Wounded lions headed for survival clash in Amazon

first_imgGROUP A Game PreviewCAMEROON vs CROATIABy Zoran MilosavljevicCameroon’s Indomitable Lions must improve on a toothless display in their opening match when they face Croatia in the hot and humid Amazon city of Manaus in Group A on Wednesday while having to cope with the loss of pack leader Samuel Eto’o.The four-time African Footballer of the Year has been ruled out of the clash due to a knee injury.Cameroon, who lost 1-0 against Mexico in their opener, are seeking their first World Cup win since 2002.Their next opponents Croatia, who have failed to reach the knockout stage since an impressive third-place finish in 1998, are also fighting for survival after losing their opener 3-1 against Brazil.Croatia have their own problems as inspirational playmaker Luka Modric faces a race against time to recover from a foot injury he sustained in that match.Coach Niko Kovac was confident he would have Modric available and welcomed the return of suspended striker Mario Madzukic, who will reclaim his spot from Nikica Jelavic to lead the line in a 4-2-3-1 formation.“Modric is getting better and I think he will be fit to play while having Mandzukic back is a real bonus because he is aggressive and able to pull the whole team forward,” Kovac told reporters in the team’s Praia do Forte base.“His approach can scare Cameroon and help Croatia.”LOWER EXPECTATIONSInitial outbursts over a contentious penalty to Brazil with the score 1-1 quickly gave way to pundits’ criticism of Kovac’s tactics as Croatia sat back after taking an early lead and the 42-year old coach promised a more adventurous strategy against the Cameroonians.“It was hard to come forward against Brazil but this game will be a different story because I expect us to have more possession and dominate,” he said.“Purposeful running will be the key because of the weather. As we saw in a high-tempo England v Italy game and one of superb quality, both sides wilted after 70 minutes in the unbearable heat.“It won’t be the end of the world if we don’t get past the group stage but I want to think positively and believe that we can make an impact.“We have to remember that we are a small nation that scraped through to the finals, but I can still see the light at the end of the tunnel.Cameroon’s German coach Volker Finke was tight-lipped about his team’s prospects of rekindling some of the past glory, by the looks of things a big ask from a modest outfit lacking the guile and creativity of the side that stormed into the last eight in 1990.Instead, he heaped praise on his rivals.“Croatia is a team that has good players. There are players who play at clubs in Spain, at Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, in the Bundesliga … it is clear that this is a good team,” he said.“They are in the same situation as us, they lost their opener. If you have zero points after the first game, you do not talk too much, you just have to win at all costs.”last_img read more

Arsenal’s Ramsey denied swansong as hamstring injury ends season

first_imgArsenal head coach Unai Emery has confirmed Aaron Ramsey has played his last game for the club, with captain Laurent Koscielny praising the departing midfielder’s commitment in recent months.Ramsey will leave for Juventus in the summer, having agreed to join the Serie A giants on a free transfer when his Gunners contract expires.The 28-year-old injured his hamstring during the second leg of Arsenal’s Europa League quarter-final victory over Napoli and, while Emery’s original estimate was that Ramsey could be back within two or three weeks, he will now miss the remainder of the season.Emery’s side take on Valencia in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday night, having lost all three games without Ramsey since he was forced off in Naples.But, even if Arsenal reach the final in Baku on May 29, Emery conceded the game would come too quickly for Ramsey to be involved.Asked if there was any chance of Ramsey playing in the final, Emery replied: “At the moment we are only in the semi-final, and secondly the prognosis is not okay for this date.“He is important for us. We cannot use him and the danger is always there for a forward player like that.“We have players who can play (in that position), but he was in a good moment when he had this injury.“For me it was a good experience to work with every player and with him especially, because he can transmit his energy and he showed me his heart is red with Arsenal.“I wanted to enjoy with him. I said to him one month ago that I wanted to do something important in his last matches with us at the moment – maybe he can come back in the future. It will not be with him on the pitch but he is still with us.”Press Association Sport understands Arsenal are liaising with Juventus over his recovery and the Wales international is expected to be fit in time for start pre-season in Turin.It is also understood that the club are planning to hold a guard of honour for Ramsey and retiring goalkeeper Petr Cech after Sunday’s match against Brighton at the Emirates, their final Premier League home game of the season.Koscielny will lead Arsenal out against Valencia almost a year to the day since he suffered a serious Achilles injury in last season’s Europa League semi-final defeat at Atletico Madrid which saw him sidelined for seven months and miss France’s World Cup win.The 33-year-old has played alongside Ramsey since joining from Lorient in 2010 and, in a jibe at previous Arsenal players who have left the club during that time, the defender hailed Ramsey’s attitude since his move to Juventus was announced.“Of course he played so may years here, so important for the club and the players because every season we start the season and we have new players, and I think he gives a lot for the adaptation of the new players,” he said.“What I like about Aaron is that, we know he signs for Juventus, but he is still a professional and always fights for the club and for the team.“Sometimes you have players who have stopped fighting for this team, but I think he has loved this club and that is why he stayed at 100 per cent for us. It shows a great mentality and character.”Ramsey is expecting an emotional farewell for his last game at the Emirates.He took to Instagram to express his disappointment at his Gunners career coming to a premature end.He said: “It saddens me to say that the game against Napoli was my last game in an Arsenal shirt. Unfortunately it left me with an injury that rules me out of the remaining games. I am really disappointed not to play until the end and give everything for the club while I am still an Arsenal player.“Unfortunately it’s out of my hands but I wanted to say thank you to the fans for your support.“It has been a journey, on and off the field, and so much has happened in 11 years. I was a spotty young kid coming in and I’m leaving a man, married, father of three boys and full of pride and good memories that I will treasure.“It will be emotional this weekend – my last game at home. I Look forward to seeing you there and thank you all again from the bottom of my heart for everything #arsenal#lastgame”Mesut Ozil is in the squad for Thursday’s clash with Valencia after missing the 3-0 weekend defeat at Leicester with a bruised foot, while Nacho Monreal also trained following a groin injury.Meanwhile, Denis Suarez will return to parent club Barcelona after his unsuccessful loan move was cut short due to a groin injury.last_img read more

Vintage Federer holds off Nadal to reach Wimbledon final

first_imgA vintage display by Roger Federer took him past Rafael Nadal into the Wimbledon final in an eagerly-anticipated first grasscourt duel between the great rivals for 11 years on Friday.The 40th career meeting between the golden duo with 38 Grand Slam titles between them, swung this way and that before Federer seized control to claim a 7-6(3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory.World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic now stands between the 37-year-old Federer, the oldest finalist here since Ken Rosewall in 1974, and a record-equalling ninth Wimbledon title in Sunday’s showpiece.After edging a tense first set by taking the last five points of the tiebreak, Federer was overpowered in a 36-minute second set as Nadal, reviving memories of his memorable 2008 final triumph over the Swiss, appeared to have wrestled control.Federer’s fans inside Centre Court and massed on ‘Henman Hill’ watching the drama on the giant screen, need not have worried though as the second seed had plenty left in the tank.He broke early in the third set then held off a fierce Nadal counter-attack to restore his one-set lead.The Swiss maestro turned the screws to break again early in the fourth and there was no way back for third seed Nadal as he lost a Grand Slam semi-final against Federer for the first time.The 33-year-old Spaniard was never going to slink away without a fight though. He clung on at 3-5, saving two match points, then had a break point as Federer served for the match.Federer saved that and then threw everything in his arsenal at Nadal on a third match point only for the indefatigable Spaniard to win a sensational baseline rally.Nadal fended off a fourth match point with another sublime winner but Federer sealed it at the fifth time of asking — holding his arms aloft as Nadal fired a backhand long.last_img read more

President’s unlawful interference with work of Police Service Commission

first_imgDear Editor,Recently, a letter was sent from the Ministry of the Presidency by Minister Joseph Harmon writing on behalf of President David Granger to the Police Service Commission (PSC). That letter directed the PSC to halt the contemplated promotion of Police Officers; a matter solely and purely within the constitutional competence of that Commission. The issuance of that letter raises a substantial and serious constitutional issue which calls into question the governance style of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition Government.The establishment of the service commissions under the Constitution of Guyana was intended to insulate and protect those commissions from Executive and morseso political interference, direction and control. That these commissions are intended to be independent and autonomous could not in this era of constitutional awareness and enlightenment be the subject of any controversy.That brings me to two contributors to the letter columns of the local newspapers. They are Maxwell Edwards, a former Magistrate; and Kaishree Chatterpaul, an Attorney who ordinarily resides in Canada. In essence, both men have written to assert that the President’s directive to the PSC was within the President’s authority. In both cases these were surprising assertions coming from supposedly legally trained persons. Edwards has become known in the press for advancing novel legal propositions mainly on behalf of the Attorney General and the President but his contentions, as decisions of the courts have recently shown, have been without merit and border on the absurd.In his recent foray into the area of constitutional law, his thrust is that the President can halt the work of the PSC and that such a presidential intervention may be premised on a policy of “appointment freeze” or alternatively, on the doctrine of executive privilege. Coming from a former Magistrate, who describes his misconceived contentions as “novel”, such arguments are both disgraceful and shocking. Edwards attacked Chevy Devonish, a law student, whom he says is a person “yet to be learned in the law” for not showing “self-restraint and considered caution in his insinuation of unconstitutionality and arbitrariness against no less a public authority than the President of this country.”My understanding is that given the undoubted independence and autonomy of the PSC, Chevy Devonish was clearly right and Maxwell Edwards is hopelessly wrong. President Granger is not infallible. He is not, if his actions warrant it, above being said to be acting unconstitutionally (as I will show he has done in numerous instances in a forthcoming letter). I challenge Maxwell Edwards to point to any precedent (barring a suspension of the Constitution) to show one instance where some Executive policy or doctrine has been applied to interfere with the work of a constitutionally established service commission. Chevy Devonish has presented a serious challenge to Maxwell Edwards’ learning in the law. Devonish must be congratulated for his appreciation of and understanding of the role and function of the Police Service Commission. No more needs be said about Maxwell Edwards and his fanciful, frivolous contentions. There is much to be said for Lincoln Lewis’ recent appeal in the press for a concerted programme aimed at an education for our people about our Constitution, from which programme Maxwell Edwards would undoubtedly benefit.Next, a look at the arguments of Kaishree Chatterpaul who writes as a person under the influence of a delusional causing substance would. It takes considerable courage for a lawyer to write as Chatterpaul does. He contends that the President’s “directive” (his word) is “not an administrative decision subject to judicial review…. It amounts to an exercise of executive function which is outside the realm of the judiciary” because of the doctrine of the separation of powers. A substantial body of administrative law has been built up over the years founded largely on the courts’ review of executive action. Chatterpaul bravely and boldly asserts that” the President’s directive” is “an exercise of public law power”. He then cites a case from South Africa in support of his argument that the President in relation to the PSC has acted lawfully. The statements Chatterpaul quotes from the case just do not support him. The opening lines of the passage from the case quoted by Chatterpaul throw him into the dustbin. The passage reads “the exercise of public power must therefore comply with the Constitution, which is the supreme law, and the doctrine of legality, which is part of the law.”There is no room on any constitutionally established ground for any interference with the work of the PSC, from any quarter whatever, and that includes the President, though I would be prepared to concede that the President or the Government or any citizen for that matter, may present information to the Commission on any matter which the Commission may utilise in the consideration of its work but no directives can be given. How the Commission treats with the information provided is a matter entirely for the Commission. By his directive the President exceeded the boundaries of presidential authority and was therefore acting unlawfully. His action, as an exercise of public law power, as Chatterpaul contends, is affected by a want of legality, and was therefore in violation of the doctrine of legality and by extension, the rule of law. It was extremely difficult to find in Chatterpaul’s letter, the legal basis for his contention that it was within the President’s authority to halt the work of the Police Service Commission. Maxwell Edwards and Kaishree Chatterpaul apart, it was interesting to note the reaction from various quarters in Guyana concerning the President’s letter to the Police Service Commission.President Granger himself has said that “we have asked the Police Service Commission to simply delay”. Note must be taken of the fact that Minister Harmon in the name of President Granger had written to the Commission not to delay the consideration of Police promotions but to advise that the President had “directed that there be no consideration of promotions of members of the Guyana Police Force until further notice”. Clearly the letter was directing a halt to the consideration of promotions of Police Officers by the Commission and it notified the Commission that the President presumably would give notice to the Commission about the resumption of its work. It appears that the President was in receipt of some information which he wished to consider.It also appears that this information relates to Police disciplinary issues. Such matters are indisputably within the constitutional jurisdiction of the PSC but President Granger indicated that “we are investigating those complaints and once those queries are satisfactorily answered, we will proceed.” What exactly does President Granger mean by “we will proceed”? To whom is he referring as “we”? What is in issue is the question of Police promotions, a matter over which he and his Government have no control and should not seek to influence. The words of the President that “we will proceed” are ominous.That President Granger has interfered in the work of the PSC is without doubt. Upon receipt of the letter from Minister Harmon in the name of President Granger, the Service Commission which was legitimately engaged in considering Police promotions, halted its efforts. PSC Chairman Omesh Satyanand is reported in the press as saying that the President’s directive was unconstitutional but that some members decided not to proceed because the directive came from the President. That position taken by the Commission is the direct result of the President’s unlawful interference with the work of the Police Service Commission.Sincerely,Selwyn Persaudlast_img read more

Church honors black achievement

first_imgStill wearing gloves from serving food, 58-year-old Earl Perkins said he wanted Sunday’s message about hope to reach into the nearby community and more churches because it offers stories of strength that anyone can relate to. “This is all good,” Perkins said. “More churches and more denominations should do this.” sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hundreds of worshippers poured into the Brookins Community African Methodist Episcopal Church for a Sunday service of toe-tapping music and lively prayers, kicking off a series of celebrations to mark Black History Month. Churchgoers packed the pews as the smell of home-cooked food wafted up from a downstairs kitchen, through its open doors and out into the neighborhood outside at Gramercy Place and 49th Street. Speaking to the congregation, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the monthlong reflection of African-American triumphs is an important way to measure and broadcast the progress the community has made. “It’s important for us to know our history because if you don’t know where you come from, you never know where you’re going to go,” Villaraigosa said. Sunday was the second time Villaraigosa was invited to launch the African-American history month at the church. The goal of the monthlong remembrance is to introduce black history to the wider public. Sitting before the energetic choir that pulled churchgoers from their seats to clap and sing – in what the Rev. Fredrick Murph called Christian aerobics – were Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton and City Council members Jan Perry and Herb Wesson. With the Super Bowl just hours away, Perry spoke of the two black coaches, Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy, who led the Chicago Bears and Indiana Colts to the pinnacle game of the year, and what their career success means to African-Americans. “The main thing for any of them is to win,” she said of Sunday’s game. “But we already have.” Recognizing a moment in black history, the church paid tribute to Michelle Robinson Obama, who earned her law degree from Harvard Law School and is married to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. The senator is considering a run for president and has set up an exploratory committee. last_img read more

The Valley Exposed: The Future of Porn

first_imgIt was 1972 when the triple-X movie “Deep Throat” broke the obscenity barrier into mainstream movie houses. Fifty years after its controversial debut, industry leaders say, adult entertainment will have rutted into the realm of science fiction. While porn once helped lead the commercial VHS, DVD, high-def, Internet and video streaming revolutions, a barely imagined era of high-tech sex could be right around the corner. Future porn flash: Flesh on flesh, sans flesh, as computer-generated porn stars indistinguishable from people tear up the sheets. Future porn flash: Life-sized porn stars make hay in your living room, beamed in by holographic cameras, with you directing the action – for one of the holograms is you. Future porn flash: Quantum computers attached to sensory sex toys or dolls beckon users to physically merge – to have sex – within a virtual world of porn. You’re a man on a bus with a handheld computer when you make eyes with a damsel in the back, fidgeting with one of her own. Within minutes, your computer-created avatars are grappling within your online video displays. Then, the deed is done, and you’re back to your bus ride. Welcome to the future – and present – of porn. “It’s not the future; you can log on today and do that on the bus right now,” said Greg A. Piccionelli, a patent attorney for the porn industry. “But where it gets real exciting is when the sense of touch is now engulfed into all the media.” In short, porn made not for spectators, but created in part by fans who are able to interact with real or imaginary stars. “We are the experimental medium,” said adult film actor/director Ron Jeremy, a veteran of nearly 1,900 adult films and director of 200 more. “The live (sex) dolls and holograms, they’ll certainly be in the future. You’ll be able to see porn in 3-D. You’ll be able to dial it up on your telephone. You’ll be doing your own editing, acting in your own movies.” But while many see porn flourishing well past the 50th anniversary of “Deep Throat”, others foresee a social backlash that will “quarantine” it. Glenda Miskin, a former madame who has recruited hundreds of paraplegic women to perform phone sex from farmhouses across the Midwest, sees adult images someday restricted on the Internet and elsewhere. “In 20 to 30 years, we’ll see parents protecting their children full-on from pornographic and sex-oriented businesses,” said Miskin, who runs Dial A Model Entertainment Services in Crookston, Minn. “Now they look the other way. Their kids go online. But there will come a day when this business will be absolutely delineated – with porn on one side and absolute abstinence on the other.” Those who for decades have waged a losing battle in their fight against the mainstreaming of porn hope that law enforcement will someday – through sheer political will – return curtains to the bedroom and safeguard the Internet. “People think there are no laws against porn – that’s wrong,” said Cathy Ruse, an attorney with the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. “The problem is the federal and state governments don’t vigorously enforce their obscenity laws. “People are going to get angrier and angrier about the excesses that the porn industry is taking, with impunity … (and) demand that something be done about it.” But Bob Peters, president of Morality in Media, a New York-based advocate against porn, said unless things change, the future appears ominous. “If the current trend continues, you’ll see more and more of the lifestyles depicted in porn in real life – you’re looking at anarchy, no holds barred Sodom and Gomorrah, representing the utter breakdown of morality. “Porn is going to become a substitute for marriage and family life.” Here to stay Porn backers say that porn is a form of free speech and will always be part of family life. Tom Hymes, publisher of XBiz World, a future-oriented adult business trade mag, said the “millions and millions” now being spent on video-game technology are also being applied to porn. With interactive features, you’ll be able to insert yourself into any adult scenario. “It’s the `Westworld’ of cyberspace,” Hymes said, referring to the cinematic robotic theme park. “These are out-of body experiences, where your reimagined self can have sex with an alien or with any type of creature, in any type of environment, with absolutely no restrictions. Except you’re not touching.” The “biogenetic computer interface,” he added, could someday even allow those in military service to have sex with their wives or husbands at home. So for adult industry peddlers, the money lies in advanced technology. “Adopt or die,” declared panelists at a recent XBiz adult industry conference in Hollywood. There are riches to be made beaming postage-size porn into cell phones around the globe. But the real adult entertainment future lies in the morphing of Internet, TV and videos, with video on demand described as “the big prize” poised to stream soft- and hardcore images into every home and portable device. “The game has totally changed,” said Katie Smith, director of online subscriptions for the Playboy Entertainment Group. Twenty to 30 years from now, run-of-the-mill skin flicks will still titillate mostly male audiences, forecasters say. Only they say computers will permit untold “live” interaction with real adult actors. Scintillating graphics, far more vivid than the chesty warriors in the recent blockbuster “300,” will usher in a world of plastic porn. Actors may be indistinguishable from computer characters, or avatars. With a glut of flesh, the porn star of today will have scampered into a bygone age of celebrity. “They’ll be porn meteors – come in, burn out fast and disappear,” said Bill “Papa Bear” Margold, an early adult film veteran, film critic and an advocate for adult industry workers. “In the year 2022, the (porn) industry will be totally technological; it’ll be hermetically sealed – no theaters, no bookstores. … You won’t even need human beings anymore.” But will the San Fernando Valley still reign as the porn capital of the world? Few can say with certainty. Dan Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Research Center at California State University, Northridge, said the Valley will likely be home to porn as long as Hollywood is the heart of television and film. “As long as the TV/film entertainment production stays here, the adult industry is likely to stay here as well, because it has the same kind of tech facilities and talent. “But in order for (the adult industry) to be viable in 30 years, (it) must conquer the (online) distribution system; they’ve got to figure out a way to make it profitable for producers.” With nascent video on demand, both Hollywood and the porn companies of Chatsworth are wrestling with how to charge for it and protect the product against piracy. As long as there is money to be made, some say porn’s not going to go away any time soon. Nate Thomas, a professor of Cinema and Television Arts at CSUN, said now that the genie is out of the bottle, we’re going to see more, not less, porn. “Our society is … becoming more and more open,” Thomas said. “They’re pushing limits in every aspect of the media. “(Porn) is going to expand, because of the technology. It’ll come through the cell phones. It’s probably going to get interactive. You’ll be able to have actual relationships with porn.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

South Africa ‘two-thirds urbanised’

first_imgTwo-thirds of South Africa’s population now lives in urban areas, according to the most recent survey of the country released by the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) in Johannesburg on Tuesday.South Africa, Free State: A view of Bloemfontein from Naval Hill.Brand South Africa ReporterTwo-thirds of South Africa’s population now lives in urban areas, according to the most recent survey of the country released by the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) in Johannesburg on Tuesday.The data in the survey comes from the World Bank.“The proportion of people living in urban areas increased from 52% in 1990 to 62% in 2011,” the institute said in a statement.The share of those living in rural areas dropped from 48% to 38% over the same period.SAIRR identified the major causes of the trend as the post-apartheid freer movement of people and higher economic growth in urban areas, attracting people searching for employment.“Among other things, urbanisation creates conditions for concentrated economic activity,” said SAIRR researcher Thuthukani Ndebele.“The downsides, however, may be that urbanisation fuels crime and social tensions, creates greater environmental and health risks, and poses challenges for government service provision.”The most rapid growth has taken place in South Africa’s smaller cities, mostly due to small initial populations and increasing economic activity.“Polokwane, Rustenburg, Vanderbijlpark, Nelspruit and Ekurhuleni [are] the five fastest-growing urban areas, with average annual population growth rates of between 1.6% and 2.9% over the last decade, compared to Cape Town with a rate of 1.4%,” Ndebele said.“Population growth results from a combination of natural growth – higher fertility and life expectancy – and in-migration.”It is expected that Africa’s rate of urbanisation will have overtaken Asia’s by 2030.South Africa’s population grew by 15.5%, or almost 7-million people, in the space of 10 years to reach a total of 51.7-million in 2011, according to the country’s latest national census, conducted by Statistics South Africa.Gauteng province, the country’s geographically smallest but economically busiest province, has both the biggest and the fastest growing population, according to census 2011, with 12.2-million people counted in 2011 – a 33.7% increase over 2001, more than double the national average increase.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Proof that neutrinos change identity bags physics Nobel

first_imgA weird identity shifting among ghostly particles called neutrinos has won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for the leaders of massive underground experiments in Japan and Canada. Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo led researchers working with the Super-Kamiokande detector in a zinc mine 250 kilometers northwest of Japan’s capital that made its key discovery in 1998. Arthur McDonald of Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, led the team working with the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) in a mine in Canada that confirmed and expanded on the Super-Kamiokande result in 2001.Hardly interacting with other matter, neutrinos come in the three different types—electron, muon, and tau—and the winners of this year’s prize showed that the three types can morph into one another as the particles zip along at near-light speed. That, in turn, proves that the elusive particle must have mass. Researchers working with Super-Kamiokande found that muon neutrinos, which are produced as high-energy particles from space strike the atmosphere, change identity as they travel. To do that, they compared the number of muon neutrinos raining down from above with those coming a much longer distance upward through Earth and showing that the numbers were different, proof that the neutrinos had changed type in transit.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Physicists with the SNO looked at neutrinos from the sun, all of which start out as electron neutrinos. They discovered that along the way some of those neutrinos change into muon and tau neutrinos as the particles make a 150-million-kilometer journey from the sun. To do that, they employed two methods within one detector—one that could detect just the electron neutrinos, and another that would count the total flux of all neutrinos.Both experiments were large collaborations involving hundreds of physicists. “I have many colleagues who share this prize with me,” McDonald said on the phone during the press conference to announce the prize.The observations proved that neutrinos aren’t completely massless but must have some weight. That’s because, according to special relativity, massless particles would have to travel at light speed, in which case time for them would stand still and any change would be impossible. The results kicked off the study of such “neutrino oscillations,” which is now one of the major thrusts of particle physics, involving huge experiments in which neutrinos are fired hundreds of kilometers through Earth to distant detectors. The study of such oscillations could eventually shed light matters as fundamental as how the universe generated so much more matter than antimatter.”I’m quite thrilled, and still speechless,” says particle physicist Alfons Weber of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. “It came as a surprise, but perhaps it is not so unexpected. This is one of the very big discoveries.” The results obtained by the new Nobel laureates’ experiments are somewhat counterintuitive, he says. “It’s a strange thing in nature for one thing to change into another. It’s like you throw up an apple and someone catches an orange.”With reporting by Dan Clery.last_img read more

I was never approached for Sultan: Parineeti Chopra

first_imgMumbai, Jan 13 (PTI) Actress Parineeti Chopra has said she was never offered Salman Khan starrer “Sultan”.Rumours were rife that the 27-year-old actress was approached to play the female lead, hunt for which had been on for quite sometime.It was announced last week that Anushka Sharma has bagged the role in the much-talked about Yash Raj Films sports drama.Parineeti had even tweeted recently, clarifying that she was not doing “Sultan”.”I ignored it (rumours) for quite sometime and so I tweeted about it. I am not doing Sultan as the film was never offered to me. Now, Anushka is doing the film and it is great,” Parineeti told reporters here at the calendar launch of Dabboo Ratnani.The actress also denied reports that she may be seen in a YRF film opposite actor Aditya Roy Kapoor.”It is a crazy rumour. We both are busy,” she said.The “Ishqzaade” actress said she is working in a film but did not reveal much about it.”There is something. But I cant announce. We will announce it whenever we are ready. The producers will do that,” she said.The actress hit headlines recently with her latest photo-shoot Built that Way where she was seen in a new avatar, which had even stirred a debate on the social media on body shaming.In Ratnanis calendar, Parineeti is seen posing with a chocolate with lot of food stuff scattered all around.Talking about her look in the calendar, she said, “I am just posing.. and not eating. But now I work out. I have worked on my fitness this year, so I thought it would be fun doing something with food. I did not want it to be high fashion.”advertisementThe actress says she now feels little wary while being photographed as there is a pressure of being scrutinised.”The picture has to be good as today there is too much scrutiny. Everything relating to hair, make-up has to be good. It is nerve wrecking to give pictures today,” she added. PTI KKP ARS BK RYSlast_img read more

Rabada leads clinical bowling display in DC’s 39-run win over SRH

first_imgPublished on April 15, 2019 IPL COMMENTS × Speedster Kagiso Rabada led a clinical bowling display with a four-wicket haul as Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 39 runs under dramatic conditions in their IPL match here on Sunday. Pacer Keemo Paul (3/17) ran through the Sunrisers top-order before his pace colleagues Rabada (4/22) and Chris Morris (3/22) triggered mayhem in the middle and lower order as the home side suffered a batting collapse after 15 overs while chasing 157 for a win. The Sunrisers were 101 for 3 in 15.2 overs when Ricky Bhui fell to Paul but after that they lost seven wickets for the addition of just 15 runs. Morris took three wickets in the space of five balls in the 18th over as the stunned home crowd watched their side’s batsmen capitulating without much fight as the innings folded at 116 in 18.5 overs. David Warner, who top-scored with a 47-ball 51, was out in the 17th over off Rabada to trigger a procession of Sunrisers batsmen towards the dressing room. Rabada and Morris took all these six wickets as Sunrisers surrendered tamely. With the win, the Delhi Capitals jumped to second spot with 10 points from eight matches while the Sunrisers are at the sixth spot after their third consecutive loss. The Sunrisers’ openers Warner and Jonny Bairstow (41) made a watchful start as they looked for accumulating runs without taking risks. Warner was uncharacteristically slow and it was left to Bairstow to take the chances. Bairstow hit Ishant Sharma a couple of fours and a six off Morris but the home side could only score 40 for no loss at the end of first powerplay overs. The opening duo reached the 50-run mark at the end of the eighth over and they began to look for big shots. The Sunrisers, however lost Bairstow at an inopportune juncture with Paul getting rid of him in the 10th over. At the halfway stage, the Sunrisers were 73 for 1 with 83 more runs needed for a win and they were on track. But the dismissal of captain Kane Williamson (3) off the bowling of Paul in the 12th over was the beginning of the pressure which began to pile on the Sunrisers. Warner was still there but the Delhi bowlers gave him little chance to open up his arms on a sluggish pitch. Bhui’s dismissal in the 16th over piled on further pressure on the Sunrisers. The asking rate climbed up to 13 an over at the end of 16th over and the home side wilted under pressure with Warner finally falling in the 17th over bowled by Rabada as the batsman hit straight to the hands of captain Shreyas Iyer. Rabada got rid of Vijay Shankar (1) in the next delivery and with it the game was as good as over in favour of Delhi Capitals. It was then the turn Morris to take three wickets in the 18th over before Rabada ended the Sunrisers run chase with two wickets in consecutive deliveries. Earlier, young left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed grabbed three key wickets in an impressive spell to help Sunrisers restrict Delhi Capitals to 155 for 7 after the visitors were invited to bat. The 21-year-old bowler took the wickets of openers Prithvi Shaw (4) and Shikhar Dhawan (7) as well as that of dangerous Rishabh Pant (23) while conceding 30 runs from his four overs. Senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned with figures of 2/33 while leg-spinner Rashid Khan and Abhishek Sharma took a wicket apiece as the Sunrisers’ bowlers made it difficult for Delhi batsmen to score runs. For Delhi, captain Shreyas Iyer top-scored with a 40-ball 45 and his 56-run partnership with Pant for the fourth wicket took them a challenging total after a wobbly start. Colin Munro was the other notable contributor with a 24-ball 40. Shreyas hit five fours before he was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar in the 16th over while Munro was more aggressive with four boundaries and three sixes in his 24-ball knock. Delhi Capitals struggled with openers Dhawan and Shaw back into the dressing room by the fourth over with Ahmed accounting for both the key batsmen. Shaw was the first to go in the second over as he was done in by the extra bounce extracted by Ahmed as the batsman ended up edging the delivery to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. In his next over, Ahmed got rid of Dhawan who miscued a bouncer off the bowler with Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking the catch at fine leg. Kagiso Rabada celebrates after taking the wicket of David Warner, at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, in Hyderabad, on Sunday. – PTIcenter_img Kagiso Rabada celebrates after taking the wicket of David Warner, at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, in Hyderabad, on Sunday. – PTI cricket COMMENT SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more