first_imgThe White House today stepped into an ongoing debate about controversial virus experiments with a startling announcement: It is halting all federal funding for so-called gain-of-function (GOF) studies that alter a pathogen to make it more transmissible or deadly so that experts can work out a U.S. government-wide policy for weighing the risks. Federal officials are also asking the handful of researchers doing ongoing work in this area to agree to a voluntary moratorium.The “pause on funding,” a White House blog states, applies to “any new studies … that may be reasonably anticipated to confer attributes to influenza, MERS, or SARS viruses such that the virus would have enhanced pathogenicity and/or transmissibility in mammals via the respiratory route.” The government also “encourages those currently conducting this type of work—whether federally funded or not—to voluntarily pause their research while risks and benefits are being reassessed.” Research and testing of naturally occurring forms of these pathogens will continue.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(*)An accompanying document describes plans for a two-stage “deliberative process” to determine the risks and benefits of GOF experiments and to develop a U.S. policy for approving new studies. It will begin next week when the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), an advisory group that has not met for 2 years, convenes on 22 October to begin designing a study to assess the risks and benefits of GOF research. The National Academies’ National Research Council (NRC) and Institute of Medicine (IOM) will also hold a symposium to discuss the scientific issues, then later review NSABB’s recommendations, which are due within 6 months. “The NRC and IOM have begun selecting an expert committee to oversee this event, which will be held in public, webcast, and archived for the widest possible distribution,” according to a statement from the academies. The White House plan is to have a final policy in place within a year.The U.S. government is responding to a resurgence in concerns about GOF studies, which have deeply split the scientific community. Three years ago, two separate research teams revealed that they had made a version of the H5N1 avian influenza strain that spread between ferrets. Many scientists worried that if the potent new lab strain were accidentally or deliberately released, it could result in a deadly pandemic. Proponents argued that such studies will help public health researchers detect an impending flu pandemic and prepare vaccines.After much discussion, a decision to publish the papers, a 1-year voluntary moratorium by researchers on new GOF flu studies, and new U.S. rules, the work resumed last year. But as new papers on humanmade H5N1 and other dangerous flu strains have come out in recent months, concerns have been rekindled—in part because of lab accidents at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that raised questions about safety at U.S. high-containment labs.A group calling itself the Cambridge Working Group issued a statement in July saying that studies with “potential pandemic pathogens” should be “curtailed” until the risks and benefits could be evaluated; it has garnered hundreds of signatures. Another group of scientists supporting the experiments—they call themselves Scientists for Science—defended the studies as safe but also called for a meeting to discuss the issues.That discussion will now happen, although today’s announcement took many scientists involved in the issue by surprise.Harvard University epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch, who co-organized the Cambridge Working Group statement and personally supports a moratorium on GOF flu studies, says he is “very pleased” with the announcement. “I think the deliberative process is exactly what we and also Scientists for Science have called for,” Lipsitch says.Boston University microbiologist Paul Duprex, a leader of Scientists for Science, says that although he is “not a fan of blanket bans,” there is “precedent” for a pause. He looks forward to “the presentation of hard evidence and the discussion of the data.” Both Lipsitch and Duprex are speaking before NSABB next week.Also speaking at the meeting will be Michael Osterholm, a former NSABB member and head of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He opposed publication of the earlier H5N1 studies and has long argued that researchers have not undertaken rigorous risk-benefit analyses. “I think it’s a great time to dive into the risk-benefit question,” he told ScienceInsider today. “You’ll never [be able to] fine-tune the calculation down to 1%, but you can reach some reasonable approximation—and do much better than we are doing now.”“This is major,” says Peter Hale of the Foundation for Vaccine Research in Washington, D.C., who has been campaigning for years for tigher regulation of GOF studies. “Our hope is that investigators who have been conducting these experiments will also implement a pause immediately and stop further work until there is a consensus as to whether this research should be allowed to proceed and, if so, under what conditions.”Others were less enthusiastic. “The Administration thinks what we need right now is to STOP research on deadly pathogens? WTF?,” tweeted Alan Dove, a science writer and co-host of This Week In Virology, a science podcast and blog.last_img read more

first_imgMere minutes before heading out to face Novak Djokovic in the US Open final, Stan Wawrinka met in the locker room with his coach and felt as nervous as he ever had. Wawrinka was shaking. Started to cry, even. (Stan Wawrinka outclasses Novak Djokovic for maiden US Open title, third Grand Slam )Why?”I don’t want to lose the final in a Grand Slam, that simple. That’s the only reason,” he explained later. “The feeling of: You don’t want to lose. I don’t want to come to the court and lose a final. So close, so far.” (Djokovic says nerves betrayed him during US Open final loss)Once he was on the court, and got over some shaky play at the very start, Wawrinka’s game and mindset were strong as can be, as they always seems to be these days when the stakes are highest.Repeatedly pointing his right index finger to his temple, the gesture he uses when showing his mettle, Wawrinka surprisingly wore down No.1 Djokovic and beat the defending champion 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 for his first US Open title and third Grand Slam trophy overall. (Mattek-Sands and Safarova win US Open women’s doubles title)”He was the better player. He was tougher mentally,” said Djokovic, offering two of the highest compliments a tennis player can receive from the talented Serb. “He knew what to do.”The 31-year-old Wawrinka is the oldest US Open men’s champion since Ken Rosewall was 35 in 1970. He entered Sunday having spent almost exactly twice as much time on court during the tournament – about 18 hours vs about 9 hours – as Djokovic, who benefited from injuries to three opponents that withdrew before or during matches. (Angelique Kerber wins US Open for second major title of breakthrough year)advertisement”This is amazing,” the third-seeded Wawrinka said at the trophy ceremony. “I came here without the goal to win it, but every time I step on the court I tried my best to win every match.”I think I played quite a lot of tennis these two weeks, I am completely empty. I had to bring everything I had today against Novak. It was so much emotion.”By breaking in the final game of the second and third sets, and by saving 14 of 17 break points he faced, Wawrinka already had gained the upper hand by the time Djokovic clutched at his left leg and grimaced after missing a forehand while getting broken early in the fourth.Djokovic was granted the unusual chance to have a medical timeout at a time other than a changeover. He removed both shoes and socks so a trainer could help with bleeding toes. Wawrinka complained about the 6-minute break, and Djokovic looked over and apologized. Later, Djokovic started limping and received more treatment.”We played almost 4 hours,” said Djokovic, “and I think I can speak in the name of Stan, as well: We both felt it.”Wawrinka has won only five of 24 career meetings against Djokovic, but has now beaten the 12-time major champion on the way to each of his own Grand Slam titles, including in the 2014 Australian Open quarterfinals and 2015 French Open final.Before this matchup, Djokovic praised Wawrinka as “a big-match player,” and, boy, is he ever. Wasn’t always, though: Playing in the shadow of his far-more-accomplished Swiss countryman and good pal, Roger Federer, Wawrinka needed until his 35th appearance at a major, at age 28, just to get to the semifinals for the first time.But look at Wawrinka now.He has won 11 consecutive tournament finals.He is 3-0 in Grand Slam finals, beating the No. 1-ranked player each time. Take that trio of highest-stakes matches out of the equation, and Wawrinka is 0-19 in all other matches against the top man.And he did it Sunday by coming back against Djokovic, whose French Open title in June completed a career Grand Slam and made him only the third man – and first in nearly a half-century – to win four consecutive major tournaments.Djokovic had been 51-0 in US Open matches when taking the first set. This time, though, the thick-chested Wawrinka eventually began bullying Djokovic from the baseline, not only with his best-in-the-game one-handed backhand, but off both wings.”He likes to occasionally whack the ball quite hard, and I don’t think that Novak likes that,” said Wawrinka’s coach, Magnus Norman. “Stan is maybe one of the few guys who can really hit through Novak if he has a good day.”As Wawrinka placed one stinging shot after another right on a line, Djokovic looked up at coach Boris Becker while gesticulating with his hands and muttering. He went from appearing locked-in at the outset to completely drained in every way.advertisementOn one point, Wawrinka delivered a shot so hard it knocked the racket from Djokovic’s grasp and against a wall behind the baseline.After smacking a forehand winner to end a 20-stroke exchange near the end of the second set, Wawrinka pointed to his temple. Did it again after a forehand passing shot drew an errant volley for a break early in the third.And so on.Wawrinka nearly was gone before the end of the U.S. Open’s first week, one point from losing in the third round against 64th-ranked Dan Evans. Sunday’s victory made Wawrinka the first man to win the tournament after saving a match point since – yes, that’s right – Djokovic in 2011.”You’re a great champion, a great person. Because of you, I am where I am today,” Wawrinka told Djokovic, a close friend, afterward. “We know each other (for) many, many years, and I had the chance to practice many times with him and to play him on a big stage.”With that Djokovic, threw his left arm around Wawrinka’s shoulders, knowing which of the two was more up to the task on this day.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, May 4 (PTI) Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today launched a sporty variant of its multi-utility vehicle Innova Crysta, priced between Rs 17.79 lakh and Rs 22.15 lakh (ex- showroom Delhi).Christened as Innova Touring Sport, the new variant comes with SUV-like styling with changes in exterior as well as interiors of the vehicle. “Brand Innova has maintained its number one position in the segment ever since its launch in 2005 and the Innova Crysta continued this legacy,” TKM Director and Senior Vice President (Sales & Marketing) N Raja said in a statement.The Innova Touring Sport enhances the same brand equity by offering a distinct style to a market that wants both the comfort and feel of a MPV and the style of a SUV, he added.The vehicle has been conceptualised, designed and developed to symbolise a modern and sporty MPV with a distinguished statement for the young and modern customers, Raja said. “We are confident that the Innova Touring Sport will set new benchmarks in this competitive segment,” he added. The company has sold over 85,000 units of Innova Crysta since its launch in the country last year. The new variant comes with both petrol and diesel powertrains. An automatic version is also available with both the fuel options. The Innova Touring Sport comes with many features including seven airbags, vehicle stability control (VSC) and hill-start assist control (HAC). It also comes with standard safety features like anti- lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and brake assist. PTI MSS RKL MKJadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Galchenyuk tipped in a pass at the right post 1:12 into overtime as the Montreal Canadiens overcame a late equalizer to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday.Montreal cut New York’s series lead to 2-1, and can level it Sunday night at Madison Square Garden before heading home for Game 5.Galchenyuk, playing only his second game of these playoffs after returning from an injury Monday, deflected a feed from Tomas Plekanec to win it.The Rangers tied it with 28.1 seconds left in regulation on Chris Kreider’s goal.Dustin Tokarski was sharp throughout in his second NHL playoff game in place of injured goalie Carey Price, making 35 saves.New York had its five-game winning streak snapped, and its run of six straight victories over the Canadiens also ended. The Rangers fell to 1-1 in overtime in these playoffs. The Canadiens are 3-1.Montreal was poised to win it in regulation after Danny Briere scored with 3:02 left in the third, but Kreider matched him when his shot hit the sliding right skate of Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin in the crease and caromed past Tokarski, who thrust his head upward in disgust as Madison Square Garden shook.Tokarski was playing in his second straight game because of a series-ending injury sustained by Price, who was barreled into by Kreider in Game 1.Briere’s goal was also aided by an opposing defenseman, as Ryan McDonagh nudged the puck past goalie Henrik Lundqvist.Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov tied it at 1 for the Canadiens in the second period after Carl Hagelin staked New York to the lead in the first.Tokarski, in his second career playoff game, was sharp throughout. He protected the lead with 55 seconds left, denying Martin St. Louis’ drive from the right side with a lunging save, but couldn’t close it out then. He stopped 27 shots in a 3-1 loss on Monday in Game 2.Lundqvist made 22 saves, but couldn’t pull out this win.The Rangers grabbed the lead in the first period that featured only one goal but hardly lacked for action.By the time Hagelin put New York in front with a batted shot, there had already been one injury as the result of a questionable open-ice hit by Brandon Prust, and an ejection after Daniel Carcillo sought revenge on Prust — a former Rangers fan favorite — for his earlier leveling of Derek Stepan.Prust landed a blindsided shot to Stepan’s chest with his shoulder just 4:48 in, knocking down Stepan, who remained on the ice for several moments before skating off. Stepan returned later in the period. Prust heard boos the rest of the game.last_img read more

first_imgKylian Mbappé Mbappe the youngest to score 20 Ligue 1 goals for 40 years Goal Last updated 2 years ago 04:01 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Kylian Mbappe, PSG Franck Fife Kylian Mbappé PSG Angers SCO v PSG Angers SCO Ligue 1 The 18-year-old scored twice as PSG ran out 5-0 winners on Saturday to take his tally in Ligue 1 to 20 goals in 49 games Kylian Mbappe’s two goals in Paris Saint-Germain’s win over Angers saw him become the youngest player in 40 years to score 20 in Ligue 1.After opening the scoring with a volley just five minutes in, the France international rounded off a fine display with another in the 84th minute to make it 5-0 to PSG.PSG 7/2 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Taking his tally up to four in the league this season to add to the 16 he netted with title holders Monaco, Mbappe has needed just 49 games to reach the milestone and has made 13 assists in that time. At 18 years and 10 months, Mbappe is the youngest to reach the tally in four decades.1 – Kylian Mbappe is the youngest player to reach 20 goals in Ligue 1 in the last 40 years (18 years & 10 months). Crack.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) November 4, 2017It comes a few days after he set another goal record in the Champions League, becoming the first player under 20 to net eight times in the competition.Mbappe has been breaking records since bursting onto the scene with Monaco in 2015-16 to become the most youthful debutant and goalscorer in the club’s history, beating Thierry Henry’s record.Last season he became the youngest to net 13 Ligue 1 goals for 30 years and the youngest to score in a Champions League semi-final.last_img read more

first_imgPSG PSG ready for Real Madrid after another win, insists Emery Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 16:24 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PSG Real Madrid Toulouse v PSG Real Madrid v PSG Toulouse Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League Neymar The Ligue 1 leaders picked up three points thanks to a goal from Neymar, but the coach insists they face a very different challenge in midweek Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery believes his team are ready for Real Madrid after their confidence-boosting win over Toulouse on Saturday.A second-half goal from Neymar saw PSG to a 1-0 victory at the Stadium Municipal, extending their winning streak to six games in all competitions.The capital club may have a 12 point lead at the top of Ligue 1, but they face a huge test on Wednesday, making the trip to the Santiago Bernabeu to face Madrid in the Champions League. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Emery was happy PSG continued their strong run of form run, saying it was vital ahead of the last-16 first leg with the reigning European title holders.”I think we played the kind of game we had to, but it’s true it will be different on Wednesday,” he said.”It will be different when it comes to expectations, and the kind of game we will play. But I think that the team is ready.”We built up our confidence further. It’s important to keep our level up in Ligue 1 and before our Champions League game.”PSG have been given a stern warning of their own, however, as Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane warned they will have to be at their best if they are to keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet.The Portuguese netted a hat-trick to help Los Blancos to a win over Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday and is already the top scorer in the Champions League this season on nine, while PSG star Neymar has six in the continental competition.last_img read more

first_imgKirk Ferentz running off the field during halftime of an Iowa Hawkeyes football game.IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 7: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs off the field following the second quarter against the Missouri State Bears on September 7, 2013 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 28-14. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Iowa has, somewhat quietly, positioned itself as something of an NFL factory. Kirk Ferentz’s program should make a splash once again in the 2019 NFL Draft.The Hawkeyes are expected to dominate the tight end position. T.J. Hockenson could be a top 10 pick, and Noah Fant is also a likely first rounder.Ferentz’s success in getting players to the NFL is no shock. Apparently, he is incredibly well-regarded in NFL circles.NFL insider Peter King says that Kirk Ferentz is “beloved” by those in the pro football ranks.During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, the longtime football writer revealed that Ferentz may be only behind Nick Saban among college coaches that NFL folks trust the most.Iowa needs to play this clip for every recruit they offer from Peter King on the Dan Patrick Show.— Hawks101 (@Hawks101101) April 17, 2019247Sports transcribed the key bit from the interview:“When scouts go into a program, there isn’t anybody, except maybe besides Nick Saban that they trust more than Kirk Ferentz at Iowa,” King said. “Kirk Ferentz is a beloved coach on the trail because he’s coached in the NFL, coached under Bill Belichick, he’s had multiple opportunities. If he snapped his finger he could have an NFL coaching job. He’s loved in the NFL.”For recruits with NFL aspirations, it is hard to think of a much better selling point.last_img read more

first_img commentary view more view less World Cup 2019: How Pakistan defied odds to shock overconfident EnglandPakistan beat World Cup 2019 hosts and favourites England in a close game on June 3 even though no one expected them to win especially as history, recent form amongst other factors were stacked against them No data available! advertisementcenter_img scorecard graphs Ajay Tiwari New DelhiJune 4, 2019UPDATED: June 4, 2019 18:45 IST Pakistan players walk off the field after beating England in their 2nd match of World Cup 2019 (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan beat England by 14 runs on Monday to collect 2 World Cup pointsIt was the 1st win for Pakistan in their last 12 ODIsPakistan banked on their veteran players to deliver and they duly did at Trent BridgeMercurial, Unpredictable, Erratic, Fickle – all adjectives that have been used to define the Pakistan cricket team over the years. Their ability to bounce back from the depths of despair to trump the strongest of oppositions on any given day makes them the quintessential thriller story of the modern game. Be it the 1992 World cup win, the annihilation of arch-rivals India in the Champions Trophy 2017 final or yesterday’s stunning victory over World Cup 2019 hosts and favourites England, Pakistan have provided ample proof of their bouncebackability in their rich cricketing history. On Monday against England in Trent Bridge, it was no exception.Having been bowled out for a mere 105 runs against West Indies in their opening match of the World Cup 2019, no one gave Pakistan a chance against England on a pitch that has seen some of the highest team totals in ODI history being recorded in recent years. The expectations from the team were so low that a few cricket experts had started speculating if England would break their own previous record of the highest-ever ODI team total. But it should be noted that this lack of belief in the team wasn’t just due to their loss in the WC opener.Pakistan had lost their last 11 completed ODIs defeats before Trent Bridge, excluding the 3-wicket loss against Afghanistan in their first warm-up game of the World Cup. And when they surrendered meekly to the bouncer-barrage from the West Indians on May 31, fans and experts alike were quick to dismiss their chances going into Trent Bridge.advertisementThe strip used in Trent Bridge, Nottingham for Pakistan’s clash against England was the same where the hosts had twice broken the record for the highest ever ODI total – 481 for 6 against Australia in 2018 and 444 for 3 against Pakistan in 2016. There won’t be any escape for Pakistan, is what the predictions were as experts claimed that England bowlers must have sniffed Sarfaraz Ahmed and Co.’s susceptibility to the short ball and were likely to exploit it on Monday.Unpredictability aside, history was also not in Pakistan’s favour. England had not lost while chasing at home in almost 4 years and with the kind of batting prowess they possessed, no total looks beyond their reach. Pakistan, themselves were aware of that, having ended up as losers despite scoring 361, 358, 340 and 297 during their recent whitewash against England.On Monday, Pakistan had within their ranks 2 bowlers – Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz – who were not in their WC plans even a month ago. Riaz, in fact, hadn’t played for Pakistan in the intervening period between the Champions Trophy 2017 final and Pakistan’s opening game against West Indies on May 31.They also had in Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik – two of the oldest players in the current World Cup. While being experienced, scoring at a high strike-rate is not something Hafeez has been known for in his career. Malik, on the other hand, had an average of 14 with the bat in ODIs in England. The duo was also picked to fulfill the role of a sixth bowler if required.And then there was the aspect of the game that is the least talked about when predicting outcomes – fielding. To be fair, Pakistan have never been the best fielding side but on Monday when Babar Azam dropped Joe Root on 9, it looked like their perennial weakness in the field is going to haunt them again.Thankfully for Pakistan, England matched them in their fielding efforts conceding 17 extra runs via 13 misfields, with their real nadir being the costly drop of Mohammad Hafeez by Jason Roy when the latter had just scored 14.After being put into bat, Pakistan openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman showed the required resolve to put up 82 for the 1st wicket which was a solid foundation for the incoming batsmen to set sights on a big total. Hafeez and Safaraz batted with caution, punishing every bad delivery while running between the wickets as if their lives depended on it.Amir and Riaz, who leaked 149 runs in their combined 20 overs, took 5 wickets between them with the former picking the biggest prize of them all – Jos Buttler just when Pakistan needed it the most. Hafeez and Malik too proved their worth while bowling, as they dismissed the lynchpins, Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes, respectively.In conclusion, it wasn’t exactly a dominant performance from Pakistan as both sides were guilty of committing crucial mistakes. Also, as former England captain Nasser Hussain had said recently reminded everyone that ‘World Cup 2019 will be the first time England face real home pressure’, the expectations of the British public from their team of world-beaters must have played a role too. Essentially, Pakistan didn’t set a marker on how to beat England but the fact that they were able to do it despite the odds stacked hugely against them, is a sign that England are not unbeatable. For some teams, that alone should be enough.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul sizzle on Southampton streetsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Team India to don orange jersey in clash against EnglandFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow England vs PakistanFollow Wahab Riazlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter “Oh, you know, I’m just learning how to milk a cow and sew and churn butter,” Gadon, 29, said in a phone interview to discuss her role as a jury member for this year’s Air Canada enRoute Film Festival.“I’ve been working on my Belfast accent. I’m doing all sorts of things. I’m reading some interesting books, watching some great films, just kind of immersing myself in that world and in that time period.” Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, will showcase 20 short films on its flights around the world from Aug. 1 to Dec. 31. The shorts will also be available at, where viewers can vote for their favourite. Other jury members include actors Jason Priestley and Karine Vanasse.Gadon is so busy juggling multiple projects, she expects she’ll have to watch the finalists on her laptop while in the air over the next few months. It’s a labour of love, though.“I love film and I love short films,” said Gadon, who was also a jury member in 2013 and has been in many short films. Sarah Gadon is diving into what she calls “pioneer boot camp” as she prepares to play the lead in a much-anticipated adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace.The Toronto actor is in pre-production for the six-hour miniseries, which is inspired by the true story of Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant and maid who was convicted of murder in Upper Canada in 1843 but exonerated decades later.Sarah Polley wrote and produced the project, which will screen on CBC and Netflix. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-The Conservative government appears poised to introduce a bill to force First Nations chiefs and band councillors to publicly disclose their salaries.Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan is expected to introduce a bill Wednesday titled, An Act to enhance the financial accountability and transparency of First Nations.The title of the bill echoes the title of a private member’s bill introduced by Saskatchewan Conservative MP Kelly Block before the last federal election.Block’s bill would have required the publishing of all federally-funded chief and council expenses and salaries by the beginning of August every year.The minister of Aboriginal affairs would publish the information if a band council refused to comply.Block’s bill, titled An Act respecting the accountability and enhanced financial transparency of elected officials of First Nations communities, died on the order paper when the previous minority Conservative government fell.Duncan and Block are scheduled to hold a press conference in Saskatchewan at 4:30 p.m. local time at the Whitecap Dakota First Nations’ administrative office.Block’s bill had the support at the time of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation in northern Ontario.First Nations chiefs passed a resolution agreeing to publish their salaries and expenses during an Assembly of First Nations meeting in Gatineau, Quebec, last December.The resolution, however, also blasted Block’s bill, calling it “unnecessary” and “heavy-handed.”last_img read more

first_imgZimmer will wrap up ‘Coffee with Bob’ on August 8 with stops in Pouce Coupe and Dawson Creek.Here is a list of the next ‘Coffee with Bob’: Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 – Fort St. John at 10:30 a.m. – The Canadian GrindWednesday, August 7th, 2019 – Taylor at 1:30 p.m. – Lone Wolf Golf ClubThursday, August 8th, 2019 – Pouce Coupe at 12:00 p.m. – Papa Don’s PizzaThursday, August 8th, 2019 – Dawson Creek at 2:30 p.m. – Hug a Mug’s Coffee House FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local Member of Parliament Bob Zimmer is doing a series of ‘Coffee with Bob’ events where local constituents can meet with the MP and discuss current happenings in their community and in Canadian politics.So far, Zimmer has been to Valemont, McBride, Prince George, and Mackenzie.The next ‘Coffee with Bob’ is today, Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. at The Canadian Grind and at Lone Wolf Golf Club in Taylor at 1:30 p.m. For more information, you can visit Bob Zimmer’s Facebook page.last_img read more

OTTAWA — Hoping to fund your retirement by winning the lottery is a ridiculous idea.Sure, someone has to win, but banking your future well-being on a cheap ticket, a handful of carefully chosen numbers and near-impossible odds isn’t financial planning — it’s wishful thinking.But if you’re fond of daydreaming about winning the big jackpot — Friday’s Lottomax jackpot is $38 million, after all — how much would you actually need to win to quit your job for good?That depends on an array of factors, including how you plan to live your life going forward, how old you are and what kind of financial legacy you want to leave, says investment adviser Kathryn Del Greco at TD Wealth.While some may be happy to putter in their gardens, others may have a bucket list that includes playing the great golf courses of the world and indulging their love of rare wines and fine dining.“There isn’t a magic number that you could apply to everyone,” Del Greco said.The No.1 eternal truth of personal finance: Live below your meansThe No. 2 eternal truth of personal finance: Pay yourself firstAs you begin your fantasy session, keep in mind that lottery winnings aren’t taxed in Canada, so the amount on the oversized novelty cheque you’ll be handed in your dreams will be the very same sum you’ll deposit in the bank.But once that money starts earning interest and investment income, those amounts will be taxed.Larry Moser of BMO InvestorLine estimates a risk-free portfolio of GICs will yield close to one per cent, while you may be able to earn four to five per cent a year by taking some risk in a conservative portfolio.“The longer the time horizon for needing the income, the greater the pool of money you’re going to need at the beginning to make sure that money lasts,” he said.A five per cent return means that for every $1 million in lottery winnings, you could generate about $50,000 in annual income before any fees and taxes. Put another way, a five per cent annual return on $5 million could generate about $250,000 a year.However, many forms of investment income are taxed at a lower rate than money earned by working, so compared with your salary, you may not need to make quite as much from your investments to have the same amount in your pocket after taxes.Del Greco also cautioned inflation can erode the value of your nest egg without at least some investment growth.“That’s why we encourage a balanced portfolio that would incorporate high-quality, dividend-paying stocks, because dividends are taxed at a lower tax rate, and also blue-chip equity stocks provide a natural hedge to inflation pressures,” she said.If you do hit the jackpot, both Del Greco and Moser recommend putting the money aside for a time before doing anything with it to give yourself time to formulate a plan once the initial thrill of the win passes.“Before you make any rash decisions, before you start spending any money, before you start giving away all the money, you really want to sit down and figure out what the purpose of this money is,” Moser said.In your dreams, at least.The Canadian Press read more

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without them.Poinsettias are a staple of winter, and Brock’s Student Life and Community Experience is selling the plant until late November.The poinsettias are available in red or white six-inch pots for $8 each. They can be delivered to your office or department for an additional $2.To place your order, visit Student Life & Innovation Commons (SLIC) located in MCA204 (under the stairs in Mackenzie Chown), or call x6321 no later than Friday, Nov. 28 to fill out your order form and make your payment.For any questions please contact x6321 or email

“This treaty will enable developing countries to avoid many of the mistakes made in the richer countries, where the misuse of chemicals and pesticides has too often harmed or killed people and damaged the environment,” said Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).Jacques Diouf, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said the pact “will help countries to avoid using pesticides that are recognized to be harmful to human health and the environment and highly toxic pesticides that cannot be handled safely by small farmers in developing countries.” Jointly promoted by UNEP and FAO, the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade initially lists 27 hazardous chemicals.As many as 15 more pesticides and industrial chemicals, including some forms of asbestos, will be considered for inclusion at the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) in Geneva from 20 to 24 September, UNEP and FAO said.Some 70,000 different chemicals are being marketed and another 1,500 new ones are introduced every year. Many pesticides that have been banned or restricted in industrialized countries are still being used in developing countries, they said.In another development, UNEP announced that Barcelona, Spain, would host World Environment Day (WED) 2004, held annually on 5 June and focusing this year on seas and oceans.Welcoming the offer from the Barcelona City Council, the Spanish Government and the Catalan Autonomous Government, Mr. Toepfer said unlike the land, where concepts of ownership and management have long been established, “the oceans have been viewed as wilderness areas, owned by no one and free for all.””That was fine in a world, now long ago, where a coastal mega-city might have been a few thousand rather than 10 million souls,” he said. “But the growth in the global population, where more than 40 per cent now live by the coast, allied to our abilities to hunt faster and further for ever greater quantities of marine-living resources, means we can no longer treat the seas and oceans as free for all, uncared for and unmanaged.” read more

The Red Book, as the report is known, is a recognized global reference on uranium jointly prepared by the IAEA and the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (NEA/OECD).It found an increase in uranium supply, exploration and production. Some seven per cent more uranium resources have been identified since the last report was published in 2012, adding almost 10 years to the existing resource base. Global uranium production continued to increase between 2010 and 2012, albeit at a lower rate than in the previous two-year period. The growth in the resource base is mainly due to a 23 per cent increase in uranium exploration and mine development, which totalled $1.92 billion in 2012.On the demand side, projections vary from region to region. While the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident resulted in a change of policies in many developed countries, nuclear capacity projections, notably in East Asia and non-European Union states on the European continent, continue to grow. The Red Book projects that world nuclear electricity generating capacity by 2035 is expected to increase between 7 per cent on the low and 82 per cent on the high side. This is in line with the IAEA’s most recent projections of between 8 and 88 per cent for the year 2030.More than 20 countries around the globe produce uranium, with Kazakhstan, Canada and Australia as the largest producers, accounting for approximately 63 per cent of world production. The reported growth in production is mainly driven by Kazakhstan, with smaller additions in Australia, Brazil, China, Malawi, Namibia, Niger, Ukraine and the United States.The continued robust demand for the resource has led to future plans for mining operations in new countries including Botswana, Tanzania and Zambia. And to minimise the social and environmental impacts, efforts are being made to develop safe and well-regulated operations.The new report provides analyses from 45 countries in order to address questions on global uranium exploration, resources, production and reactor-related requirements. It also offers updated information on uranium production centres and mine development plans, as well as projections of nuclear generating capacity and reactor-related requirements through 2035. read more

Forty-five games into his collegiate career, Zach Boren finally debuted at linebacker, the position he was originally recruited to Ohio State to play. Boren came to Ohio State in January 2009 as the No. 45 overall middle linebacker prospect in the nation according to the recruiting site, but, until Saturday’s 52-49 win against Indiana, Boren was used as a fullback. Against the Hoosiers, Boren finished the game with a team-high eight tackles and the position switch is a move his OSU teammates said is for the good of the team. “That’s the ultimate sacrifice. He’s the best fullback in the country, and he’s going to go over and play linebacker and give up three years of playing fullback and maybe be an All-Big Ten playing fullback, to go over there and do everything he can for the team playing defense,” redshirt junior left tackle Jack Mewhort said. “We love him for that and that’s just the guy that he is.” The change might have been less of a sacrifice in Boren’s own mind, because defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said he has wanted to play defense for years. “He wanted to be a linebacker for three years here. He’s been asking, ‘Hey, can I come over? Can I come over? Can I come over?’” Fickell said. “Tuesday afternoon in practice … (head coach Urban Meyer) brought him over, because we had talked about it, and … he naturally gave us a spark.” Boren was given an opportunity at linebacker because redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino broke his fibula. Meyer said Sabino was “kind of our guy” and called Boren’s switch “temporarily permanent.” Against Indiana on Saturday, Boren played linebacker for the first time since high school, and in his first start, he led the Buckeye defense with eight total tackles. “I think someone said he led the team in tackles, which is hard to believe, but he did,” Meyer said. This was not the first time Meyer has dealt with a depth issue by switching over an offensive player to defense. Meyer said strength coach Mickey Marotti reminded him that while at the University of Florida, Meyer moved current Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey from offensive line to defensive line. “Right in the middle of the practice I moved (Pouncey) to defensive tackle because we were banged and bruised and didn’t have the leadership, didn’t have the toughness at that point. His energy, his leadership, his toughness, and we kept him over there for several games just until guys got back,” Meyer said. Meyer said Boren’s switch would not have happened if it were not for the play of sophomore tight end Jeff Heuerman. He is fourth on the team in reception yards, and is one of five players with a touchdown reception. “That move could not have been made if you didn’t have Heuerman and (redshirt freshman tight end Nick) Vannett. Heuerman has been coming on,” Meyer said. “He’s been playing 10 to 15 plays a game, and now he played 50,” Meyer said. When faced with the challenge of learning an entire defense, Boren had help from some of his teammates, including sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier.. “We try to help Zach a lot,” Shazier said. “Zach pretty much knows everything because he came in a little bit at (linebacker) and it wasn’t that difficult because he knows what he is doing.” read more

first_img This is the year of retro gaming: Classic titles are reappearing on modern consoles, and nostalgic appliances are reappearing as modern consoles.So it’s no surprise that hobbyist electronic firm Pimoroni recently launched a redesigned version of its Raspberry Pi-powered mini arcade machine.Unveiled in August, the build-it-yourself Picade features authentic controls, a high-res 4:3 display, and a “punchy speaker to hear those 8-bit game soundtracks at their best.”The kit takes about two to three hours to build (according to the experts who created it). All you need is a Raspberry Pi, micro-SD card, power supply, and £150 ($198) to spare.The original Picade was introduced in 2012 as the UK’s first Kickstarter project, collecting more than £74,000 ($98,000) toward a £33,000 ($44,000) goal.Six years later, Pimoroni has updated its “ultimate desktop retro arcade machine,” now more compact, with a better display, dedicated power button, and Picade X HAT “packed full of useful features.”Fans may also notice splashier artwork and packaging. Each Picade comes with “a bunch of extra goodies,” like an enamel pin, sticker selection, poster, and assembly instructions.In an effort to drum up interest in the new toy, Sheffield-based Pimoroni asked folks around the world to come up with a retro game concept that would suit the new Picade.Entries from the UK, Europe, and US included hand-drawn posters, punny titles, and “screenshots.” Ultimately, the team behind Trolley Wars—a Supermarket Sweep-like game—won for its “simplicity and button-bashing of arcade favorites of old.”New packaging for a new machine (via Pimoroni)Everything old is new again, and arcade cabinets are no exception: British manufacturer STOA last year rolled out custom-built cupboards, each handcrafted from start to finish for one or two players.In place of traditional cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors, STOA uses modern LCD screens, with the same 4:3 aspect ratio as the Picade. Every device comes with a curated selection of games (Ms. Pac-Man, Street Fighter II, Paperboy, Mortal Kombat, Space Invaders, etc.), tailored to the client’s preference and design.You can do anything with a Raspberry Pi and a little imagination: DIY a Spotify speaker, upcycle a karaoke machine, track foosball scores. Check out our recent Geek Pick, the Retroflag SUPERPi case for Nintendo lovers. And stay up to date on all things Raspberry Pi here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data last_img read more

first_img Have you ever been added to a WhatsApp group chat without your consent? That is about to change, thanks to WhatsApp’s latest privacy move. The Facebook-owned company will now allow you to block randoms from adding you to annoying group chats and spare you from unnecessary notifications.On Wednesday, WhatsApp announced that it’s changing its messaging app to give users more control over which groups they choose to communicate or not communicate with, VentureBeat reported. With this change, WhatsApp aims to enforce more privacy on its messaging app, so users aren’t randomly added to group chats that they don’t want to be part of. This new feature will roll out to users in the next couple of weeks, and it will require the most updated version of WhatsApp to work.Looking to Marie Kondo your digital life? Pin the chats that bring you joy to the top of your list and mute the most chatty groups when you’re feeling bogged down in messages. #WAProTip— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) March 29, 2019WhatsApp told VentureBeat that the new group chat feature can be accessed if you go to Settings, Account, Privacy, and then Groups. To update your group chat settings, you can select Nobody, My Contacts (the numbers you’ve saved on your phone already), and Everyone, if you don’t care if your added to random group chats. If someone wants to add you under the “restricted access” setting, they will have to send a private message to you that contains an invite link. You have 72 hours to decide if you want to join the group through the invite link and participate in the conversation.WhatsApp’s group chat feature comes on the heels of its recent security initiatives. The Facebook-owned company is currently piloting an image search tool that aims to limit hoax news, Engadget noted, and in January, it limited messaging forwarding to reduce misinformation and rumors on its messaging app.More on ‘Momo Challenge’ Reappears on WhatsAppWhatsApp Limits Message Forwarding to 5 Individuals, GroupsInstagram Direct Messaging Might Be Coming to Your Desktop Stay on target WhatsApp Was Hacked: Here’s How You Can Protect Your Phone InformationSri Lanka Temporarly Blocks Social Media Following Terror Attacks last_img read more