Head of 32000yrold wolf found in Russian Arctic

first_imgMoscow: A first intact head of a gigantic adult wolf which died about 32,000 years ago and was preserved in permafrost has been found in the Russian Arctic, scientists have said. Covered with thick fur, the head was found by a local on the banks of the Tirekhtyakh River in Russia’s remote Arctic region of Yakutia last summer. It features a well-preserved brain, soft tissue and a set of powerful teeth and measures 41.5 centimetres (16 inches) in length. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’By comparison, the torso of a modern-day wolf is between 66 and 86 centimetres long. The head was handed to local palaeontologists who teamed up with scientists from the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo to study it. “It is the first ever such find,” Albert Protopopov, head of mammoth fauna studies at the Yakutia Academy of Sciences, told AFP on Friday. “Only cubs have been discovered before.” Research shows the animal died about 32,000 years ago in the Pleistocene epoch, when the most recent Ice Age occurred. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe wolf is believed to have been between two and four years old when it died. The Pleistocene epoch was the time when megafauna such as woolly mammoths roamed the Earth. Protopopov said the scientists from Russia, Japan and Sweden would continue to study the head. “We are hoping to understand whether this was a separate subspecies,” he added. Several species of ancient wolf lived during the Ice Age including now-extinct dire wolf that featured in the popular TV series Game of Thrones.last_img read more

Pacquiao battling age hungry Thurman in title showdown

first_imgLas Vegas: Twenty-four years after first climbing into a professional boxing ring, Manny Pacquiao will attempt to defy the march of time here Saturday when he battles undefeated American Keith Thurman for the WBA welterweight crown. The 40-year-old Filipino icon clashes with Thurman at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in what is arguably his most challenging assignment since losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2015’s money-spinning “Fight of the Century”. Pacquiao, who has managed to successfully juggle a political career in the Philippines while continuing to box at a high level, looked sharp in his last outing in January, a unanimous decision against Adrien Broner. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenBut the eight-division world champion is facing an altogether higher-calibre opponent in the shape of Thurman, renowned as one of the hardest punchers in the welterweight division with 22 knockouts in 30 fights. Thurman, who at 30 years old is a full decade younger than Pacquiao, sees Saturday as an attempt to build his legacy, and has bluntly vowed to send the Filipino into retirement. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to destroy a legend,” Thurman declared, placing Pacquiao in the boxing pantheon alongside some of the sport’s greatest practitioners. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery”It’s as if I’m fighting Sugar Ray Robinson or Roberto Duran,” Thurman said. “This is Manny Pacquiao. It’s a tremendous feeling, and it’s going to feel even greater when my hand is raised at the end of the night.” Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 knockouts) has shrugged off Thurman’s blood-curdling pledges of destruction, insisting he harbours no animosity towards the brash American. “For me nothing is personal,” Pacquiao said. “Our job is to fight. He has to prove something, and I have to prove something. It’s easy to say things. But it’s not so easy to do it in the ring.” Pacquiao’s preparations for the fight have followed a familiar routine. After spending the first part of his training camp in the Philippines, he relocated to Los Angeles to work under the guidance of long-time trainer Freddie Roach at his Wild Card gym in Hollywood. Roach maintains that Pacquiao has shown no sign of decline during gruelling sparring, and is confident that his speed and mobility will cause problems for the naturally bigger Thurman.last_img read more

NAFTA Hong Kong on agenda for TrudeauTrump bilateral meeting during G7 summit

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have a tete-a-tete with President Donald Trump this weekend on the margins of the G7 summit in France.White House officials have confirmed the bilateral meeting between the two leaders.Officials say the two will discuss a wide range of issues, in particular their shared commitment to ratifying the new North American Free Trade Agreement — or the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, as Trump has dubbed it.Mexico has already ratified the continental trade pact; the Trudeau government, which has introduced implementation legislation in the House of Commons, is holding off on final ratification until the deal is ratified in the United States, where Democratic lawmakers are threatening to block the process.Officials say Trump and Trudeau will also discuss tensions in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy protests have been escalating for weeks, sparked by proposed legislation that would have seen some suspects in criminal cases sent to mainland China for trial.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has expressed support for the right to peaceful protest in Hong Kong, earning a rebuke from China, which is already furious with Canada for detaining Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and has retaliated by detaining two Canadians and blocking imports of Canadian canola.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Iconic Music Series AMERICAN IDOL Lands on CTV Two March 11

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter “We’re excited to be working with Bell Media to bring the new season of the original singing competition to Canada,” said Michela Di Mondo, SVP, Sales and Distribution, FremantleMedia International, Canada. “AMERICAN IDOL is an iconic series which has entertained families across Canada for years and we look forward to doing it again.”Hosted by Emmy® Award winner Ryan Seacrest, who has served as the series host since its inception in 2002, the return of AMERICAN IDOL features superstar judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan. To date, AMERICAN IDOL has garnered 57 Emmy nominations and eight wins. Over 15 seasons, the series has launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson, among others, who have won 13 GRAMMYS®, two GOLDEN GLOBES®, and an ACADEMY AWARD®. Additionally, contestants have sold more than 61 million albums, resulting in more than 47 Platinum records and more than 444 Billboard #1 hits, and sold more than 257 million digital downloads.The nationwide search for the next superstar kicked off in August 2017, as the Idol Bus traveled across America in its pursuit for talent, covering 23 cities across the country. Auditioning was made easier than ever as hopefuls also had the opportunity to submit audition videos online, as well as via select social media platforms using an official tag, #TheNextIdol, cultivating over 300,000 posts. Also, for the first time in American Idol history, hopefuls had the opportunity to audition through a live stream platform.AMERICAN IDOL is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin, along with co-executive producer, Megan Wolflick.  Recent additions to the team include Phil McIntyre, the music mogul behind multiplatinum artists such as Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, who joins the series as executive producer and music producer and multi-instrumentalist Kristopher Pooley as music director.  FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@CTV_Television@KatyPerry@LukeBryanOnline @LionelRichie@RyanSeacrestFacebook: Facebook.com/CTVFacebook.com/katyperry/Facebook.com/lukebryan/Facebook.com/LionelRichie/Facebook.com/ryanseacrest/Instagram:CTV_TelevisionKatyPerryLukeBryanLionelRichieRyanSeacrestAbout CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. TORONTO, Feb. 20, 2018 – CTV announced today the acquisition of beloved singing competition AMERICAN IDOLfrom FremantleMedia International to anchor CTV Two’s midseason schedule Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. MT, beginning March 11.The all-new AMERICAN IDOL joins the previously announced pick up of three new CTV Two midseason comedies – LIVING BIBLICALLY (Feb. 26), SPLITTING UP TOGETHER (March 27), and ALEX, INC. (March 28). CTV Two also announced today the addition of two more series to the network: GOTHAM, moving to a new Thursday at 8 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. MT time slot beginning March 1, as well as MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, returning to CTV Two Fridays at 8 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. MT with a two-hour premiere on March 2.“AMERICAN IDOL is a historic franchise,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming. “We are looking forward to reintroducing the series and its star-studded judging panel to Canadians as a new anchor for CTV Two.” Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Scientists reap data from Hawaiis rumbling Kilauea volcano

first_imgHONOLULU, Hawaii – Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano may be disrupting life in paradise with its bursts of ash and bright-orange lava, but it also has scientists wide-eyed, eager to advance what’s known about volcanoes.The good news is: Volcanoes reveal secrets when they’re rumbling, which means Kilauea is producing a bonanza of information.While scientists monitored Big Island lava flows in 1955 and 1960, equipment then was far less sophisticated. Given new technology, they can now gather and study an unprecedented volume of data.“Geophysical monitoring techniques that have come online in the last 20 years have now been deployed at Kilauea,” said George Bergantz, professor of earth and space sciences at the University of Washington. “We have this remarkable opportunity … to see many more scales of behaviour both preceding and during this current volcanic crisis.”Starting May 3, Kilauea has fountained lava and flung ash and rocks from its summit, destroying hundreds of homes, closing key highways and prompting health warnings. Kilauea is one of five volcanos that form the Big Island, and is a “shield” volcano — built up over time as lava flows layer on top of layer.Technically speaking, it has been continuously erupting since 1983. But the recent combination of earthquakes shaking the ground, steam-driven explosions at the top, and lava creeping into a new area some 12 miles (20 kilometres) from the summit represents a departure from its behaviour over the past 35 years, said Erik Klemetti, a volcanologist at Ohio’s Denison University.What’s happening now is a bit more like the Kilauea of nearly a century ago. In 1924, steam explosions at the summit lasted for more than two weeks.Scientists are looking into what caused the change and whether this shift in the volcano’s magma plumbing system will become the new normal.Radar allows researchers to measure the height of ash plumes shooting from the summit, even when they occur at night. Plume heights are an effect of how much heat energy is released and the explosion’s intensity.“It’s one of the key factors that dictates how far ash will be dispersed,” said Charles Mandeville, volcano hazards co-ordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey. The other is where the winds are blowing. Such knowledge is useful in alerting the public.Scientists can also monitor where gas is emerging, as well as determine its composition and volume. They can even measure the subtle rise and fall of the ground over a broad area and time — down to seconds — which suggests when and where magma is pooling underground.Discovering variations or correlations between past and present activity provides more clues on what’s happening. It also helps scientists understand past lava flows, anticipate what could occur next, and pinpoint signs or patterns before an eruption.“You’re sort of zeroing in on finer and finer levels of detail into how the volcano works,” said Michael Poland, a U.S. Geological Survey volcanologist. “The more stuff you put on the volcano to make measurements, the more you realize there’s stuff going on that you never knew.”Better technology has also meant U.S. Geological Survey scientists have been able to accurately forecast Kilauea’s behaviour as it sputters over Puna, the island’s most affected district.“They’ve been spot on,” said Janine Krippner, a volcanologist at Concord University in West Virginia. “It’s incredible — they’re looking at things happening below the surface, using the monitoring equipment that they have, the knowledge they have of past eruptions, and have been able to get people to not be in a deadly area.”This is unfortunately not always possible, as nature can be unpredictable. On June 3, Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire sent a mixture of hot gas, rock and other material racing down its slopes and inundating the valley, killing nearly 100 people.Krippner compared the Guatemala eruption to opening a can of soda after shaking it vigorously. Volcanic gas underneath created bubbles that expanded, increasing pressure that blew magma apart when it reached the surface, spewing cooled lava rocks ranging from the size of sand grains to boulders.Explosions can be bigger, or occur differently, than expected, and that presents a learning opportunity for scientists, who work on computer models to map out areas that may be at higher risk in the future. “Looking at the footage afterward, we can start to tease out how these things actually work,” Krippner said, as it’s often too dangerous for experts to physically get close to an eruption.Volcanic eruptions happen fairly regularly — as many as 60 occur worldwide each year — but many are in isolated areas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.After Kilauea’s 1924 summit explosions, the volcano entered a decade of piddly rumblings, followed by 18 years of silence. Experts say Kilauea may be heading toward years — even decades — of little or no activity.For now, volcanologists feel a “tremendous amount of responsibility” to learn as much as possible from the volcano, Poland said. Its latest activity has destroyed about 400 homes — including about 280 over the last several days — and displaced thousands of residents. Lava from Kilauea has also downed power lines and knifed across highways.“It’s coming at a great cost in terms of impact on the lives and livelihoods of so many people — we owe it to the people of Puna to make sure that we learn the lessons the volcano is teaching us,” Poland said.___Ritter reported from New York.___Follow AP’s complete coverage of the Hawaii volcano here: https://apnews.com/tag/Kilauealast_img read more

Corporations market at World Cup despite absence of US

first_imgMOSCOW – Budweiser has a boat on the Moscow River and a disco. Coke set up an interactive sculpture-video installation in Gorky Park and entertained 5,000 guests during the monthlong tournament. Visa built a campaign around former Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Business went on at the World Cup without the presence of the United States, although the tournament’s visibility decreased across America.“The absence of the U.S. team here doesn’t change what we’re doing,” said Ricardo Fort, The Coca-Cola Co.’s head of global sponsorships. “The real value is based on how broad our programs are implemented. We have over 180 countries doing work.”FIFA said after the group stage that of 2.6 million tickets sold, U.S. residents bought about 97,000 on FIFA’s website and from its ticketing centres, second only to host Russia’s 1.1 million. The U.S. was second to host Brazil in 2014, but the American total was around 200,000 that year.“We were all disappointed when the U.S. team didn’t qualify,” said Brian Perkins, vice-president of global marketing for Budweiser at Anheuser-Busch InBev. “But two-thirds of the sales of Budweiser globally are sold outside of the U.S., so actually the bigger part of the business is international, and that’s where all the growth is coming from as well. It really didn’t change much at all.”World Cup advertising increased sharply in the U.S. during the past few tournaments. Nike used a 70 1/2-foot advertising board near New York’s Penn Station and its store windows to attract attention.Plans for U.S. marketing changed last October when the U.S. lost at Trinidad and Tobago, ending a string of seven straight World Cup appearances dating to 1990.“Since Team USA will not be competing, we don’t have much going on,” Nike spokesman Ilana Finley said in an email.Past World Cups contributed to soccer’s growth in the U.S., both at Major League Soccer and at the youth level. The four matches involving the American team in 2014 were seen by 10 million to 18 million viewers on ESPN and generated what then-U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati called “water-cooler talk.” That opportunity was lost in this four-year cycle.Fox, which holds U.S. English-language television rights, had been projecting four of 64 matches involving the American team.“We had to pivot quickly,” Fox Sports senior vice-president of ad sales Mike Petruzzi said.While viewers declined from the 2014 tournament in Brazil, the level is up from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when the U.S. games are factored out.“You are naturally going to have more people paying attention back home when your country is in the tournament, but there has still been a ton of interest in the World Cup in the United States,” current USSF president Carlos Cordeiro said in an email. “That clearly shows how the game has grown over the years.”Visa is using the World Cup to expand the use of near field communication contactless payment technology and brought Ibrahimovic, now with MLS’s LA Galaxy, to Russia for the tournament’s first week for promotion.“Some of the biggest amount of spending that we’re seeing in Russia is coming from American fans who travel to Russia to see the World Cup in person,” said Chris Curtin, Visa’s chief brand and innovation marketing officer.Visa’s data backed up an impression the percentage of fans from Europe was lower than at past World Cups. Part of the cause may be tension between Russia and western European nations that followed Russia’s invasion of Crimea and military intervention in Ukraine, and accusations by Britain that Russia was behind the poisoning of a former spy living in England.Through the semifinals, $12 million was charged inside the stadiums to Visa cards issued to cardholders in Russia, followed by those issued in the U.S. ($3 million), Mexico ($1.5 million), China ($1.1 million), Argentina ($700,000), Peru ($560,000), England ($550,000), Brazil ($500,000), Colombia ($420,000) and Australia ($400,000).France was 13th at $230,000 heading into Sunday’s final against Croatia.FIFA has seven top-level partners in Adidas, Coca-Cola, Gazprom, Hyundai, Qatar Airways, Visa and Wanda Group, plus five second-level sponsors: Anheuser-Busch, Hisense, McDonald’s, Mengniu Dairy and Vivo.Hisense, Mengniu, Vivo and Wanda are all Chinese companies, a sign of that nation’s increasing influence in soccer despite the lack of success of its national team.Among the official FIFA group, Adidas, Anheuser-Busch, Coke and McDonald’s purchased about 20 per cent of Fox’s advertising inventory and sponsorships, and Hisense sponsored clock wraps, billboards and graphics, according to Petruzzi. They were joined by tech companies Amazon, Apple and Google.Coke, Sprint and Volkswagen advertised on U.S. Spanish-language coverage on NBC Universal’s Telemundo network.Four years from now, the World Cup will be in Qatar, which like Moscow will also be seven hours ahead of Eastern time. The change will be the timing, Nov. 21-Dec. 18, a tournament shortened from 32 days to 28.“Fourth quarter has got a lot of rating points already with college football, NFL, so it’s going to be very interesting how we approach it,” Petruzzi said. “The holiday stuff will be great, but I also get cautious about fourth quarter because there’s so many rating points out there.”___More AP World Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/WorldCuplast_img read more

Achraf Hakimi Continues to Impress Dortmund Media

Rabat – Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi, a 20-year old defender, is making a solid impact in the Bundesliga with his team now in first in the German league.Loaned from Real Madrid, Hakimi has won a second of Bundesliga’s Rookie of the Month awards, according to the BBC.Quoted by Maghreb Arab Press, Deutsche Welle Television channel said that Hakimi is a key element of Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund signed a 2-year loan for the Atlas Lion with Real Madrid in July.Read Also: CIES: Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi Best Fullback in European LeaguesThe German television channel recalled that the managing director of Borussia Dortmund, Hans Joachim Watzke wanted to convert Hakimi’s loan contract to a permanent agreement after convincing Real Madrid.After securing a permanent deal with Paco Alcacer, Watzke said, “Dear Paco Alcacer, welcome to Borussia Dortmund … We hope to do the same thing with Achraf Hakimi, but it will too be easy.”Real Madrid seeks to improve the performance of the youngster by sending him to Dortmund. Real Madrid may need much convincing from Borussia to secure a permanent deal.Earlier this month, the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) ranked Borussia Dortmund’s star Achraf Hakimi as the top fullback in the European leagues in the last three months.Hakimi outperformed several renowned fullbacks with a score of 85.3.In February, CIES Football Observatory ranked the international footballer among Europe’s “50 most promising under-20 footballers.”Hakimi is also featured in CAF Awards 2018 shortlist as “African Youth Player of the Year.” read more

UN chief sends condolences to families of Malawi flood victims

In a statement released on Monday, Mr. Guterres said that he was “deeply saddened” by the loss of life and the “significant damage to people’s homes and livelihoods” caused by the heavy rains and subsequent flooding.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that the flooding has affected some 115,000 people, particularly in the south of Malawi. In a factsheet on the floods released on Saturday, OCHA warned that the number of people affected is expected to rise, as assessment teams reach new areas.The flooding has had a major impact on power supplies in Malawi: according to media reports, the country’s main utility company, EGENCO, has said that more than 80% of the country’s available hydro-electric capacity is down.On Friday, Malawian President Peter Mutharika declared a State of Emergency in the areas hit hardest by the rains and flooding, which followed the formation of a “tropical disturbance” over the Mozambique Channel earlier in the week.Search and rescue teams from Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs, have been working with local partners to deliver relief to affected people, including tents, plastic sheets, maize, rice, beans, blankets and kitchen utensils, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Homeland Security.The United Nations expressed its solidarity with the Malawian authorities, and committed to support them as they respond to the humanitarian needs of the population: the UN response has involved several main agencies. The World Food Programme (WFP) has deployed two boats to accompany the assessment and response; the UN Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) is providing drones; and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the WFP, will support mapping using satellite imagery. read more

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Dry January attempts are most likely to be scuppered by a sabotaging

first_imgAttempts to give up drinking for Dry January are most likely to be scuppered by a sabotaging partner, researchers have suggested. Men are more likely to put off their girlfriends by encouraging them on nights out and telling them they can have one more drink, a poll found. A survey of 2,000 couples  found that just 57 per cent of all people said they would drink less to help their partner if they were trying to cut down. 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. Women were more likely than men to say they would drink less if it was not for their partner loving booze, while a third of men admitted they liked to suggest one more drink if their partner was thinking of stopping for the night. This compared with 15 per cent of women.Twenty six per cent of women said they were concerned about the effects of alcohol on their partner’s health, while the figure was 21 per cent for men.At present, around 40 per cent of men and a fifth of women drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week, according to industry-funded charity Drinkaware, which carried out the research.A third of those surveyed said alcohol being readily available in the home was an issue when it came to cutting down, while 40 per cent of those whose partner wanted to drink less thought the attempt would fail because stress would drive them to drink.center_img Rev Kate Bottley, from the TV programme Gogglebox, is supporting a new Drinkaware campaign.She said: “It’s quite sad to see that stress can really undo those good intentions, but we are a nation who bottle up our feelings, it would be far healthier to talk through your bad day rather than turn to a glass of wine or a beer.”Drinkaware’s chief executive, Elaine Hindal, added: “We know that couples who are planning a health regime together fare better when they really support each other.”It is sometimes difficult to stay on track with healthy plans but we have developed free tools such as the self-assessment and our Drinkaware app which can really help make a difference, especially if you’re trying to make up for the extra pounds gained over the festive period.”last_img read more

A Yes vote in 2014 would have seen an independent Scotland begin

first_img Pro-Union parties said the statistics showed an independent Scotland would have faced “unprecedented” levels of austerity and accused the SNP of “deception”… Scotland would have begun life as an independent nation with a massive £13.3 billion deficit if voters had backed separation in 2014, official Scottish Government figures reveal.  The deficit is higher than any EU member state and double that of Spain, the next highest.center_img The revenue and spending statistics show the country is in the red to tune of 8.3 per cent of GDP, more than three times the UK figure of 2.4 per cent and the biggest gap between the two since Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (Gers) figures were first published in 1998.last_img read more

Police officer cleared of using his dog as a weapon to vent

A police constable has been cleared of using his dog as a weapon to “vent his contempt” for criminals. Pc Paul Jackson, 36, was accused of deploying his German shepherd dog Jerry to seriously injure five men who all abandoned cars that were being followed by police in Greater Manchester.But the former lifeguard said he acted in a reasonable and proportionate manner during the incidents between August 2015 and September 2016.The former lifeguard was cleared of five counts of wounding with intent and five alternative counts of causing grievous bodily harm on Friday following a trial at Preston Crown Court. His Greater Manchester Police (GMP) colleague Pc Paul Lockett, 37, from Altrincham, was also cleared of aiding and abetting one of Pc Jackson’s alleged assaults and a second count of misconduct in a public office. In 2010 he rugby-tackled a man who doused himself in petrol and threatened to set himself alight with his family nearby.Five years later, he helped detain a gang who robbed a farmhouse in Hull and tortured a couple.His superior, Inspector Tariq Butt, told the jury Pc Jackson was the “ultimate professional” and added: “If I could clone the traits of a police dog handler it would be Pc Paul Jackson.”Co-accused Pc Lockett also earned a Chief Constable’s Award for his role in apprehending the gangsters in the violent robbery in Hull.He denied acting as lookout in the alleged wounding of Kelly and then failing to report the incident.IOPC regional director Amanda Rowe said: “The next steps are to complete the conduct matters for these officers. Greater Manchester Police agreed with our findings, and we await their response with regard to any further proceedings.” Pc Jackson was investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) after complaints about his use of Jerry and excessive violence while working for GMP’s tactical vehicle intercept unit.The five complainants who gave evidence at the trial all have previous convictions – ranging from cannabis possession and driving offences to a career burglar and a convicted murderer.Pc Jackson denied he lost control in anger and urged Jerry to bite targets. Pc Paul Jackson, 36, was cleared of deploying his German shepherd dog Jerry to seriously injure five menCredit: MEN Media 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. Pc Paul Jackson, 36, was cleared of deploying his German shepherd dog Jerry to seriously injure five men Jurors heard the officer has received three commendations – including two Chief Constable’s Awards – since he joined GMP in 2008. read more

Barbados Rihanna sues her own dad over use of their last

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBarbados names pop star Rihanna as AmbassadorSeptember 21, 2018In “Entertainment”Harvard University names Rihanna Humanitarian of the YearFebruary 24, 2017In “Entertainment”Guyanese students to benefit from Rihanna’s scholarship programmeMay 10, 2016In “latest news” Rihanna is suing her father Ronald Fenty for exploiting the Fenty name.(Barbados Nation) According to several international media sources Rihanna is suing her father Ronald Fenty for exploiting the Fenty name.Media site TMZ claims to have obtained court documents which claims her father, started a talent development company in 2017 called Fenty Entertainment.However Rihanna has already trademarked “Fenty” for a number of business ventures, including her well-known Fenty Beauty line. She claims he’s profiting off the reputation she’s created with Fenty.The England’s Daily Mail also reported Despite having no authority to act on his daughter’s behalf, Ronald is said to have booked her on a $15million tour in Latin America and two concerts, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for $400,000.Rihanna has asked for damages from her father, and an injunction on his business, set up in 2017.A Page Six Report claims, the superstar said her dad claims he got approval from her label, Roc Nation, before booking, but that the singer argues that no one from Roc Nation knew about the endeavors.While Rihanna is taking legal action against her father, the two remain in contact. read more

Le dodo moins dodu que ce que lon croyait

first_imgLe dodo, moins dodu que ce que l’on croyaitLe dodo est un oiseau de l’île Maurice qui a disparu il y a maintenant près de 400 ans. Jusqu’ici représenté comme particulièrement gras, des ossements viennent d’être étudiés et montrent qu’en réalité, le dodo ne pesait pas plus de 10 kilos.Le Raphus cucullatus est un oiseau connu sous le nom de dodo. Originaire de l’île Maurice, ce volatile aujourd’hui disparu aurait été victime des activités humaines et de la colonisation, notamment hollandaise de l’île. Avec l’arrivée de chiens, de porcs et de chats l’ensemble de l’espèce aurait été détruit, sans compter la consommation importante de dodos des colons.À lire aussiNew-York a inauguré son musée entièrement consacré aux mathématiquesHabituellement présenté comme un animal très gras voire obèse, son poids était censé avoisiner les 22 kilogrammes. Or, une étude vient d’être réalisée, portant sur des ossements présents dans le musée d’Elbeuf-sur-Seine et révèle une toute autre image de cet oiseau.En réalisant un inventaire du musée, les chercheurs ont étudié d’un peu plus près les ossements dont ils disposaient. Et en s’appuyant sur des publications suédoises qui ont établi un rapport entre le poids et la longueur des pattes des oiseaux, les scientifiques ont pu évaluer plus en détail le poids réel du dodo. Les résultats des équations fixent donc le poids moyen de cet oiseau à 10,2 kilos, l’équivalent d’un dindon dont la taille est à peu près la même.Le 29 janvier 2011 à 13:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

MOBAs Are Still Bad Even Arena of Valor on Nintendo Switch

first_img One of my personal favorite pieces of writing over at Geek.com sister site PCMag.com is my review of Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard’s attempt to give the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) genre an accessible makeover in the vein of World of Warcraft or Hearthstone. MOBAs owe their entire existence to a mod of a Blizzard game, the original Defense of the Ancients (Dota) derived from Warcraft maps.But as MOBAs eclipsed real-time strategy games in terms of massive popularity, I said MOBAs were “like a Xenomorph chestburster, erupted from the body of the real-time strategy games I love, stole their good characteristics, and left them to die as it supplanted them.” And by failing to win me over, while also ditching the hardcore idiosyncrasies Dota 2 and League of Legends fans crave, Heroes of the Storm ended up being kind of good but for no one.Something that’s good for everyone though is the Nintendo Switch, whether you want quality Nintendo games, overlooked mobile games, indie surprising third party games, or even janky PC games. My personal affectation for Nintendo’s handheld/console hybrid has gotten me to give second chances to game genres I had previously written off completely, most recently roguelikes. Unfortunately, after playing Arena of Valor, the first Nintendo Switch MOBA now out of beta, I’m more convinced than ever the genre is just never going to be for me.Before even diving into the gameplay, Arena of Valor’s whole vibe perfectly encapsulates one of my biggest problems with MOBAs. They’re just so generic. It’s the broadest, blandest cross-section of fantasy with an equally nondescript name. You could chalk it up to the game’s Tencent free-to-play Chinese mobile app roots, but every MOBA looks and feels like this. You can’t just shove dozens of Iconic New Heroes down people’s throats and expect any of them to stick. Even games that aren’t MOBAs can fall victim to this lack of real aesthetics like Paladins or fighting games you’ve already forgot about. Blizzard is pretty lucky Overwatch’s characters managed to hit like they did, at least among fan artists.Arena of Valor looks like a MOBA, and it definitely plays like one too. Two teams fight against each other to destroy the opponents’ base. Waves of creep fodder units endlessly smash into the battlefield. As they do, players try to swing the tide in their favor using the specific abilities of their hero unit, from the natural range of their weapon to more powerful abilities governed by cooldowns. You can also increase your strength by buying new items and upgrading your abilities as the match progresses.I mostly played as a pestering little fox thing called Fennik using a slingshot weapon to needle foes from a distance. When my creeps would draw the attention of defensive enemy guard towers, I unleashed stronger spells to take it down. I actually enjoyed playing a MOBA with a controller for the first time. It made me feel like I was really controlling a character instead of directing a single unit and it adds the game’s League of Legends-level of accessibility hovering between Heroes of the Storm and Dota 2. The drawback of course is a controller is less precise than a professional gaming mouse. But I’m not looking to get good at this or realize my competitive potential. I don’t even bother trying to coordinate and assign roles with my teammates, which is like a fundamental MOBA thing. And besides, for the time being at least you’ll also be limited to warring against fellow newcomers to the game playing the Switch version.If you haven’t put it together by now, I’m really not the person you should be asking if you’re a MOBA fan looking to see how Arena of Valor on Switch stands up to the competition. I think it performs well enough after the initial loads. And I appreciate the variety of modes including 5v5, 3v3, and even 1v1 matches against players or bots. Although I wish the game would ditch the free-to-play model for acquiring new characters, including inexplicable DC guest stars like Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman in the mobile version.But none of that will solve the core problem of me and MOBAs. To once again quote my Heroes of the Storm review, “I don’t find the hacked-together mechanics fun or interesting. They’re just bastardized versions of strategy games I actually enjoy. MOBAs may be harder to initially understand that the straightforward strategy of something like StarCraft, but I find StarCraft’s skill ceiling to ultimately be much higher, its creative tactical possibilities more infinite and rewarding.” Arena of Valor on Nintendo Switch was never going to change that.Buy it now!Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more

Jury to deliberate case of Navy SEAL charged with murder

first_img SAN DIEGO (AP) — The case of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with murder and other crimes in Iraq is in the hands of a jury.Jurors in San Diego will resume deliberations Tuesday in the court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, who is accused of killing a wounded war prisoner in Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty.Closing arguments wrapped up Monday with a military prosecutor asserting that the proof of Gallagher’s guilt is his own words, his own photos and the testimony of his fellow troops. Defense lawyers called the case a “mutiny” by entitled, junior SEALs trying to oust a demanding chief.The jury is made up of five Marines and two sailors, including a SEAL, many of whom had been in heavy combat in Iraq. Posted: July 2, 2019 Jury to deliberate case of Navy SEAL charged with murder AP, July 2, 2019 AP Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

New Speakers Added to Summit Program

first_imgWe’ve added three new members of Congress to the 2018 Defense Communities National Summit:Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), member of the Senate Armed Services CommitteeTim Ryan (D-Ohio), House Defense Appropriations SubcommitteeScott Taylor (R-Va.), House Military Construction-VA Appropriations SubcommitteeOther congressional speakers include Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman, House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee; and Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), member, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.The Summit, the nation’s leading forum on the policy and trends impacting military installations and defense communities, will be held June 18-20 in Washington, D.C. The program — which builds on the theme, Strengthening America’s Defense Infrastructure — includes three pre-Summit events, 10 general sessions and more than 20 breakout sessions. To learn more, visit the Summit website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

South Korean actress Lee Yeoleum faces Thai jail for reality TV

first_imgBANGKOK: A South Korean actress faces up to five years in a Thai jail for catching endangered giant clams in a reality TV stunt, an official said Saturday, despite the show’s extensive apology. Lee Yeol-eum was filmed diving for giant clams at a Thai marine park for a June 30 episode of “Law of the Jungle” – a popular South Korean reality show. After prising two giant clams from the coral-laid seabed, Lee pumped them in the air yelling “I caught it!” The creatures are listed as an endangered species and protected under Thai law. A picture of 23-year-old Lee picking up the mollusks started circulating online, bringing the star of Korean TV drama “My First Love” to the attention of authorities. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Narong Kongaid, the head of Hat Chao Mai National Park – where the show was filmed in April – told AFP he filed two charges Wednesday against the actress for violating the National Parks law and the Wildlife Protection law. “She is subjected to five years imprisonment,” Narong told AFP. The production company had apologised, he said, “but this is a criminal case and we cannot withdraw the complaint.” The police will figure out a way to find Lee even if she’s no longer in Thailand, Narong added. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us While the criminal complaint has been filed with the police, it is now up to the court’s prosecutor to decide if Lee will be pursued or if the case will be dropped. She faces either five years imprisonment under the National Parks law, or four years if sought for breaking the Wildlife Protection law. Both laws also carry fines of 20,000 baht (USD 650). Advertise With Us In a statement published Friday, the South Korean show offered their “deep apologies” for not being aware of Thailand’s wildlife regulations. “We will be more cautious of our actions when producing the show in the future,” it said. Lee made her TV debut six years ago and has been working steadily since, starring in the 2016 drama series “Monster” and the 2017 box office crime drama hit, “The King”.last_img read more

TSPCB call to help reduce air pollution

first_imgHyderabad: There is a considerable increase in the number of vehicles within GHMC zones in Hyderabad. This has led to the rise of air pollution, thus, putting people’s lives at risk. It is affecting the health of citizens as they suffer from lung disease, asthma, etc.The Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) is earnestly making an appeal to all the citizens to make the glorious city of Hyderabad free from air pollution and a healthy city and to bring it back to its long lost glory. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The Board has appealed to the citizens to follow a few steps to help in reducing air pollution. Ensure that vehicles are tested and a Pollution under Control Certificate is obtained from an authorized agency Examine the possibility of switching over to cleaner fuels like CNP/LPG Develop the habit of using Public Transport/ Metro instead of own vehicles. If it is un-avoidable try to go for vehicle pooling.last_img read more

IndiGo becomes first Asian carrier to receive Airbus A320neo

first_imgIndiGo, India’s largest airline in terms of passenger traffic, received the first of its 250 Airbus A320neo. This makes the airline Asia’s first and the world’s second operator of the A320neo series of aircraft from Airbus.”The A320neo aircraft will enable us to continue to offer affordable air transportation and a new flying experience for our customers. The fuel efficient aircraft will be part of a new phase of our growth and will enable us to offer more regional and international destinations at the best price,” said Aditya Ghosh, president of IndiGo, in a media release.IndiGo is one of the biggest customers of Airbus and its A320 family of aircraft with a cumulative order size of 530.”It fills us with pride that IndiGo, India’s largest airline and the biggest customer for our A320neo, has taken delivery of its first aircraft. On top of best in class operational efficiencies and environmental benefits, the A320neo will offer IndiGo’s passengers unmatched comfort,” Dr. Kiran Rao, executive vice-president of strategy and marketing at Airbus, said in the media release.The aircraft includes many updated features such as the latest generation of the engine and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which result in better fuel efficiency.Airbus said its A320 family of aircraft has clocked nearly 12,500 orders to date with deliveries of over 6,900 aircraft to over 300 customers and operators globally.last_img read more