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Gutsy Singapore escape relegation at the dearth

first_imgCanada Captain Nitish Kumar summed up his team’s disappointment but remains grateful that they made it to Division II.“We bowled well to restrict them to 160 odd but we just batted poorly and made some silly mistakes. We should have chased this off easily at one point but I think more focus is now on tomorrow’s game so we are putting this disappointing result behind us,” Kumar [email protected] Comments Singapore.By Alvin BagayaSingapore beat early pacesetters Canada by two runs to insure their place in the ICC World Cricket League Division III yesterday.The match at Kyambogo Cricket Oval saw Canada win the toss and elect to field. For Singapore this was a do or die game and they did it in one of the most dramatic style in the tournament.Singapore’s total was helped by their senior batsmen who contributed positively even when the Canada bowling was tight and wickets were falling around them. Mutreja went early but Anish Paraam 58(75) and Chetan Suryawanshi 38(39) put on 59 for the fourth wicket to dig their side out of trouble — a worthy contribution in a tournament where senior batsmen have had to put up their hands for their side.Paraam went to Adhihetty and Suryawanshi to the left arm spin of Saad Bin Zafar but 16-year-old Janak Prakash 27(34) played an innings that may have saved his side from relegation to Division IV putting up 59 for the sixth wicket with Paraam and pushing Singapore close to the 150 mark. Singapore all-out for 166.Canada’s run chase got off to a false start losing key players Adhihetty, Kumar and Dhanuka to stand at 3/29. Hamza Tariq 18(20) and Rizwaan Cheema 42(35) put on 45 for the seventh wicket to drive Canada back into contention.Anantha Krishna, however, had other ideas and he bowled three magical balls for Singapore to pick Tariq, Cheema and Saad Bin Zafar 11(14) the last line of resistance.The pressure mounted on Canada and it was telling when Cecil Pervez attempted suicide with a needless run and Prakash and Suryawanshi combined to run him out and save Singapore from the drop to Division IV.“It was a really close game and towards the end I got too close. We batted quite well and bowled really well; focus was on bowling dot balls and in the end our plan worked, it was a great game, said man of match Janak Prakash.Singapore Captain Chetan Suryawanshi credited the team with showing up for the important match.“We needed to score big and win by a big margin but we missed out on that. However, even with the low score, we managed to restrict them. The team has been performing well for us but it is disappointing that we never made it to the top two,” he said.last_img read more

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These 1000yearold teeth belonged to a skilled female artist pigment remains reveal

first_img Oberlin.edu/Wikimedia Commons Email Dental calculus traps “all the tiny little pieces of junk—the stuff we’re trying to eliminate while we’re flossing,” says Tiffiny Tung, a bioarchaeologist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville who wasn’t involved in the study. “It’s a plethora of information.” Christina Warinner One thousand years ago, a woman in a convent in northern Germany licked her paintbrush to draw the bristles into a fine point, and some of the pigment sealed into the plaque on her teeth. Now, archaeologists have discovered that the color came from lapis lazuli, a blue stone from half a world away. The finding suggests this anonymous middle-aged woman was likely a skilled painter tasked with creating high-quality illuminated manuscripts of religious texts—the first time a medieval artist has been identified from their skeleton alone, and further evidence that women copied and painted books in medieval Europe.“This is a fabulous result,” says Mark Clarke, a technical art historian at NOVA University in Caparica, Portugal, who wasn’t involved in the research. Before this study, he thought, “We’re never going to find a skeleton and say, ‘That was a painter.’ But here it is!”When Christina Warinner, a molecular archaeologist at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, started to study the medieval skeleton, she wasn’t expecting to find anything special. The woman had lived in a religious community in Dalheim, Germany, sometime between 997 and 1162 C.E., and died between the ages of 45 and 60. Warinner was hoping to use her dental calculus to study her diet and the microbes that lived in her mouth. By Lizzie WadeJan. 9, 2019 , 2:00 PM These 1000-year-old teeth belonged to a skilled female artist, pigment remains reveal Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Blue lapis lazuli particles are seen under the fifth tooth from the left. This 12th century nun named Guda was one of the few medieval women who signed their illuminated manuscripts. 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) But when Warinner and her then-student Anita Radini, now an archaeological scientist at the University of York in the United Kingdom, stuck some of the medieval woman’s dental calculus under a microscope, they saw something they had never seen before: The plaque was bright blue.The team identified the compound as lapis lazuli, a stone mined in Afghanistan that can be ground and processed into a brilliant blue pigment. When the woman lived, lapis lazuli was beginning to arrive in Europe via trade with the Islamic world and was used to paint the highest quality illuminated manuscripts. “This stuff was more expensive than gold,” Clarke says. So how did it end up in this anonymous woman’s teeth?Radini experimented with grinding lapis lazuli stone into a fine powder, the first step in turning it into a pigment suitable for painting. She ended up with lapis lazuli dust all over her, including, most notably, on her lips and mouth. Medieval artists usually prepared or refined their pigments themselves, Clarke says, so it’s easy to imagine this woman inadvertently dusting herself with lapis lazuli as she did so. And licking her paintbrush to create a point—a technique recommended by many medieval artists’ manuals—would have left even more blue particles in her mouth, the team reports today in Science Advances.Given how expensive lapis lazuli was, “the work she was doing would have been a really elaborate manuscript,” likely a copy of a prayer book used for religious services at her convent or another monastery, says Cynthia Cyrus, a historian at Vanderbilt who studies medieval monasteries and wasn’t involved in the research.A handful of signed manuscripts and other historical records show that women, especially those living in religious communities, were involved in copying and creating books. But when this woman lived, many female scribes didn’t sign their work—“a symbol of humility,” Warinner says. Today, anonymous medieval manuscripts are frequently attributed to men, she says, and many female scribes like this one were “written out of history.” But their teeth may bear silent witness to their skill.last_img read more

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