A Tyrannosaurus rex baring banana-sized teeth is taking over Washington, D.C.—and it came via FedEx. The 12-meter “Nation’s T. rex” arrived this morning at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History accompanied by a police escort and was greeted by a packed hall of reporters and dinosaur lovers. The 66-million-year-old bipedal dinosaur, uncovered in 1990, journeyed 3200 kilometers from its former home in Bozeman, Montana, in a dino-decorated delivery truck complete with its own tracking number. “I’m happy to say we FexExed the T. rex,” joked museum director Kirk Johnson before signing a 50-year loan agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the fossil’s former caretaker.The 7-ton dinosaur, one of the five most complete specimens ever unearthed, will become the centerpiece of the museum’s $48 million renovated National Fossil Hall, scheduled to debut in 2019. The hall will be named in recognition of David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries Inc., who donated $35 million toward the makeover. The museum currently displays a replica skeleton erected shortly after the Smithsonian’s failed 1999 bid for the famous T. rex nicknamed “Sue.” Until National Fossil Day on 15 October, visitors can watch museum staff unpack, catalog, and 3D scan the fossilized bones in a “Rex Room” exhibit. The bones will then be shipped to Toronto for mounting.“The Nation’s T. rex” tromped around eastern Montana during the Cretaceous period, dying of undetermined causes near a riverbank at about 18 years old. The dinosaur fossilized and remained undisturbed until 1988, when rancher Kathy Wankel spotted a fossil peeking out of the ground while hiking near Fort Peck Reservoir, an area managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Paleontologists excavated the 80% to 85% complete skeleton from 1989 through 1990 before transferring the bones to the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman. 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It was a predictable high-scoring India-Pakistan match and the aggression that the hosts showed in the opening 20 minutes put them in a strong position to pave the way for a semi-final spot.Sardara Singh, Shivendra Singh and Rajpal Singh were the most impressive amongst the Indians but the team was found wanting in its defence on numerous occasions.India and Pakistan possess almost similar skills and with the crowd right behind them, the hosts came up with an impressive show just as they did at the World Cup against the same opponent earlier this year.The counterattacks that India made were significant to the final score but it also had to do a lot with their rival’s poor defence. India has a very good attack with Shivendra and Rajpal leading the way.The Indians were on the attack as soon as the hooter went off and besides the defence lapses, Pakistan gave away ball possession far too easily, helping India’s cause. After the initial aggression, India slowed down a bit which allowed Pakistan to make a comeback, making India’s weaknesses at defence very evident.If Rajpal and Shivendra continue to get good support from the midfield, India is capable of competing against the best in the business. Bharat Chikara also played well, but only in patches.Sardara’s long passes were a prominent feature that helped the Indian forwards, but he does take a few risks which should be a worry for the Indian think tank.He took far too many risks at the deep defence and was trying to dodge the Pakistani players inside the 25m line which he needs to avoid. But otherwise, he has a bright future and will do really well in days to come.advertisementSandeep Singh did score two goals but he was a big disappointment as he could convert just a couple of penalty corners out of the 10 that came his way.He is a penalty corner specialist and if this is his conversion rate, which has been the same for a long time now, he does not merit a place in the team. Indian midfield and defence still needs to work a lot and had it not been for a few misses by the Pakistan strikers, it could have been a close finish.With this kind of defence, India would surely struggle against England in the semi-finals as they have improved a lot in the last four years with their sights firmly on the London Olympics. There was not much of a change in how these teams played at the World Cup and now.If India manages to cut down on their risks like unnecessary ball possession and improve on their deep defence, they could well pull it off against England. With the home support, India cannot just play with the heart and they need to use their brain as well.(The author is a former India coach)
From start to finish, the Olympics are all about precision. Even though London may be chaotic in terms of transportation, efforts being made in the field of play are truly fantastic.On Wednesday, a select media group was taken to the Olympic swimming pool, where the rivalry between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will be on full view. And for the official time-keepers for the Games, it will be all about getting their act together for the thrilling action in the aquatics complex.Compared to The Cube, as the swimming pool in Beijing was called, the facility in London does not look that impressive. However, as far as timing goes, a couple of improvements have been made, such as the battery of timing equipment that has been put in place.Even though nobody is allowed inside the timing area during the Games, on Wednesday, the media had a sneak preview. Computers were lined up one after the other to ensure precision and accuracy. An option is also available to watch replays, which especially help in relay events.One of the officials, Pascal Rossier, spoke at length about how the ‘quantum device’ was being used for the first time in an Olympics. “We did try it out in World Cups and world championship, but this is the first time at the Olympics that we have precision timers which can catch action upto 1/1000th of a second,” he said.With swimmers from several countries training in the pool for more than a week now, the time-keepers have been testing their timing equipment virtually non-stop. “We have a two-timing system and a backup,” Rossier said.There is also a new way by which viewers can keep track of the winners. Right above the starting blocks, illuminating lights have been fixed. Depending on who is leading the race, a light flashes. If there are two lights flashing, then it means that the swimmers is second and if three lights are flashing it means he is third.”From the stands, even if you are not a hard core swimming fan, with this system in place you can keep track of the winner,” said Peter Huertzeler, also involved with time-keeping.Huertzeler, a close friend of Michael Phelps, reeled off several interesting details about how the timing works in the pool. He spoke in detail about the touch pads in place and how a swimmer had to touch it at least with a 1.5kg pressure. He also explained details about equipment that catches the reaction time for swimmers when they take part in relays.Huertzeler was in the United States for the Olympic trials and said he had “a strong feeling this time Michael Phelps versus Ryan Lochte will be interesting”.”I would always tell Michael that he should never turn to look at the timing on the electronic scoreboard before finishing the race and hitting the touch pad. This is not like athletics where you cross the finish line. In swimming, the touch pad has to be struck so that judges and we come to know which swimmer has finished first,” he said.Huertzeler was asked by a local journalist if the touch pad ever malfunctioned during an Olympic race. Huertzeler was flummoxed and then recalled the 1996 Atlanta Olympics where in between two races there was a glitch and the touch pad had to be replaced.Right now, with the Olympic pool throbbing with action, every minute is being caught on camera. In a sport where nano-seconds make a difference and even 4/100th of a second is important, there is no scope for error.At least, that’s what the official time-keepers are saying.advertisement
Man picks perfect NCAA tourney bracket heading into Sweet 16 Google Philippines names new country director “Man, they play hard. They have great energy,” Walker said. “I don’t know if I can keep up with them, to tell you the truth. They are out there moving so fast. It’s the future of this organization and I’m trying my best to be the best leader I can be for those guys. When adversity hits, these guys they are looking at me.”They looked at Walker on Tuesday night in overtime and he responded in a big way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWalker scored 11 of his 38 points in the extra period to lead the Hornets to their season-high fourth straight win, 125-116 win over the San Antonio Spurs. Walker scored Charlotte’s first seven points in the extra period, and went 4 of 4 from the field with a pair of clutch 3s. He barely missed his third career triple-double, finishing with 11 assists and nine rebounds as Charlotte won its first overtime game in five tries.Hornets coach James Borrego said Walker loves to hang around with the young guys off the court, calling him a “kid at heart, too.” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) reacts after making a basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker may be a three-time All-Star, but he’s not having any problem playing with young players like Dwayne Bacon and Miles Bridges as the Charlotte Hornets enter the homestretch of the season.In fact, he’s embracing the opportunity, even feeding off them.ADVERTISEMENT He said Walker’s trust in the young players has elevated the play of the entire team. That showed in overtime when Walker, exhausted from his extensive effort to start the extra period, deferred to Bacon, who made a big 3-pointer to push the lead to seven.“When you get a young guy out there with All-Stars sometimes it takes a while to trust,” Borrego said. “But there was immediate trust with Kemba and I think the young guys felt that and they have responded to it.”Said Walker: “These guys are growing up right before our eyes.”Bacon and Bridges certainly are.Bacon established a career-high for the second straight game, pouring in 24 points with four 3-pointers. Bridges had 10 points early on and a key block in overtime. Devonte Graham is playing well behind Walker.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag LATEST STORIES Frank Kaminsky, once an afterthought on the roster, is stepping up, too, adding 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Hornets, who pulled within a 1½ games of the Orlando Magic in the battle for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. Orlando beat Miami on Tuesday night.DeMar DeRozan had 30 points to lead the Spurs, but missed a jumper at the end of regulation that would have won the game. LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Marco Belinelli had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs.The Spurs entered the game tied with Oklahoma City for the seventh-best record in the West.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said lack of consistency on the road — particularly on defense — has become a problem.“We just don’t play the same defense a lot of the time, we are not consistent defensively,” Popovich said. “If a team scores 120 points when we are on the road it is going to be hard for us to win a game.”TIP INSSpurs: Outrebounded the Hornets 60-46.Hornets: Jeremy Lamb, who hit a game-winning, half-court shot to beat Toronto on Sunday night, left the game with a sprained right ankle in the third quarter and did not return. He walked out of the locker room after the game without a limp and the injury did not appear to be serious. … Nic Batum (illness) did not play.PARKER SITS AGAINTony Parker was active for the game, but did not sit on the Hornets bench against his former team. He hasn’t played in the last five games as Borrego has gone with youth. Parker declined interview requests after the game.“We are going with these young guys right now,” Borrego said. “Devonte (Graham) is playing well right now, and Tony is on board. He’s staying ready.”ZONE DEFENSEThe Hornets threw a zone defense at the Spurs in the second half and it appeared to throw off their rhythm on offense.“It surprised us a little bit,” said San Antonio’s Rudy Gay. “We adjusted, it’s just they continued to make plays on the other end. When they got us a little flustered they continued to hit shots and that was tough for us.”The Spurs are likely to see more zone defenses moving forward.UP NEXTSpurs: Host Cavaliers on Thursday night.Hornets: Visit Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Shikhar Dhawan anchored the modest chase of 127 with an unbeaten 47 as Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Gujarat Lions by five wickets in their IPL match today.Dhawan carried his bat through the innings as Hyderabad chased down the target with six balls to spare at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Batting on a difficult wicket, Dhawan decided to play the waiting game and hit six boundaries in his solid 40-ball knock.Mustafizur Rahman (2/17) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/28) led an impressive bowling show while Barinder Sran and Moises Henriques took a wicket apiece as the Hyderabad bowlers bowled a disciplined line and length. Senior pacer Ashish Nehra (0/23) and Bhuvneshwar bowled a maiden over each as the Gujarat took 14 balls to score their first run, the most in IPL history. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )Hyderabad though made a heavy weather of a small chase as they lost wickets in regular intervals but Dhawan ensured that the home side notched up their fifth win in eight matches and jumped to the fourth spot in the league table with 10 points.Gujarat suffered their third loss on the trot – and fourth so far overall – and they remained on the second spot with 12 points from 10 matches. The Sunrisers had beaten the Lions in the first leg also.Captain and opener David Warner (24) gave the Sunrisers a rollicking start as he took 16 runs from the second over bowled by Pradeep Sangwan, hitting the bowler for two sixes. (This is how Dhawan steered Sunrisers to fifth win )But Warner, who hit a magnificent 92 off 50 balls in Sunrisers’ 15-run win over RCB in their last match, did not last long today as he was out in the fourth over off the bowling of Dhawal Kulkarni. Warner mistimed his hit and Praveen Kumar took an easy catch at mid-on. The Sunrisers captain hit one four and two sixes in his 17-ball knock.advertisementKane Williamson (6) hit a four off Kulkarni as soon as he came in but fell to Praveen Kumar in the fifth over. The home side reached 38 for 2 after the powerplay overs and Moises Henriques (14) fell in the 10th over with Bravo getting the wicket with his second ball.Yuvraj Singh came out to play his first match this season but disappointed as he could score just five runs off 14 balls. He fell to Kulkarni with Sangwan taking the catch.Meanwhile, Dhawan was getting stronger after keeping quiet initially. He began to open up and took his side’s score nearer to the target. Deepak Hooda was out in the 18th over but Dhawan remained till the end to take his side home.(with PTI inputs)
Formula One world championship leader Nico Rosberg set the practice pace on Friday for a Spanish Grand Prix that could see the Mercedes driver celebrate his eighth win in a row.The German, who would become only the third driver to win the first five races of a season after compatriot Michael Schumacher and Britain’s Nigel Mansell if he triumphs on Sunday, led the way with a fastest time of one minute 23.922 seconds.Vettel drops back after strong show in FP1 Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel had been fastest in the morning session in 1:23.951 and was fourth in the second session.Both were well inside Rosberg’s 2015 pole position time of 1:24.681.Vettel’s team mate Kimi Raikkonen was second fastest in both sessions, 0.254 adrift of Rosberg in the afternoon, with three-times world champion Lewis Hamilton fourth in the morning but third after lunch.Ferrari were the only ones using the quicker, soft tyres in the morning, having opted for more sets than their rivals as they feel their car is better suited to them.Rosberg outperforms Hamilton again Hamilton is 43 points behind Rosberg in the standings after suffering power unit failures in the last two race weekends that sent him to the back of the field in China and to 10th on the starting grid in Russia.Mercedes said they had changed the turbo and a part of the energy recovery system for Barcelona.But limited time to change the design since the last race in Russia meant they had just one example available and getting it ready in time had taken a “superhuman” effort, the team said.advertisementRest of the field Dutch teenager Max Verstappen was sixth and eighth on his practice debut with Red Bull after leaving Toro Rosso in a swap with Russian Daniil Kvyat. Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo was quicker in both.Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz was ahead of both Red Bulls in the afternoon.Spain’s Fernando Alonso, twice the world champion, was 10th and seventh on another encouraging day for McLaren after last year’s struggles.Mexican Sergio Perez had a difficult morning, stopping with two-thirds of the session remaining after smoke came from the rear of his Force India car. The team have brought major aerodynamic upgrades to Spain.French rising star and reserve Sebastien Ocon made his practice debut with Renault, taking the car that Britain’s Jolyon Palmer will race on Sunday, but was unable to set a lap time due to technical problems. Palmer also had problems in the afternoon, with a tyre blowout halting the session.
RIO DE JANEIRO — A new elevated bike path that was heralded as a top legacy project of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics collapsed April 21, killing at least two people.The accident on the Tim Maia bike path was the latest in a series of problems besetting preparations for the Aug. 5-21 games, which include worries about an outbreak of the Zika virus, political turmoil that threatens to topple President Dilma Rousseff, underwhelming ticket sales and budget cuts amid Brazil’s worst recession in decades.Municipal Secretary Pedro Paulo Carvalho said a third person was thought to be missing after a giant wave apparently swept up a rocky cliff, lifted an approximately 150-foot (50-meter) stretch of the bike path and sent it plunging onto the rocks and sea below.Rio’s fire department confirmed only the two deaths. Local news media said two other people were rescued alive.Helicopters fished the two who died out of the water and laid them out on the golden sands of Sao Conrado beach. Initially covered by colorful beach sarongs, they were later shrouded by a sheet of black plastic.The bodies were left on the sand for hours, and waves periodically washed over them. A crowd of beachgoers gathered around the corpses, while others continued a game of beach soccer nearby.April 21 was a public holiday in Brazil, and with the weather sunny and warm, the city’s bike paths, beaches and other outdoor recreational spots were packed.Joao Ricardo Tinoco identified one of the victims as his brother-in-law, Eduardo Marinho Albuquerque. He said the 54-year-old father of one was out jogging at the time of the accident. Tinoco’s sister, Eliane, kneeled over the body, kissing his face and begging to be given another moment to “say goodbye” to her husband.Carvalho said it was too early to tell what caused the accident and said an investigation was underway.Shoddy construction is a perennial problem in Brazil, where graft is a fixture of many construction projects.“It’s clear that an accident like this is unpardonable,” Carvalho told the Globo television network.The entire 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) bike path, which links the tony beachfront neighborhoods of Sao Conrado and Leblon, is now closed, he said.Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, who was in Greece for the lighting of the Olympic torch, was quoted in a statement as also calling the accident “unpardonable,” and saying he was flying back to Rio immediately to follow the investigations into its causes.When the structure was inaugurated, Paes hailed it as “the most beautiful bike path in the world.”The respected newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo reported that the company that built the bike path is owned by the family of the Municipal Public Works secretary, Antonio Paulo Viegas Figueira de Mello. The report said Concremat was founded by Mello’s grandfather, Mauro Viegas.A spokeswoman for the company declined to comment on the alleged family connection. She also declined to provide any details about the bike path and could not say whether the company was involved in any other Olympic projects. Concremat’s website was down on April 21.“The priorities at the moment are to ensure treatment of the victims and their families and evaluate the causes of the accident,” said the company’s two-sentence statement.The bike path is perched high above the water on concrete and metal pillars set into a rocky cliff. Inaugurated on Jan. 17 with much fanfare, the 45 million-real ($12.5 million) project was initially heralded as one of the most successful Olympic legacy projects, earning kudos for its spectacular views.But soon detractors began to complain that the brand-new structure was already showing signs of deterioration and that the narrowness of the path made cyclists easy prey for muggers.The bike path runs parallel to a road high above the sea that will be used for the road-cycling event in the Olympics. Construction is under way to extend the bike path westward to the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood that is one of the Olympic hubs and Carvalho said engineering of that stretch would face extra scrutiny. The Concremat spokeswoman said the company was not building the extension.In an emailed statement, Rio’s Olympic organizers said “our thoughts and sympathies are with the people and their families and friends affected by the tragic accident.”The collapse happened just hours after the flame for South America’s first Olympics was kindled at the Greek birthplace of the ancient games. The flame begins a 15-week journey that will culminate with the Aug. 5 opening ceremony in Rio.___By Felipe Dana and Renata Brito. AP writers Jenny Barchfield and Stephen Wade in Rio de Janeiro contributedTweetPinShare0 Shares
4th Test, Day 4, brief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*), trail by 316 runs following on. (Full Scorecard)Kuldeep Yadav made his presence felt in the very first match that he got to play in the four-Test series as he picked up a five-wicket haul on Day 4 of the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.Kuldeep finished with five wickets for 99 runs as India bowled Australia out for 300 to take a 322-run first innings lead and enforce the follow-on in the process.It was Kuldeep’s second five-wicket haul in Test cricket after his first against the West Indies at Rajkot in October last year.Kuldeep’s performance brought an end to a 64-year wait as he became the second left-arm wrist spinner to bag a five-wicket haul in Australia after England’s Johnny Wardle, who took 5 for 79 against the hosts at the SCG in 1955. The 24-year-old is also the sixth Indian bowler to pick five wickets Down Under.Kuldeep Yadav’s first Test on Aussie soil and he collects a five-wicket haul!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/e29NWD6oyZcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 6, 2019Kuldeep started the carnage on Saturday when he got Usman Khawaja out in the first session on Day 3. He then removed Travis Head and Tim Paine on the same day before returning on Sunday to complete his five-for with the wickets of Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood, both batsmen getting out leg-before.advertisementKuldeep was backed up really well by Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja, both of whom finished with 2 wickets each while Jasprit Bumrah bagged one as India became the first team to enforce the follow-on against Australia in Australia since 1988.Interestingly, the last time India had enforced a follow-on in Australia was at this very ground in 1986 and that match ended in a draw.With a first series win in Australia all but confirmed, India got the four remaining Australia wickets in 21 overs after rain had delayed play for four hours on Sunday to have a lead of 322 runs after the first innings.After the rain delay it took India just six balls to strike with Shami removing Pat Cummins for 25 with a ball that kept low.Peter Handscomb added nine runs to his overnight score before he was bowled for 37 to become Bumrah’s first wicket of the match and reduce Australia to 257-8.Kuldeep (5-99) then trapped Nathan Lyon for no score.Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood shared an entertaining 42-run partnership for the last wicket to take Australia past 300 for just the second time this series, before Kuldeep got his fifth by having Hazlewood (21) out lbw in the 105th over.Also Read | Virat Kohli will be India’s best-ever captain if he keeps learning: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Kapil Dev turns 60: Celebrating the man who changed Indian cricket forever
Joe Burns and Travis Head smashed big hundreds to end Australia’s century drought and put the hosts on course for a massive first innings total despite a wobbly start against Sri Lanka’s makeshift attack in the second and final Test on Friday.Sri Lanka’s injury-depleted pace attack flattered to deceive on the opening day of the first ever Test at the Manuka Oval as Burns and Head forged a mammoth fourth-wicket stand of 308 to power the hosts to 384-4 at stumps after being reduced to 28-3.Burns, who had scored his last Test hundred against New Zealand in early 2016, was unbeaten on a career-best 172 after bringing up the first century by an Australian batsman since Usman Khawaja’s 141 in the drawn Dubai Test against Pakistan last October.Head completed his maiden Test ton before he was out on 161, following up on his 84 in the victory in Brisbane last week.That’s stumps! What a day for Australia.Burns unbeaten on 172* alongside Patterson (25*), after Head posted 161: https://t.co/QC2ocCAkUX #AUSvSL pic.twitter.com/GMxx5QMNaRcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 1, 2019Kurtis Patterson was batting on 25, after being dropped at short leg on the first ball he faced from Dhananjaya de Silva.On a chilly and overcast morning at the Manuka Oval, Australia captain Tim Paine finally had some luck with the coin toss, winning for only the second time in nine Tests he had led the team in.But his joy was shortlived as Sri Lanka made early inroads despite being forced to go with a completely new pace attack with the injured Suranga Lakmal joining Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara on the sidelines after playing the Gabba Test.advertisementLeft-armer Vishwa Fernando, who was not in the original squad and joined only as a replacement for Nuwan Pradeep, struck twice in two overs to dismiss left-handers Marcus Harris and Khawaja with his outswinging deliveries.Joe Burns and Travis Head were simply superb in compiling Australia’s highest-ever partnership against Sri Lanka!#AUSvSL | @bet365_aus pic.twitter.com/p9ppIh0pjLcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 1, 2019Debutant Chamika Karunaratne, who arrived in Australia only couple of days back as a replacement, then picked up a wicket with only his fourth delivery in Test cricket, getting Marnus Labuschagne (six) to edge behind.The hosts, who lead the series 1-0 after their win in Brisbane by an innings and 40 runs, looked in deep trouble when Burns and Head combined to prop up the innings.As the new ball lost its shine and the Sri Lankan pacemen their swing, the batting pair grew in confidence and upped their scoring rate, finding the boundaries almost at will against Sri Lanka’s listless bowling on a docile pitch.Burns, who returned to the side in the ongoing series after being dropped against Pakistan and India, played some flowing off-drives and also cut and pulled ferociously against Sri Lanka’s pace attack with a combined experience of five Tests coming into the match.The 29-year-old has hit 26 fours in his unfinished 243-ball knock.Head looked assured during his stay at the crease and hit 21 fours and a six in his 204-ball knock before becoming Fernando’s third victim.Sri Lanka’s fielders did not help their cause by dropping four catches reprieving both Burns and Head before they completed their hundreds.
United States Sources: No contact between U.S. Soccer and Osorio about USMNT job Ives Galarcep 05:34 10/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) United States Mexico The Mexico manager has had no conversations of any sort with the USA about the vacant national team coaching position Contrary to reports out of Mexico suggesting otherwise, Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio has had no contact with U.S. Soccer about taking the vacant national team position, multiple sources have confirmed to Goal. In an interview with Radio Marca Claro, Osorio admitted that there had been no “concrete” contact, but said that “there have been some contacts from people linked to American soccer,” leading to speculation that the Colombian had been approached though back channels. However, sources close to both the Mexico manager and U.S. Soccer have confirmed to Goal that there have been absolutely no discussions about the possibility of Osorio being offered the USMNT job. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Dave Sarachan has been handed the job on an interim basis and will coach the U.S. in a Nov. 14 friendly against Portugal. There is still no timetable on when the federation will hire Bruce Arena’s successor, but sources tell Goal that, at the very least, replacement won’t be announced until after the upcoming U.S. Soccer presidential election in February. The search for a new USMNT coach could go on into next summer, after the World Cup, and at a time when more viable candidates will be available for the job.
Share on Twitter Topics ‘I was molested by Dr Larry Nassar’: how the gymnastics sexual abuse scandal unfolded Share on Pinterest Texas Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Gymnastics Since you’re here… Reuse this content Texas governor Greg Abbott ordered a criminal investigation Tuesday into claims that former doctor Larry Nassar abused some of his victims at a Texas ranch that was the training ground for USA women’s gymnastics.Abbott ordered the Texas Rangers, the state’s top criminal investigations unit, to look into the Karolyi Ranch. It hosted training camps for more than a decade until earlier this year. The Walker County Sheriff’s Office is already investigating. Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Several gymnasts have said Nassar abused them at the ranch. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison last week. More than 150 women and girls have said he had molested them under the guise of medical treatment.Abbott called the allegations “gut-wrenching”. He ordered the state investigation because the claims involve multiple jurisdictions and states.“Those athletes, as well as all Texans, deserve to know that no stone is left unturned to ensure that the allegations are thoroughly vetted and the perpetrators and enablers of any such misconduct are brought to justice. The people of Texas demand, and the victims deserve, nothing less,” Abbott said.The ranch is owned by former national team coordinators Bela and Martha Karolyi. USA Gymnastics cut ties with the ranch earlier this month, a few days after Olympic champion Simone Biles and said she dreaded the thought of having to return there to train. Other gymnasts have also said they were abused at the ranch.“It is impossibly difficult to relive these experiences and it breaks my heart even more to think that as I work towards my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused,” Biles said in a statement.Nassar’s accusers have said he would use his ungloved hands to penetrate them and other inappropriate touching when they were seeking treatment for back, hip, leg, foot and other injuries. Victims blamed Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic Committee for not doing more to stop him earlier. Share via Email
We will see emissions at 50% of what they were in 2008OTTAWA — On the eve of global climate talks that will put Canada’s contentious policies under the microscope, Ottawa has introduced its next set of rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks.Under regulations proposed on Tuesday, vehicles built between 2017 and 2025 will be required to cut emissions by an average of five per cent a year, every year.Environment Minister Peter Kent said these rules should cut average gasoline costs by about $900 per auto.The regulations are designed to match U.S. standards first proposed more than a year ago and will build on existing regulations that cover models built between 2011 and 2016.“We will see emissions at 50% of what they were in 2008,” Kent said in an interview.Light trucks won’t have to meet the new standards as quickly as cars because manufacturers need extra time to make sure they can perform the work required by the farmers and construction workers who drive them, Environment Canada said in a background document.The announcement comes more than a year after the United States announced a similar plan, but the timing is no accident. Kent leaves this weekend for a week of climate change talks in Doha that, as usual, will put him on the defensive.“We wanted to make the announcement before Doha because it is another step forward in our sector-by-sector approach,” he said.While the Harper government has been vociferous in its attack against other approaches to controlling emissions, Canada’s policy of regulating industry by industry has drawn scorn not just from environmentalists but also other countries.In Canada, the federal environmental commissioner and the now-defunct National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy have both said this approach is not enough to meet the country’s 2020 emissions target.Environmental organizations say Canada lacks credibility at the bargaining table as countries seek to replace the expiring Kyoto protocol with another binding international treaty to limit global warming.But Kent said he will tackle his critics head-on in Doha.“There’s an awful lot of misinformation out there and no little amount of disinformation about Canada’s commitment towards climate change, both in terms of mitigation and adaptation,” he said. “We’ll be meeting with the media, we’ll be meeting with our colleagues in the major economies’ forum, to talk about the things we are doing.“We’ll refresh the memory of folks who don’t know or who don’t want to know that our sector-by-sector approach has taken us halfway to our 2020 targets.”But Kent will not be taking any promises of money to the United Nations talks in Doha.The top U.N. climate official as well as many environmental groups are pleading with developed countries to live up to a commitment to help poor countries deal with and prevent more climate change.Time has run out for a $30-billion, three-year global fund that was meant to kick-start a larger $100-billion-a-year fund partly financed by the private sector. But the larger fund is still empty.No one should expect the Doha talks to change that, Kent said.“This isn’t a pledging conference,” he said, adding that he will make that clear at the meetings.The Canadian Press
The American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka expressed concern of the impasse reached in light of the current political developments in the country.While stating that this sends a worrying signal to the business community, locally as well as internationally – AMCHAM Sri Lanka also raised the concern highlighted by potential investors. The AMCHAM in Sri Lanka stands committed to implement our mandate which is to promote activities that would encourage and stimulate investment by US companies, support ongoing business operations of its members and encourage bilateral trade between the US and Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The Chamber called on all those concerned to collaborate towards a national interest and for a swift settlement to be reached in the best interest of the country and its economy.
The Police fired water cannons and tear gas on a protest staged by Higher National Diploma in Accountancy (HNDA) students at Lotus Road today.The students had staged a protest march and gathered at Lotus Road where they were prevented from proceeding further. The Police then fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse the protest.
Investigating and punishing any form of violence or threat against them. Repeal of any State legislation or elimination of any measures to penalize or obstruct their work. State institutions safeguarding their work to be strengthened. Due diligence of States to protect women human rights defenders that are threatened by non-State actors.,They flagged that women human rights defenders promote international human rights law; mobilize society in identifying human rights violations; and contribute to developing solutions with a gender perspective.According to the UN experts, these defenders call for gender equality and an end to gender-based violence by taking to the streets, airwaves and the internet, “bringing to light truths that are too often buried in darkness.”They often challenge social and cultural norms that limit women’s human rights, taking the necessary but often unpopular route of passionate activism for their cause.The UN experts concluded their statement by condemning all attacks on women human rights defenders.“We are particularly concerned regarding those who have suffered reprisals for their efforts to work with the United Nations and regional bodies. Participation in the work of the international human rights system is in itself a right and must never be met with intimidation or attacks,” they stressed. Marking International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, 29 November, the statement said that the current global context of “unchecked authoritarianism” along with “the rise of populism, of corporate power and of fundamentalist groups” have contributed to closing the space for civil society.“This is being done through the enactment of laws and practices that effectively impede human rights work, including the misapplication of certain laws such as counter-terrorism and public assembly laws,” they explained.The experts pointed out that women human rights defenders also face the additional barriers of economic and other structural discrimination, and “unique challenges driven by deep-rooted discrimination against women and stereotypes entrenched in patriarchal societies related to gender and sexuality.”Moreover, sexual violence, defamation and intimidation, including against their family members, are being used as a deterrence. In 2017, Front Line Defenders recorded that 44 women human rights defenders were killed; an increase from 40 in 2016 and 30 in 2015.,They are at heightened risk of attacks and violence when working in areas such as sexual and reproductive health, and often challenged by fundamentalist groups during conflict and post-conflict situations.“Situations of armed conflict, and the subsequent break down of the rule of law, create a dangerous environment for women and girls,” the UN experts underscored.“Women human rights defenders are pivotal in promoting sustainable peace, yet they are constantly excluded from peace processes and politics, often criminalized, and they experience gender-based violence, which hampers their participation in decision-making processes,” the experts spelled out.,On International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, UN human rights experts express thanks and admiration for their work, calling for:Public recognition by the highest State authorities of the importance and legitimacy of their work, and a commitment to protect them against violence or threats.
Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa has been named a finalist for the Bednarik Award just days after also being named a finalist for the Lombardi Award.The Bednarik Award is given to the defensive player of the year in college football and the Lombardi Award is given to the best lineman in college football.Bosa has accumulated 11.5 sacks on the year which is good for fifth in the nation according to CFBstats.com and best in the Big Ten. His 18 tackles for loss are also good for first in the conference.Bosa has helped lead a Buckeye defense that has given up 330.4 total yards per game this season, good for 19th in the country. OSU is 10-1 overall and 7-0 in the Big Ten, thanks in part to a game-clinching sack by Bosa on the final play of a double-overtime win against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa.Clemson senior defensive lineman Vic Beasley and Arizona sophomore linebacker Scooby Wright are the other two finalists for the Bednarik Award.OSU’s most recent major postseason award recipient was defensive back Malcolm Jenkins in 2008 when he was awarded the Thorpe Award for most outstanding defensive back.The presentation of the Bednarik Award will be held on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.
Axis House the leading reagent technology management company offering mining chemicals, flotation and mineral processing solutions since 2001 has become a major supplier and distributor of chemicals to the mining industry. As a result of extensive years of experience in the DRC and Zambia, Axis has announced the addition of a satellite office in Turkey that will service Northern Africa, Middle Eastern, European and Central African clients.Axis House MD Justine Stubbs says: “We have spent years consistently pushing the boundaries of innovation for our diverse clients, and this satellite office is just the first step for Axis House in our scope for expansion into the main copper-producing regions globally as well as gold and platinum.” With a product offering, including both mining chemicals and mining consumables, the company believes that its expert team is always ahead of the curve. “We inherently believe that operational excellence can only be achieved through continuous and progressive innovation, and we are celebrating this progression with our new office in Turkey,” concludes Stubbs.The Axis House range of products includes mining chemicals for flotation – including proprietary flotation technology, primary and secondary collectors, the Hydrofroth™ range of frothers, and sulphidising agents – as well as depressants, thickeners, hydrometallurgical reagents and laboratory chemicals.,Axis House the leading reagent technology management company offering mining chemicals, flotation and mineral processing solutions since 2001 has become a major supplier and distributor of chemicals to the mining industry. As a result of extensive years of experience in the DRC and Zambia, Axis has announced the addition of a satellite office in Turkey that will service Northern Africa, Middle Eastern, European and Central African clients.Axis House MD Justine Stubbs says: “We have spent years consistently pushing the boundaries of innovation for our diverse clients, and this satellite office is just the first step for Axis House in our scope for expansion into the main copper-producing regions globally as well as gold and platinum.” With a product offering, including both mining chemicals and mining consumables, the company believes that its expert team is always ahead of the curve. “We inherently believe that operational excellence can only be achieved through continuous and progressive innovation, and we are celebrating this progression with our new office in Turkey,” concludes Stubbs.The Axis House range of products includes mining chemicals for flotation – including proprietary flotation technology, primary and secondary collectors, the Hydrofroth™ range of frothers, and sulphidising agents – as well as depressants, thickeners, hydrometallurgical reagents and laboratory chemicals.
A third (33%) of UK respondents believe their employers should pay them for keeping healthy, according to research by Willis Towers Watson.Its 2017-2018 Global benefits attitudes survey, which surveyed 31,000 employees across 22 markets, including 2,824 employees working for medium and large-sized private sector organisations in the UK, also found that 34% of UK respondents would only participate in their organisation’s health initiatives if there was a financial incentive to do so. This is a rise from the 26% of respondents who said the same in 2013.The research also found:70% of respondents in the UK do not believe that wellbeing-related rewards, such as health screening, physiotherapy treatment, gym or sports club membership and spa days, meet their needs.25% of respondents based in Europe, Middle East and Africa regions (EMEA) believe that employer initiatives have encouraged them to live healthier lives, compared to 40% of respondents living in Asia Pacific regions, 37% of respondents in Latin America and 31% of North America-based respondents.23% of global respondents use a programme offered by their employer or health plan during periods of high stress.41% of UK-based respondents are unable to pay an unexpected expense of £1,600, while 50% of global respondents often worry about their future financial state and 56% are confident in having sufficient retirement resources 15 years into their retirement.32% of UK respondents expect to work to age 70 or later, compared to 45% of respondents in Japanese and 7% of German respondents.43% of respondents based across EMEA regions are satisfied with their core benefits package, 55% appreciate their core healthcare plan, 50% value their core retirement plan, and 32% feel their benefit package is flexible enough.66% of employees based in North America would pay a higher amount of salary each month for more generous retirement benefits, compared to 56% of respondents from EMEA regions, 55% of Asia Pacific respondents and 61% of Latin America respondents.Mike Blake (pictured), wellbeing lead at Willis Towers Watson, said: “The figures suggest that despite employers increasing their focus on health and wellbeing, existing schemes are not appealing to employees and, as a result, many feel they need extra motivation to participate in the shape of financial incentives. Having a healthy workforce does, of course, greatly benefit employers, [because] it leads to lower levels of sickness absence, productivity loss and employee turnover, but employees reap the rewards of living healthier lives too. Taking care of health and [employee] wellbeing should be a shared priority of both employee and employer, not seen as additional workload that [employees] should be compensated for.“[Organisations that] struggle to engage with employees would be wise to review [their] current health and wellbeing initiatives, so that they are truly valued by employees and meet their needs and personal health goals. It is understandable that [organisations], particularly those [that] are frustrated at a lack of engagement, are tempted to offer financial incentives to employees. But this can be a knee-jerk response to problems that may require deeper answers.“Often, a more sustainable solution is to ask more searching questions about the programmes and initiatives that are already in place, for example: are they joined up; do they connect to employees’ wants and needs; is there a broad enough range; and are they well communicated?“Employers could consider appealing to the tech-savvy, time-strapped, fitness-conscious [employee], for example, by offering wearable technology subsidies, promoting the use of meditation apps and introducing health-league tables. After all, health and wellbeing programmes, as well as health-orientated benefits, are only valuable if they are utilised.“Very often, [employers] experience an initial upsurge in engagement when they introduce new initiatives or wellness programmes, but experience shows that this can be short-lived as people get used to them over time and they lose their behavioural influence. Employers need to plan for this by attracting employees’ attention and keeping them motivated. Communication is key in achieving this. Regular, effective messaging can help reinforce the personal benefits of participation and lower the risk of complacency or disengagement.”
AMI has taken the next step of fully absorbing Soap Opera Digest by purchasing it from Source Interlink Media. AMI had been essentially running the full operation of the title—from edit to production to advertising and distribution—under a licensing agreement. The deal officially closed last month and terms were not released.Soap Opera Digest is a weekly with a total circ of about 221,000. AMI had taken over production services of the magazine from Source, along with Soap Opera Weekly, last April in what was supposed to be a four- to five-year agreement. But that agreement had all the signs of a pending acquisition—Source felt the titles were no longer strategically valuable and AMI saw a fit with their entertainment group. Soap Opera Weekly and teen celebrity title Pixie, which were also picked up by AMI from Source as part of the licensing deal, did not fare as well. Both brands were shut down last April.