India to play four Tests in West Indies, says WICB president

first_imgIndia and West Indies are set to revive their bilateral ties after almost a two-year hiatus when the two teams play a scheduled four-match Test series later this year. According to reports, India are scheduled to travel to the Caribbean in July-August for the series, although the dates and venues are yet to be announced.The Board of Control for Cricket in India had suspended its bilateral ties as a penalty after the West Indies abandoned their tour to India mid-way in late 2014.”The official word is that the tour is on. We are just awaiting confirmation of the venues now. And once we have done that, we will send out a release with the dates, the venues and everything,” West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron was quoted as saying by Cricket Radio in Nagpur on Sunday.The tour will clash with the Caribbean Premier League and players featuring in the Test series are likely to miss out on the T20 league.”Yes, it will (clash with the CPL). The unfortunate thing is that the international calendar is packed. And the only window for this tour to come off is during that time. So, there will be a clash, but we are working with CPL to ensure there is no clash of venues so times of the matches won’t be hampered,” Cameron said.last_img read more

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9 months agoWest Brom move for Liverpool winger Ben Woodburn

first_imgWest Brom move for Liverpool winger Ben Woodburnby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom are moving for Liverpool winger Ben Woodburn.The 19-year-old is the subject of interest from three Championship sides.Albion asked if they could take him as soon as they discovered freescoring Harvey Barnes was being recalled by Leicester City.But they aren’t alone with a host of other clubs keen for the teenager to sign with Wigan also said to be in the race. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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New AP Poll: Buckeyes Remain Unanimous No. 1

first_imgWeek two of the new AP poll.Week 2 AP Poll Lee Corso College GameDayTwitter/College GameDayThe Ohio State Buckeyes, after taking care of Virginia Tech on the road Monday night, are still the No. 1 ranked team in the country – in both the Coaches’ Poll and the AP Poll. The latter was just released.Alabama, previously ranked No. 3, has moved up to No. 2 after a dominating performance against Wisconsin. TCU, which struggled a bit with Minnesota, drops a spot to No. 3. The rest of the top ten is rounded out by Baylor, Michigan State, Auburn, Oregon, USC, Notre Dame and Georgia.Texas A&M, after a big win over Arizona State, debuts in the poll at No. 16. Utah and Mississippi State also entered the poll, at No. 24 and No. 25, respectively.1. Ohio State2. Alabama3. TCU4. Baylor5. Michigan State6. Auburn7. Oregon8. USC9. Notre Dame10. Georgia11. Florida State12. Clemson13. UCLA14. LSU15. Georgia Tech16. Texas A&M17. Ole Miss18. Arkansas19. Oklahoma20. Boise State21. Missouri22. Arizona23. Tennessee24. Utah25. Mississippi StateYou can check out last week’s rankings here.last_img read more

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Video: Stephen A. Smith Says He Would Have Won The O.J. Simpson Trial As Prosecutor Against Johnnie Cochran

first_imgstephen a smith first take 6-13-16YouTube/ESPN First TakeIn the wide world of hot sports takes, no one quite brings it like ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. The winner of our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” bracket may have had an all-time great moment, even by his own lofty standards, this morning when discussing the O.J. Simpson trial, which has leapt back into public consciousness with FX’s fantastic American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson and the debut of ESPN’s five-part 30 For 30 documentary series O.J.: Made in America on Saturday.During a lengthy discussion of the first part of Ezra Edelman’s acclaimed documentary, Smith said that he would not have let Simpson walk as a juror, and that if he had prosecuted the case instead of Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, there is “no way in hell” he would have lost to case to Johnnie Cochran and the rest of Simpson’s “Dream Team.” The Big Lead transcribed Smith’s rant.“I have profound respect for the late Johnny Cochran, God rest his soul,” he said. “It might be the cockiest thing I’ve ever said … Christopher Darden and Marcia Clark did an absolutely horrendous job as prosecutors. Because if it were me, there’s no way in hell that Johnny Cochran would have beaten me with that evidence that I, that they, had. I’m telling you right now, I’m not even a lawyer. There is no way that you would have put 12 jurors in front of me with that evidence and I would have lost it, even to Johnny Cochrane. I’d have won that trial. I’ve often said that.”As a reminder, in case this isn’t clear, Johnnie Cochran was a famously successful lawyer. Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden were both lawyers. Stephen A. Smith is not, nor has he ever been, a lawyer.Never change, Stephen A.[The Big Lead]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

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After living away from home for years DFCs grads talk about how

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN News They say it takes a community to raise a child- but what happens when children have to leave their communities for an education?Tanisha Chikane left her home and family in North Caribou Lake First Nation, to attend Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay 500 km to the south.She was only 14 years old at the time.“That was hard,” she said. “I didn’t have anybody to look out for me for a while and I had to learn to look out for myself.”Now, Tanisha is being celebrated for her accomplishments.The valedictorian just graduated with 23 of her classmates.The reality for many First Nations in northern Ontario means students have to leave their communities to attend high school.Aaron Guthrie has been a teacher at DFC for nine years.“They’re the ones who’ve made the sacrifice, who’ve said I want to graduate high school and I’m going to put my life on hold,” Guthrie said.He said that also means saying goodbye to parents, siblings and sometimes their own children to move away.High school can be a challenging time for any student and that’s no exception at DFC. Students often travel hundreds of kilometers by plane and road to get to Thunder Bay.Visits home are limited to holidays.Valedictorian Tanisha Chikane and her daughter Baelee. Tanisha plans to pursue welding in college. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNTanisha became a mother at 15. She had to leave her daughter Baelee at home with family so she could finish high school.“My mother wouldn’t let me drop out so, she wouldn’t sign the papers,” Tanisha said with a chuckle.She said she focused on her assignments and gave it her all for one reason.“My daughter. I figured since I’m out here I should do my best,” Tanisha said.Guthrie said the students need a supportive community to succeed. At DFC, that means having staff who are committed and dedicated to student life outside of the classrooms.“I tell people all the time I’m not just a teacher. I feel like I’m a part-time teacher, part-time social counselor, part-time friend, part-time parent, part-time coach like we play a lot of roles in our student’s lives,” Guthrie said.Miguel Quequish, also from North Caribou Lake First Nation, faced his own challenges throughout high school.Five years ago, his sister Cheyanne died by suicide.“It was kinda hard the first two years,” Miguel said about her death.“She was like a mom to me. She would always make sure I was well-fed, made sure I made it to school on time.”Miguel Quequish from North Caribou Lake First Nation lost a brother and sister to suicide. They told him to never give up on his education and he plans to go to college in the fall. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNThen last October, his brother Trevor also died by suicide.Miguel said he wanted to give up.“It was hard to go back to school. I didn’t feel like going, I didn’t feel like coming out to DFC,” Miguel said through tears.“But the staff and other fellow students helped me pull through and I would like to them for that.”The needs of the students at DFC are diverse and unique but it’s also what brings them together as a community.“We know the kids don’t have their parents with them here, we know that they might need an extra hand, we understand that the majority of our students are coming with some type of traumatic life experience in their back pocket,” Guthrie said.Destiny Fiddler, a young mother from Sandy Lake First Nation, left her daughter at home with her family so she could get her high school diploma. Destiny is going to pursue nursing so she can work in northern communities. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNDestiny Fiddler became a young mother two years ago.She came to DFC to graduate last year while her daughter Creelyn stayed home with her family in Sandy Lake First Nation, 600 km northwest of Thunder Bay.She stayed connected to her daughter through FaceTime calls and short visits home.“I kept telling myself and people kept telling me that I was doing it for my daughter and her future,” Destiny said.The future is something Alaina Sakchekapo is excited about. When we first met her two years ago, she had already lived in seven different boarding homes.“Because I didn’t have a stable boarding home, DFC was my stable place,” Alaina said at the graduation ceremony.Alaina kept busy with sports, academics and extracurricular activities. She most recently traveled to Parliament Hill in Ottawa where the students met with political leaders to discuss their needs.“It was very humbling and it really broadened my horizons of what I can do,” she said about her involvement at DFC.Alaina Sakchekapo from North Caribou Lake First Nation lived in 13 different boarding homes while attending high school in Thunder Bay. She is getting her own place with her sister and going to college in the fall. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNAlaina said she is planning to stay in Thunder Bay to work for the summer and wants to pursue university to become a teacher – she’s already found her own apartment with her sister.“I’m adulting,” she said with excitement.Miguel said he hopes his brother and sister are proud of him.“They would always threaten me, better finish or else I’m going to break your Xbox or my sister would be like don’t come home until you get that diploma,” he said laughing.Miguel said he doesn’t intend to quit now either, he plans to attend college in the fall.Tanisha said she is also planning to go to college to pursue welding – a skill she picked up thanks the trades program at DFC.While some students have their eyes set on college and university, Guthrie said that’s not always a priority for students.“They’ve been away from home since they were 14 years old and they yearn to go back to live on the land,” he said about the importance of returning home.“To reconnect with their parents and their siblings and their grandparents and you can’t blame them for that.”Valedictorian Tanisha Chikane from North Caribou Lake First Nation. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNIn her valedictorian speech, Tanisha said it helped to be in a supportive environment with her peers.“Being around everyone and being a First Nations person gives me such motivation to do the best I can, at all I do,” she said.Both Destiny and Alaina said while they are sad to leave the school they are grateful for the experience.“They make you feel like you’re family right away,” Destiny said, who plans to pursue nursing so she can work in northern communities.Alaina said she is leaving with many great memories but one thing stands out for her.“The people that have helped take care of me while I was out here,” she said.But at the end of the day, it’s the students who deserve the diplomas they’ve worked hard for.“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it,” Tanisha said.wfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzolast_img read more

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NASAs historic allwomen spacewalk scrapped due to lack of fitting spacesuits

first_imgWashington DC: NASA’s plan to conduct the first all-female spacewalk this month had to be scrapped after the crew aboard the International Space Station encountered an unexpected setback — the lack of well-fitting spacesuits, the US space agency said. NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were scheduled to conduct the historic spacewalk on March 29 to install powerful lithium-ion batteries for one pair of the station’s solar arrays. Since the space station was assembled in 1998, 214 spacewalks have taken place, all of which had at least one male astronaut. However, after McClain conducted her first spacewalk on March 22, she realised that a medium-size hard upper torso — essentially the shirt of the spacesuit — fits her best. Since only one medium-size torso can be made ready by March 29, Koch will wear it, the US space agency said in a statement. McClain now is tentatively scheduled to perform her next spacewalk on Monday, April 8 with Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. These will be the 215th and 216th spacewalks in the history of International Space Station assembly and maintenance. During the first spacewalk of the series, on March 22, McClain became the 13th woman to perform a spacewalk. Koch will become the 14th on March 29. No difference exists in a male’s or female’s suit, but female astronaut usually require a smaller size. The shuttle spacesuit was designed to be made of many interchangeable parts, to accommodate the large number of astronauts with widely varying body sizes. These parts (upper and lower torsos, arms, etc.) are made in different sizes. The body measurements of each shuttle astronaut are taken and recorded. Then the measurements are plotted against the size ranges available for each spacesuit component, according to NASA. The suit components are then assembled. Training suits are usually assembled nine months prior to flight, and flight suits are usually assembled four months prior to flight. We do our best to anticipate the spacesuit sizes that each astronaut will need, based on the spacesuit size they wore in training on the ground, and in some cases astronauts train in multiple sizes, said Brandi Dean, spokeswoman of the Johnson Space Center in Houston.last_img read more

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SC to hear on Apr 8 pleas challenging Centres decision on 10

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday said it would hear on April 8 a batch of petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to grant 10 per cent reservation in jobs as well as admissions to educational institutions to economically weaker sections across all classes.A bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer said it would also deal with the contentions raised by some of the petitioners who have said that the matter was required to be adjudicated upon by a constitution bench. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’At the outset, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, sought an adjournment saying he and Attorney General K K Venugopal were appearing in a matter on Thursday before a constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. “I am on my legs before the constitution bench. Please accommodate me,” he told the bench. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for one of the petitioners, referred to the apex court’s last order passed in the matter on March 11 and said the issue of whether these pleas should be referred to a Constitution bench should be considered. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”If the matter is to go before a Constitution bench, then ad-hoc adjournment cannot come in the way,” he said, adding, “You (bench) have to consider if this matter needs to go before a Constitution bench since it attacks the basic structure”. To this, Mehta said, “On this (issue of whether to refer the matter to a Constitution bench), the Attorney General has to say something.” He said these pleas have been “suddenly listed” before a new bench and the Attorney General was appearing in a Constitution bench matter today in the CJI’s court. “We would like to give opportunity to them (Centre) and the Attorney General,” the bench told the counsel appearing for the petitioners. Dhavan said the Railways is going to hold recruitment with 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections as per the 103rd amendment. The bench orally observed that it would be subject to its final orders in the matter. Referring to the nine-judge bench decision of the apex court in the landmark 1992 Indira Sawhney case, Dhavan said reservation is to be based on the concept of discrimination. The apex court allowed a separate plea filed by the Centre which has sought a stay on proceedings initiated in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the government’s decision to grant 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections in jobs and education. On March 11, the apex court had said it was not in favour of passing an order at this stage to refer the petitions to a constitution bench. The court had said it will consider on March 28 whether the matter is required to be referred to a constitution bench. The top court had earlier refused to stay the Centre’s decision to grant 10 per cent quota in jobs and admissions to poor candidates in the general category. However, the court had agreed to examine the validity of the law and issued a notice to the Centre on the pleas. Petitions have been filed by parties, including ‘Janhit Abhiyan’ and NGO ‘Youth For Equality’, challenging the Centre’s decision. One of the petitioners has sought quashing of the Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act, 2019, saying economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation. The petitioner has said the bill violates the basic feature of the Constitution as reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the general category and the overall 50 per cent ceiling limit cannot be breached.last_img read more

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Valverde reflects on horrible defeat to Roma

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde recalled their “horrible” defeat to AS Roma in last season’s Champions LeagueThe Spanish giants had won the first leg 4-1 at the Camp Nou and looked all set for the semi-finals.But then Roma pulled off one of the greatest comebacks ever by beating Barcelona 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico and progressed to the last four of the Champions League instead.“We had a horrible day,” Valverde told the club website.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“The analysis that I have of the second leg is that everything surrounding that tie wasn’t good. When the draw was made everyone was clapping because we got Roma.“The first match was a complicated one where we took the advantage, but that was worse than it seemed. We won 4-1, if we’d won 2-1 then everyone – absolutely everyone – would have been more focused for the second game.“It was a match where we were on the back foot from the beginning, they came at us strong and we couldn’t turn it around.“Credit to them. In competitions like those, the Champions League or the World Cup, it can all come down to a single mistake on a single day. You have to be especially focused.”last_img read more

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UEFA award Real Madrid €886m for Champions League win

first_imgThe UEFA announced that Real Madrid earned €88.6m for last season’s Champions League triumphThe football governing body confirmed payments that have been made to clubs who participated in the 2017/18 Champions League on Thursday morning.And it’s been announced on the UEFA website that Real have emerged as top earners with over €88m.Under Zinedine Zidane, Los Blancos won their third successive European title after defeating Liverpool 3-1 in the final at Kiev in May through a brace from Gareth Bale and another from Karim Benzema.While they didn’t claim the top prize last season, Liverpool will still receive €81.2m in total from UEFA for their final appearance.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Real’s city rivals Atletico Madrid earned €16.1m for their Europa League triumph last season and a further €31.7m for their participation in the Champions League, while beaten finalists Marseille got €23m.All clubs that competed in the Champions League group stage received a minimum of €12.7m.Overall, €1.412bn was paid out to all competing clubs Champions League and another €428.1m to those in the Europa League.Below is a list of the top earners from last season’s Champions LeagueReal Madrid (€88m)AS Roma (€83m)Liverpool (€81m)Juventus (€80m)Bayern Munich (€70m)Chelsea (€65m)Manchester City (€63m)PSG (€62m)Barcelona (€57m)Manchester United (€40m)last_img read more

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Watch Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper In A Star Is Born Trailer

first_imgNews Watch: Lady Gaga In ‘A Star Is Born’ Trailer watch-lady-gaga-and-bradley-cooper-star-born-trailer Gaga and Cooper shine in the first glimpse at their new remake of the 1937 classic Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 7, 2018 – 7:37 am The impending release of A Star Is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga has film buffs and music fans alike buzzing with anticipation. Now, the official trailer for the film has arrived, teasing Cooper and Gaga’s on screen dynamic for the first time.Cooper, who also directed the film, plays road-worn country singer Jackson Maine. He discovers an unknown singer named Ally (Gaga) as she’s just about to give up on her dream of making it big as a star. The duo fall in love off-stage as Maine revives Ally’s passion for the spotlight on stage, but as her career surges, their relationship can’t escape the pitfalls of stardom.The film marks Gaga’s first leading role on the silver screen, and the trailer shows the GRAMMY-winning megastar in a new light. In the wake of the trailer’s release, her loyal fans, the Little Monsters, took to Twitter to find inventive ways of expressing their excitement, including an elated retweet from GRAMMY nominee Katy Perry.  https://twitter.com/ladygaga/status/1004397799121698816 Twitter Email Facebook Watch: Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper In ‘A Star Is Born’ Trailer The cast of Cooper’s remake also features GRAMMY winner Dave Chappelle, plus seasoned actors Sam Elliott and Andrew Dice Clay. The original 1937 film starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. Two other remakes have been executed since, including the 1954 version starring GRAMMY winner Judy Garland and James Mason, and the 1976 version starring GRAMMY Winners Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. The 1976 film was a blockbuster, earning $80 million at the U.S. box office and yielding soundtrack that held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for six weeks.Gaga and Cooper co-wrote a number of the movie’s original songs, and she also worked with Lukas Nelson, and GRAMMY winners Jason Isbell, Dave Cobb and Mark Ronson to craft songs for the film. Gaga reportedly insisted that the material be recorded live on set.The newest version of A Star Is Born hits theatres October 5.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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Victorias Secret Angle Shanina Shaik poses in barely there swimwear Photo

first_imgShanina ShaikShanina Shaik Official InstagramShanina Shaik sure knows how to work the camera. But it looks like even the Victoria’s Secret Angel gets nervous about her beach body. The model took to Instagram and revealed that she had been working on her ‘summer body.’Shanina Shaik shared the sultry post and proved that she indeed is an angel. In an interview with InStyle Magazine Australia she said: “A lot of Pilates works right for my body. I like to work with [trainer] Megan Roup, she does a lot of dance cardio and Pilates-based work, using small weights and ankle weights.””I like to do a lot of infrared saunas as well, Shape House is one of my favourites, it’s just really good for water retention and inflammation.” The model also said that she did two workouts a day leading up to the show. Shanina is no stranger to hard work as is evident in the photographic evidence of her rocking body posted on Instagram from time to time. But there have been times when the model has taken a few missteps. One such misstep was her involvement in the Fyre Festival. Apparently, she was one of several supermodels who were paid to promote the disastrous Bahamas-based music festival in 2017 and was featured heavily in Netflix’s recently-documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.  Shanina ShaikShanina Shaik Official InstagramShanina confirmed that she had seen the Netflix exposé, admitting: ‘I cried when I watched it.’ Shanina apparently added that she would never have promoted the event if she had known about its doomed future and the backlash she would have received.The Victoria’s Secret angel seems to be bouncing back from all that controversy just like her fellow model Kendall Jenner.Shanina Shaik is a successful model who has walked the runway for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which is a major gig for any model’s career. And to be able to achieve that at such a young age is definitely worthy of note. You can check out the pic here:   Shanina ShaikShanina Shaik Official Instagram (shaninamshaik)last_img read more

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Trump Administration Will Keep Protected Status for Somalis

first_imgBy COLLEEN LONG and AMY FORLITI, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday that Somalis granted special immigration status in the U.S. can keep the designation, making them one of the few groups permitted to stay in the U.S. under a program that has allowed them to remain here for years.Somalia was first designated for the special status in 1991, following the collapse of the authoritarian Siad Barre regime, and the designation had been extended in part because nationals feared returning because of the ongoing armed conflict there. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen cited the armed conflict and other extraordinary conditions in supporting the continuation of Somalia’s designation for about 500 people.(Courtesy Image/Logo)But the administration will not take on new applicants, disappointing advocacy groups.Those already with the status will be able to remain in the U.S. and will be allowed to work through March 17, 2020.Many Somalis have settled in Minnesota, which has the largest Somali population in the U.S. Community and immigration advocates have said that returning to Somalia would be a death sentence for some and that it would separate families.Democratic Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wrote a letter to President Donald Trump on Tuesday, urging him to extend the special status. Dayton’s letter said the conditions in Somalia are treacherous, and he pointed to a recent State Department advisory that tells people to avoid traveling to Somalia because of crime, terrorism and piracy. The advisory says those who do travel to Somalia should draft a will before traveling, name a family member to be a point of contact in the event of a hostage situation and leave a DNA sample in case it is needed to identify remains.“Under those conditions, it would be horribly ‘Un-American’ to force innocent people to return to Somalia, to break up many of their families, and to forgo their chances to live safe and decent lives,” Dayton wrote.Members of Congress, including Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith of Minnesota, also wrote to the president, urging that the status be extended.Advocates for Somali nationals who are living in the U.S. said Thursday they are relieved that about 500 Somalis will be able to reregister to extend their protected status for 18 months, but they are disappointed the administration didn’t do more. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said if the administration would have redesignated the status instead of just extending it, then more than 1,000 Somali nationals could have enrolled.The International Rescue Committee and Muslim Advocates also expressed disappointment.“It is not only a mistake, it is a death sentence,” Muslim Advocates said in a statement.Around 437,000 immigrants from 10 countries have had temporary protected status, a designation created in 1990 to allow people from countries ravaged by natural disasters like earthquakes or man-made disasters like war to have a short-term safe haven.Those with it have generally been able to work and, with permission, travel outside the U.S. and return.Countries are added to the list as circumstances warrant, with renewals coming usually around every 18 months. While some countries were removed, others have stayed on for years, which critics say turns the program into default amnesty. Other countries that had the status for long periods of time — like El Salvador or Honduras — were cut off under Trump.The protections were never meant to be permanent.Under Trump, the Department of Homeland Security also ended the program for Sudan, Nicaragua, Nepal and Haiti. Several groups are suing to stay in the U.S.Protections were extended for about 1,100 Yemenis and 6,900 Syrians who already have them, but the administration has said it won’t take on new applicants.Trump has said he wants to curtail legal immigration and has been cracking down broadly on illegal immigration.___Forliti reported from Minneapolis.last_img read more

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Cardinals Fall to Georgia Tech

first_imgStory Links  Singles competition1. Kenya Jones (GT) def. Sena Suswam (LOU) 6-0, 7-52. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) vs. Nami Otsuka (GT) 6-4, 2-6, 4-5, unfinished3. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) vs. Valeriya Deminova (GT) 6-4, 1-6, 4-3, unfinished4. Raven Neely (LOU) vs. Victoria Flores (GT) 3-6, 6-3, 4-2, unfinished5. Gia Cohen (GT) def. Chloe Hamlin (LOU) 7-5, 6-7, 6-06. Nadia Gizdova (GT) def. Diana Wong (LOU) 6-3, 6-3 Photo Gallery Tennis Match ResultsGeorgia Tech vs Louisville3/10/2018 at Louisville, Ky.(Bass Rudd Tennis Center)  Doubles competition1. Valeriya Deminova/Victoria Flores (GT) def. Sena Suswam/Dina Chaika (LOU) 7-62. Raven Neely/Diana Wong (LOU) def. Nami Otsuka/Gia Cohen (GT) 6-43. Kenya Jones/Nadia Gizdova (GT) def. Aleksandra Mally/Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-2center_img Box Score The University of Louisville women’s tennis team fell 4-0 to Georgia Tech Sunday afternoon at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.The Cardinals (10-7, 2-5) pushed the Yellow Jackets to three sets on four courts. Georgia Tech (6-6, 3-2) claimed the doubles point with two down-to-the-wire finishes. Junior Raven Neely and sophomore Diana Wong won 6-4, turning all eyes to court one.Senior Sena Suswam and freshman Dina Chaika pushed Georgia Tech’s Valeriya Deminova and Victoria Flores to a tie break, but the Jackets won 7-6 (4-0).Head coach Mark Beckham said the doubles point determined how the rest of the match was played.”If we get that, it creates scoreboard pressure. Then the players on Georgia Tech are playing slightly different in singles,” Beckham said.Suswam faced No. 11-ranked Kenya Jones in singles, almost pushing of the nation’s top players to a third set before falling 6-0, 7-5.Neely and redshirt senior Aleksandra Mally weren’t able to finish their matches, but were both up late in the third set. Neely has a team-best 13 singles wins this season.Freshman Chloe Hamlin nearly secured her ninth win of the season. The Tennessee native fell 7-5 in the first set and battled back to win 7-6 (4-0) in the second set before dropping the third 6-0.Louisville’s road doesn’t get any easier as they welcome No. 3 Duke on Friday, March 22 and No. 19 Wake Forest on Sunday, March 24. Beckham noted the talent of both teams, but remained focused in house.”I want to see us play our level. When we do that, I don’t have any issues,” Beckham said. Georgia Tech 4, Louisville 0 Match Notes:Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,6,5) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Plant species evolved a way to determine most promising pollinator

first_img Because they have no eyes, or brains to process visual information, it would seem that plants do not have much choice in which sorts of birds or insects transfer pollen to or from them, but in the case of one flowering plant, it appears a way has evolved nonetheless to ignore the pollen deposited by one species of bird, while favoring that from another.As part of their study of the plant, the researchers found that it was not very receptive to being artificially pollinated, this got them wondering if the plants were as choosy with natural pollinators, so they captured several of them and released them into an aviary where they could be studied more closely. In tracking which flowers were visited by different types of humming birds and one type of butterfly, the researchers found a pattern—the plants seemed more receptive to the hummingbird species that had long curved beaks. Further testing confirmed their suspicions. But how could the plants demonstrate a preference? Suspecting it had to do with the longer bills, the researchers tried pollinating the plants with a longer pipette and found it a more successful technique. Taking their study further, they found that a longer pipette or bill on a bird allowed for sucking up more of the nectar the plant was offering, and that turned out to be the means by which the plant did its choosing—those that took more nectar were in turn more likely to see their pollen accepted by the plant. Citation: Plant species evolved a way to determine most promising pollinator (2015, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-species-evolved-pollinator.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2015 Phys.org Heliconia tortuosa flowers Explore further As for why the plant would prefer long billed hummingbirds over those with short bills, the researchers suggest it is because those with long bills are the same species that travel farther while pollinating. That would mean the flower was more likely to receive pollen from a distant, unrelated plant, thus promoting diversity.center_img Gene may help reduce GM contamination The green hermit hummingbird extracts nectar from a Heliconia tortuosa flower. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers has found that one species of flower is able to pick and choose when it comes to accepting pollen from a variety of pollinators. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Matthew Betts and Adam Hadley with Oregon State University and John Kress with the Smithsonian Institution, describe their study of Heliconia tortuosa, a flowering plant native to Costa Rica, and what they discovered about its pollinating abilities. More information: Pollinator recognition by a keystone tropical plant Matthew G. Betts, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1419522112AbstractUnderstanding the mechanisms enabling coevolution in complex mutualistic networks remains a central challenge in evolutionary biology. We show for the first time, to our knowledge, that a tropical plant species has the capacity to discriminate among floral visitors, investing in reproduction differentially across the pollinator community. After we standardized pollen quality in 223 aviary experiments, successful pollination of Heliconia tortuosa (measured as pollen tube abundance) occurred frequently when plants were visited by long-distance traplining hummingbird species with specialized bills (x¯ pollen tubes = 1.21 ± 0.12 SE) but was reduced 5.7 times when visited by straight-billed territorial birds (x¯ pollen tubes = 0.20 ± 0.074 SE) or insects. Our subsequent experiments revealed that plants use the nectar extraction capacity of tropical hummingbirds, a positive function of bill length, as a cue to turn on reproductively. Furthermore, we show that hummingbirds with long bills and high nectar extraction efficiency engaged in daily movements at broad spatial scales (∼1 km), but that territorial species moved only short distances (<100 m). Such pollinator recognition may therefore affect mate selection and maximize receipt of high-quality pollen from multiple parents. Although a diffuse pollinator network is implied, because all six species of hummingbirds carry pollen of H. tortuosa, only two species with specialized bills contribute meaningfully to its reproduction. We hypothesize that this pollinator filtering behavior constitutes a crucial mechanism facilitating coevolution in multispecies plant–pollinator networks. However, pollinator recognition also greatly reduces the number of realized pollinators, thereby rendering mutualistic networks more vulnerable to environmental change.Press releaselast_img read more

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A closer look at the molecular mechanism that switches control of activation

first_img © 2019 Science X Network Credit: RIKEN This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: A closer look at the molecular mechanism that switches control of activation of eIF2 by eIF2B (2019, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-closer-molecular-mechanism-eif2-eif2b.html Impaired energy metabolism linked with initiation of plaques in Alzheimer’s brain Cells continuously undergo a process known as translation in which ribosomes in cytoplasm synthesize proteins after transcription of DNA to RNA. But sometimes, this process is interrupted by an external event. Such events are known as stress—exposure to ultraviolet light is one common example. The researchers note that translation uses a lot of energy, thus it makes sense for cells to shut it down when a stress event occurs—it saves energy and reduces the chances of errors in the proteins that are synthesized.Prior research has shown that when a cell “senses” stress, the translational initiation factor eIF2 is phosphorylated. Under normal circumstances, eIF2 is activated by eIF2B, another translational initiation factor. But when the cell is under stress and eIF2 is phosphorylated, the function of eIF2B is inhibited, preventing translation. Scientists have been working to understand the molecular mechanism involved in discontinuation of translation due to stress, but the means of activation of eIF2 by eIF2B is still unknown. In this new effort, the researchers have found a way to look inside the cell nucleus to see what actually happens as syntheses of proteins ceases during stress.The researchers observed the structure of both eIF2 and eIF2B using cryo-electron microscopy. Doing so showed that the orientation of eIF2 as it was bound to eIF2B differed greatly depending on whether eIF2 had been phosphorylated. They also found that eIF2B had a two-fold symmetric structure and that the phosphorylation of eIF2 could be considered a mechanism that not only prevented the activation of phosphorylated eIF2, but also prevented the activation of other translational initiation factors.center_img A team of researchers at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research in Japan has developed a tool to prevent neurogenerative diseases. They have demonstrated a way to observe the molecular mechanism that switches control of activation of eIF2 by eIF2B when a cell undergoes stress. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their use of cryo-electron microscopy to better understand what happens to cells that are exposed to stress. Explore further Journal information: Science More information: Kazuhiro Kashiwagi et al. Structural basis for eIF2B inhibition in integrated stress response, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw4104last_img read more

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Tuck in an extra helping for the Earth

first_imgWhile the rest of the Delhi swelters in the heat, the Imperial gave a lucky few a luxurious break to taste some zesty green recipes and join heads to talk environmental issues. Celebrating this ethos and committing to the environment, The Imperial had organized Green Luncheon for opinion makers to share a range of initiatives which the hotel has applied to reduce carbon footprint, have effective waste management, sustain recycle measures and energy conservation etc. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ The luncheon included specialties like vegetable and cream cheese spanakopitas, sautéed greens with sesame and brown garlic, spinach and fresh ricotta cannelloni with butter garlic, ratatouille, Vanilla panacotta and some salads to die for. The special menu was designed by Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula- Executive Sous Chef The Imperial New Delhi.‘The Imperial has always demonstrated a commitment to environment conservation, whilst providing its guests with experiences which will enhance the awareness and understanding of the environment. We installed solar panels for heating water in guest rooms which is extremely efficient in saving energy, emits less carbon and thereby is environment friendly,’ said Vijay Wanchoo Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager.  He further said ‘The Imperial key initiatives and significant efforts have been modeled to encourage healthy tourism and eco balance. An exclusive lobby décor for the occasion for the world Environment week is designed to create awareness amongst guests to contribute towards environment conservation and be conscious about it.’ He also shared few future green initiatives on the occasion, soon to be implemented in the hotel. The special recipes made for the World Environment day are available in the 1911 restaurant along with the perfect salad spread. The light eats are best suited for summer and will be available in the restaurant till 30 June. The mint and raw mango shooter and the wild mushroom and asparagus stew get the thumbs up from us. Go green, reduce the carbon foorprints as the experts put it and head over for this meal – you won’t regret it!last_img read more

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Body of pregnant woman found at fathers residence

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a pregnant woman whose body was found inside her father’s house in Phoolbagan in Kolkata on Friday.Sources said the woman’s in-law’s had lodged a missing complaint with the police in Howrah a couple of days ago.Her husband came to her father’s house in Phoolbagan on Thursday. But he also went missing after a few hours.Finally, the victim’s sister went to Phoolbagan police station on Friday morning and informed the police that she couldn’t find the woman.Police initiated a probe and the woman’s body was found from a room of her father’s house. The body was found on the floor just beside a bed in the room. The body was wrapped in a bedcover. It has been sent for an autopsy.There were severe injury marks on her body. Police suspect that it is a case of murder.last_img read more

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37th India Carpet Expo kicks off

first_imgThe 37th Edition of India Carpet Expo, organised by Carpet Export Promotion Council, was inaugurated on March 10, 2019, at NSIC Exhibition Ground, Okhla, New Delhi. The event began with lamp lighting ceremony by Raghvendra Singh, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, in the august presence of Shantmanu, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts). The Expo is organised with an aim to promote the cultural heritage and weaving skills of Indian hand-made carpets, and other floor coverings among the visiting overseas carpet buyers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking at the event, Raghvendra Singh said: “We are very glad that CEPC organises this Expo twice every year to promote Indian weavers worldwide. Every year Expo generates a huge amount of business. We have everything handmade and hand weaved here, which is the major attraction to the foreign buyers.” He further appreciated the new innovations and display by the members. Chairman, CEPC highlighted that carpet industry was not incorporated in the recent decision taken by cabinet for extending ROSL (Rebate on State Levies) to the handmade carpet industry. Raghvendra Singh, Secretary Textiles immediately called for a meeting on March 11, 2019 with the representatives of the Handmade Carpet Industry to present their case and assured his best possible support to the Handmade Carpet Industry. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShantmanu, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) appreciated the efforts made by Chairman and Committee of Administration in organising India Carpet Expo on such a large scale and expressed hope that the benefit will ultimately go to the artisans and weavers. Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Chairman, CEPC said, “India carpet expo is an ideal platform for International Carpet Buyers, buying Agents, architects and Indian carpet manufacturers and exporters to meet and establish long term business relationship. This exhibition is a crucial step towards taking Indian exports of handmade carpet to much greater and newer heights. We have also set up a special theme pavilion wherein the experts of the industry are showcasing the process of carpet weaving through the concept of ergonomic and flexible tufting frame.” Sharma further added that orders worth over a thousand crores are expected to be executed. New fall-winter colors and designs are being showcased at the Carpet Expo. India Carpet Expo is one of the largest handmade carpet fairs in Asia that offers a unique platform for the buyers to source the best handmade carpets, rugs and other floor coverings under one roof. With the participation of over 305 exhibitors, it has become a popular destination worldwide for handmade carpets. A record number of 152 overseas carpet buyers from around 60 countries registered their presence on the first day of the fair. It is the endeavor of the Council to provide an exclusive business environment to both carpet importers as well as manufacturer-exporters, which ultimately will benefit about two million weavers and artisans employed in this highly labour intensive rural based MSME cottage industry.last_img read more

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, January 23. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 19:39Accident in ClaytonNorthwood Lane partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Leaswood Place.18:40Accident on Sandon BankSalt Lane partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at B5066. 18:39Accident near Festival ParkA53 Cobridge Road partially blocked due to accident near Festival Heights Retail Park. Traffic is coping well. 18:38Police called to report of drone near Birmingham AirportPolice located a vehicle and the drone was found. More here.17:31Slow traffic on A500Slow traffic on A500 D Road in both directions at A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout).Traffic is slow in both directions in patches however police confirm there have not been any reports of any incidents. 16:33Cheshire East to grit all routes from midnightGritters will be out on key routes across Cheshire East from midnight.A Cheshire East Council spokesman said: “Due to an update from the Met Office we will be gritting all gritting routes throughout Cheshire East from midnight.”16:12Live: Five mile queues due to broken down lorry on M6Delays of more than an hour are reported. More here.16:03Delays of more than an hour on the M6A Highways England spokesman said:There are currently delays of over an hour on the M6 northbound in Staffordshire between J14 near Stafford and J15 near Stoke-on-Trent due to an HGV which has had a tyre blow out.2 lanes (of 3) are currently closed.Please allow extra time for your journey should you be travelling in the area this afternoon.” 15:41Police carry out operation to crack down on rural crime in MoorlandsThree police forces launched an operation to tackle rural crime on the border of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire. More here.15:41Police launch manhunt for wanted man – and advise public not to approach himAnyone who sees him should call police immediately on 999. More here.15:36M6 down to one laneA CMPG spokesman said: “Delays M6 North between junction 14 and 15 because of a HGV with a puncture that will require changing prior to moving off. Down to one lane. Please find alternative route, possibly A34 through Stone.”13:13Teenager, 14, reunited with bike as hunt for thieves continues (Image: Paul Pickard.)A bicycle that was stolen in South Cheshire during a robbery on Monday has now been returned to its owner.The black Carrera Vengeance mountain bike was taken from a 14-year-old boy on a footpath in Macon Way, Crewe, on Monday night. Cheshire Police issued an appeal to local residents to help find the bike, which has now been returned back to the young teen. Read more.12:53M6 slow Slow traffic on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) and M6 (Stafford Services). In the roadworks area. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 12:42Smallthorne delaysMoorland Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout).12:34Bucknall RoadBucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.12:16HilderstoneB5066 in both directions blocked due to broken down lorry at Dingle Lane. A lorry has become stuck at the junction as there is a closure of Sandon Lane through Hilderstone and it cannot turn around. Traffic trying to divert down single track lanes is now stuck as a result.11:46Man dies after being hit by car in StaffordshireA man has died after being involved in a collision with a car in Staffordshire last night.The man – who has not been identified – was on Horninglow Road, in Burton, when he was involved in the incident shortly after 10.30pm yesterday (January 22).Paramedics were unable to save the man’s life.Read more.11:41Longport trafficHeavy traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is five minutes.11:12A34 updateA34 Newcastle Road clear between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 10:59Woman, 34, due before court facing drug offencesA 34-year-old woman is due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle accused of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.Stacey Doolan, of Beckton Avenue in Tunstall, was arrested yesterday (January 22) after police officers searched a property in the town.Read more.10:43Met Office issues weather warning for ice in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire (Image: Getty)The Met Office has issued a Yellow weather warning for ice overnight as temperatures look set to drop below zero.The warning – in place between 6pm and 11am – covers Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle, the Staffordshire Moorlands and the Stafford borough.It comes as forecasters predict the mercury could plummet as low as -3 °c in the early evening in the Moorlands and -1 ° c in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford.Read more.10:43B5066 Hilderstone B5066 in both directions blocked due to broken down lorry at Dingle Lane. A lorry has become stuck at the junction as there is a closure of Sandon Lane through Hilderstone and it cannot turn around. Traffic trying to divert down single track lanes is now stuck as a result. 10:06M6 in CheshireM6 Northbound lane closed on entry slip road, heavy traffic due to broken down vehicle at J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area. Lane one (of two) is closed as you head from the traffic lights to join the motorway. 09:33Stramshall accidentStramshall Road partially blocked due to accident, a car into a tree involved in High Street.09:13Werrington Queuing traffic on A52 Werrington Road Westbound between the Windmill pub (Werrington, Stoke-on-Trent) and Corneville Road (Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent). In the roadworks area. Temporary lights causing delays.09:13Bucknall RoadHeavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. Travel time is five minutes. 09:03Trent Vale trafficUsual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is four minutes.08:56Homeless man dies behind city centre museum (Image: Stoke Sentinel)A rough sleeper has died behind a city centre museum – just days after being given emergency supplies.Paramedics revealed they were called to Warner Street, behind the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery at around 8.30am yesterday (January 22).Read more.08:51Etruria Road, Newcastle Queuing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A53 Etruria Road Eastbound between A52 Ryecroft (Newcastle) and A500 D Road (Basford Roundabout, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent). No reported accidents or incidents heading towards Basford Bank. 08:20Broken down vehicleOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of four) is closed.last_img read more

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