Expected good bid but not such huge amount: Unadkat

first_imgJanuary 28, 2018 Jaydev Unadkat Photo: M. Vedhan   –  THE HINDU IPL auction: Franchisees bet big on uncapped players RELATED COMMENT × COMMENTScenter_img Published on Overwhelmed by “surreal” bidding for him during the IPL auction, it took Jaydev Unadkat some time to believe that franchises were so willing to break their banks to grab a fast bowler.Unadkat was training with his Saurashtra teammates in Rajkot for the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy and asked team physio to inform him when his name comes up for bidding during the IPL auctions.“After the physio told me that my bidding is on, I was hooked onto the live streaming for the next 15 minutes and found it surreal. The entire team stopped it’s training to watch my bidding,” Unadkat told PTI during an exclusive interview after he became the costliest Indian player at the auction with ₹ 11.5 crore deal from Rajasthan Royals. The 26-year-old Saurashtra left-arm seamer has played a Test, seven ODIs and four T20 Internationals for India but in the last one year he has emerged as a parsimonious bowler in the shortest format. He did not expect franchises to splurge on a fast bowler since Rs 10 crore plus deals have always been batsmen’s bastion. “Honestly, I did not have any amount in mind. The past two years have been pretty good for me and after last year’s IPL (24 wickets), I expected a good bid. But yes, I was really amazed at the kind of bidding that happened. It is indeed surprising for me that franchises were ready to pay so much for a fast bowler,” said Unadkat, who also played the U-19 World Cup for India in 2010.But he is aware of the kind of expectations that will be there from him but the ‘Unadkat 2.0’ does not want to put too much pressure on himself thinking about it.“I am overwhelmed but taking it in a happy way. I am expected to give him best for my franchise and will strive to do that,” said Unadkat, who also has 205 wickets from 65 first-class games.He had played his only Test match at the Centurion way back in 2010. Back then, he was raw and inexperienced but over the years, he has learnt what works for him.Especially his variation of slower deliveries — including the tradition rolling of fingers or the more difficult back of the hand version.“During the first time that I played for India till now, I have worked a lot on my game. One of the main architects of this change has been our India bowling coach Bharat Arun. Bharat sir has been my coach since I was an U-19 India player.I have had numerous sessions with him at the NCA, which has proved to be immensely helpful,” Unadkat said.“Now that I am back in the T20 squad, I have been regularly in touch with Bharat sir and trying to execute his tips. I believe the biggest change has been my mindset about using the variation. Earlier, there wasn’t that self confidence which I have now when I want to try something new,” he said.One of the lesser known facts about Unadkat is that he used to be a good student in school with 91 percent marks in his 10th standard board exam and 86 percent in the 12th standard studying commerce.At times, it does help if one has an academic inclination but only to a certain extent, feels Unadkat.“I would never say that being a good student ensures that you will be a good sportsman. There are a lot who are not academically inclined. But yes, I wouldn’t say it doesn’t help when it comes to taking spot decisions — a necessity in T20 cricket. May be at one level, if you have been good in studies, it can help you in becoming a good student of the game,” Unadkat concluded. SHARE Jaydev Unadkat Photo: M. Vedhan   –  THE HINDU SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

My role in Azhar challenging: Lara Dutta

first_imgMumbai, Mar 29 (PTI) Bollywood actress Lara Dutta will be seen playing a no-nonsense lawyer in the upcoming sports -biopic “Azhar” and says her role in the film is challenging.Last seen in “Fitoor”, Lara portrays the role of public prosecutor Meera, in the biopic based on the life of the former Indian international cricketer, Mohammad Azharuddin.”Its a challenging role and I had fun playing it because its a totally fictional character but integral to the narrative,” Lara said in a statement.She will be seen as the nemesis of Azharuddin in the film as she fights the former Indian cricketer trying to prove that hes guilty of match fixing.As part of her preparation, the 37-year-old “Singh is Bling” star spoke to a lawyer friend and observed her at work to understand the body language and the finer nuances of playing the part.Director Tony DSouza, who earlier worked with her in “Blue”, thought Lara was perfect for the role which demanded a strong, stern look and someone who could act well.”She went through all the legal documents pertaining to the case. We also had regular reading sessions. She really worked very hard for the role.”Produced by Ekta Kapoor, the movie stars Emraan Hashmi in the titular role besides Prachi Desai and Nargis Fakhri. “Azhar” is slated to hit the theatres on May 13. PTI JUR DK BKlast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 leak shows off iPhone 7 Plus like dual camera setup

first_imgXiaomi’s Mi Note 2, which was earlier said to launch in September, and now said to launch sometime in early November, has been long-rumoured to include a dual camera setup on the rear. Now, a new teaser poster doing the rounds on the Internet seemingly confirms, once again, that the phone in question will, in fact, have two cameras on the rear. The teaser image shows off the phone from the back giving out its key design highlights.For one, the alleged Mi Note 2 looks a lot like the Mi 5 and seems to boast of an all-glass and metal design much like the latter. Secondly, the twin cameras (and the flash) remind you of Apple’s recently launched iPhone 7 Plus, although there is one difference. In the case of the Mi Note 2, the two cameras seem to sit flush while in the case of the iPhone 7 Plus, there is a visible protrusion.The Mi Note 2 will reportedly come in two variants: a standard and a pro version. The latter may simply be called the Mi Pro. The Mi Note 2 is said to come with a 5.7-inch QHD screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor under the hood. The phone will likely have two RAM and three storage options: 4GB and 6GB, and 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.The phone in question is further said to sport a 16-megapixel dual-camera setup on the rear and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The Mi Note 2 is expected to be priced at around Rs 25,000 for the base model.advertisementThe Mi Pro on the other hand will reportedly have more or less the same features. However, it is also said to have an 8GB RAM version with 256GB of inbuilt memory. It will reportedly sport a 12-megapixel camera on the back with f/2.0 aperture and OIS. It is said to be backed by a 3,700mAh battery.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and Mi Note 2 Pro may launch in Novemberlast_img read more

Virat Kohli a better chaser than MS Dhoni and Michael Bevan, already. The numbers prove it

first_imgAnother chase and another day in the office for Virat Kohli.Continuing with his dominant form, Kohli hit an unbeaten 85 to seal India’s six-wicket victory with nearly 17 overs to spare in the first ODI against New Zealand at Dharamsala yesterday. (It’s a joy to watch Virat Kohli bat, says Sachin Tendulkar)The Indian bowlers laid the foundations for a comprehensive win when they dismissed New Zealand for a paltry 190 but the chase, at one stage, looked far from a cakewalk.Ajinkya Rahane (33) and Rohit Sharma (14) put on 49 runs for the opening wicket, but New Zealand did put the hosts under pressure, reducing them to 102/3 in the 20th over. (Virat Kohli best in the ODI format, by far)Kohli, whose double century in Indore helped India complete a 3-0 whitewash in the Test series against the Black Caps, then added 60 runs with ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (21) to take the game away from the visitors.Dhoni was run out after a huge mix-up but Kohli stayed put, before sealing the win with a massive six. (Victory is my biggest craving: Virat Kohli)Since making his ODI debut in 2008 against Sri Lanka, Kohli has proved his mettle as a master chaser. He has impressed all with his aggressive approach, loud emotions, reading of the game, leadership skills and gradually climbed up the stairs to become the mainstay of Indian batting. Now, Kohli is regarded as a more mature, composed player, who relishes performing under pressure situations. And it is his success rate under those circumstances that make him a player with nerves of steel. (Virat Kohli has a method to his madness, says Sourav Ganguly)advertisementAt 27, Kohli’s ability to pace his innings upon assessing the situation and his penchant of seizing the momentum has already ranked him with few of the modern-day greats of the game.In 172 matches, Kohli has amassed a total of 7297 runs with a staggering average of 52.12 and an astonishing strike-rate of 90.11. He already has 25 centuries and 37 half-centuries under his belt.However, what makes him special is his success rate in chases. (Virat Kohli better batsman than I was, says Sourav Ganguly)  Out of the 172 matches he has played in, India chased in 96 and went on to win 61 of those games. Interestingly, 13 of Kohli’s 25 centuries have come while chasing and every time India went on to win the match.  Matches Runs Average Strike rate 100s Overall ODI career 172 7297 52.12 90.11 25 In chases 69 4493 62.40 92.60 15 In successful chases 61 3360 86.15 96.57 13For a while now, former Australia batsman Michael Bevan and Dhoni have been considered to be among the greatest chasers in the history of ODIs.Bevan and Dhoni are termed as masters of high-scoring chases and have played the difficult role of being a finisher, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Both have the ability to keep their calm under pressure, simultaneously constructing their innings before finishing off the match. (Virat Kohli better than Sachin Tendulkar in difficult situations: Imran Khan)Taking the pressure off yourself is the most important skill required by any successful run-chaser and Dhoni, who won India two World Cups (2007 World T20 and 2011 ODI World Cup), took the method of chasing to a new level.However, Dhoni has off late seen a dip in form and is not the same finisher as he once used to be. In his last 10 innings, Dhoni has scored 149 runs with his highest score being 47.  On the other hand, Kohli has remoulded the record books with ease.(‘Virat Kohli can break Sachin Tendulkar’s records’)In an ODI career of eight years, Kohli has proved to be a finisher par excellence and achieved unprecedented feats. It would not be unwise to say that he is already the greatest ODI chaser the world has ever seen.  Innings Runs Highest score Average Strike rate100s 50s  Virat Kohli 58 3360 183 86.15 96.57 13 15 MS Dhoni 61 2348 183* 102.08 90.44 2 15 Michael Bevan 45 1725 107 86.25 66.42 3 12last_img read more

Alba Berlin Stuns Panathinaikos, 68-66

first_imgATHENS – Greek basketball power Panathinaikos was upset at home by Alba Berlin, 68-66 on April 2, leaving the Greens on the verge of being pushed out of the Euroleague tourney.Panathinaikos must beat the already-eliminated Red Star Belgrade next week or go home, unless the current champion Maccabi Tel Aviv beats Alba in Berlin.The Greens remain fourth in the eight-team pool only because they beat the German team by six points and lost by two. In European tourney play, won-loss records are broken by the margin of victory differences not a third game.Panathinaikos led for most of the game but fell apart in the last quarter of a game it seemed to have in hand although Alba Berlin is no pushover, having beaten the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs in an exhibition game.The Greens led 40-33 at the half and upped it to 55-45 after three but were outscored in the finalk period by 23-11 as Alba Berlin connected from three-point land time and time again.Captain Dimitris Diamantidis was the only spark for the home team, finishing as its leading scorer with 18 points and battling all the way.A Maccabi victory will mean that Panathinaikos finishes fourth regardless of the result in Belgrade.If Panathinaikos wins in Serbia and Alba beats Maccabi by no more than 18 points, the Greens could finish third in Euroleague play.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Thayer Evans Has Moved On From Oklahoma State, Strikes Again

first_imgSI has reported that UC Davis has fired HC Ron Gould. UC Davis just emailed me. They aren’t happy. Per UC Davis, SI report is fabrication.— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) November 30, 2015 @jasonrmcintyre UC Davis is not pleased.— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) November 30, 2015So Thayer’s holiday season is off to a strong start. Here is his apology.Update. https://t.co/pbs0kJe33m— Thayer Evans (@ThayerEvansTLA) December 1, 2015Nice. Look, I get it, mistakes happen. But this dude seems to have a penchant for forcing his mistakes down our throats and calling it reporting. And maybe in the end, the UC-Davis coach does get fired and Thayer gets to tell all of us to shove it. But after the Oklahoma State, he sure doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Ohhhhh Thayer!The much-maligned “reporter” of the Oklahoma State “scandal” a few years ago is back at it. This time at UC-Davis. Awful Announcing had the tale, and it does not make Thayer look very good.Thayer reported that UC-Davis’ head coach was fired. Then UC-Davis tweeted at him and called the entire thing a “fabrication.” Then Sports Illustrated pulled the story entirely!Then this happened.last_img read more

Touch Football community recognised in Australia Day honours

first_imgSeveral members of the Touch Football community were recognised in Australia Day ceremonies across the country yesterday.Australian Men’s Open representative, Daniel Withers was named Rockhampton’s Sportsperson of the Year, in a year which included his second World Cup title. Referee Beau Newell was also recognised, as Official of the Year at the Parkes Shire Australia Day Awards. You can read more from the Parkes Champion Post here – http://bit.ly/1lPLolk. The Mudgee Mudcrabs were recognised for their 2015 New South Wales State Cup performance, receiving a Sports Award. You can read more in the Mudgee Guardian story here – http://bit.ly/1PzTs1o.  Peter Shefford was also recognised, named Sports Administrator of the Year at the Townsville Australia Day awards. You can read more in the Townsville Bulletin here – http://bit.ly/1OUBVlb. Hills Hornets President, Brad Mitchell capped off a brilliant year for the affiliate, named the Hills Shire Citizen of the Year for Sporting Achievements. Referee Michael Littlefield was also recognised in the Burdekin Shire Council Australia Day Awards, being named Senior Sportsperson of the Year. Gladstone Touch Association Secretary, Chelsea Baker was named Senior Sportsperson of the Year at the Gladstone Regional Council’s Australia Day Awards. Kelsey French was also recognised, named the Upper Hunter Shire Young Sports Star of the Year for the Aberdeen area. TFA Indigenous All Stars ambassador, Joe Williams was also named Wagga Wagga’s Citizen of the Year. Touch Football Australia wishes to congratulate everyone who received awards at yesterday’s Australia Day ceremonies across the country. Do you know someone in your local community who received an Australia Day award? We’d love to hear about it. Send us an email – media@touchfootball.com.au. Related LinksAustralia Daylast_img read more

Luiz backs Chelsea to challenge for ‘every title’

first_imgDavid Luiz believes Chelsea are capable of challenging for “every title around the world” in 2019-20.The Blues ended their 2018-19 campaign on a high with a Europa League triumph over domestic rivals Arsenal.A third-place finish in the Premier League was also secured, with Champions League football set to return to Stamford Bridge. 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? Luiz sees no reason why Chelsea cannot compete for continental glory, while chasing down more success at home, with confidence restored despite the uncertainty surrounding Maurizio Sarri’s future in west London.The Brazilian defender told the club’s official magazine: “I think a few months ago, nobody would have believed that Chelsea could come back and finish in the top three. We did that and now we have also won in a European final against Arsenal.“I think if we keep this mentality, take all the positive things we did this season and if we continue to improve and learn, we are going to be fighting for every title around the world.“You think about winning every single competition because if it’s not like that, you cannot play for a big club.”Luiz added on what Chelsea need to do in order to build on the foundations they have put down: “Now we have to understand what we have to do and what we can improve. I think we can see Liverpool and City have had the same philosophy for a few years.“We have to realise that and to have the humility to say they’ve had more time than us to reach this level, and it’s also an example for us to try to improve ourselves.”David Luiz ChelseaLuiz will be back for more next season after committing to a new contract.The 32-year-old had been approaching free agency, but is now tied to terms with Chelsea through to the summer of 2021.“The new contract means a lot as well,” added the flamboyant South American.“I’m glad to be here, so happy to be at this club. I love this club and I still have the ambition of a young player, so that’s why I have this opportunity to show I have the same hunger.”Across two spells at Stamford Bridge, Luiz has already savoured two Europa League triumphs, two FA Cup wins, a Premier League title and Champions League success. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

BCCI writes to ICC after AntiIndia banners during Indo Lanka match

first_imgLeeds: In yet another incident that has political overtone, unnamed aircrafts flew over the Headingley stadium with anti-India banners during the World Cup match between India and Sri Lanka, here Saturday. The unsavoury incident has prompted the BCCI to file a written complaint with the ICC, raising concerns about the security of their players. Minutes after the match began, an aircraft carrying the banner ”Justice for Kashmir” flew above the ground. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAfter half an hour, a similar looking aircraft flew over the stadium with a different banner – ”India Stop Genocide, Free Kashmir”. Midway into India”s run chase, a third aircraft was also seen with a banner – ”Help End Mob Lynching”. “This is completely unacceptable. We have written to the ICC, raising our concern about what happened in Headingley today. If this kind of incident is repeated in the semi-finals, it will be really unfortunate. Safety and security of our players is paramount, a senior BCCI official, who is privy to the development said. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThis is second such incident inside 10 days as Afghanistan and Pakistan fans had clashed at the same venue on June 29 after ”Justice for Balochistan” banner was displayed by an unnamed aircraft that landed at the Bradford airport. A few fans were evicted for engaging in brawl inside the stadium premises. The ICC has zero tolerance for political or racist slogans and expressed their disappointment at another security breach. “We are incredibly disappointed this has happened again. We do not condone any sort of political messages at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup,” the ICC said in a statement.last_img read more

Husky Energy walks away from its hostile takeover bid for MEG Energy

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Husky Energy Inc. is walking away from its hostile takeover offer for MEG Energy Corp. after failing to win enough shareholder support.Husky says there have also been several negative surprises in the market since it first announced its offer at the end of September last year.The company cited production cuts for the oil industry mandated by the Alberta government and a lack of progress on Canadian oil export pipeline developments. The company’s offer for MEG expired Wednesday.All of the MEG shares that had been tendered to the offer will be returned to shareholders.Husky launched its stock-and-cash offer in September, but MEG rejected the bid as too low.last_img

Goldman Sachs earnings surge as investment banking revenues jump aided by bond

by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2013 11:41 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Goldman Sachs went some way to restoring its reputation as a Wall Street powerhouse after its earnings almost tripled in the fourth quarter, handily beating analysts’ estimates, as investment banking revenues surged.The investment bank earned $2.83 billion after paying preferred dividends, compared with $978 million a year earlier in the period ending Dec. 31, 2012.The bank’s debt underwriting business profited from a rally in bonds and a surge in demand for debt securities. Goldman’s debt underwriting business earned $1.96 billion in revenues for the year, its second-best annual performance and the highest since 2007. An increase in stock underwriting also helped boost revenues.“The fourth quarter reminds us a little of the old days and should give investors confidence in Goldman’s future earnings power,” Glenn Schorr, an analyst at Nomura, wrote in note to clients.Goldman’s stock jumped $3.84 to $139.40. The stock has returned 43 per cent in the past 12 months.Analysts were encouraged that revenue growth of 53 per cent for the year outpaced a small increase in employee compensation, helping the bank boost its profit margins. Paying employees is Goldman’s biggest single cost, accounting for more than half of its total operating expenses.The bank’s employee compensation costs rose 6 per cent to $12.94 billion for 2012. The bank also reduced its headcount by 3 per cent to 32,400. That means that the average employee at the bank earns almost $400,000 a year.“While economic conditions remained challenging for much of the last year, the strengths of our business model and client franchise, coupled with our focus on disciplined management, delivered solid performance for our shareholders,” Goldman’s CEO Lloyd Blankfein said in a statement Wednesday.Goldman differs from other big U.S. banks because it deals almost exclusively with institutions, rather than consumers. Its clients are usually mutual funds, international corporations, other banks and similar firms.Revenue for the fourth quarter rose to $9.24 billion, 53 per cent higher than in the same period a year ago, beating analysts’ estimates of $7.97 billion.Goldman earned $5.60 on a per-share basis, compared with the average analysts forecast of $3.71, according to data provider FactSet. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Goldman Sachs’ earnings surge as investment banking revenues jump, aided by bond rally read more

Irelands World War II veterans move one step closer to amnesty

first_imgAN AMNESTY AND apology for Irish soldiers who deserted from the Defence Forces to fight with the Allies in World War II will move one step closer today.Minister for Justice Alan Shatter will discuss closure for the veterans at a meeting of the Oireachtas Justice Committee this morning.The Minister published a bill last December which offers immunity from prosecution for the servicemen who were dismissed from the Defence Forces or faced a military tribunal for desertion during the war.The legislation has passed through two stages of the Dáil already and will take any amendments or changes during the committee meeting today.It is estimated that more than 7,000 members of the Irish Defence Forces officially deserted during World War II, with many joining the Allied Forces in the fight against Hitler. Of these, around 2,500 faced a military tribunal while around 5,000 were dismissed from service, leading to significant stigma and hardship for the men and their families.“The Bill will receive detailed consideration and members will have the opportunity to propose and discuss any amendments to the legislation as published,” said David Stanton, the Fine Gael TD who chairs the Justice Committee.The meeting takes place in Committee Room 2 in Leinster House from 11.15am and can be watched live here.Read: Hundreds mark 70th anniversary of Warsaw ghetto uprising > Read: Bill giving amnesty to Irish World War II deserters presented to Dáil >last_img read more

Requin la découpe dailerons bientôt totalement interdite dans toute lUE

first_imgRequin : la découpe d’ailerons bientôt totalement interdite dans toute l’UEJeudi, un conseil des ministres européens a validé une réglementation adoptée fin 2012 par le Parlement. D’ici peu, la découpe d’ailerons de requins sera totalement interdite dans toute l’Union européenne.C’est une nouvelle victoire pour les requins dont la population connait un important déclin depuis plusieurs années. Au cours d’un conseil tenu jeudi, les ministres européens ont décidé de valider la réglementation adoptée en novembre 2012 par le Parlement au sujet des squales. Celle-ci vise à interdire totalement et dans toute l’Union européenne (UE), la découpe d’ailerons de requin.Cette pratique connue sous le nom de “finning” consiste à pêcher les squales avant de couper leur aileron, très prisé par les gastronomes asiatiques, et de rejeter à la mer les poissons mutilés mais toujours vivants. En vérité, le finning est interdit depuis 2003 dans l’UE et les pêcheurs sont tenus de garder à bord les carcasses des requins. Toutefois, des dérogations leur permettaient encore de débarquer les carcasses et les nageoires dans des ports différents, ce qui empêchait toute vérification quant à savoir si les ailerons avaient été découpés et rendait donc les fraudes aisées.”Alors que le découpage des ailerons de requins est interdit dans les eaux de l’UE et sur les bateaux européens, le fait que le traitement à bord est toujours possible a semé le doute sur l’efficacité des contrôles”, a souligné le Conseil de l’UE, qui regroupe les 27 Etats membres, réuni jeudi à Luxembourg. Ainsi, la nouvelle réglementation proposée par la Commission européenne prévoit que les requins devront être débarqués entiers. Militer pour la protection des requins au niveau international À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Seul le Portugal s’est opposé à cette modification qui devrait entrer en vigueur dès sa publication au Journal officiel de l’UE. L’Espagne et le Portugal étaient les deux seuls pays européens à encore délivrer des dérogations aux pêcheurs. “Grâce à cette politique, l’UE sera également mieux à même de militer pour la protection des requins au niveau international”, a ajouté le Conseil dans un communiqué relayé par l’AFP. Les navires de l’UE débarquent tous les ans quelque 100.000 tonnes de requins et de raies pêchés dans le monde entier, dont certaines espèces sont en danger. Néanmoins, de nouvelles réglementations récemment entrées en vigueur devraient permettre d’accroitre la protection des squales à travers le monde. En mars dernier, la Convention sur le commerce international des espèce menacées (Cites) a voté un renforcement de la protection de cinq nouvelles espèces de requin. Une décision jugée comme une première victoire par les défenseurs du poisson. Mais le succès des ailerons de requin, notamment, continue à faire planer une menace de taille sur la tête des espèces. D’ailleurs, le Japon a récemment annoncé qu’il rejetait cette nouvelle réglementation décidée par la Cites.  Le 7 juin 2013 à 11:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgBy Sailu BahHaddijatou Forbes, who contested on an Independent ticket and lost to the APRC candidate in Banjul Central Constituency in the last National Assembly elections, has said that the demolition of the walls of the former Odeon Cinema in Lasso Wharf in Banjul may pose as an environmental threat to the residents living within the vicinity and most especially the young children.Madam Forbes raised this concern in an interview with this reporter on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 near the said area. She said the demolition exercise carried out by the Disaster Management Committee of the Banjul City Council which brought down the walls of the Odeon Cinema which is on the fringes of the swamps or ‘Tanbi’ is really exposing the area to floods and can bring along on shore reptiles such as snakes, crocodiles, etc. She said she is not opposing the demolition as the structure was too old, but that consideration should have been given in trying to see how to raise the edge with even a new fence in order to prevent encroachments by wild dogs and reptiles.“I fear for the safety of young children who normally go to the swamps after school in search of gold fish and who may encounter snakes and crocodiles in the area. These reptiles can also enter our compounds as there is no barriers to prevent them from being wash into the city by the flood waters,” she observed.Madam Forbes said she is appealing to the City Council to construct a temporal fence at the back of the cinema to preempt such disastrous eventualities.Similar comments were made by some of the residents who also appeal to the Council to address this concern before the rains start in full force.Foroyaa will contact the municipal authorities to get their response on the concerns raised]]>last_img read more

2014 the final year for Vancouver Sausage Fest

first_imgSay goodbye to Sir Links A Lot.This is the last year of the lederhosen-clad mascot, the last year of sausages on a stick and festival rides. The Vancouver Sausage Fest will sizzle away for good after its 43rd annual celebration in September. The event, which helps raise funds for St. Joseph Catholic School and other charities, had a good run, but it’s time for something different, organizers said.But first, it will go out in a fat-popping blaze of glory in honor of the school’s 60th anniversary, said Carrie Moschetti, pastoral assistant for administration at the school and parish.“It was a decision made by the councils and the fathers,” Moschetti said. “It will still be the same time frame for the final event. And it will be part of the 60th anniversary celebration for the school this year.” The festival, which draws between 25,000 and 30,000 people annually, had been a big money maker for the school for many years, but it wasn’t really keeping up with the need, she said.“It made money, but not so much in recent years,” Moschetti said.The theme was also a bit out of date, said Judy McMorine, development director for the school. “It’s seen its time,” she said. Gene Munson, one of the festival’s founders, said he thinks the festival’s popularity and draw declined in recent years. “Am I sad about it? I don’t know,” Munson said. “That may sound like a strange answer. I think they overspent, overcharged people. They eliminated so much. They got rid of the dinner and some of the entertainment. The beer garden used to always have live entertainment. One year, the Kingsmen played. They don’t have any of that anymore.”last_img read more

ANWR Fight Starts First Day Of Conference Committee

first_imgCongressman Don Young R-AK: “Most of you never participated at all, because you wouldn’t participate when you (were) asked – House and Senate side. That’s not good legislation, that’s TV legislation.  You are playing to the cameras.”  Congressman Don Young R-AK: “Thank God I’m wearing my cowboy boots today. You know why cowboys wear cowboy boots? To keep their damn pants clean from the horse manure that comes from people who don’t know what the hell they are talking about.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Congressman Don Young opened the House-Senate Conference Committee meeting on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by chiding members who failed to do their homework on the ANWR provision, opting instead to come out against the proposed legislation with canned arguments that are not on point. Young put on his Dean of the House hat and educated his fellow members on how those from both sides of the aisle together framed the tenants of the initial legislation that formed Section 1002, and set it aside for the express purpose of oil and gas development.center_img In iconic Young fashion, the former teacher from Fort Yukon illustrated his point with a traditional Alaskan lesson on footwear adjusted from hip waders to cowboy boots to tailor the message to his audience. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-anwr-fight-starts-first-day-of-conference-committee.mp3VmDorene-on-anwr-fight-starts-first-day-of-conference-committee.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

New study says global models sharply underestimate permafrost emissions

first_imgPermafrost-derived methane bubbles are trapped in the ice on a pond near Fairbanks, Alaska. Methane from lakes like this one could be a significant driver of global warming, according to a new study released last week. (Katey Walter Anthony/University of Alaska Fairbanks)A new study led by a Fairbanks-based scientist suggests global climate projections have been drastically underestimating carbon emissions from permafrost.Listen nowSuch projections had previously shown the Arctic absorbing as much or more carbon than it emits, thanks to enhanced plant growth that comes, in part, from warmer temperatures. But the new study found that permafrost emissions could more than double once models start accounting for methane that bubbles up from thermokarst lakes, a special type of lake that forms in permafrost.“If we take into account these lakes, we realize, ‘Oh, we actually have a pretty significant source of permafrost carbon this century,’” Katey Walter Anthony, the lead author and associate professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks, said in a phone interview.Other scientists said the study, published in the journal Nature Communications, underscores the limitations and uncertainties of climate modeling – and how policymakers might need to take more aggressive steps if they want to keep global temperatures under control.While such global models currently describe permafrost as an insignificant source of carbon, Walter Anthony’s study said permafrost emissions could rival those from land use change like forest-clearing and burning – the second-largest human source of emissions, after fossil fuels.“The models that we’ve used to construct these carbon budgets, of how much CO2 we can emit and stay below a certain temperature threshold that we say is the edge of where things go from bad to really bad – those carbon budgets are probably made with models that are incomplete and may, in many ways, be very optimistic,” said Charlie Koven, a scientist who works on climate models at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. “The magnitude of the uncertainty is really large.”Scientists have long known that permafrost, the frozen ground beneath most of Alaska, holds huge amounts of carbon. One study estimated that there’s twice as much carbon in permafrost as there is in the air.If global warming helps thaw the permafrost and puts more of that carbon into the air, it could warm the earth even more.But global climate models currently show permafrost thawing slowly, from the top down. And they also show increased plant growth, suggesting the plants are absorbing more carbon than is being released in the Arctic.Those models, however, don’t include the thermokarst lakes examined by the new study.Thermokarst lakes are formed when permafrost thaws and the ground sinks, forming a pool of water. The pool thaws more permafrost below and around it, in a process that happens much more quickly than the gradual, top-down thaw.Microbes then eat the thawed soil and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.Accounting for thermokarst lakes boosts projections of permafrost emissions in the later part of this century by as much as 118 percent, according to the new study.Why haven’t thermokarst lakes been included in global climate models before? Scientists have known about them for a long time; Walter Anthony has been studying them for years, using helicopters to help map the permafrost near Fairbanks.But because lakes make up a very small fraction of the overall land area in the Arctic, they’ve been difficult to represent on a global scale, according to Walter Anthony.Her study calls for the broader climate models to start incorporating thermokarst lakes so that there’s a more “comprehensive projection” of permafrost-related carbon emissions this century.Model experts said that’s more likely to happen now that the scale of the emissions from lakes has been estimated. But it’s still likely to take several years before the projections of emissions from thermokarst lakes can be refined enough to include, they said.“We don’t have large-scale data sets of the distribution of how these lakes are changing throughout the Arctic,” Koven, the California scientist, said. Much of the scientific observation of the lakes has been in Alaska, while there’s also a lot of permafrost in Siberia, he added.Thermokarst lakes are not the only potential source of emissions that aren’t represented in climate models, experts said.There are all sorts of processes that could stabilize or destabilize the earth’s climate that aren’t included in existing versions.Insects or droughts could kill trees. Nutrients could flow through soil in unexpected ways. The Amazon rainforest could die off, or absorb more carbon.“Our uncertainty is a really big problem and we’re doing tons of work all across the field to try to reduce that uncertainty – understand it and reduce it,” said David Lawrence, a scientist who works on climate modeling at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Colorado. The study, he said, adds to an “already-large uncertainty range.”last_img read more

It Turns Out This Pokemon Voice Actor Cant Draw Eevee Especially Well

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target There are some pretty awesome evolutions of Pokemon out there, and the Mega Evolution forms of the Pocket Monsters are some of the coolest you can find. That’s why this weird Eevee drawing from Pokemon voice actor Takuya Eguchi is such a confusing one. It’s, well, it’s not all that great.Eguchi decided to draw what he thinks a Mega Evolution of Eevee could look like to rather surprising effect. An image of his doodle was shared on the official Twitter account for his variety show Eguchi Takuya no Oretachi Datte Mo~tto Iyasaretai! (Takuya Eguchi’s We Also Want to Be Healed More!). You can see the train wreck of an Eevee illustration below, but do you really want to? Are you sure? Okay, it’s below.イーブイに癒されたくて、撮影の合間に江口拓也画伯にイーブイを描いていただきました。癒された。…イーブイに俺たちだって癒されたイーブイ。#プロジェクトイーブイ #俺癒 pic.twitter.com/5QK9eMpWIY— 江口拓也の俺癒&西山の健僕&斉藤のそま君 (@oreiya_info) February 20, 2018The Eevee has big red, full lips that look like they might belong on a Jynx more than the tiny furry Pokemon, and it’s actually kind of scary. But it has potential. Perhaps it could be the next artwork on a Pokemon card. This isn’t a new way of drawing or doodling for Eguchi, as it turns out, as he previously voiced a character in TsukiPro the Animation, and his special doodles of characters from his variety program’s mascots appeared in the anime character’s room, which was a fun Easter egg.Even the Eevee merchandise line Project Eevee took notice of the doodle.ただならぬイーブイの可能性を改めて感じました。@egutakuya https://t.co/nFGze0JF3N— 【公式】プロジェクトイーブイ (@project_eevee) February 20, 2018As it stands, this isn’t a viable Mega Evolution for an Eevee, obviously, but the drawing has attracted the attention of fans across the internet. I’m not even sure if I were armed with a set of crayons and zero knowledge of what Eevee actually looked like that I could replicate such a weird picture. Could you?center_img Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks last_img read more

Doctors at SSKM perform surgery on 62yrold suffering from lifethreatening complication

first_imgKolkata: In a critical surgery, the SSKM Hospital has given a fresh lease of life to a 62-year-old patient from an obscure village in Malda who was brought in with severe abdominal pain and later diagnosed with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA).Coming from a modest family, Sanjit Mondal could not afford the cost of surgery which would have been anything between Rs 10 and Rs 12 lakh at a top private hospital in the city. The SSKM Hospital has performed a surgery on the elderly patient completely free of cost. It has become possible due to various free health schemes introduced by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMondal had been complaining of severe abdominal pain for quite sometime now. His family members took him to SSKM Hospital few days ago. Doctors there performed a few medical tests including CT Angiography which confirmed that the patient was suffering from Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. The clinical tests showed that the walls of the Aorta had a swelling and the portion had already taken the shape of a small balloon due to the swelling. As a result of this, the Aorta became weak. Had there been any further delay in the operation, the patient would have died. The medical condition is called an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) when it happens in the part of the aorta within the abdomen. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe aorta is the largest blood vessel in the human body that carries fresh blood to head, arms and down to abdomen, legs and pelvis from the heart. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm does not always cause problems but a ruptured aneurysm can be life-threatening. Therefore, a patient with such a symptom needs immediate medical intervention. Apprehending the seriousness of the ailments, doctors at the hospital made all the necessary arrangements on a war footing. A team was formed comprising doctors from the cardiology and CTVS departments. They conducted the surgery which lasted for nearly two hours. A senior doctor at the cardiology department who was part of the team said: “During the surgery, we adopted a procedure called Percutaneous Transcatheter Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR) by which a mesh work was done on the portion of the Aorta that got ruptured.” The doctors who conducted the operation claimed that it was not often found in patients and that a delay in operation may prove fatal. The team of doctors did not follow the conventional surgical repair as the mortality is high. The patient was recently released from the hospital after the doctors performed CT Angiography on him only to convince themselves that the patient has recovered.last_img read more