For the Sharks, an offseason of uncertainty begins

first_imgST. LOUIS — Joe Thornton wasn’t about to make any declarations about his future immediately after the Sharks lost the Western Conference Final to the St. Louis Blues. It’s possible, too, that no announcement will be forthcoming when the Sharks hold exit interviews later this week.No, Thornton, and general manager Doug Wilson, it seems, may need a bit of time to help figure out what’s next.A Sharks season … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

Romanian Neanderthal May Have Interbred With Modern Humans

first_imgA report in National Geographic says that a skull found in a Romanian cave is shaking up ideas about Neanderthal Man and its relationship to modern humans.  The mostly modern skull shows a feature that was characteristic of Neanderthals: “The otherwise human skull has a groove at the base of the back of the skull, just above the neck muscle, that is ubiquitous in Neandertal specimens but has never been seen in the remains of a modern human,” the article states.  Discoverer Erik Trinkaus (Washington U in St. Louis) was surprised: “My first reaction was, that shouldn’t be there,” he said.If they interbred with us, they were us.  Are there any doubters left?  Thus ends a century-and-a-half myth that Neanderthal Man was less than human.  The range of variations in fully human specimens probably encompasses other skeletons that paleoanthropologists mistakenly classify as outgroups.  Look at this picture from the Daily Mail: would you have classified these guys as separate species only from their skeletons?  Works for other species, too (see another Daily Mail picture).(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Virgin Mobile targets South Africa

first_img8 December 2005South Africans will soon see a new player in the cellular industry.Local telecommunications company Cell C and Richard Branson’s Virgin Mobile are to launch a joint venture in the first half of 2006: a Virgin Mobile branded service over Cell C’s network.The joint venture, which will launch in the first half of 2006, will be known as Virgin Mobile South Africa.‘Key market’“South Africa is a key market for Virgin and a country that I personally love very much,” said Virgin Mobile president Sir Richard Branson.“I am looking forward to coming to South Africa to launch this exciting new business next year.“Our partnership with Cell C will bring a new approach to the mobile market and will be a refreshing alternative from the bland offerings of other players,” he said.Enhanced competitionCell C CEO Talaat Laham said his company was “pleased to be bringing an international brand of the stature of Virgin Mobile to further enhance competition in South Africa.“Cell C constantly seeks to introduce new products and services into the South African market. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with Virgin.”Virtual networkBoth companiss are newcomers in their respective markets.Virgin began operating a virtual network in 1999, offering comunications services over T-mobile’s cellular network. The company has almost five million customers in Britain.Cell C was the third South African cellular operator to be granted a licence, and began operating in 2001.The Cell C-Virgin Mobile announcement comes only a month after another British cellular company, Vodafone, announced its intention to increase its stake in the South African reporterlast_img read more

Trust of millions broken: Sharad Yadav

first_img‘I don’t agree with the decision in Bihar,’ says Sharad Yadav  ‘First time in history’Some RJD leaders and party workers were seen receiving Mr. Yadav and shouting slogans in his favour at the Patna airport. However, a lone senior JD(U) leader Ramai Ram, said to be close to RJD chief Lalu Prasad, also accompanied Mr. Sharad Yadav from the airport.Mr. Sharad Yadav continued his three-day journey of “direct interaction with the people of the State” and received a warm welcome at Hajipur, Sonepur and Muzaffarpur. “In the history of Independent India, it has happened for the first time that two parties contesting against each other on separate manifestos joined hands midway and formed the government,” Mr. Yadav said while addressing people at Hajipur.At Sonepur, he said, “People of the sarkari (official) Janata Dal have become the Chief Minister and ministers in Patna but, there is the real Janata Dal among the masses.” When asked whether his tour would not amount to ‘anti-party activity’, Mr. Yadav declined to comment.Meanwhile, JD(U) State chief spokesperson Sanjay Singh reminded him, “JD(U) means Nitish Kumar and Nitish Kumar means JD(U).” On his three-day Bihar tour, State JD(U) chief Basistha Narayan Singh said, “It is his [Sharad Yadav’s] personal initiative and the JD(U) has nothing to do with it.” Earlier, along with Sharad Yadav, two other JD(U) Rajya Sabha MPs — Ali Anwar Ansari and Virender Kumar — had also opposed Nitish Kumar’s decision to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).If sources in the JD(U) are to be believed, party chief Nitish Kumar may suspend Mr. Sharad Yadav from the JD(U), which would mean that the latter would lose all his privileges that a leader of party in the Rajya Sabha.Grapevine abuzzThe political grapevine in the State is abuzz that Sharad Yadav is in touch with some other disgruntled JD(U) leaders, MLAs and MPs to form a new alliance with the RJD and the Congress to take on Mr. Nitish Kumar.“The JD(U)’s 14 State presidents are with Sharad Yadav…let Nitish Kumar be with his Bihar unit and rule the State with the BJP,” said Arun Kumar Shrivastva, who was recently was removed from the post of general secretary of the JD(U) after the lone party MLA in Gujarat, Chhotubhai Vasava, declared that he had voted for the Congress candidate Ahmad Patel in the Rajya Sabha election. Also Readcenter_img Kicking-off his three day “direct interaction with people” programme in Bihar, disgruntled Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) leader and the party’s Rajya Sabha member Sharad Yadav on Thursday said, “I continue to stand by the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (‘grand alliance’) of the RJD, Congress and JD(U)…ending the alliance is betrayal of the mandate of 11 crore people of the State…the mandate was given for five years.”Accompanied by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders on his tour, the senior JD(U) leader said, “I was personally hurt and pained by [the decision] as I too had campaigned hard for the ‘grand alliance’.”last_img read more

Papi Sarr’s absence hampers Falcons

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES With Sarr rendered helpless on the bench in street clothes, Ateneo took full advantage, giving more touches to its big man Chi Ikeh.Ikeh pounced on the Falcons’ depleted frontline, coming away with 18 points and 17 rebounds. He already had a double-double as early as halftime with 14 points and 13 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards, three more than the entire Adamson team.“Ikeh just dominated us. We had a hard time containing him,” said Pumaren, whose squad was outrebounded, 60-35.Pumaren admitted not having Sarr around was tough, but it’s still not an excuse as to how the Falcons poorly performed and got badly beaten.“I’m one coach who won’t dwell on that. I’ve been coaching for the longest time and you won’t hear from me saying, ‘If this player was here.’ That’s part of my job to make the most out of my remaining 15 players.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Meralco nips Star to clinch playoff berth Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sarr missed the much-anticipated duel between preseason favorites due to a groin injury and it’s still uncertain when he would return.“I want to play next game but everything will depend on the doctor if he will give me the clearance to play,” Sarr told STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren said his Cameroonian import is still day-to-day.“We always prepare for the worst scenario. If he’s there, that’s a bonus, if not then, the other players must step up,” he said. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s no surprise that Papi Sarr’s absence was a big blow to Adamson in its opening day loss to Ateneo on Saturday.Sarr averaged 14.4 points and 14.9 rebounds per game last season for the Falcons.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

SL vs NZ: Sri Lanka beat New Zealand, enter World Cup finals

first_imgSri Lanka beat New Zealand by five wickets in the first semi-final of the World Cup at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday. Live scoreThe Sri Lankans would have liked to see Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan do a repeat of what they had done against England in the quarter-finals, where the two had remained unbeaten till the end, but it wasn’t the case to be.Kiwi pacer Tim Southee struck early in the seventh over to dismiss Tharanga on 30 with Jesse Ryder taking a fine catch at point. Sri Lanka lost their first wicket on 40.Post that wicket Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara and opener Tillakaratne Dilshan got on with a partnership putting 120 runs on board. They were cruising along until Southee came around and scalped Dilshan on 73 with Ryder again performing the final honours. Sri Lanka were 160/2 at the stage.No sooner had Dilshan departed that Mahela Jayawardene fell and Sri Lanka had added just one more run before this dismissal. Soon Sangakkara too was seen walking back on 54 with Andy McKay claiming him when the Lanka total was 169/4.Finally, Thilan Samaraweera and Angelo Mathews helped their reach home with 22/5 on board. Samaraweera scored the winning run hitting a four in the 48th over.   New Zealand innings Earlier, New Zealand paltry 217 against Sri Lanka after their skipper Daniel Vettori elected to bat.Sri Lanka wanted early inroads and they got what they had desired with left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claiming opener Brendon McCullum with his quicker ball that took away his off stump on 32/1 on the first ball of the 8th over.  advertisementPost that fall, the other opener Martin Guptill and Jesse Ryder got on with a partnership trying to thwart the Sri Lanka bowlers. But, they could not survive for as as veteran offie Muttiah Muralitharan got Ryder on 19 to reduced the Kiwis to 69/2. It was the extra bounce that saw him edge the ball to keeper Kumar Sangakkara.There was more to come as Sri Lanka ‘slinger’ Lasith Malinga bowled Martin Guptill out in the 22nd over when the score was 84. He fell for 39 as the Kiwis lost their third wicket.  Finally, Ross taylor and Scott Styris forged a 77-run fourth wicket stand to help the Kiwis cross 150-rum mark. However, on the first ball of the 40th over ‘mystery spinner’ Ajantha Mendis got better of Taylor to break their stand even as the Kiwis lost their fourth wicket on 161/4. He was caught in the deep mid-wicket by Upul Tharanga on 36.New man Kane Williamson too could not stay at the crease for long and a straight one from Lasith Malinga trapped him leg-before on his individual score of 22. The Kiwis fell to 195/5 in 43.3 overs.Malinga came back to send Nathan McCullum packing on the first ball of the 46th over and Kiwis were down to 204/6.Then Muralitharan had the man the Lankans wanted the most. His ball trapped Scott Styris on the pads and the batsman went for the review, but failed to get any life and was forced to walk back on 57. The Kiwis lost their seventh wicket on 213 on the last ball of the 47th over.Another wicket and Kiwis were down to eight. This time it was Tillakaratne Dilshan who came to the fore scalping Jacob Oram to reduce the Kiwis to 215/8.With the tail-enders out in the midle things became rather easy for the Lankans, who wrapped up the New Zealander on a partly 217 with seven balls to spare. Teams:  Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(w/c), Mahela Jayawardene, Chamara Silva, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Rangana Herath New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum(w), Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Kane Williamson, Daniel Vettori(c), Nathan McCullum, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Andy McKaylast_img read more

Manchester United announce Solskjaer as caretaker manager after Mourinho exit

first_imgManchester United have officially announce Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Jose Mourinhon’s replacement until the end of the current season.The club in a statement confirmed that “Solskjaer will take charge of the first team with immediate effect and will remain in place while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new full-time manager.””He will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, working alongside Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna” the statement added.”Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role. I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club,” said Solskjaer to the Manchester United website.”Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles. His history at Manchester United means he lives and breathes the culture here and everyone at the club is delighted to have him and Mike Phelan back. We are confident they will unite the players and the fans as we head into the second half of the season,” said Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward.We can confirm that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season.He will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, together with Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna. #MUFCManchester United (@ManUtd) December 19, 2018Mourinho walked away from his role at Manchester United on Tuesday after having suffered their worst start to a season for 28 years.advertisementManchester had earlier jumped the gun on Solskjaer’s announcement, after the club described him as their “interim manager” in a caption that was later deleted from their official website.Solskjaer currently manages Norwegian side Molde but their 2018 season has finished for the winter and does not restart until March.The 45-year-old played for United between 1996 and 2007 and scored 126 goals, including the injury-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.Earlier, BBC reported that United had posted a video featuring Solskjaer scoring the winner against Bayern with the caption reading: “Solskjaer becomes our interim manager, 20 seasons after clinching the Treble with THAT goal at Camp Nou…”The page was later deleted, the BBC said. United, who are sixth in the league and trail leaders Liverpool by 19 points, face Cardiff City in the league on Saturday.Solskjaer was manager there [at Cardiff] for nine months in 2014, during which time the club were relegated from the top flight and had a poor start to the new season in the Championship.Also Read | Champions League last 16: Bayern Munich to face Liverpool, Manchester United get PSGlast_img read more