first_imgAgartala, Apr 18 (PTI) Tripura Sports Minister Shahid Chowdhury today congratulated gymnast from the state Dipa Karmakar for becoming the first Indian woman to book a berth in the Olympics. “We all in the state are today proud, delighted and excited,” Chowdhury told PTI.He hoped that she would win a medal in the Rio Games.Dipa created history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics as she booked a berth for the Rio Games after a strong performance at the final qualifying and test event in Rio de Janeiro.Within hours, the Sports Authority of India included her in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme, the governments initiative to fund Olympic medal prospects in their preparations for the Games. PTI JOY NN PDS ATK LNSlast_img

first_imgNew Delhi, May 10 (PTI) India will send its largest ever contingent – about 90 sports persons – to Olympics in Rio beginning August 5, Lok Sabha was informed today.”About 90 athletes have qualified for Olympics in Rio. India will send the largest ever contingent this year,” said Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, while replying on behalf of Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal during Question Hour.Rijiju said 58 sports persons have qualified for individual events while 32 hockey players — both men and women — also qualified to participate the Olympics.The Minister said special assistance has been given to sporting talents for their training both in India and abroad.Trinamool Congress MP and former footballer Prasun Banerjee, who had participated in Olympics in Moscow in 1980, said there was no dearth of talent in India but sports persons face problems in getting assistance and proper infrastructure.Rijiju said government was always ready to accept suggestions and advice for improvement of sports, sporting infrastructure and promotion of athletes. PTI ACB RTlast_img read more

first_imgThe Sri Lankan cricket team is left stranded in Dharamsala due to heavy rain in the scenic hill town.The Lankan players had to stay at the airport for nearly four hours as their chartered plane could not take off due to bad weather.The Indian team though, managed to reach Mohali in time for the second ODI of the three-match series.”While the Indian team reached Mohali on time, incessant rain and bad weather left Sri Lanka stranded at the airport for about four hours. The team then decided to head back to the team hotel and is likely to fly out tomorrow,” media in-charge of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), Mohit Sood, said.Sri Lanka crushed India by seven wickets in the first ODI on Sunday to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.”This is the first time a team has been stuck here. There have been delays earlier but it has never happened that the planes have not been able to land or take off,” said Sood.He said that the Sri Lankan team was not willing to travel by road at night. The 240 km journey by road from Dharamsala to Mohali takes about 8-10 hours.”We had a discussion with the team management and they decided to stay back. But if the weather doesn’t clear up on Tuesday then the only option left will be to take the road,” Sood added.The local MeT office has predicted heavy rain over the next 48 hours in and around Dharamsala.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

first_imgZURICH — FIFA banned former Greece coach Fernando Santos for eight international games on Monday for verbally abusing match officials at the World Cup.Santos was banished from the dugout after extra time of Greece’s second-round match against Costa Rica, which finished 1-1. His team then lost the penalty shootout.Santos displayed “several acts of unsporting conduct toward the match officials,” FIFA said Monday in a statement.FIFA said Santos must the serve the ban in official competitive matches played by the next national team he coaches.The sanction likely ends the Portuguese coach’s top-level international career, though he can appeal. His Greece contract expired after the World Cup in Brazil.FIFA said its disciplinary committee also suspended Italy medical official Aldo Esposito for six matches.Esposito was sent from the dugout for unsporting conduct during Italy’s 1-0 loss against Uruguay. That group-stage match was made infamous by Luis Suarez biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.In a roundup of World Cup disciplinary cases Monday, FIFA noted that Suarez has eight competitive Uruguay matches left on his nine-match ban. FIFA also banned him from all football for four months.However, the new Barcelona recruit has appealed all sanctions to the Court of Arbitration of Sport which expects to give a verdict later this month.FIFA’s disciplinary panel also ruled on suspensions for red-card offenses from the World Cup, which must be served in teams’ next official competition matches.Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio, who was sent off against Uruguay, will miss Italy’s opening 2016 European Championship qualifier in Norway on Sept. 9.Croatia, which plays in the same qualifying group as Italy, will be without Ante Rebic at home to Malta on the same date. Rebic was sent off in a 3-1 loss against Mexico.Antonio Valencia will miss Ecuador’s first match at the Copa America in Chile next June. The Manchester United winger was dismissed in a 0-0 draw against France.Cameroon’s Alex Song will serve the rest of his three-match ban during African Cup of Nations qualifiers in September against Congo and Ivory Coast. Song was sent off in Cameroon’s 4-0 loss against Croatia and was suspended for his team’s 4-1 loss against Brazil.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgMUNICH (AP) — Sadio Mane scored twice to send Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich in the second leg of the last 16 on Wednesday.Mane opened the scoring with a delicate finish in the 26th minute and added Liverpool’s third in the 84th by heading in Mohamed Salah’s cross as Bayern desperately sought a way back into the game.Serge Gnabry had forced an own goal from Joel Matip to equalize in the 39th, but Liverpool went ahead again through a corner when Virgil Van Dijk met James Milner’s cross with a thumping header in the 69th.“Scoring three is really difficult. Actually, we scored four because we scored the other one as well. It’s a big step for us,” said Klopp, whose team lost in the final to Real Madrid last year. “We really are back in the landscape of international football.”Liverpool midfielder Sadio Mane, front right, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Liverpool at the Allianz Arena, in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)After a scoreless first leg, Liverpool’s win puts four English teams into the quarterfinals for the first time since 2009. Manchester United, Tottenham and Manchester City also advanced.It’s the first time since 2006 that there will be no German team among the last eight. For the first time since winning the tournament in 2013, Bayern’s campaign wasn’t ended by a Spanish team.“We deserved to lose today. Liverpool was the better team in two games. Today we were shown our limits,” said Bayern coach Niko Kovac, whose side claimed the Bundesliga lead at the weekend.Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk, right, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Liverpool in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Klopp, who previously coached Bayern’s old foe Borussia Dortmund, led the away fans’ celebrations after the final whistle.“I’m proud and happy, because this club deserves awareness again,” said Klopp, who also lost the final to Bayern with Dortmund in 2013 but said past disappointments played no role.“It’s not sweeter for me because it’s Bayern. I want to win for Liverpool and not to beat Bayern,” Klopp said. “It’s just a good moment for Liverpool and let’s enjoy that.”Also Wednesday, Barcelona defeated Lyon 5-1 at home to progress.Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk, right, scores his side’s second goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Liverpool in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Bayern had lost only one of its previous 18 competitive games and was confident of finishing the job against Liverpool after racking up 12 goals in the three games it played since their draw.But the side failed to really threaten Alisson Becker’s goal, even after Liverpool lost its captain Jordan Henderson with an apparent ankle injury in the 13th. Fabinho came on to replace the midfielder.Liverpool started slowly until a mistake from Manuel Neuer in his 100th game in the competition led to the opener. The Bayern ‘keeper rushed out of goal and Mane turned to elude him and defender Rafinha before chipping the ball into the unguarded net.Matip’s own goal got Bayern back in the game, but this time there was no heroic comeback. Bayern came from two goals down against Juventus at the same stage to win 4-2 three years ago.Lewandowski went close but remained frustrated as he went scoreless for the seventh successive Champions League knockout game.Salah, five games without a goal since the draw with Bayern, also finished without scoring, but he did provide the cross for Mane to seal it.By: Ciaran Fahey, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Microsemi: Switchtec PCIe switches provide 16 GT/s PCIe connectivityNext Advantech upgrades industrial motherboards with 8th gen Intel Core processors Data Device Corporation announces that the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), developer of the robotic servicing payload for RSGS, has chosen DDC’s SCS750 Single Board Computer for use on the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). RSGS will provide an on-orbit satellite servicing vehicle that will transform U.S. space operations in Geosynchronous Earth Orbit.  As the lead payload developer for the program, NRL selected DDC’s SCS750 SBC due to its processing capabilities, radiation performance (in particular with the best in class upset rate of 1 uncorrectable error in 80 years), known reliability and flight heritage (TRL-9 since 2013). Several of DDC’s SCS750 SBCs will be used in the RSGS satellite, providing for all aspects of control including attitude control and robotic control, along with video processing.The SCS750 provides optimized performance with seamless error correction; software-controlled speed/power: 200-1800 MIPS; 7-30W typical; error-corrected memory (SDRAM and EEPROM); incorrect transactions are never generated. cPCI; MIL-STD-1553, serial/parallel interfaces are available.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

first_imgThe Manchester United have rejected a 60 million euro bid from Inter Milan for striker Romelu Lukaku. United have asked the Italian club for a higher amount in order to succeed in luring Lukaku from the Old Trafford.Lukaku missed both of United’s tour matches in Australia because of injury and had to sit out of Saturday’s match against Inter Milan in Singapore.Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte, on Saturday, reiterated that he is willing to sign the 26-year-old in order to strengthen the team.”I consider him a player who could improve our team,” Conte was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.”On one side it is my hope and my will, on my other side we will see what we find with the club.”It’s not right to speak about the player in this moment because he is a Manchester United player and for this reason we must show great respect for the club and at the same time for the player and for my players,” he added.On Friday, the Inter Milan boss had admitted he had tried to sign the Belgian while he was manager at Chelsea (from 2016 to 2018).Read more | International Champions Cup: Teenager Greenwood gives Manchester United win over Inter MilanAlso see:last_img read more

first_imgBirmingham: The idea to partner with International Cricket Council (ICC) as the official sponsor of the 12th Cricket World Cup 2019 has been a phenomenal decision, a top executive of Internet names and registrations management major GoDaddy Inc has said. The web-hosting provider has on-ground presence that includes the perimeter of the ground, side-screen and LEDs at the stadiums under the partnership. According to Nikhil Arora, Managing Director and Vice-President, GoDaddy India, cricket is a favourite sport which is viewed in every nook and corner of the country. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “Sports as a platform has been a great avenue for us to connect with the masses. The presence of brand visibility to 750 million fans in India and beyond at the ICC World Cup has been a great experience so far,” Arora told IANS. “In smaller towns, everyone is watching cricket on smartphones. Our organic reach has been phenomenal, especially the India-Pakistan game that happened to be a great experience for us,” Arora added. This is the company’s first sponsorship deal with the global sports event. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails “It’s one of the largest for us. We have done sponsorship deals before with American auto-car racing company Nascar and other deals in badminton, table tennis and soccer. But the ICC one is first of its scale. “Two-thirds of the world, including India, watch cricket and through this collaboration, we are receiving a huge visibility,” Arora noted. GoDaddy, which started its operations in India in 2012, offers an integrated suite of products for small business owners and entrepreneurs that range from domain names, hosting, website building, email marketing, security and e-commerce. “Our goal is to give the tools and services and use sports more as a marketing and connectivity tool while we keep enabling sports platforms,” said the executive. GoDaddy has signed MS Dhoni who portrays a supreme mentor and guide as the “Bijness Bhai” (business mentor) for the small and medium businesses in the country. The company’s new Internet solution for small business owners and entrepreneurs called “Online Starter Bundle”, comes with a choice of domain extensions between .in and co.in for businesses. “It’s been a good start. What we realise is that people buy domains but they never get activated. The ‘Online Starter Bundle’ solution promises a seamless experience across phone and desktop offers a starter one-page website, along with an email account, enabling people to easily bring their ventures online,” explained Arora. “Our aim is to help ensure more online adoption among Indian businesses, by giving them easy-to-use and affordable products to turn their dreams into reality online,” he added.last_img read more

first_img a photograph by Bruce Weber of “The Annual Meeting of the Most Devoted Elizabeth Taylor Fan Club, Golden Beach, Florida” — eight dogs of different breeds surrounded by photographs of magazine covers of Taylor, an ardent lover of animals (estimate: $9,000) Online auction house Paddle8 is honored to partner with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and Wilding Cran Gallery to present an auction of works by leading contemporary artists who were inspired by Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy.Bidding is available online, culminating in a live auction and private party on February 27 hosted by Colin Farrell, one of Taylor’s close friends. Proceeds from the auction will support The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which raises funds and awareness to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.The auction features works that celebrate Elizabeth Taylor by many artists who knew Taylor personally. Advance bidding is available at Paddle8 through February 27, Elizabeth Taylor’s birthday, at paddle8.com/auctions/etaf. Auction highlights include: a photograph of Taylor’s jewels by renowned photographer Catherine Opie, part of a series Opie made of Taylor’s clothing and jewelry collection in 2010 (estimate: $30,000) a close-up of Taylor by photographer Firooz Zahedi, who traveled with Taylor to Iran in 1976, documenting her trip and beginning a friendship that continued for the rest of her life (estimate: $5,000).Bidding will transfer from Paddle8 to a private live event on the evening of February 27, with guest host Colin Farrell and a musical performance by Katharine McPhee and Rhys Tivey (Taylor’s grandson, a jazz trumpeter).The host committee for the auction and party includes Aileen Getty, Anthony Cran, Barbara Berkowitz, Bruce Weber, Carole Bayer Sager, Catherine Opie, Christopher Wilding, Colin Farrell, Firooz Zahedi, Joel Goldman, Jose Eber, Dr. Michael Gottlieb, Naomi Wilding, Tim Mendelson, and Victoria Brynner.center_img a black-and-white portrait of Taylor by celebrated fashion photographer Herb Ritts, taken in Bel Air in 1997 (estimate: $3,500)last_img read more

first_imgGirl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl empowerment campaign, this week announced that it will be expanding its successful SchoolCycle initiative to Guatemala.This announcement kicks off the holiday giving campaign that aims to provide bicycles to adolescent girls in Guatemala through United Nations programs, where six out of 10 indigenous girls drop out of school by age 15.“I’ve always been a huge proponent for education,” said actress and SchoolCycle celebrity spokesperson Katherine McNamara. “However, so many girls around the world don’t have that opportunity to pursue an education. For them, a bike is a symbol of freedom and the tool that can transform their future.”Adolescent girls in Guatemala face unique challenges that prevent them from reaching their full potential. By age 18, almost 40 percent of indigenous girls are married; 70 percent of adolescent girls who become mothers live in poverty, while 80 percent leave school. Girls often drop out of school due to long commutes through dangerous areas to get to the closest secondary school. Girls frequently travel in groups for fear of harassment or even violent attacks along their route. A solution to this can be as simple as providing a girl with a bike so she can travel to and from school quickly and safely.“SchoolCycle is such a simple and special opportunity to change a girl’s life in Guatemala,” said Melissa Hillebrenner, Director of Girl Up. “With a bike, a girl is empowered to complete her education and break the cycle of poverty for her whole community.”A gift of $125 will provide an adolescent girl in Guatemala with a bike, spare parts, and maintenance training through UN programming. This year’s campaign will build on the success of the initiative’s 2014 launch in Malawi, where more than 500 girls received bikes. For more information, or to donate to SchoolCycle visit GirlUp.org/SchoolCycle.last_img read more

The retired players spoke of their involvement in the charity, which is currently helping 10,000 children in need in 25 countries worldwide with its soccer-based social and cooperation programmes – and will open a campus in Tunisia with the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP).“It is a fantastic partnership for us (that) will give us great credibility in the work we are doing,” Mr. Figo, a midfielder who played for Inter Milan, among other teams, and was chosen to play for his native Portugal more than any other player in history, said in an interview with the UN News Centre. He spoke of the partnership being “for life,” adding that the UN could give Inter Campus the “right support and the right partners to continue to develop.”Mr. Toldo spoke of how Inter Campus works in many of the same areas of the world where the UN is equally deeply committed to advancing peace, security and development agendas – not least in the Middle East, where he said the charity had used soccer to bring together 100 Israeli and 100 Palestinian children.“Initially, when these children entered the football pitch, the Israelis and Palestinians occupied opposite sides,” Mr. Toldo, a retired goalkeeper from Italy, whose 20-year career included nine seasons with Inter Milan, said in a separate interview.“But when we gave them footballs and Inter shirts, they immediately mixed and played together.”The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, said that Inter Milan had become a “role model” for other soccer clubs that were now beginning to do more in the field of “social responsibility.”“We are focusing on how we can use sport as a tool for development and peace,” he said of the UN’s efforts in this area, as he briefed reporters at UN Headquarters. “And there, we need role models.”Italy’s Ambassador to the UN, Cesare Maria Ragaglini, said the Inter Campus initiative had given children in some of the world’s most disadvantaged countries, including many torn apart by war, the “right to play and the right to smile.” Throughout the day, the players highlighted programmes in such countries as Angola, Venezuela and Brazil.Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti founded Inter Campus in 1996, and operations began a year later. Run today by Mr. Moratti’s daughter, Carlotta Moratti, the charity partners not only with local non-governmental agencies, but also private sector businesses, which cover programme costs.Mr. Figo said that he got involved in Inter Campus not only because he thought it a worthy cause, but because he too felt good when he saw the results.“I know we cannot change the world, but if we can change the life – in this case of thousands of kids – the satisfaction is huge,” he said.“I think that the community of football has a responsibility in terms of social integration,” he added.Mr. Toldo said he liked the idea of “giving back” to youth who did not have hope. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedConfusion rife over GuySuCo’s Senior leadershipApril 13, 2018In “latest news”Any GuySuCo board headed by Thomas could be illegal – NandlallApril 17, 2018In “GuySuCo board illegal – Nandlall”Govt’s scant regard for Sugar industry evident by absence of GuySuCo Board- GAWUJuly 26, 2018In “Business” Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder told reporters on Thursday that Cabinet is still continuing deliberations on the appointment of a Board of Directors for the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) while adding that new names are being looked at.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder“Well we’re discussing. We’re discussing names. Couple names. We are discussing couple names,” he said.Of recent, there have been reports of an apparent tug-a-war within the Coalition over the sugar industry, which is now under the control of a Special Purpose Unit (SPU) that was created under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) for the divestment process.In fact, last month NICIL published the names of the new board in an advertisement but State Minister Joseph Harmon shortly after said that there were some issues with regards to the timing of the publication and that Cabinet was reviewing the matter.According to the advertisement which placed in the local dailies on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the new Board was approved by Cabinet on February 26, 2018 and the appointments took effect on March 1.Reports have since surfaced about disagreements allegedly between Ministers from the two coalition parties regarding the chairmanship and members of the GuySuCo Board.However, Minister Holder today brushed aside those reports of an apparent power struggle, saying his ministry is constitutionally responsible for the sugar industry.SPU Head and proposed GuySuCo Board Chairman, Colvin Heath-London“The Corporation is totally and solely on the Government of Guyana. The Ministry of Agriculture answers to Parliament for what happens in GuySuCo and I am accountable to this Nation for its activities. Therefore, the Ministry of Agriculture should have responsibility for GuySuCo, therefore the Ministry of Agriculture will appoint a board,” he explained.The Agriculture Minister went onto outline that NICIL is a creature of the Government and thus carries out instructions from the Executive.“NICIL is a creature of the Government. NICIL is a holding company . It holds the shares for GuySuCo, it holds the shares for GuyOIL,  it holds the shares for GPL. It’s a holding company. It is not a Government and therefore carries out instructions of the Government…perhaps someone didn’t tell NICIL their role,” he said. read more

first_imgGlobal seals and bearings supplier SKF states that its new @ptitude Connect software solution “gives engineers easy access to a cost-effective cloud computing resource for condition monitoring software that will improve plant efficiency.”SKF @ptitude Connect enables operations to implement plant-wide or enterprise-wide Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) and/or Predictive Maintenance (PdM) program via the internet. Using the SKF cloud service, engineers can access machine data, analyse or display machine conditions and view printable diagnostic reports. SKF @ptitude Connect is suitable for all running equipment, such as fan systems, pump systems, compressors, and will benefit a wide range of industries, including mining.SKF @ptitude Connect addresses a common problem faced in many facilities, which is that there is not enough time or money to purchase and manage the required software. By using SKF @ptitude Connect to access subscription-based software customers can boost equipment reliability and availability without costly investment. “With SKF @ptitude Connect, customers can improve plant equipment reliability, increase equipment/asset availability and reduce initial capital investments for predictive maintenance programme start-up costs,” says Luis F Econom, Asset Diagnostic Services and Systems Engineering Manager.“The solution is also flexible in the sense that it is scalable to demand. It is about solving and saving.”SKF @ptitude Connect is compatible with SKF handheld or online condition monitoring data collection devices, enabling end-users to operate their CBM or PdM programs just as they would with on-site software, bringing reduced IT operating and maintenance costs. Compliant with ISO 27001 and SSAE16, SKF’s cloud protects data integrity in key areas of concern, such as data access, data transmission, data storage and data center access. Because the service is cloud-based, installation is fast, with operational availability typically achieved within days. This enables standardisation of machine condition diagnosis and analysis practices across multiple sites without the overhead costs of an operating system, servers, software upgrades, database licensing and backup systems.last_img read more

first_imgUne espèce éteinte d’oiseau aux ailes équipées d’armes offensivesPubliant ses travaux dans le Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, un ornithologue britannique suggère que les énigmatiques éperons osseux qui ornaient les ailes du Dronte de Rodriguez, un cousin aujourd’hui éteint du pigeon qui vivait près de l’île Maurice, étaient des armes utilisées par ces “angry birds” lors des joutes pour la reproduction. Les chercheurs du Musée d’histoire naturelle de Londres ont étudié des fossiles de Drontes de Rodriguez (Pezophaps solitaria). Des cousins disparus du pigeon, qui vivaient jusque dans les années 1700 sur l’île Rodriguez, proche de l’île Maurice, et que l’on pourrait surnommer “angry birds” en référence au célèbre jeu vidéo. Plus particulièrement, c’est aux excroissances osseuses ornant les ailes de ces oiseaux – d’ailleurs atrophiées et impropres au vol – que les chercheurs se sont intéressés.”Nous savons, à partir des notes historiques détaillées des marins du XVIIIe siècle, que ces oiseaux étaient agressifs. Ils décrivent également une excroissance osseuse ‘comme une balle de mousquet’ sur leurs ailes, ce qui a été interprété comme le résultat de blessures. (…) [Mais] nous avons constaté que ces ‘tumeurs’ étaient plus grandes chez les mâles adultes”, explique l’ornithologue Julian Hume cité par le Daily Mail.”Cela signifie qu’elles avaient probablement un rôle important dans la lutte, comme les poings d’un boxeur”, précise le chercheur, qui pense que ces structures ont augmenté à la suite de combats ou à cause des hormones mises en jeu lorsque les oiseaux s’accouplaient et défendaient leur territoire. Les fractures consolidées visibles sur de nombreux fossiles de ces oiseaux confirment d’ailleurs leur caractère agressif.Des éperons pour communiquer ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais elles ne devaient pas servir qu’à cela selon le spécialiste. “Il n’y a plus de pigeons géants et incapables de voler auxquels nous référer, mais les collections de musées telles que celles du Musée d’histoire naturelle contiennent des milliers de fossiles de Drontes de Rodriguez. Il est peu probable que les oiseaux utilisaient ces éperons uniquement pour combattre : ils devaient aussi s’en servir pour communiquer entre eux, en utilisant leurs ailes”, conclut le Dr Lorna Steel, conservateur du Musée d’histoire naturelle.(crédits photo : J. Hume – Natural History Museum) Le 1 juin 2013 à 14:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target 11 Ways the Wu-Tang Clan Shaped Geek CultureSpotify’s Rise to Power Dramatized in TV Mini-Series If you haven’t noticed, we here at Geek.com are fans of weird fast food marketing. If posts on Taco Bell weddings and Burger King sex toys and our lord and master Mac Tonight weren’t big enough clues I don’t know what to tell you.Today’s look into fast food fever dreams actually shares a lot in common with McDonald’s late-night moon man. Ginned up by Burger King, Coq Roq is also a fake musical act designed to push a new meal strategy and is sadly no longer with us. But whereas Mac Tonight crooned sweet nothings into your ear about the joys of McDonald’s for dinner, Coq Roq rocked your face off with thrash metal bangers about chicken fries.To understand Coq Roq, we need to understand the product they were created to sell. Watching established fast food restaurants adjust their menu tactics to chase cultural trends can actually be pretty fascinating. Everyone is into being healthy? Give them some salad! Freedom is the word of the day? Let them order breakfast whenever they want! Chicken fries, thin strips of chicken breast coated with seasoned breading and fried, were part of a larger Burger King initiative in 2004 to introduce higher-quality, better-tasting, more expensive food for older audiences. They’re basically uppity chicken strips. They even came in a little box with a slot of dipping sauce to make them easier to eat while you’re driving to work like an adult.More “adult” food requires more “adult” marketing. Enter Coq Roq, a chicken-themed punk band performing chicken-themed punk songs. Think Slipknot (the band not the Suicide Squad member who can climb anything) but all of the awful, scary masks have beaks and feathers. And if you enjoyed the cutting-edge wordplay of “Coq Roq” just read some other facts about the band.The lineup includes Fowl Mouth (who looks a bit like a poultry-powered Assassin’s Creed hero) on vocals along with Free Range on bass and a fire breather named Firebird. Their LP is named Bob Your Head and features hit singles like “Cross The Road,” “Nice Box,” and “One Armed Bandit.” If it’s not a joke about chickens, it’s a joke about eating chicken fries.Burger King impressively doubled down on this gag to make the debut of chicken fries as huge as possible. Two of Coq Roq’s songs received music videos with sex, drugs, rock and roll and fried chicken. Because the year was 2005, there was a Coq Roq MySpace page. BK even planned to take Coq Roq on tour before real life got in the way. The lead singer was a Canadian felon and therefore couldn’t enter into the United States. And while I can’t judge the quality of the songs themselves, since the metal isn’t really my genre, if nothing else the tracks sound professionally produced?Since first introducing chicken fries, Burger King always seems to constantly take them off the menu and then add them back later to get people excited for their return. It’s like the McRib, which sucks because chickens fries are great and are pretty much the only thing I eat at Burger King. However, even as chicken fries come back, Coq Roq remains a memory. The King himself at least got a stealth video game, but Coq Roq missed out on the music game boom. Maybe future generations will develop an appreciation for the group like our current love of Mac Tonight. Chicken-slinging rock bands are just too good to forget. The time for poultrypunk (cluckcore?) is now!last_img read more

first_imgMarko Arnautovic is happy the Claret and Blue Army again with a match-winning display in West Ham United’s 2-1 pre-season win at Ipswich Town.Arnautovic says the physical demands of securing victory will stand them in good stead for the upcoming Premier League season.“I think every game we are improving,” said Arnautovic, who latched onto Sead Haksabanovic’s pass before holding off his man and finishing confidently, according to the club’s official website.“We had a lot of games this week and have more next week and we try to get better and better in every game.“We are trying to work on the basics that the gaffer wants from us, but it is not always easy because the other teams, especially the Championship teams, are one or two weeks ahead of us and they’re really physical because they’re coming to the end of pre-season because they start next week.What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….“We’re trying to work hard and trying to win games but the most important thing is for us to win the game.”“The interest in our club is all over the world now. You can see in pre-season that the fans always come and support us and are always behind us.“This club is very strong with its fans and they always try to be behind us and this is what we need.“We need to play for them and they need to cheer for us and together we hope we can do some good things this season.”last_img read more

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A water main break is to blame for the formation of a large sinkhole near a street corner in Northwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police and officials from the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department responded to a six-inch water main rupture in the area of Northwest 51st Street and 22nd Avenue, Saturday.A nearby fence and sign were damaged, but it’s unclear whether the sinkhole and the property damage are related.At least one lane of traffic was closed while crews worked to complete repairs. It has since reopened.Officials said the leaking water main line was what caused the sinkhole.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgKapra: The girl students in the Zilla Parishad High Schools (ZPHS) that come under the Kapra circle feel uneasy and hesitate to use the ill-maintained washrooms. The washrooms are in a pitiable condition with no basic amenities and lack of water.Parvati, a VIII class student of ZPHS Balaji Nagar said, “There have been several times when we control ourselves and wait till the school ends and go home to relieve. The girls who come from far away have to go through tremendous stress and sometimes they are forced to go to friend’s places that stay near the school. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us There is also lack of dustbins in the washrooms hence sanitary pads are thrown within the washroom or outside. The entire washroom floor, walls and hand wash area consist of green algae posing a risk.” Lakshmi an IX class student of ZPHS Jawahar Nagar said, “A few years ago there was no even a single washroom for us. Though the washrooms have been built for students recently, there is no proper maintenance of toilets but, teachers’ washrooms are well-maintained, and no student is allowed use them. It is only when we complain to teachers the washrooms are opened and then again closed after 3 to 4 days.” Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Another issue is the proportion of the washrooms as compared to the girl students are less in these schools. Due to which, during recess and lunch break there is a heavy rush at the washrooms. It becomes a chaos like situation during these times. There are four ZPH Schools that come under the Kapra circle. In ZPHS Arun Nagar, the strength of girl students is 480 and only 7 washrooms have been allotted. Advertise With Us In ZPHS Rampally, there are 302 girls and only four are being used and two are under repair for a long time. In ZPHS Jawahar Nagar, there are 456 girls and only four washrooms are allotted to them. In ZPHS Balaji Nagar, there are 335 girls and only two washrooms are allotted to them, two more washrooms are under repair. The students have been complaining to the teachers and management about the lack of cleanliness in washrooms. The superiors promise them to help in overcoming with these problems but that never happens. It is high time that the authorities resolve the issue permanently, said a teacher on condition of anonymity.last_img read more

first_imgAfghan victims receive medical treatment at a hospital following a suicide attack on a private construction company in Jalalabad on 6 March. Photo: AFPAt least 16 people were killed in a suicide attack early Wednesday on a construction company in eastern Afghanistan, an official said, the latest bloody assault in the war-torn country.The hours-long assault in Jalalabad began early Wednesday when at least two blasts were heard, an AFP reporter said, before security forces rushed to the scene in the city, which is the capital of Nangarhar province.”Sixteen employees of the company have been killed and nine more injured,” provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP. A second official said there had been casualties but could not immediately verify the toll.”All five attackers have been killed by security forces,” Khogyani added.He said a clearance operation was ongoing with security defusing two suicide vests, one car bomb, and multiple mines planted by the attackers.”Armed suicide bombers attacked and managed to enter the building of a private construction company early this morning,” said Nangarhar Provincial council member Zabihullah Zmarai.”A number of civilian workers of the company have been killed,” he added.No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Both the Islamic State group and the Taliban are active in Nangarhar province.The bombings come as US and Taliban negotiations continue to hold ongoing peace talks in Qatar aimed at ending the nearly 18-year conflict.Despite a two-day break before the weekend, negotiations continue on “a daily basis right now and progress is being made”, US State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told journalists Tuesday.”These discussions are ongoing and what we’re focusing on are the four interconnected issues that are going to compose any future agreement,” Palladino said — listing them as terrorism, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue and ceasefire.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during an exchange with high school students in Iowa he hoped sufficient gains would be made for him to be able to take a trip to help advance the negotiations “in a couple weeks”.The continuation of the talks follows a major attack on a joint US-Afghan base in southwestern Afghanistan’s Helmand province last week, with at least 23 security forces killed in the hours-long assault on one of the largest military installations in the country.Heavy snowfall across large swathes of Afghanistan has led to a sharp reduction in violence this winter, but warmer weather in the country’s south will likely spark an increase in bloodshed with the arrival of the spring fighting season.Analysts have warned that the Taliban are likely to ramp up attacks in the coming months as they seek to maintain momentum on the battlefield and leverage at the negotiating table.President Donald Trump has repeatedly voiced his eagerness to end America’s involvement in Afghanistan, where 14,000 US troops are still deployed.Afghanistan has been enmeshed in nearly constant conflict since the Soviet invasion of 1979, which was followed by civil war, the Taliban regime, and the US invasion in late 2001.last_img read more