Roger Federer finishes with flurry of aces in 3rd round at Miami

first_imgAndreescu, who is tied for the WTA lead with 20 match victories this year, said she felt pain and tightness in the shoulder.“I’ve played so many matches,” the 18-year-old Canadian said. “I guess it’s just my body’s way of telling me it has had enough. The doctor said it’s nothing too serious, but the pain is there.”Andreescu said she will skip the tournament next week in Charleston, South Carolina, but plans to play the Fed Cup on April 20-21.She called a medical timeout after the first set to receive treatment, and received similar treatment during her third-round victory over Angelique Kerber, who afterward told Andreescu she was the “biggest drama queen ever.”Andreescu defeated Kerber in the Indian Wells final on March 17 for her first career title. The injury ended Andreescu’s bid to become the fourth woman to win Indian Wells and Miami back to back.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving “We’re not robots,” Federer said. “I like when players show emotion like Filip did in that instant. It was a weird, strange, ridiculous point that I got very lucky to win somehow.”A little lucky and really good, Federer won 7-5, 6-3 Monday to reach the fourth round. He improved to 14-2 this year, signaling he’s a threat to win his fourth Miami title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe’ll next play No. 13 Daniil Medvedev, who won a battle of dominating serves against 6-foot-11 qualifier Reilly Opelka, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (0). There were no service breaks but plenty of aces — 19 by Medvedev and 22 by Opelka.Among those departing in the women’s fourth round were Venus Williams and Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu. Williams lost to No. 2-seeded Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3, and Andreescu retired with a right shoulder injury while trailing Anett Kontaveit 6-1, 2-0. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Familiar look: Top seeds dominate spots for NCAA Sweet 16 LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates after defeating Filip Krajinovic, of Serbia, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 25, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Roger Federer knew he had things going his way at the Miami Open when he hit three shots off his frame during a wild 17-stroke exchange and still won the point because Filip Krajinovic dumped a half volley into the net.Krajinovic quickly grabbed the ball and flipped it over the net as if continuing the rally, which drew cheers from the crowd and a smile from Federer.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I’m pretty upset,” she said. “But I really can’t complain, with what I’ve achieved.”Halep and Kontaveit were joined in the quarterfinals by Petra Kvitova, who faced only one break point and beat Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3. Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, is ranked a career-high No. 2 and will rise to No. 1 if she wins the title. No. 1 Naomi Osaka lost in the third round.Kvitova’s match was interrupted by rain for more than 90 minutes, and she took advantage.“I had a quick nap, which was really helpful,” she said.Federer was only slightly delayed on his way to victory. Serving in the final game, he smacked aces on the first three points, and then hit another ace that skipped off the line to seal the victory — or so it was ruled.While awaiting a replay review, Federer and Krajinovic walked to the net and discussed the call.“He thought it was in,” Federer said. “I’m thinking, ‘Why did he think that?’ It was quite clearly out.”Federer was correct, and when the call was overturned, he gave Krajinovic a wave as if to say, “See you in a minute.” He needed only one more serve to complete the victory. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director View commentslast_img read more

Pochettino: Real Madrid interest made Spurs stronger

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has playfully responded to reports of approaches from Real Madrid, believing it will help his current status at Tottenham.The Argentine manager was quick to play down reports of continued offers following Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal, suggesting they don’t have as volatile an effect as they would seem, especially with his players.”It’s like our girlfriend or our wife, no?” Pochettino said. “Because we are so handsome and we are walking down the street in London and she is so proud about you because another woman looks at you. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Your wife is so happy to be with you and feels in love with you. No one looks at you, your wife says ‘maybe he is better’, understand the metaphor?”They are confident of course but they are not attached to me only. It is about the club. If I believe that Dele Alli is going to sign or a different player is going to sign a new contract because of me, it is a bad feeling or I am so wrong in my head.”After Alli credited Pochettino’s impact as a key factor in signing a new six-year deal with Tottenham this week, the 46-year-old reaffirmed the importance of the club above any individual.”Of course it is always nice to hear the players say one of the reasons is the manager, one of the reasons is the chairman, one of the reasons is the new stadium, so exciting,” Pochettino said.”One of the reasons I wanted rather to listen – I want to play for Tottenham to make history, to touch the glory with this club and with this badge.”‘Now I am so happy with my manager and I am going to give my best’ but there are going to be days we won’t be happy because we are human.”Currently in fifth, five points off Premier League-leading Manchester City, Spurs are away to Wolverhampton this Saturday.last_img read more

Gurugram Police assures safety to Kashmiri youth over threat rumours

first_imgGururgam: After the rumours of a Kashmiri boy in Pathredi village of Gurugram facing threats doing the rounds, the Gurugram police have met the boy and assured him of the safety.The youth works in an e-commerce company and is residing as a tenant. The law enforcement officials not only increased the security around the area but have also told the landowner of the building to be vigilant and inform the police of any wrongdoings. The Gurugram police have also urged people to not use social media platforms to spread rumours and hatred. There are a large number of Kashmiri professionals, businessmen and even students. Taking cognisance of the security of the Kashmiri student the colleges have already begun taking measures. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe department of higher education has directed colleges to ensure that adequate security measures are adopted to ensure the safety of students from Jammu and Kashmir. Colleges have also been asked to maintain a vigil on the circulation of false, unverified news, rumours and unscrupulous messages through social media. Officials of SGT University, in Budhera, have also taken precautionary steps. “As per the guidelines issued by the higher education department, we are ensuring that students of our university stay safe. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWe have a police post on the premises of the university and police have extended their support. As a precautionary measure, the registrar has shared the contact details of the students with the police,” said Rajneesh Yadav, public relations officer of the university. “We are a secular university and do not differentiate between any students on the basis of their geographical location, be it any place in India or outside. The advisory issued by the government has been shared with the university’s hostels and various departments. The security of Kashmiri students is of primary importance for us,” said GS Bal, dean of student welfare, Amity University, Gurugram. The university has 72 students from Jammu and Kashmir in undergraduate and postgraduate courseslast_img read more

Newfoundland woman heartbroken after local SPCA puts down threedayold moose

first_imgGANDER, N.L. – A Newfoundland woman who bottle-fed a baby moose after it got lost in the woods without its mother says she’s heartbroken after the local SPCA put the animal down.Brandi Calder said Friday her husband was building a cabin in the woods near Glenwood, N.L., when he heard a strange crying noise and discovered the three-day-old calf on its own with no sign of its mother.“The baby moose was crossing a brook that’s normally low but this time of year is quite high and fast-moving,” she said in an interview. “The moose tried to cross it but got pulled under and almost drowned.”Calder said her husband tried to track the mother moose but she was “long gone” and the young calf stayed by his side.After waiting several hours for the mother to return, her husband decided after nightfall to bring the infant animal home rather than leave it alone overnight in the woods.“She would have died of starvation, drowned in the brook or the coyotes would have killed her,” Calder said.The baby moose, which she described as dark chocolate brown with a lighter brown face and hind legs, still had its umbilical cord attached and had long, gangly legs.“She looked out of proportion and she wobbled when she stood up,” she said. “She also looked hungry.”She bought some goat’s milk and borrowed a bottle and baby cereal from her sister, who has a human baby.“At first she didn’t take the milk,” Calder said. “So I cut the nipple so it would drip and put my finger in her mouth to open it so she could get a taste of it.”Calder and her husband took turns feeding and watching over the little moose throughout the night and called the Gander and Area SPCA in the morning.But two hours after the SPCA picked up the animal, Calder said she was put down.“They said the Salmonier Nature Park couldn’t take the calf and a veterinarian said it was dehydrated and had diarrhea,” Calder said. “I was so upset, I started to cry.”SPCA manager Bonnie Harris said wild animals cannot be taken care of in a shelter.“We followed protocol,” she said. “When there is a wild animal, any involvement with a wild animal, there are certain things you have to do.“We contacted wildlife and we contacted conservation officers,” she said, adding that ultimately “it’s not our call.”But Calder said the decision to euthanize an animal should only be taken after all other options have been exhausted.“We had a back-up plan,” she said. “We were going to take her to the cabin and take turns feeding her until she was strong enough to go off on her own or in case by some chance the mother came back looking for her.”“Even if we kept her as a pet, it would have been on her home turf.”Newfoundland and Labrador’s Fisheries and Land Resources Department issued a warning Friday asking people not to remove young animals from the wild.“Conservation officers frequently deal with moose calves, and occasionally the young of other species, being removed from the woods by well-meaning people,” spokeswoman Connie Boland said in a statement. “While most individuals have good intentions, their desire to help is usually misplaced.”Wildlife officials often can’t release a calf back into the wild because the animal’s ability to survive is compromised, she said.“An abandoned young animal has a better chance at survival if it is left in the wild,” Boland said. “The cow moose may still be in the area and will return, which provides a better chance for survival than removing the calf from the forest.”Calder said the baby moose bonded with the family dog, a 12-year-old hound that sniffed and licked the little calf and snuggled with her.“When the dog went outside with the moose, she stopped crying,” she said. “Our dog has a fleshy mole on his belly and the moose tried to nurse … it was so sweet.”Calder said it makes no sense to put a three-day-old moose down because it was dehydrated.“When the SPCA came to the house, she had just finished a bottle of milk right there,” she said. “They knew she had just starting eating again and I even gave her the leftover goat’s milk.”She also argued that loose stools are likely not a sign of serious trouble in such a young calf that had a traumatic experience.“They were quick to write her off because they didn’t have anywhere to bring her,” Calder said. “It was easier to put her down.”— By Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

Behind the scenes at CBCs new National Four hosts one big risk

first_imgThey include Rosemary Barton, 41, in Ottawa; Andrew Chang, 33, in Vancouver; and Arsenault, 50, and Hanomansing, 55, in Toronto.“I have to be honest, I don’t care,” says Arsenault, looking over at her co-anchor. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We haven’t talked about it. But that tells you a lot. There is no question in my mind that other shows would have figured this out long in advance,” says Hanomansing. “But that has not been the issue.”“I think it will be dictated by the story,” says Arsenault, arriving at a decidedly Canadian solution. “The story should be the boss of us. It’s really not about us.”Less than a week away from the premiere, the tiniest of details have yet to be worked out — but it’s clear there’s a lot at stake. Following the retirement of anchor Peter Mansbridge, it’s the first time in 29 years that The National will have new permanent hosts.READ MORE Advertisement Who’s on first?Inside the frosty fourth-floor Toronto studios of the newly revamped The National, hosts Ian Hanomansing and Adrienne Arsenault say they have absolutely no clue.“Actually, no one’s even contemplated who’s going to kick off the first show,” says Hanomansing, sitting at the Lucite-and-steel desk that will debut when the CBC’s flagship news show airs Monday (Nov. 6th) at 10 p.m. with a historic four hosts. Adrienne Arsenault and Ian Hanomansing go through their paces on recently the new set of The National in Toronto, with the other national hosts, Rosemary Barton and Andrew Chang joining them virtually. (RICHARD LAUTENS / TORONTO STAR) Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Facebook joins top Indian music labels

first_imgMumbai: Facebook on Thursday announced to partner top music labels in India that will let its nearly 300 million users in the country express themselves with music on its platform as well as Instagram. With the partnerships with T-Series Music, Zee Music Company and Yash Raj Films, Facebook will allow the users to include their favourite music in videos, messages, posts, stories and other creative content. “People will now be able to include music in their videos on Facebook and Instagram, opening up more options for more ways to express and sharing memories with friends and family,” said Manish Chopra, Director and Head of Partnerships, Facebook India. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Facebook has partnered with the music community in more than 40 countries. “We’re introducing a new feature: from a song on your profile, we’re making it possible to tap through to Spotify so people can listen to the full song and discover more from that artist. “We’ll be adding other partners in the near future as well,” the company said in a blog post. The Spotify feature, however, is yet to come to India. According to Anand Gurnani, Vice President-Digital, Yash Raj Films, “our association with Facebook offers a chance for audiences to experiment and express themselves through music and share the same with their friends”. “We have one of the largest catalogue of songs. Today’s digitally-savvy consumers are ultra-creative and it will be interesting to see how they re-purpose our music and videos to say what they want the world to hear,” added Neeraj Kalyan, T-Series President and Digital head.last_img read more

FRMF Signs Contract with Puma after Adidas Deal Expiration

Rabat – Morocco’s Football Federation (FRMF) has announced that it signed a four-year contract with sportswear firm Puma.  The FRMF signed the contract with Puma on Friday, August 9. Puma will replace Adidas to produce kits for all Moroccan national teams.FRMF also announced that the contract between FRMF and Adidas expired on June 30. The federation added that it put in place a special committee to study the requests for  the tenders. Under the agreement, “Puma will provide all national teams with equipment and sportswear, given that the financial value doubled compared to the contract that was linking the federation with the previous company,”  the FRMF concluded.Morocco and Adidas worked together for seven years, the contract began in 2012.Last year, ahead of the 2018 World Cup, Moroccan football fans expressed disappointment over the Adidas kits for the Atlas Lions.The jerseys received a great deal of online criticism from unimpressed Moroccans. read more

Ukraine Sri Lanka committed to further strengthen long standing relationship

Ukraine and Sri Lanka are committed to further strengthen the long standing relationship between both countries, the Foreign Ministry said today.A press statement on the just concluded visit to Ukraine by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that during the visit, Sanaraweera and the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin reiterated that Sri Lanka is committed to further strengthening and renewing the long standing relationship with Ukraine. Minister Samaraweera briefed his Ukrainian counterpart on recent developments in Sri Lanka including measures taken by the Unity Government to achieve reconciliation and inclusive economic development, strengthen democracy, rule of law, and good governance including combating corruption. He also briefed the Foreign Minister of Ukraine regarding the process for evolving a new Constitution. Samaraweera had recalled with appreciation the invaluable support extended to Sri Lanka by Ukraine during the conflict years. Welcoming Minister Samaraweera, Minister Klimkin said that the visit would contribute to the reinvigoration of relations between the two countries. Reiterating Ukraine’s support for Sri Lanka in its efforts in reconciliation and peace building, he said Ukraine and Sri Lanka were similar in their drive in promoting democracy and ending corruption.Minister Samaraweera extended an invitation to Minister Klimkin to visit Sri Lanka at a mutually convenient time which was accepted by Minister Klimkin. This would be the first visit of a Foreign Minister of Ukraine to Sri Lanka. During the visit, three treaties were signed between Ukraine and Sri Lanka, on judicial cooperation, namely, Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners, and on Extradition. Noting that the two countries are in the process of negotiating a number of other bilateral agreements including Agreements on Investment Promotion and Protection; on the Establishment of an Inter-Governmental Joint Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation; on Exemption of Visas for Holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports; and on Cultural Cooperation; the two Ministers agreed to accelerate consultations, enabling the early signing of these Agreements.Diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Ukraine were established in 1992, but relations between the two countries go back to the establishment of formal relations between Sri Lanka and the former USSR in 1957 in which Ukraine was a constituent Republic. The two Ministers agreed that there is scope for further expansion of bilateral trade. Noting that tea remains the main export item from Sri Lanka to Ukraine with Ceylon tea occupying 33% of the Ukraine tea market, Minister Samaraweera stressed the need for achieving export diversification. In this regard, he encouraged business delegations from Ukraine to attend trade exhibitions and business forums held in Sri Lanka to establish contacts with Sri Lankan entrepreneurs. The need to strengthen cooperation between the Chambers of Commerce of the two countries to facilitate closer interaction between the private sectors of the two countries for the promotion of business and investment was also emphasized.Noting that 23,853 tourists from Ukraine have visited Sri Lanka in 2015, Minister Samaraweera expressed hope that the commencement of direct non-stop scheduled flights between Kiev and Colombo by Ukraine International Airlines from November 2016 would pave the way for increasing tourist traffic from Ukraine to Sri Lanka. He encouraged travel and tour operators from Ukraine to visit Sri Lanka.Minister Samaraweera invited Ukrainian companies to participate in development projects in Sri Lanka. Tourism and infrastructure development, power generation and transmission, oil exploration and oil refining were identified as areas of interest for possible collaboration by Ukrainian companies. read more

Mens Hockey No 1 Ohio State knocks off UMass for first home

Ohio State then-junior forward Mason Jobst (26) attempts to evade a Badger defender in the first period of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignNo. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey scored in the final minutes of the game against UMass to win their first home game of the season by a score of 3-1.Coming off a 6-3 Friday night loss to the Minutemen in their home opener, head coach Steve Rohlik said the Buckeyes were looking to respond to the loss and play like the No. 1 team in the nation to earn their first home win of the season.“I like our group and our room. We’ve got a great culture,” Rohlik said. “It was a good response. You don’t like losing, and certainly don’t want to lose two in a row, so it was a good response for our guys tonight.”The teams traded goals early, with a goal by UMass sophomore forward Mitchell Chaffee being followed up only 13 seconds later by Ohio State junior forward Tanner Laczynski’s first goal of the season. Laczynski’s goal was assisted by junior forward Ronnie Hein and sophomore defenseman Grant Gabriele, his first point of the season.After these goals, however, a scoring drought developed,  as neither team scored for the next 51 minutes of game time. Both teams had two power play opportunities during the game that were killed, and had multiple open shots that went off the post or wide of the net.Ohio State sophomore goalie Tommy Nappier allowed one goal and had 35 saves, tied for a career-high, and has only allowed one goal through two games this season.UMass freshman goaltender Filip Lindberg contributed to the Buckeyes woes on offense for most of the game, only allowing two goals and saving 36 shots for the Minutemen.The tie was finally broken with Lacyznski’s second goal of the game, assisted by redshirt junior defenseman Wyatt Ege with less than two minutes remaining in the game. “Last night we came out, we played hard first couple shifts, but then, you know, we were just flat the rest of the game it felt like,” junior forward Tanner Laczynski said. “It was good today, I thought we came out hard, put the pressure on them, and I thought we were consistent the whole night.”Ohio State outshot the Minutemen 39-36 on the night. Senior forward Mason Jobst added an additional goal in the empty UMass net with less than a minute left to make the final score 3-1.The Buckeyes will remain home for their series-opening game against Bowling Green next Friday at 7:00 p.m. and will travel to Bowling Green for their game Saturday at 7:07 p.m. read more

Dust an extra pressure on mine water management

first_imgA constant call for reduced dust levels is another result of more rigorous environmental management requirements. Unfortunately, this just exacerbates the water situation (discussed in detail in the July issue of International Mining) calling, as it does, for greater use of water. In Chile, once again, where so many of the good examples of water management are to be found, La Coipa gold mine of Cia Minera Mantos de Oro, a subsidiary of Kinross Gold, has cut the amount of water used for dust control by nearly two thirds while simultaneously reducing dust emissions by more than half, with help from GE.As a result, the mine conserves some 12 million gallons (49.4 million litres) of water annually, reducing the impact in a highly water-stressed area. The company also reduced operating expenses by $54,000 and improved overall safety conditions. Located about 1,000 km north of Santiago and 140 km northeast of Copiapo, the open-pit mine sits in the Atacama Desert, one of the world’s driest. Mining is the major economic activity in the region, accounting for more than 83% of regional exports and nearly half of regional gross domestic product. While the region’s mining industry contributes significantly to Chile’s position as a leading mining nation, it also consumes 70% of the region’s water, so conservation is critical.“Our use of GE’s dust control solution has led to great operational and safety benefits and significant cost savings,” said Rolando Cubillos, Mine Operations Manager. “The reduction in water use has been significant, enabling us to positively contribute to water conservation efforts in the mining region of Atacama. We will continue to explore water re-use and conservation strategies as part of our commitment to the environment and our community.”GE has awarded La Coipa an ‘ecomagination’ Leadership Award to recognise its noteworthy reductions in water consumption and fugitive dust emissions, brought about with the help of a dust suppression strategy centred on GE’s DusTreat DC9112 organic binding agent.Watering dusty roads to suppress dust can be wasteful because it must be repeated frequently and it also can create slippery roads, which are a safety hazard. La Coipa’s problem roads are first graded and conditioned. Then, water trucks apply a solution of water and DusTreat DC9112. Once the product has cured, it renders road surfaces hard, dust-free and non-slippery for an extended period. On an ongoing basis, as trucks travel the roads and create new dust, and eventually spill dusty material on the surface, all that is necessary is a light watering to rejuvenate the product.The GE ecomagination Leadership Award is given to less than 0.1% of GE’s water and process technologies customers that demonstrate significant environmental and economical performance improvements, striking a balance among today’s environmental, industrial and sustainability challenges. GE provides the industry with a complete set of water and process solutions to solve water challenges in mining applications, including dust control, pure water systems, BWRO/SWRO systems, process additives, cooling treatment, clarification and filtration, wastewater treatment, zero liquid discharge and boiler treatment.last_img read more

The origin of the species Vampires

first_imgWelcome back to’s origin of the species. Each time out we’ll take a look at one of our favorite fantasy, science fiction, or horror races or species, delving deep into history, fiction, mythology, and etymology. Check out our previous installments on dwarfs, werewolves, and robots!These days, vampires are a massively important part of the pop culture landscape. Not only are they a staple in horror and fantasy fiction, but they are, perhaps unarguably, the sexiest of all monsters. Even if you’re a furry and are super, aggressively onboard with werewolves, you can’t sit there and tell me that you wouldn’t prefer a profoundly hirsute vampire. Thing is, as overwhelmingly sexy as vampires tend to be in 2016, they weren’t always that way. They used to be, in fact, pretty damn gross.Vampiric entities – by which I mean monsters or undead that suck their victims’ blood or life-force – appear in pretty much every culture, across every continent. It’s one of those common tropes that crops up all over the place, even if the vampire name is one very much rooted in the Slavic cultures. As such, we’re going to restrict our focus specifically on the European vampires, as those are the ones that evolved into the sexy beasts we so love today.That name – vampire – is of uncertain etymology, though there are no shortage of theories as to where the word actually comes from. What isn’t up for debate is what it means: The term, whether used in the original Slavic languages, or in English, where it began appearing in the 18th century, is used to refer to folkloric, undead or reanimated corpses that feed off the blood of the living.Depending on which culture you’re investigating – and even the time period – the methods for creating vampires vary wildly. Vampires could arise from something as simple as a dog leaping over a corpse or due to a transgression against the church. Options for fighting vampires also run the gamut, everything from the familiar garlic and holy water to methods that appear unusual to our modern eyes, such as leaving out seeds or grains that the monster would be compelled to count. But perhaps most interesting is a tactic for preventing a corpse from rising as a vampire: The bereaved would oftentimes place some type of sharp object, like a scythe or a sickle, inside the coffin, so that the vampire would be popped and deflated when its body turned dark and began to bloat.You didn’t misread that! While the vampires of today are typically seen as pale, lithe, sexual figures, the original Slavic vampires were said to be fleshier than their living counterparts and possessed ruddy skin. This belief is actually what led to the “stake solution,” as early vampire hunters reasoned that the best way to defeat this bloated blood monster was to simply pop it and allow it to deflate. Easy-peasy.While vampires existed as a concept for many, many years prior, as a large, decidedly unsexy part of Slavic myth and folklore, business really started to pick up in the 18th and 19th centuries. During that period, coinciding with the Age of Enlightenment, many folkloric beliefs fell by the wayside and receded into myth, but the exact opposite happened with vampires, as a type of panic swept through eastern Europe, resulting in numerous alleged vampire attacks and countless instances of people digging up corpses to shove a stake in them.There are many factors that led to vampires refusing to give up their hold on the public imagination, but the biggest one was this: A general misunderstanding around the nature of death. While the Age of Enlightenment was rather effective at say, explaining the nature of the heavens above, it had little to say about what it is that separates life from death, which led to the general public remaining very much in the dark about how bodies decompose.Without getting into a full-on coroner’s report, the basic gist of how bodies decompose is this: As the body breaks down, gases start to build up within the body, which causes not only a bloating effect, but a forcing outward of the blood. This is what accounts for the larger, plumper, redder appearance of the corpse, as well as the tell-tale traces of blood that often appear around the mouths of corpses left to decompose on their own. Thus, when a mob of panicked villagers would crack open a coffin, they would find exactly what they were looking for: A dark, bloated figure with evidence of their grisly meal still staining their faces.There’s still not too much sexy about vampires when described in this way, right? Well, that starts to change once you begin to examine not just the real world origins of the monster, but what they have to say about the mental state of those who propagate tales of vampires. Psychoanalyst Ernest Jones wrote about vampires in 1931 and posited that much of a vampire’s motivation has a sexual basis, evidenced both in the vampire’s frequently seen urge to return to his/her spouse, as well as the symbolism built into the act of bloodsucking and its sadistic connotations.Those sexual aspects of the bloated, ruddy blood monsters were likely always present to one degree or another, but during the Victorian period they began to move from subtext to text, as poets and authors made increasingly liberal use of vampires in Gothic and Romantic fiction. Though vampires appeared in poems prior, the first notable appearance of the monster in literature was in John Polidori’s The Vampyre in 1819, a short story about the vampire Lord Ruthven, which was based upon Lord Byron and for a time, even mistakenly attributed to him instead of Polidori, who was Byron’s traveling doctor.Not surprising given the period, Lord Ruthven was, rather than a bloated, ruddy blood monster, a proper nobleman with a place in British society and, notably, a taste – pun very much intended – for women. Ruthven is a decidedly charming creature and likely did much to promote the idea of a sexual vampire, one that was picked up and elaborated on by Bram Stoker in his seminal work, Dracula. It was during this period that what we know as a vampire was codified by not only Stoker’s work, but also F.W. Murnau’s Expressionist masterpiece, the film Nosferatu.And Nosferatu, with its bald, leering, hideous antagonist, was, despite being a massive contributor to the vampire’s growing popularity, can be seen as a type of last stand of the older, original depiction of the creature as a horrible, disgusting monster. Following Stoker’s lead, vampires became almost universally sexual, and as they evolved from outright villains to tragic and romantic ones, all the way to tragic heroes, they steadily became sexy in and of themselves.This is how we got from the bloated, ruddy blood monsters of Slavic myth to the offensively good-looking Eric Northman that we all know and love today. Where along the spectrum of hideous to hunky does your favorite vampire lie? Tell us about it in the comments below.Aubrey Sitterson is the creator of the sword & sorcery serial podcast, SKALD. There aren’t any vampires in it, but you should listen anyway. It’s available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, & Podomatic. 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Costa Rican officials say dynamite may have caused mass turtle deaths discovered

first_imgThe use of dynamite by fishermen is one hypothesis being put forward by Costa Rican fishing regulatorsto explain the massive deaths of dozens – and possibly hundreds – of Eastern Pacific green sea turtles on Central America’s Pacific coast.The endangered turtles began appearing on the shores of northwestern Costa Rica over the weekend, and many of them did not exhibit any physical damage. On Wednesday and Thursday, the Nicaraguan conservation group Paso Pacifico found 28 dead turtles off the coast of San Juan del Sur, just north of where the Costa Rican turtles where found. None of the Nicaraguan turtles showed signs of physical damage, and all but one was an Eastern Pacific green sea turtle.According to Luis Fonesca, one of the biologists investigating the case, two turtles have already been examined with inconclusive results. Costa Rica’s National University is currently conducting an analysis to determine the causes of death, but several theories top the list.Dynamite or longline fishingAccording to Roberto Umaña, head of the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca) in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, and Roger Blanco, head of investigations for the Guanacaste Conservation Area, local fishermen have reported several cases of the use of dynamite by Nicaraguan fishermen near Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast.“There were turtles found swimming in circles in the water,” Umaña told The Tico Times. “I don’t know how a bombing would affect a turtle, but confusion like that seems to make sense.”Didiher Chacón, of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network (Widecast), also said that a number of the turtles had sustained blows to the head.According to Lisa González, national director of Paso Pacifico in Nicaragua, the use of dynamite for fishing is increasing in central and northern Nicaragua, and one case was reported in San Juan del Sur last September.“Right now the goal is to eliminate as many causes as possible,” González said. “The easiest thing is to look into human causes like dynamite or longline fishing.”A sudden influx of mahi mahi to the Pacific coast has increased the number of longline fishermen currently operating in Costa Rican waters. The presence of hooks and lines on some of the turtles initially led investigators to suspect longliners as the culprit, but only a small number of the carcasses found showed possible signs of fishing interaction.“It is certainly possible that some of these turtles were killed from longline fishing,” said Blanco, “but that has been a persistent threat for some time. Most of these turtles don’t have hooks and were likely killed by something else.”Chemical or natural causesThe lack of physical damage in many of the turtles along with the fact that they are nearly all the same species of turtle has led investigators to suspect a chemical or natural cause.“Olive Ridley turtles are extremely common in this area,” Blanco said. “If it was just dynamite or fishing then we would expect to see a few of that species as well, but they are almost all green turtles.”Dead sea turtles without any physical damage have been turning up along the coasts of Mexico and all of Central America for months. Massive deaths have been reported in Guatemala and El Salvador. Though some of these deaths were later attributed to red tide, which does not occur in this part of Costa Rica, a turtle-killing disease could be afflicting the entire region. “Some of the turtles looked at have strange microorganisms in their stomachs,” Blanco said. “Right now we can’t determine anything, but it is definitely being looked into.”Though some have speculated that radiation from Japan’s Fukishima disaster could be to blame, Fonesca said experts are not pursuing that angle. Based on research from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, scientists estimate that it would take at least five years for the radiation to spread to the Western hemisphere, meaning that marine animals would not be affected until 2016. UPDATE 12:53 p.m. on Nov. 12:Officials spotted a large brown patch of water with a cluster of dead turtles inside during a fly-over mission late Thursday. A group of officials traveled to the site by boat on Friday to collect samples for testing. Tests revealed that the cause of death for some of the turtles was due to the red tide. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

First semi highspeed Gatimaan Express launched in India

first_imgIndian Railways has launched the Gatimaan Express, the first semi-high speed train with a maximum speed of 160kph. Inaugurated by India’s Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhu, the train will run between Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Station and Agra.The express train will run every day except Friday departing Delhi at 08:10 and arriving in Agra at 09:50. The return journey will leave Agra at 17:50 and arrive back in Delhi at 19:30.Tickets are priced at Rs 750 (approx $11.30) for the coach class and Rs 1500 for executive class.The onboard catering is organised by Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), which has deployed hostesses on the train. IRCTC has also introduced two comprehensive packages for the fastest train in India – a full-day Agra Guided Tour Package (City of Love and Heritage) and 1N/2 Days Package (with stay in a 5 star hotel).The tariff for the full-day package, which includes guided visit to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, lunch at a reputed local restaurant, AC vehicle for sightseeing, entry ticket to monuments and time for shopping, has been fixed at Rs 2100 for an Indian adult and Rs 2000 for a child (5-11 years).The tariff for the two-day package is Rs 14,500 (single occupancy), Rs 10,800 (double occupancy) and Rs 10,300 (triple occupancy). For child with bed (5-11 years), the tariff has been fixed at Rs 7000 and for child without bed (5-11 years), it is Rs 3800. Prices for foreign tourists have been kept a little higher.Passengers can choose either of the options while booking tickets on the IRCTC portal. Once payment is confirmed on the gateway for tickets for Gatimaan Express, passengers can see a pop up of the Taj Mahal with a ‘Book Now’ message. Tickets for the Agra packages can be booked by clicking on it. Alternatively, spot purchases for the tour packages can also be made during the 100-minute journey onboard the train. The train will also have complimentary onboard entertainment provided by read more

Flagstar Bank Names New Diversity and Inclusion Leader

first_img Share February 5, 2018 816 Views Flagstar Bank has announced that Mary Mbiya will serve as program manager of its diversity and inclusion initiatives. Mbiya has over 18 years’ experience in financial services, with five years at Flagstar where she most recently served as VP and Senior Branch Manager in Rochester.“I’m fortunate that Flagstar has already created a template for diversity and inclusion,” said Mbiya. “I hope to use my knowledge of the bank and the communities we serve to make a significant impact both inside and outside the company.”In her new role, she is responsible for leading further development and implementation of Flagstar’s strategy for diversity and inclusion. According to Flagstar, the company has already demonstrated corporate leadership in diversity and inclusion, both as a signatory to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, and as a winner of the MBA’s Residential Leadership Award for Organizational Diversity and Inclusion.Mbiya has a long record of community involvement. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2012 and recently served as the 2017 chair of the board and as a board member of the Rochester Regional Chamber Charity Fund.She is passionate about using her financial expertise to help others and pursues her passion as a facilitator for financial focus classes at the Rochester Area Neighborhood House and an instructor in financial literacy to students in the Pontiac area. Mbiya also serves on the board of the Paint Creek Center for the Arts, co-chairs the PCCA Art and Apples Festival, and is a member of the Community Board for Meadow Brook Theatre. in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicingcenter_img Flagstar Bank Names New Diversity and Inclusion Leader flagstar bank HOUSING mortgage 2018-02-05 Nicole Caspersonlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterGlobal luxury travel network Virtuoso has signed a partnership in North America with one of the most dynamic lifestyle brands now entering the cruise marketplace: Virgin Voyages.“Being selected by Virgin Voyages as a partner is a great tribute to the strength of our travel agency members as a directional sales force,” said Beth Butzlaff, Vice President of Cruise Sales at Virtuoso.“Cruising has been at the core of our network since its earliest days. Our advisors have outstanding knowledge, firsthand experience and professionalism, and they will now be able to offer their highly desirable clients a truly unique experience aboard Virgin Voyages. With the line’s exciting approach to cruising coupled with its advisor-friendly attitude, we are proud to help Virgin Voyages’ debut on the high seas.”Virtuoso has a longstanding partnership with several other luxury brands within the Virgin Group as the exclusive seller for Virgin Galactic in North America and a preferred partner with Virgin Limited Edition.Virgin Voyages is prioritising relationships with travel advisors, and specifically Virtuoso advisors, affectionately referring to them as First Mates. Aiming to abolish a traditional pain point, Virgin Voyages is eliminating non-commissionable fares so advisors will earn across the client’s entire booking. This includes all add-ons like flights, hotel stays, voyage protection, shore excursions, spa treatments, onboard credits and even taxes and fees. With a more inclusive experience, advisors can sell voyages based on the total value proposition rather than price and reach a new client base, which results in more commissions.Virgin Voyages will offer a fresh, modern approach to cruising for passengers, whom it refers to as “sailors”. Featuring a distinctive new twist on luxury, the Rebellious Luxe experience will offer a sanctuary at sea for the 18+ traveller looking for Virgin’s world-famous rock-star service, made-to-order dining and added value through an inclusive pricing model.Virgin Voyages joins Virtuoso’s preferred cruise portfolio, now encompassing 32 lines offering a variety of sailing options.The arrangement is currently only available in the USA and Canada at this time.Lead image from left to right: Tom McAlpin, President and CEO, Virgin Voyages; Jessica Hall Upchurch, Sustainability Ambassador, Virtuoso; Matthew D. Upchurch, Chairman and CEO, Virtuoso; Sir Richard Branson; Stacy Shaw, Vice President of Sales & Business Development, Virgin Voyages.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Feb 14, 2019 2:08 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Days of relentless publicity, much of it unwanted, did not lead to many sales for Jill Abramson’s “Merchants of Truth.”The former New York Times executor editor’s media critique sold just over 2,800 copies during its first week of publication, according to numbers released Thursday by NPD BookScan.Abramson has faced allegations of lifting outside material without proper credit. She has promised to amend the text in future editions, but has been widely criticized for errors that someone of her journalistic standing should not have committed.BookScan tracks around 85 per cent of the market for hardcover and paperback sales.Released Feb. 5, “Merchants of Truth” focuses on the Times and The Washington Post, along with Vice and fellow digital company BuzzFeed.Hillel Italie, The Associated Presscenter_img Sales for Jill Abramson book not great during first weeklast_img read more

Did a fig tree grow out of the remains of a Turkish

first_imgNews was spreading fast on social media and foreign media over the weekend that a missing Turkish Cypriot man’s remains from 1974 were uncovered after a fig tree grew out of a seed in his stomach.The story initially published in Turkish newspaper Hurriyet last week has been picked up by the British tabloids, MSN and other outlets. According to the MSN account, Ahmet Hergune was killed in 1974 but his body was not discovered for decades until the fig tree connection.“It was eventually discovered because the tree which grew from him was unusual for the area. Incredibly, the dead man had been taken into a cave with two others and both of them had been killed by dynamite that was then thrown in after them,” the report said.“Yet the dynamite also blew a hole in the side of the cave, allowing light to flood into the darkened interior which in turn allowed the fig tree to grow from the man’s body.”It goes on to say the tree was spotted in 2011 by a researcher who was curious as to how the tree had ended up in the cave and especially in a mountainous area where it was not usually found.“While carrying out his research and digging around the tree, he was then horrified to find a human body underneath and raised the alarm. On digging further, police recovered a total of three bodies.”The tale is fascinating but not quite an accurate description, according to Cyprus Mail sources close to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) on both sides of the divide.But there is also much more to the story than was gleaned either from the short news reports, or the information obtained by the Cyprus Mail from the CMP sources.According to the CMP sources, the case dates back to 2006 when the committee received information that there were Turkish Cypriot remains – three people – in a cave close to the sea and they went to excavate in accordance with their mandate.The Cyprus Mail sources said it involved cave close to a beach in Limassol, and indeed there was a fig tree that had grown out of the cave. Over the years the tree had grown to the point where it caused the roof of the cave to collapse.The entrance to the cave itself was underwater and blocked off due to the dynamite blast but the roots of the tree were inside the cave – some three metres down – and the tree had grown there for decades.The remains of the three Turkish Cypriots, the sources said, were found several metres away from the tree roots during the excavations, suggesting it did not grow from a seed inside the deceased man. “There were similar news reports at the time that the tree had grown from the remains,” said one source.Sources in the north close to the CMP also concurred that the remains were found away from the tree, adding that scientifically it was not possible that it happened the way it was related by the family. “It’s their belief,” the sources said. They added that sources said Hergune’s family wanted to believe that it happened that way. “It helped them with finding closure.”Hergune’s sister Munur Herguner, 87, said, according to the MSN account: “We used to live in a village with a population of 4,000, half Greek, half Turkish. In 1974, the disturbances began. My brother Ahmet joined the Turkish Resistance Organisation (TMT). On 10th June, the Greeks took him away.”She added: “For years we searched for my brother in vain.”But she said that unknown to her, the grave had ended up being marked by the fig tree that grew from the seed in his stomach.“The tree was spotted in 2011 by a researcher who was curious as to how the tree had ended up in the cave and especially in a mountainous area where it was not usually found,” the report goes on.“While carrying out his research and digging around the tree, he was then horrified to find a human body underneath and raised the alarm. On digging further, police recovered a total of three bodies,” it added.Munur Herguner said her brother was believed to have been the one that had eaten the fig, and blood samples from her family matched DNA fragments which confirmed it was her brother’s final resting place.“As detectives investigated the killing, they discovered that the brother Ahmet and the other two had been killed by dynamite in the cave, and the blast had made a hole in the cave that let in light. He had apparently eaten the fig shortly before he died,” the report added.His sister said: “The fig remnants in my brother’s stomach grew into a tree as the sun crept into the cave through the hole made by the explosion. They found my brother thanks to that fig tree.”But there is even more to the story.Turkish Cypriot journalist, author and peace activist Sevgul Uludag recounted the tale in 2008, two years after the find and just before the funeral of the three Turkish Cypriots whose remains had since been identified by the CMP.Uludag was visiting by chance the same beach without making the connection between the ‘fig tree’ story from 2006 and the location she was currently at, Ayios Georgios Alamanos, until someone mentioned the connection.According to her account, back in 1974, Ahmet Cemal was taken by three Greek Cypriots from the coffeeshop of the village Episkopi and was taken here to be killed together with Erdogan Enver and Unal Adil who were taken from the Chiftlik area of Limassol.  According to Uludag, there was no entrance to the cave inside the rocks from land, so the three must have been brought by boat.“The last thing Ahmet Cemal ate that day on the 10th of August 1974, was figs from his garden. But these were `Anadolidiga` type of figs, growing in his garden. This type of fig did not grow anywhere – it could grow in Episkopi and it only grew if it liked its soil… So the fig tree growing with hundreds of roots from the cave and coming out at the top of the cave and showing where the `missing` Turkish Cypriots were, this type of a fig tree called `Anadolidiga`,” she says.Uludag observes that an ordinary person would not notice the significance of that fig tree on the beach but the beach was also a favourite beach for Xenophon Kallis, a Greek Cypriot, and head of the foreign ministry’s humanitarian affairs directorate who was deeply involved in missing persons issue, so in essence not some random person as related by the media over the weekend.“Gradually as the fig tree grew, Kallis noticed the change in the scenery on the beach. What was that fig tree doing there? Kallis checked old photos he had of this beach – he drove for kilometres on this coast but there was no sign of another fig tree. And there was no place for the birds to perch on to poo inside the cave – the whole area was rocks and shinya,” wrote Uludag.She said he discovered the fig tree was of the type `Anadolidiga` and as he deepened his research, he found out that the three Turkish Cypriot `missing`, among them Ahmet Cemal from Episkopi, was killed and buried in that cave.“When the dynamite exploded [at the time], the UN had heard and had made a report about it. And Kallis discovered that the last thing Ahmet Cemal ate was `Anadolidiga` figs from his garden,” added Uludag.“Maybe this `Anadolidiga` fig tree grew because of the last meal of Ahmet Cemal – maybe the bats had eaten this type of fig and came to the cave or maybe there is another explanation. But whatever the explanation, what was important was that this fig tree led Kallis to finding these `missing persons`. 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