England will look to keep Virat Kohli quiet: Nasser Hussain to India Today

first_imgFormer England captain Nasser Hussain today said England will be looking to keep Virat Kohli quiet in the five-match Test series against India, starting tomorrow in Rajkot. (Walk down memory lane: How the India vs England cricket rivalry started)Hussain said Kohli is an aggressive player and has a good body language and if England manage to target the Indian captain, it will bring down the entire morale of the home team.”Kohli is a such an aggressive player, he has such a good body language. When he is playing well, he is magnificent and he is playing really well at the moment and if England can keep Kohli quiet as the captain that would spread sort of downward body language throughout the team,” Hussain told India Today from Rajkot on the eve of the first Test. (No Pietersen and Panesar for England: Meet their new-age match-winners)Likewise, Hussain said India will be looking to target England captain Alastair Cook. (Alastair Cook hints at giving up England captaincy after India series)Hussain, who captained England in 45 Tests from 1999 to 2003, said both Kohli and Alastair Cook will be equally vital for either teams.”Same with Cook. When Cook is at the crease, England look a very comfortable side because he looks so comfortable. When Cook is not at the crease and that’s when their inexperience, especially, in these conditions will show. I think both captains will be equally vital for either teams,” he said.Hussain also said Kohli’s men are a top side and it is difficult to win against them on Indian conditions. (India need to be wary of Alastair Cook in marathon Test series)advertisement”India are the No.1 side in the world and India are playing like the No.1 side in the world over the last six months, a year or 18 months they have played some fabulous Test cricket, especially here in India. It is a very difficult place to come in and win,” he said. (India vs England: Key battles to watch out for)ON INDIAN CONDITIONS”The conditions will be better here in India. I was down at the ground yesterday, looked at the pitch in Rajkot and it looked like a good pitch. They were extreme conditions in Bangladesh in Chittagong and Dhaka. The pitch has spun from ball one. The toss wasn’t that important because every ball was spinning from the first ball to the last and the conditions didn’t change that much. The conditions will be better in India.” (England doesn’t have the firepower to beat India in India: Sourav Ganguly) ENGLAND WILL BE RELIEVED TO PLAY IN INDIA”You can imagine the England batsmen will be looking at it and thinking ‘thank goodness we are here in India, playing on good pitches’. But you know the young 18-year-old off-spinner Mehdi Hassan bowled very well but he is no Ravichandran Ashwin. The Bangladesh batting line-up played very well but there was no Virat Kohli, etc. The opposition are better. India are the No.1 side in the world and India are playing like the No.1 side in the world.” (India favourites to beat England: Allan Lamb to India Today)ENGLAND HAVE MOVED ON FROM PIETERSEN”England have moved on from Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen doesn’t play in England anymore. He just plays in T20 leagues around the world. He hasn’t played for 6-9 months since the IPL. So, he doesn’t dominate the talk in this English side. They are just trying to find players in general. It is not Pietersen that they are missing but every player they bring in whether it is Compton, Hales or Ballance… they keep trying to find the player. And they know what has happened because of that they have given everyone a long run. They go into the Test series not sure of knowing who their last batsmen will be… it could be Haseeb Hameed who is yet to play in the shirt or if it could be Jos Buttler, whom Indian fans would be knowing in the IPL. He has only played one red ball game last year. I think they are going to play Buttler because they want that attacking brand of cricket. But he is short of red ball practice and it is a bit of a gamble.” (Looking forward to my contest with England: Ravichandran Ashwin to India Today)ENGLAND’S SPIN WOES”India are missing three very good players in my opinion, Rohit Sharma in particular in that middle order and England will target that as an opportunity… Both sides have concerns in their team. Obviously England have a massive issue in their spin department… there is no Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann.”advertisementlast_img read more

2017: Will on-field cricket action finally overshadow courtroom saga this year?

first_imgEver since the spot-fixing and betting scandal in the Indian Premier League rocked the cricketing world in 2013, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been embroiled in controversies off the field which have hampered the image of Indian cricket. But now with the courtroom drama finally seemingly over, the focus can once again shift to the action on the field. (Supreme Court sacks BCCI boss Anurag Thakur, will Sourav Ganguly take over?)It all started when the now-defunct Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ajeet Chandila were arrested by Delhi police on charges of spot-fixing during the sixth edition of the IPL. The after-effects of the case saw the then BCCI president N Srinivasan getting sacked from his post by the Supreme Court as his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan became a prime suspect in the case. (Respect Supreme Court’s decision, says sacked BCCI president Anurag Thakur)The Apex court then took it upon itself to clean up the BCCI by appointing the Lodha Committee, headed by former Chief Justice RM Lodha, which laid down numerous suggestions to introduce certain reform the Indian cricket board. The BCCI refused to get bogged down by the Lodha reforms and kept on challenging it but to no avail as the SC paid no heed to the boards delaying tactics and finally on January 2, 2016, sacked Anurag Thakur from his post as BCCI president and secretary Ajay Shirke for failing to implement the reforms.(IndiaToday Photo)The BCCI vs Lodha Committee saga finally seems to have come to an end now with the beginning of a new year. We can now hope to see cricket take centrestage once again. A lot of credit must go to the Indian cricket team and its management for not letting all these controversies affect its performance on the field. 2016 has been one of the best years for Indian cricket with the Test team, led by Virat Kohli, registering a record nine wins. The team also reclaimed the top spot in the ICC rankings while Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s limited-overs side clinched the Asia Cup title and won ODI series against Zimbabwe and New Zealand late last year. (Hope BCCI doesn’t lose more face globally: Ajay Shirke)advertisementCHALLENGES FOR INDIA IN 2017There is a lot to look forward to in 2017 with some important series lined up for India starting with the ODIs against England starting from January 15 in Pune. Interestingly, BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke, who has now been sacked by the Supreme Court, is the head of the Maharashtra Cricket Association which is based in Pune and will be in charge of hosting the Test match against the Aussies in the city.(BCCI Photo)The ODIs against England will be followed by a historic one-off Test against Bangladesh next month. India was the first team to tour Bangladesh in 2000 and since then has been playing Tests and ODIs regularly against them. But for the first time the Bangla Tigers will be visiting India to play a Test match at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad from February 8. (Complete Lodha Panel recommendations)Australia will then visit India for a four-Test series starting from February 23 in Pune. The series will then move on to Bengaluru, then Ranchi and finally conclude in Dharamsala, which is again the home for the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association headed by the now-sacked Anurag Thakur. (RM Lodha hails victory for cricket as Supreme Court sacks BCCI president Anurag Thakur)CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2017(Reuters Photo)The next big assignment for India will be the ICC Champions Trophy in June which will be held in England. India are the defending champions and will have to defend their title which they had won back by beating hosts England in 2013. (Also read: How BCCI lost control of cricket in India: A timeline)All eyes will also be on world champions Australia and they will be under a bit of pressure to light up another ICC tournament after their World Cup success in 2015.INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE(Reuters Photo)The IPL has always been controversies favourite child thanks to the huge amount of money and superstars involved in the tournament. But putting aside all the negatives, the IPL still remains the most watched domestic cricket tournament in the world which has consistently produced some of the best cricket players every season.The two-month long tournament has a naughty reputation of making or breaking careers of international cricket players and it will be in focus once again this year. Expectations will be high from Kohli to steal the show yet again after the breathtaking season he had last year with a record 973 runs from 16 matches. His team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, will also be under pressure to win the tournament this year after reaching the final for the second time in 2016.advertisementPRESSURE ON KOHLI, ASHWIN, SMITH, ROOT TO REPEAT MAGIC RUN(Reuters Photo)Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin owned Test cricket last year with their stellar performances throughout the year. Ashwin in particular was in the form of his life with 72 wickets and 612 runs in nine matches while Kohli amassed 1215 runs at an average of 75.06 including a record three double hundreds.International stars Steve Smith, David Warner, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow were also in tremendous form last year in both Tests and ODIs. Root was the highest run-scorer in Tests with 1477 runs in 17 matches followed by Bairstow with 1470 runs. Warner (2374 international runs) was consistently scoring runs in all three formats while his captain, Smith, was in even better form with 2406 international runs. These young superstars have the responsibility of carrying world cricket on their shoulders and will once again be in focus in the new year.EMERGING CRICKETERS IN 2017(Reuters Photo)Last year international cricket saw the emergence of a few highly-talented players from all over the world. Cricketers like Jayant Yadav and Karun Nair from India, Kagiso Rabada from South Africa, Mehedi Hassan and Mustafizur Rahman from Bangladesh etc, took international cricket by storm with their stellar performances in limited-overs and Test cricket.Mustafizur, who made his international debut in 2015, really came into his own last year and produced outstanding performances in the World T20 and played a key role in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s victorious campaign in IPL 9. Mehedi, who made his debut against England in the two-Test series in October, almost single-handedly led Bangladesh to victory with 19 wickets at an average of 15.63.Mehedi looks a bright prospect and a future star already. 2017 will give more chances to players like Mehedi and more to showcase their talents on the field.last_img read more

Nebraska Fans Are Furious With Early Penalty Call vs. Ohio State

first_img It didn’t look like the Huskers’ defensive back made contact before the ball got there.No one – AND @TheRock MEANS NO ONE! – knows what Pass Interference is anymore. #Nebraska #OhioState pic.twitter.com/KdAMOoKOQb— Michael Grey (@TheMichaelGrey) September 28, 2019That’s one of the worst Pass interference calls I’ve ever seen. He didn’t even touch him— Brian Mastro (@BstroWX) September 28, 2019Atrocious call on the pass interference. Buckeyes benefit as Justin Fields scores on a 15-yard run the next play.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) September 28, 2019Ohio State is leading Nebraska, 7-0, early in the first quarter.The game is on ABC. nebraska head coach scott frost before a gameLINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches warm ups before the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska fans are not happy with the officiating early in this evening’s home game against No. 5 Ohio State.The Buckeyes were on the receiving end of a questionable-at-best pass interference call that led to an early Justin Fields touchdown.Huskers quarterback Adrian Martinez threw an interception on the first drive of the game, setting up a short field for Ohio State’s offense.Following a first down, the Buckeyes took a shot deep. The pass was incomplete, though Nebraska’s defender was called for pass interference.last_img read more

Global Liner Reliability Drops

first_imgzoom A global decline in performance of shipping lines has been recorded in July for the first time since February, according to SeaIntel’s latest Global Liner Performance report.The drop amounts to almost four percentage points from 75.6% in June to 71.6%, the report shows.Shipping giants Maersk Line, Hamburg Süd and Hanjin are still the most reliable liners, whereas Hyundai Merchant Marine, MOL, NYK were found at the other end of the list of the world’s top 20 shipping lines.Three major trade lines were hit the hardest, based on SeaIntel’s report, those being the transpacific eastbound, Asia-Mediterranean and Asia-north Europe routes.Congestion issues in Rotterdam and Hamburg are believed to be the biggest contributors to liner reliability downturn between Asia and Europe, which fell for 20 percentage points.The drop was further fueled by longshore contract talks in the US along with port workers strike in Chile, as explained by SeaIntel COO Alan Murphy.According to SeaIntel’s midyear review during the second quarter, the overall industry reliability was improving. However, there was a widening gap between industry players.Maersk Line scored an above-industry rating of 86.1%, which was facilitated by fair weather and fewer port closures for the quarter.As the leading liner for Q2, Maersk Line drove the industry gap to 11%, overtaking Hamburg Süd and CSAV with 84.1% and 79.6%, respectively, the review shows. World Maritime News Staff, September 02, 2014; Image: HHM / Dietmar Hasenpuschlast_img read more

Shah pitches for Hindi as common language for India

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday pitched for a common language for the country and said it is Hindi which is spoken the most and can unite the whole country.The home minister also said efforts will be made to expand Hindi to different parts of the country and asked everyone to use their native languages as much as possible. “India has many languages and every language has its importance. But it is absolutely necessary that the entire country should have one language that becomes India’s identity globally,” he said in a series of tweets in Hindi. Shah said that today, if any language which can unite the country, it is Hindi that is spoken the most. “I want to appeal to people to promote their native languages but also use Hindi to make the dream of Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi) and Sardar (Vallabhbhai) Patel of one language come true,” he tweeted. Later, speaking at a ‘Hindi Divas’ function, Shah said Hindi should reach every individual and every home in the country.last_img read more

Exstaffer says Alberta Liberals havent investigated her sex harassment claims

first_imgCALGARY – A former Alberta Liberal staffer who says she was groped and sexually harassed by a former MLA says party leader David Khan’s promise to investigate was an empty one made for political gain.Kirstin Morrell also says five months after Khan promised an internal investigation, she has not heard from him or from any other party official.Morrell came forward last August to say she had been groped and sexually harassed by former Liberal legislature member Darshan Kang when she worked for him in 2012 at his Calgary constituency office.Morrell says she went public because she wanted to support another woman who has accused Kang of sexual harassment in his current role as a member of Parliament.Kang has stepped aside from the federal Liberal caucus to sit as an Independent and has denied the accusations.Khan has not responded to numerous requests for comment.last_img read more

JVP to protest in Colombo

The JVP is to stage a massive protest in Colombo on Tuesday against the shooting incident in Hambantota yesterday.JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that the protest has been organized to vent anger towards the government over the incident in which two people were killed and three others injured. Silva said that the government was responsible for the incident and dismissed attempts to blame a dissident JVP group. Unidentified gunmen on motorbikes carried out the shooting targeting a JVP rally in Hambantota last evening.Silva said that the JVP will take the issue internationally as well and he also said the Marxist party does not have faith on the police investigations. (Report by Indika Sri Aravinda) [slideshow]Pics courtesy JVP media unit He said that the dissidents do not have enough members and supporters to carry out such an attack and that an underworld figure in Hambantota with links to the government was involved. read more

UN refugee agency works to relocate Congolese refugees in Burundi

The site-planning staff members from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) were scheduled to visit eastern Cankuzo and Rutana provinces with a view to moving the refugees to the other side of the country from DRC.Food distribution by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) at three sites – Rugombo, Cibitoke and Gatumba – should be completed by Saturday, while the distribution of blankets, mats, jerry cans and hygienic supplies would continue through the weekend.Small numbers of refugees continued to arrive this week, 250 of them on Tuesday alone, UNHCR said.Preventive measures were taken at all three sites after Médecins sans Frontières confirmed a few cases of cholera and quarantined 30 other people.The DRC Transitional Government recently built up a force of 20,000 troops in the border area with Burundi and Rwanda to counter the insurgency led by dissident DRC Gen. Laurent Nkunda and Col. Jules Mutebusi. The rebels briefly held the town of Bukavu in early June.Another 3,000 people escaped to Rwanda, but that country closed its borders to any more incoming refugees.The Security Council urged Rwanda on Tuesday not to provide any practical or political support to armed groups in the DRC, particularly those led by Gen. Nkunda and Col. Mutebusi, and it strongly encouraged the leaders of DRC, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi “to work together to reduce tensions and restore confidence in the region.” read more

Internet governance funding of technology to be tackled at UN summit

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which aims to bridge the “digital divide,” the wide gap in access to information technologies between affluent and poor communities, will hold its second phase in Tunis from 16 to 18 November. In preparation for this phase, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) held the African Regional Preparatory Conference in Accra, Ghana, in February, drawing over 2,000 African experts in Information and Communications Technology (ICT). They held discussions on an African-led roadmap for ICT development on the continent.In Tunis, African delegates will meet again to fine-tune the plan. Parallel events, including high-level panel discussions, aim to prescribe specific steps towards bridging the digital divide around the world. The first phase of WSIS took place in Geneva, Switzerland from 10 to 12 December 2003, when 175 countries adopted a Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action toward more equal access to information technology.That meeting also spurred UN agencies put ICT programmes into place that address their areas of expertise. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), for example, launched Bridging the Rural Digital Divide, a programme to promote a systematic approach to help rural communities get the information access they need to improve farming and marketing methods and mitigate the effects of natural disasters.It is essential that the second phase of WSIS give sufficient consideration to how and why technologies can improve livelihoods, according to Anton Mangstl, Director of FAO’s Library and Documentation Systems Division. “Often, the weaknesses are not in the infrastructure and tools, but in the process of their adoption and use. So attention needs to be focused on education, information sharing, and communication,” he said.FAO will also address institution and policy frameworks for ICT, and will look at ways in which rural stakeholders can use this technology to gain greater influence. “Rural people and institutions need the opportunity to play a vital role in information sharing. These communities have a wealth of local agricultural knowledge to contribute,” Mr. Mangstl noted. read more

UNICEF warns of lost generation of Rohingya youth one year after Myanmar

“If we don’t make the investment in education now, we face the very real danger of seeing a lost generation of Rohingya children,” UNICEF Bangladesh Representative Edouard Beigbeder said in a statement.“Children who lack the skills they need to deal with their current situation, and who will be incapable of contributing to their society whenever they are able to return to Myanmar.”Inside Cox’s Bazar, some 1,200 education centres were operational by July this year for around 140,000 children – a significant achievement, given the level of demand.But there is no agreed curriculum and few learning opportunities for all those above 14 years old, problems that UNICEF is intent on resolving, by providing a higher quality education that focuses on literacy, language and numeracy, as well as “essential life-skills”.“It’s about an insurance against a loss of a generation of children to hopelessness and despair -something that we really must avoid at all costs,” Mr. Ingram said.“We really want to see everybody accepts that this is not a crisis that is going to go away anytime soon and that we have to plan in a more sustainable way for the future, whether that be in terms of providing water and sanitation or health care, or in need of education.”According to the UN agency report, girls and teenagers are especially at risk of being excluded when it comes to educational opportunities in Cox’s Bazar.It also calls on the Government of Myanmar to ensure that in Rakhine state – where more than half a million Rohingya remain ­ children from all communities have equal access to quality education. Hundreds of thousands of mainly Muslim Rohingya continue to live in cramped and rudimentary camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, after fleeing a military operation in Myanmar that was subsequently likened to “ethnic cleansing” by the UN’s top human rights official, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein.According to UNICEF, the international community needs to do more to prevent some half a million youngsters “falling prey to despair and frustration”.One key need is better education facilities, which some older children say is almost more important than food, according to Simon Ingram, Senior Communication Advisor for UNICEF.“Now they are starting to look forward, they’re starting to wonder, ‘What next?’” Mr. Ingram said, citing a child alert issued late Wednesday. “They are starting to think, you know, what sort of future that they really have, and this is where a new level of anxiety and fear starts to come in.”Although huge advances have been made in the living conditions of those forced to flee Myanmar, including in disease outbreak prevention, improved water provision and stronger shelters, UNICEF warns that children in Cox’s Bazar face a bleak future. But verifying this is challenging, given that UNICEF’s access to the state is only partial, according to Mr. Ingram, who noted that Rohingya displaced by intercommunal violence in 2012 continue to live without hope in camps located in central Rakhine.Under an official deal signed by the UN and the Governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh in June, it was agreed that efforts would be made to create appropriate conditions for the voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya refugees to their former communities.To date, no such returns have happened, Mr. Ingram told journalists at a press briefing in Geneva.“I think everybody would hope that the returns of the Rohingnya people to Myanmar would happen sooner rather than later, as soon as possible indeed,” he said. “But the position of the UN and UNICEF have been absolutely clear, that that can only happen when circumstances are right.” read more

Black Bush triple murder accused for High Court trial

The four men who are accused of the 2016 triple murder in the Black Bush Polder have been committed to stand trial in the High Court.Carlton Chetram, his 17-year-old son Jairam Chetram, and workers Tameshwar Jagmohan, 18, of Lot 222 Mibicuri South, Black Bush Polder; and Rakesh Karamchand of Sheet Anchor, East Canje will now be tried before a judge and jury for the July 23, 2016, murders of Pawan Chandradeo, 37, of Black Bush Polder; his son Jaikarran Chandradeo, 15, and his brother-in-law, Narish Rooplall,33, of Number 73 Village, Corentyne.The bodies of the victims were discovered lying next to each other on a dam at Cookrite Savannah, Black Bush Polder, with gunshot wounds.Three of the four suspects, along with the wife of one of them, were arrested and had confessed to the heinous crime while implicating another man.It had been reported that the suspects were in a rice field belonging to “King”, and were stealing diesel fuel when the trio turned up to catch “hassar”.The suspects, upon seeing the three men discharged bullets in the air forcing them to run to safety. It had also been reported that one of the men told the other that it was important to get rid of the witnesses.The shooter, believed to be the 17-year-old, went over to the men and shot them each once at close range, killing them on the spot.The gun he used reportedly belonged to his father. The bodies were discovered the following day by the owner of the rice field and his workers.Rooplall had a cast net hung over his shoulder, his nephew had a bag with fish hung around his neck, while Chandradeo had his cast net in his hand. Fish, body parts and blood littered the scene.During the Preliminary Inquiry, Attorney at Law Mursaline Bacchus represented the accused. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCorentyne triple murder: 4th suspect likely to be charged soonSeptember 19, 2016In “Court”63-yr-old charged with accessory to Corentyne triple murderSeptember 26, 2016In “Court”Trio remanded for Corentyne triple murderAugust 2, 2016In “Court” read more

Google CEO Larry Page links bonuses to social media success

first_imgGoogle is known for being a trend-setting company that’s usually ahead of tech trends. The company has hit almost all the bases right with mobile (Android), search, shopping, mail, and so on, but the one thing it just can’t seem to wrap its head around is this social media thing. Google has tried time and again to jump on the social media bandwagon but has failed repeatedly with attempts like Google Wave and Google Buzz. However, Google’s new CEO, Larry Page, is set to change that, whether his employees like it or not.Page sent out a company-wide memo Friday that surely led to unanimous sighs coming from employees. These aren’t sighs of relief we’re talking about. The memo alerted Googlers that 25 percent of their annual bonus will now be based on the success or failure of Google’s social strategy this year.Last fall, Google gave all of its employees a 10-percent raise, and a $1,000 bonus as a way to move away from bonuses that were being based on an annual company multiplier. Google had been giving bonuses where the amount was multiplied by a number that was based on the company’s performance overall. However, that’s all changing in 2011 depending on how well Google does in the social media market. The multiplier will be between 0.75 and 1.25 according to the results.Even employees that aren’t directly involved in Google’s social attempts are being held accountable for the hopeful change. Page wants these employees to test the products and give feedback, as well as encourage their friends and family to use Google’s social products. Business Insider said that Google’s PR refuses to comment on internal matters, so this is all a little up in the air until we hear word from Google directly.As we mentioned, Google employees are probably not thrilled that their annual bonus is based on how well Google does in social. Buzz was supposed to be Google’s answer to social media with its Facebook-esque news feed that surprised us all in Gmail last February. Most of us just turned Buzz off immediately and forgot about it. But Google also made a little flub with Buzz’s privacy settings, which made it even less appealing to anyone who was willing to try it out. Buzz was a little unclear about who could see what, and it apparently was sharing information to other Buzz users about the way you use Gmail. So, the FTC got involved, and now Google has the FTC watching it closely.Google’s latest attempt at social is +1, which lets you see how many times a search result has been “+1ed” while you’re searching something on Google. You’ll see it as a button next to the blue links which lets other users know it’s something they should check out. The button is only on Google Search right now, but the company hopes it will be elsewhere soon. We’re guessing it will be similar to Facebook’s “like” button that’s now common on many websites including this one.If +1 can catch on, Google employees may have a good chance at getting that bonus this year. Maybe we should all start “+1ing” to help out the Googlers?via Business Insiderlast_img read more

La génétique réfute une nouvelle fois la possibilité dun scénario à la

first_imgLa génétique réfute (une nouvelle fois) la possibilité d’un scénario à la ‘Jurassic Park’Des chercheurs britanniques ont échoué, même avec les techniques les plus modernes, à récupérer de l’ADN utilisable dans des insectes figés dans la résine beaucoup moins anciens que ceux de l’époque des dinosaures. Ce qui, soulignent-ils, compromet gravement les espoirs soulevés par le film ‘Jurassic Park’, dans lequel des dinosaures étaient recréés à partir d’ADN récupéré ainsi. “Intuitivement, on pourrait imaginer que l’engloutissement complet et rapide dans la résine, qui entraîne une mort quasi-instantanée, pourrait permettre la conservation de l’ADN chez un insecte ainsi englué”, commence le Dr David Penney, spécialiste de ces questions à l’Université de Manchester. Dans le film de 1993, ‘Jurassic Park’, des scientifiques récupèrent en effet de l’ADN de dinosaures dans le corps – fossilisé dans l’ambre – d’insectes piqueurs contemporains de ces reptiles, et utilisent ce matériel génétique pour recréer ces derniers. L’histoire était alors inspirée de l’idée de certains (vrais) scientifiques de l’époque, qui estimaient la chose potentiellement réalisable. Certains ont même dit avoir réussi, dans une certaine mesure, la première partie de l’expérience (la récupération de séquences génétiques anciennes). Cependant, une équipe dirigée par le Dr Penney et le Pr Terry Brown, spécialiste de l’ADN ancien, a récemment retenté l’expérience – non pas pour dénicher de l’ADN de dinosaure, mais en essayant seulement d’extraire et de ‘compléter’ de l’ADN extrait d’insectes bien plus récents.Ces derniers vieux de 60 à 16.000 ans étaient englués dans du copal, une résine secrétée par certains arbres tropicaux. Les manipulations se sont déroulées dans des laboratoires spécialement dédiés à cela, isolés et hyper-sécurisés en termes d’accès, d’hygiène et de ventilation, prévenant toute possibilité de contamination par de l’ADN actuel ‘parasite’ (les généticiens et les techniciens étaient vêtus de combinaisons utilisées en médecine légale). Pas du véritable ADN ancienÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais même dans ces conditions, l’équipe n’a pas réussi à récupérer et reconstituer l’ADN ancien… Dans leur étude publiée dans la revue PLoS ONE, les chercheurs concluent ainsi que leur incapacité à exploiter de l’ADN ancien relativement récent malgré l’utilisation de méthodes ‘next génération’ suggère que le potentiel de survie de l’ADN dans l’ambre (résine fossilisée) n’est pas supérieur, voire inférieur, à celui de sa survie dans des insectes séchés de muséums. “Dans les années 1990, les études d’amplification d’ADN ont été réalisées via un processus appelé ‘réaction en chaîne de la polymérase’, qui amplifie préférentiellement les molécules d’ADN actuel, en bon état, qui contaminent l’ADN ancien, partiellement dégradé – ce qui donne des résultats faussement positifs qui peuvent être confondus avec du véritable ADN ancien”, explique le Pr Brown. De précédentes études étaient déjà arrivées à la conclusion que l’ADN était trop fragile pour survivre aussi longtemps même piégé dans un organisme comme un insecte. “Donc, malheureusement, le scénario de ‘Jurassic Park’ doit demeurer dans le domaine de la fiction”, conclut le Dr Penney. Le 14 septembre 2013 à 19:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Support line calls related to work issues after a cancer diagnosis increase

first_imgCharity organisation Macmillian Cancer Support has reported a 74% increase in the number of calls to its support line that specifically centre around work-related issues, such as discrimination and dismissal, after employees receive a cancer diagnosis. This is based on 1,711 calls made between June 2017 and May 2018, compared to 982 calls made between June 2016 and May 2017.Liz Egan (pictured), Working Through Cancer programme lead at Macmillian Cancer Support, said: “The rise in calls we have experienced to our helpline is staggering, and shows just how vital it is that people with cancer have support and advice with their choices around work.”Furthermore, research by the charity, which polled 1,507 employees diagnosed with cancer and 1,012 line managers, found that 20% of those who returned to work after an absence caused by cancer faced discriminatory treatment, such as demotion, while 9% found that their employer had a lack of understanding around their needs. A minority (4%) of respondents even reported they lost their jobs as a result of their diagnosis.Although 87% of employee respondents stated that it was important to continue working after their diagnosis, 34% of line managers worried that the employee would not stay long in the job and 8% feared that someone could use their illness as an excuse not to pull their weight at work.More than one in 10 (13%) line managers were concerned that an employee’s cancer diagnosis could cause awkwardness, and 12% were worried that it could cause resentment among colleagues. A small number (8%) of respondents who were diagnosed with cancer while employed felt that their colleagues did not understand their needs.“We know how important it is to many people to work during cancer treatment, or return to employment afterwards, and this is entirely possible with the right support,” said Egan. “However, some managers may have misconceptions about employees with a cancer diagnosis.“Employers must be aware of their legal obligations under the Equality Act and ensure that there are appropriate policies and processes in place to best support their staff.”last_img read more

Milcon Spending Bill includes Missile Site BRAC Amendments

first_imgHouse lawmakers approved two amendments of interest to defense communities — one that would provide funding for an East Coast missile defense site and one that would prohibit a new BRAC round — as part of the fiscal 2016 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs spending bill the chamber approved Thursday.  Language allocating $30 million for the planning, design and construction of an East Coast missile defense site was offered by freshman Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y), whose district includes Fort Drum.Last year, the Defense Department said it would prepare environmental impact statements at four locations, including Fort Drum, N.Y., to determine a potential site to host ground-based interceptors to protect the East Coast. The department’s effort to identify an East Coast missile defense site follows Congress’ direction to study at least three potential sites, including at least two on the East Coast. DOD, however, has made no decision to proceed with construction of a new missile defense site, and officials do not believe it is necessary.The other three sites the department is studying are: Naval Air Station Portsmouth SERE Training Area, Maine; Camp Ravenna Joint Training Center, Ohio; and Fort Custer Training Center, Mich.Lawmakers also approved by voice vote an amendment that would prohibit the use of funds from the milcon spending bill to implement a new BRAC round. The provision was introduced by another Republican freshman, Rep. John Ratcliffe (Texas). Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

BNP condemns attack on Bernicat

first_imgLogo of BNPAccusing the ruling party cadres of attacking the vehicle of US ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, BNP on Sunday demanded immediate action against those involved in the incident, news agency UNB reports.Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also strongly condemned the incident saying that it is tantamount to attack the USA.”Bernicat is the representative of the USA. The attack on the US ambassador is tantamount to the attack on that country,” the news agency quoted Mirza Fakhrul Islam as saying.Fakrul also regretted that the attack will badly harm Bangladesh image in the international arena. “We demand the government immediately identify Awami League cadres who carried out the attack and met out exemplary punishment to them. We also strongly protest and denounce the attack,” he said.last_img read more

Stop Trying to Build the Next Salesforce and Build User Value Instead

first_img 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When business applications began shifting to the cloud in the early to mid-2000s, it changed the way software was consumed but not its ultimate goal. At the end of the day, vendors were building applications they wanted lines of business users to live in, just through their browser versus the desktop.Related: Stop Thinking Killer App and Start Thinking Killer ExperienceIt was the ultimate software vanity game — how can we make our applications stickier and get sales, accounting, marketing and customer support users to live in them? Step one was offering a bunch of compliance and security features that secured IT signoff. Step two was providing reporting that management loved, so they mandated usage among their teams. Salesforce was Siebel, just in the cloud. The same thing happened in business intelligence, ERP, customer support and other areas.But, then 2007 happened with the launch of the iPhone. Once mobile apps began changing the way consumers viewed software — making it easy for people to download an app for free, and if they didn’t derive value from it, delete it — business application vendors took notice. Quickly, the days of centralized IT purchases and top-down mandating of software faded, except for wall-to-wall implementations or in large, regulated businesses. Instead, business users were adopting applications department by department with a free trial and a quick swipe of their credit card and stopping the trial or subscription if they didn’t derive value.If client-server was the 1.0 of software and SaaS is 2.0, then smartphones ushered in third-generation software apps that put the power in the hands of the user and not IT. Dropbox, Slack and other similar applications have experienced rapid growth thanks to this model of freemium individual usage, land and expand among departments, leading to enterprise adoption.But, even in the 3.0 era of software driven by the iPhone, building a vanity application was still possible. I already gave Slack as one example, but you would be hard-pressed to find organizations that use only Slack and not Gmail, Zoom, Asana, InVision and other collaboration or project management tools, too. So, business users might be at an age where they have more control over usage but are still at the mercy of having to use a lot of tools to get the job done.Related: User Experience Is the Most Important Metric You Aren’t MeasuringThe age of user productivity over application vanityWe’re in the throes of another shift in the way applications are designed and consumed, and it is about to give the user even more power. Four major trends are driving this shift:1. Data-driven organizations and the rise of machine learning. Companies now understand the need to build data-rich systems that can learn user and customer behaviors over time, driving automation and even low-level decision-making or recommendations. The key to making this data as rich as it needs to be is having applications that operate less as central usage silos, and instead, help facilitate the flow of data between applications.2. The APIficiation of software. The need for more connected applications and less SaaS silos has led to an explosion of API development, making integrations less complicated and more seamless for even the smallest of organizations. Stripe gets 100 million API calls per day, and while it is a unique case in the payments space, enterprise apps are using the same model to make their applications more extensible.Related: If You’re Asking Customers How You Can Help, It’s Too Late3. The “relationship era” in customer management. The days of a single salesperson being the start, middle and end of the customer relationship are over. Customers deal with marketing, sales, customer support, customer success, finance and even a social media team, meaning that everyone is a brand ambassador and they need to know where that relationship stands at any given time. Everyone touches relationships and data can’t just live or be siloed in CRM and marketing automation systems, but should be shared between them and other systems.4. Productivity is king. Because in business, user experience is predicated on job success so professionals are more likely to embrace applications that make them productive. For most jobs, that means applications that automate the mundane and allow people to live in the productivity tools they use on an everyday basis. So, it becomes less about getting customers to go to your SaaS application and more about whether you can automate the flow of data between your application and productivity apps like G Suite, Office 365 and others.To be a successful entrepreneur in the “age of productivity,” founders must check their egos at the door and focus on individual user productivity as the key metric of the value you bring. Other metrics will be a bigger and bigger distraction to what you need to do to build a great product, a great suite and a long-lasting company your investors, your customers and the market writ large will love. Register Now » October 18, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals were just officially elimina

first_img The Arizona Cardinals were just officially eliminated from the playoffs with their loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, as that defeat dropped them to 5-8-1 on the season.It’s a disappointing season and some might blame Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer.Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bedard might be one who believes Palmer is less a victim and more of a cause for Arizona’s struggles. He thinks the Cardinals had enough weapons around Palmer that the team should have won more games. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) Bedard placed the Cardinals ninth in his rankings of best NFL supporting casts — that, from judging pass protection, the run game, the weapons around the QB, coaching and the defense.Volume and the talent of David Johnson definitely make the running game look better than it is and the weapons as a whole haven’t held up their end of the bargain this season, but this is still a good situation. Bruce Arians has one of the more creative attacks but both the offensive line and an aging Carson Palmer have let Arians down, although he should have done more to help his QB.Bedard listed the Cardinals as having the fourth-best defense in the league and the fourth-best coaching staff. He ranked Arizona ninth in the weapons category.But Arizona has not done much in pass protection (24th) or in the run game (19th) despite Johnson’s numbers, according to the SI writer. Moreover, Palmer himself hasn’t kept pace with his level of play from a year ago.By ESPN’s QBR (21st) and by Sports Illustrated’s Most Valuable Quarterback rankings (26th), the Cardinals signal-caller has struggled.A year after being near the top in both categories, Palmer lands in the bottom and some of it has been his own fault.Palmer has thrown 22 touchdown passes and 3,694 yards through the air so far this season. He’s tied for seventh in the league with 13 interceptions. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Palmer has remained healthy for most of the season but was forced to miss only one game because of a concussion. However, Drew Stanton led the Cardinals into San Francisco and got the win in the game Palmer missed, so when the starter has played this year, Arizona is only 4-8-1. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Bestselling Books Week Ending 11418 HARDCOVER FI

first_img Bestselling Books Week Ending 1/14/18HARDCOVER FICTION1. “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn (William Morrow)2. “Origin” by Dan Brown (Doubleday)3. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham (Doubleday)4. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celest Ng (Penguin)5. “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin (G.P. Putnams’s Sons)6. “Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)7. “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine)8. “The Wife Between Us” by Hendricks/Pekkanen (St. Martin’s)9. “Blood Fury” by J.R. Ward (Ballantine)10. “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child (Delacorte)11. “Unbound” by Stuart Woods (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)12. “Year One” by Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s)13. “Robicheaux” by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster)14. “The People vs. Alex Cross” by James Patterson (Little, Brown)15. “The Wanted” by Robert Crais (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff (Holt)2. “When” by Daniel H. Pink (Riverhead)3. “The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook” by Melissa Hartwig (HMH)4. “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson (Norton)5. “The Super Metabolism Diet” by Zinczenko/Mayo (Ballantine)6. “The Wisdom of Sundays” by Oprah Winfrey (Flatiron)7. “Leonardo Da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster)8. “The Last Black Unicorn” by Tiffany Haddish (Gallery)9. “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics” by Dan Harris (Random/Spiegel & Grau)10. “Braving the Wilderness” by Brene’ Brown (Random House)11. “Make Your Bed” by William H. McRaven (Grand Central Publishing)12. “Principles” by Ray Dalio (Simon & Schuster)13. “Anxious for Nothing” by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson)14. “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!” by Ree Drummond (William Morrow)15. “Natural Disaster” by Ginger Zee (Kingswell)MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS1. “No Middle Name” by Lee Child (Dell)2. “Secrets in Death” by J.D. Robb (St. Martin’s)3. “Any Dream Will Do” by Debboe Macomber (Ballantine)4. “Spring Forward” by Catherine Anderson (Berkley)5. “Never Never” by James Patterson (Vision)6. “Need to Know” by Fern Michaels (Zebra)7. “The Lost Order” by Steve Berry (Minotaur)8. “An Engagement in Seattle” by Debbie Macomber (Mira)9. “Dangerous Games” by Danielle Steel (Dell)10. “Preacher’s Kill” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)11. “Mississippi Blood” by Greg Iles (William Morrow)12. “Man Overboard” by J.A. Jance (Pocket)13. “The Pines of Winder Ranch” by RaeAnne Thayne (HQN)14. “Cowboy Country” by Miller/Fossen (HQN)15. “When We Meet” by Nora Roberts (Silhouette)TRADE PAPERBACKS1. “The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur (Andrews McMell)2. “The Women in the Castle” by Jessica Shattuck (William Morrow)3. “Darker” by E.L. James (Vintage)4. “Instant Pot Cookbook” by Roy Fisher (CreateSpace)5. “We Were the Lucky Ones” by Georgia Hunter (Penguin)6. “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly (Ballantine)7. “Instant Pot Miracle” (HMH)8. “The Whole30 Day by Day” by Melissa Hartwig (HMH)9. “The Official SAT Study Guide, 2018” (College Board)10. “Pachinko” (National Book Award) by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central Publishing)11. “Call Me by Your Name” (movie tie-in) by Andre Aciman (Picador)12. “Home Sweet Murder” (TV tie-in) by James Patterson (Grand Central)13. “The Girl Before” by J.P. Delaney (Ballantine)14. “Murder, Interrupted” (TV tie-in) by James Patterson (Grand Central Publishing)15. “16th Seduction” by Patterson/Paetro (Grand Central Publishing)Copyright 5/8 2017 Publishers Weekly, powered by NPD BookScan 5/8 2017 NPD Group. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellers by The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2018 11:19 am PDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Number of registered unemployed drops 86 in March

first_imgThe number of registered unemployed dropped in March 8.6 per cent or by 3,695 compared to the respective month of 2016 to 39,088 and by 3,328 compared to the month before, the statistical service said.Last month, the number of registered unemployed dropped a seasonally adjusted 8.5 per cent or by 3,391 to 36,420 compared to March 2016 and by 648 compared to February, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.The drop in unemployment in March was mainly on a reduction by 1,325 in the public administration in a year, by 1,223 in construction, by 597 in manufacturing, and 411 in trade, Cystat said. The number of unemployed in the financial sector rose by 430.You May LikeCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more