I am confident South Africa have the best chance to win the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. If I have to choose five game-changers of this World Cup, the first name will come from the South African team.Jacques KallisJacques Kallis is the world’s best all-rounder. He is fit and in fine form even though a rib injury during the India vs South Africa series nearly spoilt his World Cup dream. His role with the bat is crucial at the No. 3 position and his medium-pace bowling always works in the sub-continent.Virender SehwagIndia’s Virender Sehwag is my second pick, though he will play under loads of pressure in front of the home crowd. Sehwag knows they can turn wild if India lose a game. He has to ensure a happy ending for his team. If he is backed by others such as Sachin Tendulkar and M.S. Dhoni, the home side has an excellent chance of winning the tournament. But all do not click on a single day.Sri Lanka, winners in 1996 and finalists last time, have a real chance, if Kumar Sangakkara can lead his men all the way. If he fails, Mahela Jayawardene will have to save the day for the team. Twenty million Sri Lankans are expecting to win the title for the second time.Michael ClarkeDefending champions Australia will be competitive, but they will have to work really hard. They had four years to shape the side but did nothing. I would put my cards on Michael Clarke, the vice-captain. I still remember his superb average of 87.20 at the last World Cup in the West Indies. If he messes the show, all-rounder Shane Watson will be the saviour for the team because he is an explosive opening batsman and a very handy bowler.advertisementChris GayleLet me juggle the last slot between attacking West Indian batsman Chris Gayle and the crafty middle-order batsman Younis Khan from Pakistan. If they are in their elements, their sides will be very dangerous.- Shaun Pollock is a former captain of South Africa. He spoke to Deputy Editor Shantanu Guha Ray.
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Xiaomi-backed brand Huami has made its India debut with the launch of two very aggressively priced and competently specced smartwatches, the Amazfit Bip and the Amazfit Stratos. While the Amazfit Bip is what you can call an entry-level offering, the Amazfit Stratos is a more premium affair that will also let users to switch bands. While the Amazfit Bip has been launched for Rs 5,499, the Amazfit Stratos will be available for buying for Rs 15,999. Both the smarwatches will be sold by Huami’s distribution partner PR Innovations Pvt. Ltd exclusively through online retail website Flipkart.The Amazfit Bip looks a lot like the Apple Watch in design, and sports a 1.28-inch always-on colour display with a resolution of 176×176 pixels and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. It ships with 3-axis acceleration sensor, a barometer, an electronic compass, GPS, geomagnetic sensor, and optical (PPG) heart rate sensor. The smartwatch is also IP68-certified and can apparently last nearly a month on a single charge. Huami says that this can also be extended by fifteen days further using the device’s low-power mode.The Amazfit Bip will be available in as many as four colours: Onyx Black, Cinnabar Red, White Cloud and Kokoda Green.”We are excited to associate with Huami, and introduce two globally popular smartwatches to the India market. Huami’s Amazfit Stratos and Bip are equipped with superior technological capabilities and premium designs; these smartwatches provide consumers great value at a highly accessible price point. They are designed to enable consumers to understand their physiological data better and live more healthy, active and connected lives,” CP Khandelwal, who is founder of PR Innovations said.advertisementThe premier Amazfit Stratos meanwhile has a 1.34-inch always-on colour display with a resolution of 320×300 pixels. It ships with an air pressure sensor, ambient light sensor, barometer, geomagnetic sensor, gyroscope, an optical (PPG) heart rate sensor, and a 3-axis accelerometer. The 290mAh battery inside the Amazfit Stratos is claimed to offer 5 days of usage on single charge. It further boasts of 5ATM water resistance, which means that it is swim-proof and it will be available for buying in the colours Black.”The launch of the new range of Huami Amazfit Bip will address a key market and selection gap for smartwatches in the price range between Rs 3,000 and Rs. 15,000, where currently no major brands play. It’s competitive products at a customer-friendly prices with features like 45-day battery life is sure to bring in a brand-new proposition to consumers. We are sure this will be received well in the market,” Hari Kumar, senior director, Flipkart said.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi A2 India variant to support Quick Charge 4.0, will come in 4 colours
Rishabh Pant introduced the world to his girlfriend Isha Negi late on Wednesday as he posted a photograph of himself with her, captioning it – “I just want to make you happy because you are the reason I am so happy.” Isha also shared the same photo on her Instagram and captioned it, “My man, my soulmate, my best friend, the love of my life.”The fans went into a tizzy after Pant shared the photograph, giving a glimpse of his personal life. Suresh Raina was quick to react to the photo with a set of emoticons ranging from approval to happy to laughing.Soon after Pant posted the photograph and tagged Isha in the photo, her followers on Instagram increased with people curious to know who is the girl in Pant’s life. At the time this article was published, she had 37.2k followers on Instagram.So who is Isha Negi? For starters, she is an entrepreneur and a interior decor designer. She is a confident individual as is evident by her innumerous pictures on her account.Isha is an alumni of Convent of Jesus and Mary in New Delhi and has also studied from Amity University, according to her bio on Instagram. She has been a literature student as well.Pant has not yet spoken publicly or in any interview about Isha but he is definitely one of the very few unmarried cricketers to give his fans a close insight into his love life.advertisementThe suspended duo of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been rumoured to be dating several actresses but have never publicly spoken about their relationships. Virat Kohli also openly talked about Anushka Sharma only a year or so before their wedding.Pant has definitely broken the norm and has gone public with his love life.Rishabh Pant has been the centre of attraction ever since the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Down Under. Even though Pant had announced himself well in England with his maiden Test century at the Oval in London, he well and truly arrived in Australia.From his banter and sledging behind the stumps to his second Test century at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Pant was one of the biggest talking points for India from the Australia series.Pant is currently back home in Delhi on break and revealed to the Times of India that his mother and sister loved his sledging in Australia.”That is how I am. If someone provokes me, I’ll give it back. I had a duty to do for my team. But I know the code of conduct. I remember my values. I have sledged and people have actually loved it.”That my mother and sister enjoyed it makes me happy,” Pant said.Not only did he score a century in the final Test vs Australia in Sydney, he showed improvements in his glovework from how he was in England. The 21-year-old broke the record for the most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series with 20 catches in the four Tests.Pant eventually finished as the second highest run-scorer in the series from either side, behind Cheteshwar Pujara (521), amassing 350 runs at an average of over 58 with 159 not out being his highest score which he managed in the final Test.He also became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a hundred in Australia. He is now only one of four Indian wicketkeepers – Budhi Kunderan, Nayan Mongia and MS Dhoni – with a 150-plus score in Test cricket.Also Read | Rishabh Pant for World Cup 2019? Sachin Tendulkar weighs in with his thoughtsAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh bats for Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in India ODI squadAlso Read | Rishabh Pant danced, laughed and applauded as Bharat Army sang him a song
8 Billing (s 77′) BRI68HUD32% David Wagner was unhappy with Michael Oliver: “We have to accept the referee’s decision and he thought it was a red card,” the Huddersfield manager said. “The next big decision was a clear penalty on Alex Pritchard and a red card because it was a clear chance. “All the big ones against us he got wrong. This is why at the moment football is no fun. Absolutely no fun. The referee has a big part to play and I don’t think he did his best. Even if he didn’t mean to.”Chris Hughton said: “It is difficult when you are the team with 11 men but we made the extra man show and Florin Andone’s goal was excellent. It is an important three points away from home.”The hosts charged out of the blocks and went 1-0 up after 55 seconds – the quickest goal in the Premier League this season. Brighton’s Spanish defender Bruno made a hash of his attempted clearance and after the ball looped back into the penalty area, Jørgensen headed in off the crossbar. Facebook 14 Sobhi Pinterest 9 Kachunga Brighton 18 Mbenza 10 12 26 Schindler Brighton equalised just before the interval. Solly March curled over an enticing cross and Duffy rose highest to power home his header.Lössl dived low to keep out Bissouma’s shot early in the second period and then held Davy Pröpper’s follow-up.Huddersfield added some beef up front by sending on Laurent Depoitre for Pritchard, but the big Belgian ploughed a lonely furrow.Huddersfield sat deep in numbers but were only able to contain Brighton until the 69th minute. Not for the first time March delivered an excellent cross and Andone got in front of his marker to head home at the near post. He was replaced by Glenn Murray with 11 minutes remaining and Brighton saw the game out with few scares for their fifth league win of the season. Substitutes 68 32 Premier League Share on Messenger 33 Hadergjonaj Florin Andone’s first goal in English football earned Brighton the victory and their first in four Premier League matches. The Romanian striker, signed from Deportivo La Coruña in the summer and making his first Premier League start, headed home the second-half winner.Huddersfield, who played the last hour with 10 men following the controversial dismissal of Steve Mounié, had stormed into a first-minute lead through Mathias Jørgensen.Brighton equalised in first-half stoppage time through Shane Duffy’s towering header and made their numerical advantage tell in the second period. Javier Hernández double helps West Ham end Newcastle’s winning run 2 6 Fouls Reuse this content 11 Knockaert 1 Lossl 2 Saltor 21 Pritchard Corners 25 Jorgensen Share via Email 6 Hogg match reports 24 Propper 37 Durm The visitors went close to an equaliser in the 15th minute. Duffy’s header was saved by Jonas Lössl and Andone fired the rebound straight at Jonathan Hogg on the goal-line. Alex Pritchard then threatened for Huddersfield, pulling a low shot wide from 18 yards after his initial effort had been blocked.Huddersfield were dealt a major blow in the 32nd minute when Mounié was shown a red card for his challenge on Yves Bissouma. It appeared to be a harsh decision. Mounié caught Bissouma high on the shin but there looked to be little intent.Terence Kongolo’s header was scrambled clear and after Oliver had waved away penalty appeals from the hosts when Pritchard went down, Aaron Mooy’s free-kick from 20 yards out forced Mathew Ryan into a smart low save. Read more Share on Pinterest 2 Smith BRI HUD 3 Bong 8 Bissouma Leicester’s James Maddison cuts down Watford with sublime volley Share on Twitter 19 Williams Match stats 20 Depoitre Huddersfield Huddersfield took the lead after less than a minute but ultimately slipped to defeat. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images The Observer Substitutes 4 Duffy 5 Dunk 30 Bernardo 17 Murray Goal attempts Possession Share on LinkedIn 19 Izquierdo 10 Andone 12 Hamer 10 Mooy 7 Kayal Huddersfield 20 March (s 90′) 24 Mounie Topics 5 Huddersfield Off target 8 Brighton 2 Huddersfield On target 6 Brighton (s 79′) (s 63′) 14 Balogun Lineups (s 78′) Twitter 5 Kongolo 13 Gross Share on Facebook Brighton & Hove Albion (s 49′) 1 Ryan 9 Locadia Share on WhatsApp Read more 23 Steele
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Ramallah – Israeli occupation forces arrested, on Monday, 16 Palestinians from various West Bank cities.The Israeli forces stormed the cities of Nablus, Bethlehem, Hebron, Qalqilya and arrested the citizens, including 2 journalists and 4 members from the same family, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Club.The Israeli army launches arrest campaigns on a daily basis against dozens of Palestinians in various cities and villages of the West Bank.
Rabat – The US Department of Defense has announced that Morocco concluded a new contract to supply its Royal Armed Forces with M4 carbine rifles and navy systems.Colt’s Manufacturing, an American firearms manufacturer, signed a US military procurement contract to supply Morocco, Jordan, Afghanistan, Senegal, Tunisia, and Pakistan with up to 10,000 additional M4 and M4A1 5.56mm carbine rifles, the US Department of Defense announced Thursday, September 20.Colt’s Manufacturing has won more than $57.72 million for the deal. According to the US Department of Defense, the deal is estimated to be complete by September 20, 2019. The work will be performed in West Hartford, Connecticut.The Colt M4 carbine is a lightweight assault rifle. The M4 carbine’s caliber is 5.56 millimeters. It is air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed, and equipped with a shorter barrel and a collapsing stock.The M4 carbine is a standard firearm for most units in the US military.Morocco also signed a contract to purchase navy-related systems.Alliant Techsystems Operations, a supplier of aerospace and defense products, will supply Morocco with the equipment.The company won more than $12 million for selling “up to 60 Common Munitions Built-In Test Reprogramming Equipment test sets; up to 22 ADU-891(V)1/E adaptor units; up to one lot of spares; and up to two ADU-891(V)3/E adaptor units in support of the Navy, Air Force, and the governments of Morocco, Belgium, Australia, Japan, and Oman,” reads the statement.CMBREThe equipment will be produced in Northridge, California, and is expected to be completed in May 2020. The Common Munitions Bit/Reprogramming Equipment, also known as the CMBRE system, is a munition support-equipment piece used to interface with weapon systems to initiate munitions built-in-tests (BIT), report BIT results, and upload/download flight software. CMBRE is composed of adapter units (ADU) and connected cables.
Mary Robinson, in a statement issued by her Office last evening, welcomed that the talks “are about to resume soon” in Kampala, the Ugandan capital after which they are named, under the auspices of the Chairperson of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.”She urges both sides to engage in earnest in their discussions in order to resolve all outstanding issues in the negotiations and to move toward the normalization of the situation in the eastern DRC,” the statement said.“The Special Envoy underscored the importance of political efforts to achieve peace and security for the people the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region,” it added.Last November the M23 – made up of former members of the FARDC who mutinied in April 2012 – occupied Goma in eastern DRC. Clashes between the Government and rebels displaced more than 130,000 people in and around the city and sent another 47,000 fleeing to neighbouring South Kivu province. Amidst widespread condemnation and calls for their withdrawal, the M23 fighters pulled out after 11 days.In the wake of those events, the Security Council in March authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within MONUSCO to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without the Congolese national army, against armed groups that threaten peace in eastern DRC. A contingent of Tanzanian soldiers arrived Goma last month as part of the brigade.Tensions have been heightened in the region recently as the M23 publicly decried the deployment of the intervention brigade and broke off the so-called Kampala peace talks with the DRC Government.A little more than two weeks ago, fighting again broke out in Goma between the FARDC and M23, but the hostilities ebbed somewhat ahead of an unprecedented visit to the region by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, along with Mrs. Robinson.The three visited the DRC, Rwanda, Uganda and other concerned countries to bolster support for the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region, or as Mrs. Robinson describes it, a “framework for hope.”The UN-brokered accord, signed in February by 11 African leaders, aims to end the cycles of conflict and violence in eastern DRC and to build peace in the wider region. Mrs. Robinson also travelled to the region in late April and early May to push for implementation of the framework.On 21 May, she proposed a set of principles for peace, which seek to guide immediate efforts to tackle the crisis in the region, while maintaining a focus on long-term solutions. They recognize the importance of ending the suffering of the mostly women and children who have been displaced by the violence, and call for the acceleration of the voluntary return of all refugees in the region. They also call for the demobilization of all armed groups active in eastern DRC, and urge all parties to comply with all their obligations under international law.
The veteran negotiator was speaking to reporters in the Saudi capital Riyadh, at a meeting involving the principal opponents of forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. After welcoming the “wide spectrum” of representation at the Saudi meeting, Mr. de Mistura noted the “very complicated environment” in which it was taking place – a reference to the crisis in Syria that has left hundreds of thousands dead and displaced millions. Despite these obstacles, the UN Special Envoy called for the opposition groups to take a “common line” on their country’s future. Their actions could help shape not one but two rounds of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, Mr. de Mistura said. The first discussions are due to begin next Tuesday, to be followed by a second session in December. “We want to show, and we want to show through you, that this is the way the future of Syria can be decided,” Mr. de Mistura told all those gathered in Saudi Arabia. He added that they had a chance to give “a new dynamic” to the UN’s efforts to secure peace in Syria, based on UN Security Council resolution 2254 (2015). The measure calls for the Syrian Government and opposition to engage in formal negotiations on a political transition process “on an urgent basis” – something will be sure to figure prominently when intra-Syrian talks begin on Tuesday. In his push “for real negotiations” based on resolution 2254, Mr. de Mistura explained that once back in Switzerland for the UN talks, he would be seeking progress on a new constitution and elections supervised by the United Nations. The aim is to produce “credible, all-inclusive, non-sectarian governance” in Syria, he said, and to address the threat of terrorism in the war-torn country. In addition, the UN Special Envoy insisted urged also to press for the release of detainees and missing persons, and humanitarian access to areas still under siege in the more than six-year war.
Sir Mo Farah complained that he was a victim of “racial harassment” at a German airport as he traveled to his training camp in Ethiopia.Farah, 34, posted videos on social media of himself being pushed by officials at an unknown airport.He said: “Sad to see racial harassment in this day and age. 2018…!!!!”.The athlete repeated this claim in the video, saying: “Just in the airport here, got harassed again, again, again.”For wearing a hoodie and a jumper, Germany airport, Germany airport, oh my god.”The guy’s touching me up like crazy.”Pure harassment, pure, pure harassment. You don’t need to push me.” “Mo felt that the incident was racially motivated and that he was unfairly treated by the airport security staff.”Before his trip, he posted pictures of himself saying goodbye to his children and wife as he departed for six weeks in order to train.He is currently training for the London Marathon in April, aiming to become the first British male winner since 1993.The German police responded to his claims, saying he was filming the security check point, which is not allowed, and that is why he was guided towards the gate.In a statement issued to MailOnline, a spokesman for the German police said: “On the way to his flight, Sir Mo Farah had to pass the security check in Terminal 2 at Munich Airport.”Security checks at Munich Airport are carried out by a private security company on behalf of the State of Bavaria. It seems that Sir Mo Farah did not agree with this passenger security check performed on him and blamed this check a racist measure. Obviously he was very upset.”As Farah didn’t want to leave the security check point, security staff asked the Federal Police officer seen in the video for support. A guard is seen guiding him towards his gate, and another is seen pushing the Olympic gold medalist after he asked not to be touched.He is then seen being repeatedly pushed and shoved in the direction of the gate.The athlete commented at the end of the video: “The way you get treated. Did you see that guys? Unbelievable.”A spokesperson confirmed he felt subjected to racially-motivated unfair treatment.They told The Telegraph: “This afternoon, there was an incident at a German airport whilst Mo was travelling back to his training camp in Ethiopia. “In co-operation with the security staff’s supervisor the officer tried to explain this routine measure to Sir Mo Farah and to calm him down. Unfortunately that didn’t work.”Then the officer asked him to leave the security check point because he was blocking the area. Farah got more and more upset. He continued arguing and blaming security staff and the Federal Police officer of being racist. “At that point, Farah started filming the sensible security check point area which is now allowed. The officer asked him to stop recording.”As Farah ignored this police order the officer asked him to leave the security control area and proceed to his departure gate.”Farah persistently ignored this second police order so the officer slightly touched him and tried to direct him away from the security check point area to the shopping and gate section what you can see in the video.”Finally, the federal police officer was properly carrying out his duty. I cannot see any indications of racial harassment by the federal police officer at all.” Mo Farah said goodbye to his family before going abroadCredit:Mo Farah/Instagram
A Roman mosaic found in a Berkshire field and hailed as one of UK’s most exciting archaeological discoveries will soon be reburied, it has emerged. Archaeologists and volunteers spent nine days uncovering the mosaic, which depicts a mythical chariot race for the hand of a princess, in the village of Boxford, . Anthony Beeson, an expert on Roman and Greek architecture and art, said it is one of just three known mosiacs of its kind in the world.Archaeologist Matt Nichol, who worked on the dig, described the mosaic’s imagery and iconography as “second to none”. The mosaic depicts scenes including Bellerophon, Hercules and PegasusCredit:Tom Pilston After being fully uncovered it was opened to the public on Saturday but is to now be carefully reburied because of its location on private farming land. After being fully uncovered it was opened to the public on Saturday but is to now be carefully reburied because of its location on private farming landCredit:Tom Pilston 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. “The king, Oenomaus, having been told that his future son-in-law would bring about his death, made all contestants race him in a chariot but handicapped them by putting the princess in the vehicle with them.”The losers were decapitated and their heads displayed.”Pelops persuaded a former lover Myrtilus and the King’s chariot master to substitute a wax lynch pin and the king was killed when the wheels flew off. Joy Appleton, from the Boxford History Project, said “It’s absolutely beyond our expectations. We now know it’s a unique mosaic but to find it here in little old Boxford is quite something.”Ms Appleton added that the area has “lots of iron age and bronze age stuff around” but no Roman finds until now.”Now we’ve found them and that’s that link through the history of the village of Boxford. There’s nothing like it at all in Roman Britain.”Explaining the story depicted in the mosaic, Mr Beeson told the BBC: “The pavement shows Bellerophon and Pegasus but the main action is the story of Pelops and his race to win the hand of the Princess Hippodamia. “Pelops thereby won but killed Myrtilus who cursed his lineage and brought about the curse of the Pelops. The king’s funerary games are said to be the origin of the Olympics.” He told the BBC: “It’s been quite overwhelming, not just for me but everyone involved.”There’s a real buzz and excitement on this project, I’ve never seen that before on any project that I’ve worked on.”When it was first partially uncovered in 2017 it was described as the most exciting mosaic discovery in Britain for the last 50 years. The project, which had been running since 2011, had previously uncovered the remains of a large Roman villa, a bath house and a farm building.Featuring the Greek hero Bellerophon riding the winged horse Pegasus, the mosaic, which dates from around AD 380, was uncovered by volunteers and resident historians working with Cotswold Archaeology and the Boxford Heritage Project. Joy Appleton, from the Boxford History Project, said the area has “lots of iron age and bronze age stuff around” but no Roman finds until nowCredit:Tom Pilston
T-Shirt Tuesday: Best Twin Peaks ShirtsTwin Peaks Returned With a David Lynch Horror Movie Stay on target In less than a month Twin Peaks will return to the small screen on Showtime. Details on the series have been tight-lipped but what has come out looks amazing. In true Lynch fashion the style, mystery, and energy are all there.The Spoke Gallery in NYC has featured the artistic works of around 80 creators from all over the world came together for the ‘In Dreams’ show. The mixed media event was a celebration and dedication to the beautiful and sometimes creepy world David Lynch has created in each of his works. Twin Peaks seemed to be far and away the favorite for inspiration.The show is open until the 30th here on the lower east side. Don’t worry if you can make it the virtual gallery is open at Spoke.com. There you can also find a few items for purchase (pins, coloring book, rings, etc.) fine coffee) along with prints of many of the works.If you have time, I suggest checking out the show, either online or in person. You won’t be disappointed.Artists featured in the show: Eric Althin, Stephen Andrade, Ana Aranda, Bagger43, Brighton Cooper Ballard, Derek Ballard, Ryan Berkley, Ivonna Buenrostro, Lucy Cahill, Adam Caldwell, Caroline Caldwell, Sandi Calistro, Mar Cerdà, Matt Chase, Dan Christofferson, Charles Clary, Max Dalton, Vic De Leon, Przemek Dębowski, Valentin Fischer, Jayde Fish, Vanessa Foley, Alex Garant, Monica Garwood, Jay Gordon, Greg Gossel, Dan Grissom, Justin Hager, Primary Hughes, Gerhard Human, Sarah Joncas, Tim Jordan, Max Kauffman, Vance Kelly, Steve Kim, Alex Kirzhener, Bartosz Kosowski, Calvin Lai, Conor Langton, Nan Lawson, Kemi Mai, Marni Manning, Michael Manomivibul, Samantha Mash, Rebecca Mason Adams, Harry Michalakeas, Guillaume Morellec, David Moscati, Chelsea O’Byrne, James Olstein, Anna Pan, Kat Philbin, Allison Reimold, Rezatron, Matt Ritchie, Miles Ritchie, Taylor Shultek, Matthew Skiff, Bennett Slater, Kate Snow, Nick Stokes, Jason Stout, Meghan Stratman, Deangus , Concepcion Studios, tlTV, Truck Torrance, George Townley, Geoff Trapp, Zach Tutor, Nate Utesch, Delphyne Veyrat d’Urbet, Roos van der Vliet, Chris Walker, Thomas Walker, Helice Wen, Bryce Wymer, Lauren YS, Courtney Yung, Cerise Zelenetz, Adam ZiskieView as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24.
A city manager accused of mishandling police affairs and showing favoritism to developers was paid nearly a quarter of a million dollars when he was fired.A city finance director whose past prevented him from receiving the proper insurance coverage required for his job was paid $45,000 when he received his pink slip.And another city manager, whose bosses lost confidence in his ability to lead, left with $95,000 in pay and health benefits when he was dismissed.The hefty payouts for people who were fired from their public jobs oftentimes leaves taxpayers scratching their heads. o DENNIS OSBORN, former Battle Ground city managerSeverance: Four months pay, health coverage for six months, payment for all accrued vacation and half of accrued sick leave.Total cost: $95,000o GEORGE FOX, former Ridgefield city managerSettlement: Fox requested $579,000 to fulfill the remainder of his four-year contract.Total settlement: $247,500o JEFFREY BIVENS, former Washougal finance directorSeverance: Five months pay, payment for accrued vacation and reimbursed for payment of bond insurance.Total cost: $45,835Why pay a fired employee to leave?Many mayors and city managers say the severance pay is needed to attract top talent, which explains why three local cities recently paid off top employees and then gave their replacements similar guarantees.This chart compares the employment contracts of current and former city managers and administrators throughout the county. The chart also includes employment contract details for former Washougal Finance Director Jeffrey Bivens. At the time of his termination, the city did not have a city administrator, making Bivens the highest paid city employee. The city of La Center does not have a city manager or administrator. Those duties are divided between Finance Director Suzanne Levis and Public Works Director Jeff Sarvis, neither of whom have employment contracts.
POULSBO — About $19,000 worth of meat and other food items were tossed out on Friday at a Walmart in Poulsbo after a 33-year-old man apparently stuck a hypodermic syringe into a package of meat on display at the store.Poulsbo Police Chief Al Townsend says the Kingston man was arrested Saturday morning at a house in Hansville and booked into Kitsap County Jail. He was also treated at a local hospital for an infection in his hand.Townsend does not believe any customers were affected.The Kitsap Sun reports a customer found a syringe sticking out of a package of sausage about 6 a.m. Friday. Store employees removed the meat, called police and sealed off the meat section of the store with plastic. The syringe itself had no needle and did not appear to be used, as the inside was dry.
New Delhi : The BJP’s membership drive was launched in the national capital on Sunday, with famous Haryanavi singer-dancer Sapana Chaudhary joining the party in the presence of senior leaders, including Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Chaudhary had campaigned extensively for the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in May but stopped short of joining the saffron party even though there was talk that she would contest the polls. Earlier in March, Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Raj Babbar had announced on Twitter that she had joined the party. Chaudhary, however, categorically denied it. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Besides Chaudhary, seven others, including a specially-abled youth, a first-time voter, retired Army officers and bureaucrats and a street vendor, joined the BJP at the event held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Chouhan, who is the national in-charge of the BJP’s membership drive, asked party workers to ensure its victory in the Delhi Assembly polls early next year by enrolling members from each booth and all sections of the society. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “According to the ‘Sarv Vyapi, Sarv Sparshi’ (covering all areas, touching base with all) slogan of the campaign, you have to work hard to ensure that new members come from each booth and each section of the society. With a large heart ensure that no section remains untouched,” he said. As against the target of adding 20 per cent members to the party, Delhi BJP has decided to bring 10 lakh people to the partyfold, said Kuljeet Chahal, campaign in-charge in Delhi. Advertise With Us Chouhan asked party workers and leaders affiliated with Shakti Kendras (groups of polling booths) to devote a week’s time to the drive. He also heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, describing him as a “movement”. Speaking about Amit Shah, Chouhan said the BJP president could produce “oil from sand”, citing the party’s success in Assam, Tripura and West Bengal. National general secretary (organisation) Ramlal asked party workers and leaders to make efforts to enrol 50 per cent new members from each of the over 13,800 booths in Delhi, with a special focus on those where the party strength is low. Tiwari assured senior party leaders that the membership drive will be an “unprecedented” success in Delhi and suggested that new members should represent all walks of life. He also lauded Modi’s leadership, saying he was appreciated by all world leaders. The BJP’s membership drive in Delhi will conclude on August 11. Members will be enrolled online as well.
Story Links Persistent rain in the Knoxville area on Saturday postponed the University of Louisville’s softball games against Kansas and Bradley in the Tennessee Classic. The tournament will resume on Sunday with the Cardinals (4-5) facing Kansas at 9 a.m. and Bradley at 4:30 p.m. Louisville is slated to wrap up the tournament Monday at 11:30 a.m. with a rematch against Bradley and will take on host No. 7/8 Tennessee at 4:30 p.m. Tennessee Classic Schedule Sunday, Feb. 249:00 a.m. – Louisville vs. Kansas4:30 p.m. – Louisville vs. BradleyMonday, Feb. 2511:30 a.m. – Louisville vs. Bradley4:30 p.m. – Louisville at Tennessee Print Friendly Version
Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with affiliations to research facilities in Argentina, the U.K. and New Zealand, has confirmed that fossilized pollen grains found in Antarctica are members of the flowering plant family Asteraceae. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their research and conclude by suggesting that the fossils represent the family’s oldest fossils ever discovered. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences The Asteraceae family includes a lot of popular modern flowers—daisy’s, chrysanthemums, sunflowers, as well as gerberas, lettuce, artichokes and even dandelions. One of their main characteristics is inflorescence, which means they have clusters of flower heads that form the larger flower. It is believed that they played a major role in the evolutionary history of many insects and pollinating birds and also perhaps that of bees and wasps. Prior research had placed their earliest known evolutionary history to approximately 60 million years ago. This new research has revealed evidence that pushes that history back another 20 million years—to the Cretaceous, which means the flowers were growing back when dinosaurs were still around.The pollen grains were found on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula, a part of what was once the super-continent Gondwana—back then the area would have been covered by lush grasslands and temperate forests. In studying the fossils, the team noted their shape, size and surface sculpture, placing them in the species Tubulifloridites lillei—other samples had been found in Australia and New Zealand but it was not until the new fossils were found in Antarctica that researchers could definitively prove that they were also members of the Asteraceae family. Further study showed that the more recently found pollen grain fossils were similar in ways to members of the Barnadesioideae subfamily of Asteraceae found today in South America, which offers a hint of what the earlier flowers might have looked like.There is still more work to be done before the new fossil finds can be officially placed in the flowering plants family tree, but once that happens, the researchers are confident that they will be placed at a time approximately 80 million years ago. © 2015 Phys.org Early sunflower family fossil found in South America More information: Early evolution of the angiosperm clade Asteraceae in the Cretaceous of Antarctica, Viviana D. Barreda, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1423653112AbstractThe Asteraceae (sunflowers and daisies) are the most diverse family of flowering plants. Despite their prominent role in extant terrestrial ecosystems, the early evolutionary history of this family remains poorly understood. Here we report the discovery of a number of fossil pollen grains preserved in dinosaur-bearing deposits from the Late Cretaceous of Antarctica that drastically pushes back the timing of assumed origin of the family. Reliably dated to ∼76–66 Mya, these specimens are about 20 million years older than previously known records for the Asteraceae. Using a phylogenetic approach, we interpreted these fossil specimens as members of an extinct early diverging clade of the family, associated with subfamily Barnadesioideae. Based on a molecular phylogenetic tree calibrated using fossils, including the ones reported here, we estimated that the most recent common ancestor of the family lived at least 80 Mya in Gondwana, well before the thermal and biogeographical isolation of Antarctica. Most of the early diverging lineages of the family originated in a narrow time interval after the K/P boundary, 60–50 Mya, coinciding with a pronounced climatic warming during the Late Paleocene and Early Eocene, and the scene of a dramatic rise in flowering plant diversity. Our age estimates reduce earlier discrepancies between the age of the fossil record and previous molecular estimates for the origin of the family, bearing important implications in the evolution of flowering plants in general. Citation: Fossil pollen grains found in Antarctica push back evolutionary history of daisy family (2015, August 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-fossil-pollen-grains-antarctica-evolutionary.html A typical Asteraceae flower head (here Bidens torta) showing the individual flowers. Credit: Marshman/Wikipedia
ORLANDO — Waiting in line in the worst. But leave it to Disney to make even that a magical experience.The new Play Disney Parks app features several themed games that can only be played while waiting in line for a ride. How does it do this? It uses Bluetooth technology to track when you’re standing in line to unveil a series of ‘missions’, with clues hidden on nearby walls.Beacon sensors are so sophisticated that gameplay is scaled for each user, no matter if they’re standing in line for 10 minutes or over an hour. And since we’re talking about Disney here, it can even activate special effects around you, like rockets flying overhead and the appearance of Tinkerbell inside a lantern.But the best part? It’s designed to be played by the whole family using just one phone, encouraging all members to pass the phone around and participate.So for any parent worried about prolonged screen time (“I paid all this money to go to the park and all my kids want to do is be on their phones!”), the app actually enhances the visitor experience, engages users with their surroundings, promotes family bonding and forces people to interact with the world around them.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyHard to believe that an app can do all that, but again, we’re talking about Disney here.Disney’s Play app is free on iOS and Android, and works at Disneyland Resort and all four parks at Walt Disney World. Wednesday, July 18, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Apps, Disney, Orlando Posted by Disney’s new app does the impossible – it makes waiting in line actually enjoyable Share Travelweek Group
5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Go Rail, which had operated the Tallinn-Moscow route continuously since 1998, also dropped service to St. Petersburg earlier this month.Estonian public broadcaster ERR said it’s the first time in 65 years that Estonia has no passenger rail connections with Russia.Estonia, a former Soviet republic, regained independence in 1991. It joined the EU and NATO in 2004.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Train service between the capitals of Russia and Estonia has been suspended due to declining demand, reportedly for the first time in six decades.The Estonian railway company GoRail said European Union sanctions against Russia have led to a sharp decrease in the number of Russians visiting Estonia, making the Moscow-Tallinn route unprofitable. GoRail spokeswoman Kersti Gorskov said the last overnight train from Moscow arrived at Tallinn’s main train station on Tuesday. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share