World T20: Managing chaos was the key to seal tense win, says MS Dhoni

first_imgIndian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the team’s ability to stay calm under intense pressure and manage the “chaotic situation” with a cool head paved the way for their nerve-wracking one-run win over Bangladesh in the ICC World Twenty20 here.The prospect of securing a semi-final berth at stake, India survived a mighty scare to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in front of a packed crowd at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, helping them to the second position in the group. (Told Pandya not to bowl yorker, says MS Dhoni )”In a situation like this, it’s literally chaos. What you are trying to do is you’re trying to manage chaos,” Dhoni said after the match.”Everybody will come and he’ll have his own opinion. Often the opinion of a batsman is very different to the opinion of a bowler. But what you have to do is you have to see what the strength of the batsman is who is batting at that point of time, how the wicket is behaving, whether there is some kind of reverse swing or no reverse swing on offer. All these things you need to calculate and I feel what really helps is you listen to all of them.””But at the end of the day you push the bowler to bowl what you feel is good at that point of time. If I am convinced that this is something I want to do, I will go ahead with it but definitely having an open mind really helps because at times under pressure, thats where the input of others comes in. But you have to assess everything and it has to happen in a very short span of time,” he said. (How Hardik Pandya held his nerves to help India to win )advertisementDhoni said the victory will not erase the pain of the 2007 loss to the same opponent that knocked India out of the World Cup.”We still remember 2007 loss. The reason being we were not able to qualify for the next stage in spite of playing good cricket. We are also human beings; we also feel hurt if we have not done well. I think it is an emotional connect to the game and I think this victory does not ease 2007 loss,” he said.Dhoni hailed the younger players in the side for stepping up and performing in key roles. He specifically gave credit to Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah, who looked nervous at the start after a misfield that led to a boundary and a dropped catch.”As far as Hardik is concerned, there is a phase where there would be ups and downs. Once you are through these phases or chapters, you become an accomplished player as a bowler and as a batsman,” he told reporters at the post-match press conference.Pleased with the way Pandya came back after conceding two boundaries in the final over, Dhoni spoke about what led to him giving the last over to the youngster with Bangladesh needing 11 to win. The bowler was told not to try bowling yorkers, and rather try back of the length deliveries.”There were quite a few stuff we were discussing, one thing was for sure, we did not want him (Hardik) to bowl a yorker. It had to be a back of a length, but how back of a length, that was the question. You dont want to bowl a wide. We were deciding out field and I think he executed really well,” Dhoni said.”The batsmen were scoring quite freely at that point of time. I knew I had to take that one over from somebody, whether it was a spinner or Hardik Pandya. I said what is important right now is to make a game out of it and that’s where I said I’ll use the proper bowlers at this point of time and we’ll see how many runs are needed in the last over. Then according to that we’ll decide.” (India got out of jail against Bangladesh, says Steve Waugh )Calling it a team effort, Dhoni said most of the players had a rough outing.”It was still a very good effort by the team. I felt majority members of the team had a tough day. Ash (R Ashwin) had a very good day when it comes to bowling but still there were patches, where he went for runs. All the bowlers went for runs but they came back and everybody contributed. So I feel it’s a very good game for us, especially for youngsters who have not played under a lot of pressure,” he said.advertisementAbout Bumrah, Dhoni said, “After the first misfield, if you see actually his international career, this was the first game where he was under pressure. It’s not only the pressure of bowling. I consider him slightly weak when it comes to the fielding department and todays game was very important. We all knew how important it was. The very first ball if you miss, as a youngster you are under pressure and I feel that actually reflected in his bowling also, then he dropped a catch. It’s important at that point of time to tell him that it doesn’t really matter because what has happened has happened.”On the playing conditions, Dhoni said the first half belonged to spinners and in the second the batsmen called the shots.”I think it was tough toss to lose. The wicket played differently in both innings. In first innings, the pitch was sluggish and spinners came to play. In the second half, it became better for batting, but credit should not be taken away from Bangladesh. They played really well. They were cruising along and kept constant pressure on our bowlers,” he said.last_img read more

All-new Maruti Suzuki Vitara revealed, India launch soon

first_imgIndo-Japanese vehicle manufacturer Maruti Suzuki has been testing its latest upcoming big SUV Vitara in India. There were also a number of pics of the Vitara spotted testing on the roads in India and now Suzuki has unveiled the updated Vitara globally.The facelifted Vitara is slated to be launched in Europe by the end of this year, with the Indian variant making its way to the Indian shores sometime early next year. The new Vitara sports a newly revised front with redesigned radiator grille and new sleeker headlamps. Even the tail lamps have been updated. The 2018 Maruti Vitara now gets a distinctive metallic paint and measures 4.2 meters in length. The new Vitara gets a chrome radiator grille, new fog lamps, LED DRLs, a blacked out B Pillar and a tinted rear windshield. The wheel arches now sport plastic black cladding and the Vitara sits on new alloy wheels. The Vitara is already on sale in international markets. The Suzuki Vitara sits on top of the S-Cross in the Suzuki vehicle portfolio. The Vitara is powered by a choice of both petrol or diesel engines. The Vitara is powered by a 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder petrol which churns out 118bhp and 156Nm of torque. The diesel variant is powered by a 1.6-litre engine which churns out 118bhp and 320Nm of peak power. The powertrain is mated to a 5-speed or a 6-speed manual transmission, or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The Suzuki Vitara also gets AWD as an option. The new Vitara now gets an option of a new turbocharged petrol and a diesel engine option, which are 1.0-litre and a 1.4-litre respectively. The petrol churns out 111bhp while the diesel churns out 140bhp. The top-spec variants also get Suzuki’s AWD AllGrip. Gearboxes include manual transmission as well as automatic as well.advertisementWe know many people will mistake it for the new Brezza, but the Vitara is a 4.2 meter long SUV while the Brezza falls under the compact SUV category which means it will be under 4 meters. The Vitara is slated to make ground by next year and we can’t wait to see how the new SUV fares in the Indian market.last_img read more

Saurabh Chaudhary feeling superb after setting new record in shooting World Cup

first_imgA gold medal with a world record score and an Olympic quota as an icing on the cake, young Saurabh Chaudhary could have hardly asked for more on a ‘Super Sunday’, where his sole focus was on giving his best “shot”.Saurabh, who holds the junior world record, smashed the senior record on his way to the men’s 10m air pistol gold at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi.He finished with a total score of 245, also securing an Olympic quota for the country in the process.”I was not thinking about the world record. If I had thought about making a record then it would not have been possible, neither was I thinking about the Olympic quota, I just wanted to give my best,” Saurabh said after the win.Saurabh, whose every shot were met by ecstatic cheers from the crowd, said it was special winning at home.”To win a medal in front of the home crowd, in my first senior World Cup was superb. The crowd was similar to the Asian Games,” the teenager said.He may have dominated the final event from the start, finishing 5.7 points ahead of the silver medallist but assessed that the field was tough.”This being my first senior final, I felt the pressure in the morning. The competition was hard. I was aware of my lead but didn’t let it get to my head. I was not thinking about the quota, just wanted to give my best,” he said.While it was ecstacy for Saurabh, Manu Bhaker faced another disappointment failing to finish on the podium in the 25m pistol event was shattered by the defeat.advertisement”I tried my best. I don’t know what happened,” Manu said.Asked if she was nervous or felt burdened by the expectation of the home crowd she said:”The support was great. There was no pressure I was just happy India is hosting the World Cup.”Asked whether the injury to her left arm caused her problems Manu insisted that she was fully fit.”l had some problems with my left arm till February 21 but now it’s fine. That is not the reason for my bad performance today,” Manu didn’t make any excuses.The youngster said that he is yet to figure out why she is having a consistent final jinx.”I do not know about the mistakes I committed right now. My monitor was on the other side so I couldn’t see it properly. My performance in 25m throughout last year has been 4th, 5th or 6th position. I don’t know what’s wrong,” she said.Manu had finished sixth in the Asian Games and fifth at the ISSF World Cup in Mexico last year.”I am focussing on 10m now,” she said.last_img read more

AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women’s football team to face tricky Nepal in Round 2

first_imgThe Indian women’s football team faces a stern test against a tricky Nepal in their Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 match here on Saturday.The two teams will be up against each other for the third time since February. In the Hero Gold Cup, Nepal had triumphed 2-1 in Bhubaneswar, while the Indians had a revenge of sorts in their 3-1 win in the SAFF Championship final.1 day to go!The Indian women’s team is gearing up to take on Nepal tomorrow in a crucial encounter #BackTheBlue #ShePower #IndianFootball Football Team (@IndianFootball) April 5, 2019India head coach Maymol Rocky said her side would look to score first and put the opposition under pressure.”We need to take our chances. Nepal possess the ability to hurt us. That was on display in Bhubaneswar. We will try to score first,” Maymol said.”Sabitra Bhandari is one of their (Nepal’s) key players in attack, and we will try to neutralize her,” she added.Maymol spoke about her players having a good relationship with the Nepalese but said on the field there will be no concessions.Here is how the teams rank in Group A of the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2#ShePower #IndianFootball #BackTheBlue Football Team (@IndianFootball) April 5, 2019With only one team qualifying, and both India and Myanmar level on points, a win for Maymol-coached side will further boost their chances for a qualification from the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2.Dalima Chhibber, who scored off a majestic free-kick in the SAFF final against Nepal, said the two teams are “aware of the strengths of each other”.advertisement”Nepal are a side which know us very well as to how we play. We know them equally well. So it will be a battle of who can convert in front of the goal.Also Read | India women’s football team beat Indonesia 2-0Also Read | AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women sail past Indonesia with 2-0 winAlso Read | Indumathi Kathiresan stars as India beat Hong Kong in women’s footballAlso Watch | R Ashwin on Mankading in IPL 2019: My conscience is very clear after the incidentlast_img read more


first_imgSioux City is about to start construction on some new trails in four different locations.City Parks Director Matt Salvatore says two of the trails are on the city’s northside:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………that trail completed. :18Also in April, phase one work on Riverside’s Big Sioux Trail between Riverside Park and River Drive will resume:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….on August 31st. :07Salvatore says the 4th trail project that will connect Chautauqua Park to Chris Larsen Park does not have a specific start date yet:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….quick as we can. :19The City hopes to begin construction later this year and complete that project in 2019.last_img read more

Rethinking Referral Systems

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 3, 2010June 20, 2017By: Ann Blanc, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Written by: Ann BlancOver the last 2 ½ days, the Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) project and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-hosted a consultation on “Rethinking Referral Systems”. The meeting gathered together a group of professionals working on improving referral systems in low resource settings, including people from the maternal and newborn health, transport, roads, and emergency medicine fields.The Director of AMDD, Lynn Freedman, started the meeting by posting a quote from Albert Einstein, who said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” She used this quote to encourage the participants to expand our thinking about referral systems for maternal and newborn health to embrace a “systems perspective” – a perspective that recognizes that systems are complex and non-linear, that they adapt to innovation and respond to feedback. This perspective recognizes that the parts of a system can’t be separated from the whole. These are abstract ideas but we had the opportunity to translate them into more concrete terms by drawing pictures in small groups of a maternal and newborn health referral system – trying to incorporate its structures, viewpoints, responsibilities, and processes.Once the drawings were completed, it was obvious that the groups recognized the complexity of referral systems – these were messy, dense drawings! But, it was also obvious that there were many entry points at which improvements could be made – starting at the community level and reaching into comprehensive emergency obstetric care facilities. We spent the next two days discussing these issues, listening to fascinating presentations about work going on in the field (cell phone applications, electronic medical records, GIS modeling, call centers), and working on a decision guide, and research agenda.It was a stimulating couple of days and we all came up with follow up actions we planned to take within our own organizations. My commitment was to share this information with those who read our blog and make sure you know where to get the materials presented at the meeting as well as some great background resources. Click here for these materials and check back because a report on the meeting and other materials will also be added shortly.Share this:last_img read more

2018/19 Budget Increased by $17.4 Billion

first_img The Government is proposing to spend an additional $17.42 billion for this fiscal year. The Government is proposing to spend an additional $17.42 billion for this fiscal year.This is outlined in the first Supplementary Estimates for the 2018/19 financial year, which was tabled by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (September 25).The Estimates shows that the budget has been increased from $773.68 billion to $791.11 billion.Recurrent (housekeeping) expenses have moved from $560.04 billion to $572.46 billion, for an additional expenditure of $12.4 billion.In terms of capital (development) spending, this is proposed to be increased by $5 billion, moving from $213.64 billion to $218.64 billion.Of the increase, $7.3 billion will go towards the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP). The additional funds are required due to faster-than-programmed project execution.Another $7 billion has been set aside for a grant to local authorities to deal with the payment of arrears and current charges for street lighting.Further, $445 million will go towards enhanced security measures to support the States of Public Emergency and Zones of Special Operations; to support the establishment of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB); and to improve 60 priority police locations islandwide.In addition, $527.66 million will be spent on the reverification of voters. This exercise will involve the phased removal of deceased persons from the voters’ list.Members of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) and the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament are to deliberate on the Supplementary Estimates next week, following which it will be debated in the House of Representatives for its approval. Story Highlights This is outlined in the first Supplementary Estimates for the 2018/19 financial year, which was tabled by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (September 25). The Estimates shows that the budget has been increased from $773.68 billion to $791.11 billion.last_img read more

NRC ABYSO to hold sitin demonstration in city

first_imgNew Delhi: The All Bengali Youth and Students Organisation (ABYSO) in New Delhi will stage a sit-in demonstration from 10 am today morning till 4 pm in the afternoon, in solidarity with the Sara Assam Bangali Oikya Mancha, which will also be participating in the protest event against the implementation of the NRC, the final list of which has excluded more than 19 lakh people. While the government has said that all who are excluded will be provided a fair chance before a foreigner’s Tribunal to prove their case, the ABYSO has taken a strong stance against the government saying that the entire process is either due to lack of clarity, clerical error, or an intentional move to support Assam-based chauvinist organisations. The ABYSO said in a statement that the Bengali speaking community in Assam has suffered a lot and that human rights of a lot in the community had been violated by putting people in detention camps. The organisation also said that people in Assam continue to be harassed regularly because of the perceived notion of them being foreigners because of NRC exclusion. Several other Assamese and Bengali student organisations from state across the country will also be participating in the sit-in demonstration.last_img read more

Nova Scotia becomes first Canadian province to ban declawing of cats

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia has become the first province to ban medically unnecessary cat declawing.The ban — part of a worldwide movement against the practice — took effect Thursday after a three-month education period.The Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association decided in December to amend its code of ethics to make the practice of elective and non-therapeutic declawing ethically unacceptable.Veterinarian organizations in many other provinces are having active discussions on the issue.The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association strengthened its stand against declawing domestic cats last March, saying the practice causes unnecessary and avoidable pain.While some municipalities have enacted regulations against declawing, Nova Scotia becomes the first province or state in North America to declare the practice unethical.The practice has already been banned in the U.K., Europe, Australia and several California cities.“It’s a great day. I’m so proud of the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association,” Dr. Hugh Chisholm, a retired veterinarian who had pushed for the change, said after the association’s decision in December.“You are amputating 10 bones from 10 digits on the paws of a cat, and if that doesn’t constitute mutilation, I don’t know what does,” he said.For years, some pet owners have had their cats declawed to prevent scratches to furniture, people and other pets. But the Canadian vets association says scratching is normal behaviour that cats use to mark territory, help with balance, climb and defend themselves.Chisholm said there will still be cases where declawing will be medically necessary.last_img read more

Fez Investigative Hearing of French Alleged Pedophile Postponed

Rabat – The Court of Second Instance in Fez has postponed the investigative hearing to evaluate the charges of sexual assault of minors levied against 58-year-old Frenchman until Monday, January 22.Asmae Kabba, a social activist following the case closely and who is President of the Moroccan Association Against Violence and Homelessness, an organization that provides support to sexual assault victims, confirmed the postponement to MWN on Wednesday.Kabba said that the investigative hearing had been postponed in the absence of one of the victims. The defendant is in custody of the Police in Fez. The social activist added that the National Observatory for the Rights of the Child chaired by Princess Lalla Meryem will also join the proceedings as a civil party to advocate on behalf of the underage girls. She said that she hopes that the intervention of the princesses’ association will help speed up the process and that the defendant “will get the punishment he deserves.”Hundreds of residents in the Fez medina took to the streets once again on Wednesday to stand in solidarity with the minor girls before the Court where the French tourist previously appeared on charges of rape and sexual assault of two girls aged 11 and 14.Earlier this month, the defendant, who arrived in Morocco approximately 18 months ago and has since been introducing himself to locals in Fez as a “tourist,” was arrested on January 1 in a tailor’s workshop in the Medina after allegedly committing the sexual acts on the two little girls.In a recorded interview posted on social media, the girls claimed that the 58-year-old defendant had been grooming them with money and toys, promising gifts from France. Their identities were concealed in the film as they are filmed from behind.“When I refused to comply with his orders, he threatened me and told me that he would slaughter my family,” said one of the girls in the moving interview.During the first hearing that took place on January 5, the defendant admitted to drugging and raping the two young girls. read more

UN development partnership seeks to boost agricultural sector in Myanmar

15 December 2009United Nations development officials held talks with Government ministers in Myanmar today aimed at boosting the impoverished country’s agricultural sector to help it reclaim its status as the rice bowl of Asia. “It is my hope these ideas and analysis will open a new space for policy discussion and a further deepening of our development partnership,” UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Executive Secretary Noeleen Heyzer said at the event held in Myanmar’s capital, Nay Pyi Taw.This development partnership, requested by the Government, provides a unique platform for eminent international scholars and local researchers to exchange experiences and ideas with government agencies and civil society, she added of this the second in a series of events being organized by ESCAP with the country’s Ministries of Agriculture and Irrigation, and National Planning and Economic Development.At ESCAP’s invitation, Nobel Prize-winning economist Professor Joseph Stiglitz and other eminent experts discussed various strategies for Myanmar to reduce poverty in light of Asia’s regional and sub-regional experiences. Mr. Stiglitz noted that Myanmar was well-positioned to learn from other countries in the region that have developed economically on the back of gains in agriculture.There are large opportunities for improvement and Myanmar should take a comprehensive approach, he said, urging the Government to promote access to appropriate agricultural financing and boost access to seeds and fertilizers. The country should also dramatically boost spending on health and education, and create well-paid jobs in construction of rural infrastructure to stimulate development and raise incomes and spending.Mr. Stiglitz also noted that well-functioning institutions were critical to success, stressing that revenues from oil and gas can open up a new era, if used well. If not, then valuable opportunities will be squandered, he warned said, adding that economics and politics cannot be separated.For Myanmar to take a role on the world stage and to achieve true stability and security, there must be widespread participation and inclusive processes, he said.Myanmar’s Agriculture and Irrigation Minister U Htay Oo welcomed the continued close cooperation with ESCAP in the development partnership series. “I look forward to the joint activities to come in 2010, in particular the regional development programme for sustainable agriculture towards inclusive rural economy development,” he said. read more

Apple just unveiled a new iPod Touch — the first update in

Apple Inc. introduced a new iPod Touch Tuesday, showing support for a product that hadn’t been updated in four years after long being overshadowed by the iPhone.The new model will be priced starting at US$199, or $249 in Canada, and will contain Apple’s own A10 processor, allowing for a better gaming experience and new augmented reality features for the product, as well as Group FaceTime chat, Apple said. How the Apple Store lost its lustre Apple’s new product launch continues with updated AirPods ahead of March 25 event Apple’s hardware blitz continues as it rolls out first update to the iMac desktop in almost two years Apple hadn’t updated the iPod since 2015, and the enhancements will support Apple’s new services, such as Apple News+, Apple Arcade for games and Apple TV+, due to hit later this fall with original programming. Apple is increasingly counting on services to drive growth as sales of the iPhone slip. Fans of the Touch appreciate being able to access most of Apple’s apps and content without being tied to a phone subscription. The new lower price makes it less expensive than an iPad, which start at US$329.The original iPod arrived in 2001. It wasn’t the first digital music player but it upended the music industry and put 1,000 songs in people’s pockets. The shuffle hit the market in 2005 as the first iPod with faster flash storage and without a screen, while the nano was introduced later in the year as a replacement for the then-popular iPod mini. Both went through several redesigns in their early years before being supplanted by the read more

Deadly Dorian pounds relentlessly at desperate Bahamas

FREEPORT, Bahamas — Hurricane Dorian came to a catastrophic daylong halt over the northwest Bahamas, flooding the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama with walls of water that lapped into the second floors of buildings, trapped people in attics and drowned the Grand Bahama airport under 6 feet of water. At least five people died and 21 injured people were airlifted to the capital by the U.S. Coast Guard, Bahamas officials said.“We are in the midst of a historic tragedy,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said. “The devastation is unprecedented and extensive.”Winds and rain continued to pound the northwest islands late Monday night into early Tuesday, sending people fleeing the floodwaters from one shelter to another.“This is unprecedented,” said Jeff Masters, meteorology director at Weather Underground. “We’ve never had a Category 5 stall for so long in the Atlantic hurricane record.”Hundreds of thousands of people in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina were ordered to evacuate before the storm rolls up the Eastern Seaboard, bringing the possibility of life-threatening storm-surge flooding even if the storm’s heart stays offshore, as forecast. Several large airports announced closures and many flights were cancelled for Monday and Tuesday.The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted at least 21 people injured on Abaco Island, which Dorian hit on Sunday with sustained winds of 185 mph (295 kph) and gusts up to 220 mph (355 kph), a strength matched only by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, before storms were named. Scientists say climate change generally has been fueling more powerful and wetter storms and the only recorded storm more powerful than Dorian was Hurricane Allen in 1980, with 190 mph (305 kph) winds, though it did not make landfall at that strength.Abaco and Grand Bahama, neither much more than 40 feet (12 metres) above sea level at their highest points, are home to some 70,000 people.Bahamian officials said they received a “tremendous” number of calls from people in flooded homes. One radio station said it received more than 2,000 distress messages, including reports of a 5-month-old baby stranded on a roof and a woman with six grandchildren who cut a hole in a roof to escape rising floodwaters. At least two designated storm shelters flooded.Dorian killed one person in Puerto Rico, at the start of its path through the Caribbean.Minnis said many homes and buildings were severely damaged or destroyed, but it was too early to say how much the rebuilding effort would cost. Choppy brown floodwaters reached roofs and the top of palm trees on Monday.Parliament member Iram Lewis told The Associated Press his greatest fear was that waters would keep rising overnight and that stranded people would lose contact with officials as cellphone batteries died.“It is scary,” he said, adding that Grand Bahama’s airport was 6 feet (almost 2 metres) underwater and that people were moving shelters as floodwaters kept surging. “We’re definitely in dire straits.”The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Dorian was expected to start moving slowly to the west-northwest overnight while continuing to pound Grand Bahama Island into the morning.The Center said the track would carry the storm “dangerously close to the Florida east coast late Tuesday through Wednesday evening and then move dangerously close to the Georgia and South Carolina coasts on Wednesday night and Thursday.”While it was expected to stay offshore, meteorologist Daniel Brown cautioned that “only a small deviation” could draw the storm’s dangerous core toward land.By midnight, the storm’s top sustained winds had dipped to 130 mph (215 kph) but it remained almost stationary. It was centred 25 miles (40 kilometres) northeast of Freeport — roughly the same distance from the city as at 9 a.m. Hurricane-force winds extended out as far as 45 mph (75 kilometres) in some directions.A mandatory evacuation of entire South Carolina coast took effect Monday covering about 830,000 people, and transportation officials reversed all lanes of Interstate 26 from Charleston to head inland earlier than planned after noticing traffic jams from evacuees and vacationers heading home on Labor Day, Gov. Henry McMaster said.A few hours later, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp ordered mandatory evacuations for that state’s Atlantic coast, also starting at midday Monday.Authorities in Florida also ordered some mandatory reported that that airlines had cancelled 1,361 flights within, into or out of the US by Monday afternoon — vastly above an average day — with Fort Lauderdale International the most affected, and airlines had already cancelled 1,057 flights for Tuesday, many involving Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami airports.A hurricane watch was in effect for Florida’s East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to South Santee River in South Carolina. A storm surge watch was extended northward to South Santee River in South Carolina. Lake Okeechobee was under a tropical storm watch.A National Guard official, John Anderson, said many people were complying with the evacuation orders.“We have not seen much resistance at all,” he said.___Coto reported from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Weissenstein from Nassau, Bahamas. Associated Press journalists Tim Aylen in Freeport and Seth Borenstein in Washington contributed to this report.Ramon Espinosa, DáNica Coto And Michael Weissenstein, The Associated Press read more

UN hopes China will exert influence on DPR Korea says Deputy SecretaryGeneral

Speaking to reporters in Beijing, China, Mr. Eliasson said that given the difficulties of reaching into the decision-making processes in DPRK, there is hope from the outside world that China could have a positive influence “not least in the direction of de-escalation but also to convey the message to the leadership in DPRK how dangerous this development could be.”“There is much at stake, not only for the people of Korea, of both Koreas, but also for the region,” he added. Following high-level meetings today in Beijing, Mr. Eliasson said that China is a great neighbour of DPRK and knows it better than most other nations, but that the Government claims not to wield the kind of pressure that others believe it has. “The answer from my Chinese friends is that they will do what they can, but that we should not exaggerate their influence,” Mr. Eliasson told reporters. The Government of DPRK reportedly conducted its third, long-threatened nuclear test on 12 February to international condemnation, including from the Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).The Security Council is currently considering what actions to take on the matter. A test is a violation of sanctions imposed on DPRK by the Council following nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, including a ban on the import of nuclear and missile technology. The sanctions were further tightened last month in a unanimous decision by the Council after DPRK reportedly launched a long-range Unha-3 rocket from its west coast in December 2012.Mr. Eliasson underscored today that neither he nor Mr. Ban are part of the Council’s deliberations, and that “we will adapt accordingly” to any actions taken by the 15-member body in line with Council resolutions, international law and the UN Charter. From Beijing, the deputy UN chief travels next to the Republic of Korea and Japan. Following talks in Tokyo, he will visit the disaster areas where an earthquake and tsunami struck on 11 March 2011, to show solidarity with the people affected and to learn from the response efforts. In1991, Mr. Eliasson served as chairman of the UN General Assembly working group on emergency relief. read more

George Alagiah says he thought he was the guy who made it

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Whereas for my wife and our sons, they are looking ahead, they’ve got their own lives to lead. But they also feel that they have to care for me and be sensitive to my needs as well.” George Alagiah has revealed that he thought he was “the guy who made it” before his bowel cancer returned.The BBC newsreader, 63, underwent 17 rounds of chemotherapy to treat advanced bowel cancer in 2014 before returning to presenting duties in 2015.His cancer later returned and the presenter underwent further treatment.In a new podcast, In Conversation With George Alagiah, he speaks candidly about his treatment and living with the disease.He reveals that he has a mantra, which he repeats every evening, saying: “I ask myself if I’ll be here tomorrow, and for the past few years I’ve answered ‘Yes’.”But Alagiah, who has stage four bowel cancer, says of the disease returning: “I found it harder the second time round. I got seduced into the idea that I was the guy who made it.”So to be told it had come back was quite tough.”Speaking of the extreme fatigue he experienced during chemotherapy, he says: “There were days I’d call the sofa days when I just sat on the sofa.He adds: “It’s easier for us as patients then it is for those around us. I’ve limited my life right down to 24 hours ahead, ‘Can I do what I need tomorrow? Yes I can.’ read more

CES 2012 Sennheiser présente deux nouveaux casques

first_imgCES 2012: Sennheiser présente deux nouveaux casquesSpécialiste allemand sur le marché de l’audio, Sennheiser a présenté au salon de Las Vegas, l’Amperior et le HD 700, qui viendront compléter le catalogue des casques audio de la marque, pourtant déjà bien fourni. L’Amperior, proposé tout de même à 350 dollars (276 euros), est un casque fermé avec une réponse en fréquence de 16-22000 Hz, un SPL de 120 décibels, THD inférieur à 0,3% et une impédance de 18 ohms. Le tout pèsera 190g. L’un de ses objectifs était de gagner en puissance pour des sources comme les smartphones (le constructeur livre d’ailleurs une télécommande/micro pour l’iPhone). Ce modèle sera disponible en argent ou en bleu.De l’autre côté, c’est le HD 700 qui se dévoile: un casque ouvert de 280g, mais qui paraît pourtant ultra léger. La finition est remarquable, aussi bien esthétiquement que techniquement. Avec une impédance de 150 ohms, SPL de 105 dB, THD inférieur à 0,03% et une fréquence de 15-40000 Hz, le HD 700 est un bijou signé Sennheiser accessible au prix de…999 dollars (789 euros). Un vrai bijou, on vous disait. Le 15 janvier 2012 à 12:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une espèce de tortue considérée comme éteinte na en réalité jamais existé

first_imgUne espèce de tortue considérée comme éteinte n’a en réalité jamais existéAlors qu’on considérait que la tortue des Seychelles, Pelusios seychellensis, était une espèce disparue, on apprend qu’en réalité, celle-ci n’a tout simplement jamais existé. C’est ce que révèlent des analyses génétiques dont les résultats ont été dévoilés jeudi.Les tortues comptent parmi les vertébrés les plus menacés d’extinction. On recense aujourd’hui 320 espèces de tortues et la Pelusios seychellensis, une tortue d’eau douce, figurait depuis 2003 sur la liste des espèces éteintes. Seuls trois spécimens de cette espèce avaient été découverts dans l’océan Indien, en 1895 (ils se trouvent actuellement au Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Vienne et au Musée zoologique de Hambourg) mais aucun autre depuis.Ainsi, “on est parti du principe qu’elle avait été exterminée”, explique Uwe Fritz, directeur du Musée zoologique des Collections d’histoire naturelle Senckenberg à Dresde, en Allemagne. En réalité, des études génétiques prouvent aujourd’hui que les biologistes ont pris une tortue pour une autre. “Nous avons examiné l’ADN du spécimen conservé à Vienne et découvert que ces tortues ne constituent pas une espèce à part”, assure le Pr Fritz. Ces fameuses tortues appartiennent en effet à l’espèce Pelosius castaneus, très largement répandue en Afrique de l’Ouest et même introduite par l’homme en Guadeloupe en 1820. “En fait, pendant longtemps, les chercheurs s’étonnaient des similitudes trompeuses que ces tortues des Seychelles présentaient avec les tortues ouest-africaines. Mais avec un tel éloignement géographique, on pensait qu’il devait s’agir d’une espèce différente”, indique Uwe Fritz cité par l’AFP. D’autres animaux faussement reconnus comme espècesÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’étude souligne également qu’”il y a un certain nombre d’espèces de vertébrés qui ont été décrites à tort comme étant nouvelles à partir de spécimens d’espèces déjà bien identifiées mais portant des données géographiques erronées”. Plusieurs autres cas existent dans l’histoire. En 1905, par exemple, un naturaliste avait décrit un genre et une espèce de tortue tout nouveaux, “Devisia mythodes”, à partir d’un unique spécimen soi-disant découvert en Nouvelle-Guinée. On a par la suite découvert qu’il s’agissait d’une tortue serpentine tout à fait commune en Amérique du Nord, Chelydra serpentina, qui avait simplement été mal étiquetée. Au final, la conclusion de l’étude publiée jeudi dans la revue scientifique PLoS One est sans appel : “l’espèce Pelusios seychellensis [décrite en 1966] n’a donc tout simplement jamais existé”.Le 5 avril 2013 à 15:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

No Time to Rest Calls and Emails Supporting Farm Bill Needed to

first_imgWhile ASA is very pleased with the House’s passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 this morning, there is little time to rest and celebrate. ASA has learned from both Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Cochran that the Senate intends to move the farm bill to the floor for a vote as quickly as possible. We have good momentum and are close to the finish line, but we aren’t there yet, and passage in the Senate is by no means a foregone conclusion.ASA has learned from both Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Cochran that the Senate intends to move the farm bill as quickly as possible. We have good momentum and are close to the finish line, but we aren’t there yet, and passage in the Senate is by no means a foregone conclusion.The Senate will vote on final passage of the farm bill on Tuesday, so constant pressure on both Senate offices in your state is needed between now and then. We need farmers and industry allies to reach out to their Senate offices and tell them how much the farm bill means to soybean farmers.ASA will keep you updated on the bill’s progress in the Senate.last_img read more

Origami Peace Peacock Finds Home In The State Capitol

first_imgThe origami peacock for peace is made of more than 2,000 pieces of paper. It’s three feet wide and roughly two feet tall. (Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau)Middle East exchange student Haytham Mohanna and the Thunder Mountain High School Art Club presented an origami peacock of peace to the Alaska State Legislature on Monday. The peacock is made of more than 2,000 pieces of folded paper.Download AudioMohanna says the peacock represents the dreams of the people of Gaza, his home country.“I hope this peacock, which symbolizes the peace, go in each mind and each heart, and really rise our mind about the wars and conflicts,” Mohanna says.Mohanna is studying at Haines High School through an exchange program funded by the U.S. State Department.He learned how to make an origami peacock from a teacher in Gaza and taught the process to Thunder Mountain art club students while he was visiting Juneau. It took the club three months to fold more than 2,000 pieces of paper. The peacock is about three feet wide and two feet tall.Art club coordinator Heather Ridgway says she didn’t immediately know where the peacock should be displayed. She wanted it to be in a place where it could inspire people.“It was like, ‘Oh, of course, we’ll take it to the capitol. They are working on major issues that require everyone to commit time and attention and do a careful job and work together and be patient, just like making this peacock. Let’s give it to the legislature,’” Ridgway says.Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan calls Mohanna an artist and says the peacock will definitely inspire visitors to the capitol and lawmakers.“I can guarantee you that people will reflect on it and hopefully bring good things and remember that, you know, we’re all trying to come in peace,” Egan says.Until a permanent place can be found for the origami peacock, it’s temporarily displayed in the House Speaker’s Chambers.last_img read more