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U.P. to get its first conservation centre for vultures

first_imgUttar Pradesh is set to get its first conservation centre for endangered vultures. And a gau sadan (cow conservation centre) built by the State government may have led to the selection of the village site for the vulture conservation in Eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Maharajganj district, as per an official.The Jatayu Conservation and Breeding Centre would be set up in the Bhari Baisi village in Pharendra tehsil under the Gorakhpur Forest Division. Covering an area of five hectares, the centre would be developed on the lines of the Pinjore Conservation and Breeding Centre in Haryana, the nation’s first for vultures, the Uttar Pradesh Information department said in a statement.Uttar Pradesh Principal Forest Conservator (Wildlife) Sunil Pandey said more than 100 vultures were spotted in the Maghwalia range of the Maharajganj Forest Division in August.A committee of vultures was also spotted close to a gau sadan built by the State government, said Mr. Pandey in a statement.Since destitute animals are kept at the gau sadan and they die soon due to their age, it is natural for vultures to be spotted there due to the availability of the dead animals, said Mr. Pandey. “Due to this, Bhari Baisi village was selected [for the conservation centre],” Mr. Pandey said.Joint projectThe vulture conservation centre in Maharajganj would be a joint project of the Bombay Natural History Society and the Wildlife Research Institute. The BNHS has prepared a Detailed Project Report for the centre.Around 60% of the survey work was complete, Mr. Pandey said.As per the 2013-14 census, around 900 vultures were found in 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh, he said.last_img read more

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Formula One reaches agreement for Miami Grand Prix in 2021

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Formula One said the plan is to race in the month of May. The deal must still be approved by Miami-Dade County officials Oct. 28.The Miami race would join the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, as U.S. races on the calendar. It would also give F1 a fourth race in North America, joining Montreal and Mexico City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Barcelona coach wants Real Madrid to play in Catalan capital Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco leads Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central Japan, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)MIAMI— Formula One has reached preliminary agreement to race in Miami in 2021, giving the global series a second race in the U.S.Despite an earlier push for a street race in downtown Miami that would provide views of waterfront racing, the Miami Grand Prix would instead be on a course running through the parking lots at Hard Rock Stadium, home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Matthew Wade the foghorn is finally silenced by England’s Jofra Archer

first_img David Warner hammered to new low thanks to Broad mind games Twitter Most simply walk past stony-faced. David Warner has taken to cheering back at the boos, both arms raised. Peter Siddle could be seen on Saturday waving and smiling happily at one extended heckle. Nathan Lyon, short of his best humour all Test, kept his response last night to one decisive expletive.Something was always likely to give. It was always likely to be something involving Wade, a gnarled, travelled, well-seasoned 5ft 7in pocket tug-ship Australian cricketer, and a foghorn in any team; the kind of sportsman who feels it is a part of his value to bark and carp and uphold general standards of on-field yap.A few years back, Wade caused a stir by turning on Ravindra Jadeja, informing him he was “useless” during a series where Jadeja became the world’s No 1 ranked bowler. He was described as “embarrassing” by Kepler Wessels after his relentless drone during the 2016 series in South Africa, and became a kind of in-house fire-starter when he got a game in that abrasive, gritty Australia vintage of Lehmann-Smith-Warner.Here Wade’s moment arrived with England on 248 for seven in the morning session and Jofra Archer at the wicket in place of Ben Stokes. Josh Hazlewood was bowling. Archer had barely faced a ball. Wade was at short leg.“Hit him on the helmet!” came the cry, which is, to be fair, some tactically sound advice. There was more of the same; followed, a little oddly, by some gabble about how Jofra might want to change Big Bash teams and leave Hobart, where Archer and Wade are teammates as it happens. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share via Email Pinterest Australia sport Share on Facebook Trevor Bayliss left hoping for another Stokes-like hero to save Ashes Analysing a short leg’s stump-mic waffle is among life’s more futile occupations. Nobody but Wade can say what, if anything, he meant by that. Perhaps it is a bit oversensitive to assume this was a “loyalty” sledge, a reference to the fact Archer has chosen to play for England rather than the West Indies.But it is to be hoped not. A pair of Australians have already been ejected from Old Trafford for shouting at Archer about passports. This is not really a laughing matter, or indeed a suitable topic in this country for sport-bantz. On Saturday Archer spoke in an interview in The Times about a passer-by in a supermarket ranting at him about immigrants and thieves. These are complex and sensitive issues. Stick to hit him on the grille, Wadey.Archer was dismissed limply a few balls later. However, he was energised when Australia batted, and when Wade appeared at the wicket in the middle of a sustained high-grade spell from England’s new-ball bowlers. Since you’re here… features Cricket Matthew Wade hits out during his innings of 34 as Australia declared on 186 for six and set England an improbable 383 for victory. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters Read more England cricket teamcenter_img Read more Facebook Topics The Ashes Sportblog Share on LinkedIn Matthew Wade enjoys a chat. As talk-show formats go this one probably wouldn’t make it past the proposal stage, even in the city of Partridge, Granada TV and feisty men of all ages with a liking for the sound of their own badinage.Not that this is likely to discourage Wade, who on the fourth day of this fourth Ashes Test helped dish up the most abrasive moment to date of a series that has up to now been peppy without slipping over the line into boorishness.It was probably coming. There has been something in the air at Old Trafford. Tours tend to drag on. Players get tired or grow irritated by the friction, the feeling of being assailed on all sides. Every day of this Test match a small crowd has gathered at the back of the pavilion to barrack Australia’s players as they come down the steps at the start of a session. Ashes 2019 Share on Twitter Reuse this content Archer had just taken out Travis Head’s leg stump with a 91mph nip-backer. As Wade marched out he dried his hands in the dust. Wade flexed and bent and sprang up, all gladiatorial intent. Archer’s first ball was blocked. The second one was a throat tickler that sent Wade somersaulting out of its path.And, for the next 10 minutes, it was teeth and toes, as Lockie Ferguson calls it: Archer aiming for both ends of the Wade physique, offering a word here and there, and cranking his speeds up to 94mph at times. To his credit, Wade never took a backward step. Although there was one very funny moment as he turned to take a second run, having brushed past the bowler on the first, only to find Archer standing square in his path glowering down. Wade made the required calculations, turned on his heel and scurried back.What to make of all this? Nobody was harmed in the creation of this on-field banter. Wade might want to watch the loyalty stuff, if indeed that’s what it was, when he’s talking to a mixed-heritage black Briton. Archer, for his part, has annoyed the Australians with his own loose chat between games.But it did get him going. Perhaps it helped Archer to forget himself a little, to get lost in the contest. Lest we forget, this is a cricketer who has played 30 first-class games, who is learning about every part of these contests of fine margins.He did get Wade in the end, drawing an edge to the keeper and running past with nothing more than a look as Wade marched off. By that stage Steve Smith had spun his strange, luminous brilliance around Old Trafford long enough to push the game, and most likely the series, beyond England’s reach.With any luck, Archer v Wade will fade into the background, an oddity in the middle of a largely good-natured contest. However, it was at best an encouraging riposte from a cricketer whose career is likely to revolve around managing his own tension, raising his levels at the right moment, blocking out the background hum; and in giving the right answer in his own way, as he did here on a day of rising drama all round. Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Australia cricket teamlast_img read more

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Twitter deletes almost 5000 accounts linked to Iran

first_imgSan Francisco: In its bid to stop the spread of misinformation and hoaxes, Twitter has pulled down almost 5,000 accounts suspected of being directly run or linked to the Iranian government. The micro-blogging site said all the account sets were originated in Iran. “We believe Twitter has a responsibility to protect the integrity of the public conversation — including through the timely disclosure of information about attempts to manipulate Twitter to influence elections and other civic conversations by foreign or domestic state-backed entities. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “We believe the public and research community are better informed by transparency,” Yoel Roth, Head of Site Integrity, Twitter, wrote in a blog post on Thursday. Twitter cracked down on a total of 4,779 pages and it took down at least 1,666 accounts in set one that originated in Iran. Cumulatively, these accounts tweeted nearly two million times. They posted global news content, often with an angle that benefited the diplomatic and geostrategic views of the Iranian state. Platform manipulation is a violation of the Twitter Rules, the company noted. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails Twitter pulled down 248 accounts in set two and 2,865 accounts in set three. These accounts were taken down in set three employed a range of false personas to target conversations about political and social issues in Iran and globally. The micro-blogging platform has been regularly removing accounts, it suspects of election interference from Iran, Russia and other nations since the fallout of the 2016 US presidential election.last_img read more

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What a player Ganguly calls Kohli

first_imgPort of Spain: India skipper Virat Kohli scored a majestic hundred at the Queen’s Park Oval as the Men in Blue registered a comprehensive win over West Indies in a rain-affected second ODI. India defeated West Indies by 59 runs (DLS method), thus taking an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match rubber, the final of which will be played on Wednesday at the same venue. On Sunday, Kohli brought up his 42nd century during the course of which he went past former India skipper Sourav Ganguly tally of 11,363 runs in the list of leading run-getters in ODI cricket. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The 30-year-old has scored 11,406 runs at 59.91 in 238 matches and is currently at the eighth spot in the list topped by legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar who compiled 18,426 runs in 463 matches. Soon after Kohli broke his record, Ganguly tweeted: “Virat Kohli another master class in one day cricket…what a player.” During the course of his 120-run knock, the Delhi lad also became the first batsman to complete 2,000 ODI runs against West Indies. The previous record was 1,930 by Javed Miandad, whom Kohli passed in his 34th inning against the Windies. The Indian skipper now has eight centuries to his name against West Indies. He also has eight tons against two other teams — Australia and Sri Lanka. Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for scoring maximum hundreds against a single opposition — 9 against Australia. He had also scored eight hundreds against Sri Lanka. No other batsmen have more than seven centuries against a single opposition.last_img read more

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The Thursday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Thursday, Oct. 26———POTENTIAL CYBER ATTACKS WORRY CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR: Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz says the threat of a cyberattack is perhaps the scenario that troubles him the most. Poloz told The Canadian Press on Thursday that the financial system will get through economic turbulence. But he said he is unsure what the fallout would be if there was a cyberattack against the financial system. The central bank warned Canadians in June that the country’s banks are vulnerable to a cascading series of cyberattacks.———FEW SEX ASSAULTS RESULT IN CONVICTION: Statistics Canada says only about 12 per cent of sexual assaults reported to police led to a conviction. The agency looked at sexual assault figures between 2009 and 2014. StatsCan says the figures only cover the complaints that police validated and don’t include complaints deemed unfounded.———PARENTS ASKING DOCTORS ABOUT MEDICALLY ASSISTED DEATH FOR TERMINALLY ILL CHILDREN: A survey by the Canadian Paediatric Society says parents are increasingly asking their doctors about the option of seeking medically assisted death for children who have progressive terminal illness or intractable pain. Federal legislation brought in last year allowed eligible adults the right to seek out assisted death in cases of incurable illness or intolerable suffering, but the situation regarding minors is still being reviewed. Dr. Dawn Davies of the pediatric society says the findings show the medical community should start thinking about issues involving assisted death for minors.———MILLIONS OF COMPENSATION GIVEN TO TORTURE VICTIMS: Over $31 million in federal compensation has been paid to three Canadians who were tortured in Syria. The Trudeau government announced this spring that it had settled long-standing lawsuits filed by Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati and Muayyed Nureddin over the federal role in their ordeals. Recently released federal documents note a $31.25-million payment to three unidentified individuals and The Canadian Press has confirmed it refers to the settlement. An inquiry concluded that Canadian officials contributed to the torture of Almalki, El Maati and Nureddin by sharing information with foreign agencies.———MORNEAU TO DONATE SOME SHARE EARNINGS TO CHARITY: Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he won’t keep any money he makes as a result of any increase in the value of shares in his family business since he was elected two years ago. Morneau said on Thursday that he’ll give the money to charity. Morneau plans to sell all of his roughly one million shares in Morneau Shepell, which are worth an estimated $21 million, and put all his other considerable assets into a blind trust. Morneau has been under fire in Parliament for failing to divest his shares earlier because the opposition contends he is in a conflict of interest.———NEW SCREENING IN EFFECT FOR CANADIANS TRAVELLING INTO THE U.S.: New security guidelines are in effect for Canadian travellers flying into the U.S., but the airlines are saying little about what the procedures involve. The U.S. government said earlier this year that there would be increased screening of passengers and their cellphones and other electronic devices. There would also be more security around planes and in passenger areas. Air Canada says all of its flights to the U.S. go through preclearance in Canadian airports so passengers will encounter the new screening before leaving Canada.———IRVING ORDERED TO PAY IN LAC MEGANTIC DISASTER: Irving Oil has been ordered to pay $4 million after pleading guilty to 34 counts stemming from the 2013 rail disaster in Lac Megantic, Que., that killed 47 people. Irving pleaded guilty to a number of charges under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act. Transport Canada and the RCMP said Irving had not complied with all applicable safety requirements by not classifying the crude oil being carried by trains as a dangerous good. A government statement said Irving did not adequately train its employees in the transportation of dangerous goods.———U.S. DECLARES OPIOID CRISIS A NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY: The acting American health and human services secretary has officially declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency, as requested by President Donald Trump. Eric D. Hargan says in a statement that Trump “has made this national crisis a top priority since he took office in January.”———HALIFAX POLITICIAN SAYS THE WORD MARIJUANA IS RACIST: A Halifax city councillor says he won’t use the word marijuana because it’s racist. Shawn Cleary says in the early 1900s during the criminalization of cannabis in the U.S., “marijuana” was used to demonize marginalized communities, namely Mexicans. Cleary says he’s decided to stop using the word. His tweets prompted intense debate on social media with some people thanking Cleary for informing them and others questioning the validity of his comments.———GREY CUP SOLD OUT: It might be hard to come by a ticket to the Grey Cup. The CFL championship is sold out despite the fact the game is a month away. Capacity at Ottawa’s TD Place will be increased from 24,000 to 36,000, with the addition of temporary stands in both end zones, to meet the increased demand.———last_img read more

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43754 Moroccans Received US Green Card Between 20052014

By Bryn MillerRabat – According to the Department of Homeland Security’s records, 43,754 Moroccans received green cards between 2005 and 2014. Green cards are identification documents issued by the Department of State that grant its holder lawful permanent residency.The government reported that an average of 4,375 Moroccans obtained a green card each year through various classes of admission, including family-sponsored preferences, employment-based preferences, and the State Department’s diversity lottery. Green card issuance for Moroccans reached its peak in 2010, when 5,447 immigrants received a card. In context, during this ten-year period the United States issued green cards to 1,172,380 immigrants from predominately Muslim countries, 1,051,249 Europeans, and 10,822,112 total immigrants,Morocco ranked ninth out of the world’s predominately Muslim countries for the number of nationals receiving lawful permanent resident status. Bangladesh came first with 139,584 recipients, followed by Iran and Iraq with 137,097 and 119,146 cards respectively.Egypt, Somalia, Albania, Uzbekistan, and Turkey also ranked higher than Morocco. However, Moroccans far outstripped their neighbors in the Maghreb region, receiving almost 40,000 more green cards on average than Algerians, Mauritanians, Tunisians, and Libyans. Saudi Arabia, another American ally, received only 13,696 green cards for its citizens. read more

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IGP summoned before Special High Court

Gamini Senarath had been accused of misappropriating Rs 500 million Government funds when Mahinda Rajapaksa was President.Senarath had reportedly invested the funds in the Helanko Hotels & Spa hotel project. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara has been summoned before the Special High Court hearing a case against former President’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath.Former Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera has also been summoned to appear before the court over the same case. read more

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First Nation chiefs look to block New Brunswicks new forestry strategy

FREDERICTON – Aboriginal leaders in New Brunswick are taking the provincial government to court in an effort to block an increase on the caps for harvesting softwood lumber in a new 10-year forestry strategy.The Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick filed for an injunction in the Court of Queen’s Bench on Wednesday, arguing the new strategy will cause irreversible environmental harm.“This is not just a First Nations issue, this is an issue that will impact everyone in this province,” said the assembly’s Maliseet co-chair, Chief Brenda Perley, in a statement.“Increasing the annual allotment for harvesting softwood lumber will further endanger culturally significant species like deer and salmon, among other plant and animal life that aboriginal and non-aboriginal conservationists, recreational and commercial fishers and hunters and anyone who takes pride in the natural beauty of New Brunswick enjoy and depend upon.”A spokesman for the Natural Resources Department wasn’t available for comment.The province announced in March it was raising its softwood lumber caps, allowing the forestry industry to harvest 660,000 more cubic metres of wood per year. The change amounted to a more than 20-per-cent increase from existing levels.Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud said at the time the move would make the industry more competitive and create hundreds of new jobs in the province.The increase in the province’s new forestry strategy brought the total allowable amounts to about 3.9 million cubic metres of spruce and fir, Robichaud said in March.One day after the announcement, Irving Pulp and Paper said it planned to spend about $450 million to modernize a pulp mill in Saint John.Native leaders oppose the change, accusing the government of failing to adequately address aboriginal concerns or properly consulting with them.The Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs in New Brunswick says it is bringing forward the legal action on behalf of itself and 10 First Nation communities, with more aboriginal groups expected to join.They are asking that the court put the forestry strategy on hold until their concerns are addressed. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 15, 2014 12:27 pm MDT First Nation chiefs look to block New Brunswick’s new forestry strategy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Cincinnati Bengals prepare for opener against Chicago Bears

The Cincinnati Bengals head to Chicago for their first game of the 2013 season, looking to improve on a 2012 season where they lost in the AFC Wild Card to the Houston Texans.After missing the playoffs last season, the Bears are a team that has undergone some major changes. Former coach Lovie Smith was fired despite leading his team to a 10-6 record last year and establishing one of the best defensive units in football over the course of his nine-year tenure. Also gone is linebacker Brian Urlacher, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and the player most associated with Chicago’s defensive style of play.While the Bears may take a step back defensively, their offense has some room for improvement after finishing 28th overall last season. New coach Mark Trestman, known as a quarterback guru, is expected to help quarterback Jay Cutler reach his potential.Meanwhile, the Bears have strived to improve their offensive line, giving a unit that surrendered 44 sacks a much-needed facelift. Left tackle J’Marcus Webb has moved on to play for the Minnesota Vikings, and Jermon Bushrod was signed to take his place. Also, Matt Slauson was brought over from the New York Jets to help at left guard while Chicago used its first-round pick on guard Kyle Long. The Bears can only hope that these moves will make an immediate impact with the Bengals coming to town. Cincinnati features a fearsome defensive line that accounted for a franchise-record 51 sacks last season and could very well improve on that total this season.Against the Bengals, Trestman may implement a game plan designed to put less pressure on his quarterback, as the offensive line, despite offseason moves, most likely still needs time to jell. By establishing running back Matt Forte and getting the ball out of Cutler’s hands as quickly as possible on passing downs, Chicago should be able to avoid costly turnovers or an injury to their quarterback. While the Bengals may have the advantage up front, Cincinnati’s secondary may have its hands full with Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Last year, Marshall was reunited with Cutler, his former teammate on the Denver Broncos, by means of a trade that turned out to be a smashing success as Marshall had a career year (118 catches, 1,508 yards, 11 touchdowns). The two have unrivaled chemistry, both having had their best seasons playing together.On the other side of the ball, the Bengals’ offense will feature some new faces. Cincinnati fans are eager to see what rookie running back Giovani Bernard can contribute. His explosive style of running should be able to help quarterback Andy Dalton on third downs in a road game that is bound to be physical. Perhaps rookie tight end Tyler Eifert will also get significant playing time, allowing the Bengals to attack the middle of the field with two tight end formations in an effort to minimize mistakes and provide added protection in the passing game. While ideally Dalton prefers to look to superstar wide receiver A.J. Green as his first option, he may not have the opportunity as often as he would like on Sunday. For the first time in his career, Green will be lined up against All-Pro cornerback Charles Tillman, who has had great success against elite receivers such as Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions. Green was also only recently allowed to return to practice after having suffered a bruised knee in practice, though that does not seem to be much of a concern anymore.On paper, Cincinnati is the more talented team. It is their youth and disappointing showings in big games that are the primary concerns. In last year’s opener, the Bengals lost big in Baltimore, 44-13. But they are more than capable of starting 2013 in a much more positive fashion. If the Bengals can create turnovers and contain Forte and Marshall, Cincinnati’s offense, stacked with a plethora of weapons, should eventually overwhelm a Bears team that has seen much upheaval since the end of last season. read more

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OSUs Lavender named to AP Preseason AllAmerican Team

Jantel Lavender has received numerous accolades throughout her career at Ohio State. The senior center can now add 2010-11 Associated Press Preseason All-American to her resume. The three-time reigning Big Ten Player of the Year was also named to the AP’s Preseason All-American team last season and went on to average 21.4 points and 10.3 for the Buckeyes. Lavender said she spent her summer improving her game to earn higher honors at the end of the season. “The goal is to be a national player of the year,” Lavender said. “I really improved my game over this last summer because I’ve gotten a chance to be here for the whole summer. I’m looking forward to being a much better player in every aspect, mentally, physically, and a good teammate.” A 65-member national media panel selected the team. Joining Lavender on this season’s team is Connecticut’s Maya Moore, Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Oklahoma’s Danielle Robinson. Being selected to the team is the latest preseason honor for the Cleveland native. Lavender was also named to the watch list for the Wooden Award, given to the nation’s top player, besides being named the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year. Lavender is also on pace to break Katie Smith’s OSU women’s career scoring record of 2,578 points. Lavender has scored 2,044 points in her career and averaged 20 points per game. OSU coach Jim Foster said team success — not individual honors — would define Lavender’s career as a Buckeye. “Preseason stuff’s nice, its great for setting expectations,” Foster said. “I think Jantel’s career will be measured by championships more so than points scored.” Lavender said one honor in particular would mean more to her than any other this season. “I’m not really an individualistically (sic) type of person, I’m more team-based,” Lavender said. “I don’t think that we’ve gotten to the place that I want to be, you know, as a far as a team. “I want a national championship. I think that we’ve said that every year and, you know, it’s easily said and not easily done.” read more

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Sweet natured dog helps students ward off anxiety

first_imgShe is good natured, friendly and simply loves to play, which makes her the perfect candidate to help students at one British university remain calm and relaxed in the face of mounting stress.Tanlaw Millie, an 11-year-old Cockapoo, is being used by the University of Buckingham in an effort to ward off anxiety and depression, conditions that are increasingly afflicting teenage girls and young women in particular.The dog was bought by the university after research found that stroking pets can help to alleviate stress. Studies from the Department of Education have shown a rise in the number of teenage girls, suffering from anxiety and depression.Tanlaw Millie – named after the University’s Student Union building, Tanlaw Mill – has certainly gone down well with this year’s new undergraduates.Sean Ruane, 26, a business enterprise student at the university, said: “I’ve suffered from depression a couple of times. Depression is sometimes knows as the black dog but it feels more like a black wolf. For me being able to pet Tanlaw Millie lifts my spirits.“Dogs have unconditional love and that’s something you don’t find in all humans – it’s priceless.”Studies have found that playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol.Sir Anthony Seldon,  University of Buckingham Vice-Chancellor, who has written books on mental health and well-being, said: “I think all universities should invest in a campus canine. There’s nothing more relaxing that petting a puppy and you can’t help but smile when she jumps up onto your lap. The stress just melts away. “Many students are pet-starved because their beloved four-legged friends are back home. Being able to stroke a playful puppy is the best medicine for a stressed student. A dog is a student’s best friend.“Universities are failing to address mental health problems even though they are on the rise.”Sir Anthony is a supporter of mental health charity Sane, which is running a campaign to get universities, schools and businesses to dis 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.last_img read more

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Surgery success for Bangladeshi girl with three legs

(BBC) A Bangladeshi toddler born with a third leg attached to her pelvis is returning home after successful surgery in Australia.Choity Khatun, who is three, was born with caudal twinning, meaning that part of a twin had developed in her pelvis.Choity, seen here with her mother Shima, can now run around, her doctor says (AFP photo)Australian surgeons spent months working out how to remove the extra limb and reconstruct her pelvic area.The toddler was brought to Australia from her village in Bangladesh by a charity, Children First Foundation.Dr Chris Kimber, head of surgery at Monash Children’s Hospital in Victoria, said Choity’s case was very rare and the surgery had been “daunting”.“The operation is sort of determined by the individual and you have to spend a lot of time trying to analyse what’s there and then plan a procedure that takes that into account,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.The Australian team held extensive discussions with doctors in Bangladesh, who had already performed some surgery.The team had to determine whether further surgery was even possible or beneficial before she was brought to Australia last year.Doctors in Bangladesh had removed part of the leg “but she was still left with a large mass sitting there in her pelvis between her two normal legs”, Dr Kimber said.“Because there’s part of a twin in there, she had two rectums, two vaginas, potentially two anuses – double bits that were growing into a very abnormal area.”After a lengthy planning process, the team embarked on the surgery in November.They removed the part of the leg that was left behind and carried out reconstruction work to ensure the little girl was continent – something that will help her to function much better back at home.Dr Kimber said the toddler, who is partially blind, was now walking and running around, and had put on weight.He said she might need further corrective surgery during her teenage years but would be able to return home to Bangladesh with her mother “without medication or surgical aids”.Her mother, Shima Khatun, told Australian media on Thursday she was looking forward to going home to her family and watching her daughter play.“Everything is good now… she can play like other babies… she is the same [as them],” she said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

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EURO 2016 Best 7 young lions to watch in Poland

The upcoming Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland will be the chance for all handball fans to see some new faces in European handball. Some of them are already known from their performance in the clubs and national teams, but still they are Under 23, ready to improve and conquere handball world in years to come.Handball-Planet.com made a list of BEST 7 youngstars (generation 1994 and younger) for the upcoming event which we would like to see. The leader of the team is Handball-Planet Young World Player 2015 – Sanders Sagosen.RIGHT BACK: Fabian Wiede (Germany)PLAYMAKER: Sanders Sagosen (Norway)LEFT BACK: Vuko Borozan (Montenegro)LINE-PLAYER: Blaž Blagotinšek (Slovenia)LEFT WING: Rune Dahmke (Germany)RIGHT WING: Darko Đukić (Serbia)GOALKEEPER: Torbjorn Bergerud (Norway)Our list didn’t include some names who will miss the tournament (Lasse Andersson or Paul Drux). However, like in the list of BEST 7 “old guns”, we couldn’t find the left wing player (1994 and younger) who will be close to the final squad, so we decided to put Rune Dahmke (1993). On the other side, the lack of young goalies is more than visible, so our choice is young Norwegian Torbjorn Bergerud, who probably won’t get a chance to play in poland. ← Previous Story EURO 2016: Best 7 “old guns” all over Poland Next Story → Tobbias Karlsson prepares special “rainbow” message for Poland best young handball playersEHF EURO 2016 read more

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TMobile looking to supercharge their 3G network to be as fast as

first_imgAlthough we’re certainly not going to look at any increase in mobile broadband speeds as a negative, one thing to remember is that, technically, even the likes of Verizon‘s LTE service and Sprint’s WiMax aren’t really 4G.For want of a better term, their speeds only equate to 3G+. That means if you’re a company like T-Mobile without a real 4G rollout plan going into 2011, one way to catch up to the competition is not by building new 4G towers, but by supercharging the existing network to the utmost limits of existing 3G throughput. And, in fact, that’s exactly what T-Mobile has up their sleeves: they’re currently working on charging their current 3G HSPA standard to make it as fast as 4G, reaching speeds of 650Mbps.AdChoices广告How’s T-Mobile doing it? They’re teaming up with Nokia Siemens to develop a new 3G antenna array that is similar to the MIMo tech used in WiFi routers. By having a single device picking up and broadcasting multiple frequencies on multiple antennas, they can fuse those different signals picking up different bandwidth pipes together for even faster throughput.A pretty bold plan, indeed. Of course, if it works with 3G, it should work with 4G too. How fast could Verizon’s LTE network get if they tried the same multiple antenna approach?Read more at Ars Technica, via Gizmodolast_img read more

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