BCCI hands Yusuf Pathan back-dated ban over failed dope test

first_imgYusuf Pathan has been suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for five months after failing a dope test.  The 35-year-old received a five-month ban due to a doping violation but will be free to play from Monday after it was backdated to August.A  BCCI statement said Yusuf has been suspended for five months after he was charged with “commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge” on October 27, 2017.”Mr Pathan had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program during a domestic T20 competition on March 16, 2017, in New Delhi. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline.”Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances. On October 27, 2017, Pathan was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge,” the BCCI statement further said. “The BCCI is satisfied with Mr Pathan’s explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat an Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) and not as a performance-enhancing drug. Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Mr Pathan’s explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of five months should apply, together with the disqualification of certain results,” added the statement.advertisementYusuf issued a statement to the press and said he had received a letter from BCCI back in October last year stating he had failed a dope test.”The prohibited substance was detected in my sample because of a medicine I was taking for a throat infection.Right from the first day I had full faith in Allah that I would be cleared of intentional doping. I have always competed in a fair and transparent manner,” Yusuf said in his press release.Yusuf’s statement:I wish to thank the @BCCI for allowing me to plead my case in a fair and reasonable manner. pic.twitter.com/S83TNUpqxZ- Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) January 9, 2018Yusuf had burst on to the international scene during the World T20 final against Pakistan in 2007. He was handed an ODI debut next year, also against Pakistan in Dhaka. The explosive batsman has played 57 ODIs scoring 810 runs including two hundreds. He was also part of India’s victorious World Cup squad in 2011.Yusuf has also featured in 22 T20 Internationals and has 236 runs and 13 wickets under his belt.The backdated ban means Yusuf, a three-time IPL champion, will not have to miss the 2018 edition. He was an integral part of Shane Warne’s Rajasthan Royals in 2008 before moving base to Kolkata Knight Riders, where he won the title in 2012 and 2014.In 149 IPL matches, Yusuf scored 2904 runs and picked 42 wickets. In the lucrative T20 tournament, he is considered an asset given his all-round skills and experience.However, he had a mediocre time in the IPL last season, scoring only 143 runs and picking up a solitary wicket from 15 matches. Yusuf was not retained by KKR, who chose to stick with the West Indian duo of Sunil Narine and Andre Russel.(This article was updated after Yusuf Pathan released a press statement)last_img read more

Aamir urged me to do Nagraj Manjule’s ‘Jhund’: Bachchan

first_imgMumbai, Sep 27 (PTI) Amitabh Bachchan Thursday said his “Thugs of Hindostan” co-star Aamir Khan asked him to take up Nagraj Manjule’s next “Jhund”.Bachchan will play the role of a professor who builds a soccer team with street kids in “Jhund”, which is the “Sairat” helmer’s first Hindi directorial.”I remember, when I discussed that with Aamir, he told me I must do this film. And you know what happens when Aamir endorses something… So I am doing that,” Bachchan told reporters.”We will start working on the film from November. It is a real life story. It is about underprivileged children and those staying in slums, a sporting team is made with these bunch of actors,” he added.The actor was speaking at the trailer launch of “Thugs of Hindostan”.”Thugs of Hindostan” brings together two powerhouse performers – Bachchan and Khan on screen for the first time.The duo were earlier supposed to star in “Rishta” years ago, but the project never took off.Aamir said, “We had a film together that Indra Kumar was going to make called ‘Rishta’, it was announced very long back. But due to several reasons it could not be made.”Since then I was waiting to get an opportunity to work with him in a film. I am glad it happened now. I don’t have the guts to say ‘no’ to a film with Amit ji.”Bachchan also heaped praises on the “Dangal” star, calling him “a brilliant actor and a marketing genius”.advertisementHe also suggested Khan to direct him in a film.Also featuring Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh, “Thugs” releases November 8. PTI KKP RDSRDSlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli hurts his thumb during training session

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli is facing an injury scare as the right-handed batsman got hurt in his thumb during a training session at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England on Saturday.Indian team’s physiotherapist Patrick Farhart attended Kohli and assessed the situation, before applying spray on his right thumb. Later, Kohli was seen carrying a glass of ice water to relieve pain in his right thumb after hurting it during a training session.This injury comes days before India’s match against South Africa, set to played at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, on June 5. Team India needs their best man to be fit before their opening clash of the World Cup.If Virat Kohli’s injury turns out to be serious, India’s chances of performing well at the World Cup will be dealt a huge blow. Kohli’s leadership and his prowess with the bat, are much needed if India has to mount any serious challenge for the World Cup.Meanwhile, South Africa suffered a 104-run defeat at the hands of hosts England in the World Cup-opener.Also Read | Virat Kohli immature, can’t take abuses: Kagiso RabadaAlso Watch:last_img read more

8 days agoTheo Hernandez insists AC Milan can finish in top four

first_imgTheo Hernandez insists AC Milan can finish in top fourby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan fullback Theo Hernandez insists they can finish in the top four this season.The Rossoneri sacked Marco Giampaolo after losing four of the opening seven games. Stefano Pioli has taken charge and will make his debut this weekend against Lecce.“It’s obviously better for a Coach to start the season rather than come in, but these things happen in football,” Theo told Sky Sport Italia.“We now have a Coach who I consider to be very good and I’m sure we’ll do well together. I didn’t know him before, but he likes to play good football and has clear ideas.“The first thing he said was that we need to work hard and provide a reaction to bring the fans back on side. I work every day to earn my place in the starting XI and want to write history with Milan.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Want to finish career with 100 Test wickets: S Sreesanth after life ban gets reduced to 7 years

first_imgWant to finish career with 100 Test wickets: S Sreesanth after life ban gets reduced to 7 yearsS Sreesanth will be eligible for selection in the Indian cricket team from September 2020 after his life ban was reduced to 7 years by the BCCI Ombudsman.advertisement India Today Web Desk KochiAugust 20, 2019UPDATED: August 20, 2019 20:57 IST S Sressanth still harbours dreams of returning to international cricket (Sreesanth Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBCCI Ombudsman passed an order on Tuesday to reduce life ban on S Sreesanth to 7 yearsThe Ombudsman’s order will have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against SreesanthSreesanth will be eligible for selection in all forms of international cricket for India from September 13, 2020S Sreesanth is aiming to make a comeback in the Indian Test team and pick atleast 100 wickets before ending his career after his life ban was reduced to 7 years by the BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain on Tuesday.The Supreme Court had earlier in the year set aside the life ban imposed by BCCI disciplinary committee for his alleged role in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal and asked the Board Ombudsman to reconsider within three months, the quantum of punishment.And on Tuesday, Justice DK Jain decided that his ban will end on September 13, 2020 — seven years as compared to the original life ban.”I am extremely delighted with what I have heard now. Thanks to each one of my well-wishers who prayed for me and the prayers have been answered. I am 36 now and next year I will be 37. I have 87 Test wickets and my aim is I want to finish my career with 100 Test wickets. I am confident that I can return to the Indian Test team and always wanted to play under Virat Kohli,” Sreesanth told the media.DK Jain considered the fact that Sreesanth co-operated with the inquiry and observed that BCCI could not contest Sreesanth’s plea that the alleged offenses did not substantially damage the IPL’s commercial value.”In the report of the Commissioner there is no allegation that Mr. Sreesanth did not co-operate in the Inquiry. Additionally, the BCCI has not been able to controvert the specific plea of Mr. Sreesanth that the offences allegedly committed by him did not substantially damage the commercial value of the IPL matches, or even the final result of the subject match,” the Omudsman said in his order.advertisementThe ombudsman in his order also observes that BCCI has nothing on record to prove its finding that the cricketer’s conduct was erratic on and off the field.”Although the BCCI has referred to his erratic behaviour, both on and off the field, with fellow players, but nothing has been brought on record by the BCCI to show that any sanction was imposed on him in the past. On the contrary, he was regularly participating in the national and international matches,” the order further stated.Sreesanth along with his Rajasthan Royals team mates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by Delhi police on suspicion of spot-fixing during the sixth edition of the IPL in May 2013.The BCCI followed the arrest of Sreesanth with their own charges against the player relating to the match against Kings XI Punjab, played on May 9.Sreesanth has maintained that all the charges against him are false. He has played 27 Tests, 53 one-day internationals and 10 Twenty20 internationals, claiming a total of 169 wickets.Also Read | BCCI Ombudsman reduces S Sreesanth’s life ban to 7 years, can play all forms of cricket from 2020For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow S SreesanthFollow 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandalFollow BCCI ombudsman Nextlast_img read more

Publication du rapport final du groupe de travail chargé de la stratégie

first_img la nécessité de concentrer les efforts sur la diversité culturelle, particulièrement les communautés mi’kmaq, acadiennes et afro-néo-écossaises de la Nouvelle-Écosse; l’examen, la rationalisation et la restructuration du système de musées de la province dès que possible; l’abrogation de la loi relative aux trésors trouvés (Treasure Trove Act) afin de protéger le patrimoine sous-marin de la Nouvelle-Écosse; la création d’un Conseil du patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui agira à titre de porte-parole indépendant du secteur du patrimoine; la modification de la loi sur les biens patrimoniaux (Heritage Property Act) afin de permettre aux municipalités de protéger les immeubles patrimoniaux reconnus par la municipalité. Voluntary Planning a effectué cet examen au nom de la province de la Nouvelle-Écosse, en partenariat avec le ministère du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, ainsi que la Federation of Nova Scotian Heritage. Le rapport peut être consulté à la section portant sur la stratégie du patrimoine du site Web de Voluntary Planning à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/vp. Voluntary Planning est le forum des politiques pour les citoyens de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Il s’agit d’un conseil autonome du gouvernement qui a pour mandat de faire participer les citoyens à la prise de décisions concernant les questions de politiques importantes pour l’avenir. Cinquante-neuf recommandations pour une stratégie provinciale du patrimoine ont été présentées aujourd’hui, 14 décembre, dans un rapport intitulé « L’avenir de notre patrimoine : Une responsabilité partagée ». Le rapport a été publié par le groupe de travail chargé de la stratégie du patrimoine de Voluntary Planning. Le rapport aborde une vaste gamme d’enjeux qui touchent le patrimoine culturel et naturel de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le groupe de travail demande au gouvernement provincial de prendre un certain nombre de décisions difficiles, d’investir davantage dans le patrimoine et de créer plusieurs partenariats clés. « Il s’agit du premier document de la sorte en Nouvelle-Écosse, et il s’agit d’une première étape très positive », a déclaré Maureen Reid, présidente du groupe de travail. « Ces recommandations ont jeté les bases, et c’est maintenant au gouvernement de les examiner afin d’élaborer la stratégie officielle du patrimoine en Nouvelle-Écosse. » Les membres du groupe de travail ont travaillé pendant plus de 16 mois afin de s’assurer que tous les Néo-Écossais et toutes les Néo-Écossaises ont eu l’occasion de participer au dialogue public sur le patrimoine. Le groupe de travail a tenu 22 rencontres communautaires auxquelles ont assisté près de 1 000 personnes, reçu 500 soumissions écrites, rencontré de nombreux organismes et spécialistes en matière de patrimoine, effectué des recherches à l’échelle mondiale et publié un rapport provisoire en juin afin de permettre aux gens de partager leurs commentaires sur les conclusions initiales. Les recommandations précises incluent :last_img read more

The Latest Britain also accuses China of cyberespionage

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on Chinese cyberespionage (all times local):11:45 a.m.The British government has accused China of conducting a “widespread and significant” campaign of cyberespionage against the U.K. and its allies.The Foreign Office says a group known as APT 10, acting on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security, carried out “a malicious cyber campaign targeting intellectual property and sensitive commercial data in Europe, Asia and the U.S.”It says the group “almost certainly continues to target a range of global companies, seeking to gain access to commercial secrets.”Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says China’s actions “go against commitments made to the U.K. in 2015 and as part of the G20 not to support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property or trade secrets.”The U.K. announcement came as U.S. officials unsealed an indictment against two Chinese citizens accused of cyberespionage.___10:30 a.m.The Justice Department is charging two Chinese citizens with carrying out an extensive hacking campaign to steal data from U.S. companies.An indictment was unsealed Thursday against Zhu Hua and Zhang Shillong. Prosecutors say they were acting on behalf of China’s main intelligence agency.Court papers filed in Manhattan federal court allege the hackers were able to breach the computers of more than 45 entities in 12 states. The victims were in a variety of industries from aviation and space to pharmaceutical technology.Prosecutors charge that the hackers were able to steal “hundreds of gigabytes” of data.Court papers say they hacked computer service providers to gain access to the networks of businesses and governments in order to steal intellectual property and business data.Chinese intelligence officials and hackers. A case filed in October marked the first time that a Chinese Ministry of State Security officer was extradited to the United States to stand trial.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Royal Bank shakes up business segments

TORONTO — RBC Royal Bank of Canada has created a new business segment, to be called Investor and Treasury Services, and made adjustments to the makeup and management of its existing business segments.The new segment will include RBC Investor Services, Global Financial Institutions and Treasury Services.Some of those operations had previously been in other business segments.The new segment’s clients will include financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, asset managers, hedge funds and pension funds.[np-related]Meanwhile, RBC’s Personal and Commercial Banking segment — its main operation in Canada — will now include Caribbean and U.S. banking, under the leadership of Dave McKay, currently head of Canadian Banking.RBC’s Capital Markets segment will now exclude Global Financial Institutions and Treasury Services, which are now in the new segment.The other major business segments will continue to be Wealth Management and Insurance.RBC also announced the retirement of its group head of international banking and insurance, Jim Westlake, after 17 years with RBC.The new Investor and Treasury Services segment will be headed by Harry Samuel, with Jose Placido continuing as CEO of RBC Investor Services.The Canadian Press read more

IMF expects Canadian economic growth to pick up from pace set in

IMF expects Canadian economic growth to pick up from pace set in 2016 FILE – In this Jan. 13, 2017 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks with reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. The International Monetary Fund says uncertainty surrounding the incoming Donald Trump administration in the United States is making it difficult to forecast how the global economy will perform this year. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 16, 2017 7:11 am MDT Last Updated Jan 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canada is headed for stronger economic growth in 2017 and 2018 than last year, but it’s too soon to predict how the Donald Trump administration will affect the global economy, according to an International Monetary Fund report.The IMF estimated the Canadian economy grew by 1.3 per cent last year and predicted in its world economic outlook Monday that gross domestic product will grow by 1.9 per cent in 2017 and 2.0 per cent in 2018.The revised estimate for 2016 is up 0.1 of a percentage point from October, when the IMF estimated annual growth for Canada would be 1.2 per cent. Its 2017 estimate is unchanged and its 2018 estimate is up 0.1 of a point.By contrast, Mexico’s estimate has been lowered by 0.6 of a percentage point for both this year and next year, compared with the IMF’s October estimate — prior to Trump’s victory in November.Mexico’s growth is still expected to outpace Canada’s in 2016 at 2.2 per cent (up from 2.1 per cent in the October estimate) but is expected to slow to 1.7 per cent in 2017 and 2.0 per cent in 2018.Mexico has been a frequent target of comments by President-elect Donald Trump, who promised before and since the election that the United States will build a wall between the two countries.The IMF’s research director, Maury Obstfeld, told reporters Monday during a news conference from Washington, D.C., that it’s too soon to predict Trump’s impact on U.S. policies, but said there is potential for significant disruption.“The details of the U.S. policy mix matter and, as these become clearer, we will adjust our forecast and spill-over assessment,” Obstfeld said.Oya Celasun, chief of the IMF’s world economic studies division, said that the lower estimate for Mexico’s growth was partly because markets “seem to be concerned about the uncertainty related to the future course of U.S. trade policy.”Neither IMF official addressed the potential impact of U.S. policies on the Canadian economy.Canada — like Mexico — is a partner with the United States in the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump has said is a “bad deal” for the United States that should be replaced.But the president-elect has made few direct public comments about Canada, especially compared with his recent tweets and interviews about border taxes for vehicles made in Mexico and imported into the United States.On Friday, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on a conference call that a U.S. border tax on imported autos would not be applied to any one country and could impact Canada, according to a Bloomberg News report.The IMF estimated the United States will lead the G7 in growth over the next two years, with its economy expanding by 2.3 per cent this year and 2.5 per cent next year — up from previous estimates of 2.2 per cent in 2017 and 2.1 per cent in 2018.Canada — which has been recovering from the deep decline in global oil prices that began in late 2014 — is expected to have the second-fastest growth among G7 countries.The IMF’s estimate for Canada’s 2016 growth is higher than a projection from the Bank of Canada in October.In its fall monetary policy report, the Bank of Canada estimated 2016 full-year growth at 1.1 per cent and two per cent for 2017.The Canadian central bank is set to provide an update on Wednesday. read more

Metso outlines valueadd solutions at PERUMIN

first_imgThe PERUMIN mining convention is taking place in Arequipa, Peru, this week from September 21-25, 2015. During the event, being attended by IM, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the latest Metso solutions for reducing operating costs and maximising production in minerals processing. “In these challenging times for mining, Metso is in a prime position to offer value-add solutions that help customers reduce costs and increase production.”Metso gives the example of the wear-resistant Poly-Met® mill linings made of steel and rubber that have helped eliminate financial losses and downtime. “Due to their wear resistance, replacement times are even 50% longer. The new linings also decrease the weight of the grinding mill, allowing a heavier load. This means that more minerals can be processed, and production goes up. And as maintenance intervals are longer, availability of the grinding mill improves” explains Peter Hartmann, Country Manager for Metso in Peru.At the Metso booth, PERUMIN visitors will have the possibility to learn about the whole scope of Metso’s offering for comminution, ranging from energy-efficient, heavy-duty MDR350 slurry pumps to a variety of mining applications. Metso’s service offering will also be extensively presented, featuring grinding media, for example. Metso Peru has been serving the local mining industry for 27 years. In Arequipa, Metso operates a Service Centre as well as a Technology Process and Innovation Centre. Metso’s commercial office and rubber plant are located in Lima. Metso has altogether 260 employees in Peru, “helping their mining and aggregates industry customers increase profits, improve operational efficiency and reduce risks by utilising Metso’s unique knowledge, experienced people and innovative solutions to meet new ways of growing together.”last_img read more

Injured Arpad Sterbik out for a month

← Previous Story New contract for Iwan Ursic in Kadetten Schaffhausen Next Story → Velux EHF CL TOP 16 draw: Barca against Montpellier – Zagreb in Skopje! This supposed to be an excelent season for Arpad Sterbik with a “new” team, Atletico Madrid and Spanish NT with EHF EURO 2012 and Olympic Games in London, but one of the best goalkeeper ever, can’t find a rhytm because of injury. He missed the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia because a surgery after the problem with heart. Now, he will miss TOP 16 phase in the EFH Champions League, “Kings Cup” and maybe even a Olympic Qualification torunament in Alicante with the NT, because of knee (meniscus) injury.Sterbik will be operated today and the minimal period of rest is one month. Arpad Sterbikatletico madridEURO 2012Olympic handballSpainSpain handball read more

Father of Paris airport attacker blames alcohol and not terrorism for his

first_img Updated 6.11pm THE FATHER OF the man shot dead at Orly airport in Paris after attacking a soldier insisted that his son was “not a terrorist” and that his actions were caused by drink and drugs.Investigators were still trying to understand what motivated the assault by 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem, which led to a major security scare and the temporary closure of the capital’s second-busiest airport.The 39-year-old Paris-born Frenchman was killed as he attacked a soldier, grappling with her and trying to steal her assault weapon, ending an hours-long spree of violence.Ben Belgacem had a string of criminal convictions and showed signs of Islamic radicalisation.Paris prosecutor Francois Molins described him as “an extremely violent individual” harbouring terrorist instincts and his neighbours said he was a “devil” with a “scary face”.His rap sheet paints a picture of a seasoned criminal, well-used to courts and spells behind bars. He had nine entries on his record, from violence to receiving stolen goods. In 2001, he was sentenced to five years in prison for armed robbery.This was not his last stint in prison. In 2009, he was handed successive sentences of three and five years for drug trafficking.While he was in prison, officials noticed “signs of radicalisation”, according to prosecutor Molins, and he was known to police but not considered a serious threat. His house was searched, with no result.But despite the French prosecutor linking the attacker to fundamentalism, Belgacem’s father insisted he was not a extremist.“My son was not a terrorist. He never prayed and he drank,” the father, who was in shock and whose first name was not given, told Europe 1 radio, blaming “drink and cannabis” for his son’s actions.An autopsy was to to be carried out on Ben Belgacem’s body Sunday to determine if alcohol or drugs were indeed a factor.‘A scary face’The attacker lived on the sixth floor of a building in the northeastern Paris suburb of Garges-les-Gonesse, in the multi-ethnic Seine-Saint-Denis area. Neighbours described him to AFP as a withdrawn, serious man who nobody really knew. He seemed lonely, they said. A member of the RAID, (Research, Assistance, Intervention and Deterrence), France’s elite police force, patrols at Orly Airport. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesNo one had any idea of his spells in prison, although since his most recent release from jail in September, he had been under judicial monitoring.“The last time I saw him was three days ago. He had a determined air, as if he wanted to fight with his family or colleagues,” said one neighbour Hamid.“Sometimes, we’d meet in the elevator, that’s all. He always wore sports clothes. He has a scary face, a real devil,” said Hatice, another neighbour.At this stage, there is no indication Ben Belgacem had made trips overseas, according to the Paris prosecutor, unlike many other radicalised Islamists.Officers found several grams of cocaine in the apartment, and he was a regular at an Italian-Cuban bar in the south of Paris, which was known for its rowdy nights, a local said.It was to this venue he headed immediately after drawing a gun and firing at officers earlier yesterday, slightly injuring one in the head. He then burst into the bar, threatened customers and fired again without injuring anyone.Telling his relatives by phone that he had been up to some “mischief”, he then drove towards what prosecutors described as the “crescendo” of his destructiveness, stealing a car and heading towards the airport, with a can of petrol and a Koran in his bag.© – AFP, 2017Read: Man shot dead at Paris airport after trying to take soldier’s gun was ‘investigated for radicalisation’Read: Man arrested over White House ‘bomb scare’ Passengers evacuated from Orly airport walk on the highway at Orly Airport yesterday. Mar 19th 2017, 6:13 PM 40,028 Views 37 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Father of Paris airport attacker blames alcohol and not terrorism for his son’s actions Ben Belgacem had a string of criminal convictions. By AFPcenter_img https://jrnl.ie/3295380 Sunday 19 Mar 2017, 6:13 PM Short URL Share146 Tweet Email Passengers evacuated from Orly airport walk on the highway at Orly Airport yesterday. Image: Alain Apaydin/ABACAPRESS.COM Image: Alain Apaydin/ABACAPRESS.COMlast_img read more

It Turns Out Feathers Are 70M Years Older Than We Thought

first_imgStay on target Egg Fossils Provide Glimpse Into Prehistoric ParentingBoy Uncovers Rare Woolly Mammoth Tooth Outside Ohio Resort A new discovery pushes the origin of feathers back by 70 million years.Paleontologists found that pterosaurs had at least four types of feathers in common with the dinosaurs they lived alongside 230 to 66 million years ago.The flying reptiles are believed to have been covered in a sort of furry down, known as “pycnofibers”—presumed to be fundamentally different to feathers of dinosaurs and birds.However, in a new paper published by the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers from China and the UK highlight at least four types of pterosaur feathers:simple filaments (“hairs”)bundles of filamentsfilaments with a tuft halfway downdown feathers“Some critics have suggested that actually there is only one simple type of pycnofiber, but our studies show the different feather types are real,” Maria McNamara, of University College Cork, said in a statement.The different versions are also known from two major groups of dinosaurs: plant-eating ornithischians and theropods, which include the ancestors of birds.Following an excavation in Inner Mongolia, pterosaur specimens were imaged using Laser-Stimulated Fluorescence (LSF), a technique developed by study co-authors Michael Pittman from the University of Hong Kong and Tom Kaye of the Foundation for Science Advancement.Researchers found various examples of all four feathers.“We ran some evolutionary analyses and they showed clearly that the pterosaur pycnofibers are feathers, just like those seen in modern birds and across various dinosaur groups,” according to Mike Benton, a professor at the University of Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences.“Despite careful searching, we couldn’t find any anatomical evidence that the four pycnofiber types are in any way different from the feathers of birds and dinosaurs,” he explained. “Therefore, because they are the same, they must share an evolutionary origin, and that was about 250 million years ago, long before the origin of birds.”More on Geek.com:Rare Bird Fossil Discovered in Museum StorageAmazingly Well-Preserved Fossil Shines Light on Ancient IchthyosaurWorld’s Oldest Wild Bird Still Has It, Lays Another Egglast_img read more

Rangpur goes to polls today

first_imgRangpur goes to polls ThursdayThe northern city of Rangpur is going to civic polls today, Thursday, first ever on the party lines with country’s two major archrival political parties – ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) – exerting their all-out efforts to bag the win.Despite being civil polls, Rangpur mayoral elections have taken the centre stage of the country’s politics as both the arch rivals are considering it as a dress rehearsal for the 11th parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in late 2018.Besides, ruling AL’s ally and official opposition in parliament Ershad-led Jatiya Party has been bent on winning the polls to prove its popularity in its bastion, Rangpur.Chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said the election commission (EC) has completed all the preparations to hold the Rangpur City Corporation polls in a free, fair and credible manner, reports BSS.“All preparations have been completed for holding the polls and the overall situation is in favour of this…We hope that the election will be held in a free, fair and transparent manner,” he said.The CEC was addressing a press briefing over the polls at the election commission secretariat media centre in Dhaka.CCTV cameras will be used at three voting centres, Huda said, adding that they cannot confirm the use of new EVMs (Electronic Voting Machine) in Thursday’s polls.Election commissioner Md Rafiqul Islam said the EC has taken all preparations so that the voters can cast their votes peacefully.Adequate number of law enforcers will be deployed for security, he added.A total of seven candidates for the mayoral posts, 211 candidates for 33 general councillor posts and 65 candidates for 11 reserved posts for female councillors ended their hectic last-moment electioneering Tuesday night.Polling will begin at 8:00am on Thursday in all 1,122 polling booths of 193 polling centres under 33 wards in area and continue till 4:00pm without any break.Counting of votes will start subsequently at Police Community Hall in the city.A total of 393,994 voters would apply their voting rights. Of them, 196,356 are males and 197,638 females.last_img read more

How to Stay Wired on a Business Trip

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. November 23, 2010 10 min read Travel used to be about getting away from it all, but these days even leisure travelers don’t want to leave the Web and their smartphones, tablets, or laptops behind. And staying powered up and connected on business trips is too important to leave to chance.A little bit of advance planning and research can help you stay up and running no matter where you go. Here are our tips for minimizing tech hassles when you’re on the road.Find the Best of EverythingThere’s a reason seasoned travelers want to stay connected, and it isn’t just to manage e-mail. The Web is an incredible resource for researching hotels, restaurants, shopping, and anything else you need to know when visiting a place you’ve never been to before.Try checking the regional boards on Chow.com or Yelp.com to find a good restaurant, for example. Once you’ve chosen a place, use a mapping app to help you get there. Buy tickets online for trains, theatrical productions, or popular museum exhibitions. Location-based apps like Foursquare can even send a timely coupon your way. Staying connected can really help you get away from it all in style.Fly the Tech-Friendly SkiesAirlines in recent years have taken to technology to help cut costs and long lines. Most will let you check in online up to 24 hours before departure and print your own boarding passes. This gives you the opportunity to select seats and, in some cases, get upgrades at a cut rate: Virgin America, for example, offers any unsold business class seats for drastically reduced rates within a day of departure.With some airlines and on some flights, you can even skip the printing part by using a smartphone to access the bar code that is scanned in at the departure gate. If this option is available, the airline will typically let you opt to have the boarding pass sent to your smartphone when you check in online (instead of printing it out). What you’ll get on the phone is a link to a Web page with your unique bar code.This eliminates the risk of losing a printed pass, but be careful: You might run into other problems. What if poor connectivity at the airport prevents you from accessing the page? You could opt to save an image of the page as a screen shot, but now you still have to worry about keeping the phone charged. And we’ve also seen reports of problems trying to scan in an image on a cell phone screen. Still, the technology is coming into wider use and will doubtless improve over time.Airborne InternetSeveral airlines now offer Aircell’s GoGo Wi-Fi-based inflight Internet service (you can find a list of participating airlines on Gogo’s website). And there’s good news for holiday travelers this year: Thanks to a promotion with Google Chrome, GoGo service on the three airlines that have it on all their flights — AirTran, Delta, and Virgin America — will be free between November 20 and January 2.However, no Internet service is available on flights across the Atlantic or Pacific oceans — at least not yet. GoGo connects through Aircell’s network of cell towers on terra firma. A company called Row 44 has launched a satellite-based service — Southwest offers it on a handful of flights — but the verdict is out on how well it works. With a satellite-based service, it wouldn’t matter if the plane were over land or sea (the late lamented Connexion by Boeing was satellite-based).Whether or not you can get online, it’s nice to have electrical power for your notebook or portable DVD player, especially on long-haul flights where work or gaming can really make the time speed by. Sadly, power outlets aren’t very common outside of business class, and on some airlines you need special adapters to plug in.But you can investigate the options in detail on Seat Guru, a great resource for all sorts of information about the amenities on different airlines and airplanes. Start by reading Seat Guru’s guide to in-seat laptop power, which has links to comparison charts showing which airlines and planes have outlets. In many cases some, but not all, seats have easy access to power outlets. So it pays to click through to the seating charts for the airlines and planes you’re considering: Seat Guru shows exactly which seats have outlets and which don’t.Stay ChargedFinding a power outlet at an airport can be a challenge. Fortunately, more are adding charging stations in waiting areas. But what if you find one and it’s already fully occupied? If you carry a multioutlet travel power strip and surge protector with you (for example, the Targus Travel 4-Outlets Surge Suppressor), you can usually talk someone who is connected into letting you hook up the travel strip so that you, that person, and maybe a couple of others can all charge from the single outlet.Because more and more devices come with built-in transformers, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether you’re in a country with AC or DC. But outlets still do vary from country to country, so make sure you have appropriate plug adapters. This is especially tricky if your device uses a three-prong plug, since some adapters accommodate only two prongs and not the third, ground prong. This is something you should check for before you buy plug adapters.A couple of vendors offer configurable plug adapters that you can use in several countries. While they’re rather bulky, buying one can be preferable to having to load up several different adapters if you’re going to be visiting countries that use different types of plugs.That travel power strip mentioned earlier can also save you from having to buy lots of plug adapters: Use one to plug the strip into the wall, and then you can plug in four of your devices without other special gear. The strips can also come in handy in hotel rooms that have skimped on free outlets.Alternatively, you can bring a power extender with you, such as ones made by iGo Charge Anywhere and those from Targus. These are basically like batteries into which you can plug a notebook and maybe one or two other devices. You charge the block by plugging it into a standard wall outlet; extenders typically come with adapters for use in automobile and airline charging ports as well.Extenders can power a wide variety of products: You simply swap out the tip of the charging cable for one that supports your device. Of course, you have to make sure to buy the right tips for the devices you own.Automotive adapters for your smartphone and/or laptop are invaluable aids if you plan to be driving around a lot. Fortunately, these seem to be standardized around the globe, so you don’t need different ones for different countries. If you use a lot of devices that charge via USB cables, you could also buy a car charger with multiple USB ports. Or, if you have several devices that each have their own automobile car charger, you can get a charger that has multiple car charger ports. Magnadyne even sells a car charger that has two USB ports and two automotive ports.Get Online AnywhereHigh-speed Internet access has become fairly ubiquitous in hotels, and not just major chains. You can usually check online to see if an establishment offers Internet access, but your research shouldn’t stop there. Find out if the service is via Wi-Fi or ethernet, and whether it’s included with the room charge or costs extra (some places charge $10 to $20 a day).If you’re traveling with a companion, you might also find out whether there’s any problem with two people from the same room using Wi-Fi. And if you’re stuck with a wired connection, you can probably share it with others by using a travel router to create a hot spot. Several vendors offer small, compact routers that support 802.11g; Trendnet’s TEW-654TR (about $50) is one of the first to back the faster 802.11n standard.Wi-Fi isn’t always available where you need it, however. Today’s 3G and, depending on your location, 4G cell phone data networks offer much better coverage, and a mobile broadband Wi-Fi router lets you (and several friends or colleagues) tap into them with any Wi-Fi device. Novatel Wireless’s MiFi routers are barely larger than a credit card; currently you can get one for $100 with a Verizon Wireless data plan, or $150 for use with Virgin Mobile’s pay-as-you go service.You can also get unlocked MiFi models for use with GSM networks. The latter cost $230, and you have to make your own arrangements for data plans and SIM cards. Unfortunately, you can’t use the same MiFi router in both North America and Europe — each continent’s 3G (HSPA) networks operate on different frequencies, so Novatel Wireless has different models for Europe and for North America.Sprint, meanwhile, has a Sierra Wireless broadband modem that supports both its 3G and 4G services, and several of its new 4G smartphones can also double as hotspots, although using them for that purpose may cut battery life more than you’d like.A company called Cradlepoint makes a Wi-Fi router that’s meant for use with any activated USB Wi-Fi modem. However, not all modems work with the device, so check to see if yours is on the supported list.If you’re a fairly infrequent solo traveler, you might want to investigate pay-as-you-go mobile broadband options such as the aforementioned Virgin Mobile offering. In Europe, Vodafone offers inexpensive USB modems that you can use on Vodafone networks in most countries on a pay-as-you-go basis. The pay-as-you-go service, however, typically runs about $15 to $20 a day and often has bandwidth usage caps.That isn’t cheap, but international roaming with a smartphone can be incredibly expensive. If you do want to use a GSM-based smartphone overseas, look into prepaid international roaming plans. AT&T sells them in various sizes, from $25 for 20MB to $200 for 200MB. Without a plan, you pay $0.0195 per kilobyte, which comes to $19.50 for a single megabyte.Check the Hotel’s Business CenterHotels love to attract business travelers, and more and more of them offer well-equipped business centers as bait. Many let you use computers and printers for free, or for a nominal charge. For Internet junkies, using a business center computer lacks the appeal of being able to fire up a laptop in the comfort of your room. However, if you just want to write a few e-mail messages without having to use a tiny smartphone keyboard, then a computer in the business center or the lobby can be a godsend. Some hotels also have lobby stations that you can use to check in to a flight and print out a boarding pass.But be cautious in using a public PC. Try to find a machine that reboots and cleans up between guests; you don’t want your accounts hacked because you left login information or cookies behind. Ask a manager about security if you’re in doubt. Brought to you by PCWorldlast_img read more

Plans revealed for petrol station shop and 24hour drivethru on this StokeonTrent

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPlans have been revealed to build a petrol station and 24-hour drive-thru coffee shop on one of Stoke-on-Trent’s busiest roads. Developer Christian Spencer Leisure has identified vacant land off King Street, Fenton – near KFC – for the proposed development. The petrol station will boast up to eight pumps and have 28 parking spaces. But the developer is refusing to name which ‘major national chain’ has already signed up to operate the drive-thru cafe. The development should create between 25 and 32 full-time equivalent jobs. King Street, Fenton. (Image: Stoke Sentinel) Its planning application to Stoke-on-Trent City Council states: “Although the intended occupiers cannot be named publicly for reasons of commercial confidentiality, firm commitment from operators to progress the scheme is in place, subject to planning permission. “The petrol station is the principal use and the anchor of the scheme. The convenience store would provide the kiosk for fuel sales and cater primarily to passing motorists and, in addition to fuel sales, help to meet their daily convenience top-up shopping needs.” Nearby residents have welcomed the scheme. The land used to be part of the former Diamond Gimson works which stopped operating in 1999. Read MoreCosta Coffee is opening ANOTHER Stoke-on-Trent drive-thru (and here’s where)   Fred Oakman, of Wileman Drive, said: “It is a good idea and it won’t bother me at all. It will add to the traffic around King Street but we can’t stop that and something will go there eventually.” Graham Baddeley, of Victoria Place, added: “The land has been vacant for quite some time and there are plenty of things that could be built there. Sainsbury’s would have been quite nice to save us having to go to Stoke.” Joe Heaney, of Fenton, said: “It won’t cause any problems to anyone.” Council planners are set to rule on the application within weeks. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –  Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –  For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

Joyce Airports need to keep costs down

Qantas boss responds to high airport parking charges. Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has urged Australian airports to keep parking charges down after a recent study found costs had escalated over the years.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report found Sydney Airport had the highest parking fees in the country at AU$16 per hour, followed by Melbourne Airport with AU$12 per hour, Yahoo reported.Parking revenue at Australia’s five airports had increased by 3.7 percent to AU$340.7 million in 2011/12 compared to the prior year.Speaking in Darwin, Mr Joyce said Australia needs to be more competitive in the current economic environment and to “maintain consciousness about” parking fees.”We are talking about encouraging more and more tourists to come in and with the high Australian dollar we know Australia has become a lot more expensive,” Mr Joyce said.”I think the whole experience is very important.”A Sydney Airport spokesperson defended the gateway, claiming the study only looked into standard drive-up rates and dismissed online bookings, which can help travellers save up to 73 percent on parking.”For most Sydneysiders, our online offers compare favourably with catching a taxi to and from the airport.”Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJ read more

Personal Travel Managers Shanghai Surprise

first_imgSource = TravelManagers TravelManagers’ Georgina Grandi, Erin Ross, Nicole Edgar, Carli Hester, Kerstin Rheinlander, Mel Whyte, Lyn Tyson (L-R) enjoying the colour and history of the ancient Chinese water town of Wuzhen, near ShanghaiPersonal Travel Managers’ Shanghai SurpriseThe city of Shanghai is China’s largest by population: an enticing mix of ultra-modern and traditional, and a showcase of what happens when the worlds of East and West combine. China Travel Service recently arranged a five-day famil of Shanghai and the neighbouring cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou exclusively for TravelManagers, with nine personal travel managers (PTMs) taking part.It was a first-time China experience for all the PTMs, including Carli Hester, who is representative for Mount Duneed, VIC.“I was never overly keen on visiting to China previously,” Hester notes, “but I decided that this famil was a great opportunity to find out what I was missing out on. The first-hand knowledge I have now acquired will definitely assist me in advising my clients, but I would also love to return to Shanghai one day for my own sake – it’s an amazing city.”After assembling in Shanghai, the group were taken to the nearby city of Suzhou, where they had time to explore the Humble Administrator’s Garden, which is considered one of the most beautiful in China.“The Garden was originally constructed in 1509 by a retired magistrate,” explains Hester. “The garden itself is stunning, but I also really loved the cruise along the city’s Grand Canal – it’s hard to ignore the feeling that you have stepped back in time. “From Suzhou, the group continued further south, making a stop at a silk factory at which they were able to observe the fibre’s process from caterpillar to fabric, and learn about the history and culture of silk in China.“The silk factory was very interesting,” according to Lyn Tyson, representative for Pymble, NSW, “and I would definitely recommend this fascinating region of China to my clients.In Hangzhou, the famil group were treated to an unforgettable boat ride on the serene waters of the modestly-named, West Lake. Known as ‘Paradise on Earth’ and often described as China’s most beautiful lake, the group relished their time here before continuing further south to Hangzhou.“We saw so many beautiful gardens and parks in the course of our journey,” says Tyson, “and every one of them was exquisite. In fact,” she adds, “I was quite pleasantly surprised by just how clean the air was and how tidy it was everywhere we went.”Hester, Tyson and their TravelManagers colleagues were also provided with the opportunity to visit the world-famous No.1 Tea Plantation and try their well-known Dragon Well Tea – widely considered to be the best green tea in China.“From Hangzhou, we headed back north to Shanghai, where we spent our final evening as a group in China,” says Georgina Grandi, representative for Terranora, NSW. “I will definitely be recommending that my clients follow in our footsteps and head for the rooftop bar in Shanghai’s Hotel Indigo, from which we were able to soak up a magical night view of the city skyline.”Grandi says she was surprised by how family-friendly the destinations they visited during the famil were, and she already has several families in mind that she believes would enjoy a family holiday in and around Shanghai.“I actually found Shanghai to be very similar to Singapore in many ways,” Grandi says, “in that it’s safe, clean, easy to get around and has a great public transport system. There’s also a great range of Western-style eateries so that if you’re a little anxious about trying more traditional Chinese dishes, you won’t be forced to go hungry.”Tyson says the three cities that form the Shanghai triangle have made a lasting impression on her, and she is very much looking forward to a return visit sometime in the not-too-distant future.“I was also really happy with the standard of service we experienced when flying between Sydney and Shanghai with Qantas – they surpassed my expectations in all areas of their service.”The famil participants were hosted by China Travel Service, who put together the itinerary and organised local guides wherever they thought it necessary to enhance their experience.“The benefits of having a local tour leader and/or organiser cannot be overstated,” says Mel Whyte, representative for Devonport, TAS. “And having first-hand knowledge of the destination means I can provide good advice when it comes to the finer details of a client’s trip, such as opting for pre-booked shuttle service to get from the airport to the hotel in Shanghai or providing a list of recommended restaurant options in a destination.”Having enjoyed a taste of what China has to offer, all nine PTMs say that they are eager to return at a later day to explore this fascinating country in a little more depth.“Shanghai is a vibrant, exciting and futuristic city and it has so much to offer to its visitors,” Edgar confirms. “Without a doubt, I will be returning.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagersTravelManagers is Australia’s market leader and biggest home-based travel business operating in all States & Territories. A wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independenttravel company which has a forecast turnover of $2 billion for 2019, TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel. TravelManagers is solely dedicated to providing the best possible support to its network of more than 560 personal travel managers throughout Australia, through a dedicated team at the company’s National Partnership Office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer funds in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases. This is supported by a Trust Account Fidelity Risk insurance policy to protect all clients’ funds in the unlikely event they are missing from, or not paid into the Insured Trust Account.last_img read more

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