Sachin sues Australian bat maker for 2mn in royalties

first_imgSydney: Batting great Sachin Tendulkar is suing Australian sports equipment maker Spartan Sports after it allegedly failed to pay him almost $2 million. In a case filed in an Australian court, Tendulkar reportedly alleged that the Sydney-based bat maker, which has since been renamed, has failed to make payments due to the batting great. A preliminary hearing for the dispute is slated for June 26 in Sydney. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Tendulkar’s lawyers said in documents filed at the court that Spartan Sports International “failed to make any payments due to Tendulkar” and a statutory demand issued in September 2018 for $2 million has remained unpaid. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev Tendulkar had agreed with the company in July 2016 that they will pay him a minimum of $1 million a year to use his image and promotional services to sell “Sachin by Spartan” products. The imagery included a distinctive silhouette logo on clothing and bats. Tendulkar since attended many promotional events for the company. Additionally, another company owned by the Spartan group — Spartan Sports Brands — registered a trademark in Australia featuring a “silhouette” of Tendulkar “performing his signature square cut”. Other companies in the group also used that image to sell a variety of products. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships In September 2018, Tendulkar terminated the agreement with Spartan and requested its companies to stop using his image. His lawyers allege that the companies “continued to make use” of the trademark logos and have continued “to manufacture, promote, sell and/or supply the products”. Tendulkar is suing a number of Spartan companies for misleading or deceptive conduct. This includes allegedly representing that he endorses its products and the Spartan brand. He is also suing them for passing off — for suggesting an official endorsement or sponsorship relationship — and breach of contract. In addition to seeking damages, he also wants the court to permanently restrain the companies from “manufacturing, marketing and selling products” and the image must either be handed over or destroyed and that the Tendulkar trademarks be cancelled.last_img read more

After Lok Sabha poll results, Congress to see overhaul of AICC

first_imgNew Delhi: The May 23 is going to be very crucial for the Congress and its cadres as the results of the Lok Sabha election 2019 would play a decisive role in Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s total reshuffle plan of All India Congress Committee (AICC).According to party insiders, there would be a total overhauling of the AICC office-bearers after the Lok Sabha elections. “It’s not yet clear that the results of Lok Sabha elections would go in favour of Congress or not, but it’s very imminent that the AICC get a major reshuffle soon after the announcement of poll results. The Congress president has expressed his willingness to revamp the party’s committees by putting more responsibilities on the shoulders of leaders of the young generation,” a senior party leader told Millennium Post. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”The reshuffle would of a mass level. All the ‘non-performing’ AICC functionaries would be changed with a new and vibrant team,” the official said, adding that general secretaries would be empowered with more decision-making rights. “The party’s old guards may be given ‘comfortable’ responsibilities to avoid any conflict of interests with the party. The objective of the AICC overhauling would be aimed at making Congress a party of the nation,” the party official said, adding that several state presidents of the party would be replaced with leaders of performing records.last_img read more

Unfair Treatment of Morocco in Russia is a Sign of FIFA’s…

Rabat – As though the World Cup championship in Russia has not already been politicized enough, primarily by the ongoing dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia over broadcasting services, it appears that political bias may be trickling down from the behind-the-scenes wrangling over geopolitical issues to judges happy to discriminate against non-European country, perhaps for the right price.The latest outrage was sparked by the American referee twice denying Morocco the visual assistance referee (VAR) intervention during the game with Spain, which, by all accounts, was played admirably by Morocco and ended in a 2-2 tie.The referee refused to let Morocco review the recordings of the alleged mistakes, thus effectively disenfranchising the team after visible errors. VAR technology was likewise denied to Morocco during the game with Portugal. Various sports experts and journalists likewise expressed their outrage at what appeared to be the bias of the judge in favor of well-known European countries.FIFA’s history of corruption predates the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The most famous of these issues in recent times is the 2015 FIFA corruption case in which US federal prosecutors charged a number of officials with fraud, racketeering, and other crimes related to taking millions of euros in bribes.A number of these officials continued taking money during the course of the investigation.Although the United States is not big on football (soccer), the case reverberated widely throughout the country, as a number of officials and others implicated in the case were dual residents or nationals, or had other connections to the US.Although the case blew open the extent of corruption, it was neither the first nor the last episode in the sordid tale of the way a sport that is supposed to be for the masses becomes a playing field for the rich and powerful.One could argue that the Russia-Qatar mutual support society in winning the 2018 and 2022 bids despite initially poor to non-existent infrastructure, allegations of vast bribery, and human rights violations, are the prime example of how everything in FIFA can be bought.Indeed, one needs to look no further than the political crisis between Qatar and the Saudis, which is manifesting itself not only via the broadcasting controversy.Qatar’s beIN Sports managed to procure an exclusive right to broadcast coverage of the event; the Saudis accused the service of running unrelated political commentary during the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia, which the latter lost 5-0.Qatar, on the other hand, is accusing the Saudis of spearheading a pirate service, which the head of the Saudi Sports Authority, Turki Al Sheikh denies. Al Sheikh claims that the pirated service is grassroots and that the country is actively fighting it.Saudi Arabia is also expanding its investment into football as part of its Vision 2030 economic development strategy. The economic plan calls for the diversification of investments from oil to entertainment, culture, and sports.The plan has caused Saudi Arabia to engage in a number of complicated political maneuvers, ranging from competition with Bahraini investors, to a short-lived honorary appointment of Al Sheikh as an Egyptian football club head.FIFA’s role in the story is unclear, but suspicious. Why did FIFA ever let Qatar’s broadcasting service secure a monopoly on displaying the game? Why did FIFA condemn the alleged Saudi piracy, yet take no action to investigate and punish the supposed culprits?The dubious star of this saga is none other than the FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, who may have downplayed the concerns over piracy during the opening football match, and who is known to be a frequent visitor to Saudi Arabia, where he had met King Salman.There is speculation that FIFA may be sympathetic to KSA’s plans to underwrite a USD 25 billion consortium-led plan to significantly expand Club World Cup and an international Nations League.Infantino’s name may ring a bell: he was implicated in the Panama Papers corruption scandal from 2016.  He was cleared very quickly, which in itself drew criticism of the process by which conveniently powerful FIFA-affiliated officials once again avoided accountability for the organization’s failings.Soon, however, Infantino made headlines as the subject of an investigation by FIFA’s ethics committee. The investigation was sparked by a complaint regarding his replacement of the chairmen and members of the FIFA board and his allegedly seeking to influence a Confederation of African Football (CAF) election.He was also accused of destroying attempted reforms at the organization when the head of FIFA’s auditing and compliance resigned.Further, he is accused of having played an unseemly role in the controversial vote over the 2026 World Cup hosting rights, during the course of which Saudi Arabia engaged in heavy direct lobbying of FIFA and various countries to vote for the United 2026 bid, and against Morocco.The bidding process was beset with accusations of political interference, including US President Trump’s tweet, which was seen as a veiled threat against countries which did not support the US bid, and Saudi Arabia’s hosting parties for high level officials from various countries, strong-arming Morocco through rhetoric from Al Sheikh.It seems that Infantino has set an uninspiring tone for an organization with a history not only of financial misdeeds but bias against African countries and the Third World, and favoritism toward famous teams and players backed by money and power.FIFA’s rules are disadvantageous to Africa, the world’s second most populated continent with 54 countries—only five of which may qualify for the World Cup, due to the ranking enforcement.The qualification process has long been criticized for taking the “world” out of World Cup. African countries are not the only ones with an ax to grind against FIFA.During the 2018 World Cup, Serbia accused FIFA of directing referees to favor their Swiss counterparts.FIFA also covered up the Russian doping scandal for 18 months, which, if addressed directly, could have made a difference for a number of countries. There is speculation that some of the Russian players continued with doping throughout this World Cup. The scandal implicated 34 football players.This culture of impunity, bias, and favoritism appears to have trickled down from the top to the referee level. Mark Geiger, the US referee who adamantly refused Morocco’s repeated requests for VAR and sought to restrain or disqualify as many Moroccan players as possible through the use of yellow cards, himself has a history of murky accusations.In the US, Geiger was a source of a litany of complaints by players and coaches alike for the alleged abuse of red cards, which threatened the integrity of the game. Geiger’s claim to infamy also rests in the Gold Cup semifinals between Mexico and Panama, held in Atlanta in July 2015, where Geiger admitted that officiating errors impacted the outcome of the game. Panama, at the time, claimed that the game was fixed.Critics argue that there is a case to be made of favoritism against African countries and for well-known European teams with Geiger. In the case of Morocco, an Italian commentator believed he unfairly denied Morocco a deserved penalty.These issues are sparking outrage, worldwide, not just in Morocco. Many developing countries saw the 2015 corruption probe as an opportunity for a fresh start for the embattled organization. FIFA was supposed to bring together in unity and equality passionate football players and fans from all over the world.Instead, FIFA has turned into a mechanism for wealthy world leaders and influencers to buy prestige by bribing referees and officials, and undermining, excluding, or prejudicing teams from developing countries.Furthermore, these countries, which were disadvantaged financially from the outset and felt they were now being penalized on the basis of their origin in a case of a bizarre double jeopardy, were hoping for the restoration of justice when responsible parties would finally be called out for their misdeeds and publicly condemned.Instead, the probe appeared to end in a miscarriage of justice. Several officials were suspended, but one of the allegedly main culprits was cleared.Even with some officials are charged and prosecuted, it appears that not much has changed. The entire culture of FIFA may very well be based in bias, corruption, and easy manipulation by the rich and powerful.The only answer to Morocco’s grievances may lie in the reform of the ranking system, stringent vigilance of the rules, and international commitment to holding FIFA and its donors accountable for clearly biased policies, which leave little room for accountability and for the simple enjoyment, growth, and promotion of the sport the organization once aspired to provide. read more

IndiaPakistan conflict prevented South Asian integration says CBK

The conflict between India and Pakistan has for long prevented integration between the South Asian countries, former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga said om New Delhi on Tuesday.Speaking at the inauguration of the three-day Raisina Dialogue, a global conclave on geo-politics and geo-economics, Kumaratunga said that while cooperation and economic integration proceeded very fast in the rest of the world, economic integration in South Asia was very slow, IANS reported. “The India-Pakistan conflict prevented regional integration,” she said. The former Sri Lankan president called for a paradigm shift from the old attitude of the South Asian countries towards each other.“Mutual understanding and cooperation will strengthen democracy in the region,” she said.“In the emerging regional environment, national security concerns should compel us to cooperate with each other.” Kumaratunga said that Sri Lanka could be a bridge for all South Asian nations as it has good relations with all of them.She also called for developing of soft power through tourism and people-to-people contact.With the theme of “Connecting Asia” this year, the flagship conference called Raisina Dialogue 2016, organised by the external affairs ministry and the Observer Research Foundation, is designed to explore and examine the prospects and opportunities for Asian integration as well as Asia’s integration with the larger world. “This generation has left behind the baggage of conflict,” Kumaratunga said.Calling for a pragmatic action plan for regional integration, she said South Asia stood to gain from such an integration as the region has the largest number of poor people. Over 450 participants from around 40 countries are participating in this year’s conference. (Colombo Gazette) Reducing regional trading costs, moving beyond the differences between India and Pakistan, more travel by people between the South Asian countries and large investments in infrastructure were among the steps she suggested for regional integration. However, she said things were likely to change now with the rise of the post-Partition generation. read more

Stoney Creek connection to US penny stock fraud

The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted nine suspects in what is being called one of the largest international penny stock frauds in history. One of the defendants is from Stoney Creek, and is accused in two schemes that netted more than $140 million, affecting investors in dozens of countries.Melissa Raftis has the story.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Cenovus CEO pipeline squeeze means Canadians subsidize US energy consumers

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cenovus CEO: pipeline squeeze means Canadians ‘subsidize’ U.S. energy consumers by News Staff Posted Jan 24, 2013 3:44 pm MDT CALGARY _ Each Canadian is subsidizing U.S. energy consumers to the tune of $1,200 annually through cheap Alberta crude, the CEO of oilsands company Cenovus Energy Inc. said Thursday.“This is a major, major issue, not just for our industry but I think for all Canadians,” Brian Ferguson told a CIBC investor conference in Whistler, B.C.A report by CIBC last year said Canada’s oil industry was missing out on $18 billion a year because of the big discount its crude gets in relation to both U.S. and global benchmarks.Ferguson figures the price gap, or differential, has since widened to $36 billion.“Math on that is roughly $1,200 per Canadian in a subsidy to the United States, that’s because of a lack of takeaway capacity,” said Ferguson.Alberta crude traditionally fetches a lower price than West Texas Intermediate, a key U.S. light oil benchmark, because it is more difficult to process and is farther away from market.But that discount has been painfully steep lately, at around $40 lower than WTI. Landlocked WTI itself has been garnering lower prices than global crudes that can reach the most lucrative markets by sea, which effectively means Alberta producers face a double whammy.Those market dynamics have added a sense of urgency for industry and government alike to seek out new ways for Alberta crude to reach coastal waters.Pipeline projects are in the works to link Alberta crude to the West Coast for export to Asia, a major refining complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast and markets along the eastern seaboard that currently import pricey overseas crude.“I’m in favour of all pipelines going everywhere,” Ferguson said.But all of those projects, to varying degrees, face vehement opposition from landowners, environmentalists and others who fear an oil spill could cause dire ecological damage. The bigger-picture issue of the oilsands’ climate impact, and the role pipelines play in enabling that resource’s development, has also figured heavily in the debate.The controversies have led to regulatory delays and the spectre of opponents using lawsuits to stymie energy projects.Cenovus has taken steps to ensure about 90 per cent of its crude volumes this year are shielded from the differential. The interests it has in refineries in Texas act as a cushion of sorts, since it can make up for the money lost in producing the oil with cost savings in processing it.It also has hedging contracts in place to sell its crude at a set price, so it is protected by big swings in the market.Cenovus is able to ship some 12,000 barrels of oil per day to the Vancouver area via Kinder Morgan’s existing Trans Mountain line, the size of which the Houston-based company plans to nearly triple.Cenovus is shipping more and more of its crude by rail, doubling volumes from 5,000 barrels per day in 2012 to 10,000 barrels this year.The differentials have had a big impact on Alberta’s all-important oil revenues, with Finance Minister Doug Horner warning earlier this week that his March 7 budget will not be a “fun” one.In a speech to a Calgary business audience, Horner pegged the effect of the discount on the Canadian economy at $27 billion a year, or $75 million a day.Alberta has the third largest proven crude reserves in the world, behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, he noted.“What could possibly go wrong?” he asked.“Well, the price of energy could go down. Alberta’s growing inability to access new markets with our product could give our oil producers some problems and Alberta’s resource revenues could take a dramatic and unexpected plunge. Or all these things could happen at the same time,” he said.“It seems that we scored a hat trick. These are three of the biggest challenges the Alberta government is facing today. And we have our work cut out for us.” read more

Wildcats Nerlens Noel Declares for NBA Draft

Kentucky Wildcats forward Nerlens Noel, who is the No. 1 NBA draft prospect in most preliminary drafts, announced Monday that he plans to enter the 2013 NBA draft.Noel, who is currently recovering from surgery to a torn ACL, led the nation with 4.4 blocks per game and averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. He also had 50 steals, which earned him Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year honors.“I’ve learned so much here at UK and am thankful for coach (John) Calipari, the staff and my teammates for all of their support,” Noel said in a statement. “I especially appreciate the Big Blue Nation and all of the support, prayers and well-wishes I’ve received from them during my rehab and decision-making process. I’ll always be a Wildcat!”The 6-foot-10 freshman will now join Wildcats guard Archie Goodwin in the NBA draft. Noel was the nation’s top recruit last year, which headlined a recruiting class that included Goodwin, forward Alex Poythress and center Willie Cauley-Stein. Noel was the only freshman that was consistent all year long.Noel is currently the No. 1 draft prospect ahead of Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Kansas’ Ben McLemore and Georgetown’s Otto Porter.“I support Nerlens’ decision to enter his name in the draft and am excited for him and his future,” Calipari said in a statement. “The hard work and will to win he showed on the floor this year and the dedication and attitude he has shown in his rehab will only be a reward for him and whatever team drafts him in June.”The Wildcats entered last season as the consensus No. 1, but quickly plummeted out of the Top 25 even with a healthy Noel. But after Noel’s Feb. 12 knee injury at Florida, the Wildcats missed the opportunity to earn an at-large NCAA tournament bid.Kentucky went 4-5 without Noel, ultimately missing the NCAA tournament after winning it all in 2012. The Wildcats were the first team since the 2009 national champion North Carolina Tar Heels, to miss the tournament the following year after winning it all. They eventually lost a first-round NIT game at Robert Morris. read more

Significant Digits For Friday Jan 30 2015

One more plea for the newsletter: Sign up for it now and be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. And, as always, if you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me @WaltHickey. $50John Kerry, the United States secretary of state, owes the city of Boston a $50 fine for failing to shovel his sidewalk. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia — a nation not known for its snow-clearance legislation — as a blizzard struck New England this week. [The Boston Globe]63.9 percentThe home ownership rate is now at its lowest level since 1994, down to 63.9 percent in the final quarter of 2014. [Los Angeles Times]96 tonsAmount of dog poop generated in New York City each day. [FiveThirtyEight]98 percent of scientistsAbout 98 percent scientists say the public’s lack of knowledge about science is a problem, so why don’t you guys go learn a book or something, geez. [Re/code]3,000 storiesI thought I was safe in journalism — I’d picked a good field, one that couldn’t be automated. I was wrong. The Associated Press is already automatically generating 3,000 stories each quarter. Right now, those stories are about companies’ quarterly earnings, but who knows when the robots will move on to the dog poop beat. [The Verge]$1.3 billionNew York City cultural institutions spent $1.3 billion on new construction over the past five years on projects including the expansion of the Queens Museum and the renovation of the fountains at the Met. In 2014, construction expenditures were up 46 percent from 2013 to $208 million. [Crain’s New York] You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, subscribe.9 communications majors It shouldn’t come as too much of a shock that the notoriously taciturn Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is not among the nine communications majors taking the field in Super Bowl XLIX. Playboy broke down the college majors of every player in this year’s game, and communications came out as the most popular course of study, with nine players, followed by sociology and general studies, with seven players each. [Playboy]11.8 percentAccording to the NFL, concussions decreased by 11.8 percent this season compared to last year, to 202 from 229. [The New York Times]14 percent riseThe average American office worker spends nine hours each week in meetings or thinking about meetings, up 14 percent from four years ago. [NPR]25 megabits per secondThe Federal Communications Commission raised the bar on the download speeds for “broadband” Internet to 25 megabits per second (Mbps) from 4 Mbps. Under the previous standard, 6.3 percent of households didn’t have broadband. Now 19.4 percent don’t. [Ubergizmo] read more

Halfton Mexican man once the worlds heaviest dies aged 48

first_imgA MEXICAN MAN once listed as the world’s heaviest human being died yesterday at the age of 48.Manuel Uribe had slimmed down to about 867 pounds (61 stone), well below his then-record peak weight of 1,230 pounds (87 stone), which was certified in 2006 as a Guinness World Record.Uribe’s death was confirmed by an official of the health department of Nuevo Leon state, where the city of Monterrey is located.Uribe had been confined to his bed in Monterrey for years, unable to walk on his own.The official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name, said Uribe had been taken to the hospital on May 2 because of an abnormal heartbeat.He had to be taken to the hospital with a crane by emergency and civil defense workers.Doctors have not yet certified the cause of death. In addition to the cardiac condition, Uribe was also believed to have suffered from liver problems.Uribe married Claudia Solis in 2008, and the wedding was one of the few times he left his home in recent years.Uribe was a chubby kid, weighing more than 250 pounds (115 kilograms) as an adolescent. Starting in 1992, he said, his weight began ballooning further.Since the summer of 2002, Uribe had been bedridden, relying on his mother and friends to feed and clean him.Read: This anti-obesity poster from France is totally unforgettablelast_img read more

Valve announces gamingfocused SteamOS

first_imgValve has just announced SteamOS, a gaming focused operating system with the most popular PC gaming platform in the world at the center.The road to the SteamBox has been paved with very specific individual steps. Every couple of months, Valve takes another seemingly obvious step closer. The availability of Steam Big Picture, where you can enjoy a full screen experience on your television with a controller of your choosing to navigate everything, was the first huge step in this direction. The recent dedication to Linux by Gabe Newell, which included some Windows 8 bashing as well, gave a not so subtle hint as to what would likely be next. There was also the available position on Valve’s staff pages to try and re-imagine the controller. These and several other steps have left users drooling with anticipation, but it appears there’s still more to come.Allowing Steam to be available on Linux was a big first step, and something hardcore Linux users have wanted from the very beginning. Valve has taken things a step further now though, and created their own distribution that focuses on the Steam experience.Valve describes Steam as a “many to many” entertainment platform, and has created an open experience that helps make it easier for content creators and consumers to come together and enjoy what is possible. Best of all, SteamOS will be free forever according to their website describing this new experience, and will be freely licensable for manufacturers to build their own SteamOS-based devices.Valve promises that hundreds of games are already running natively on SteamOS, with more AAA titles expected to be announced in 2014. If you have an existing PC or Mac with your Steam games installed, you’ll be able to stream them across your local network from those machines to a SteamOS device, allowing you to play on your TV even though your desktop is in the other room.Valve also plans to announce streaming movies and music partners shortly, describing the list as “many of the media services you know and love” on the site.Coupled with the beta for Family sharing and improved Family Options for content control, Valve has clearly designed an OS with a console in mind, but so many more options available. The social experience in SteamOS has taken center stage, alongside Steam Workshop to help people create and share in the Steam store.Valve has more to announce in the coming days, and while we can’t be 100% certain it seems like everything that could be done to build the OS for a SteamBox is sitting here before you. The only thing left is the hardware, and maybe a big game exclusive to go along side it?last_img read more

Body found in search for elderly farmer in Co Kerry

first_imgBody found in search for elderly farmer in Co Kerry Jim Keane, aged 70, had been missing since Monday. Image: Ballybunion Rescue via Facebook Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 7:38 PM 34,950 Views By Sinead O’Carroll Share332 Tweet Email Image: Ballybunion Rescue via Facebook Updated at 7.40pm A BODY HAS been found in the search for a missing farmer in Co Kerry.Jim Keane, aged 70, from Lixnaw had been missing since Monday afternoon.Last night, his tractor was recovered from the River Brick, which runs next to his land in Dysert.Gardaí, the Valentia and Ballybunion Coast Guards and Ballybunion Search & Rescue have been taking part in a search operation in recent days.It had been feared that the elderly farmer’s tractor slid into the river.A body, understood to be that of the farmer, was discovered by divers this evening at around 5pm, a spokesperson for Mallow Search and Rescue, which also took part in the search, confirmed tonight.Weather conditions in the area were calm as the search took place, he said, although the visibility in the water was “near zero”.The body was taken from the scene by ambulance and has yet to be formally identified.- with reporting by Daragh Brophy More: Man’s face slashed in Dublin city centre attack‘Skeletal service’: These garda units will work tomorrow as most rank-and-file members go on strikeRead: Questioning of Irishman held over Gary Hutch murder continues 9 Comments Short URL Nov 3rd 2016, 7:38 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Les Galapagos veulent éradiquer les rats pour sauver les tortues

first_imgLes Galapagos veulent éradiquer les rats pour sauver les tortuesUn vaste programme de dératisation a débuté dans l’archipel équatorien des Galapagos afin de permettre aux célèbres tortues de revenir dans leur lieu de reproduction naturelle. En effet, les rongeurs de ces îles sont des prédateurs de ces tortues géantes.Près de 2.000 espèces de rongeurs sont des prédateurs des tortues des Galapagos. Installés dans ces îles de l’Equateur, ces rongeurs “détruisent les œufs et tuent les bébés, altérant l’équilibre naturel qui présente un écosystème si fragile tel que celui des Galapagos”, explique à l’AFP Edwin Naula. Il est le directeur de la réserve, isolée dans l’océan Pacifique, à 1.000 km des côtes de l’Equateur et est aujourd’hui en charge de l’opération de dératisation qui y est menée. Le poison mortel pour les rongeurs, un anti-coagulant, est largué depuis un hélicoptère au dessus de l’île Pinzon. Quelques 22 tonnes d’aliments empoisonnés ont ainsi été dispersés. L’objectif de cette dératisation massive est de permettre aux tortues géantes (qui peuvent peser jusqu’à 500 kg pour 1,80 m), de retrouver le chemin de la reproduction naturelle. Entre 30.000 et 40.000 tortues d’une dizaine d’espèces différentes vivent dans l’archipel qui est classé au patrimoine mondial de l’humanité de l’Unesco depuis 1979. Reproduites en captivité dans les installations du parc naturel des Galapagos (PNG), les tortues, souvent centenaires, sont élevées jusqu’à l’âge de 4 ou 5 ans avant d’être relâchées. Depuis 45 ans, 550 reptiles ont ainsi été mises en liberté. Mais “nous n’avons pas eu de succès dans nos tentatives de reproduction naturelle en raison de la présence des rats. Et nous espérons que cela changera une fois qu’aura disparu le principal ennemi de leurs nids”, explique Christian Sevilla, responsable de la conservation et de la restauration des écosystèmes insulaires. Il souligne également que les rongeurs, très agressifs et destructeurs, s’attaquent non seulement aux œufs des tortues mais aussi à d’autres populations protégées, comme les iguanes ou les lézards.Une espèce étrangère et invasive qui porte atteinte à tout l’écosystème À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il faut dire que ces rongeurs ne sont pas originaires de ces îles. Ils sont arrivés il y a “plusieurs centaines d’années dans les Galapagos à l’époque où venaient les pirates”, précise M. Sevilla. “Notre but est de restaurer les écosystèmes dans les Galapagos, qui ont été depuis longtemps altérés avec l’activité des baleiniers et des pirates”, grands consommateurs de tortues, au même titre que les rats. “L’une des préoccupations, c’est d’éviter que l’application du poison porte atteinte à d’autres espèces natives ou endémiques”, indique encore M. Sevilla. C’est dans ce souci qu’une soixantaine de faucons ont été mis en cages. Ils seront relâchés plus tard, lorsque le risque de contamination aura disparu. En effet, le poison est bio-dégradable et il n’est pas soluble dans l’eau. Mais tous les animaux ne peuvent pas être protégés. C’est ainsi que, près du cadavre de deux rongeurs, on a trouvé celui d’une chouette, morte après avoir mangé un rat qui avait ingéré du poison. “C’est le prix à payer, mais notre plan va permettre de restaurer l’environnement”, souligne Danny Rueda, un autre responsable de la protection de l’écosystème insulaire.Le 14 décembre 2012 à 19:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cassie Cal robot can probably ride hovershoes better than you

first_img2:48 Tags Sci-Tech Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 0center_img Robots Post a comment Cassie’s got a brand new pair of roller skates… well, sort of.  Hybrid Robotics If you’re not in a lab at MIT or closely following this particular branch of engineering, it might seem like a lot of robots have been showing off lately. The SpotMini, for example, has been performing feats of strength every few months. UC Berkeley’s Hybrid Robotics Lab is adding its bipedal robot, Cassie Cal, to the mix. The researchers are teaching Cassie to ride motorized single-wheel skates, or hovershoes, IEEE Spectrum Magazine reported Thursday. The skates are pretty hard to operate, even for a human. In addition to balancing, you control the skates by leaning forward, backward, left and right. The researchers added a sensor to Cassie to help with control.Shuxiao Chen, Jonathan Rogers, and Bike Zhang, UC Berkeley students who worked on the project, said it took about eight months to teach Cassie to skate. The process involved mathematical models, simulations to test the algorithms and figuring out how to interface and communicate with Cassie and various sensors. In short: lots of trial and error. The team said the larger goal is to teach robots to achieve multi-modal locomotion, which humans are capable of. Optimizing locomotion for legged robots, according to the team, would improve travel efficiency over various terrains. “Autonomous robots with multi-modal locomotion capabilities can have a big impact in the real-world from food delivery to security and surveillance to search and rescue missions,” the team said. Originally published June 7.Update, June 10: Adds comments from UC Berkeley student team. Tiny jumping robot learns new trickslast_img read more

Father planned Beauty murder to frame rapist Police

first_imgRapeFather of Beauty Akhter and two others were involved in the sensational murder of the 16-year-old girl, police said on Saturday, reports UNB.Victim’s father Sayed Ali, his relative Moyna Mia, and a hired professional killer murdered Beauty to implicate one Babul Mia in the crime, Bidhan Tripura, superintendent of police in Habiganj, said at a press conference in Habiganj.He said Beauty’s father Sayed gave confessional statements before Habiganj judicial magistrate Touhidul Islam under section 164 over the murder earlier in the day.Beauty’s father planned to kill her assuming her fade marital prospect after the incident of kidnap and rape, said Shamsur Rahman Bhuiyan, additional superintendent of police and also the head of a three-member probe committee formed over the murder.Moyna Mia took the opportunity to take revenge against Babul as his wife was defeated by Babul’s mother in recently held Union Parisad election, he said.The trio killed Beauty during the wee hours of 17 March and dumped the body in Brahmandora Haor, he added.Beauty of Brahmondora village in Shayestaganj upazila went missing on 16 March and police recovered her body from haor area the next day.According to the case statement, Babul Mia kidnapped Beauty, 16, of Brahmondora village in Shayestaganj upazila on 21 January and raped her for a month.Later on 4 March, the victim’s family members filed a murder case with Woman and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal.On 18 March, her father Sayed Ali filed the case against two people with names, including Babul, and several unknown people with Shayestaganj police station.As Babul started to threat Beauty’s family members for withdrawing the case she was sent to her grandfather’s house at Gunipur village in Lakhai upazila of Habiganj.Later, Babul was arrested in Beanibazar area of Sylhet on 31 March.Police also detained Babul’s mother and one Ismail of Brahmondora village for their alleged involvement in the incident.The incident created a widespread outcry among people when a photograph of the victim’s body lying on a field went viral on Facebook.last_img read more

Khaleda bail extended until 19 July

first_imgThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe High Court on Thursday extended the bail of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia until 19 July in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The HC bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order following a petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyer, reports UNB.The court also adjourned the hearing on the review petition filed by the BNP chief against a lower court verdict sentencing her to five years’ imprisonment in the graft case.Earlier, in the day, the HC started hearing on the review petition around 11:00am following the order of the Supreme Court.Khaleda’s lawyer Abdur Rezak Khan read out the FIR from the paper book while AJ Mohammad Ali read out the charge sheet before the court.Senior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed said the bail of Khaleda Zia in the case expired today and the lawyers filed a petition before the court seeking extension of the bail.On 5 July, a petition was filed with the High Court seeking extension of its earlier order granting four-month interim bail to Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.On 12 March, the HC granted four-month bail to Khaleda in the case which was to expire today (12 July).On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.She was then sent to the abandoned central jail on Nazimuddin Road in the capital.last_img read more

Venezuela opposition leader puts more pressure on Maduro

first_imgVenezuela`s opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, on 25 January 2019. Photo: ReutersVenezuela’s opposition leader stepped up his campaign to oust president Nicolas Maduro on Friday, calling for a “major demonstration” and rejecting an offer of talks with the socialist leader.National Assembly head Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself acting president during street rallies by tens of thousands on Wednesday, said he wouldn’t attend a “fake dialogue” on a crisis that has left 26 dead this week in clashes between anti-Maduro activists and security forces.After four years of economic pain that has left Venezuelans short of food and medicine and driven more than two million to flee the country — which sits on the world’s largest oil reserves — the opposition found its voice this month in Guaido after Maduro was sworn in for a second presidential term following controversial elections.Mexico had offered to host talks between the rival leaders, and Maduro professed he was ready to go “wherever I have to.” But Guaido, who is backed by the US and several Latin American countries, told supporters in Caracas the public would remain in the streets “until we achieve an end to the usurpation, a transitional government and free elections.”He accused Maduro’s regime of only offering talks after “repression” failed to achieve its objectives.The European Union and US have ratcheted up the pressure on Maduro to agree to a new vote. An EU diplomat told AFP the bloc wanted “an immediate call for elections in the near future.”US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will underline US support for the Venezuelan people at a UN Security Council meeting Saturday and urge members to recognise Guaido as interim president, the State Department said.US issues economic warningPresident Donald Trump’s administration has spearheaded the international pressure on Maduro, who accuses Washington of being behind an attempted “coup,” by declaring his regime “illegitimate.”On Friday, Pompeo announced the US was naming a new envoy to lead efforts to help Venezuela “in achieving democracy.” Elliot Abrams was a central figure in former president Ronald Reagan’s controversial anti-communist campaigns in Central America during the 1980s.Washington’s immediate support for Guaido led to Maduro, who retains the powerful military’s backing, closing his country’s embassy and consulates in the US and breaking off diplomatic ties, giving US diplomatic staff until Saturday to leave the country.Guaido, though, urged the US diplomats to stay and keep the embassy’s doors open.Maduro’s deadline runs out on Saturday but even though it ordered non-emergency staff to leave Venezuela, the US has refused to comply fully with the order.Despite the diplomatic sparring, Maduro on Friday said his country will continue to sell oil to the United States, which private consultants say provides the largest source of cash to Venezuelan coffers.”If they buy our oil, we will sell oil,” Maduro said.But the US Treasury Department warned that “commercial transactions by the Venezuelan government, including those involving its state-owned enterprises and international reserves” must be consistent with Washington’s recognition of Guaido.Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov — whose country is Venezuela’s second-largest creditor and a military ally — denounced US policy on Venezuela as “destructive.”Spain pushed the EU to recognize Guaido’s claims to the presidency if no new elections are held, while Germany said it may follow suit.France warned Maduro against “any form of repression” of the opposition as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said more than 350 people were arrested this week during the protests.Maduro’s re-election last year was boycotted by the opposition and rejected by the US, EU and UN as a sham — but the military has repeatedly reiterated its loyalty to the socialist leader.Galvanised oppositionGuaido, 35, has galvanised a previously divided opposition and even attempted to attract military support by offering an amnesty to anyone who disavows Maduro.In a Skype interview with Univision late Thursday he went one step further by suggesting Maduro could also be offered amnesty if he agrees to step down.But such an option would have to be evaluated, he said, because Maduro is responsible for the deaths of protesters.Guaido continues to seek military support, though, and has tasked his supporters with handing out copies of the amnesty law parliament is working on to soldiers on Sunday.Analysts at the Eurasia Group consultancy noted that while international recognition of Guaido as interim president cemented his position as the main opposition leader, his failure to win over the military meant Maduro’s fall “does not appear imminent.”Venezuela’s political crisis rapidly escalated after a group of soldiers rose up against Maduro this week and sparked a number of protests leading up to Wednesday’s rival rallies of pro and anti-Maduro groups.Guaido’s proclamation of himself as acting president drew recognition from major regional players including Brazil and Argentina, as well as the US.Trump has openly mused about military intervention in Venezuela, saying “all options are on the table,” but Russia said that “violates the fundamental norms of international law.”Maduro came to power in 2013 as the designated heir to the hugely-popular Hugo Chavez.last_img

Fans Kept Hopes Up As Astros Headed To American League Championship Series

first_img 00:00 /00:51 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen – / 6The Astros opened Minute Maid Park to fans Monday so they could watch Game Four on the big screen. And it was an exciting day for David and Sarah Oller. They had their first date at an Astros game and the team has been part of their lives ever since.David Oller says this season in particular has been fun to watch.“This year they’ve just come very far from where they have been. They’ve always done well but this year it seems like they’ve been able to progress forward.”And Sarah Oller says she has faith that the Astros will go all the way.“I’m so proud of them. I’m always proud of them because I really feel like they always do their best.”The Astros made it to the playoffs and the World Series as part of the National League. This is the farthest they’ve advanced since becoming part of the American League.During the upcoming AL championship series, the Astros will also open Minute Maid Park so fans can watch the away games on the giant screen. Share Xlast_img read more

Detmers Garners D1Baseball AllAmerica Honor

first_imgStory Links The 2019 ACC Pitcher of the Year, Detmers has been one of the top pitchers in the country this season. The Chatham, Illinois, native is 12-4 overall and tied for the national lead in wins. Detmers set Louisville’s single-season strikeout record during the NCAA Regional and enters the College World Series second in the country in wit 162 strikeouts. Louisville (49-16) continues its postseason run on Sunday at the 2019 NCAA College World Series. The Cardinals will take on Vanderbilt with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT on ESPN. Print Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville sophomore Reid Detmers secured another All-America honor as D1Baseball released its All-America teams on Thursday. Detmers was one of five starting pitchers named to the first team. The left-hander has now been recognized by four organizations, with D1Baseball joining Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the NCBWA and Perfect Game. Detmers owns nine starts with double digit strikeouts this season, including seven no-hit innings in consecutive starts against Brown and James Madison. Behind a dominant start to the season, the southpaw was named the D1Baseball Midseason Top Pitcher and Perfect Game Midseason National Pitcher of the Year. D1Baseball All-America Teams last_img read more

Marvel Movie News Spoilers from Sebastian Stan Deadpools Thanos Joke

first_img James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News Stay on target Well, it looks like Bucky still has a little Winter Soldier in him after all. Marvel expends no small effort keeping its future plot points a secret, and Sebastian Stan may have let a big spoiler slip anyway. Not for Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel has gone to extreme lengths to keep the plot of that movie a secret. Things like incomplete scripts, and not even showing cast members the full movie. It’s worked so far. We’re a week out from release, and we still have no idea what’s going to happen in it. But in all the secrecy for Infinity War, Marvel may have forgotten to take as much care with Ant-Man and the Wasp.Speaking to The Independent (via WhatCulture), Sebastian Stan talked about a scene he’s really excited for in Avengers 4. The problem? There’s a whole two movies in between Infinity War and 4, and any minor details about four could end up giving away big story spoilers about those two movies. Stan said, “There was one scene, I think, we had where everybody was there. I can’t really talk about that scene, but I knew it took them three months in planning this scene to have everyone there. You look around, and you just saw everyone from Samuel L. Jackson to Michael Douglas to Michelle Pfeiffer. Everybody was there.” So we’ll have to wait until Avengers 4 to see the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe in the same scene. Great, perfect, can’t wait.But look at the last part of that sentence. Michael Douglass and Michelle Pfeiffer. Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne. We know Janet is trapped in the Quantum Realm, and the plot of Ant-Man and the Wasp will involve an attempt to rescue her. Thanks to Stan, we know that both Hank and Janet are in Avengers 4. They both survive the movie. We now know that Ant-Man and the Wasp ends with Janet Van Dyne having been freed from the Quantum Realm. Nice job, Bucky. As far as spoilers go, I guess it could be worse. Yes, we know that neither Hank nor Janet will die in the movie, but Ant-Man by nature is a lighter superhero than others in the MCU. The first one was largely a comedy. Maybe it’s not such a secret that everyone makes it out of the sequel OK. It will undercut some of the tension, though. Possibly.Either way, we’ll find out when Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018.But these MCU entries aren’t the only Marvel movies coming out this year. Deadpool 2′s final trailer dropped today, with even more footage, fourth-wall breaking, and potshots at other superhero movies.Yeah, this is looking really good. It basically looks like the first Deadpool but more. And that’s pretty much all I want from this sequel. More Ryan Reynolds, more vulgar jokes, more self-aware humor aimed squarely at comics nerds. I’m fully on board with this sequel. And that Thanos joke is really funny. Even though we all should have known it was coming. Josh Brolin plays Cable in the X-Men universe and Thanos in the MCU. How was Deadpool not going to have some kind of comment?! That quip about DC movies is great too. I just hope that as we move into X-Force movies, Fox remembers that joke. There’s a place for seriousness in X-Force, but don’t get all dark and grim like, say Batman v. Superman. You know what? Better make an X-Statix movie. Just to be on the safe side.Oh, and there will be X-Force movies, make no mistake about that. Comic Book Movie reports that in an interview, Brolin said Fox has very specific plans in place for Cable. “We think about it in four movie terms. We tried to think of Cable as a full arc, not just in this movie, but in the trajectory of four films. That made it a lot more fun for me.”So four movies. That means Deadpool 2, X-Force, the already planned Deadpool 3, and probably X-Force 2 (please be X-Statix). That’s few enough to assume that these movies will be made and out by the time Disney completely absorbs Fox, brings the X-Men into the MCU and screws up any plans the studio had for the series. Hopefully anyway. Because from the sounds of things, Brolin wouldn’t want to bring Cable over to the MCU. “I don’t like the idea of a franchise, personally. That’s what makes the Thanos thing really great. It’s a finite thing, and I like that.” Nobody tell him the title of the movie.Russo brothers at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International (Photo by Gage Skidmore)At this point, it’s hard to say what comes after Avengers 4 for the MCU, but directors Joe and Anthony Russo already have something lined up for their post-Marvel life. They’re making another comic book adaptation, but they’re leaving Marvel for a different, smaller company. Syfy ordered a series from the Infinity War directors based on the Image Comics series Deadly Class, Variety reports.Created by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, Deadly Class follows a homeless teen in the late 1980s who’s sent to a private school for children of assassins and crime syndicates. He tries to remain a good person despite a curriculum involving classes like “Dismemberment 101,” and classmates who’ve already killed a lot of people. Syfy ordered a pilot last September and apparently, that was good enough for them to order a full series. Syfy has been creating a ton of comic book TV lately, including Happy!, which was hilarious, disturbing and one of my favorite new shows of last year. Plus, we’ve already seen what Anthony and Joe Russo do with comics adaptations. I can’t wait to see a weekly series from them.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Regional Node Irradiation Beneficial for Stage IIII Breast Cancer Patients

first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Women’s Health | August 17, 2015 Regional Node Irradiation Beneficial for Stage I-III Breast Cancer Patients European study finds overall survival improved at 10-year follow-up News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Ryan Tobin Photography for Densitas Inc.August 17, 2015 — Patients with stage I, II or III breast cancer see marginal benefit on overall survival with irradiation of regional nodes, according to a new study from the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC). Conducted at a median follow-up of 10.9 years, the study found that overall survival was 82.3 percent for regional irradiation versus 80.7 percent for no regional irradiation (HR=0.87 (95%CI: 0.76, 1.00), p=0.06).The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, also showed that disease-free survival, distant-disease-free survival and breast cancer mortality were significantly improved. Side effects were very limited, although very long-term toxicity of radiation remains unknown.The phase III EORTC 22922-10925 trial was conducted to evaluate what effect regional node irradiation — i.e., irradiation of the internal mammary and medial supraclavicular lymph nodes — would add to whole breast or chest wall irradiation following surgery in patients with stage I, II, and III breast cancer.Prof. Philip Poortmans of the Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands said: “We became interested in the role that elective regional radiation therapy might play following the publication of several studies that showed conflicting results of this treatment: one, an increased long-term mortality due to cardiac causes following outdated irradiation techniques; two, that loco-regional post-mastectomy radiation therapy had a favorable effect on disease-related endpoints; and three, that improved irradiation techniques led to lower cardiac exposure. Therefore, our study was highly needed to address the existing uncertainties concerning the role of lymph node irradiation. The results are very important as they show a clinically relevant decrease in distant-disease-free and disease-free survival, which points to the fact that the effect of radiation therapy should not only be measured by the influence on loco-regional control. Moreover, we expect that the currently modest benefit on overall survival will increase with longer follow-up, especially as we did not at all see any increase in other causes of death than cancer after regional irradiation.”From 1996 through 2004, this randomized trial coordinated by the EORTC Radiation Oncology and Breast Cancer Groups accrued 4,004 patients with either positive axillary lymph nodes or, in the case of tumor-free lymph nodes, centrally or medially located primary tumors. The investigators concluded that regional irradiation does benefit patients with early stage breast cancer, but they also point out that these data are not applicable to patients with laterally located node-negative cancers, the largest patient subgroup in industrialized countries. They plan to continue trial monitoring for up to 20 years median follow-up.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RADcenter_img Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more last_img read more