Meet Vintana, the second-largest mammal that lived with the dinosaurs

first_imgScientists have unearthed the fossilized skull of the second-largest mammal alive during the age of the dinosaurs. The creature lived between 66 million and 72 million years ago and belonged to a group of mammals known as gondwanatherians, which roamed Gondwana, a landmass that, starting about 180 million years ago, broke apart into South America, Australia, Antarctica, Africa, Arabia, Madagascar, and India. Previously, researchers knew about gondwanatherians only from teeth and bits of jawbones. But in a study published online today in Nature, a team describes a complete skull of a new species from the group. The 12.4-centimeter-long cranium was unexpectedly recovered from a block of sandstone full of fish fossils excavated in Madagascar. Based on the length of the fossil, the creature (depicted at left and center of artist’s representation) probably weighed about 9 kilograms, likely making it the largest mammal of its time. Placed in the new genus Vintana (the Malagasy word for “luck”), the plant-eating beast had ever-growing, rodentlike front teeth, molars whose grinding surfaces were tilted slightly outward, and a bite force about twice that of modern rodents of a similar size. Surprisingly, the nose, palate, and rear portion of the skull contain bones long presumed by paleontologists to have been lost before mammals evolved, the researchers note. A CT scan of the braincase suggests that about 14% of Vintana’s brain was devoted to interpreting odors, so the creature apparently had a keen sense of smell. Its relatively large eyes, as well as certain features in the creature’s inner ear, suggest the creature was agile and fast—the better for this small plant eater to dodge dinosaurs in search of tasty morsels.last_img read more

Now, a tigress is lynched near Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, probe ordered

first_imgEven as the country looks for the likely release of the much-awaited tiger census on July 29, Global Tiger Day, an adult tigress was lynched on July 24 by villagers living in proximity to the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh, officials said on July 26.While the locals said the tigress attacked them when they were working in the fields, the forest department said the incident followed a youth trespassing into the animal’s “natural habitat” despite warnings to avoid contact.The assault on the tigress was also captured taken as a video in a mobile phone by a local of Matena village in Puranpur tehsil. He even provides a background commentary to justify the attack. He says it is retaliation for the tigress’ earlier attack on the youth.A total of nine persons were injured by the tigress in the entire episode, locals claimed, but Vaibhav Srivastava, District Magistrate, Pilibhit, said the figure appeared suspicious prima facie as the animal would not usually attack so many people at one go.The incident took place on Wednesday when one Guddu “suddenly went near the tigress without any reason,” following which the panic-stricken animal attacked him, said Naveen Khandelwal, Divisional Forest Officer, Pilibhit Tiger Reserve.The tigress was living safely in her “natural habitat” in Ghungchai compartment number 12 of the core zone of the tiger reserve, he said.When the youth raised a cry, villagers rushed to save him. Around 43 persons entered the jungle with lathis and ‘sujas’ (spears) and assaulted the tigress, leaving it seriously injured, said Mr. Khandelwal.Died “due to shock”The tigress died of its injuries on the intervening night of July 24 and 25. A post-mortem conducted by a three-member team of experts concluded that the tigress died “due to shock” as a result of blood haemorrhage, broken bones and numerous injuries with sharp and blunt objects.Villager Chandresh said the tigress attacked while they were in the field…in a populated area.” He accused the first officials of negligence and delay in reaching the spot of conflict.Another local told journalists that while working in the field a boy went to the edge of the field to defecate and that’s when the tiger attacked him. The other people working in the field rushed to rescue him but the tiger attacked them as well, he said.In the mobile phone clip of the beating of the tigress, dozens of locals can be seen wielding long sticks and mercilessly thrashing the animal, which lay on the ground helpless on its back and rolled about in pain.On one occasion, the tigress rolled back on to its belly, triggering panic among the villagers who retreated. However, the animal was too injured to strike back or chase them.The person who shot the video is heard complaining that no forest official had reached the spot to mitigate the situation.‘Forest officials attacked’Mr. Khandelwal, however, said the locals also attacked the forest officials monitoring the tigress and created obstacles in their work. Forest inspector Dinesh Giri and his team of security watchers tried to stop the attack on the tigress but had to escape from the spot after the villagers launched a “deadly attack” on them, said Mr. Khandelwal in his report.Mr. Srivastava said the animal could not be tranquillized as doing so would have led to its death given the injuries sustained by it.Legal action was being taken against the villagers who killed the tigress and an FIR had been lodged against several persons, said Mr. Srivastava.A magisterial probe has also been ordered to investigate the entire sequence of events.Around 98 cases of conflicts between humans and tigers, leading to human deaths and injuries have been recorded between 2000 to 2018 in and around the Dudhwa-Pilibhit Tiger landscape, as per the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), a leading nature conservation organisation that works with the State Wildlife Department.Since 2009, the WTI project team has rescued eight tigers from 36 human-tiger conflict situations, with four tigers successfully released back into the wild.Conflict casesA total of 136 humans have been attacked by tigers or leopards in 94 fringe villages of Dudhwa-Pilibhit forests in 151 reported conflict cases from 2000 to 2013, as per a 2018 report, ‘Living with the Wild—Mitigating Conflict between Humans and Big Cat Species in Uttar Pradesh,’ jointly undertaken by the WTI and the Forest Department.According to the report, attacks by tigers and leopards on humans and livestock marked a seasonal and geographical variation, with most attacks occurring during the day time, suggesting “that the larger proportion of tiger attacks on humans were accidental encounters.”Tiger attacks occurred largely inside forests or on their fringes (54.79%), while (31.5%) occurred in crop fields, primarily sugarcane. Only a small proportion of attacks (13.7%) were recorded to have occurred within houses or near homes.Tiger attacks were found to be higher in winter (42.5%), with the peak in February (19.2%), “which probably corresponds to a high influx of people collecting fuel-wood in forest areas,” followed by summers (39.7%).However, when it came to attacking livestock, the highest number of incidents involving leopards and tigers were reported during monsoons: 45-50%. Though full data is not available, official records from 2003 to 2012 reveal 474 livestock deaths across the Dudhwa-Pilibhit Tiger Reserve landscape, with tigers accounting for 58.6% of the deaths.The high number of attacks on livestock during monsoons “is in contrast to the seasonal patterns of attacks on humans by the two big cat species, and demands more detailed study to determine the underlying causality,” the WTI noted.Attacks by tigers were higher when people visited forests to collect firewood and other non-timber products (38.6%). A high percentage of tiger attacks (32.9%) also occurred when people worked in farms, and about 23.3% when people sat, moved, defecated or urinated in the village periphery or fringe forests.last_img read more

Yun’s the one: South Korea gets men’s skeleton Olympic gold

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Yun Sungbin of South Korea celebrates in the finish area after his gold medal winning run during the men’s skeleton final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Yun Sungbin left no doubt. It’s his track. It’s his gold medal.The most decisive Olympic skeleton champion ever is a 23-year-old who had no idea what he was doing on a sled a few years ago and now stands taller than anyone else in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum Happy New Year, indeed. On a national holiday in Korea — the start of a lunar new year — Yun became a national hero. He is the reigning World Cup overall champion, is now the Olympic champion and his career is only just starting.“If you see the Korean guy, he has the best material,” Spain’s Ander Mirambell said. “He will win this easy.”It was the biggest victory margin in Olympic skeleton, topping 1948 when Italy’s Nino Bibbia topped Jack Heaton of the U.S. by 1.4 seconds in a six-heat race.The only drama in the final heat was who would finish second. Tregubov won that battle, edging Dom Parsons of Britain. Latvia’s Martins Dukurs, the winningest World Cup men’s skeleton racer in history, struggled in the final run and slipped to fourth.For the U.S., 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine was 11th and three-time Olympian John Daly was 16th.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Yun won in commanding fashion at the Pyeongchang Games on Friday, his four-run time of 3 minutes, 20.55 seconds easily coming in 1.63 seconds ahead of silver medalist Nikita Tregubov of Russia. Most skeleton races are decided by tenths or hundreths of a second, but Yun was dominant from start to finish — the fastest slider, in every way, in every heat.He stepped onto the award podium shortly after finishing, arms skyward as thousands of his fellow South Koreans roared. They showed up early on a bright morning in the Taebaek Mountains, fully expecting to see the sort of dominance he himself envisioned when taking thousands of training runs on the track that was built for these Olympics, the track he knows better than anyone else in sliding.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Yun! Sung! Bin!” they chanted, over and over. “Yun! Sung! Bin!”Yun delivered. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Sweet Distraction? North Korea’s feminine touch at Olympicslast_img read more

Uber partners ICC to support Women’s World T20

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 8 (PTI) Ride hailing app Uber Thursday said it has partnered with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to support the first-ever standalone ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies.”Uber and the ICC aim to leverage one of the world’s most popular sports to engage the broader cricketing community in a conversation around the important role sport plays in empowering girls and women around the world,” Uber said in a statement.The global partnership will include on-the-ground activation in participating WWT20 countries, in addition to the creation of a six-part digital film series featuring stories of female cricketers, it added.The ICC Women’s World T20 will be held from November 9-24, 2018. The 10-team tournament will be played as a standalone event for the first time between Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.Uber said it will also use social media to celebrate women in sports and various community outreach programmes, including sponsorships for aspiring female cricketers to join cricket academies.”As a sport, we have also made a commitment to grow the women’s game and it will form one of the pillars of our strategy that will be launched early next year…it’s (the partnership) about a shared ambition to move women’s cricket forward, tell the story of our sport more broadly and build heroes in our game,” ICC CEO David Richardson said.Uber Chief International Business Officer Brooks Entwistle said together with the ICC, the company is committed to supporting more women in sport, and to inspiring and enabling more girls and women to access opportunities.advertisementEarlier this year, the US-based company had roped in Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador in India. It had also named footballer Mohamed Salah as the brand ambassador for the Egypt market. PTI SR BALBALlast_img read more

Santiago Solari to be Real Madrid’s permanent manager: Spanish federation

first_imgSantiago Solari’s appointment as Real Madrid’s permanent manager has been approved by the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF), a spokesman told Reuters on Monday.The 42-year-old Argentine has led the team to four wins in four games since replacing Julen Lopetegui at the helm of the European champions two weeks ago.Though the club have yet to confirm the news, Spanish rules prevent an interim coach from staying in charge for longer than 15 days, a period that expires on Monday.With victories over Melilla in the Copa del Rey, Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, and Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga, Solari has enjoyed the best start of any manager in the club’s history.Lopetegui was sacked after a run of form that saw Madrid sink to ninth in the table. However, after Sunday’s 4-2 win at Celta, the capital club are sixth, four points behind leaders Barcelona.”We are focusing on playing for our coach, we are prepared to die for him and we know that he is a great coach, we want him to continue,” said defender Alvaro Odriozola on Sunday.Solari, who played for Madrid between 2000 and 2005 in the Galacticos era alongside former coach Zinedine Zidane, led Real Madrid’s reserve team from 2016 until replacing Lopetegui last month after a painful 5-1 El Clasico defeat by Barcelona.last_img read more

Gareth Southgate tells Dele Alli he is not a shoo-in to start for England

first_img Read more Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri could be ‘wound up’ in World Cup against England Raheem Sterling Read more Gareth Southgate reaches a defining question: To Dele or not to Dele? Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn World Cup Share on Pinterest Gareth Southgate has warned Dele Alli it will not be easy to win back his position in the England team because of the competition for places before the World Cup. The Tottenham player featured for only 22 minutes of the past two friendlies.Southgate intends to select his preliminary squad on 14 May, the day after the Premier League season ends, and confirmed that he was nearing a final decision regarding the strikers and attacking midfielders. Alli is assured of a place, injuries permitting, but the manager has slightly modified his system in the past two games and the player did not get off the bench in the 1-1 draw against Italy on Tuesday. news England have friendlies against Nigeria at Wembley on 2 June and Costa Rica in Leeds five days later. In the meantime, Southgate intends to maintain a regular dialogue with his players and is mindful that those who do not go to the World Cup should be let down gently. “There are some who have worked with us for quite a while and know they will be part of the squad. There are others who know, after the conversations I’ve had with them, that they are on the edge of it.“It’s important that it doesn’t come as a huge surprise to anybody. I’ve got to keep those conversations going over the next few weeks – letting people know how I see it, so in the end it doesn’t come dramatically to anyone.”Southgate has had one such conversation with Joe Hart now that the goalkeeper has fallen behind Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland in the England set-up.“I’ve been really straight with him throughout. I spoke to him three weeks ago before he was back in West Ham’s team and told him he would be in the squad on the basis of what he had done for us before. He’s a good leader to have around and he’s understood everything completely. He’s played that [back-up] role really well.”Lallana confident he can make World Cup markAdam Lallana has declared himself fit and ready to make a mark over the run-in to Liverpool’s season to prove he warrants significant involvement at the World Cup.The midfielder has been restricted to 375 minutes of club football this term, and a solitary Premier League start, after a thigh injury last summer. He played the last half-hour of Tuesday’s draw with Italy.center_img Topics Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reuse this content World Cup 2018 World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Read more England “I’m fully fit now,” Lallana said. “I had to manage myself for the first couple of days [of the England get-together], hence why I wasn’t involved over in Holland. It was just great to be back out there in an England shirt for the first time since last summer. I’m smart enough not to be complacent and to know there are plenty of talented players that want to make sure they are picked, even lads who weren’t with us this month. But I’m confident enough in my ability and what I bring to the squad.“Now it’s just about getting that rhythm, which means gaining minutes out on the pitch playing competitive football. There is plenty of time between now and the end of the season. I’m physically and mentally as fresh as anyone going into the back end of the season and going into the World Cup.” “I have a problem because I have Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jamie Vardy so there is a huge choice,” Southgate said. “I don’t foresee a scenario where any of those players don’t come to Russia but I have to make those decisions. There is no reason he [Alli] will not come and he can make a huge impact there. He has the ability and I am looking forward to seeing him over the next few weeks.”Alli, according to Southgate, was “disappointed” by his omission but the manager also said that Kane’s return from injury would be another influence at the World Cup because of the understanding between the two Spurs players. Alli was nursing a very minor groin injury during England’s training sessions but this is the first time since establishing himself in the national side that he has dropped out of the team and the manager was encouraged by the way Raheem Sterling adapted to a central attacking role.Southgate said: “It was nice to see because if we play 3-4-3 we know Raheem can play the No 10 role, as he did against France last year, but could he play as one of two forwards when he usually plays on the wing for Manchester City? We know he likes playing through the middle and his performance reminded me of that little spell at Liverpool where he was behind Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge, running and dribbling through the middle of the park.”Southgate is also an admirer of Adam Lallana but the manager said the decision to leave out Alli was not an attempt to make the Spurs player knuckle down in the final weeks of the season. “We want competition for places but there was no ulterior motive to leaving him out. We wanted to look at Raheem again but Dele is still an important player for us. He is in the mix.” Dele Alli Gareth Southgatelast_img read more

13 days agoBurnley boss Dyche backing Taylor for England call

first_imgBurnley boss Dyche backing Taylor for England callby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche says Charlie Taylor can win an England call in the future. The left back only made his first Premier League appearance of the season off the bench against Everton on Saturday. “I think it’s interesting for me, over these years, and now we’re very confidently talking about Burnley players being in the England squad,” Dyche said.“I remember when Tom Heaton got his first call up, it was ‘wow, Burnley haven’t had an England player for however many years’, and now we’re talking about it free and easy, saying, okay, Tom, Keano (Michael Keane), Corky (Jack Cork) got one out of the blue of course, you could argue last season for Westy (Ashley Westwood), just if you were going on form, and performances.“I still think there’s a lot of room and time for Charlie Taylor to go into that thinking, along his development line. Erik’s doing well at the moment, but that doesn’t mean I’ve got a lack of belief in Charlie.“It’s good to say Burnley players are being talked about as freely as we are with the national side, and other international players as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Bordeaux deny asking for Sala fee

first_imgBordeaux have denied demanding a fee for missing striker Emiliano Sala following his move to Cardiff City.Sala completed a club-record transfer to Premier League side Cardiff before the plane he was aboard went missing en route to the Welsh capital from Nantes on Monday.The search for Sala – who had been back in France bidding farewell to his team-mates at Nantes – was ended by Guernsey Police on Thursday, though the 28-year-old’s family are determined to resume the operation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Amid the heartache, reports have emerged that Bordeaux asked for a fee from Sala’s transfer, believed to be 50 per cent following his spell at the club from 2012 to 2015, though the Ligue 1 outfit dismissed those claims.Communiqué du club— FC Girondins de Bordeaux (@girondins) January 27, 2019″FC Girondins de Bordeaux formally denies the information published in the Presse Ocean newspaper that the club claimed its ‘due’ on the occasion of the transfer of Emiliano Sala,” Bordeaux said in a statement.”In today’s sad circumstances, Girondins de Bordeaux express their support for Emiliano Sala’s family and friends.”Sala’s family reached their €300,000 crowdfunding target in their bid to resume the search for the Argentine forward.Search and rescue efforts had spanned three days without a trace of the Piper Malibu aircraft before the authorities opted to call a halt to their scanning of the area.A GoFundMe page was created by non-profit organisation Sport Cover on Friday, with “its sole purpose” being to help continue the search for Sala and Ibbotson.The pot surpassed the €300,000 mark on Sunday, with a donation of €30,010 from Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe helping it over the line. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Unlucky to miss out on hattrick but Im happy Roach

first_imgKingston (Jamaica): “Unlucky” to have missed out on a hat-trick by a whisker, West Indies pacer Kemar Roach said he was happy to just be in contention for the feat against a strong Indian batting line-up. After dismissing opener Mayank Agarwal (5) before lunch on the third day of the second Test, Roach came out firing on all cylinders and removed K L Rahul and skipper Virat Kohli off successive balls to be on the verge of a hat-trick in India’s second innings on Sunday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh It was so near yet so far for Roach as Ajinkya Rahane narrowly edged the hat-trick ball towards the stumps, only to see it miss by an inch. Roach said with a little bit of luck on his side, he could have entered the record books. “Of course!” Roach said when asked if, for a second, he thought he had got the hat-trick. “Inside edge and missing the stumps – a bit unlucky but I am pretty happy with what happened. “It was a good feeling. Obviously, the Indian batting line-up is very strong, so to be on a hat-trick against those guys is obviously a good feeling. I’d have liked to get it, but a little more luck the next time it hits on the stumps and it will go my way, but I am pretty happy for what happened,” he said at the post-day’s press conference here. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Roach said even though he couldn’t register the hat-trick, he considers his efforts in the ongoing second Test as a great achievement. “I think as a bowling group there is satisfaction in how we have done so far. Kudos to the guys. Happy for myself to be, obviously, be among some of the greats, so it’s a great achievement for me as well,” he said. Chasing an improbable 468-run target to avoid a series sweep, West Indies find themselves in a spot of bother at 45 for 2. Roach said it’s time for the West Indies batsmen to show fight. “There is more than enough time. Two days left in the Test match. Just bat. Nothing more to be said about that. The guys haven’t had a good score in this Test series so far, so it’s about guys just applying themselves and going out there and being positive and put some runs on the board,” he said. West Indies batsmen will be relieved that the track has flattened a bit but Roach said it won’t be easy for the home team against the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma. “It’s flattened out a bit more. It’s not as bouncy as it was the first couple of days,” he said. “There is still enough there for the bowlers. Still have to apply yourself as a batsman and have to grind and get that score, but I think once you get in it gets way easier – so it’s all about the guys being positive and grinding and obviously getting the score.” Roach said if needed he is ready to contribute with the bat as well. “Yeah, obviously I am pretty confident with the bat recently. Just backing my ability, trust my talent and go there and hit the ball. I have been doing it pretty well and pretty proud of that,” he said. “I just keep it simple for me – I know my shots and I just wait for the balls to come in that area.”last_img read more

Simon Cowell And Joan Collins Attend Shooting Star Chase Ball

first_imgStars including Simon Cowell, Lauren Silverman, Dame Joan Collins and Tony Hadley were out in force on Saturday 1 October to show their support for the Shooting Star Chase Ball, which raised a record amount of £150,000 for children with life-limiting conditions in London and Surrey.Dame Joan Collins at Shooting Star Chase BallThe event, which took place at The Dorchester, was hosted by TV presenter Angela Scanlon, and featured entertainment from Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist, Kipper Eldridge, who performed a David Bowie tribute with special guests – Vice President of Shooting Star Chase, Tony Hadley; Blue’s Lee Ryan; and Britain’s Got Talent’s Connie Talbot.350 guests enjoyed a five course meal by executive chef Henry Brosi before taking part in a live auction where money-can’t-buy lots were on offer to the highest bidder – which included luxury holidays in the Bahamas, Portugal and Mexico; a dress worn by Dame Joan Collins in Dynasty; and a private box at the Royal Albert Hall to see Tony Hadley in concert with the South Bank Philharmonic Orchestra. The lots raised a total of £115,00, with Simon Cowell offering winning bids for a private dinner for 10 cooked by celebrity chef Ollie Burgess and the private box to see his pal and fellow Vice President, Tony Hadley perform.Patron, Dame Joan Collins, gave a speech on the night and talked about her own experience as a parent with a sick child: “I’ve been involved with the charity for many years and I’m more and more impressed with the selfless dedication of the staff. Having once been in devastating circumstances like this myself, I’m only too familiar with the sense of despair this engenders.”Vice President, Simon Cowell, followed, and spoke about his passion for the charity: “Shooting Star Chase is a very personal charity. It’s not just about nights like this, the real work is the day-to-day support they give the families. I can say now as a dad I really appreciate what this charity does and what it really means when you need people to look after you.”Other fundraising from the night is currently being counted and the total is expected to exceed £150,000. Now in its 12th year, the Shooting Star Chase Ball has raised more than £1 million since its launch in 2004.Karen Sugarman, Director of Fundraising at Shooting Star Chase, said about the event: “The Shooting Star Chase Ball is always a very special evening and this year has been no exception. We are so thrilled and overwhelmed by the generosity from each and every one of our guests and their support will make a huge difference to the lives of the children and families we provide vital care for at our hospices. It’s been an absolute pleasure to ask my close friends in music to perform for us and put together this star studded night in honour of the truly great icon, David Bowie.”last_img read more

Aboriginal Affairs refuses to release damning financial report

first_imgAPTN National NewsAboriginal Affairs is sitting on what some believe is a damning report of financial mismanagement by an Aboriginal aid agency in Manitoba.The Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters (MANFF) was paid $100-million dollars to care for people whose First Nation communities were flooded three years ago.As APTN’s Melissa Ridgen tells us, the report is complete but Ottawa won’t hand it over.last_img

San Francisco Federal Reserve names Mary Daly as president

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on Friday announced the appointment of Mary Daly, a longtime Fed economist and a labour market specialist, as the next president of the regional bank.Daly replaces John Williams, who became president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank in April. When she begins Oct. 1, Daly will be among three women who lead one of the 12 Fed regional banks. The Fed, under pressure from activist groups, has made efforts to diversify its leadership.Daly, 55, who joined the San Francisco Fed in 1996 as a research economist, was appointed director of research in 2017. She has studied wages and jobs and economic inequality and has written several books. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Ph.D. in economics from Syracuse University.As San Francisco Fed President, Daly will receive a vote on interest rate policy at the December meeting of the Fed’s policymaking committee. After that, she will not have a voting right until 2021. Each year, the Fed’s interest rate committee rotates voting rights among its regional presidents.“I believe very strongly in the Federal Reserve’s mission and in the important role we play in helping to create strong, stable economic conditions in all corners of the country that allow individuals and businesses to prosper,” Daly said in a statement.In April, Daly said she thought the economy “is very strong and the outlook is very bright.” She downplayed concerns that low unemployment might lead to rapid wage gains and higher inflation. Instead, she noted that “there is little sign of this in the data.” She also argued that even if wage gains accelerated, the Fed “would have time to adjust policy to limit the impact on overall price inflation.”Those remarks suggest that Daly may lean toward the “dovish” camp of Fed policymakers. The Fed’s doves typically focus more on the central bank’s mandate to maximize employment than on its other mission to keep inflation under control.Last year, Daly co-wrote an influential paper that argued that wage growth has been slowed by an aging U.S. population. Young workers, who typically earn relatively low pay, are replacing a larger generation of older, higher-paid baby boomers, who are increasingly retiring.Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton and a leading Fed watcher, noted that Daly’s research also highlighted the disproportionate impact of the Great Recession on young adults, who absorbed huge amounts of student loan debt just as wages for entry-level workers were weakening.Daly will provide needed expertise to the Fed board on the job market, Swonk added. At 3.9 per cent, the unemployment rate is near an 18-year low. But with an unusually large proportion of Americans neither working nor looking for work, setting Fed policy is trickier than in the past.If the Fed raises short-term rates only slowly, the economy may remain strong enough to pull more of those people into jobs. But the risk is that inflation could rage out of control. On the other hand, if Fed policymakers raise rates too aggressively, the economy could tip into recession and cause job losses.Those questions “will determine the pace at which rates go up,” Swonk said. “She will provide the Fed key insight on that.”last_img read more

Nepal UN welcomes release of three detained under public security law

8 July 2008The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal has welcomed the release of three people who had been detained under the country’s Public Security Act (PSA). The three people, two of whom are Nepali citizens, were accused of carrying out “acts that affect security, peace and order by chanting anti-China slogans in different public places in the capital,” in connection with protests against alleged human rights violations in Tibet.Last month, High Commissioner Louise Arbour sent a letter to the South Asian nation’s Government in which she expressed her concerns about the use of the PSA, which was used often by authorities before April 2006 to arbitrarily arrest and detain protestors.In a press release issued today, OHCHR voiced its apprehension about the “breadth of the prevention regime in the PSA and again urges the Government to either significantly amend the Act or to repeal it.”The Office stressed that preventive detention should only be utilized “where necessary,” and even then only when supplemented by the appropriate safeguards, such as access to courts.“It is also vital that the powers under the PSA not be used to suppress legitimate exercise of freedom of expression and freedom of assembly or for political reasons.” read more

Shopify beats expectations as revenue jumps 71

OTTAWA — Shopify Inc. reported a better-than-expected fourth quarter as its revenue jumped 71 per cent compared with a year ago.The e-commerce company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says it lost $3 million or three cents per share in the last three months of 2017.That compared with a loss of $8.9 million or 10 cents per share a year earlier.Revenue totalled $222.8 million, up from $130.4 million.On an adjusted basis, Shopify says it earned $14.7 million or 15 cents per share for the quarter compared with an adjusted loss of $400,000 or zero cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2016.Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of five cents per share and $209.3 million in revenue, according to Thomson Reuters.“That our merchants sold more in the fourth quarter than in all of 2015, achieving one billion dollars of this in just four days, speaks to how far we have come in the past few years,” Shopify chief financial officer Russ Jones said in a statement.“Our leadership role in commerce, together with the scale we have achieved, position us well to invest in our next phase of growth: one marked by expansion of our capabilities upmarket and down, in retail, in our ecosystem, and internationally.” read more

Prime Minister insists will not allow to divide the country

He dismissed fears that the drafting of the new constitution will result in the division of the country or bring harm to Buddhism. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today insisted that the Government will not leave room for anyone to divide the country.Making a special statement today on the proposed Constitutional changes, the Prime Minister said that the entire process will have the participation of all political parties and the public. He said that for the first time, the process to draft a new Constitution will also see the involvement of social media. The Prime Minister said that as a Sri Lankan, Sinhalese Buddhist he will do his utmost to protect the Nation and ensure unity.Wickremesinghe said that the several amendments have been sought to the proposed Constitutional Assembly, particularly by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which is part of the coalition Government. The Prime Minister invited all other political parties to submit their proposed amendments to the Constitutional Assembly in order to reach a consensus.He said that drafting a new Constitution in a key requirement for the country and played down concerns being raised on the process being adopted by the Government by some members of the opposition, particularly former Foreign Minister, Professor G.L Peiris. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Annan reviews key developments with President Cardoso of Brazil

“We talked about developments in the region, developments around the world, UN-Brazilian relations,” Mr. Annan told the press. “I was able to congratulate the President for the contribution he has made to his country and to the people, and his role in Latin America.”Asked whether the outgoing President accepted Mr. Annan’s “invitation to be your special adviser,” the Secretary-General said, “we talked about all sorts of things,” adding, “he is such a wise and able leader that I’m sure it’s not just me, but many institutions and leaders around the world are going to want to call on his help and for his advice.”

UN rights chief spotlights troubling developments in Ethiopia Somalia Sudan

Just back from a two-week mission to the Horn of Africa, she told reporters at the UN complex in Geneva that in Ethiopia, thousands of people were imprisoned after events following last year’s elections year. Of these just over 100 remained, comprising elected officials, journalists and other members of civil society charged with genocide and treason. Under the Ethiopian Code of Criminal Procedure, the prisoners could not get bail for these serious offences. Ms. Arbour said this called into question whether the Code was in conformity with the Ethiopian Constitution which provides for the right to bail. The Constitution also provides that bail could be denied in exceptional circumstances by a court, but these defendants had not had access to a court, she noted.“I have urged the Prosecutor to take another look at the evidence in an effort to see whether it would be feasible in some, if not in all cases, to reduce the charges so as to make them bailable,” she said.The elected members of parliament were not likely to be able to take up their seats and could remain in custody for a very long period of time, she said. “The reality of this is that it has become a metaphor for the shrinking space for civil society and debate in a country where there were hopes that democracy was going to be flourishing.”Ms. Arbour noted that the Ethiopian Government had been accommodating in giving her access to the Addis Ababa prison where she met privately with several of the opposition leaders in detention.In Sudan, she visited three camps in Darfur for the second time since 2004 and Southern Sudan’s capital, Juba, for the first time. Ms. Arbour said that there was no sign that sexual violence against the women of Darfur had receded or been brought under control in any way. During her first visit to Darfur in 2004, she met with groups of women in the camps who had been raped by the Arab militia called janjaweed. She said she had been shocked to meet women this time who had subsequently given birth to the children of rape and who might later be ostracized by the community. After meeting groups of Darfur’s women who had recently been raped, she said she told the Government the rapes were taking place “on a large and unattended scale.” “The Government asserted that it had taken many initiatives to address the question of sexual violence. The initiatives that I have been made aware of, as far as I am concerned, so far, continue to be paper initiatives. I saw no evidence on the ground that any of these committees that have been set up to look after these issues have made a dent in the problems,” the High Commissioner said.Recent events, including the Darfur peace agreement reached in Nigeria, have refocused attention on the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Darfur, “but I think it is fair to say that underneath this humanitarian crisis, there is also a very serious human rights situation,” she said.Meanwhile, the international community was neglecting the comprehensive peace agreement struck between Southern Sudan and the Government of Sudan last year, she said. South Sudan had to be rebuilt because there was virtually no governance, physical or economic infrastructure after 20 years of conflict.In south Sudan, as in Darfur, there was no hope of maintaining peace if attention was not given to disarmament, she said.On Somalia, she said her colleagues in the UN system were poised to deploy, if possible, but there was frustration that “the international community was insufficiently engaged in a country that needed a huge amount of assistance and where a large part of the country still needed governance to take root.”On Wednesday, the chair of the sanctions committee for Somalia, Qatari Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, briefed the Security Council on the latest report from the Monitoring Group, which said that “arms, military materiel and financial support continue to flow like a river to various actors, in violation of the (1992) arms embargo.” read more

Ban appoints Senegalese national as Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF

Ban appoints Senegalese national as Deputy Executive Director of UNICEFUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Fatoumata Ndiaye of Senegal as Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Ms. Ndiaye is currently serving as UNICEF’s Director of the Office of Internal Audit and Investigations (OIAI). She previously served as Director, Internal Audit Division, Office of Internal Oversight Services at the United Nations Secretariat. Prior to her work at the United Nations, Ms. Ndiaye worked in the private sector, providing audit and management advisory services, including as Manager, Chief Management Advisory Services at Coopers and Lybrand (now PWC) in Senegal. Ms. Ndiaye brings strong management experience and leadership skills that will support the management initiatives that are underway to deliver results for children. read more

McCloud with 21 points leads Green Bay past Belmont 10092

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — JayQuan McCloud scored 21 points and Green Bay toppled undefeated Belmont 100-92 on Saturday.Shanquan Hemphill added 17 points, three rebounds and three steals for the Phoenix (5-3). PJ Pipes added 15 points, Sandy Cohen III and Trevian Bell had 14 and Kameron Hankerson chipped in with 11.Green Bay trailed 49-46 at the break and were down 54-48 early in the second half when a McCloud 3-pointer followed by a Patterson dunk and a Hankerson 3 gave the Phoenix a 56-54 lead with 15:46 to play. Belmont remained within striking distance, tying the score three times, but could not overtake Green Bay. After closing to tie it 75-all, the Bruins (6-1) fell behind for good on Cohen’s 3-pointer and free throws by Hemphill and Pipes as the Phoenix went ahead 84-75 with 4:39 remaining.Dylan Windler scored 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Bruins.The Associated Press read more

Hexagon Mining introduces HxGN MineDiscover Display 9

first_imgHexagon’s Mining division has introduced HxGN MineDiscover Display 9, an advanced machine display that it says will maximise the user experience for equipment operators. The new display features an optically bonded, anti-glare 9-inch touchscreen that guarantees visibility in tough environments. It‘s multi-touch capable, allowing future applications to utilise features such as pinch-to-zoom and gestures. Display 9 is designed for harsh environments and can withstand the extreme environmental conditions typically encountered in mines.“The heart of the new Display 9 features a powerful Intel-based computing platform that improves performance significantly. The greatly improved user experience means enhanced productivity and operator efficiency.”“Through the use of the latest technologies, the Display 9 brings a new level of performance to our hardware suite,“ said Principal Product Manager, Joe Arico. “Operators will immediately notice a smoother interaction with our MineOperate portfolio, allowing them to work more efficiently.” Display 9 becomes the standard offering on all the company‘s low-precision equipment and high-precision dozers. It will be available optionally on other high-precision equipment alongside the standard Display 12 offering.last_img read more