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Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin ruled out for the rest of the season

first_imgArsenal right back Hector Bellerin has been ruled out for the rest of the season after sustaining an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury in Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea, his club said in a statement on Tuesday.Bellerin will have surgery to repair the injury to his left knee in the coming days and the Spain international’s rehabilitation is expected to take between six and nine months.The 23-year-old, who was making his first start after returning from a calf injury, went down clutching his knee while challenging for the ball in the second half and was carried off the pitch on a stretcher.His injury is another blow to manager Unai Emery, who had already lost defender Rob Holding for the rest of the season to a similar knee problem last month.The Spanish coach said he had players to fill in for Bellerin and was unlikely to dip into the transfer market to sign a replacement, having previously said he could only take players on loan in the January transfer window.”We have Ainsley [Maitland-Niles]. He can help us by playing like a right back or a right winger. And also, [Stephan] Lichtsteiner is another player,” Emery said.”I don’t forget [Carl] Jenkinson… he played some matches and if we need [him], he is okay to help us.”Arsenal next host Manchester United in an FA Cup fourth round tie on Friday, before returning to Premier League action against Cardiff City at home on January 29.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: New Zealand and West Indies dark horses, say former stars

first_imgExperts have picked West Indies and New Zealand as the dark horses ahead of the World Cup starting here in England and Wales on Thursday.New Zealand – the 2015 World Cup runners-up – tick all the boxes, according to former Australia opener Mark Waugh.”Probably New Zealand. They were in the last World Cup final. They’re probably going to rely on a few players like Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, and Trent Boult but they always seem to play well,” Waugh was quoted as saying by www.cricket.com.au.”They field well, they’re disciplined, they run between wickets well, they’re always well coached, always in for the fight. I think they could make the semis. They’re probably the dark horse,” he predicted.On the West Indies, Waugh said: “The West Indies probably have the batting but not the bowling to be a threat. South Africa, I suppose, they’re going to rely on Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and maybe Kagiso Rabada. They’ll be a threat but probably New Zealand will be a roughie.”Australia batting great Allan Border termed the Windies led by Jason Holder as a “dangerous” side for the showpiece event.”I look at the West Indies side and I think that’s a very dangerous cricket team. If they get some momentum going they could be very, very dangerous. I know as the game gets shorter they get more dangerous, but I think the 50-over game suits them playing in England. I think their cricket is well-suited to that. Watch out for the West Indies,” Border told the website.advertisementFellow Australian Andrew Symonds, a fiery all-rounder during his time, echoed Border, saying Chris Gayle will be raring to go in his possible World Cup swansong.”West Indies. I just think they’ve got a quiet little bit of confidence going on there at the moment. They’ve played pretty well in recent times. And Chris Gayle will be itching to potentially go out on a winning note. The grounds will suit the way he plays. They’re my dark horse.”Aussie pace ace Brett Lee has put his weight behind Afghanistan, saying their star studded bowling line up led by Rashid Khan can do the trick for them in the prestigious quadrennial event.”The dark horse would be New Zealand, but Afghanistan will play some good cricket. They probably don’t have the batting that they would like but their bowling unit is outstanding.”Also Read | New Zealand vs West Indies Live Cricket Score, CWC 2019 Warm-Up MatchAlso Read | India vs Bangladesh Warm-up Match, ICC World Cup 2019 Live Score: Mustafizur gets Dhawan earlyAlso Seelast_img read more

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Football transfer rumours: Aymeric Laporte to Manchester City?

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp City’s move for Laporte comes after they apparently gave up on the overly-expensive Jonny Evans, which is inconvenient because West Bromwich Albion have just identified his replacement in the shape of the 29-year-old Zamalek and Egypt centre-back Ali Gabr, whom they can loan for an impressively precise fee of £438,000 and then buy in the summer for an additional £1.1m. Still, they could convince Arsenal to buy Evans instead, which could give them enough money to not only buy Gabr but also a shiny new striker, with Watford’s Troy Deeney and Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic the names in the frame. Their need for attacking reinforcements could become desperate should Salomón Rondón also head for the Hawthorns exit, with Liverpool and Everton both considering a bid for the £15m-rated Venezuelan.On the subject of release clauses and potential Manchester City purchases, as we were not all that long ago, Jean Michaël Seri of Nice has one set at £35m and it could be triggered any minute now, though Manchester United are also keen to bring the midfielder to England. Should United, winners of the Mancunian rivals’ last transfer tussle, come second in this chase they might move instead for Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic.Monaco will have to pay £2.6m – double their original offer – for the pleasure of Islam Slimani’s company for the remainder of the season, according to the Mail. The striker would apparently prefer to remain in England, but no team here is prepared to meet his £20m asking price. Newcastle could be tempted, but at the moment they’re a bit busy buying Feyenoord’s Nicolai Jørgensen, for “in the region of £16m”, instead. The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Share on Messenger Reuse this content Athletic Bilbao Read more features Read more Share on Twitter Manchester City Share via Email Real Madrid dumped out of Copa del Rey by Leganés at Bernabéu Topics Aymeric Laporte is Manchester City-bound, according to the Sun, with the defender deciding that his decision to stay at Athletic Bilbao rather than head to England back in the summer of 2016 was, on reflection, a poor one. A bid of £57m will trigger the defender’s release clause and ping him on his way. Bilbao are so certain he’ll depart that they have already drawn up a shortlist of potential defensive replacements, with Arsenal’s free-scoring Nacho Monreal among them. Share on Pinterest Transfer window Rumour mill The next stop on Lazar Markovic’s footballing odyssey could be in Russia, with Lokomotiv Moskow having decided that they and the Liverpool winger should share more than just initials: a loan deal for the 23-year-old is apparently on the cards. Daniel Sturridge is still expected to head to Italy, with Internazionale coming for him just as soon as they complete a deal for Paris St-Germain’s Javier Pastore (Pastore, for language fans out there, is Italian for shepherd). Chelsea’s Baba Rahman will meanwhile spend the rest of the campaign at Schalke, having turned down Inter and Everton in favour of a return to Germany.Middlesbrough want to sign the Bradford striker Charlie Wyke, author of 12 goals in 24 league starts this season, who is valued at £5m – a frustratingly large sum for Boro given that Wyke was born in Middlesbrough, joined their academy at the age of seven, was their player for 15 years and was released for nothing three years ago. And Brighton’s £6m bid for Aden Flint has been rejected by Bristol City.Finally, the Sun has done a hard-hitting expose of the cars driven by the players of Yeovil, Manchester United’s FA Cup opponents, revealing that the entire team’s motors – which include a VW Polo worth £4,450, a creaky Alfa Romeo worth £2,000 and a £5,900 Seat Ibiza – have a combined value of less than Alexis Sánchez’s £150,000 Bentley Continental.last_img read more

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Second Annual Celtic Colours Camp at Sherbrooke Village

first_imgCeltic music will be front and centre again this fall as Sherbrooke Village sets the stage for Cape Breton’s Celtic Colours International Festival. The village is hosting its second annual Road to Celtic Colours Music Camp from Oct. 6 to 9. It will feature instructors Stan Chapman, Wendy MacIsaac and Patrick Gillis leading sessions for fiddle, piano and guitar. “We’ve been really pleased with our partnership with Sherbrooke Village over the past four years,” said Max MacDonald, co-producer of Celtic Colours. “We are very protective of the Celtic Colours brand and Sherbrooke Village has shown their respect for the integrity and the spirit of our event. We feel this enhanced partnership is good for not only the two organizations, but for Nova Scotia tourism in general.” Lynn Hayne, manager of development and promotions for Sherbrooke Village, said the camp is drawing interest from across the continent. “We’ve booked students from British Columbia, Connecticut and Prince Edward Island who are coming to Nova Scotia, partly because of Celtic Colours and partly because of the camp,” she said. In addition to the music workshops, informal evening musical gatherings will be held in the historic courthouse, featuring performances by the students and instructors. There will also be Gaelic singing on Wednesday, Oct. 8, with special guest Flora MacDonald from Scotland. On Thursday, Oct. 9, Ms. MacDonald will instruct a wool dyeing workshop at 1 p.m. and a dinner at 5 p.m. that are open to the public. Participants should register at the admissions booth. That evening, the camp will culminate with the annual Road to Celtic Colours Ceilidh which will feature music and talent of the instructors, along with various special guests. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in the village. Tickets are $12 at the door. For more information or to register call 1-888-745-7845 or visit the website at http://museum.gov.ns.ca/sv/celticmusiccamp.php .last_img read more

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Mise à jour sur le virus H1N1 grippe porcine chez lêtre humain

first_imgDes cas du virus H1N1 (grippe porcine chez l’être humain) continuent d’être signalés en Nouvelle-Écosse. Un cas supplémentaire a été confirmé aujourd’hui 14 mai. Le cas a été identifié sur le territoire de la régie régionale de la santé Capital et fait l’objet d’un examen. En raison du volume réduit d’appels, la ligne d’information sans frais sur le virus H1N1 offrira uniquement des renseignements enregistrés. Elle sera mise à jour à mesure que l’information sera disponible. Les mesures de prévention constituent la meilleure façon de rester en bonne santé. Il faut donc se laver les mains souvent, se couvrir la bouche avec la manche pour tousser ou éternuer et désinfecter souvent les surfaces et articles couramment utilisés tels que les poignées de porte et les comptoirs. Si vous présentez des symptômes de la grippe, restez à la maison et minimisez le plus possible les contacts avec les membres de votre famille. Si les symptômes s’aggravent, il faut consulter un médecin ou visiter une clinique sans rendez-vous. Il est important que les Néo-Écossais comprennent qu’il est sécuritaire de se rendre au travail et à l’école, de participer aux activités scolaires et de faire des sorties sociales s’ils ne présentent pas de symptômes de la grippe. Le nombre total de cas signalés en Nouvelle-Écosse depuis le début de l’épidémie, le 26 avril, est maintenant de 66. Tous les cas sont bénins et les personnes atteintes se sont rétablies ou sont en cours de rétablissement. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le virus H1N1 (grippe porcine chez l’être humain), consultez le www.gov.ns.ca . -30-last_img read more

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Harvests improve in subSaharan Africa but millions still need food aid UN

Good crops in Ethiopia and Sudan have improved East Africa’s food production, but “the food situation in parts of Somalia, Eritrea, Tanzania and pastoral areas of Kenya is of particular concern,” FAO says.The number of East Africans likely to be in need include 123,000 in Somalia, 1.9 million in Eritrea, 7 million in Ethiopia and 1 million in Kenya, as well as unspecified numbers in Tanzania and strife-torn northern Uganda, it says.Sudan produced a record cereal crop in 2003-2004 that was 63 per cent higher than last year’s harvest, but the civil conflict in the Darfur region displaced more than a million people, forcing them to abandon their last crops, FAO says.Flooding in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe and cyclones in Madagascar substantially damaged crops, while HIV/AIDS has reduced the number of farmers across southern Africa, it says.In Zimbabwe, where some 5.5 million vulnerable people have limited access to food, “agriculture is severely handicapped by the lack of tillage capacity, due to extremely low numbers of tractors and lack of fuel and spare parts.”The 24 countries facing food emergencies are Angola, Burundi, Cape Verde, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. read more

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Evenflo recalls booster seats children can loosen harness

DETROIT – Evenflo is recalling nearly 30,000 combination booster seats because children can loosen the harness without an adult’s knowledge.The recall covers certain Evolve 3-in-1 seats. Government documents say that if the harness is loose, it could increase the risk of injury in a crash.Evenflo says there have been no reports of injuries, but the company has received 27 complaints that children have been able to loosen the harnesses.The Miamisburg, Ohio, company will notify registered owners and provide a remedy kit with a replacement harness adjustment button at no cost.The recall is expected to start on Sept. 26. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 21, 2016 7:16 am MDT Last Updated Sep 21, 2016 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Evenflo recalls booster seats; children can loosen harness read more

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Aging of HIV epidemic necessitates more services for older citizens UN agency

Fig 2: People aged 50 years or older, as a percentage of all adults 15 years or older living with HIV, by region, 1995-2012 Fig 4: HIV prevalence among men and women aged 55&#821169 years in rural South Africa, 2010-2011 Out of the estimated global total of 35.3 million people living with HIV, an average 3.6 million are people aged 50 years or older, according to a new supplement to the 2013 UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic focused on the issue HIV and aging. “People 50 years and above are frequently being missed by HIV services,” said Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director. “This is costing lives.” “Much more attention needs to be given to their specific needs and to integrating HIV services into other health services which people 50 years and over may already have access to,” added Mr. Sidibé. The supplement revealed that in high-income countries almost one-third of people living with HIV are 50 years or older. The majority of the population where the percentage of adults living with HIV is 50 years or older, is in low-and middle-income countries, however. According to the latest figures, some 2.9 million people are in low-and middle-income countries, more than 10 per cent of people living with HIV. Fig 3: Sexual frequency among respondents aged 15 years and older in the last 30 days by age group, South Africa, 2005 Fig 1: Estimated percentage of the adult population (15 years and over) living with HIV which is aged 50 years or over, by region, 2012 The “aging” of the HIV epidemic is due to three main factors: the success of antiretroviral therapy in prolonging the lives of people living with HIV, decreasing HIV incidence among younger adults shifting the disease burden to older ages, and that people aged 50 and above are engaging in risk taking behaviour such as unprotected sex and injecting drug use which are leading to new HIV infections. The supplement highlights that HIV prevention services, including HIV testing, tailored to the needs of people aged 50 and above, are essential and that these services should also reflect the needs of key populations in this age group. The supplement also outlines the importance of timely initiation of antiretroviral therapy as the immune system weakens with age. read more

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Meet The Maniac Who Scaled 58 Peaks In Less Than 10 Days

Darkness had fallen over Longs Peak in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, and Andrew Hamilton was struggling to find his way. He wasn’t entirely alone. A handful of people trailed close behind him, and fans in places like London, Atlanta and Kansas City were following the progress of the 40-year-old stay-at-home dad and preternatural hiker online as his tracking beacon mapped his location in real time. Hamilton was on pace to break the speed record for climbing all 58 of Colorado’s “fourteeners”1There are 53 ranked fourteeners in Colorado, but this list does not include minor summits that rise less than 300 feet above their saddles with another fourteener. If these other peaks are included (as they are on the Colorado Geological Survey’s official count), the list expands to 58 peaks. Most of these other summits are easily and sometimes necessarily climbed en route to the main summit. Hamilton topped all 58 summits; the previous record-holder had done 55. Hamilton told me that none of the extras he included added much time, and he thinks that 58 will be the recognized number going forward. — mountains at least 14,000 feet above sea level — but first he needed to find the keyhole. Named for its shape, the giant rock notch serves as a waypoint on the standard route up Longs Peak, and it’s usually hard to miss. He’d had better conditions on this peak the first time he’d set the record, back in 1999. But on this night, the only light was from his headlamp, and this final peak he needed for the record was shrouded in fog. Hamilton had gone nine days without more than a couple of hours of sleep at a time. And now the wind was blasting, and the rain was turning to snow.The five hikers following him could offer moral support, but to secure the record, Hamilton had to do the route-finding himself. After some bumbling around, he finally located the keyhole, and from there, he was looking for bull’s-eyes — route markers painted on the rocks along the final mile and a half to the summit. Each time he found one, the crew behind him cheered. Meanwhile, his Internet fans discussed the blow-by-blow of his attempt on the 14ers.com forum. As Hamilton navigated the exposed section leading to the summit — a place where people regularly fall and die, even in good weather — the markers became obscured by snow. He was down to wits alone.With the help of crampons and an ice ax, Hamilton finally reached the summit. Longs Peak had put up a fierce battle, but he’d made it. Descending would be hazardous too, but at least he’d have his tracks to follow. Hamilton reached the finish of his Longs Peak climb at 2:21 a.m. on July 9 — nine days, 21 hours, 51 minutes and 264.5 miles after he’d embarked on the 58-peak adventure. His time set a new record, slicing nearly 24 hours off the previous one. Never mind that it was the middle of the night — a crowd of more than 40 people was waiting to congratulate him.One of the people there to greet Hamilton was Teddy Keizer, who’d held the record for 15 years. It was his 44th birthday, and he’d flown in from Oregon. “It felt fantastic to be there,” he told me later. “You don’t get to see history in the making very often, and there couldn’t be a more deserving person to hold the record.”Such sportsmanship is a hallmark of the pursuit. The Colorado fourteeners record has no organizing body or official regulations. “It’s a gentleman’s sport,” said ultra-marathoner Buzz Burrell, who helped popularize the notion of FKTs or “fastest known times” on mountain trails. “It’s unofficial,” he said. “It’s always been for personal achievement and the respect of your peers.” The event isn’t just for gentlemen, however. Danelle Ballengee, an accomplished runner and adventure racer, set the women’s record in 2000 and had been on track to break the men’s record until a lightning storm turned her around on Mount Lindsey. (She drove away from the mountain intending to drop out, but after a six-hour nap decided she couldn’t quit.)Cleve McCarty pioneered the speed record by climbing all of Colorado’s fourteeners (then recognized as 52) in 52 days in 1960. It wasn’t until runners started going after the record in the 1990s that the event became more like a race — the Mighty Mountain Megamarathon — than a recreational goal.Trying to set the fourteener record is more than just a test of human endurance; it’s also a data optimization problem. Colorado’s 58 fourteeners are scattered over approximately a third of the state. The clock begins with the first climb and stops with the last, so it’s not enough to hike fast. If you want the record, you need to find the most efficient route and minimize the time wasted getting from one climb to the next.Keizer, known as “Cave Dog” on the trail, understood this better than anyone. Before making his successful record attempt in 2000, the then-29-year-old spent four and a half years researching the problem, scouting routes and planning every detail. This was before GPS driving instructions were ubiquitous, and he drove all over Colorado to construct a 30-page book of directions — “every tenth of a mile, every turn” — for his crew. Before Keizer, most record-seekers tried to mix and match easy peaks with more difficult ones, which meant lots of extra travel time. “That’s crazy,” Keizer said. “I wanted to find the most efficient route.”Keizer also changed the approach to recovery. Hamilton told me that previous record-holders Rick Trujillo and Ricky Denesik, renowned Colorado mountain runners, blasted up and down the peaks as fast as they could but then would grab a meal at a Mexican food joint and go sleep six or eight hours. “Teddy took away all the sleep and took two days off the record,” Hamilton said.Keizer’s optimized routing and decision to sleep while in transit allowed him to shave more than 25 hours off the time that Hamilton spent in transition from one climb to the next during his 1999 record. Even though Keizer’s hiking pace was significantly slower than Denesik’s in his 1997 record, his transition time was almost 100 hours faster.Keizer’s many years of preparation had left few details to tweak, but Hamilton found some places for improvement. Keizer’s order of operations forced him to travel from Pikes Peak, just outside of Colorado Springs, to Longs Peak, northwest of Denver, during rush hour, and he lost valuable time stuck in traffic. Hamilton reworked the route so that those two peaks weren’t back-to-back, and he also linked some peaks in the Elk range into a single outing. Hiking those peaks in a single push took him 24 hours, Hamilton said: “But it was an entire day I took off of Teddy.”For future challengers, Keizer wrote down the informal rules already in place and added a few of his own. The most long-standing one is the 3,000-foot rule, also called the Colorado rule, which requires record-seekers to ascend at least 3,000 feet in absolute elevation from a start of a climb to the first summit and descend at least 3,000 feet before leaving the series of peaks.One thing that Keizer’s rules don’t explicitly address is the Culebra question. Culebra Peak is privately owned, part of an 80,000-acre ranch in southern Colorado, and right now, the only way to climb it is to pay $150 and show up on a pre-arranged weekend day and time. That obviously throws a wrench into the planning of a record attempt, and one of Hamilton’s crew members arranged for him to have less restricted access. A few commenters on the fourteener forums questioned the fairness of this. While hesitating to call it unfair, Peter Bakwin, the owner of the Fastest Known Time website, told me: “I don’t real like that he did it, because it’s not available to everyone.” Hamilton stands by his decision, which Keizer supports. Of course Hamilton should set up access, Keizer told me: “Part of the logistics is getting that special permission.”Yet logistics are only part of the equation. Fitness and mountaineering skills are also necessary, but nothing’s more crucial than winning the mental game. “You’re out there in the dark, you’re tired, you want to quit,” Hamilton said. Muscle fatigue and sore joints were only the beginning. He also fought the “sleep demons” — the sometimes overwhelming urge to fall asleep. He coped by downing 5-Hour Energy shots and listening to a repeating playlist of Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and other “pump” songs he’d preloaded on his iPhone.Hamilton’s low point came on day four. He had six peaks on the agenda, and after ticking off the first one, Culebra, and summiting and traversing the Crestones, he headed toward Kit Carson Peak. But first, he had to get around Obstruction Peak. “It’s sort of just in the way,” Hamilton said. It was raining, he was surrounded by fog, and an irritated tendon in his ankle was killing him. With no trail along this route, he was blazing his own way, and lightning was moving in. “I started thinking it would be better to get struck than to have to drop out,” he recalled.Lightning is no idle threat. Several days after Hamilton set his record, a honeymooner was struck and killed on Mount Yale. The element of risk involved in seeking the fourteener record makes it more than a gauge of fitness and logistics; it’s also a test of decision-making under pressure. “This is a mountaineering adventure, not a running adventure,” Keizer said, which is why he proposed that the record-setter must always do the route-finding. “You’re down to the elements, and you have to be able to survive by your own wits.” The mental game is far more difficult than the physical one, he said. “When it’s 2 a.m., on a technical rock face and the hail starts hitting you, and you’re strapped on some rock, trying not to fall off the peak, you have to posses the serenity that allows you to withstand the elements,” Keizer said.When Keizer set his record, he climbed 50 of the peaks solo. But when Hamilton made his attempt last month, he had people watching at every turn. The advent of the Internet and satellite tracking devices has turned things like fourteener record attempts into spectator sports. Hamilton’s satellite tracker uploaded his whereabouts on a topo map in real time. As he went, many of his online supporters showed up in person to follow him and cheer. “There were times when it felt like that scene from ‘Forrest Gump’ where he’s running across the country and a pack of people are just following behind him,” Hamilton said.Hamilton was pleased to break the fourteener record by what he called a “satisfying” margin. “It’s going to be under attack, and I’m OK with that,” he said. “It’s going to be fun to see.” Given how badly it was handicapped by weather, Ballengee’s women’s record seems even more ripe for the picking, and although she doesn’t intend to try again, she told me that she’d love to see someone go after it. “I think there’s a chance that a woman could go and break the men’s record,” she said, pointing out that until Scott Jurek broke it by a narrow margin on July 12, Jennifer Pharr Davis held the speed record on the Appalachian Trail. Who’s next is anybody’s guess, but what’s almost certain is that the next challenger will have a posse of fans watching it all unfold in real time from the comfort of somewhere else.CORRECTION (Aug. 5, 8:34 p.m.): An earlier version of this post listed the wrong source for the chart that shows the time record-seekers spent hiking vs. transitioning between peaks. It comes from Andrew Hamilton, not Charles Komanoff. read more

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Ian McEwan dubious about schools studying his books after he helped son

“I think he ended up with a C+.”Asked for his thoughts on the literary landscape of 2018, McEwan suggested he was sceptical. “Literary fiction is in a curious nosedive saleswise, down about 35 per cent over the past five years,” he said. “Everyone’s got a theory: TV box sets, some sort of fatigue, who knows. Maybe it’s not just good enough.   Saoirse Ronan “When people ask me who are the amazing writers under 30, I’m not in a position to judge. I start a lot of modern novels and don’t find myself compelled to continue.” “What’s also not in the book is the ending, because cinematically it’s irresistible.”On Chesil Beach, starring Saoirse Ronan, is opening in cinemas later this month.  McEwan’s latest work has seen him adapt his novel, On Chesil Beach, for the screen after other books were turned into films by outside scriptwriters.”I’ve learnt from experience that if you want to have influence, you have to get your hands dirty,” he said, admitting: “I tinker – I can’t stop.”There’s one scene in the movie I know that if it had occurred to me when I was writing the novel, I’d have put it in.  Atonement, adapted for film Ian McEwan, the award-winning author, has admitted feeling “a little dubious” about people being compelled to study his books, after helping his son with an essay about his own novel and receiving a C. McEwan, author of works including Atonement, Amsterdam, and On Chesil Beach, said he remained unconvinced about the purpose of asking students to analyse his work.”I always feel a little dubious about people being made to read my books,’ he told Event magazine, saying his son Greg was required to write an A-Level essay on Enduring Love several years ago.”Compelled to read his dad’s book – imagine. Poor guy,” McEwan added. “I confess I did give him a tutorial and told him what he should consider. I didn’t read his essay but it turned out his teacher disagreed fundamentally with what he said.  Saoirse RonanCredit:Getty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Atonement, adapted for film read more

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9 animals who look eerily like famous people

first_imgarbuzovy.blogspot.com, Ian West/PA Archive2. This dog who has to send back scripts meant for William H Macy Buzzfeed9. And this sea anemone who can’t believe Lady Gaga is hailed as a style icon break.com, Ian West/PA Archive4. This monkey who lost a lucratic impersonation career when Michael Jackson passed away luuux.com, SHIZUO KAMBAYASHI/AP5. This dog who is actually kind of done with Snoop Dogg groupies 1. This sloth who’s sick of the negative press around Justin Bieber 9gag.com, Jeff Kravitz /EMPICS Entertainment6. This bird who just hopes Nic Cage’s movies get a bit better, that’s allcenter_img TotallyLooksLike.comThese animals are in the throes of an identity crisis, ok?>8 people who’ll make you feel better about your cooking> Flickr/tarotastic, Rob Morrison/EMPICS Entertainment8. This alpaca who’s been a laughing stock ever since Taylor Lautner got big Imgur, STEPHEN CHERNIN/AP7. This turtle who doesn’t even like Jay-Z’s music. Imgur, Tammie Arroyo/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment3. This llama who can’t believe Rihanna gets the credit for that haircutlast_img read more

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Man hit on head before cash and phone were robbed in Limerick

first_img By Órla Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo Image: Shutterstock/nulinukas 17,277 Views Mar 27th 2019, 12:21 PM GARDAÍ HAVE APPEALED for information about a serious assault and robbery in Limerick.The incident happened at Carrig Drive in Dooradoyle at about 9pm on Saturday.The victim, a 51-year-old man, had just exited his 06 Donegal-registered (DL), blue Suzuki Swift when he was attacked and robbed by a group of up to three males.The victim was struck on the head, and his car keys, mobile phone and a sum of money were stolen. Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information or anyone who may have seen “suspicious or unusual activity” in the Carrig Drive area at the time to contact Roxboro Road Garda Station on 061 214 340, the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666111 or any garda station. Share42 Tweet Email2 4 Comments center_img Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 12:21 PM File photo Image: Shutterstock/nulinukas Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4563183 Man hit on head before cash and phone were robbed in Limerick The victim was attacked by a group of up to three males. last_img read more

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Deadline Fast Approaching for 2019 Great American Defense Communities Program

first_imgYour last opportunity to apply to join the 2019 class of Great American Defense Communities (GADC) is this Friday, Oct. 26! The 2019 GADC application can be found on the ADC website. The initiative recognizes the unique contributions communities that host military installations make to improve quality of life for service members and their families. The 2019 class will be announced in November. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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Denali National Park road partially reopened after large mudslide

first_imgThe National Park Service is partially re-opening the road into Denali National Park where a large mudslide crossed it near mile 67, west of the Eielson Visitors Center on Saturday. The agency reports that crews working around the clock over the weekend, were able to clear a lane through the one hundred foot long slide of mud and debris. Visitors who had been stranded west of the slide were able to get out Sunday, and traffic was also allowed through again at 8 this morning. Another opening is scheduled for 6 tonight.Listen nowlast_img

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RIMS sanitation staff agitates for full salaries

first_imgOngole: About 130 sanitation workers on outsourcing at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ongole staged a dharna on Thursday demanding the hospital management and contractor provide full salaries, PF, ESI and other facilities as per the rules and guidelines by the government. The RIMS Sanitation Employees Union leader explained that the contractor is paying them just Rs 6000 to 7000 through bank accounts but taking sign on empty vouchers with revenue stamps. He said that they are not receiving any ESI and PF services by the contractor and said that he is threatening them when questioned about their rightful facilities as per the government rules. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us He said that the contractor locked up four female workers on Wednesday in a room for agitating in front of the hospital and demanding the RIMS superintendent for justice. He said that as per the promise of the RIMS superintendent Dr Gopinath, they went to work on Wednesday calling off the protest, but the contractor threatened them. On Thursday, the contractor tried to bring outsiders for work by paying Rs 500 per shift and asked them to complain to whomever they have confidence. The sanitation workers demanded the RIMS management to see the contractor pays them a full salary as per the rules along with the ESI, PF and other facilities and warned that they will continue the agitation until their demands are fulfilled.last_img read more

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Thaw in US Cuba Relations Offers Local Economic Opportunities

first_imgD.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton supports U.S. diplomatic ties to Cuba. (Courtesy Photo)On July 1, President Obama announced that the U.S. is ending the stalemate with Cuba. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), among other people and groups, praised the president for his actions in restoring relations with the island nation.“The announcement of re-opening embassies and re-establishing diplomatic relations is a historic moment for the U.S. and Cuba as we move toward reshaping our relationship to meet conditions in the 21st century,” Norton said. “A U.S. embassy in Havana is the best way to continue our efforts to support the desire of the Cuban people for democracy and increased economic opportunities. Re-opening the embassies at the very least can begin Cuba’s exposure to American values and democratic principles.”The U.S. embassy is scheduled to open in Havana on July 20. The Cuban embassy in D.C. will open on the same day.America and Cuba relations were on solid ground until revolutionary leader Fidel Castro kicked out the unpopular dictator Fulgencio Batista in early 1958 in a violent overthrow. Castro was declared prime minister of Cuba on Feb. 16, 1959, and began to take a leftist position on world affairs, such as aligning his country with the Soviet Union in the Cold War and supporting progressive people-oriented power movements and leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.Throughout his decades in power, Castro supported Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress in South Africa, and liberation movements in Angola and Zimbabwe.On June 29, 1984, the Rev. Jesse Jackson persuaded Castro to release 16 American prisoners that were detained in Cuba. Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan has visited Cuba several times and is treated as a head of state while there.The Congressional Black Caucus has long questioned the value of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba (imposed on Oct. 19, 1960) and, if Obama selects an ambassador to the country, political observers say that it could be U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), because of her passion in restoring ties with the country.“I am glad to be co-sponsoring ‘The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act’ and ‘Free Trade with Cuba Act’ to forge a new path forward,” Lee said recently.In addition, Cuba has a large African descent population, with estimates as high as 62 percent of Cubans possessing Black blood, according to a study by the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami. Measuring the Afro-Cuban population is complicated because many dark-skinned Cubans consider themselves Hispanic and not Black.Despite the enthusiasm for re-establishing ties with Cuba, many conservative Republicans, a few Democrats, and many mainland Cubans are opposed to Obama’s initiative. They oppose any attempt to negotiate with the Castro regime because of its repressive human rights violations.The opponents vow to block any ambassador that Obama names to the country and to keep the trade embargo in place.However, there is a movement in the District to embrace Cuba. University of the District of Columbia Interim President James E. Lyons recently announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the university and the University of Havana. The universities will start their collaboration in January 2016 and will have an exchange program among their academic and administrative staffs, researchers, visiting scholars, as well as professional, graduate and undergraduate students.“The initial areas of agreement will be between UDC’s David A. Clarke School of Law and the Law College at Havana University, where Fidel Castro attended law school more than 70 years ago,” Lyons said.The arrangement was initiated and coordinated by UDC’s law school’s dean, Shelley Broderick.D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large), who chairs the council’s Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, said that Obama normalizing relations with Cuba is a good thing.“It opens up borders and opens up opportunities for trade,” Orange said. “There are opportunities for travel and tourism with Cuba and that will benefit everybody in the city.”Andy Shallal, the owner of the successful Busboys and Poets franchise in the Washington region, said he is excited about re-establishing ties with Cuba. “I would love to open up a Busboys and Poets in Havana,” Shallal said.last_img read more

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Crash Bandicoot almost had a major theme park ride

first_imgCrash Bandicoot almost made the leap to animation and theme park rides, but fell just short of the finish line.In the ’90s, Crash co-creator David Siller worked at Universal Studios as a producer alongside Naughty Dog and the force behind Playstation 4, Mark Cerny, to more fully develop the character. Back then, long before Uncharted and The Last of Us, Naughty Dog was just Jason Rubin and Andy Gavin, who had signed a three-game deal with Universal Interactive Studios. In addition to the game, the character almost made the transition from consoles to home televisions, and most intriguingly, a ride at Universal Studios.“The discussion at that time was if the game was successful then this animation was a somewhat prototype to further flesh out ideas for a possible cartoon series and inclusion into the game,” explains Siller. “A Crash Bandicoot attraction was also discussed as our offices were right next door to where Universal Theme parks maintained a creative office to plan new park attractions.”As anyone who watched cartoons or went to Universal Studios in the ’90s knows: it didn’t come to pass. Siller says that once Universal Interactive Studios licensed Crash to Sony, the company put the kibosh on the animation, specifically because they were strictly going for a CGI game plan that didn’t fit with the more traditional 2D animation seen above.Don’t feel too bad for Crash, though. While he might not be up there with Mario and Sonic these days, there was a time when he was generally considered the main star of the original PlayStation console. Over the years, Crash has starred in a variety of games and even became the property of Activision for a time, but is currently back at Sony where there has been talk about bringing him back in an updated fashion. Maybe they can use the theme song from that cartoon to open the new adventure!last_img read more

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Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition Same Phone with Different Batteries

first_img Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Not DIY FriendlyFactory That Made Exploding Galaxy Note 7 Batteries Catches Fire Stay on target Ever wonder what happened to all those Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones recalled last year after they began exploding?Some found a new life as refurbished handsets offered for rental. Others, it appears, were reborn as the Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition.Teardown experts iFixit got their hands on the new device—only 400,000 of which are on sale, exclusively in South Korea.“And in case you were wondering—no, there isn’t a tiny fan in there to help prevent battery fires. (We checked.)” iFixit wrote in a blog post.There are, however, subtle differences between the new Fan Edition and its combustible predecessor.“At first glance, it seems like nothing has changed,” the company reported.That is, until you pry off the “nasty glass panel” and take a closer look at the restored hardware: Inside is a new, albeit smaller, battery. Clocking in at 3,200mAh (versus the original Note 7’s 3,500mAh), the petite power source is apparently enough to make the phone safe again.New Fan Edition battery (left) weighs in just under the original power source (right) (via iFixit)The only other hardware disparity is a revamped antenna pattern—likely intended for compatibility with Korean cellular networks.“The Fan Edition inherits just about everything else from the Note 7, including its repairability score,” according to iFixit, which awarded Samsung’s latest gadget a measly four-out-of-10 rating.While many components are modular and can be easily replaced, that pesky battery remains barricaded behind a glued-on rear panel.“No easy pull-to-remove adhesive tabs in sight—which feels like a misstep,” iFixit’s Sam Lionheart wrote in the blog. “A non-removable battery made the Note 7 recall particularly messy. So, why double down and lacquer your replacement battery into the phone again?”Plus, front and back glass “make for double the crackability,” the teardown said.But unless you’re thinking of moving to Korea, there is little chance US consumers will ever get their hands on the Galaxy Note Fan Edition, available in black onyx, blue coral, gold platinum, and silver titanium for about $615.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Irregular dimming of a young stellar object investigated by astronomers

first_img(Phys.org)—New research conducted by a team of astronomers, led by Simone Scaringi of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany, examines peculiar dimming of a newly found young stellar object designated EPIC 204278916. The study tries to explain the nature of these dipping events observed in the object’s light curve. The results were published Aug. 25 in a paper available on arXiv.org. Astronomers discover a giant inflated exoplanet orbiting a distant star Explore further 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. More information: The peculiar dipping events in the disk-bearing young-stellar object EPIC 204278916, arXiv:1608.07291 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1608.07291AbstractEPIC 204278916 has been serendipitously discovered from its K2 light curve which displays irregular dimmings of up to 65% for ~25 consecutive days out of 78.8 days of observations. For the remaining duration of the observations, the variability is highly periodic and attributed to stellar rotation. The star is a young, low-mass (M-type) pre-main-sequence star with clear evidence of a resolved tilted disk from ALMA observations. We examine the K2 light curve in detail and hypothesise that the irregular dimmings are caused by either a warped inner-disk edge or transiting cometary-like objects in either circular or eccentric orbits. The explanations discussed here are particularly relevant for other recently discovered young objects with similar absorption dips. EPIC 204278916 light curve. The system was observed for over 78.8 days at 29.4 minute cadence. The units on the y-axis are electrons/second, and can be converted to Kepler magnitudes Kp using the conversion found in the Kepler Instrument Handbook. The top panel shows the full light curve, whilst the bottom panel zooms into the first 25 days of observation where the dipping events are observed. Credit: Scaringi et al., 2016. © 2016 Phys.org EPIC 204278916, is a young, pre-main-sequence star, about 5 million years old, of spectral type M1, located in the Upper Scorpius sub-group of the Scorpius-Centaurus OB association. It is the size of our sun in diameter, but has only 0.5 solar masses. This young stellar object was discovered by NASA Kepler spacecraft’s prolonged mission known as K2, during its Campaign 2 between Aug. 23 and Nov. 13, 2014. Moreover, follow-up observations made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile revealed that EPIC 204278916 also has a resolved tilted disk.In a recent paper, Scaringi and his colleagues analyze the data provided by K2 and ALMA regarding EPIC 204278916, available in the Ecliptic Plane Input Catalog (EPIC) and the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescope (MAST) archive, with the aim to examine the object’s light curve and its irregular dimmings in detail.”We examine the K2 light curve in detail and hypothesize that the irregular dimmings are caused by either a warped inner-disk edge or transiting cometary-like objects in either circular or eccentric orbits,” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the data provided by K2, EPIC 204278916 exhibited irregular dimmings of up to 65 percent for about 25 consecutive days out of 79 days of observations. The researchers also noted that when it comes to the remaining days of observation, this variability is highly periodic and could be attributed to stellar rotation.One of the two most plausible explanations offered by the astronomers to explain the irregular dips in the object’s light curve is that they are caused by non-axisymmetric structures in the inner disk edge occulting EPIC 204278916. Due to the fact that these dimmings are at a level of up to 65 percent, the occulting material must have a large scale height comparable to the size of the object.The researchers also noted that the dips in young stellar objects like EPIC 204278916 might be caused by transiting circumstellar objects. They emphasized that if transiting cometary-like bodies are responsible for the observed dips, the events are most likely occurring close to periastron passage.However, more observations are definitely needed to fully understand the mysterious behavior of EPIC 204278916. Moreover, further continuous photometric and spectroscopic monitoring of this system for subsequent dipping events will help determine whether this behavior is periodic or not.”It is clear that further observations of EPIC 204278916 and other young stellar object dippers will be required in the future, both photometric and spectroscopic, in order to establish their true origin. In particular, it is important to determine whether the observed dips in the K2 light curve of EPIC 204278916 are observed again, in which case infer their recurrence timescale and spectroscopic properties,” the team concluded.The researchers could soon get the opportunity to revisit EPIC 204278916, as in 2017 the K2 mission could re-observe the Scorpius-Centaurus OB association during the planned Campaign 15. 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