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Three derailments in a span of nine hours

first_imgThree trains jumped off the tracks in Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi and Maharashtra within a span of nine hours on Thursday, the latest in a string of such incidents in the recent past.Another derailment was averted in Uttar Pradesh after locals spotted a fracture on a track between Farrukhabad and Fatehgarh, minutes before the Kalindi Express was scheduled to arrive, officials said.Luckily, barring injuries to a passenger in the incident in the national capital, no casualties have been reported.The first accident occurred at 6:25 a.m. when seven coaches of the Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express went off the tracks near the Obra Dam station in U.P.’s Sonbhadra district. Within hours, at around 11:45 a.m, the Ranchi-Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed near Minto bridge in the national capital, leaving one person injured. These two incidents were followed by the derailment of a goods train in Maharashtra’s Khandala at 3:55 p.m., railway officials said.Ironically, these accidents occurred on a day when Piyush Goyal, the new Railway Minister, chaired a high-level meeting with Railway Board officials to discuss ways to ensure safe operation of trains.The spate of derailments over the past few weeks has raised safety concerns, despite large-scale overhaul of infrastructure in the last couple of years.Railway Ministry officials said Thursday’s derailments did not result in any major damage or casualties as the trains were approaching the stations and were therefore travelling at slow speeds. The derailments are the first since Mr. Goyal shifted to the Rail Bhavan after the Cabinet recast. His predecessor Suresh Prabhu reportedly offered to step down owning moral responsibility for two previous accidents.last_img read more

Why some ants have bigger brains

first_imgAnimals that live in larger societies tend to have larger brains. But why? Is it because a larger group size requires members to divide up the labor on tasks, thus causing some individuals to develop specialized brains and neural anatomy? (Compared with most humans, for instance, taxicab drivers have brains that have larger areas that are involved with spatial memory.) Or is it because the challenges of group living—needing to know all the foibles of your neighbors—cause the brains of all members to grow larger? Scientists tested the two hypotheses with wild colonies of acacia ants (Pseudomyrmex spinicola), which make their nests in the hollow spines of acacia trees in Panama. Ant workers at the base of the tree wait to attack intruders, while workers foraging on the leaves (as in the photo above), aren’t as aggressive but are faster at managing the colony’s brood. This division of labor is most marked in larger colonies (those found on larger trees), while workers in smaller colonies do both jobs. The scientists studied 17 colonies of ants and measured the brain volumes of 29 of the leaf ants and 34 of the trunk ants. As the colony size increased, the leaf ants showed a marked increase in the regions of the brain concerned with learning and memory, the scientists report today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. But the same neural areas decreased in the trunk ants. Thus, larger societies’ need for specialized workers, some strictly for defense, others for foraging and brood tending—rather than for social masters—seems to be the key to the expanding brain, at least in ants.last_img read more

Ateneo soars back to UAAP volleyball finals, stops FEU in its tracks

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments This will be Ateneo’s seventh finals appearance in eight years, only failing advance to the championship of Season 80 after losing to—as fate had it—FEU in the Final Four.READ: Season on the line, FEU shows no quit vs favored Ateneo in Final 4FEATURED 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, logistics“I’m just an instrument, the most important thing today is the heart of my players,” said Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro of the victory. “From the no.1 player down to the no.14, they really worked hard, pushed each other up.”The Lady Eagles will face University of Santo Tomas in the best-of-three finals showdown starting on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “We’re not finished yet, we will trust in the Lord, but we will work harder,” added Almadro.READ: Finals-bound Sisi Rondina, UST far from doneAfter taking care of a difficult third set, the Lady Eagles proceeded to dominate FEU in the fourth going on a blistering 9-1 start.FEU tried to mount a comeback with Jerrili Malabanan cutting the deficit to five, 15-10, with a strong kill from the middle but that was  the last push the Lady Tamaraws could conjure.Kat Tolentino floored FEU libero Buding Duremdes with a massive down-the-line kill for Ateneo’s 21-11 lead before the Lady Eagles got to the 24-12 match point with a well-placed kill from Ponggay Gaston.ADVERTISEMENT Heather Guino-o salvaged a couple more points for FEU, 24-14, before Tolentino finished things off.Tolentino led all scorers with 19 points for Ateneo while getting ample support from Maddie Madayag and Ponggay Gaston who had 12 points apiece.Malabanan led FEU’s offense with 18 points while Guino-o and Jeanette Villareal had 12 and 11 points, respectively. Ateneo Lady Eagles return to UAAP Finals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo set up a return flight to the finals after ending Far Eastern University’s campaign with a 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 25-14 win in the rubber match of UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.The Lady Eagles lost their twice-to-beat incentive as the no. 1 seed after Lady Tamaraws’ 10-25, 23-25, 22-25, 12-25, 15-8 win last Saturday, but recovered at the perfect time to regain their place in the title round.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:42PH 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. Nuggets’ Michael Malone coaches Game 5 with heavy heart after school shooting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 with Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM leaked online

first_imgXiaomi’s upcoming Mi Note successor, aka the Mi Note 2 has been leaked in a set of new images . The USP of the images, that show off an alleged Mi Note 2 working prototype, is the long-rumoured twin-curve display on-board the front of the device. The Mi Note 2 on the back would seemingly look like the Mi 5 (and the Mi Note before it) but is said to offer a similar set of curves on the front as well. The whole apparatus should look like the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.Moving on, another image doing the rounds shows off the full Mi Note 2 alongside a set of specifications that suggest that the phone in question could be a powerhouse device. As per the leak, the Mi Note 2 is said to offer a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal memory. Also, the leak confirms the fact that the Mi Note 2 will come with a dual-camera on the rear. It is further said to come with a 5.5-inch OLED display.The phone is said to come in two screen resolution variants: one with 1080p and another with 2K display.Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 3 successor, aka the Redmi Note 4 in China recently. The Redmi Note 4 will be available in two variants: one with 2GB RAM and 16GB memory, and another with 3GB RAM and 64GB memory.Xiaomi’s new Redmi Note 4 has a full-metal unibody, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing purposes. It comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD IPS display and is powered by a 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor with support for expandable storage of up to 128GB via microSD card.advertisementThe dualSIM phone runs Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (and VoLTE-ready). The Redmi Note 4 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 launched, comes with 10-core CPU, 4100mAh batterylast_img read more

Virat Kohli says KL Rahul will bat in middle order in Sri Lanka ODIs

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli has confirmed in-form KL Rahul will bat in the middle order during the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka starting in Dambulla on Sunday.Rahul was in supreme form during the three-Test series, which India whitewashed against Sri Lanka, hitting a record seven consecutive half-centuries. Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad had insisted that Rahul will bat at No.4 during the series but Kohli said there will not be a set pattern.”KL is such a solid player. Before injury he had done well in all the three formats. KL Rahul will definitely be playing in the middle-order but we won’t be predictable or have a set pattern anymore. Anyone can bat anywhere,” Kohli said on the eve of the series opener.KL Rahul will bat in the middle-order but we won’t be predictable or have a set pattern anymore: @imVkohli ahead of the #SLvIND ODI series. pic.twitter.com/usgamkR9Qe- BCCI (@BCCI) August 19, 2017Rahul has only played six ODIs thus far in his short injury-prone career, and in all of them, he has opened the innings.He started with a bang scoring a maiden hundred on his ODI debut in Zimbabwe in the summer of 2016, and then added a half-century later in the series as well.His next three ODIs came earlier in January against England, wherein he opened the innings again, but only managed 24 runs in three innings.Kohli further backed Manish Pandey, who is also fighting for a spot in the middle order, and said the right-handed bat has a bright future ahead.advertisement”Manish has done well, he has grabbed his opportunities and got a hundred in Australia as well. We know about his talent and what he brings onto the field. He is superfit and has a bright future ahead of him. He will certainly be backed. As long as there’s healthy competition and everyone keep pushing each other, it will only benefit Indian cricket team,” he said.WATCH: INDIA GEAR UP FOR SRI LANKA ODIsThe captain also hinted at the inclusion of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in the squad for first match.”I see only two guys (spinners) taking the field. Now who are going to be those guys it really depends you know what we feel like going in as a team. But see having wrist spinners in the team is always an advantage you see teams across the world they at least have one wrist spinner if not two helping their side giving important breakthroughs,” Kohli told reporters.The visitors won the three-Test series for their first series sweep overseas and will look to take that momentum into the limited-overs’ leg of the tour as well.The Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Men in Blue, though.They have played 17 ODIs here, stretching back to 2004, and won nine of those matches, including bilateral and triangular series (in 2005 and 2010 involving West Indies and New Zealand respectively), and two Asia Cups in 2004 and 2010.Head-to-head against Sri Lanka, they have played 11 ODIs at this venue but only managed to win four of them. Perhaps the most important marker in India’s history at Dambulla was their game here in August 2008, when Virat Kohli made his international debut.last_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2018: I definitely want to play the World Cup 2019, says R Ashwin

first_imgTest specialist Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday said that he’s working towards making a return to international white-ball cricket as he wishes to play the 2019 ICC ODI World Cup.The senior off-spinner Ashwin has been out of Indian white-ball scheme of things for over a year. The senior off-spinner last played an ODI for India in June 2017 against West Indies, his last T20I was also against the same side in July 2017.The decision to omit Ashiwn and Ravindra Jadeja was taken by the Indian think tank after the 2017 Champions Trophy final loss vs Pakistan. As the finger spin duo struggled to pick wickets in the limited-overs format, India decided to try out wrist-spinners.Ashwin and Jadeja were replaced by Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal and since then the pair has remained India’s first choice.Salaam Cricket 2018: LIVESpeaking on the stage of Salaam Cricket 2018, Ashwin said he’s hopeful of making a return to India’s ODI side.”I didn’t do much wrong to be going out in the white-ball scheme of things. But I definitely believed that it was a zone where I needed to improve and achieve better things in terms of what I had,” said Ashwin.Also read – Pakistan great Younis Khan recalls invaluable advice from Azharuddin”There is competition in terms of Chahal and Kuldeep who have done incredibly well in the last few months. Massive credit to them. But I do feel there will be a time for me at some stage. Because I didn’t go out on account of bad performances.”advertisementAshwin said just like other players he too wants to play in the World Cup.”I’m always hopeful of what I can achieve in any given game. Like most of the others I believe I can crack a game open with the way I bowl because I’m a very brave bowler. Keeping all these things in mind, World Cup is something which every cricketer wants to play and I do want to play it,” Ashwin said.Also read – Quality of batting has gone down, says Harbhajan”If there is an opportunity and a window and if it does come my way I will have to be extremely prepared and extremely humble about the whole situation to be able to take it with both hands. Which I think I find myself in that space today and if it presents itself and India needs it, then why not. I’m still hopeful of it,” added Ashwin.last_img read more

20 days agoReal Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde ‘happy’ beating Granada

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde ‘happy’ beating Granadaby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde impressed again for the win over Granada at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.A tireless effort from the Uruguayan pleased Zinedine Zidane, and the midfielder says that he’ll always give everything when he plays.”Obviously I’m happy,” he said afterwards. “For the win more than anything.”It’s a plus to contribute what I can and I always try my best.”I’ll always run until my legs burst.”Today we played well and the coach gives me confidence and I feel calm and happy.”Real Madrid have been heavily criticised this year and haven’t always impressed, but Valverde doesn’t understand those who have been critical.”I don’t understand the criticism,” he said. “We lost in Paris, but we’re leaders in the league.”We still have games left in the Champions League and we’ll get better.” last_img read more

College Football Analyst Trashes ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith

first_imgespn's stephen a. smithTORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 13: TV personality Stephen A. Smith attends the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest during NBA All-Star Weekend 2016 at Air Canada Centre on February 13, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith had the college football world in an uproar for what he said about former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.Haskins, one of the most-prolific passers in the history of the Buckeyes’ program, was discussed by Smith on ESPN’s First Take on Friday.Smith called Haskins more of a “runner” than a “thrower.”“Haskins is bigtime. I know this. And I’m not saying he CAN’T pass. But I view him the way I view him. Just an eye-test thing. Im not talking statistically. Make of it what you will,” Smith added on Twitter.“I know Haskins is a baller. That he threw for 50 TD’s last year. But I view his athleticism as more of a plus (I.e. scrambling outside the pocket, etc.) I don’t view him as an ideal pocket passer, nor the runner than Kyler is. Period!”Smith is getting destroyed on Twitter for his “opinion.”Noted college football analyst Joel Klatt joined in:“If you watch ONE series of Ohio State Football from 2018 you cannot come to this conclusion…ONE…complete FAIL…Total trash take,” he said.If you watch ONE series of Ohio State Football from 2018 you cannot come to this conclusion…ONE…complete FAIL…Total trash take https://t.co/H4fbLhcXZp— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) February 9, 2019Well put, Joel.last_img read more

Yantian Express to Arrive in Halifax Today

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Fire-stricken containership Yantian Express finally sailed from Freeport, the Bahamas, on May 15, 2019, German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd said.The 7,506 TEU vessel departed after all necessary preparatory work was concluded.The Post-Panamax boxship is anticipated to arrive at Halifax terminal, Nova Scotia, today, where it will discharge containers.As previously noted, cargo will be delivered in the usual way under the relevant contract of carriage for all those who have arranged salvage and General Average security.However, any cargo still being without security coverage at this point, cannot be forwarded to its final destination, according to the company.To remind, the 2002-built containership suffered a fire in the North Atlantic, around 650 nautical miles off the Canadian coast on January 3, 2019.In February, the 100,000 dwt boxship berthed in Freeport, Bahamas, to undergo the evaluation process and prepare for cargo discharge. Around 200 containers have been identified as a total loss.last_img read more

Neymars absence could be blessing in disguise for Copa hosts Brazil

first_imgSao Paulo: Brazil expect to win every tournament they play, especially at home, but they go into next week’s Copa America without their talisman Neymar and lacking some of the sparkle that has long been their stock in trade. They have not lost since Belgium dumped them out of the 2018 World Cup in the quarter-finals but their 10-game unbeaten run — with the exception of last week’s 7-0 drubbing of 10-man Honduras — has come largely without the usual flair. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunBrazil’s preparations for the Copa have been overshadowed by Neymar — firstly the rape allegations against the striker, which he has denied, and then the ankle injury that ruled him out the tournament last week. Tite’s squad is as good as any in the tournament but the coach is trying to manage a generational change and said that choosing his squad of 23 players was the “most difficult” task he had faced since taking over three years ago. Brazil have included only 14 of the squad that went to the World Cup in Russia a year ago, with Everton’s Richarlison, David Neres of Ajax Amsterdam and midfielders Artur of Barcelona and Luca Paqueta of AC Milan among the young recruits. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upApart from home advantage, they are fortunate to be in one of the easier groups with Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela. The big question will be how they cope without Neymar but his absence could be a blessing in disguise. With the Paris St-Germain forward gone, there will be less of a circus atmosphere around the squad and the focus will be firmly on the pitch. His teammates will want to show they can do it without their undisputed leader and they may also take the opportunity to show their solidarity and try to win the trophy for Neymar. The win over Honduras in their last warm-up game, with Philippe Coutinho resurgent and six different players getting their names on the scoresheet, was an encouraging sign. Brazil have won the Copa America eight times but not since 2007 and that trophy drought — compounded by a failure to win the World Cup since 2002 — is a long one by Brazilian standards. Fans expect a home triumph and, even though the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation last week said Tite’s job was safe no matter what happens, fans will not spare him unless Brazil win, or lose playing beautiful football. But the coach was his usual inscrutable self when asked what he hoped to achieve over the next three weeks. “We are playing in our own country, and expectations are high that we win,” he said. “But the expectation corresponds to how we perform. Are we going to win? I don’t know. But I want us to do the best we can.”last_img read more

Pouce Park reopens more than two years after floods caused major damage

first_imgLeggett said that the park is once again open to the public, and that the Village will be looking to host a Grand Opening ceremony in the near future, provided the weather cooperates. Damage done to Pouce Park in Pouce Coupe during floods in 2016. Supplied photo Damage done to Pouce Park in Pouce Coupe during floods in 2016. Supplied photo Damage done to Pouce Park in Pouce Coupe during floods in 2016. Supplied photo Damage done to Pouce Park in Pouce Coupe during floods in 2016. Supplied photo Leggett said that originally, the Village’s Council directed staff to get Pouce Park to its previous operating state – which included the former campground. After initiating a request for proposals for the work, the Village budgeted between $600,000 and $1 million for the park’s restoration.However, contractors advised the Village that there was no guarantee that the nearby creek wouldn’t swell its banks and inundate the park again, unless a 2-metre seawall was built around the park for an additional $1 million.Leggett explained that after receiving the news, Village council decided that it would be prudent to not rebuild many of the buildings that used to be located in the park’s campground, which was actually losing around $40,000 per year.According to Leggett, the Village decided instead to return the park to a usable state, but for day use only. The cost of renewing the park by planting new trees and leveling the piled up sand instead of removing it ended up only costing the district $137,000 – well below the previous estimate of up to $1 million. The newly-renovated Pouce Park. Supplied photo The newly-renovated Pouce Park. Supplied photo The newly-renovated Pouce Park. Supplied photo The newly-renovated Pouce Park. Supplied photo POUCE COUPE, B.C. – Pouce Park in Pouce Coupe will officially be reopening today after heavy damage caused by major flooding over two years ago forced the park to close.Pouce Coupe’s Chief Administrative Officer Chris Leggett said that heavy rains in June 2016 that caused major flooding in Dawson Creek and Chetwynd did not leave his community unscathed. He explained that Bissett Creek, which is normally a quaint waterway, turned into a raging torrent that covered around 75 percent of the park’s seven acres in sand, trees, and debris that was four feet deep.Put another way, Leggett said the amount of deposited material was the equivalent of 3,000 dump truck loads.last_img read more

Taapsee Bhumi start shooting for Saand Ki Aankh

first_imgMumbai: Bollywood actores Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar have started shooting for their upcoming film Saand Ki Aankh. Taapsee recently tweeted an image from the film and captioned it: “Jai mata di. Let’s shoot.” Bhumi shared the same photograph and wrote: “Jai Mata Di. Let’s shoot Saand Ki Aankh… coming soon.” Saand Ki Aaankh is based on old sharpshooters – Chandro Tomar and her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar. Chandro, 87, and Prakashi, 82, are from Uttar Pradesh’s Johri village and reportedly took up sharpshooting in their 50s. The film Saand Ki Aankh is directed by Tushar Hiranandani.last_img

TMC alleges central forces intimidating voters

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress Sunday alleged that the central forces were “brutally torturing” and “intimidating” voters in West Bengal and acting as per orders of BJP leaders. In a statement, Trinamool Congress lawmaker Derek O’ Brien said, Bengal wants peaceful polling, which BJP doesn’t. “Today, in Bengal, central forces are brutally torturing and intimidating common citizens, especially the marginalised. Even physically handicapped persons are being tortured. Central forces are also threatening voters ‘kamal dabao nahin toh thok dega’ (vote for BJP or will shoot you),” he said. “Media has all these videos. Many are already in the public domain,” he added. The BJP termed the allegations baseless and said it was goons supported by the TMC who were trying to intimidate voters. In Delhi, BJP leader and Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman also urged the poll body to order the central forces to remain in Bengal till the Model Code of Conduct is in place, as it expressed concern that the TMC may target a section of voters after polling is over. An estimated 49.70 per cent of over 1.49 crore electorate exercised their franchise till 1 pm in nine Lok Sabha constituencies of West Bengal on Sunday, amid reports of EVM glitches and stray incidents of violence. Polling is currently underway in Kolkata North, Kolkata South, Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, Joynagar (SC) and Mathurapur (SC) in the seventh and final phase of the staggered general elections.last_img read more

Sudan clashes banditry force UN to slash operations for refugees in Darfur

In a revised appeal cutting the amount from $33 million to $18.5 million, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) noted that the steady erosion of security had forced it to downsize its operations and relocate staff. The movements of those remaining are now severely limited in a region where fighting between Government forces, pro-government militias and rebels has killed some 180,000 people and displaced 2 million others over the past three years.“Armed clashes, banditry and attacks targeting civilians, including internally displaced people, continue to occur with increasing frequency,” the appeal said. “Humanitarian convoys are also targeted. Access to a large part of West Darfur is now restricted.The agency said its work in the region is “extremely difficult when direct access to beneficiaries is limited” and blamed lack of security and confidence in the Sudanese Government as the main obstacles for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees to return to their villages.Despite a ceasefire signed in April 2004 and two peace protocols in November of that year, the crisis continues unabated. There are currently more than 200,000 Sudanese refugees in 12 UNHCR-run camps in neighbouring Chad, and more than 1.7 million persons internally displaced within Darfur itself, 657,000 of them in West Darfur where UNHCR has concentrated its work.The security situation remains volatile despite peace talks in Abuja and the deployment of over 7,000 African Union troops, the appeal says, warning that a recent military build-up on either side of the Sudan-Chad border is “further escalating tensions and increasing the risk of open conflict.”New arrivals of Chadian asylum seekers, together with Sudanese displaced, have recently been reported at Galu and Azaza in West Darfur, near the border, according to UNHCR, which is assessing the situation.Meanwhile, the agency issued a $65.8 million supplementary appeal today for its programmes in southern Sudan, where a peace accord ended a separate conflict last year, as well as in Khartoum and Kassala states. Secretary-General’s Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Sudan Jan Pronk was in Paris today to attend a World Bank meeting on aid to Sudan. read more

5 things to watch after Ohio State training camp

Then-junior Braxton Miller carries the ball during the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3, 2014 in Miami. Clemson beat OSU 40-35. Credit: Lantern File PhotoWith “Hell Week” — a week that included three two-a-day training sessions — in the past, the Ohio State football team can fully turn its attention to its Sept. 7 opener at Virginia Tech.The Buckeyes might have won the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship, but as the Hokies proved to OSU in last year’s 35-21 loss in the home opener, any team has a lot of work to do to get into anything close to peak form.Coach Urban Meyer brought his team into fall camp this year with the goal of not only making it two for two in CFP titles, but finding that championship mode much closer to the entrance of the season.Here are five things to watch out for as OSU makes the shift from training camp to game practice.Monitoring health: It is unreasonable to think that any team could make it through high-intensity preseason training without some bumps and bruises, and the Buckeyes are no exception. While there have not yet been any injuries as costly as the season-ending shoulder injury then-senior quarterback Braxton Miller sustained shortly before last year’s opener, Meyer named several players on Saturday who have been recently held out of practice with ailments.Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Michael Hill (knee) Redshirt senior offensive lineman Joel Hale (calf)Redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas (foot)Redshirt junior running back Bri’onte Dunn (foot)Senior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt (undisclosed)Senior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington (undisclosed)Redshirt senior quarterback/H-back Braxton Miller (hamstring)Freshman running back Mike Weber (meniscal tear)Shallow lines: When asked on Saturday about what the biggest areas of concern on the roster are for the Buckeyes, Meyer immediately gave two: backup offensive line and interior defensive line.While “The Slobs” of the offensive line were instrumental in OSU’s run to the title last year — and only Darryl Baldwin departing school and being replaced by redshirt senior Chase Farris at right tackle — the depth should one of the starting five go down is shaky. Sophomore Jamarco Jones played in 10 games as a true freshman last season and should be considered the sixth man, but the experience beyond him gives Meyer reason to pray for health.On the defensive line, the talent of the interior is a concern after the departure of Michael Bennett. Washington is a potential All-American and should do a lot of damage as a run stopper, but the other spot is still in question. Based off Meyer’s comments on Saturday, it appears that Schutt will get the start in the opener next to Washington, but despite Meyer raving about Schutt’s performance in camp, how much can the Buckeyes count on a player who has only made two starts and 17 tackles in three years of play?Room to improve: The Buckeyes may have a core group of potential award winners and All-Americans, but that doesn’t mean younger or less experienced players can’t use the fall camp to turn coaches’ heads and make a name to enter the rotation. On Saturday, Meyer named seven players who he considered the most improved and impressive in camp: Schutt, sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown, sophomore cornerback Gareon Conley, Farris, Dunn, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Sam Hubbard and sophomore defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes.Schutt, Conley and Farris are in line to become first-year starters, while Meyer said on Saturday that Hubbard is expected to start in place of the suspended junior defensive end Joey Bosa against Virginia Tech. Starting early: It is very easy to remember OSU coming up flat in their home opener loss to Virginia Tech last year. But the week before, in the season opener at Navy, the Buckeyes weren’t much more impressive. OSU trailed 7-6 at the half but settled in enough to shakily beat the Midshipmen 34-17.Now, Meyer is moving the early focus from conditioning to game planning in order to avoid similar early-season rust.“We actually started a little bit earlier, obviously we open up with them and we have a lot of respect for who they are, and they beat us,” Meyer said about Virginia Tech. “So we’ve been working on them a little bit, but it’s going to be in our style, over half our practice will be devoted to Virginia Tech now.”The other starting battle: The battle for the starting quarterback between redshirt junior Cardale Jones and redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett has been the talk of OSU and much of the nation for several months. But now, with that battle still ongoing, a second one-on-one fight for a starting spot has opened up.Sophomore Sean Nuernberger and redshirt senior Jack Willoughby have been duking it out to try to land the starting kicker spot. Willoughby transferred to OSU from Duke in June and is expected to be used for kickoffs, but Meyer said he has entered the field goal discussion as well. According to Meyer, Willoughby turned heads in practice by hitting consecutive 60-yard field goals. Nuernberger hit 13 of 20 field goals last season and a perfect 89 of 89 extra points, while Willoughby was only used as a kickoff specialist at Duke behind all-American Ross Martin. read more

Superphone showdown HTC Droid DNA vs Samsung Galaxy S3

first_imgOne of the curious things about the Android vs. iOS argument is that there’s some confusion as to which Android phone is the best, which makes it hard to compare any one piece of hardware against Apple’s latest iPhone. Inside Android circles there are smaller groups of fans that support one manufacturer or another so, when deciding which Android phone is the best you really have to look at the flagship from each manufacturer.Now, both HTC and Samsung have a handset that could easily be considered the Android flagship. When you compare the Samsung Galaxy S3 to the HTC Droid DNA, which comes out on top?Build qualityHTC and Samsung have always had wildly different design ideas. While both manufacturers use a lot of plastic in their phones, Samsung tends to go for high gloss and high shine, while HTC uses matte surfaces and darker colors. On paper, these two phones are very similar. The Droid DNA features a 5-inch screen and weighs in at 138g while the Galaxy S3 features a 4.8-inch screen and weighs in at 133g. Both phones are 2.78 inches across, but the S3 is 4.4mm shorter and 1.3mm thinner than the thickest point of the Droid DNA.Ultimtely, the Galaxy S3 is a flat slab of plastic and glass, while the back of the DNA curves to feel more comfortable in the hand. The DNA also features a soft touch coating on the back, making the it feel much more stable in your hand.HTC takes the point here for build quality, but there is something to be said for the hit to usability that Droid DNA takes if you have smaller hands.Under the hoodDepending on which Samsung Galaxy S3 you are using, the Droid DNA offers a spec boost in one direction or another. The GSM variant of the S3 features a quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos processor with 1GB of RAM, while the LTE variant uses a dual-core Snapdragon with 2GB of RAM. The Droid DNA only comes in Verizon LTE form, and features a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro and 2GB of RAM.Samsung’s GPU, a Mali 400, does a pretty good job of standing up to the DNA’s Adreno 320. If the Droid DNA and the GS3 had similar screen resolutions the Adreno 320 would overpower the Mali 400, as was demonstrated when comparing the Galaxy S3 and the LG Optimus G. Since the Adreno 320 has to work a lot harder to drive the 1080p screen on the Droid DNA, the Galaxy S3 actually outperforms the HTC phone in graphics benchmarks.The Galaxy S3 comes in 16, 32, and 64GB sizes, with an external storage slot capable of holding another 64GB. The Droid DNA advertises having 16GB on board, but the user only has access to 11 of those gigabytes. Since there’s no removable storage, you’re stuck relying on either the cloud or something like a Kingston Wi-Drive for holding extra music and movies.HTC clearly has a more powerful phone on paper, but if your smartphone is where you play video games or listen to music the Samsung Galaxy S3 is likely the more functional phone in real world cases.DisplayBoth phones use Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 to protect the screens, but the displays underneath couldn’t be more different. Samsung uses a Super AMOLED display with a 1280×720 resolution at 306ppi. The Droid DNA uses a Super LCD 3 display with a 1920×1080 resolution at 440 ppi. Typically Samsung AMOLED displays are capable of outperforming LCD displays outdoors, but the Droid DNA handles itself well even in direct sunlight. The Droid DNA is also a big winner when trying to use the phone in a completely dark room, while even on the dimmest setting the Galaxy S3 can be irritatingly bright.While both of these smartphones feature color rich displays that function well both indoors and outdoors, the screen on the Droid DNA is undeniably superior when holding the phones up close. Text is sharper, images clearer, but video playback is almost identical.HTC chose a great display for the Droid DNA, and is the clear winner in this category.CameraIt has been a little while since we have seen anything from Samsung or HTC that didn’t ship with a great rear camera. Both phones have 8MP cameras that record video 1080p at 30fps, and both phones have flash. HTC’s ImageSense offers a backlit sensor that takes great shots in low light, but Samsung’s camera does a better job with HDR shots and offers way more in the way of photo features.HTC has recently made some huge improvements to their front-facing camera, which is now a 2.1MP camera instead of the 1.9MP on the Galaxy S3. The camera on the front of the Droid DNA is also capable of grabbing a wider field, which makes things like video chats a much more enjoyable experience.Overall, HTC and Samsung offer very similar experiences, but the Droid DNA’s front-facing camera puts it out in front.And the winner is…While it may seem like the HTC Droid DNA won in a landslide, it’s important to point out that this is just a handful of small victories added up. The Droid DNA and the Galaxy S3 are both great phones in their own respects, and the Galaxy S3 is available everywhere while the DNA is stuck on Verizon Wireless.If you are looking at a new phone on Verizon, or a good excuse to switch to Big Red, the HTC Droid DNA is easily the best phone on their network right now.last_img read more

Giuly Mbappe will become the equal of Ronaldo Messi

first_imgFormer Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ludovic Giuly believes Kylian Mbappe is on track to become the equal of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel MessiThe 19-year-old striker has already been in the headlines across Europe for years and was the most expensive signing of the recent summer transfer window at €180m, when PSG made him a permanent member of their squadBut Mbappe’s profile is now at an all-time high following his exploits for France at the World Cup and his impressive start to the season at PSG.This has convinced Giuly that it’s only a matter of time before Mbappe reaches the level of Ronaldo and Messi.“We admire his progress, what he is doing. If he wants to become like Ronaldo or Messi… he’s on the right track,” Giuly told SportsMax.“You have to be consistent. That’s what he does. He has to win titles. That’s what he does. So, it’s up to him to protect himself well and be careful [with] what happens around him.”Giuly, who also had spells with AS Monaco and Barcelona in his playing days, thinks Mbappe could be the one to even end Ronaldo and Messi’s 10-year dominance of the Ballon d’Or.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…The France international is among the thirty names shortlisted for this year’s prize.“There are a lot of players on the list. We would like to see a French player [win it], whether it’s him, whether it’s [Antoine] Griezmann… They have the merit of being in the race to win it.“He is 19 years old, so he has the time to improve. So, if he doesn’t win it this year, he may win it next year or in two years.“That is all we wish [for] him. It’s complicated to win this award right now. But he could win it with what he’s doing today. He’s on the list.”Youngest player Kylian Mbappe pic.twitter.com/AtYZZxINVE— Takunda Matyenyika (@TakundaMatyeny) October 13, 2018last_img read more

Skateboarder killed in Chula Vista after being struck by vehicle

first_imgSkateboarder killed in Chula Vista after being struck by vehicle June 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police found a 23-year-old man dead on a Chula Vista street early Sunday, possibly killed after being struck by a car while skateboarding.Officers found the man unresponsive in westbound lanes of Buena Vista Way near Rancho Del Ray Parkway at about 4 a.m. following 911 calls about an injured pedestrian in the area, Chula Vista police Lt. Dan Peak said.Police provided lifesaving efforts, but the man could not be saved and was pronounced dead at the scene, Peak said.The man’s name was not released.A preliminary investigation indicated the man either was hit by a car while skating or was struck after falling in the road, Peak said.Officers asked anyone with information on the incident to call the Chula Vista Police Department at (619) 691-5151. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: June 17, 2018last_img read more