and JBL have continued to keep the same gold standards that have allowed them to gain the market and mind share among the audiophiles.But the Bose speakers are serious kind of purchase. Their high price means that even if you get the premium sound quality and features, you also have to spend a premium on them. There are no cheap Bose speakers. JBL has cheap speakers, but unfortunately they are in a different class, in a not so good way, when it comes to the sound quality.But this is where the Ultimate Ears, a brand by Logitech, comes into the picture. Ultimate Ears has a number of Bluetooth speakers from low to mid-price range. But what is special about Ultimate Ears is that its speakers have almost perfect audio experience at all ranges.The latest from Ultimate Ears is UE Boom 2, which is the successor of UE Boom from last year. The UE Boom 2 shares everything from design to price with its older sibling, but has improved performance. Or that is what Logitech claims. After using the speaker for a fair amount of time, I feel that claim is accurate. Priced at Rs 15,995, the UE Boom 2 is a steal. Almost.Design and build qualityThe UE Boom 2 looks exactly like the earlier speaker. Or in other words, it looks good. There is nothing over the top about the UE Boom 2’s design and colour combination. It looks elegant and fun at the same time. It is not cheap. It is not loud, well, in design part. And that is good. This is the kind of speakers that you will like to keep in your chic drawing room and not feel bad about it.The UE Boom 2 is a 360-degree speaker. The speaker grills are covered with a threaded fibre mesh and the vertical centre is covered with a soft rubber-like material. The rubber strip also houses all the controls. The top of the speaker has power and Bluetooth button. At the bottom you will find a 3.5mm audio jack and a microUSB charging port. Both the openings are covered with a flap, since the UE Boom 2 is waterproof. There is also a hook at the bottom, so you can hang it on your bag or your bicycle’s handle if you plan an early morning trek or a picnic. It’s just the right thing to take along for outings. Sadly the rubber material gets dirty after some time, but on the brighter side you can wash it off.advertisementThe strip also has volume buttons marked as big Plus and Minus signs. However, only a small portion of the volume signs work as buttons, rest is just for the show. While this may not seem to be an issue, it may irritate you at times when you are trying to turn the volume up or down. It would have made more sense to put a touch-sensitive panel underneath.The UE Boom 2 is a sturdy speaker. There are no loose parts and no metallic parts on the outside, so no peeling paint either. The overall feeling that I get after using the UE Boom 2 is that if you decide to buy it, it will easily last you for at least two-three years or even more.Also read: UE Boom Bluetooth speaker review: A good mix of style and performance PerformanceIf you want to test the quality of a Bluetooth speaker you should play music on it at the top volume. This is when the audio cracks and music gets jarring. Actually, here at IndiaToday Tech we haven’t yet tested a speaker that can deliver clean sound at top volume. But some do better than others. The UE Boom 2 is among the ones that do significantly better at this one task.I tested the UE Boom 2 using different music genres like Hindi classics, retro, Bollywood’s latest beat-heavy numbers, Death Metal, Punk, Rock, Prog Rock, Hip-hop and EDM.Overall, the UE Boom 2 is a decent performer, although it may also surprise you with its brilliance at times. Let’s start with what’s best on the UE Boom 2.If you are into classics, Indian or otherwise, you will fall in love with this speaker instantly. The UE Boom 2 does a splendid work with old Hindi songs, Carnatic, and even classics from Mozart, Beethoven, and Wagner.advertisementNext comes the usual Indian music, mostly Bollywood. The UE Boom 2 will not disappoint you here. It produces decent bass with thumping numbers, on the other hand treble has been a forte for the Boom speakers, this one and the earlier one as well. It handles treble beautifully without trying to kill the bass. So if you are planning to play some new-age Hindi numbers, you will like the overall experience.The same goes for Rock and Progressive Rock. The UE Boom 2 performs well with lower notes and high-pitched alike. However, at a higher volume it may distort a little but not so much to leave sour notes in the air. If you are into classics, Indian or otherwise, you will fall in love with this speaker instantly. The UE Boom 2 does a splendid work with old Hindi songs Just like other Bluetooth speakers this one also has trouble dealing with Metal. Its predecessor, the UE Boom, performed decently with Metal at mid volume levels, this one however doesn’t. Listening to Megadeth and Opeth felt annoying, vocals and instruments felt flattened even at lower volumes. So no Metal for you, UE Boom 2.As I noted earlier, the UE Boom 2 can produce satisfactory bass when required. That brings me to Hip-Hop and EDM. You will not exactly be disappointed but there is nothing to feel elated about with this kind of music on the UE Boom 2. It produces just above average sound with these genres. It also depends on what kind of a listener you are. For an average listener, this will do the job.I also faced a strange issue with the UE Boom 2, which is most likely to be a software issue. The speaker mutes at times, for no visible reasons, even when the song is playing on the connected phone. Replaying the song solved the issue at times although on some occasions fixing it required closing and restarting the player app.Ultimate Ears says that the UE Boom 2 is 25 per cent louder than the previous Boom speaker. Now, there are no decibel figures here but during the use it sure can get loud enough to fill a big room, a hall so to speak, with audio. If you are having terrace party, the UE Boom 2 will do the job fine.The UE Boom 2 also comes with an associated app for iOS and Android. The app adds a few more features to the speaker like equaliser and alarm.To conclude, I can say the UE Boom 2 is an all-rounder for most users, that is if you are not a Metalhead. The speaker offers loud, controlled music, which is a good thing.Also read: UE Roll 360 Bluetooth speaker review: Best of the lotShould you buy itIf you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker which has a style statement of its own and also delivers good performance across various genres, the UE Boom 2 is a good choice. Yes, it is a little pricey but considering its feature set and performance, it has a fair price.It has some competitors like the JBL Pulse 2 and Bose SoundLink Mini II. But the Pulse has a more in-your-face design. The Bose one sports a heavy price tag. Performance-wise you’ll get somewhat better audio experience with the Bose speakers, but then the premium you have to pay is about Rs 5,000. Is it worth it? Depends on the kind of ears you have.advertisementThe UE Boom 2 is perfect for solo listening, in a small party, or even on a picnic. As noted earlier, it’s an all-rounder for most people, although audiophiles with specific tastes and heftier wallet can look for a few more premium options.####UE Boom 2####8/10########Good stuffElegant and fun designPerformance ranging from Good to greatWaterproof####Bad stuffSome software bugsPoor with Metallast_img read more

KKR vs RCB: Bangalore 49 all out, lowest-ever IPL score, in pursuit of 132 vs Kolkata

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) made short work of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s star-studded batting lineup to and script a remarkable 82-run win in a high-voltage Indian Premier League (IPL) game here at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.Chasing the KKR’s low 131, the visitors were bundled out for 49, the lowest total in the Indian Premier League. The previous being was 58 by Rajasthan Royals against RCB in 2009. (Virat Kohli hurt after ‘reckless batting’ condemns RCB to lowest ever IPL score)Nathan Coulter-Nile (3/21), Chris Woakes (3/6) and Colin de Grandhomme (3/4) starred with the ball for the hosts as they skittled out their rivals for their lowest score ever.Coulter-Nile set the tone for the hosts, removing RCB skipper Virat Kohli for a golden duck as he chased a fullish delivery outside off stump to give a simple catch to keeper Robin Uthappa. Sections of the Eden were stunned to silence as home team supporters brought the house down.The Indian captain seemed unhappy with the movement behind the sidescreen, fuming on his way back.Umesh Yadav got Mandeep Singh’s (1) back with the latter cutting straight to Manish Pandey at point, but it was Coulter-Nile who bowled a fiery first spell (3-0-21-3) sending the dangerous A.B. de Villiers (8) back in the hut after the South African hit two boundaries.Kedar Jadhav (9) too failed to negotiate the Australian as the 2016 runners-up were tottering at 4/24.Chris Gayle (7; 17b 1×4 0x6), who was the last hope for Kohli’s men, cut a frustrated figure trying to pull Woakes over midwicket but giving Couler-Nile an easy catch at mid off.advertisementStuart Binny (8) and Pawan Negi (2) fell shortly as the two-time champions completed a remarkable comeback. Samuel Badree, Tymal Mills, and Yuzvendra Chahal were out soon after. Sreenath Aravind was not out on 5.Earlier, an excellent spell by leg-spinner Chahal helped RCB bundle out KKR for 131.He returned figures of 3/16 while the other RCB bowlers also did well to restrict the hosts to the low total.Mills – playing in place of Andre Milne – scalped 2/31 while Negi took two wickets conceding just 15 runs in three overs.Playing in front of a packed stadium, Chahal – who in February returned best figures by an Indian in Twenty20 cricket with 6/25 against England – used the flat deck to his advantage, bowling with variations that flummoxed the home team batsmen.Sunil Narine (34; 17b 6×4 1×6) was the top-scorer for KKR with the off-spinner continuing from where he had left off in the last match, spanking Badree for three consecutive fours and a six in the first over of the game.The southpaw, who was catapulted up the order after Chris Lynn got injured, hit Aravind for two back-to-back fours to get the crowd, mostly cheering for the away side, going.At the other end, Gautam Gambhir (14, 11b, 1×4, 1×6) stay at the crease was cut short by the returning Mills who caught the in-form left-hander’s outside edge for a caught behind which was initially debated, but replays showed clear nick.Narine’s cameo – his third this season – ended when the Trinidadian holed out to Chahal at deep square leg.Narine and Gambhir stitched together a 48-run opening partnership.Robin Uthappa (11; 9b 2×4 0x6) did not last long, playing across the line to a fuller Badree delivery to be adjudged LBW by umpire C.K. Nandan. The hosts stared down the barrel from then on losing the next three three wickets for 27 runs.Yusuf Pathan (8), Pandey (15) and Colin de Grandhomme (0) were removed by Chahal as KKR were left reeling at 93/6.Woakes (18; 21b 3×4 0x6) and Suryakumar Yadav hung around for sometime for a 27-run seventh wicket stand before Mills got rid of Woakes and Coulter-Nile (2) followed suit without troubling the scorers much.Suryakumar (15; 19b 1×4 0x6) fell to Negi while Kuldeep Yadav was taken by Aravind. Umesh Yadav remained not out for 2.last_img read more

Nokia 2 renders leak, expected to be the cheapest Android phone by the company

first_imgHMD Global is likely to launch its high-end Android phone – Nokia 8 on July 31. Apart from Nokia 8, the company is reportedly working to bring the cheapest Android phone by the company, dubbed Nokia 2. Some reports leaked earlier hint that Nokia 2 is going to be a toned down version of Nokia 3. Now a new report reveals that Nokia 2 will sport a display much smaller to that of the Nokia 3.The new leaked image has been posted by a tipster on Chinese website, Baidu. The image shows Nokia 3 and Nokia 2 placed right next to each other. This is basically to show the difference between the two smartphones. As per the leaked render, the upcoming Nokia 2 is expected to feature a display much smaller than the Nokia 3. To recall, Nokia 3 comes with a 5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels resolution. This means that the yet to-be-announced Nokia 2 may come with a display much smaller that 5-inch.Photo Credit: BaiduSome reports leaked earlier suggested that apart from a very few differences, Nokia 2 will be much like the Nokia 3. One difference is the screen size for sure.The image further hint that the upcoming Nokia 2 will not come with a fingerprint scanner, like the Nokia 3. The Chinese tipster further reveals that the Nokia 2 may be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210 processor. While, the Nokia 3 is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6737 processor. However, a report leaked last week mentioned that the Nokia 2 could be either feature a Snapdragon 202 SoC or a MediaTek processor.advertisementAlso Read: Nokia 2, Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 leak reveals processor detailsThe image render further shows the power and volume rockers will be placed right side of the device, much similar to that of the Nokia. The key difference between the two smartphone could be the positioning of the navigation buttons. On Nokia 3, the capacitive keys placed right below the display, however, that will not be seen on the upcoming Nokia 2, as the smartphone will come with on-screen navigation buttons. From the back side the Nokia 2 will boast pretty much similar design detail as the Nokia 3.Furthermore, rumours are such that HMD Global may not use the metallic build for the Nokia 2, considering the fact that the smartphone could be an ultra affordable one. The new render reveals only this bit about the upcoming Nokia 2. Although the company didn’t confirm the Nokia 2 yet, a report leaked last week mentioned that Nokia 2 will be launched later this year. While on the pricing front, Nokia 2 is expected to be the cheaper than Nokia 3 which was launched at Rs 9,499.last_img read more


first_imgThe Iowa Department of Criminal investigation has confirmed the identity of a woman whose body was found last month in Monona County.The D-C-I says that woman was 66-year-old Cheryl Stowe.Stowe’s body was found about a mile and a half from her rural Castana home on June 27th.That was the day after co-workers asked the Monona County Sheriff to check on her welfare because she did not show up for work on June 26th.Deputies made contact with and arrested her grandson, Eliot Stowe on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.Eliot Stowe remains in custody in the Monona County Jail.The investigation of Stowe’s death is continuing and authorities do not believe there is any present danger to the public.No other details are being released at this time.last_img read more

Newcastle move restores reputations of Dean Richards and the Falcons

first_imgIf signing good players and persuading them to perform above their natural ability was easy, everyone would be doing it. The coaching input of Dave Walder, Micky Ward and Scott MacLeod should not be underestimated but Hogg also salutes Richards’s squad‑building acumen. “He picks players based on what he thinks the squad needs, whether it be a big unit to truck it up the middle or someone with a bit more deft skill. Sometimes it’s not always about the best players, it’s about combinations and how they complement each other.”Should the Falcons upset Exeter it will be no surprise to anyone within Richards’s inner circle. Topics Read more Share via Email Exeter’s Ali Hepher: underestimate British coaches at your peril Read more Facebook Pinterest Dean Richards: ‘England showed an interest. I wouldn’t entertain it now’ The north-east will love him even more if the Falcons can beat Exeter at Sandy Park on Saturday and bring some northern soul to the Twickenham grand final next week. It will be a tall order but Richards, freshly crowned as the Premiership’s director of rugby of the season for the first time in 17 years, has never been a guru who believes in the obvious.“There’s a joke going round that if you ever see Dean out on the field in his tracksuit with a whistle in his mouth take a photo because it’ll be worth an absolute fortune,” says the Falcons’ managing director, Mick Hogan. “In terms of rarity value it’s probably as priceless as a Van Gogh.”More commonplace, according to Hogan, is the sight of the 54‑year‑old former England No 8 bobbing around in the North Sea rather than poring over match DVDs on his days off. “You’ll find him out at sea on his boat fishing. You’d think it must be a bloody strong boat, maybe some sort of decommissioned minesweeper, but apparently it’s a tiny little wooden thing. He loves the outdoor life and you get that in the north-east.”In the same breath, though, Hogan will tell you why Richards has been pivotal to Newcastle’s steady rise since the club signed him in 2012 while he was still in the final months of a three-year ban following the infamous Bloodgate scandal. If moving to the north-east has helped to restore his reputation, he has done the same for the Falcons.“He is absolutely central to it all,” says Hogan. “To me there are two areas where he’s particularly good. Number one: he’s the best recruiter in the game. It’s not just about finding unknowns or signing Niki Goneva … he gets it right at both ends of the spectrum. Twitter Support The Guardian Exeter Rugby union Share on Messenger Dean Richards endured a career setback at Harlequins with the Bloodgate scandal involving Tom Williams, right. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Dean Richards features Newcastle “He got us all in to a function room and said: ‘Tell your wives and girlfriends you’re going to be here for two hours.’ He then paired up one back and one forward for a three-legged race around every bar in Welford Road, with the first pair back the winner. I think there were 16 bars and you had to have a drink in each of them.”Some old-school habits have endured. Newcastle’s Scotland back-rower Ally Hogg, now in his last days before retirement, has spent eight years with the Falcons and recalls the club’s first big away win in Bristol under Richards after being relegated to the Championship. “We beat them down there and within five minutes we’d stopped at an off-licence and Dean was in buying beers for all the boys for the bus trip home. That was his thing: you had to make sure you bought your opposite number a pint after the game and on every away trip you’d have a few beers to bring everyone together. He has that old‑school mentality, which I think is key to building a good culture.”Organising stop-offs for fish and chips at the Wetherby Whaler, though, has not been the only secret of Richards’s success. Bloodgate was a costly mistake but, as Corry points out, there were other elements to the story. “There was a time when everyone knew behaviour like that went on. We discussed it with England, Richard Cockerill admitted it [opening stitches in a finger wound] in his book. It’s a bit like kicking the Calcutta Cup down Princes Street; there was a time when that was regarded as funny. If it happened now it would be horrific. He’s made mistakes but you learn and change along the way.”According to Corry, that could just be Richards’s most enduring quality. “What makes Deano great is that he’s adaptable. You’d never think he would move with the times, that he’d be the same old Deano, but he’s always managed to stay on top of the game. Look at how he’s come back from what happened at Harlequins. What he’s done at Newcastle is probably more impressive than what he did at Leicester. Yes there are plenty of anecdotes about him, but I think what he’s doing transcends that. You want to play for Dean, the club and your mates. It’s not just painting by numbers.” Premiership “We plucked Tane Takulua from absolutely nowhere and I’d put him up there with any scrum-half in the league now. The other bit he gets is the importance of the academy. It’s very easy for the guy at the top to look week to week because they’re judged on results. Not many are looking at the 16- or 17-year-olds and wondering: ‘Are they going to come good in five years’ time?’ Dean does.”Players of all vintages also relish his occasionally left-field methods. The former England captain Martin Corry, for example, still remembers the instant effect Richards had in his initial months at Leicester. “The transformation was remarkable. He felt the steeliness had gone out of the pack so he and John Wells announced they were going to start mauling against us at training. He always won.”Then there were the off-field bonding initiatives. “When he first took over at Leicester he realised the spirit wasn’t what it should have been,” says Corry. Share on Twitter Sign up for The Breakdown, our weekly rugby union email. Share on Facebook It is 20 years almost to the day since Newcastle last won English rugby’s domestic league title. Coincidentally, 1998 was also the year the iconic Angel of the North sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley, was erected in Gateshead. Both were towering achievements but, for a long time, just one of them seemed to have been built to last.Only now are Newcastle Falcons beginning to stretch their muscular arms once again, guided by a man who has had an even more tumultuous couple of decades. As it happens Dean Richards also made his first foray into management with Leicester in 1998, taking over from Bob Dwyer, and subsequently leading them to four Premiership titles and two European Cups in four seasons. Dragging Newcastle up from the league’s nether regions on a modest budget has, in its own way, been equally impressive. Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. 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Prince Harry Attends Annual WellChild Awards

first_imgPrince Harry attended the annual WellChild Awards Ceremony last week.Prince Harry talks to Nicole ChristouCredit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/Prince George has already learned to smile, his proud uncle told children at the charity awards ceremony. Speaking at the WellChild event, Prince Harry told young award winners that he had visited the baby earlier in the day.He said to nine-year-old Nikki Christou: “I’ve just literally seen him. It was the first time I’ve seen him smile.”The Prince is patron of the WellChild charity, which is dedicated to the needs of sick children and their families, and was guest of honour at its annual awards ceremony that celebrates the lives of the youngsters and those who care for them.Nikki received the Most Inspirational Child for girls aged seven to 11 award at The Dorchester Hotel event in central London after raising £20,000 for research into her condition, an incurable malformation in her face which affects her nose, cheekbone and right eye.She was keen to raise the subject of Prince George – as she shares his July 22 birthday, has a father called George and a brother called Alexander, the baby Prince’s middle name.Nikki, from Enfield, north London, said that Prince Harry said “wow, very, very weird” when told of the coincidence, and she described meeting him as “really nice”.Her mother Tanya added: “He said he’d just come from seeing his nephew and he was having a bath, but normally when he sees him, he’s usually sleeping or crying.“He said it was the first time he’d seen him smile. He seemed quite pleased.” Madison Kirk, six, who received the award for Most Inspirational Child for a girl aged three to six, was also keen to ask about Prince George.Her mother Mary, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, said: “He was talking about his nephew. He said it was lovely having a new nephew, he said it was fantastic.”Madison, who was diagnosed with large cell lymphoma last year, also asked Prince Harry what it was like being a Prince, to which he replied with a laugh: “Good and bad.”Prince Harry, wearing a navy blue suit, white shirt and pale blue patterned tie, got down on his knees to be at eye level with many of the seriously ill children.Prince Harry talks to Jonathan, aged six.Credit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/He seemed amused by six-year-old Jonathan He, who sung a song for him about digging his garden. Prince Harry gave the little boy from Milton Keynes, who has a rare genetically-inherited immunological condition and glaucoma, a round of applause for his performance.Jonathan, who won the award for Most Inspirational Child for boys aged three-to-six year old, said The Prince praised him for the song and added: “He said it was brilliant.”In a short speech after presenting awards to Jonathan and Madison, Prince Harry described the award winners as “unbelievably brave” and said: “I’m hugely humbled to be patron of WellChild and I count myself incredibly lucky to be patron, as well as coming down here this evening.“It’s always so clear for everyone to see how brave and inspirational the children are, but very easy to forget what a huge effect it has on the parents, nurses and all the family.”Celebrities at the event included singer Rod Stewart and wife Penny Lancaster, presenter Konnie Huq, Apprentice star and businesswoman Karren Brady, comedian Tim Vine and singer Pixie Lott, with entertainment from Scouting for Girls.Source:PrinceHenryOfWales.orglast_img read more

Mack Jack McConaughey To Return For 2017

first_imgESPN analyst and legendary football coach Mack Brown, ACM award winning recording artist Jack Ingram, and Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, are excited to announce Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) will return for a fifth year.This annual fundraising event will take place on April 20-21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Talent will be announced soon.Over the past four years MJ&M has raised over $5 million benefitting a handful of youth organizations that all reflect MJ&M’s goal to empower kids in their community.“We continue to be amazed with the outcome of MJ&M,” said Coach Brown. “Friends from across the country come together to support this amazing effort to empower kids, all while having a great time that they won’t soon forget. We cannot wait to make an even greater impact in 2017.”MJ&M continues to impact the lives of children throughout Texas, California, Louisiana, and more than 23 countries around the world. Every year, MJ&M supports select organizations that share the principals’ goal to empower kids. Funds raised through MJ&M 2017 will support The Rise School of Austin, just keep livin Foundation, HeartGift, Cure Duchenne and Dell Children’s Medical Center.Like the previous years, the MJ&M line up will include a gala and concert on April 20 hosted at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre.Previous MJ&M headliners include Dierks Bentley, Kasey Musgraves, Toby Keith, Sheryl Crow and John Mellencamp.Ingram added, “With this being our 5th anniversary year we want to celebrate the impact of MJ&M in a big way. We are committed to making the music and experience the best yet. I always appreciate old friends and new being willing to show up and perform to make MJ&M the most impactful, fun event of the year. Two nights of non-stop talent – you will not want to miss it.”April 21 will be a jam-packed day with a golf tournament being held simultaneously with a once-in-a-lifetime fashion show chaired by Lifestyle expert and co-founder of Yummy Spoonfuls, Camila Alves McConaughey. Veronica Beard, Badgley Mischka, Lela Rose and MILLY were the featured runway designers in years past. The 2017 designer will be announced soon.April 21 will conclude back at ACL Live at the Moody Theater for a singer-songwriter line up of talent unmatched by any other singer-songwriter event. Eric Church, Little Big Town, Lyle Lovett, Bobby Pinson and dozens of the biggest names in music have participated over the past four years and the lineup coming together for 2017 promises to be the best yet.“Camila and I are proud to join our dear friends to raise awareness and money for these important charities,” said McConaughey. “We always have a great time being home in Austin and have made numerous new friendships over the years since MJ&M began. That’s what it’s all about – coming together to help kids succeed.”For more information about Mack, Jack & McConaughey or to sign up to receive further announcements about the 2017 event, visit www.mjm2017.com.last_img read more

UN emergency response funds allocated to neglected crises

1 February 2008The United Nations’ central body for coordinating relief and humanitarian aid has allocated more than 100 million dollars in grants for critical life-saving work in some of the world’s neglected trouble-spots. The money will fund the work of UN agencies and their partners in 15 countries, including Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Myanmar. Announcing the allocation, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes, described the grants as “often the last bit of hope for millions of people caught up in some of the most severe and protracted humanitarian crises around the world.” The grants are made from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which is mandated to commit one-third of its money each year to redress imbalances in the global distribution of aid by supporting neglected crises.“It is thanks to the existence of tools like the CERF and the generous support it receives from donors each year that we can fill gaps in the humanitarian response and provide assistance to the most vulnerable,” Mr. Holmes said. The $104.2 million allocated today includes $38 million to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), $10 million to Ethiopia, $7 million to Côte d’Ivoire and Pakistan, and smaller sums to Niger, Nepal, Kenya, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Mali, Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Myanmar. Over the past year, CERF funding has made a critical difference in countries including Côte d’Ivoire, which received only 53 per cent of the resources needed for critical basic needs in 2007. CERF funds were used to provide food, health care and education to internally displaced persons (IDPs), including children, and made it possible for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to restore access to safe drinking water in remote, rural communities. Over the past two years, a total of $200 million of all funds contributed to the CERF has been used in support of forgotten crises in 23 countries, mostly in Africa. The CERF is funded by voluntary contributions from Member States, non-governmental organizations, local governments and individual donors. read more

Demanding end to violence in Côte dIvoire Security Council imposes targeted sanctions

In unanimously adopting resolution 1975, the Council urged Mr. Gbagbo to immediately step aside, repeating the calls made for months following his UN-certified defeat in November’s presidential run-off, which was won by opposition leader Alassane Ouattara. Top UN officials have voiced growing concern about the situation inside Côte d’Ivoire, where up to 1 million people have been displaced – some internally, and some to neighbouring nations – since fighting first broke out in the wake of the polls, which were meant to reunite a country split by civil war in 2002 into a Government-held south and rebel-controlled north. Nearly 500 people are reported to have been killed, and the violence appears to have stepped up in recent weeks, including the use of heavy weapons. The Council “condemns in the strongest terms the recent escalation of violence throughout the country which could amount to crimes against humanity,” the 15-member body said in the resolution. The UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), which continues to protect civilians during this period of increased fighting to the best of its abilities in line with its mandate, has also been targeted, with a UN-marked bus damaged by stone-throwing demonstrators earlier this week. The Council condemned the use of Radiodiffusion Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI) and other media to incite discrimination, hostility, hatred and violence, including against UNOCI, and demanded that all parties abide “scrupulously” by their obligation to respect the safety of UNOCI and other UN personnel and ensure their freedom of movement. It decided to adopt targeted sanctions against those individuals who meet the criteria set out in previous resolutions, including those who obstruct peace and reconciliation in the country, obstruct the work of UNOCI and other international actors and commit serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. In addition to Mr. Gbagbo and his wife, Simone, today’s resolution imposed targeted financial and travel measures against Désiré Tagro, Secretary General in the so-called ‘presidency’ of Mr. Gbagbo; Pascal Affi N’Guessan, Chairman of the Ivorian Popular Front; and Alcide Djédjé, a close advisor to Mr. Gbagbo. Cote 30 March 2011With the post-electoral deadlock in Côte d’Ivoire now entering its fifth month and the crisis showing no signs of abating, the Security Council today demanded an immediate end to the violence against civilians and decided to impose targeted sanctions against former president Laurent Gbagbo, his wife and three associates. read more

Rameswaram fishermen strike against Lankan navy

Every time the Lankan navy confiscated a boat, families of the boat owner, five fishermen who worked in the boat and those engaged in offloading and transportation lost their livelihood. The Lankan authorities have confiscated 55 fishing boats so far this year, he said.Last year, the Lankan navy had confiscated more than 80 boats and after they were released the State government helped to bring back the boats, spending about Rs One lakh per boat but 18 boats could not be salvaged, he pointed out. The fishermen are feared drowned as the search teams, including INS Parundu, the Indian naval air station and the Mandapam station of Indian Coast Guard (ICG) could not trace them so far, P Sesu Raja, leader of a fishermen association said and urged the government to pay compensation to the families. Fishermen in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu launched an indefinite strike yesterday demanding that the authorities trace four fishermen, who went missing after their boat sank on November 29 and also protested against repeated arrests by the Sri Lankan navy.As decided at the meeting of 11 fishermen associations on Tuesday, about 4,000 fishermen struck work after anchoring the 750-odd mechanised boats at the fishing jetty, The Hindu newspaper reported. The four fishermen, Sudalaimani, Anthonysamy, Ramasamy and Muniasamy were fishing south off the Katchatheevu islet at the early hours of November 29 when their boat sank after water seeped into the vessel.Feared drowned The fishermen were reluctant to venture into sea as they faced the threat of abduction at the hands of Lankan navy, he said.The strike was also in protest against repeated attempts by Lankan navy to prevent the fishermen from exercising their traditional rights in the waters in the Palk Bay by arresting them, he said. read more

World Court awards Malaysia sovereignty over two islands near Borneo

By a vote of 16-1, the ICJ found that Malaysia had demonstrated its effective administration over Pulau Ligitan and Pulau Sipadan – two very small islands in the Celebes Sea off the northeast coast of Borneo – and ruled that sovereignty belongs to Kuala Lumpur.The Court, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, rejected Indonesia’s arguments that the islands rightly belonged to it because of an 1891 treaty between Great Britain and the Netherlands, as well as its claim of ownership through right of succession. The justices also dismissed Jakarta’s reasoning that its naval patrols and the use by Indonesian fisherman of nearby waters entitled it to the islands. read more

Drop in potash revenue pushes Saskatchewan to dip into rainy day savings

Drop in potash revenue pushes Saskatchewan to dip into rainy day savings by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2014 10:01 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – The Saskatchewan government is dipping into its rainy day fund to pay the bills and warning of belt-tightening in the upcoming budget.In its third-quarter budget update released Friday, the province said a drop in potash revenue means it will have to take $135 million out of its savings to offset the shortfall in its general revenue fund.“When you plan for non-renewable resource revenue to be a specific number and then the potash industry crashes because of things that are occurring in Russia and in Belarus, and we end up with $179 million less in potash revenue, those are things that are out of our control,” Finance Minister Ken Krawetz said Friday.Potash is a mineral used primarily as fertilizer. Saskatchewan collects billions in tax and royalty revenue from companies that mine the resource.But demand for potash softened and prices fell last year after Russian-based Uralkali, one of the world’s largest potash producers, quit an export partnership.The Saskatchewan government said potash revenue is expected to be down $179.1 million from the budget estimate last March.The budget estimate was for $11.6 billion in overall revenue and $11.5 billion in expenses — leaving a thin surplus of $64.8 million.But the third-quarter update predicts the government will now spend more than it takes in.“As I’ve always said, the operating side is our chequing account. That’s where we receive revenues and we pay for expenses,” said Krawetz.“We’ve always said that on any given time we may have to utilize our savings account, our rainy fund as it’s referred to, and I said that when I delivered the budget in the spring.”Krawetz said there were extra expenses in part because of disaster assistance to deal with flooding last year.But New Democrat finance critic Trent Wotherspoon criticized the government’s financial management.“In the 11th hour of this year again, they’re back to the rainy day fund, dipping into those funds to rip out over $100 million. Certainly, households across Saskatchewan can’t run their finances like that,” Wotherspoon said Friday.The government said it’s still expecting a surplus of more than $400 million on a summary basis.Summary accounting factors in all areas of government, including more than 270 Crown corporations and other agencies controlled by the government. Several provincial auditors have said the government should only report on a summary basis because two sets of books are confusing for the public.The Saskatchewan government is scheduled to table its next budget March 19.Premier Brad Wall was already trying to manage expectations last December. Krawetz echoed those comments Friday.“Belt-tightening is always essential,” said Krawetz. “And as we look around the nation, as we see provinces that are struggling to try to get back to a surplus position, here in Saskatchewan we’ve been fortunate. We have had a surplus and we will continue to tighten the belt to make sure that we are operating within our means.” read more

UN inquiry into violent Mali protests submits report Ban profoundly regrets civilian

The inquiry into the violence, which took place on 27 January this year, determined that members of a UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) used unauthorized and excessive force on civilian protesters during the demonstration, resulting in the death by gunfire of three protesters and the wounding of four others.Additionally, the Inquiry established that some protesters and organizers of the demonstration bear responsibility for the violence of the protest, which included Molotov cocktails, stone throwing and attempts to breach the perimeter of the Regional MINUSMA Headquarters in Gao. It also noted that MINUSMA security forces were left to face protesters on their own in violation of the Status of Forces Agreement with the host country. Five MINUSMA police officers were wounded during the event.“The Secretary-General profoundly regrets the casualties among civilians resulting from the excessive use of force during this event by the MINUSMA personnel concerned,” said the Secretary-General’s statement. “He condemns it as a violation of the MINUSMA Directive on the Use of Force. The Secretary-General is committed to ensuring that the responsible individuals are held fully accountable for their actions.”The statement pointed to steps being taken in that regard with the authorities of Mali and the relevant police-contributing country and said the Secretary-General encouraged the Government of Mali to take appropriate steps to prevent future such incidents. “Communications, management and crisis procedures within MINUSMA will also be examined to prevent the recurrence of such acts,” the statement said, adding that the Secretary-General is committed to ensuring justice for the victims and their families according to local customs and appropriate United Nations procedures.“MINUSMA is in contact with the local authorities and with the individuals and families concerned in this regard,” the statement said. “On behalf of the United Nations, the Secretary-General expresses his deepest apologies to the victims and their families.”The statement concluded by noting that the UN, and MINUSMA in particular, remain committed to supporting the stabilisation of Mali. read more

Change your heading south immediately

first_imgThe Turkish military has released an audio recording of what it says were warnings to a Russian warplane before it was shot down on the Syrian border.“Change your heading south immediately,” a voice apparently says in English. Turkey said it had tried to rescue the SU-24 bomber’s two pilots.One of them was killed by gunfire as he parachuted from the burning plane.The other pilot was rescued. He denied claims the jet had violated Turkish airspace and warnings had been given.The plane crashed into a mountainside on Syrian soil after being hit by a missile from a Turkish F-16 fighter jet on Tuesday.Tensions have escalated between the two countries over the incident, with Russian President Vladimir Putin describing it as a “stab in the back” and warning of “serious consequences”.Moscow later broke off military contacts with Ankara and said it would deploy its most advanced anti-aircraft missile system in Syria to destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes. It also said fighter jets would now escort its bombers during air strikes over Syria.On Thursday, Russia said it would impose stricter controls on food and agriculture imports from Turkey. A Russian official said some 15% of Turkish agricultural produce fell short of Russian standards, with excessive levels of pesticides, nitrates and nitrites.The US, the EU and the UN have all appealed for calm.French President Francois Hollande is travelling to Moscow on Thursday to shore up support for action against the so-called Islamic State (IS) group, which killed 130 people in attacks in Paris earlier this month.The Turkish military said it had given 10 warnings to the Russian plane before it was shot down in Turkish airspace.Turkish officials also say they did not know the jet was Russian until they had shot it down.On Wednesday, the Turkish military also put out a statement saying it had been in touch with Russian military attaches to explain the rules of engagement that led to the incident and that it had tried to rescue the pilots.Turkey said it was ready for “all kinds of co-operation” with Moscow over the incident.The surviving Russian pilot said on Wednesday no warning had been given by Turkey.Capt Konstantin Murakhtin also stressed there was “no way” the jet could have violated Turkish airspace, as Ankara said it did.He knew the region “very well”, he said, and the jet had not been in Turkish airspace “even for a second”.Russia said the pilot was rescued from rebel-held territory in north-eastern Syria in a 12-hour operation involving Russian and Syrian special forces.A Russian marine was killed and a helicopter destroyed by rebels during the operation.Syrian rebels released a video apparently showing the dead body of the second pilot, who was identified by Russia as Lt Col Oleg Peshkov.Capt Murakhtin was speaking from the Hmeymim airbase, where Russia’s aircraft are based.Russia has been carrying out air strikes against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad since late September.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended the action by the country’s military, saying “everyone must respect the right of Turkey to protect its borders”.He said he did not want to escalate tensions further.Turkey is a member of Nato. The alliance has backed Turkey’s version of events, although it, too, is calling for “diplomacy and de-escalation” to resolve the situation.Russia and Turkey have found themselves on opposing sides in Syria’s conflict, with Russia supporting President Assad, while Turkey is a staunch critic.Turkey is part of the US-led coalition against Islamic State.Source: bbc.com, newsbomb.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Xynthia des zones noires rétrécies et moins de maisons à détruire

first_imgXynthia : des zones noires rétrécies et moins de maisons à détruireFrance – Un nouveau rapport de l’État établi par des experts indique que les zones noires établies après la tempête Xynthia sont plus petites que prévues. La taille limitée de ces zones non habitables induit un nombre de maisons à détruire lui-aussi moins important, au grand soulagement de certains. Alors qu’après le passage de la tempête Xynthia, ce n’étaient pas moins de 945 maisons qui devaient être détruites afin d’éviter de futures inondations, le dernier rapport consacré à la question évoquerait en fait 761 habitations. Une bonne nouvelle pour certains propriétaires, si ce n’est qu’une dizaine de maisons initialement hors zone noire sont désormais incluses dans le lot d’habitations à détruire, explique l’AFP.Et le Figaro, qui a mis au jour les changements dans les derniers rapports établis, d’expliquer : “Ce revirement risque de susciter un nouvel épisode de confusion, alors que l’État a racheté plusieurs dizaines de maisons ciblées par la première cartographie et que de nombreuses promesses de vente ont été signées. De source proche du dossier, on confie ainsi qu’une vingtaine d’habitations échappant finalement au zonage auraient d’ores et déjà fait l’objet d’une promesse de vente”.Le 21 septembre 2010 à 10:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Gunners coach provides updates on players injury

first_imgGunners coach Unai Emery has provided update about players like Mkhitaryan and Koscielny who may not be featured in tomorrow’s match against Burnley.Emery confirmed Mkhitaryan is out while Koscielny has played more matches this week and may need rest tomorrow as they face Burnley.“We know today, the latest news, and for example Mkhitaryan is out. Koscielny is okay but he played two matches this week and tomorrow will be a lot for him. We also need to be calm with him, to take time for a lot of matches before he continues playing, Emery said as quoted by club’s websiteSpeaking about Kolasinac, he added:Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I think for tomorrow is okay. Players are continuing to recover with Sead. I don’t remember now. Mkhitaryan is out. Mustafi is also, for tomorrow, out too.”On whether Koscielny is being overplayd, Emery continued:“But I trust him and we have solutions for who can play in this position. For example, I read a little criticism for our midfielders like Xhaka playing centre back, but I am very happy with him because his mentality is a very big mentality. He helped us, and he played left back too sometimes and I think he played well. This reason, for me, is that I trust in another player and tomorrow we are going to play with the first 11 and other players in the bench with our performance.”“I think we’re in a good position to play against Burnley. With respect, but with believing in our work, in our possibilities in other players to play, like a centre back or a midfielder. Above all, I think the mentality is a very big mentality to help us. We have the players and they are playing out of position, like Xhaka and Lichtsteiner last week at Southampton.”last_img read more

ASA Stresses TradeEnhancing Measures for WTO Talks

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) President Mike Yost called for the United States to move forward to promote trade liberalization through the World Trade Organization (WTO) Talks scheduled for this November and December in Seattle, Washington. Yost, a producer from Murdock, Minn., prioritized four specific areas for action during the House Agriculture Committee hearing on WTO issues held yesterday.”For U.S. agriculture, the cost of failing to move the trade liberalization agenda forward is unacceptable,” Yost said. “With an additional 2.6 billion consumers forecast by the year 2030, gaining increased access to global markets is critical for U.S. agriculture.”Yost’s first point was to stress the importance of creating more market access by eliminating all tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade in oilseeds and oilseed products. As the United States calls for other countries to open their markets, the United States must end the use of unilateral economic sanctions, which have raised concerns about the United States as a reliable supplier.The second area that Yost raised was the need to eliminate export subsidies, including government export incentives, in the next round of the WTO. “With regard to export credit programs, we do not support waiting to make changes in the operation of U.S. export credit guarantee programs until the next WTO round. Rather, we support continuing the effort to work out an acceptable compromise on export credits in the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. If the United States waits until the next round to make changes in export credit programs, we feel we will run the risk of having export credits wrongly treated as export subsidies, and therefore, made subject to elimination.”Third, ASA supported modifying the “blue box” created in the Uruguay Round trade negotiations that allows use of programs tied to production controls. Yost called for the European Union to make further reforms in its domestic support programs and for the United States to press for other countries to adopt decoupled approaches to their domestic agriculture support programs, similar to the U.S. FAIR Act.In conclusion, Yost expressed growing concern with the deteriorating environment for trade in the products of agricultural biotechnology. “The EU regulatory agencies, which have failed to develop timely and transparent product approval and labeling regulations, should be held accountable for any reduction in U.S. exports to European countries caused by private sector actions.”last_img read more

Janelle Monáe Nicki Minaj Lead 2018 BET Awards Performer Lineup

first_imgNews Janelle Monáe, Nicki Minaj Lead 2018 BET Awards Performer Lineup Twitter 2018 BET Awards: First Performers Announced janelle-mon%C3%A1e-nicki-minaj-lead-2018-bet-awards-performer-lineup Set to take place in Los Angeles on June 24, the annual celebration of music announces its first round of performersRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 30, 2018 – 3:00 pm As June approaches, that can mean only one thing: summer is here. It also means we’re getting close to the annual BET Awards. And on May 30 we learned the first round of performers, and we’re pumped!GRAMMY nominees Nicki Minaj and Janelle Monáe along with singer/songwriter Ella Mai, singer/songwriter H.E.R. and hip-hop trio Migos are all set to take the stage at the 2018 installment of the awards show that celebrates the best in entertainment across music, acting and sports. GRAMMY winner Jamie Foxx has been announced as this year’s host. Additional performers will be announced in the upcoming weeks.center_img Email Facebook The 2018 BET Awards, which will be held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, will air June 24 at 8 p.m. ET.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Watching Star Wars with a live orchestra is a treat for the

first_img TV and Movies I’ve always loved the music of Star Wars. Even as the prequels failed to live up to my expectations, John William’s amazing themes helped prop up the films. From Phantom Menace’s Duel of the Fates to Revenge of the Sith’s darker tones, William’s iconic tracks have remained fan favourites.The music from Star Wars IV: A New Hope still feels fresh no matter how many times I listen to it. And watching it being performed live as you watch the movie is a fantastic experience any Star Wars fan should try.I had the opportunity to attend one such session last week, conducted by Emmy Award winning conductor Mark Watters in Singapore, and I now want to watch all the movies with a live orchestra soundtrack.Watching it being performed live makes you that much more aware of the music. And when the orchestra stops playing, the silence lets you focus more on the dialogue and what’s happening in the movie. 5:29 0 Tags What Disney’s Star Wars land and hotel will look like 30 Photos Now playing: Watch this:center_img Share your voice Star Wars, explained: By someone who (gulp) has never seen itCNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018. Star Wars While it feels like music is constantly playing throughout A New Hope, that’s actually not the case. With a live performance, you’re much more aware of the silence, which helps you focus more on the scene you’re watching. This may sound like an exaggeration but it really does feel like watching a different movie.The orchestra was perfect, always coming in at the right time. The intermission break comes at just the right moment, when the Millennium Falcon gets tractored into the Death Star, giving both the orchestra members and attendees a quick toilet break. Audio was also perfectly mixed: At no point did I feel like the dialogue or sound effects were being drowned out by the performance.And while many people tend to skip the end credits — though I’ve never done so for a Star Wars movie — you’ll definitely want to stick around during a live performance. The credits scene feels like a natural farewell piece. But there’s no encore to follow up once it ends, which was a shame as I’d have loved to hear more. Aloysius Low/CNET Star Wars film concerts are performed in various locations around the world, including the UK, US, Japan and Singapore. Hopefully you’ll have the opportunity to catch one near you. Post a comment Star Wars told by a CNET intern who’s never seen itlast_img read more