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first_img Rohit Paniker New DelhiMarch 25, 2019UPDATED: March 25, 2019 13:26 IST With the withdrawal of Chen Yufei, He Bingjiao is the highest-seeded women’s singles player at India Open (IANS Photo)The India Open 2019 was on Sunday dealt with a major blow as World No. 2 and reigning All England Championship winner Chen Yufei and defending champion Shi Yuqi withdrew from the tournament just two days before the main draw.The Chinese duo, top seeds at the tournament, cited injury as the reason behind their withdrawal. The extent of the injury is yet to be known,The 22-member contingent arrived in the Capital in the early hours of Sunday and also held a practice session later in the afternoon at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall of IG Stadium – which is also the venue for the tournament.Speaking to Mail Today, Girish Natu, the technical director of the India Open, said: “We just received the letter from China that Shi Yuqi and Chen Yufei have withdrawn from the tournament. They have cited injury concerns. We don’t know the extent of the injuries as we haven’t received their medical certificate. The Chinese coaches are yet to arrive, they come on Monday and we will only know once they hand us the certificates. The qualifiers will now take their place in the tournament.”The absence of these top-billed players blows the main draw wide open, especially in the women’s singles which already misses the star power without the big names in Carolina Marin, Sung Ji Hyun and World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying.Earlier this week, Saina Nehwal, seeded fifth, pulled out after failing to recover from an acute gastroenteritis problem.In the absence of the highest world-ranked Chinese singles players, PV Sindhu becomes the favourite for the women’s crown, much like Danish World No. 4 Viktor Axelsen, in the men’s singles.advertisementSindhu, seeded second, will be closely followed by third seed He Bingjiao and 2016 winner Ratchanok Intanon.Additional responsibilities now lay on the shoulders of young Chinese shuttler Bingjiao, who was all smiles during the practice session on Sunday.The 22-year-old World Championship bronze medallist finished quarter-finalist at All England and enters the India Open with a fresh perspective and an aim to put an end to her title drought.”The biggest thing I changed about my game was my attitude towards it. When I started, I wasn’t that serious. I was young and just wanted to play. Now, that the senior players have retired and we have really entered the fray, I feel a sense of responsibility towards my country. I have become more serious and have been working much harder to achieve my goals,” she said.With one eye on the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers, starting April 29, Bingjiao has made already chosen her priorities.”I have three main targets after this tournament. First, I want to work closely with my team members to win the Sudirman Cup that will be held in China. Secondly, my bigger target will be to improve upon my performance at the World Championships. Last year, I beat Tai Tzu but failed to progress further. I want to improve on that.Third, and most important target for me, is to work hard to qualify for the Tokyo Games. It is a dream for any athlete to play at the Olympics and while I don’t think about winning medals, my focus remains on qualifying for it,” she concluded.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India Open 2019Follow He BingjiaoFollow Chen YufeiFollow PV Sindhu Top billing up for grabsWorld No. 2 Shi Yuqi and Chen Yufei withdraw from India Open as Bingjiao now headlines Chinese contingentadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgzoom German ship-owner Conti Reederei has exercised options for additional eight 63,800 dwt dry bulk carriers with Jiangsu Hantong Shipbuilding & Heavy Industry, according to Seatrade Global.Dolphin 64 designThe order for the first four bulkers was signed back in March and the vessels will join the shipowner’s fleet in the second half of 2015.The eight newbuildings, to be designed by Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (Sdari), will also feature eco-friendly Dolphin 64 design.The delivery of the eight bulkers, to be classed by Lloyd’s Register, will take place from November 2015 to June 2016.Conti Reederei already ordered last year eight vessels with the same shipyard that will be delivered in the first half of 2015.World Maritime News Staff, June 23, 2014last_img read more

first_imgzoom The owner of the ill-fated El Faro cargo ship TOTE Marine is being targeted with yet another lawsuit from the victims’ families.Namely, the latest legal challenge submitted on Tuesday in Jacksonville seeks to challenge the company’s attempts to limit its financial responsibility and has been filed on behalf of the families of 34-year-old Danielle Randolph and 23-year-old Dylan Meklin of Maine, the Associated Press reports.The two were among the 33 crew members who are presumed dead after El Faro sank on October 1st having succumbed to the strong winds of the Hurricane Joaquin. The crew consisted of 28 U.S. citizens and five Polish nationals.The latest lawsuit claims that Tote’s liability should not be limited as the company allowed the ship to sail too close to the storm.Following several lawsuits from the victims’ family members, Tote filed for protection from legal claims regarding its liability for the deaths of the ship’s 33 crew members.The company filed for exoneration from or limitation of liability in U.S. district court in Jacksonville, Florida, at the beginning of November.Tote claimed that it had “exercised due diligence” to ensure the 40-year-old vessel was seaworthy, properly manned and well-equipped for its September 29 trip from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and should therefore be “from claims for damages that have been or may hereafter be made.”However, legal representatives of the plaintiffs believe the defendants knew that El Faro was an aged vessel with structural problems and that, despite that, they encouraged the ship to leave port knowing the potential dangers that lay ahead of the hurricane. What is more, the ship owners and operators failed to instruct the captain to change the ship’s route to avoid the hurricane and subsequent tragedy.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgzoom The shipping industry is expected to use a mixture of experience and innovation to navigate what is likely to be another volatile year for the industry in 2017, shipping adviser Moore Stephens said.The oil prices should continue on an upward trend on the strength of the recent OPEC production cuts. Calls for higher levels of ship demolition are expected to increase significantly, although not ship demolition itself, Richard Greiner, Moore Stephens Partner, Shipping & Transport, said.Additionally, the cost of meeting regulatory requirements should become clearer as the industry and its financiers grapple with the financial consequences of having to burn lower-sulphur bunker fuel whilst ensuring that their ballast water management systems are fit-for-purpose.“Orders will be placed for new ships. If they are not, a number of shipyards will go to the wall. For many, freight rates will continue to struggle to reach the levels required to ensure commercial viability, while consolidation will remain the buzzword in the liner trades,” Greiner said.If operating costs do not increase, Greiner said that concern will spread about whether quality and safety are being sacrificed.Confidence in shipping increased steadily for most of 2016, underlining just how robust the industry can be in difficult times. The inherent volatility of the industry will continue throughout 2017, during which time shipping will resort to tried and trusted methods and to fresh innovation alike in an effort to keep its head above water.last_img read more

first_imgFamilies across the South Shore will have more opportunities to be physically active thanks to the province’s annual recreation facility development grant program. Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, announced today, May 1, investments totaling $471,085 for the South Shore region. The investment is part of the annual $3-million provincewide grant program. “Investing in sport and recreation facilities is part of our overall strategy to make Nova Scotians healthier and help reduce the demand on our health-care system,” said Mr. Barnet. The grants will be used to upgrade and build playgrounds, repair and improve tennis courts, construct a sailing wharf and develop new and existing trails. Community groups work with Health Promotion and Protection staff to develop projects and apply for funding. The recreation facility development grant program provides up to one-third of capital costs; communities are responsible for raising the rest. The program will help create about $14.5 million in construction through 84 organizations. “Our goal is to make Nova Scotia the healthiest province in the country,” said Mr. Barnet. “We can not do this alone. I congratulate the many volunteers that recognized a need in their communities and worked so hard to build the support and make it a reality.” Grants through the recreation facility development program are provided based on criteria such as community need and benefit, the amount of planning and preparation, sustainability, and other funding commitments. The grant program helps municipalities and community groups plan, construct, renovate, conserve or acquire facilities for public recreation. Eligible projects include community centres, pools, sport facilities, parks, playgrounds, trails and other outdoor facilities.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Tattoo proved to be a major clue for the police in apprehending the rogue biker who dragged a traffic constable for nearly 100 metres on the stretch near Beckbagan area while he was trying to flee the spot after hitting an elderly pedestrian on July 1. The person, identified as Daneshwar Jha (19), was nabbed from Panchanna Gram, adjacent to EM Bypass on Saturday.Jha had fled to Varanasi two days after the act to evade arrest but returned to the city two days back. “After careful analysis of the CCTV footage available from the spot, we found that the motorbike that he used was a high-end one and the person riding had tattoos on his hand. We compiled a list of the owners using such high-end bikes of that specific brand and ultimately managed to zero in on the person,” said Santosh Pandey, Deputy Commissioner (Traffic), Kolkata Police. According to police sources, soon after the incident occurred in front of a shopping mall in Park Circus, the person was seen entering the Mayfair Road. “This gave us the impression that he might be a local having a good knowledge of the area,” a senior police officer said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe police initially made a list of 1,800 bikers in the city who own such bikes and ultimately closed in on 80 such bike owners living in and around Beckbagan falling under the jurisdiction of Karaya police station area. The police then tracked similar types of rash driving by motorcyclists in the area and cultivated local sources to identify the offender. However, it was found that he had fled the city. The cops, while they were planning to send a team to Varanasi, learnt that he had come back. Accordingly, the tower location of his cell phone was tracked and he was nabbed. The motorcycle involved in the incident has also been seized. Tapan Orang, a constable of the East Traffic Guard, suffered serious injuries on his hands and legs in the incident.last_img read more

first_img“We can do better,” said Whidden, “I will be the first one to tell you before my injury when I was an able-bodied person I didn’t look at the fact there was no ramp at the hot springs, I had a different perspective at the time. Now that has changed and now as a person in a wheelchair this is how I perceive things and now does my family and people close to me and they see it. Unless it has affected your life it does not bother most people.”Whidden wants to bring light to inclusion in a positive and responsible way, by creating conversation and inspiring people to make small changes around your life to create inclusion for all people that live in communities.To view and sign the petition; CLICK HERE Whidden admits it was not until his injury that his perspective changed regarding access to the therapeutic benefits of Liard as he shares that he does not have safe access to the springs. Whidden goes on to share wheelchair users have sore tight muscles due to sitting in their chairs all day, up to 10 – 12 hours and the benefits of the natural mineral springs cannot be utilized if you cannot get to them.Lack of inclusion to Liard gave birth to creating a petition to see that access for all people to the hot springs would be a reality. As stairs are a means of entry for abled bodied persons, a ramp enables inclusivity for all people. In 2015 an upgrade to the springs never included access for all persons by way of a ramp.Perspective and inclusion became the highlights of conversation as Whidden described how his perspective changed from being an able-bodied person to a person that relies on a wheelchair and how inclusion can be based on opportunity through access.Being fully apart of the experience and being able to engage and create memories are some of the benefits to inclusion, being unable to move independently can happen from injury and affect anyone. To be sat on the sidelines and not be able to participate with the family such as getting into the water on a family vacation is disappointing and isolating.Whidden’s goal is for Liard to be universally assessable so all people can get in and out of the water easily and safely. He shares he is not interested in taking no for an answer and that it is not an option as he is passionate about this.The petition that is posted online has received over 2,000 signatures, Whidden also intends on making hard copies of the petition to place at campgrounds in the area. He understands this is an isolated area yet it is also a Provincial Park where people with disabilities are given free access. FORT NELSON, B.C. – Local Tanner Whidden wants inclusion for all people at Liard Hot Springs and has created a petition to create safe access for all.Whidden became wheelchair bound in July 2017 after two 10 hour surgeries to remove tumours off of his spinal cord and following up with 28 rounds of radiation.Born and raised in Fort Nelson, Whidden spent many summers on the Alaska Hwy with his father who worked on road construction and therefore spent a lot of time at Liard Hot Springs.last_img read more

Rabat – On Friday this week, a lone gunman identified as Redouane Lakdim stormed into a supermarket in Trèbes, a small town in southern France, killing four people, including the high-ranked officer Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame who traded his life to save a hostage. Sixteen others are believed to have been wounded in the attack, with one currently in a critical state.Following this attack that some in France say constitute President Macron’s first ‘true test’ in facing the mounting challenges of terrorism and related threats, the French president affirmed his “absolute determination” to crush terrorism and other forms of “fundamentalisms.” And regarding the ‘Trèbes gunman,’ the French president reminded the police and all other security services that facing the surging extremist challenge would mean asking and answering some fundamental questions: “When and how did his [the Trèbes attack’s perpetrator’s] radicalization occur? How did he get the gun he used?” Macron added that “all necessary means should be mobilized to answer these questions.”Following the police operation in which the suspect was killed, Le Monde published a series of articles that shed some insight into Redouane Lakdim’s demographic profile and motivations for the Friday incident. Two relatives of the terrorist have been placed under police custody, Le Monde reports, adding that the “perpetrator’s bloody itinerary” is a long story of abrupt radicalization and petty crimes.Based on the findings of the first police investigations, Le Monde reports that the series of events started on Friday when Lakdim attacked an Opel Corsay labeled white car with two people inside. He stole the car, killing one of the two people and critically wounding the other.Around 11 am, he drove to a marine camp which he was eying to assault. He, however, had a change of heart, driving instead to a CRS (the general reserve of the French national police) facility. There, he opened fire on four policemen who were jogging, wounding one of them on his left shoulder, before fleeing and escaping the fury of the CRS officers. “Investigators found six bullets near the CRS facilities,” said Paris’ public prosecutor François Molins.The suspect then stormed into a supermarket in which there were around fifty people. “Preliminary findings attest that he entered the supermarket while shouting ‘Allah Akbar’, and saying that he is ready to die for Syria,” Mr. Molins noted. According to the public prosecutor, the perpetrator also asked for the release of his ‘brothers in arms,” especially Salah Abdeslam, the “most important surviving suspect” of the 13 November 2015 Paris attacks that killed 130 people. He indiscriminately opened fire in the crowded supermarket, killing a client and the supermarket’s butcher.When the gendarmerie later encircled the supermarket, the perpetrator accepted to liberate one of the hostages in exchange for Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame. Mr. Beltrame is believed to have kept his phone line open, which would later allow his colleagues to launch the assault that killed the perpetrator and liberated the supermarket hostages. Speaking after the liberation of the hostages, French President Emmanuel Macron praised the ‘noble sacrifice’ of the officer who traded his life. Macron dubbed him “a national hero whose sacrifice will forever remain in our memories.”Daesh claimed the attack late on Friday, saying that the lone gunman was operating under their command.Who is Redouane Lakdim?According to primary police investigations, the 25-year old Redouane Lakdim was born in Morocco on 11 April 1992. He was reportedly known for his Salafi leanings, as well as his criminal past, although, according the authorities, all of the crimes he had engaged in were petty crimes with no real threat of radicalization.“Between 2016 and 2017, he was the object of a police monitoring. But we found no evidence and warning signs of a possible radicalization” Mr. Molins told the press. This was reiterated by France’s interior minister Gérard Collomb who also said: “We were monitoring him and we thought that he was not radicalized.” Mr. Collomb added that the supermarket attack was “unexpected” and “abrupt.”Redouane Lakdim’s partner, together with a “minor friend of his,” are currently being held under police custody “for determining the provenance of the gun the terrorist used, the circumstances under which he got his gun, as well as eventual complicities” involved in this “tragedy,” Le Monde reported. According to the same outlet, police investigations of Mr. Lakdim’s house established the gunman’s links with ISIS with “notes, a personal testament, and visual contents” that attest that the suspect may have been a member or a simple sympathizer of the terrorist group.Investigations are still ongoing, but everything now indicates that the suspect paid allegiance to the Islamic State, the police said, adding that subsequent investigations will reveal more details in the case. read more

The High Commissioner’s report notes progress on public consultations involving constitutional reforms and transitional justice. However, it strongly recommends that the government “embrace” the report of the government-appointed transitional justice Consultation Task Force, which calls for a hybrid judicial mechanism based on wide-reaching consultations across all communities. Human Rights Watch and others have pointed out the government’s disregard for the task force in Sri Lanka even while it takes credit for its report in Geneva and other international forums.“The High Commissioner’s report spotlights just how far there is to go before the promise of reconciliation, justice, and reform in Sri Lanka becomes a reality,” Fisher said. “The Human Rights Council needs to engage meaningfully with both the high commissioner’s report and the Consultation Task Force report, and adopt a substantive resolution to urge acceptance of its recommendations, request an implementation timetable, and ensure continued international scrutiny until the Sri Lankan government delivers on its commitments in full.” (Colombo Gazette) “The UN high commissioner paints a picture that is in stark contrast to the rosy claims of the Sri Lankan Government,” said John Fisher, Geneva director at Human Rights Watch. “Zeid’s report bolsters findings by UN independent experts and Sri Lankan rights groups that meaningful government action is needed, particularly on accountability and justice.” The High Commissioner’s report expressed particular concern that the government had not even begun preparatory work on establishing a judicial mechanism with foreign judges and other judicial officers, one of the four transitional justice mechanisms under the resolution. Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations have cited presidential statements in opposition to that undertaking as evidence of the government’s unwillingness to create a court that would try serious crimes committed by both sides in the country’s 27-year-long civil war, which ended in 2009.The report also raised other human rights issues in Sri Lanka, including the wide use of torture and the lack of security sector reform, notably the failure to repeal the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act. It highlights the government’s poor record in investigating and prosecuting emblematic cases of killings, enforced disappearances, and torture during and since the armed conflict, and in bringing an end to longstanding impunity. Human Rights Watch says the report on Sri Lanka by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein paints a picture that is in stark contrast to the rosy claims of the Sri Lankan Government.Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein decried Sri Lanka’s slow progress on its reform pledges in his report to the UN Human Rights Counci. High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein acknowledged certain positive developments, but said that the government failed to adopt a time-bound “comprehensive strategy on transitional justice,” and called on the council to continue monitoring Sri Lankan compliance with resolution 30/1 of October 2015. read more

Freshii founder proposes partnership with Subway and its franchisees in open letter freshii.com TORONTO – The man behind Freshii restaurants is publicly appealing for a “partnership” with the much bigger Subway organization.Freshii’s founder and CEO, Matthew Corrin, is calling for the conversion of “select” Subway sandwich shops to Freshii stores.Corrin argues his proposal would be a quick, low-cost way to provide opportunties for both restaurant chains — which are vastly different in size but both catering to health-conscious consumers.Toronto-based Freshii currently has about 240 locations in 15 countries, compared with 44,600 franchised Subway locations in 112 countries.Corrin’s letter — published as a full-page newspaper ad — calls for Subway franchise partners to convert their stores or add the Freshii brand to their business portfolio.The pitch comes at a time when Subway has been disputing a recent Canadian Broadcast Corp. program that says samples of its chicken products showed less than half the DNA was from chicken.It also comes ahead of the release of Freshii’s first financial report since the company debuted on the Toronto Stock Exchange in January, after a $125-million initial public offering of its stock. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 21, 2017 6:05 am MDT Last Updated Mar 21, 2017 at 7:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Secretary-General António Guterres on the Prespa agreement.Name-change deal solves ‘seemingly intractable’ split The Prespa Agreement was signed by both countries on 17 June last year and ratified by their parliaments last month. It demonstrates that “even seemingly intractable issues can be resolved through dialogue and political will”, Mr. Guterres insisted.Negotiations on the name dispute began in 1993 and have been led by the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy Mr. Nimetz since 1999. In a statement following on from the entry into force of the Prespa Agreement between the two countries on Tuesday, the UN Secretary-General confirmed that he had received official notification of the development, which settles a near 30-year dispute between the two neighbours.Mr. Guterres congratulated the two sides and Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras, of Greece, and Zoran Zaev, of North Macedonia,  “on their determination in creating a forward-looking vision for relations between the two countries and reconciliation in the Balkan region and beyond”.He added that he was “deeply grateful” to the UN’s longest serving envoy Matthew Nimetz of the United States, for his “unwavering commitment and dedication” in pursuing the deal.On Thursday afternoon,  the UN Protocol and Liaison Service announced the official switch over within the UN, from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, to the new name of North Macedonia. The official long version of the name will be Republic of North Macedonia. read more

first_imgHumans have a pesky way of increasing in number no matter what we do. All those people also consume resources, and the strain on global food supplies will only increase in the future. As everyone scrambles to find a solution to this problem, we come back to one of our favorite problem-solvers: robots. A startup called Blue River Technology has been funded to continue development of its Lettuce-Bot, which is much, much cooler than it sounds.Angel investors have opted to put $3.1 million on the table to move development of the Lettuce-Bot forward. The system is designed to remove weeds from croplands without increasing the use of herbicides. The Lettuce-Bot would be compatible with organic produce standards in the US, which will great for consumers that take note of such things. Without the use of modern agricultural chemicals, the yield of crops tends to fall precipitously, but the Blue River system can differentiate between food crops and weeds with 98% efficiency.Lettuce-Bot does this by taking advantage of recent advancements in computer vision systems. In initial tests, Blue River took millions of images of developing iceberg and romaine lettuce plants. By aggregating that data, the robot is able to identify the crops and identify anything else as a weed to be selectively removed. This works even when the plants are overlapping.The Lettuce-Bot is not a miracle machine, though. At this time it only works on the two crops it has been tested on because it simply doesn’t know what any other plants look like. The additional funding could accelerate the process of teaching it to recognize new crops. Additional engineers are also expected to begin work on making Lettuce-Bot into a viable product.Blue River, via Future Timelinelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When a 12-year-old Christiana Aloneftis watched a fundraiser for opera singer Elena Xanthoudakis, she saw in the artist something she wanted to recreate. The way Elena was able to captivate through her performance, to deliver emotion and to move the audience had Christiana yearning to do the same.And now, as a young opera singer, Christiana needs all the help she possibly can in order to get to Italy and study her chosen path. An evening of Greek song and classical operatic repertoire has been organised, presented by the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) in support of Christiana Aloneftis’ academic and musical study aspirations in Europe. Christiana’s first contact with music was as a seven-year-old when she joined a choir in Alphington as part of the GOCMV. Through the choir, she became more involved music, particularly Greek music, and even performed at the Antipodes festival. She told Neos Kosmos that as she became more comfortable with her voice, and with further singing lessons, she began to love music more and more. A trip to Italy as a 15-year-old student sealed her fate. “When I was 15 I went on a school trip to Italy organised for language students and we went to La Scala theatre in Milan. When I entered the theatre there was a dress rehearsal in progress and I realized in that moment how much I enjoyed performing and how much I wanted to do it in the future. When I came home from the trip I had so much clarity in what I wanted to do. I had the opportunity to study law but I chose to study music at VCA because that’s where my heart was.” And then there’s the added bonus of being able to sing in your cultural language and express your heritage through song. “Greek song is a very personal and intimate expression of my Greek Australian identity and I don’t believe that there is anything quite like it. The powerful language and sweet lyrical melodies tell stories of our people – stories of love, of tragedy, of war and separation and of the deepest and most passionate extremes of emotion. I am honoured to serve the music through the avenue of performance.” But she’s the first to admit that her chosen career path is not an easy one. “There’s a lot of challenges and your voice becomes part of your identity in the way you think about it all the time. You need to make sure it’s healthy and has the capacity to do what you want it to do and when you want it to do it.” Another challenge Christiana faces is funding her trip to Italy so she can attend master classes. GOCMV have gotten behind Christiana to organise an event to help her raise the funds. “Having someone believe in you and be a patron for you is just indespinsible,” she says about GOCMV. This is only the beginning of a very exciting and challenging journey into the world of opera for me but with the support from my home-base; from my cultural heritage, I am determined to walk the path ahead of me. Supporting artists performing on the day include: Charlotte Betts-Dean (Mezzo-Soprano), Robert Barbaro (Tenor), Konrad Olszewski (Concert Pianist) and Michael Mazziotta (Jazz and Improv Pianist). last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After years of delays and objections a 1,000 square metre mosque is to replace the site of the old navel base in Votanikos, Athens.A parliamentary committee approved the legislation that will allow its construction to move forward on Wednesday.The mosque, which once completed will be the official place of worship for Muslims in Athens, is designed accommodate 350 worshipers over two levels, however, it will not have a minaret.Members of the Parliament from SYRIZA, ANEL as well as Golden Dawn voted down the motion, which was approved by getting enough votes from PASOK and independent MPs. The mosque has been an issue causing stirs between previous Greek Governments, the European Union, the Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International, resulting in Greece being harshly criticised. A Muslim cemetery is also one of the commitments Greece’s government has to fulfill. last_img read more

first_imgLe boa perçoit l’arrêt du pouls de la proie qu’il étouffePubliant leur étude dans Biology Letters, des chercheurs américains ont montré expérimentalement que le boa constrictor ‘ressentait’ les battements de cœur de la proie qu’il étouffe, interrompant son effort de constriction dès que cessent ces pulsations.Dirigée par le Dr Scott Boback, une équipe de recherche du Dickinson College en Pennsylvanie s’est livrée à une expérience pour étudier la façon dont le boa constrictor tuait ses proies, et surtout à quel moment il relâchait son étreinte mortelle. Ils ont proposé en laboratoire, à un de ces serpents, un rat mort, mais équipé d’une poche à eau alimentée à distance (et à volonté) par une pompe, simulant les battements de cœur du rongeur, lequel était en outre bardé de capteurs de pression. Ils ont alors observé les réactions du prédateur.Ils ont constaté que tant qu’ils maintenaient la pulsation artificielle, “le boa enserrait le rat plus longtemps que lors de toute observation précédente d’un serpent étouffant une proie”. Confronté, lors d’autres expériences, à un rat sans ‘pouls’ artificiel, le serpent réagissait différemment, commençant son attaque de façon ‘classique’, mais ramollissant rapidement son étreinte.”Il y avait une nette différence, je savais que nous étions en train de découvrir quelque chose d’intéressant”, a déclaré le Dr Boback cité par BBC Nature. Le chercheur résume ses conclusions ainsi : “pendant la constriction, un serpent ‘ressent’ en fait le cœur de sa proie”. Un moyen d’équilibrer l’apport calorique fourni par la proie et la dépense énergétique due à la contraction des muscles, relativement forte et durable, nécessaire à sa mise à mort.Une capacité aux origines mystérieuses À lire aussiUn anaconda avale une énorme proie devant les camérasToutefois, cette découverte soulève quelques questions et notamment celle de l’origine d’une telle sensibilité. Pourquoi les serpents ont-ils développé ce sens alors que leurs proies sont très vulnérables à leurs attaques ? Pour Scott Boback, cette capacité a pu être développée très tôt dans l’histoire de l’évolution des serpents constricteurs, à une période où ils s’attaquaient à de grands reptiles. Les lézards, serpents et autres crocodiliens sont en effet “ectothermes”, ce qui signifie que leur température corporelle est la même que celle de leur milieu extérieur, ce qui leur vaut parfois d’être qualifiés à tort d’animaux “à sang froid”.Avec de telles proies, le lointain ancêtre du boa constrictor ne pouvait donc se fier à l’absence de mouvement musculaire ou respiratoire. En revanche, capter les battements du coeur pouvaient lui permettre de savoir si sa victime était morte ou non, d’après l’étude.Le 18 janvier 2012 à 15:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Round Logo MatJoel Hodgson Talks MST3K Live, Eegah! and Returning to Riffs It’s the joke that spawned a thousand callbacks. An awkwardly dubbed-in line in the 1962 caveman horror flick Eegah! became a favorite punching bag on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Is there a wilderness shot with nobody talking? “Watch out for snakes!” It never got old, and was still funny when Jonah and the bots (with new voices) yelled it out in Netflix’s revival of the series. It’s only fitting that the new cast name their first live tour after it.The MST3K Watch Out for Snakes Tour will be the first ever Mystery Science Theater 3000 live show. Unlike Rifftrax Live or the Cinematic Titanic live shows (all of which featured former cast members of the original MST3K), it seems like these shows will take place in the universe of the show. Jonah Ray will perform as Jonah Heston, and will appear onstage with Tom Servo , Crow and Gypsy. The tour’s promo video notes that the robots’ voice may change depending on the show. Pearl’s clone Synthia (played on the show by Rebecca Hanson) will also be there along with her skeletal ska-playing henchmen. The Mads, Felicia Day’s Kinga Forrester and Patton Oswalt TV’s Son of TV’s Frank, will have some pre-recorded bits where they check in on their captors via video. Check out the wonderfully low-budget promo below featuring Day and Oswalt.All cities on the tour will see Jonah and the bots riff on the b-movie classic Eegah! with new riffs. That alone is cause for excitement. I can’t wait to hear what new awkward shaving sequence jokes they came up with in the 24 years since the original episode aired. Some cities will also feature a second screening of a secret bad movie. You can see when, where and what is showing in your city at MST3K.com/tour.If you’ve ever been to one of the Rifftrax or Cinematic Titanic live shows, you know how fun it is to watch people riff on a movie with a crowd. The live audience adds a different energy to the show, that gives it a more spontaneous feel. (Even when, in the case of Rifftrax Live!, they’re reading from scripts.) This new incarnation of MST3K is perfect for a live show like this, given its heightened sense of theatricality. I’m only sad that Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt won’t actually be there. I desperately want to see a Broadway-style staging of the new intro. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic thinks the Premier League overrated in terms of quality, but is pleased with how his time at Manchester United turned outThe Swedish striker arrived at Old Trafford in 2016 from Paris Saint-Germain on the verge of becoming 35 years old.However, Ibrahimovic proved doubters wrong by embarking on a superb debut campaign with 28 goals scored in 48 appearances in all competitions.He also helped United claim the Carabao Cup and the Europa League titles.However, amid injury struggles from that season’s Europa League quarter-final clash with Anderlecht, Ibrahimovic struggled to regain full fitness at United and left in February for MLS side LA Galaxy.The 37-year-old has now played across seven countries with the likes of Malmö FF, Ajax, Juventus, Barcelona, PSG, United and now Galaxy.“I’d had a long career before I came – different kinds of countries, different kinds of clubs,” Ibrahimovic told FourFourTwo.“People said, ‘You don’t need to go to England, because if you fail in England, people will always say you weren’t good enough’.“Everybody was against it. And guess what? That made me motivated. That gave me adrenaline.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I liked the Premier League. I found it very motivating and very exciting.“It gets a lot of attention, although I feel the quality is a little bit overrated – the individual quality, the technical part.“But the rhythm is high. Even if you are the best, if you can’t handle the rhythm, the pace, then you will not succeed, because the pace is very high.”The only and only feels Premier League teams were let off the hook due to the fact he hadn’t arrived in England earlier in his career.“I’m super proud and super happy that I went to United – it was the right club,” added Ibrahimovic.“We won, and I did what I did before I got injured. I had an excellent time – great memories. I’m attached to United forever.“The supporters are amazing: wherever I went, I saw red shirts, which was fantastic. It’s a very important moment in my career.“As I said when I was in England, you’re lucky I didn’t come 10 years ago, because if I did what I did at 35 years old, imagine it if I was 25. Then it would have been a different story.“I came there and they said I came in a wheelchair. All the people that talked, in the whole Premier League, I put them in a wheelchair. That’s what I did.”last_img read more

first_imgNantes are understood to be delaying the confirmation of the Emiliano Sala deal to Cardiff City but both clubs remain in advanced talks, according to Sky Sports.The striker has agreed personal terms on a possible £18m deal to Cardiff and is waiting for permission to fly to the Welsh club for a medical ahead of a potential club-record move.The Bluebirds want to complete the transfer of Sala to play against Newcastle United this weekend but the French club want him to play one final game for them against Angers on Sunday.Nantes’ Kalifa Coulibaly was sent off in their league defeat against Nimes on Wednesday and the club’s desire for Sala to be available for selection at the weekend is understood to be holding up the signing.Nantes’ Kalifa Coulibaly was shown a red card in their league defeat against Nimes on Wednesday and Les Canaris’ desire for Sala to be available for the Angers game this weekend is understood to be holding up the deal.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Sala, who flew to Cardiff on Monday for talks with the club’s manager Neil Warnock and chief executive Ken Choo, has 12 goals in 19 Ligue 1 appearances so far this campaign, with Nantes sitting 13th in Ligue 1.Cardiff, who are 17th in the Premier League standings, have also agreed a deal with Everton to sign striker Oumar Niasse on loan until the end of the season.last_img read more

first_img Commercial Crew setbacks Check out this behind-the-scenes footage of #Starliner’s latest parachute test. It’s part of our path to qualify the entire landing system to fly @NASA_Astronauts. pic.twitter.com/rO5a6XLiLu— Boeing Space (@BoeingSpace) May 10, 2019 The timing of the tweet is important. SpaceX has felt like it was a step ahead of Boeing since it already successfully launched a Crew Dragon test capsule to the International Space Station. Both companies are involved in NASA’s Commercial Crew program. But SpaceX has faced setbacks recently, including the loss of a Crew Dragon capsule due to a mysterious engine anomaly during testing. NASA’s William Gerstenmaier reported the failure of an April SpaceX Crew Dragon parachute test during a House subcommittee hearing this week. “The parachutes did not work as designed,” Gerstenmaier said.  The cause of the failure is still under study. Sci-Tech NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyond Boeing said it has now completed four out of five major parachute tests and has met all test objectives with the Starliner parachutes performing as expected. The company said it still intends to launch and land an uncrewed test capsule this summer. Delays are common for space projects. The SpaceX issues have called into question NASA’s desired timeline for sending humans into space from US soil later this year. This new parachute video seems designed to offer a little reassurance from Boeing’s side.  Comment Enlarge ImageBoeing’s Starliner prepared for acoustic testing earlier in 2019. Boeing The dream is laid out: NASA wants to launch astronauts to the International Space Station from US soil, ending its dependence on Russian spacecraft and rockets. Those astronauts also need to come back to the ground safely, which is where parachute tests for Boeing and SpaceX crew capsules come in.Boeing on Friday shared some behind-the-scenes footage of a successful parachute test for its Starliner crew capsule. “It’s part of our path to qualify the entire landing system to fly NASA astronauts,” Boeing Space tweeted.center_img NASA, Boeing push back Starliner test flight to ISS SpaceX opens up about the Crew Dragon capsule destroyed in an accident 1 23 Photos Tags Boeing NASA Space SpaceX Share your voicelast_img read more