Muzaffarpur case: bail pleas of two rejected

first_imgA court here on Monday rejected the bail pleas of two suspended officials of the Bihar Social Welfare department who are currently facing trial in the shelter home sex scandal case. Special POCSO Judge R.P. Tiwari dismissed the bail applications of Ravi Raushan and Rosy Rani — both of whom had formerly been posted here as assistant directors of the district child protection unit. Raushan was arrested in July by the Muzaffarpur police which was then investigating the scandal that involved the now-sealed shelter home in the Sahu Road locality. Rani was held in September by the CBI, which took over the probe in the high-profile scandal. More than a dozen people arrested in connection with the case, including prime accused Brajesh Thakur, who is lodged in a Patiala jail, deposed before the court through video conferencing. Rani and Raushan are lodged at the Beur Central Jail in Patna. Others are at Muzaffarpur jail. Thakur, who headed the NGO which ran the shelter home for minor girls, was sent to the Punjab district following a direction by the Supreme Court. Recently, the district administration had also issued an order to demolish the building which housed the shelter home since it was found that the structure was constructed illegally.last_img read more

Vikas Krishan explains reasons behind India’s Rio fiasco

first_imgFor the first time in eight years, Indian boxers failed to get on the podium at the Olympics. India’s sole quarter-finalist at Rio 2016 Vikas Krishan spoke exclusively to India Today and explained the reasons for their below-par performance. He said having no federation since 2012 has really hurt the future of Indian boxing. Here are the excerpts.Shobit Mittal: How was your experience in Rio Olympics?Vikas Krishan: It was a great experience at the Olympics, I was very pleased to winning two fights. But I was very disappointed when I lost as it was 15th August & I did not want to lose on that day specially. We got all support from the officials & SAI in Rio however a lack of a federation hurt our chances. We have not been getting enough events to compete in and we could not even wear the Indian jersey in tournaments like the World Championships. Had a federation been in place for the last 4 years then we would have done better with more practice. There was no support within AIBA (International Boxing Federation). But the team was good & a few boxers barely missed out.SM: Will you try again in Tokyo 2020?VM: want to do something for the country, I want to win an Olympic medal. From such a huge country we won only two medals I want to make it three medals.SM: Five boxers qualified for Beijing 2008, eight boxers qualified for London 2012 but isn’t it a loss for the nation if only three boxers could qualify for Rio Olympics?advertisementVM: Of course it is a huge loss for the country. The government spent loads of money on us but we could not win a medal. I just feel that the money given for boxing was not utilised properly, if we had a federation & had the money been utilised through the federation then the money would have been spent with better direction. Had we had our federation, even our referees & judges would have gone, we would have also got better training tours through AIBA, foreign countries would have invited us for training & we would have got more competitions & our performance would have been better. But there was no federation so none of the countries invited us for training. (Also read: Rio 2016: Boxer Vikas Krishan crashes out in middleweight quarterfinals)SM: What has been the impact on the future of our younger boxers?VM: You look at the camp list, there are no promising young boxers emerging who have been born after 1993. No one after Shiva Thapa, who was born in 1993, has made it. What about 94 batch or 95,96,97 or 98? Since the last 5 years no new talent is emerging, it is the same boxers who went to 2012 are still fighting for the country. So how will we perform to our best we we don’t have good talent to compete with? We also want that youngsters should overtake us if they are better than us, but we are not able to produce boxers to our level as well.SM: So what should the government & ad-hoc committee do for Indian boxing?VM: We had requested them even before the Olympics that they should put a proper federation in place, and even now what is the delay? They should put a proper federation in place so we can compete under their banner. We could compete at the Olympics as it was a competition under IOA and so we could wear an Indian jersey. In other competitions like the World Championships or Asian Championships or any local events we cannot wear the Indian jersey. SM: Under the TOP (Target Olympic Podium) scheme were you given adequate support?VM: Yes absolutely. We were given a lot of support. Director General helped us a lot & accepted all our requests regarding training. I want to thank the government for their support & I was able to reach the quarterfinal solely due to the support given to us under TOP scheme. The only drawback was that the TOP scheme was introduced for us only a year & a half before the Olympics, if we get support for 3-4 years before the Olympics then we would be able to perform even better.SM: What is your opinion on the task force that the Prime Minister has introduced for the next 3 Olympic games? How will a 10-12 year action plan be beneficial for our athletes?VM: If that is the plan then it is very good but I request that this plan be put in place immediately. There is still time for the 2024 Olympics but the 2020 Tokyo Games will arrive very soon. The CWG & Asian Games will be played in 2018 & then the qualification will start for Tokyo so whatever needs to be planned needs to be planned immediately.advertisementlast_img read more

Mourinho ‘not confident’ of new De Gea deal

first_imgJose Mourinho says he is not confident in Manchester United’s chances of extending David de Gea’s contract.The Spain international has been ever-present for United this season, playing in all nine of the club’s Premier League games, though he has conceded a total of 16 goals.Nevertheless, United are keen to extend his deal, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season, though the club hold the option to trigger a year-long extension. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Real Madrid almost struck a deal to sign De Gea in the summer of 2015, with a faulty fax machine blamed for the transfer falling through.Real’s acquisition of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea in the summer appeared to clear a path for United to tie De Gea down, but Mourinho has now expressed his doubts amid rumours that both Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are monitoring developments.”I am not confident, but I’m also not worried,” he told Sky Sports. “I cannot find the word in English, but let’s see what happens.”Only the club, David and his people can answer that. My comment is only that everyone knows how good he is, how important he is for Manchester United and if the club want to be better than it is and not worse, obviously it would be very important to keep David.”De Gea had hinted at signing a new deal in September, but it appears that recent developments may have thrown his decision into doubt.”I feel really loved at his club from the fans from all the people who are for this club,” he told reporters after being asked about signing a new contract.”I am really happy to play for this club, one of best clubs in the world, so for me really good to be part of this club.”Mourinho had also expressed his ebullience at the prospect of De Gea committing to fresh terms in the summer.“He likes it here, we love him, we want him to stay, he wants to stay, so when a player is not in the market the value is zero,” he said in August.“A goalkeeper is a player and sometimes people forget that. A goalkeeper wins points and wins titles, so he is as important as another player.”United and De Gea are back in action on Sunday against Everton as they look to arrest a run of form that has seen them win just one of their last seven matches in all competitionslast_img read more

Chinese media mocks India with racist video on Doklam standoff

first_imgThe situation at Doklam, a region abutting the Sikkim India-China border where soldiers of the two nuclear-armed nations have been locked in a two-month standoff, may never spiral out of control. That perhaps cannot be said for Chinese state media, which has been upping the rhetoric meter with each passing day of the Doklam standoff.Up until now, Chinese media organisations have limited themselves to accusing India and its military and political leaders of lying, duplicity, deceit and being the prime movers behind the high-stakes standoff that has thrown into question New Delhi and Beijing’s relationship.Now, however, Chinese media has gone a step further, unabashedly mocking India in a Twitter video that has undertones of racism in the way it chooses to depict an Indian.Released by Xinhua News Agency, the official Chinese press agency, the video purports to explain the “seven sins” that India has committed while “illegally trespassing” into Doklam and comes a day after Indian and Chinese troops had a brief, ill-tempered altercation in Ladakh.The video features a woman who, speaking in English, explains New Delhi’s seven supposed sins. The video occasionally cuts to what we are to assume is a character representing India.In a seeming attempt to make it clear that the actor is impersonating India, the character is seen sporting a turban, an unconvincing faux beard and an even more unconvincing ‘Indian’ accent.  ‘SEVEN SINS’ The video, on its own, does not say anything that Chinese media hasn’t already said in one of its many rhetoric-laden articles, op-eds and commentaries that have been published since soldiers from the Indian Army and Chinese People’s Liberation Army came face-to-face on the Doklam plateau mid-June.advertisementAmong other accusations, the video calls out India for being a ‘bad neighbour’ because “Indian troops carrying weapons and driving bulldozers illegally crossed the delimited boundary into the UNDISPUTED Chinese territory”, and says that New Delhi has broken international law by sending Indian Army soldiers to Doklam.#TheSpark: 7 Sins of India. Its time for India to confess its SEVEN SINS. pic.twitter.com/vb9lQ40VPH- China Xinhua News (@XHNews) August 16, 2017(Video: Twitter/@XHNews)The video reiterates what state media and the Chinese government have demanded all along – that India unconditionally withdraw its troops from Doklam. The video also repeats the unsubstantiated claim that Bhutan has told China that Doklam is Chinese territory.The last claim is depicted in the visual form with a comical interplay between the turban-sporting character and another that supposedly represents Bhutan.FOR AN INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE?Towards the end of the video comes a section where the video talks about why China should/will not negotiate with India over Doklam. “Do you negotiate with a robber who had just broken into your house… No, you call 911…”, the woman in the video says.Notably, 911 is an emergency hotline only in North America – China, like India, uses 1 as a prefix for its emergency telephone numbers.911, however, is perhaps more recognised thanks to its place in pop culture, making the case for an argument that the video is aimed at an international audience and at establishing China’s claims on the Doklam matter.Of course, it could also be a mistake – the video, after all, does misspell the word ‘because’ in its subtitles.ALSO READ | India, China agree to strengthen border peace mechanism after Ladakh clash ALSO READ | As India-China war of words continues, a look at how global media is reporting DoklamALSO WATCH | Trade war looming between India-China: Chinese state medialast_img read more

Players need to get used to scheduling: Gopichand

first_imgHyderabad, Aug 29 (PTI) The scheduling of matches in the recent World Badminton Championship was an issue but the players need to get used to it, said Chief National Coach P Gopichand. “In a way, yes (it was an issue). But sometimes you are at the wrong end. Her (P V Sindhu) semifinals was in the night session on Saturday and it was almost 1-1.30 by the time she slept and then next day the final was in the morning. “Sometimes, these small things affect a long match where you need extra energy,” Gopichand said today. However, it is important to get used to it, he said. “Not an excuse, it happens, it is just important that we get used to it. Yes, I would think, there were three, four matches which could have been scheduled better,” Gopichand said further. He was asked if the scheduling of the matches was a concern. Gopichand said players sometimes lose out when it comes the television requirements and what fans want. “But, our challenge is that Indian television timings dictate matches and thats why they want some of the matches to be in the morning and sometimes the local crowds may be wanting to see the big matches to be in the evening. “Its a compromise which needs to be done and sometimes we are affected,” Gopichand said. Gopichand, who is appreciated for producing world class shuttlers, was elated with the way Sindhu played in the World Championship final before finishing second best in the epic clash. “It was a tough match. Both the players played well. Very proud of the way Sindhu responded and also the fight which was on the cards. For me, one of the best matches I have seen. Its been a great preparation for us. All of us put a great effort,” he said. “At 22, she (Sindhu) has big medals and four consecutive years of medals. Hopefully, this continues. By the end of her career, she will have lot of more gold in her cabinet,” he said. He also praised Saina Nehwal for winning bronze medal in the world event and mens players K Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth for their competitive performances. Asked about sports scene in the country as it celebrated National Sports Day today, Gopichand said sports in India is at a stage where it has never been. “Indian sport is at a stage where it has never been in the past. We have the highest offices in the country talking about sport in a big way. We never had somebody at the Prime Ministers level address this issue of sports successively over so many months,” he said. A lot has been achieved in badminton and a lot more needs to be achieved, he said. “Hopefully, things will improve. I would say that a lot has been spoken. A lot has been done. But a lot more needs to be done. Because, the whole world is competing and we need to ensure that we put our best foot forward,” he said. PTI SJR BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

Ajith sports a new look for Thala 60? Watch video

first_imgAjith Kumar has wrapped up the shoot of Nerkonda Paarvai a few weeks ago and the film is currently in the post-production phase. It is gearing up to release on August 15.Meanwhile, news about Ajith’s next film, tentatively titled Thala 60, is already making the rounds of social media.It is rumoured that Ajith is playing the role of a bike racer in the film, which will make use of his real-life passion for racing. Director of Nerkonda Paarvai, H Vinoth, is again teaming up with the actor for the film. Boney Kapoor, the producer of the Pink remake in Tamil, is bankrolling the upcoming project.Thala 60 is currently trending online because of a video clip in which Ajith Kumar sports a new hairstyle. The actor is seen wearing a cap and hiding his look. Social media is abuzz with speculation that it is Ajith’s new look from Thala 60.Here’s the clip:Unseen Video Of Thala #Ajith#Thala #AjithKumar #Ak60 #NerkondaPaarvai pic.twitter.com/O1SrXdNHcrMichael Billa (@rohithvincent) June 12, 2019 The cast and other details of the film are yet to be announced. However, the film has already created a huge buzz without even an official announcement from the makers.ALSO READ: Babloo Prithviraj says Ajith has zero dedication, Suriya is a horrible person. Gets burnt by fansALSO WATCH: Tamil superstar Rajinikanth may join politics with own partylast_img read more

Five Salisu Yusuf errors that cost Nigeria at CHAN

first_imgGallery Five Salisu Yusuf errors that cost Nigeria at CHAN 2018 Last updated 1 year ago 15:15 2/6/18 Comments(1) 1/7 Five Salisu Yusuf errors that cost Nigeria at CHAN 2018 Salisu Yusuf Nigeria CHAN 2018 Rabiu Ali Nigeria Zakaria Hadraf Morocco 2018 CHAN Full screen 1 of 7 Share Close The Super Eagles fell just short at the 2018 CHAN, could things have been different if coach Yusuf hadn’t made these errors? FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Gallery African Nations Championship Morocco v Nigeria Morocco Nigerialast_img

Penn State Player Ejected From Tonight’s Game vs. Ohio State

first_imgPenn State defensive tackle Antonio Shelton is ejected for targeting.Ohio State and Penn State has had everything so far. Strong defense, a ridiculous one-handed catch, a long touchdown and now an ejection.Penn State defensive tackle Antonio Shelton was ejected following a review for targeting. Shelton was called for a late hit out of bounds on Ohio State punt returner K.J. Hill.On the field, Shelton was only flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. However, a second look at the play resulted in targeting being called.Looking at a closeup shot of the hit, it appears they got the call correct.Yea, that’s targeting pic.twitter.com/OlZpLINLPZ— Shawn Thompson (@Shawn_TVNews) September 30, 2018After falling behind 13-0, Ohio State has scored two unanswered touchdowns. Dwayne Haskins hit J.K. Dobbins for a TD on a screen pass before halftime, and Dobbins scored a rushing touchdown in the third quarter.The Buckeye defense is also tightening up and has dominated Penn State on third downs. Penn State has struggled to generate any sort of offense of late.You can catch the rest of Ohio State-Penn State on ABC.It seems like we’re in for a fantastic finish.last_img read more

Dianas Kamsarmax to Continue Working for Cargill

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC 2.0 license Athens-based shipping company Diana Shipping has inked a new time charter contract with Geneva’s Cargill International for one of its Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Medusa.As informed, the gross charter rate for the 82,194 dwt ship is USD 14,000 per day for a period of minimum thirteen to maximum fifteen months.This time the gross charter rate is considerably higher, compared to USD 10,000 per day agreed during the vessel’s previous deployment.The new charter period commenced yesterday, Diana Shipping said.This employment of the 2010-built bulker is anticipated to generate approximately USD 5.46 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter, according to the company.Diana Shipping’s fleet currently comprises 50 dry bulk vessels. As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the company’s fleet is approximately 5.8 million dwt with a weighted average age of 9.03 years.last_img read more

Nearly threequarters of Canadian Facebook users plan changes to how they use

first_imgTORONTO – Nearly three-quarters of Canadian Facebook users say they will make at least some change to how they use the social media platform in the wake of a data mining scandal.A survey by Angus Reid Institute suggests 73 per cent of Canadian Facebook users say they will make changes, while 27 per cent say it will be “business as usual.”The survey also found that one in 10 say they plan to abandon the platform, at least temporarily.Facebook has been under fire for its ability to protect user privacy after Cambridge Analytica was accused of lifting the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission.Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has apologized and outlined steps to protect user data in light of the scandal involving the Trump-connected data-mining firm.The survey found that 57 per cent of Canadians use Facebook every- day.The Angus Reid Institute conducted two online surveys, the first involving 1,501 adults between Feb. 28 and March 2 and the second including 1,509 adults from March 21 to 22.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.last_img read more

Jet Airways pilots body defers no flying decision

first_imgMumbai: Jet Airways pilots body, the National Aviator’s Guild (NAG), Sunday deferred its “no flying” call to a later date, particularly when the management is scheduled to meet the lenders on Monday.Earlier in the day, the Guild, which has around 1,100 pilots as its members, decided to stop flying from April 15 in protest against non-payment of salaries since March. “It has come to our notice that there is a critical meeting planned (Monday) morning with the airline management and SBI. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”In light of the meeting, the members have requested, through their team leaders, that the call of ‘No Pay No Work’ be deferred to give the airline a chance of survival. Accordingly, as requested, the Committee would like to inform all that the decision stands suspended for the time being,” the Guild committee said in a late evening communication to its members. All pilots are still requested, however, to be present at Siroya Centre at 0930 hours on April 15 in their uniforms, it said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdaySiroya Centre is Jet Airways headquarters in Andheri suburb in Mumbai. According to NAG, it has also called upon other departments to join the gathering at the headquarters as a show of unity. An Open House will be called shortly as per the availability of the venue and the committee members, the communication added. The pilots, along with engineers and senior management, have not received salaries since January. The debt-ridden carrier has also not paid the March salary to employees of other categories as well. “As on today, we have not been paid for nearly three-and-a-half months, and we do not know when we will be paid. So we have decided to go ahead with our call of no-flying from April 15. All 1,100 pilots of NAG will stop flying from 10 am Monday,” a Guild source said earlier in the day. The NAG, which claims representation of around 1,100 pilots of the total 1,600 with the full-service carrier, had in late March called for no flying from April 1 over non-payment of salaries. However, on March 31, it deferred the agitation to April 15, saying it wanted to give more time to the new management. Jet Airways is at present under the management control of SBI-led consortium of lenders after the approval of a debt-rejig plan last month, which also led its founder chairman Naresh Goyal to quit. With PTI inputslast_img read more

Princess Lalla Salma Inaugurates YvesSaint Laurent Museum in Marrakech

Rabat – Princess Lalla Salma presided over the inauguration ceremony of the Yves-Saint Laurent Museum on Saturday in the city of Marrakech.The museum is made of a 400-meter square art gallery, a library of 5,000 books, an auditorium with 150 seats, and a café.The building, which stretches over 4,000 square meters, was designed by the French architecture design firm Studio KO. The museum was built in memory of the famous fashion designer who spent a good deal of his life in Marrakech, a city which inspired his work.His longtime partner Pierre Bergé died in September. The late businessman and fashion tycoon was also a good friend of Morocco.Marrakech owes to the two Frenchmen the continued operation of the famous Jardin Majorelle, one of the landmarks of the city.Berger was due to attend the inauguration of the Yves-Saint Laurent Museum before his death.In December 2016 King Mohammed VI expressed the royal family’s appreciation of Bergé’s contribution to the preservation of Moroccan heritage by decorating him with with the Grand Cross of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite. read more

Video of Bus Driver in Casablanca Holding Umbrella Goes Viral

Yassin Meldi, a bus driver working for the M’dina bus company, took out his umbrella to hide from the rain that was leaking into the bus through the roof. After the release of the video, the bus company fired the driver, accusing him of defamation. The conductor has meanwhile submitted a medical certificate indicating the deterioration of his health following the incident.Internet users have since taken to social media to express both anger and sarcasm. “He is so unlucky to be living in a country where companies disregard their workers. Elsewhere he could have earned a medal for being selfless,” an internet user commented.“Actually, the LGV is all what we needed. Public transportation in our country is in a good situation,” another responded.   According to Le site info, the driver asserted his legal rights to sue the company for mistreatment. “I used to work for MAD 1,200 per month. I hardly met my family’s needs or pay for water, electricity, and house bills,” he said. read more

QuickList September inflation rates for Canadian provinces territories

OTTAWA — Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.6 per cent in September, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces and territories (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.4 per cent (1.2)— Prince Edward Island: 2.4 (2.3)— Nova Scotia: 1.3 (1.1)— New Brunswick: 1.7 (1.8)— Quebec: 1.0 (1.1)— Ontario: 1.7 (1.5)— Manitoba: 1.5 (0.9)— Saskatchewan: 1.9 (1.7)— Alberta: 1.3 (1.1)— British Columbia: 2.0 (2.0)— Whitehorse, Yukon: 1.1 (0.6)— Yellowknife, N.W.T.: 0.5 (0.4)

Whats open and closed at Brock this weekend

Brock’s administration offices will be closed for Victoria Day on May 19.However, all main buildings at the University’s St. Catharines campus will be open as per regular weekend operating hours, including Monday.Brock’s Hamilton campus is closed for Victoria Day.Campus Security is available at x3200, via emergency phones on campus or through the Brock Mobile app.The following is a rundown of campus services open and closed Victoria Day weekend.James A. Gibson Library Victoria Day weekend hoursSaturday, May 17:      1 to 5 p.m. (Learning Commons and Circulation Services)Sunday, May 18:        ClosedMonday, May 19:       ClosedWalker Complex/The Zone – Victoria Day weekend hoursFriday, May 16:           7 a.m. to 10 p.m.Saturday, May 17:       8:30 a.mm to 5 p.m.Sunday, May 18:         8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Monday, May 19:        ClosedFood Services – Victoria Day weekend hours All on-campus food service locations will be closed this weekend (Saturday, Sunday, Monday).This includes Lowenberger dining hall, DeCew dining hall, Guernsey Market, Tim Horton’s (Tower), the Cairns Café and Walker Food Court.Rodman Hall Art Centre The gallery is currently closed for installation.Rodman Hall will re-open Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m. for the opening reception of The Source: Rethinking Water Through Contemporary Art.brocku.ca/rodman-hall/exhibitions/UpcomingParking Services – Victoria Day weekend hours (D Lot visitor parking)Friday, May 16:           6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.Saturday, May 17:       6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday, May 18:         11 a.m. to 5 p.m.Monday, May 19:        ClosedGuests can pay $7 at pay machines located in various locations on campus and park in Zone 1/Lot A or Lots S and E. Hourly pay parking is also available in numerous locations throughout campus. read more

Des images satellite permettent de repérer 9000 sites archéologiques potentiels

first_imgDes images satellite permettent de repérer 9.000 sites archéologiques potentielsDans un article de PNAS, un chercheur américain promeut l’utilisation de photos satellite numérisées sur ordinateur pour repérer de nouveaux sites archéologiques, dont il aurait ainsi repéré pas moins de 9.000 en Syrie et en Irak.En s’écroulant, les anciens murs de briques de boue séchée provoquent des monticules et une décoloration des sols, repérables depuis le ciel : autant d’indices de la présence d’anciennes installations humaines, remontant jusqu’à 8.000 ans (Néolithique), nombreuses au Proche-Orient. D’où l’idée de l’archéologue Jason Ur de scruter, sur ordinateur, des photos-satellite numérisées de cette région du monde.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Depuis trois ans, ce spécialiste a travaillé avec l’expert en informatique Menze Bjoern, de l’Institut de Technologie du Massachusetts (MIT) pour créer un logiciel capable de prospecter et de classer une vaste étendue de terrain. Au final, il aurait ainsi localisé environ 9.000 sites prometteurs sur une superficie de 23.000 kilomètres carrés, dans le nord-est de la Syrie – ce qui, d’après lui, aurait nécessité toute une vie en arpentant directement le terrain. Dans le passé, il avait déjà utilisé, dans le même but, des photos déclassifiés issues de satellites espions.”Grâce à ces techniques informatiques, nous pouvons immédiatement arriver avec une immense carte, ce qui est méthodologiquement très intéressant et montre aussi la quantité phénoménale des installations humaines érigées au cours des 7.000 ou 8.000 dernières années. Il n’y a plus besoin de faire ce genre de reconnaissance initiale pour trouver des sites. Cela permet de faire un travail ciblé, qui optimise le temps passé sur le terrain”, a expliqué Jason Ur cité par BBC News. Faute de pouvoir vérifier sa méthode en Syrie vu la situation politique, l’archéologue projette de cibler les provinces kurdes du nord de l’Irak pour “un test très rigoureux du modèle [informatique]”.Le 22 mars 2012 à 10:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Video The Rock reveals he will introduce the NFLs AFC Championship game

first_img Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announces “Ballers” to end on HBO with Season Five Pinterest The latest body positive movement on Instagram Now Playing Up Next Facebook The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson revealed on Instagram that he was asked to film a video introduction for the NFL’s AFC Championship game airing tomorrow on CBS at 3:05 p.m. ET (2:05 CT) between the Patriots and the Jaguars.Rock shared an early photo of the shoot and a short video taking part in the filming.You can check out both below. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipKristin Cavallari Won’t Take The Blame For Her Instagram PostVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:23/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 42.84%0:04Remaining Time -1:19 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Google+ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tops Forbes Magazine’s Highest Paid Actors of 2019 list Now Playing Up Next Alex Rodriguez has ‘burner’ Instagram account to spy on his daughters Now Playing Up Next Twitter The Rock marries his longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian on August 18 in Hawaii Now Playing Up Next NFL Launches $3m Helmet Design Competition Antonio Brown Scores First Touchdown With Patriots Kristin Cavallari Won’t Take The Blame For Her Instagram Post Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Corner kicks send Timbers to 40 defeat

first_imgFRISCO, Texas — Defenders Zach Loyd and George John scored off corner kicks 5 minutes apart in the first half to help FC Dallas rout the expansion Portland Timbers 4-0 on Saturday night.Brek Shea and Jackson Goncalves also scored for Dallas.“Excellent performance tonight, I think our players all stepped up tonight,” FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said. “I think when you look across the field, you can’t find anyone who was not very good. I think everybody had a good game and I think we need those types of performances to continue to get those three points.”Captain Daniel Hernandez had two assists, setting up both first-half goals with almost identical corner kicks.“I think we have very dangerous players on set pieces that we just haven’t taken advantage of, so I was just glad to get them some good services tonight,” said Hernandez, who took over corner kick duties from forward Fabian Castillo, who left the squad to join Colombia’s U20 team. “I thought we could have had even a couple of more.”Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman made two saves for his MLS-leading eighth shutout.The Timbers, making their first trip to North Texas, dropped to 5-7-3. They are 0-4-1 in their last five and 0-5-2 on the road. Portland has been outscored 15-3 away from home.“I don’t think anybody that pulled on a green jersey tonight was a threat to Dallas,” Portland coach John Spencer said. “They handled us pretty well, manhandled us and that’s what happens when you’re not ready to play. I was very disappointed towards the end with the effort, because at times, it just looked like we laid down and died.”last_img read more

A new way to create macrolides—from scratch—may help in battle against bacterial

first_img Journal information: Nature Citation: A new way to create macrolides—from scratch—may help in battle against bacterial resistance (2016, May 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-macrolidesfrom-scratchmay-bacterial-resistance.html For many years, the go-to drugs of choice for treating a variety of bacterial infections has been macrolides, which are all drugs that have been created by altering a natural form of erythromycin—but in recent years, bacteria have become resistant to many of the drugs that have been developed. New ones have been slow in coming, due to the difficulty in finding new ways to alter the original bacteria which means R&D costs have been rising. This development has led to near-panic in the health community as it appears that if something does not change soon, the arsenal of weapons used to fight many infections will be vastly depleted. In this new effort, the researchers report that they have found a new way to create new variations of macrolides that does not require using native erythromycin as a source—instead, they create them from scratch. This development means that many more variants can be created at far lower cost, helping to keep ahead of bacterial resistance.To create new macrolides, the team reports, they used a method that allows for modular building, which they liken to the way cell phones are made—they start by building small-chemical blocks and then “weld” them together using a process that requires very few steps. They report also that the technique can be applied on a multigram scale, which means enough can be created at a time for use in experiments geared towards testing the results in killing bacteria.To date, the team has produced 300 macrolides using their technique, which include some that have had already been created using the original method. They report that some have already been tested to see how well they fight bacteria and have met with some initial success. They acknowledge that a lot more work needs to be done to find out if drugs produced using the method are truly effective in fighting bacterial infections and if so, if they will prove to be safe for use in humans. Erythromycin. The macrolide ring is the lactone (cyclic ester) at upper-left. Credit: Public Domain More information: Ian B. Seiple et al. A platform for the discovery of new macrolide antibiotics, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature17967AbstractThe chemical modification of structurally complex fermentation products, a process known as semisynthesis, has been an important tool in the discovery and manufacture of antibiotics for the treatment of various infectious diseases. However, many of the therapeutics obtained in this way are no longer effective, because bacterial resistance to these compounds has developed. Here we present a practical, fully synthetic route to macrolide antibiotics by the convergent assembly of simple chemical building blocks, enabling the synthesis of diverse structures not accessible by traditional semisynthetic approaches. More than 300 new macrolide antibiotic candidates, as well as the clinical candidate solithromycin, have been synthesized using our convergent approach. Evaluation of these compounds against a panel of pathogenic bacteria revealed that the majority of these structures had antibiotic activity, some efficacious against strains resistant to macrolides in current use. The chemistry we describe here provides a platform for the discovery of new macrolide antibiotics and may also serve as the basis for their manufacture. © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img Explore further Linking antibiotic to antibody found able to kill MRSA hiding in mice cells (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Harvard University has found a way to create new macrolides—a class of drugs used to fight bacterial infections. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their approach and why they believe it might be useful in keeping ahead of bacterial resistance until something more revolutionary comes along. Ming Yan and Phil Baran with The Scripps Research Institute, offer a News & Views article outlining the work done by the team and why they believe the new technique may help medical researchers keep up with bacterial evolution. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Nicaraguas Ortega insists in reclaiming Guanacaste in court

first_imgMANAGUA, Nicaragua – President Daniel Ortega on Monday warned Costa Rica for a second time that Nicaragua may ask the International Court of Justice to “restore” Guanacaste, a province he said “Nicaragua lost to Costa Rica’s expansionist politics back in 1824.”Ortega was referring to the northwestern province which is about 20 percent of neighboring Costa Rica’s territory and a popular tourism hub.“Costa Rica did not win that territory in an international court, but rather by force, with arms,” Ortega said at a military ceremony. “Nicaragua has been ousted from its territory by expansionist policies of nations such as Costa Rica,” he added.He also said he would like the opportunity to discuss the return of the “occupied” province, an idea that has been rejected by Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla.On Tuesday Costa Rica’s Foreign Vice Minister Gioconda Úbeda told media at Casa Presidencial that if Ortega’s proposal to discuss ongoing border disputes is sincere, he should formally present it through appropriate diplomatic channels because, so far, they have only heard about them through the media.“We’re willing to discuss about current disputes filed before the ICJ [world court], … we’re willing to discuss about Isla Calero [a small territory next to the bordering Río San Juan] as long as Nicaragua acknowledges that it is Costa Rican territory and as long as they comply with all rulings set by the ICJ,” she stated.On Aug. 13, also at a military event, Ortega gave a speech saying “given the fact that this issue [of Guanacaste] has not been debated in the [world] court, we could consider taking the case to the ‘ICJ’ [the court] and it could permit Nicaragua to recover that territory.”Regarding Ortega’s statements on Monday, Úbeda said Costa Rica has nothing to discuss on that matter “as it was solved over a century and a half ago, in the border treaty. … We will not discuss it, but if he [Ortega] decides to take it to the ICJ jurisdiction, as he’s getting used to, he will have to comply with international law procedures. That’s the way an unarmed nation like Costa Rica solve disputes,” she added, ruling out sending a written protest to Managua, as Costa Rica did following the first time he mentioned the issue.After Ortega’s first threat, Chinchilla led a march to protest Ortega’s comments on Guanacaste. The president of the Legislative Assembly, Fernando Mendoza, a lawmaker for the ruling National Liberation Party from Guanacaste, addressed the crowd that day, saying Guanacaste residents would defend their sovereignty “with kicks and punches.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more