first_imgGarbine Muguruza has had a wretched time at Brisbane International, as the Spanish World No. 2 succumbed to leg cramps in the third set of her opening match Aleksandra Krunic. This was the fourth consecutive year that she has had to pulll out of the tournament injury problems.The tournament top seed started well in her second round encounter against unseeded Serbian Krunic, converting her seventh set point in a marathon 12th game to claim the opener before roaring to a 5-2 lead in the second.WATCH VIDEOThe reigning Wimbledon champion was coasting but the 53rd-ranked Krunic mounted a stirring fight back and reeled off four of the next five games to force a tiebreak, which she claimed by a 7-3 margin to send the contest into a deciding set.Mugurza regrouped to break the Serb in the first game of the third and was serving at 2-1 up before she collapsed on the baseline and retired immediately when she was helped off the court to receive treatment for cramping in both legs.Top seed Garbiñe Muguruza is forced to retire while leading 2-1 in the 3rd set. Aleksandra Krunic, who recovered from 2-5 down in the 2nd, advances.#BrisbaneTENnis pic.twitter.com/QS1w5N0uOp— #BrisbaneTennis (@BrisbaneTennis) January 2, 2018The early exit cost Muguruza a chance to replace Romania’s Simona Halep at the top of the world rankings ahead of the Australian Open later this month but the Spaniard’s immediate concern will be to get fit for the first grand slam of the year.advertisement”I cramp very few times, but I do remember that the last time I cramped up was actually (at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Maybe it’s the heat. Maybe it’s the conditions. I don’t know, but it’s rare for me,” Muguruza told reporters.Muguruza’s run of injury woes in the tournament dates back to 2015 when she withdrew on the eve of the event with an ankle problem, before a left foot injury ended her 2016 campaign and a right thigh problem led to her semi-final retirement last year.The Spaniard admitted that the cramping started early in the second set but she was otherwise happy with her performance and the general quality of the match despite being unable to continue through the pain.”I’m pleased because we were playing very good points and good rallies. She was playing very good,” the 24-year-old added.Krunic, meanwhile, advances to a quarter-final meeting with either Romania’s Sorana Cirstea or Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova but was disappointed with the manner of her victory over Muguruza.”I’m not happy with what happened today and I want to wish Garbine a fast recovery. I hope she gets better for the slam,” she said in a courtside interview.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more


first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Kolkata, Nov 2 (PTI) A few months back, his Karol Bagh residence felt like a haunted house for Milind Kumar. His mother had just passed away and Delhi middle-order batsman was going through the most turbulent phase of his life. Few months down the line, he lost his place in the Delhi side. He would still train hard but vacuum seemed to affect him severely. So when an offer to play Ranji Trophy as a professional for Sikkim came along, his start-stop career got a second wind. And in his first game for the adopted state, Milind smashed his way to a career-best 261 against Manipur after his side was left tottering at 15 for 5. The journey in the past few months wasn’t easy, he confessed. “I spent all my time at the ground as I didn’t feel like going back home after training. I used to feel very lonely,” Milind told PTI during an interaction. But he is still uncomfortable talking about his mother’s death. “Yes this knock is for her. I don’t want to talk much about it,” was all that one will be able to get from the soft-spoken 27-year-old. Bhaichung Bhutia has always covered the Sikkimese mindspace ever since he blazed the Kolkata Maidans in early 90’s and now an ‘outsider’ Milind is craving for some love albeit in a different sport. And his new journey has also started in City of Joy. “I was extra motivated to do well. I wanted to push myself. I think I have been able to prove myself. I will now look to build on my form and score as many runs as possible,” Milind said.advertisement With mediocre first-class average of 30 and two hundreds in 29 first-class games, it was difficult for Milind to keep his place in the Delhi middle-order where an immensely talented Himmat Singh has made his presence felt. Milind then had reconcile that he needed to move on. He landed up in Siliguri where the signing formalities were completed before heading to join the camp at the KIIT Campus in Bhubaneshwar, the adopted home venue of Sikkim, just a week a back. Having spent very little time with his new teammates, Milind still struggles to remember their names. So much so that he took the help of the scorecard to recall the name of Padam Bahadur Limboo, with whom he stitched a valuable 83-run partnership for the eighth wicket. “I know their names somewhat,” he sheepishly admitted. While there is definitely a gulf in standard of bowling that he faced but according to Milind there is a fear of unknown that every professional needed to encounter. “It’s more difficult to score runs here. In elite cricket, you know who is a good player and you play accordingly. Here we don’t know them. Pressure is on you to push yourself. I was just looking to score runs.” However things were different five years back when he had just started off for the senior team. In biting cold conditions, Milind had scored an unbeaten 78 alongside Shikhar Dhawan in a day/night one day warm-up game against a full-strength England side. However he could never capitalise after that as his eight knocks of 50 plus (2 tons and six fifties) in 46 first-class innings indicate. “I had two bad innings and they (selectors) told me I was not in good touch. “We are resting you”. I was told and I took it on my stride,” Milind said. “Then I received a call with an offer to play for Sikkim… I am really grateful that I took the right call.” PTI TAP KHSKHSlast_img read more


first_imgPSG Cavani: I don’t need to be friends with Neymar Stephen Darwin 17:26 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Neymar Edinson Cavani PSG 2017 Getty Images PSG UEFA Champions League Neymar Ligue 1 The Uruguayan striker insists any rift between the duo is in the past and suggests that manager Unai Emery had not yet decided who will take penalties Edinson Cavani has claimed that he does not have to be friends with Neymar for the duo to perform well in tandem with each other at Paris Saint-Germain.There were murmurs of discontent between the team-mates at the start of the season, with the pair having clashed on the pitch over the taking of a penalty during a game against Lyon.There was also a disagreement over a free-kick during the same match, with Dani Alves refusing to give the ball to Cavani to take the set-piece, handing it to Neymar instead. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Nobody told Cavani that Neymar gets to take PSG penalties now after this, Neymar might get first dibs next time! pic.twitter.com/HbnMDxqci2— Goal (@goal) September 17, 2017The Uruguayan striker insists those issues are in the past but says that he does not need to be friends with his team-mate for them both to deliver in a PSG shirt.Speaking ahead of the Ligue 1 side’s Champions League meeting with Anderlecht, Cavani told SFR Sport: “The penalty case, that’s in the past. These are things that happen in football.   “We must find the solution together and function as a team. We need to be a competitive team, but we do not need to be friends. You have to be professional, and afterwards everyone has their own life.”To win is the most important thing so it is necessary to find the best solution for the team. That [who takes the penalties] is what the coach need to decide.”I think the person in charge [Unai Emery] will find a solution. When he makes the decision, that will be that. Has he made his decision? I don’t think so [laughs].”last_img read more


first_img Failure to immunise may result in public health issues for the country. Parents can be charged under the law for failure to adequately immunise their children. Story Highlights The Ministry of Health (MoH) has renewed its appeal for parents and guardians to get their children immunised.Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry, Dr. Karen Lewis-Bell, reminded parents that they could be charged under the law for failure to adequately immunise their children.She said that under the 1986 Public Health Act, parents, principals and owners of day care facilities and health care workers, who contribute or cause a child to not be adequately vaccinated for his age, outside of medical contra-indications, are liable for prosecution in a Resident Magistrates Court. They can be fined and/or given a term of imprisonment for up to 30 days.In addition to the legal ramifications, Dr. Bell said failure to immunise may result in public health issues for the country.While Jamaica has eradicated a number of diseases, this is not the case for every country and so there is the risk that these conditions could be re-introduced to the island through travel.“Occasionally, we have tourists from countries that do not have an established immunisation programme, those in which it is not mandated, and even from countries where certain diseases are still endemic. This sometimes results in imported cases of polio, measles or other non-immunisation-related diseases,” Dr. Bell pointed out.She said that “young parents in particular, are not familiar with some diseases that affect children if they are not immunised and so they are more fearful of the vaccines and the minor side effects associated with the vaccines, rather than the disease itself.”Dr. Bell explained that it is very difficult for the health sector to stop importation of diseases because many of these conditions have an incubation period, which sometimes lasts between seven to 21 days. During this period, she said, the person is infected but has not yet started to show signs and symptoms of the disease.“These persons appear healthy upon entering the country and later visits health care facilities for treatment and that is when the Ministry of Health’s active surveillance system identifies the imported disease. In this system, health care providers search mainly hospitals for these cases on a daily and sometimes weekly basis,” she informed.Dr. Bell said that the Government has an obligation to protect the welfare of the nation from these conditions, despite the philosophical and religious belief of the individual.“When it concerns the health and well-being of the nation, it is the responsibility of the Government to consider the well-being of the wider population and act accordingly,” she stated.With the availability of relatively cheap and safe vaccines for several diseases, the Director of Family Health Services said that children should not have to battle with certain diseases and in some cases die. The Government has an obligation to protect the welfare of the nation from these conditions.last_img read more


first_imgzoom Venezuela plans to appeal the decision of a World Bank tribunal that ordered payment of USD 46 million compensation claim to oil service company Tidewater for owned invoices.Namely, as announced by the country’s Oil Minister Asdrubal Chavez in an interview with state media, the country is working on reducing the amount.“We will pay what we have to pay, although there is always the possibility of an appeal,”Chavez is quoted by Reuters as saying.The compensation payment, ordered by the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), stems from the seizure of eleven Tidewater’s vessels in 2009 within attempts to nationalize them.Tidewater  failed to obtain the full amount of USD 234 million sought initially, as,  according to the ruling, the nationalization was lawful. Tidewater told World Maritime News that it did not have any statement to make at the time.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


first_imgTORONTO – A decade after Apple launched its original smartphone, the lineups at stores are back today as the ultra-expensive iPhone X comes to the market after months of anticipation.In Canada, the smartphone with a lush screen and facial recognition technology is being listed between $1,350 or $1,570 before carrier discounts.By comparison, the iPhone 8 that’s been available since September is listed at $950 or $1,170 depending on memory.Apple Canada says its stores are putting on extra staff and opening at 8 a.m. local time to handle the anticipated crowds.It won’t disclose how many devices it expects to have available on the first day, although each store has some of the newest Apple smartphones available for walk-up customers.In addition, customers who pre-ordered the phone early enough through Apple will be given time slots for picking up their device. The device will be available through other retailers and wireless network carriers.last_img read more


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 16, 2013 8:34 am MDT Bell cutting price of U.S. roaming package; CRTC to look at roaming rates MONTREAL – Bell Canada says it’s cutting roaming rates in half for mobile phone customers travelling in the United States starting Tuesday in response to consumer feedback.The move comes just weeks before the Sept. 27 deadline set by the CRTC for telecom companies to submit their roaming fee rates and how much they pay other carriers for roaming agreements.Analyst Eamon Hoey said the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is now much more focused on consumers and Bell’s lower roaming rates are to “blunt” the argument from consumers that rates are too high.“The value proposition being offered to consumers is not commensurate with what we see internationally,” said Hoey, of Toronto-based Hoey Associates Management Consultants Inc.The European Union is proposing that all roaming charges be eliminated across the 28-nation bloc by 2016.The CRTC’s new wireless code, which will apply to new contracts for cellphones and other mobile devices starting on Dec. 2, requires roaming charges be capped to prevent bill shock.The rules require a wireless provider to suspend national and international data roaming charges once they reach $100 within a monthly billing cycle, unless the customer has agreed to pay additional charges.Bell cut its 30-day U.S. travel bundle, which used to cost $50 in half. Its add-on package for heavy users will be priced at $20, down from $40.“During the summer…Canadians also told us that they want to use their smartphones a lot when they travel, and they want the price to come down,” Wade Oosterman, president of Bell Mobility, said in a statement.Rogers spokeswoman Patricia Trott said the company has already launched a flat U.S. daily rate and Telus spokesman Shawn Hall said its rates have been consistently lower than its competitors.“It’s a hotly competitive market,” Hall said. read more


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants defensive co-ordinator James Bettcher had no intention of designing two game plans, even though Chicago Bears starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has a shoulder injury.Bettcher is getting the Giants (3-8) ready to face the Bears’ offence, and it doesn’t matter whether Trubisky is back at the helm Sunday at MetLife Stadium or veteran backup Chase Daniel is running the show again for Chicago (8-3).The NFC North-leading Bears extended their winning streak to five games on Thanksgiving with Daniel leading Chicago to a 23-16 win over the Lions in his first start since 2014.“They are both good quarterbacks,” Giants linebacker and defensive captain Alex Ogletree said. “They haven’t changed much of their offence for either one. They play a little different game, but for the most part, they do the same stuff. We are preparing for either one. You never know who is going to play. So if Chase Daniel plays, we will be ready for him, and if Trubisky plays, we will be prepared as well.”Trubisky was limited at practice on Wednesday and Thursday, so it is looking less likely he will play Sunday.Bettcher said his approach every week is to see what the defence needs to do to give the team its best chance. It includes having some tweaks built in for the opposing quarterbacks.“You certainly have some things that you like versus each of those two quarterbacks,” Bettcher said.Offensive co-ordinators do the same thing when the status of their starting quarterback is uncertain. They make separate sheets outlining the plays and throws each quarterback likes, although the game plan is relatively the same.If Daniel gets the call again, he will have had a week practicing with the offence. He did not get that coming off a short week of preparation for the Lions and still completed 27 of 37 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns.“Listen, it’s never changed for me and I told you this last week and I’ll tell you it again: I prepare every day like I’m the starter whether I get practice reps or not,” Daniel said. “This week, I got the reps and we’ll see what it is (Thursday) and we’ll see what it is on Friday. My whole thing is we just try to take it day by day. I try to grasp the game plan day by day.”Bears coach Matt Nagy said the team would do what is best for Trubisky. If he plays, it will be because he is ready to go.Five things to watch Sunday:MR. MACKKhalil Mack leads the Bears with eight sacks. The Giants have given up 38, tied for second-worst in the league. Left tackle Nate Solder will draw the primary assignment on Mack, but the linebacker also switches sides so he also will go up against right tackle Chad Wheeler. Expect the Giants to help both players with a back or tight end helping on Mack.SAFETY SCORINGBears safety Eddie Jackson is on a scoring tear. He returned interceptions for key touchdowns the past two games against Minnesota and Detroit, earning him NFC defensive player of the week honours. Throw in a fumble recovery that he ran back to the end zone against Buffalo on Nov. 4, and he has three TDs in the past four games.That gave him an NFL-leading five defensive touchdowns since the Bears drafted him in the fourth round in 2017.“I’ve never seen anything like him,” defensive end Akiem Hicks said. “He can cover the entire field it seems like sometimes. He knows how to get the ball in his hands and when he gets that ball in his hands he can make his way to the end zone.”SCOPING VERNONAfter missing the first five games with an ankle injury, Giants linebacker/defensive end has recorded one sack in six games. His other statistics aren’t good, either. He has 10 tackles and six quarterback hits. Earning $17 million this season, Vernon was expected to be a dominant pass rusher in the new 3-4 system installed by Bettcher.GROUND GAINSNagy has expressed a desire to get Chicago’s ground game going. Maybe this is the week it happens.After all, the Bears will be facing a defence ranked 26th against the run. The Bears have rushed for 64 yards or less in three of the past four games — 38 last week.BRILLIANT BARKLEYThe Bears have the NFL’s second-best run defence, allowing an average of 80.8 yards. They just haven’t faced a halfback like Giants rookie Saquon Barkley.Playing behind a struggling line, the second pick overall has run for 829 yards. He has run for at least 100 yards the last two games. Add in his 71 catches for 581 yards and he has 1,410 yards from scrimmage, No. 3 in the league. His 12 touchdowns (eight rushing, four receiving) are one shy of franchise rookie record and two short of the team’s single-season mark.___AP Sports Writer Andrew Seligman in Chicago contributed to this report.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLTom Canavan, The Associated Press read more


first_imgTens of thousands of Londoners had to face trains that were over-capacity in 2016, with the 7.16am East Grinstead to London Bridge service being the most overcrowded train in the country. On a typical autumn morning rush hour in 2016, this resulted in 23 per cent of passengers having to stand in London – with numbers almost as high across the country. Morning commuters from across England and Wales had to face trains that were over-capacity by an average of 5 per cent in 2016, according to new figures released today by the Department for Transport. But those travelling into London in the morning rush hour were the worst-hit, with trains carrying 5.7 per cent more passengers than capacity. Some…last_img read more


first_img 117 Comments Angela Kerins loses her case for damages against the Public Accounts Committee Kerins was not present in court for this morning’s judgement. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article This is fundamental to the separation of powers and is a cornerstone of constitutional democracy.Justice Kelly added that the privilege conferred by Article 15.13 is “not merely one that provides a litigation defence… rather utterances in parliament are in an area of non-justiciability ordained by the Constitution”.“For all of these reasons therefore, the court is of the opinion that this claim must fail,” he concluded.Angela Kerins was not present in court for the judgement.The court set a date of 21 February, three weeks from today, for both sides to represent their case as regards legal costs.Reacting to the judgement, Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald said it was “a significant decision as it clarifies the right of members of the Oireachtas to act in the public interest and to do the job that we are elected to do”.McDonald had been one of the most noteworthy of those who questioned Kerins during her seven-hour appearance in front of the PAC and was named, as were all then members of the committee, in the legal action.“The PAC had a right and a responsibility to examine how €83m in annual state funding, given to Rehab companies, was put to use,” McDonald said.No organisation who receives finance from the public purse can be beyond accountability.Kerins had been sought damages from the PAC for distress, public humiliation, and the loss of her career regarding her appearance before the committee in February 2014 while she was still working at Rehab.The court previously heard that Kerins had made an attempt on her own life following her seven-hour session in front of the PAC on 27 February 2014, and subsequently resigned as CEO of Rehab on 2 April 2014.The full 57-page judgement can be read hereRead: Europe: ‘We didn’t overstep the mark with Apple and Ireland’Read: Two young men charged over burglaries in Offaly Share950 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3214485 28,809 Views center_img By Cianan Brennan Angela Kerins Source: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ieUpdated 13.00FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE of Rehab Angela Kerins has lost her case for damages against the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee at the High Court.In delivering his judgement this morning, President of the High Court Justice Peter Kelly said that “the issue of jurisdiction is not one that properly arises in this case”.He said that it was clear that the utterances of members of the Oireachtas during Kerins’ appearance in front of PAC in February 2014 were “clearly opinion devoid of legal force”, and that it was beyond the court’s jurisdiction under Article 15.13 of the Constitution to award damages arising from those utterances.“The essence of the applicant’s case is a claim for damages arising from those utterances which seeks to make the Oireachtas respondents amenable to the jurisdiction of the court,” he said.That cannot be done.Justice Kelly said it would be wrong to take the court’s decision as “a denial of the constitutional rights of ” Kerins.He cited legal precedent, specifically the case of Cane v Dublin Corporation (1927):“It would be strange indeed if a court of law were to have the power to pass under review the evidence and the proceedings before a parliamentary committee,” being the passage cited from that case.“In this case the custodian of those rights is not the court but the Oireachtas itself,” Justice Kelly said.For upwards of four centuries it has been recognised in common law jurisdictions throughout the world that the courts exercise no function in relation to speech in parliament. Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 1:00 PM Short URL Jan 31st 2017, 1:00 PM last_img read more


first_img Authorities in Montana were called to deal with a somewhat unique highway accident this week. It involved a tractor trailer and about 133 million bees.That’s probably a less than the number of bees that helped Barry Benson and Vanessa land a commercial airliner in the gripping drama Bee Movie. It’s nowhere near an exact figure, though. These bees were accounted for by the pound.Their combined weight: around 40,000 pounds. According to a local apiarist who spoke to CNN affiliate KBZK, a pound typically contains somewhere between 1,000 and 3,000 bees.The truck hauling them was en route from California to North Dakota. Around 600 miles from its destination, the trailer toppled into the ditch. The truck began leaking both fuel and bees.Firefighters from the Hyalite Rural Fire Department attended the scene in full gear because of the potential fire risk posed by the fuel one the road and the millions of recently imprisoned and possible disgruntled bees looking to literally stick it to the man.Unsurprisingly, assistant fire chief Brian Nickolay said that this was a whole new experience for his crew.A truck carrying a load of bees overturned this afternoon on the west side of Bozeman. Numerous agencies responded, and a beekeeper was called in, but the intersection is expected to remain closed for hours. https://t.co/b8mBNurjhk— NBC Montana (@NBCMontana) June 11, 2019A Montana highway patrol officer estimated that about a quarter of the bees got loose. Wrangling efforts were clearly incredibly successful as it’s believed that only a single pound of bees went missing.The trailer was returned to its original upright position and the leaked fuel was cleaned up. Authorities held the vehicle for observation overnight. Tuesday morning the driver was given the all clear and allowed to roll on with his hundred-million-bee convoy.There have been some pretty wild spills in the past few years. In May of 2018, a street in Poland was flooded with chocolate when a trailer overturned. In 2017 a stretch of Wisconsin highway had to be closed after a trucking mishap caused it to become covered in red Skittles (that were rejected and never received their S stamp).More on Geek.com:World’s Smallest McDonald’s Is Now Open (And It’s for Bees)Notre Dame’s 180,000 Bees Survive Cathedral FireDoctor Finds Four Bees Living Inside Woman’s Eye NYPD Removes 25,000 Bees From Staten Island Ferry TerminalWorld’s Smallest McDonald’s Is Now Open (And It’s for … Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_img Watch: Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo Has More Moves Than YouEndangered Baby Kakapo Parrot Gets World-First Brain Surgery Gonna shout it from the mountaintops: A star was born when palaeontologists discovered the world’s largest parrot, Hercules.Weighing in around 15 lbs, the 3-foot-tall bird has a massive beak capable of cracking most food sources (including other fowl).Its name—Heracles inexpectatus—reflects the New Zealand animal’s Herculean size and strength, as well as the unexpected nature of its discovery.“New Zealand is well known for its giant birds,” Flinders University Associate Professor Trevor Worthy said in a statement. “Not only moa [nine species of now-extinct flightless bird] dominated avifaunas, but giant geese and adzebills shared the forest floor, while a giant eagle ruled the skies.“But until now, no one has ever found an extinct giant parrot—anywhere,” he added.Main fossil leg bone of Hercules (above), with kakapo leg bones (below) (via Flinders University)The fossil—found near St. Bathans in Central Otago, New Zealand—is about the size of the giant “dodo” pigeon of the Mascarene Islands. And, more impressively, twice as big as the adorable (yet critically endangered) kakapo, previously the heaviest known parrot.Hercules is believed to hail from the Miocene era, some 19 million years ago, when it probably cohabitated with another 40 bird species.“It was likely a flightless forager who ate abundantly on fruit and seeds, but may have preyed on small animals that it could dig out of logs, or even snack on dead or dying moa—like kea still do with sheep,” Worthy explained.As the largest parrot ever, Hercules may well have dined on more than “conventional” foods like laurels and palms—perhaps even other parrots, according to Mike Archer, a professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney Palaeontology, Geobiology and Earth Archives (PANGEA) Research Center.“Its rarity in the deposit is something we might expect if it was feeding higher on the food chain,” he said, adding that parrots “in general are very resourceful birds in terms of culinary interests.”Graphic showing Hercules’ silhouette next to an average-height woman and common magpie (via Paul Scofield/Canterbury Museum)Birds have repeatedly evolved hulking species on islands: Flinders University pointed to a giant pigeon on Fiji, giant stork on Flores, giant ducks in Hawaii, giant megapodes in New Caledonia, and giant owls in the Caribbean.“We have been excavating these fossil deposits for 20 years, and each year reveals new birds and other animals,” Worthy said.“While Heracles is one of the most spectacular birds we have found,” he continued, “no doubt there are many more unexpected species yet to be discovered in this most interesting deposit.”Last month, researchers unveiled a 99-million-year-old bird with toes longer than its lower legs.The feathered creature, preserved in amber, likely used its hyper-elongated third toe to hook food out of tree trunks.More on Geek.com:New Dinosaur Discovered After Laying ‘Misidentified’ in Vault for 30 YearsFossilized Primate Tooth Helps Fill Gap in Monkey EvolutionConstruction Workers Unearth Dinosaur Fossils in Denver Suburb Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_imgWhen longtime Republican state Sen. Don Benton announced he was retiring, state Rep. Paul Harris thought briefly about running to replace the senator.It was a fleeting thought, Harris said, and it clarified how much he enjoys serving in the House.“I’m really happy with where I’m at. I think I’m respected by my colleagues, and it’s a great fit for me and the district,” Harris said.Now, he’s focused on staying. The Republican from Vancouver is seeking re-election to his fourth term and is facing a challenge from Democrat Martin Hash.If re-elected, Harris would serve as a ranking member on the House Education Committee. He’s been meeting with a group of lawmakers during the interim to discuss the looming public school funding crisis the state is facing.Harris said he is hopeful that an uptick in the economy along with a levy swap will be enough to adequately fund the state’s public school system.He also would continue to work to raise the smoking age to 21 and look to lower the amount of milligrams of opioids that could be administered to patients.last_img read more


first_imgAnchorage police say a shooting in the parking lot of a downtown Anchorage elementary school Wednesday morning sent one man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries – after he ran to the entrance to the school, where medics found him. Police say the suspected shooter is in custody.Listen nowPolice say no students or staff were injured, and the school – Denali Montessori – was not targeted.Police spokesperson MJ Thim says the men got into a fight in the parking lot related to an ongoing domestic dispute.“They’re acquainted in some way. They have some sort of relationship,” Thim said. “What that is, we’re still trying to sort through. We’re confident that this is a domestic dispute.”Shortly after the shooting, Thim said it was unclear why the men were in the parking lot – whether they were dropping off kids for school – or what the dispute was about.Thim says the suspect shot the victim once in the upper body with a handgun, and the victim ran toward the school. Responding officers found the him at the front doors and found the suspect in the area as they converged on the school. School district officials say the school’s doors were locked already this morning, as is protocol.Officers stayed on scene throughout the day, and the school had extra staff and counselors on hand.last_img read more


first_imgMembers of the U.S. Marines will be collecting new unwrapped toys at City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s Annual Toys for Tots Holiday Reception on December 14th . Come and enjoy  great music and delicious food while supporting a great cause.  The reception is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. RSVP in not required. Free parking is at the Baltimore Street Garage adjacent to City Hall starting at 4 p.m. For questions call Zoe Michal at 410-545-7487.last_img


first_img DEAL OF THE DAY Now, in a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, researchers describe exactly how the infamous fungus makes their victims do the death grip with its powerful jaws.‘Death Grip’Contrary to what some might believe, the fungus does not actually affect the ants’ brains when it comes to making the victims do the death grip. Once the spore lands on the victim’s exoskeleton, it eats its way inside the creature and forms a network that penetrates its muscles. With the mandibular muscles extensively colonized by the fungus, it breaks open the membrane covering the muscle fibers and then forces it to contract so forcefully that the filaments in them are damaged and swollen.What’s more, researchers also observed bead structures or vesicles on the fungus filaments, suggesting that they were either the result of the ants’ fighting back from the infection or that they had more lethal toxins that would cause the mandibular muscle to spasm and over-contract, thereby staying in place.For now, researchers say that there is more to learn about how the fungus affects its host, and the next step is to test the vesicles to see whether they came from the host or from the fungus. TAG Zombie ants, fungus, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis sensu lato ENDS IN Bestseller ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Close Ants practically turning into zombies because of a fungus may be one of nature’s most fascinating albeit slightly disturbing mysteries of nature.In a new study, researchers peel the mystery back a little bit by describing exactly how the fungus gets the victim to do the “death grip.”Zombie AntsA fungi that practically turns ants into zombies so that they can spread their spores sounds rather like science fiction, but it is a reality for carpenter ants Camponotus castaneus. Once infected by the fungus Ophiocordyceps unilateralis sensu lato, the victim ant loses its free will and climbs to a higher location where it will grip onto vegetation permanently. There, the victim will be consumed by the fungus from the inside out and eventually dies to spread spores onto the ants below. Search All AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Ads by Amazon Ads by Amazonlast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “Burma is like the work that I did in Africa in the’90s. It’s 15, 20 years out of date,” says Dr. Chris Beyrer, an HIV expert at Johns Hopkins University who has worked in Myanmar for years. “If you actually tried to treat AIDS, you’d have to say that everybody with every other condition is going to die unless there are more resources.”Of the estimated 240,000 people living with HIV, half are going without treatment. And some 18,000 people die from the disease every year, according to UNAIDS.The problem worsened last year after the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria canceled a round of funding due to a lack of international donations. The money was expected to provide HIV drugs for 46,500 people.But as Myanmar wows the world with its reforms, the U.S. and other nations are easing sanctions. The Global Fund recently urged Myanmar to apply for more assistance that would make up the shortfall and open the door for HIV drugs to reach more than 75 percent of those in need by the end of 2015. It would also fight tuberculosis, a major killer of HIV patients. TB in Myanmar is at nearly triple the global rate as multi-drug resistant forms of the disease surge. Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement He says sicker patients deserve treatment first. Still, as he sits waiting for his second blood test, he can’t help wishing his immune system was weak enough to help him reach the magic number.But when the doctor reads his results, he knows he will leave empty-handed again.CD4 count: 289. Still too high.His only choice is to try again in three months, hoping he’ll be sick enough then.___Follow Margie Mason on Twitter at twitter.com/MargieMasonAP(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) He’s lost 10 pounds in the past month, dropping from 130 pounds to 120. His cheeks are starting to sink, and his eyes look hollow. His strength is also fading, and he can no longer lead grueling daily runs with the trainees. He uses his TB as an excuse, but he fears his superiors will not be fooled much longer.“I try to hide it as much as I can, but some people have started rumors about me, so I try not to face them directly,” he says. “I want to be strong like the other people. I’m trying, but now my body cannot follow my mind.”His wife refuses to be tested until Aung gets on the drugs. She worries that if she comes back positive, her guilt-ravaged husband will kill himself.“She doesn’t want me to be depressed,” he says. “If she is positive, I will be very, very depressed.”The disease has forced him to rethink who he is. He’s killed people in combat, cheated on his wife and witnessed many horrors in his lifetime. But he wants a chance to make up for his wrongs.As a Buddhist, he believes his disease is a punishment for misdeeds in a previous life. He vows to be a better man by helping others and giving what little he has to charity. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day AP Medical WriterYANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Thein Aung has been trained not to show weakness, but he’s convinced no soldier is strong enough for this.He clenches his jaw and pauses, trying to will his chin to stop quivering and his eyes not to blink. But he’s like a mountain that is crumbling. His shoulders shake, then collapse inward, and he suddenly seems small in the denim Wrangler shirt that’s rolled up to his elbows and hanging loosely off his skinny arms. Big tears drip from his reddened eyes, and he looks away, ashamed. CD4 count: 460. Low enough for drugs in the U.S., but well above the 150 cutoff in Myanmar. He was given TB meds and told to come back in three months.____Many of the 200 people crammed into the two small buildings of an HIV center just outside Yangon are simply waiting to die.Beloved opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited patients there in November 2010, just days after being freed from house arrest, appealing to the world for more medicine. She also spoke passionately in July about the stigma of HIV via a video link to the International AIDS conference in Washington, saying, “Our people need to understand what HIV really is. We need to understand this is not something that we need to be afraid of.”There are no doctors or nurses stationed at the hospice supported by Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, forcing patients to care for each other. One man hangs a drip bag on a plastic string from the ceiling over an emaciated body. Other caregivers _ many of whom are also infected _ wave paper fans beside their loved ones for hours, providing the only relief they can offer.Infected children whose parents have already passed away play barefoot in the stuffy, crowded rooms. Bodies, some nothing more than breathing corpses, are stacked side by side on bamboo slats above dirt floors. Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The questions swarmed and consumed him, followed by a flood of worry and guilt that he had possibly infected his spouse. Then the bigger concern: What’s next?Unlike many living in a country closed off to the world for the past half century of military rule, Aung, an Army staff sergeant, had some firsthand knowledge about HIV.He had watched the disease rot one soldier from the inside out, punishing him with a cruel death. But he also saw another get on treatment and live a normal life, despite the military kicking him out.With the images of those two men locked in his head, Aung decided to fight to save himself and ultimately his family. No one but his wife could know, or he would lose his job and their home on the military base because of the deep fear and discrimination surrounding the disease. Drugs were his only chance to keep the secret.“If I get the medicine, and I can stay in this life longer, I will serve the country more and my family will not be broken,” he says. “My family is invaluable.”At the clinic in Insein, an area of Yangon better known for a notorious prison, Aung, who is using another name to protect his identity, waited nervously for the results of his first blood test. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day As he sits outside a crowded clinic on the outskirts of Myanmar’s biggest city, he knows his body is struggling to fight HIV, tuberculosis and diabetes _ but he can’t help wishing he was sicker.Although Aung is ill enough to qualify for HIV treatment in other poor countries, there’s simply not enough pills to go around in Myanmar. Only the sickest of the sick are lucky enough to go home with a supply of lifesaving medicine here. The others soon learn their fate is ultimately decided by the number of infection-fighting cells found inside the blood samples they give every three months.The World Health Organization recommends treatment start when this all-important CD4 count drops to 350.In Myanmar, it must fall below 150.____Antiretroviral therapy, in the past considered a miracle only available to HIV patients in the West, is no longer scarce in many of the poorest parts of the world. Pills are cheaper and easier to access, and HIV is not the same killer that once left thousands of orphaned children in sub-Saharan Africa.But Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma, remains a special case. Kept in the dark for so many decades by its reclusive ruling junta, this country of 60 million did not reap the same international aid as other needy nations. Heavy economic sanctions levied by countries such as the United States, along with virtually nonexistent government health funding, left an empty hole for medicine and services. Today, Myanmar ranks among the world’s hardest places to get HIV care, and health experts warn it will take years to prop up a broken health system hobbled by decades of neglect. Another room is packed with 20 women stretched out on straw mats crisscrossing the wooden floor. A young mother sobs in one corner as she breast-feeds a 7-day-old baby girl. She did not take HIV drugs until late in her pregnancy, and now must wait up to 18 months to know for sure whether her only child is infected.“The funding is limited for the enormous number of patients,” says newly elected parliament member Phyu Phyu Thin, who founded the center in 2002 and was jailed by the former government for her HIV work. “Waiting to get the medicine under the limits is too risky for many patients because they can only get it when their health is deteriorating.”____Aung looks the part of a soldier with his shaved head and wiry build. He spent the first decade of his 27 years in the military fighting in domestic ethnic wars, away from his wife and two children.It’s this past life that devours him each night when sleep refuses to come. He served as a medic then, and regularly came into contact with the blood of wounded soldiers. He also had sex with other women. The question that haunts him most is, which one is to blame? He’ll never know.He takes sleeping pills every night to be released from these thoughts. But relief does not come, as chills and night sweats drench his body and the constant urge to urinate keeps him running to the toilet. The aid group Doctors Without Borders has tried to take up the slack by providing more than half the HIV drugs being distributed. But every day, physicians at its 23 clinics must make agonizing decisions to turn away patients like Aung, who are desperately ill but still do not qualify for medicine because their CD4 counts are too high.“It’s very difficult to see those kind of situations,” says Kyaw Naing Htun, a young doctor with a K-pop hairstyle and seemingly endless energy, who manages the organization’s busy clinic in Insein. He says about 100 patients who should be on drugs are turned away every month in Yangon alone. “It takes a lot more resources when they come back sicker. It’s a lose-lose game.”____Aung first learned about the virus living inside him in April. He had dropped weight and wasn’t sleeping well, but figured it was the TB and diabetes running him down.When the test came back positive for HIV, he was shocked and scared: How? Why?“I wanted to commit suicide when I found out the results,” he says softly, looking away. “What upset me most was my wife. She says I shouldn’t die now because we have children.”last_img read more


first_img NEW YORK — “Shazam!” is one of those movies with a perfect elevator pitch.Everywhere along its path to production, the same phrase guided its makers: “‘Big’ meets ‘Superman.’” As a tale about a 14-year-old boy who finds that he can transform into a powerful adult superhero version of himself with a simple command (“Shazam!”), Penny Marshall’s classic 1988 comedy was an obvious touchstone for both its body-changing plot and its sweet sense of humour. If you didn’t sense the connection immediately in “Shazam!” you will by the time a giant floor piano makes a cameo.“One of the beautiful things about this movie is you can pitch it in three words,” says Zachary Levi, who stars as the supersized version of Billy Batson, played by Asher Angel as a kid.“Shazam!,” which opens April 5, is the latest superhero movie to look further afield than comic book mythology for inspiration. Just as the gritty Wolverine thriller “Logan” drew from Westerns like “Shane,” and “Black Panther” was built as a Bond-like spy movie, the PG-13-rated “Shazam!” has its DNA rooted in 1980s adventure-comedies, especially the Amblin Entertainment variety like “Goonies” and “Gremlins.”The superhero is, increasingly, a Trojan Horse in spandex.“People are understanding that you can tell a lot of different types of stories under the superhero banner,” says “Shazam!” producer Peter Safran, who also produced “Aquaman” and who manages “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn. “They don’t all have to be world-ending, epic spectacles. You can tell great family stories. It can be a heist movie. It can be a horror movie, which I believe something like (‘Aquaman’ spinoff) ‘The Trench’ could be.”By going small, the happily quirky “Shazam!” (made for a relatively modest $100 million) is poised to be one the biggest successes in Warner Bros.’ DC Comics films. This decade, the only DC release with equal acclaim (“Shazam!” is 93 per cent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) is 2017’s “Wonder Woman” — and it’s not like the much-derided, much bulkier, much more expensive “Justice League” or “Suicide Squad” are even close.Box-office expectations have been ratcheted up. At the kid-friendly caper’s Hollywood premiere Thursday, Warner Bros. erected a Ferris wheel as a nod to both the movie’s carnival climax and fun-loving spirit.For the makers of “Shazam!” the film has a kind of elemental superhero appeal based on the dream of becoming a superhero. Where other comic-book movies are otherworldly, “Shazam!” and its hero are gleefully goofy.“I feel bad for a lot of other actors who end up being superheroes,” says Levi, whose breakthrough series, the spy comedy “Chuck,” had some of the same flavour. “Most other superheroes are cool and collected and brooding. They’re saving the world. Billy Batson is one of very few who gets to be very stoked. It’s not like a responsibility; it’s crazy cool.”The ironic thing is that “Shazam!” dates back to the early days of comics. It was created in 1939, a year after Superman, and very much conceived as a knockoff of the Man of Steel. Then, the hero was called Captain Marvel (nickname: the Big Red Cheese) and at times, he even outsold Superman in the 1940s. A 1941 black-and-white Captain Marvel serial was one of the very first comic book adaptions.But by the early ’50s, a copyright infringement lawsuit from DC Comics finally caught up to Captain Marvel’s publisher, Fawcett Comics, shutting the character down. A strange afterlife followed. In 1967, Marvel’s own Captain Marvel — same name, different hero — debuted. By 1972, the original Captain Marvel was reintroduced as Shazam.It’s a head-spinning twist of fate that all these decades later, both Captain Marvels are arriving in theatres almost simultaneously.“For them to come out basically in the same month is insane,” says Safran. “We never really worried about it because it’s such a different type of movie. It’s such a different tone of movie.”The big-screen debut of “Shazam!” took so long not just because of legal tangles but because of the film’s unique tone. Soon after development at New Line first began in the 2000s, dark and brooding were in, thanks largely to “The Dark Knight.” A number of writers took a crack at it in, including William Goldman (“All the President’s Men”), in a string of stalled iterations.But as the possibilities for superhero films expanded, led by Marvel’s “Guardians,” ”Shazam!” found its way through just as DC’s Superman and Batman revivals were sputtering. Initially, plans centred on a combo of Shazam and supervillain Black Adam, with Dwayne Johnson signed up as Black Adam. That character is expected to instead get his own movie.“There was no mandate to try to tie Shazam into the larger DC universe or do anything with Black Adam,” says Safran. “It was just: This guy deserves the real estate to go tell a stand-alone origin story.”An unlikely team assembled around Henry Gayden’s screenplay. Swedish filmmaker David F. Sandberg, who helmed Warner Bros.’ lucrative “Conjuring” prequel, “Annabelle: Creation,” came aboard to direct. And it took a long time — Sandberg says more than 100 auditions — for them to find their Shazam.“He was an unknown to me. I had never seen ‘Chuck,’” says Sandberg of Levi. “It was a long process of doing lots and lots of auditions with very different people to try to find the right person. That was our stipulation: You have to audition. We have to make sure you can play a child, which is something most adults never do. It’s not like you have references in other movies.”The 38-year-old Levi (“Tangled,” ”The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) initially turned down the audition, skeptical anything would come of it.“I asked my agent, ‘Aren’t they looking for huge jacked dudes or at very least very famous ones?’” says Levi. “I was like: This feels like I’m going to be wasting everybody’s time.”But Levi later sent in an audition tape from his phone for another part. That night, Sandberg and Safran called him to say he was right for Shazam. “Zach is basically a big kid,” says Sandberg. “He has an excitement that kids have about everything.”“I was flabbergasted,” says Levi. “I’ve always been a bit of a Peter Pan-syndromed person. I hope in the best of ways.”Within a week, he was cast, and Levi, a lifelong Tom Hanks fan, found himself realizing a fantasy he never expected to fulfil.“I always wanted to do something like ‘Big’ but you don’t want to remake something that’s never been touched,” says Levi. “So when would I ever do ‘Big’?”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Press This image released by Warner Bros. shows Zachary Levi, left, and Jack Dylan Grazer in a scene from “Shazam!” (Steve Wilkie/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2019 11:59 am PDT Nodding to ‘Big,’ ‘Shazam!’ brings the superhero down a sizelast_img read more


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