Tejashwi snubs Anant Singh

first_imgDon-turned-MLA Anant Singh, who on Thursday said he would contest the Lok Sabha election from Munger, had also declared, in an apparent change of heart, that there was no leader bigger than Lalu Prasad in Bihar. On Friday, however, Mr. Yadav’s son and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav snubbed the MLA, saying “bad elements are not welcome in the party”. The Independent MLA from Mokama has had close ties with the ruling JD(U) for the last several years.last_img

28 militant supporters arrested in J&K: police

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday said 28 overground workers, a term used for those who give logistics support to militants, had been arrested in the Valley in the past month.A police spokesman said Bashir Ganie, a Srinagar resident, was behind the street protests in Anchar against the Centre’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. The area remained out of bounds for security forces for two months. “Ganie was a notorious law and order instigator. He was wanted in criminal and terror cases,” the spokesman said. The police said they had intensified the fight against militants, months after anti-militancy operations were slowed by the the lock-down since August 5 when the erstwhile State was bifurcated into two Union Territories. “Six terror modules were busted in the past one month. The coordinated efforts by the forces have mounted tremendous pressure on the terrorists…, leading to the arrest of 28 overground workers,” the police said. “Three arrested overground workers from Ladoo were behind the threat posters of the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Lashkar-e-Taiba. Six other overground workers of the Lashkar-e-Taiba were involved in arson and posters in north Kashmir,” it added. The police said one militant had surrendered in Pulwama and another overground worker of the Jaish-e-Mohammed was arrested in Srinagar in the same period.Director-General of Police Dilbag Singh, who chaired a meeting in Srinagar to review security on Thursday, directed the officers to strengthen the checkpoints across the Valley and augment the security grids to “ensure a safe and secure environment for the citizens”.“The action against terrorists should continue and all suspicious elements should be kept under check so as to foil their designs to disrupt life,” the spokesman said, quoting the DGP. Militants were making all-out attempts to disrupt the situation to please their masters across the border, he said. The police identified Hizbul Mujahideen militants Junaid and Zubair as the one who had carried out an attack during the ‘Back to Village’ programme in Anantnag on Tuesday. A sarpanch and an officer were killed in the attack. “They will be brought to justice,” the police said.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Mexico

first_imgMexico will be counting on Javier Hernandez and Giovani Dos Santos for success at the World CupWith few big names in its squad, Mexico could find it hard to make it out of its World Cup group.The Mexicans were drawn into Group A with Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon, and the absence of some European-based players won’t help.Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez and Villarreal forward Giovani Dos Santos should be there, but Real Sociedad forward Carlos Vela – maybe the country’s top offensive player – is a notable absence. Vela has declined to play for the national team, citing personal reasons.Here are five players to watch:RAFAEL MARQUEZRafael Marquez will be playing at his fourth World Cup and is charged with bringing much-needed experience and leadership.The former Barcelona defender, now Mexico’s 35-year-old captain, has had a mixed record since the last World Cup. Three injury-plagued seasons at MLS team New York Red Bulls seemed to mark the end of his career at the top level, but in December 2012 he signed for Mexican club Leon and led the team to a league title last year.Marquez’s strength is starting Mexico’s attacks from his center back position and in reading the game. Opposition teams may seek to exploit his lack of pace.JAVIER HERNANDEZJavier Hernandez is closing in on becoming Mexico’s top all-time goal scorer, but the Manchester United striker may not start in Brazil despite being the team’s most recognizable name and a regular since the last World Cup.advertisementLack of minutes in the Premier League has hampered Hernandez’s chances at the international level, and Oribe Peralta appears to be ahead of him in coach Miguel Herrera’s pecking order.”Chicharito,” the nickname he wears on his shirt, is likely to play the role of substitute at the World Cup as he does for his club when it needs a late goal.Known mainly for his ability to convert chances in the penalty area, a goal from Hernandez against France at the last World Cup helped secure a big win for Mexico.CARLOS PENACarlos Pena is one of the younger players that will be looking to make an impact at the World Cup with a move to Europe after the tournament a possibility.The attacking midfielder has secured a starting place for Mexico over the last six months and helped Leon to a 2013 Mexican league title.Pena is physically strong, has good stamina and is a goal-scoring threat. His nickname “Gullit” is derived from a hairstyle that resembles Netherlands great Ruud Gullit.GIOVANI DOS SANTOSGiovani Dos Santos debuted for Barcelona when he was just 18 and was compared to Brazil great Ronaldinho. But the forward’s career stalled when he moved to Tottenham in 2008 and struggled for playing time.The half-Brazilian joined Villarreal last year and has found some consistent form in Spain.Dos Santos was heavily criticized in Mexico for his performances in World Cup qualifying. But he played on the wing, instead of down the center, where he is set to feature for “El Tri” in Brazil.ORIBE PERALTAOribe Oeralta was the star in Mexico’s gold-medal win at the London Olympics and is set to lead the national team’s attack at the World Cup.Peralta made a name for himself late in his career, but has scored goals consistently over the last two years for both Santos Laguna and for Mexico.An all-round striker who can also create chances, Peralta is known for his work rate and ability to score spectacular goals.last_img read more

Ishant to undergo more tests on sore leg, says bowling coach Joe Dawes

first_imgIshant SharmaRuled out of the ongoing third Test due to a sore leg, pacer Ishant Sharma’s leg injury has left the team’s bowling coach Joe Dawes quite apprehensive and he said the star performer will have to be monitored carefully in the coming days.Tall fast bowler Pankaj Singh replaced Ishant in the Indian squad for the ongoing third Test against England.”Ishant has a sore leg. We need to do a few more tests but we have 11 days before for the next Test, so we will watch him carefully,” Dawes said after the opening day’s play yesterday.Asked at what juncture the team decided to leave him out, he said, “Pankaj was named in the first 12 yesterday. Ishant had a bowl in the morning before toss but he felt sore and then around 10.20 am (about ten minutes before toss) it was decided.”England reached a comfortable 247 for two on an easy pitch after Alastair Cook came back to form with 95 runs and Gary Ballance scored an unbeaten 104 runs, his second hundred of the series.”Maybe it was not the best days for our bowling attack, but Pankaj coming through was a real positive for us. He could have easily got a couple of wickets but things didn’t go his way. Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) had an off day. We are working on the consistency of our bowlers,” said the coach.Dawes also informed that the young Indian attack had dinner with West Indies great Michael Holding ahead of the match.”Yes, we had dinner with Michael Holding and the bowlers had a lot of questions for him. It was a good time spent with the royalty of fast bowling,” he added.advertisementCook was able to get away on the day when Ravindra Jadeja dropped him on 15. There have been a lot of changes in the slip cordon for India since the transition set in, and it doesn’t look set at the moment.”It is a new cordon and the ball wobbles a bit here in England after going past the bat. They are working hard as a group. Even Mark Waugh and Mark Taylor dropped a few in their time,” he signed off.last_img read more

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first_imgIndia and the United States are on the cusp of an era where the militaries of the two countries could see joint or coordinated actions across the Indo-Pacific, Biswal said.”We are, I believe, on the cusp of an era where we could well see the US and India doing joint or coordinated operation across the Indo Pacific,” she said.”We believe that India has an important role to play as a net security provider and as a guarantor of an open and rules based maritime order across the Indo-Pacific,” she said in response to a question from Senator Marco Rubio, the former Republican presidential aspirant.Biswal said of late there has been an “increase” and “dramatic scale up” of India-Japan ties.On the economic side, Japan has announced a major USD 100 billion investment in the Mumbai Delhi corridor.”We are also seeing increased co-operation on India Japan defense side,” she said, adding that the three countries are looking to enhance their cooperation in other areas like disaster relief and other platforms where the US, India and Japan can really advance a joint effort.Biswal said India US co-operation in the field of counter-terrorism is growing along the lines of strategic and defense partnership.”We have a very robust cooperation with India on counter terrorism that includes information and intelligence sharing, includes the sharing of tools and best practices so that we can enhance the capabilities to combat terrorism and violent extremism,” she said.India, Biswal said, has been a strong partner in combating terrorism financing.advertisement”We believe that the potential for greater cooperation is there,” she said. PTI LKJ ASK ASKlast_img read more

BAI announces 50 lakhs cash reward for Sindhu

first_imgNew Delhi, August 19 (PTI) Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta today announced a reward of Rs. 50 lakhs for P V Sindhu after she settled for a historic silver medal at the Rio Olympics. BAI also announced a reward of Rs. 10 lakhs for Dronacharya awardee coach Pullella Gopichand who trained Sindhu to achieve this feat. The World No. 10 lost to Spains Carolina Marin by 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in the thrilling final match held at Riocentro. This is Indias first silver Medal in Badminton. Saina Nehwal won the first medal ? Bronze ? for India in badminton in 2012 London Olympics. Praising Sindhus efforts, Dr. Das Gupta said, “I congratulate her for this historical achievement and bringing laurels for India. This is a huge milestone in Indian Badminton fraternity and it shows the strength of Indian badminton at the world stage. “This Silver Medal will surely motivate lakhs of children to take up the sport and inspire them perform above their ability. On behalf of BAI and Indian Badminton fraternity, I am congratulating her again for marvellous achievement. “I also congratulate Coach P Gopichand who again took India to new heights. Padma Bhushan Gopichand brought many laurels in his playing days and now his players are achieving new feats. Indian Badminton fraternity is very lucky to have a coach and mentor like him,” he added. Sindhu is the first women shuttler to reach final of badminton discipline in the Olympics. Sindhu became the fourth Indian to win a silver at the Olympics after shooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2004, Athens) and Vijay Kumar (2012, London) and wrestler Sushil Kumar (2012, London). The two-time World championship bronze medallist also became the fifth woman player from India to win a medal in Olympics and the first to clinch a silver. Weightlifter Karnam Malleshwari (2000, Sydney), boxer MC Mary Kom (2012, London), shuttler Saina Nehwal (2012, London) and wrestler Sakshi Malik (Rio, 2016) are the other women players from India to have won a medal in Olympics. PTI ATK PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy On8 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro: It’s beauty vs brawn

first_imgFresh from the surge in sales that gave Samsung the crown of the top phone maker back in India in Quarter 2, the company has launched another mainstream phone. This one is the Galaxy On8 and it is squarely aimed at some of the Xiaomi phones available in the market. Fun fact: Xiaomi was the Number 1 phone seller in Quarter 1, and in Q2 isn’t all that behind Samsung. So you can say that the race is on and that a lot rides on the Galaxy On8, and whether it succeeds against the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 series or not.With a price of Rs 16,990, the Galaxy On8 goes against the likes of Xiaomi’s all-rounder Redmi Note 5 Pro, which is currently selling for a starting price of Rs 14,999. The 6GB RAM version of the Xiaomi phone sells for Rs 16,999.So, how do the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Galaxy On8 compare? For now, given that the On8 has been launched just now, we can only do a quick comparison, mostly on the basis of the specs. And it doesn’t look that great for the On8, even though the phone may look better than the Redmi Note 5 Pro.There are some aspects where the Galaxy On8 seems better the Redmi Note 5 Pro, while in other aspects the Xiaomi phone is a clear winner. For instance, the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a better hardware setup than the Galaxy On8. While on the camera department, the Galaxy On8 seems to be better than Xiaomi phone. But let’s get into the nuances.advertisement– The Galaxy On8 comes equipped with a tall 6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, comes packed with a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2160p resolution and aspect ratio of 18:9. Samsung promises that the On8’s display will provide an immersive viewing experience to the users. And we believe that the display on the Galaxy On8 may turn out to be superior to the one in the Note 5 Pro. Reason? We are yet to see Super AMOLED display that is not excellent.– Talking about the performance, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro specs look promising and better than what you get inside the Samsung phone. The good bits first: the Redmi Note 5 Pro is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor. There is Adreno 509 graphics chip inside it. The Samsung Galaxy On8, meanwhile, comes packed with an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset, which is also found in some of the entry level phones like the Redmi 5 and the Honor 7C. We wish there would have been a better processor inside the On8, considering the fact that it is going to sell for over Rs 15,000. — The Galaxy On8 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo, and is expected to get upgraded to the Oreo 8.1 version in the months to come. The Redmi Note 5 Pro also runs 8.0 Oreo-based MIUI 9.Although to be fair to Xiaomi, do keep in mind that the company also has the Mi A2, a phone powered by Android One that is launching officially on August 8.– Both the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy On8 come with dual camera setup on the back and single sensor of the front. But the Galaxy On8 camera hardware looks to be better. The Redmi Note 5 Pro features a primary sensor of 12-megapixel with an aperture of f/2.2 and secondary sensor of 5-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture and depth sensing feature. The Redmi phone camera also packs features like dual-LED flash, panorama and HDR support. On the front, the Note 5 Pro comes packed with a 20-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/2.2.The Samsung Galaxy On8 comes equipped with a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/1.9 aperture. The smartphone comes with camera features like Samsung’s own Live Focus feature, which will help users capture bokeh shots. It also includes features like Background Blur Shape, Portrait Dolly, and Portrait Backdrop. On the front, the Samsung phone sports a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture. — The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a bigger battery than what you will get in the Galaxy On8. The Note 5 Pro comes with a 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 support, meaning the phone is capable of charging quickly. The Galaxy On8, on the other hand, houses a 3,500mAh battery. There is no word on the support for quick charge in the phone.– The Note 5 Pro is available in two variants — 4GB RAM+64GB storage and 6GB RAM+64GB storage. The Samsung Galaxy On8 will be available in only one variant — 4GB RAM+64GB storage — in India, starting August 6 onwards.advertisement– The Galaxy On8 also comes pre-loaded with Samsung Mall which uses artificial intelligence to let users shop by clicking a picture of a product and automatically getting results for the item across popular e-commerce platforms. It’s a feature, although we are not sure if it is very useful.Which one is better?Now that’s a little hard to decide. But the Redmi Note 5 Pro, because of its really good hardware, seems like an all-rounder. The Galaxy On8, on the other hand, looks like a phone that brings to mainstream users a really good screen, capable cameras and tasteful design, even though this design uses a lot of plastic unlike the Redmi Note 5 Pro that is more of a metal phone.Both the Samsung and the Xiaomi phone are good in their own way. While the Redmi Note 5 Pro is a powerful phone, the Galaxy On8 comes with a bigger display and better camera specs. Meanwhile, the Note 5 Pro comes with a bigger battery and fast charging support, but that isn’t the case with the On8. As for the cost, it would have helped Samsung if the price of the On8 was slightly on the lower side, say between Rs 12,000 – Rs 14,000. This is because the 4GB RAM model of the Galaxy On8 comes with the similar price tag as the 6GB RAM model of the Note 5 Pro.ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy On8 launched in India: Full specs, features and India priceAs far as the pricing, the Samsung Galaxy On8 comes with a price tag of Rs 16,990, while the Redmi Note 5 Pro sells for a starting price of Rs 14,999 and goes up to Rs 16,999 for the 6GB RAM variant.We will have more to say about the Galaxy On8 in the coming days.last_img read more

Wayne Rooney fined after arrest in December for public intoxication

first_imgFormer Manchester United star Wayne Rooney was arrested in December at Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C. for public intoxication, according to local police.Rooney, who has played for U.S. soccer team D.C. United since last year, was booked into the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on Dec. 16, on a charge of public intoxication stemming from an arrest by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police, the local sheriff’s office said.The English footballer was arrested at an international arrivals gate at Dulles after he triggered a door alarm but did not breach airport security, a Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokesman said in a statement.He received a $25 fine, according to court documents.Rooney, 33, was released later the same day on a personal recognizance bond, said Kraig Troxell, a spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.It was not immediately clear why authorities had delayed releasing details of Rooney’s arrest for more than two weeks.Rooney’s agent did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for the player was quoted by British media as saying he was “disorientated” after mixing sleeping pills with alcohol during a flight from Saudi Arabia.D.C. United said it was aware of the reports of Rooney’s arrest.”We are aware of news reports indicating that Wayne Rooney was arrested in December,” D.C. United said in a statement obtained by the Washington Post. “We understand the media’s interest in this matter but believe this is a private matter for Wayne that D.C. United will handle internally.”advertisementD.C. United did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Rooney, England’s former captain and all-time top scorer, joined the Major League Soccer club in mid-2018 in a deal that was reportedly worth more than $12 million and made him the highest paid player in D.C. United’s history.Liverpool-born Rooney was the latest addition to an elite list of former England captains to cross the Atlantic, following David Beckham and Steven Gerrard.Rooney burst into the consciousness of English soccer when he made his Premier League debut for Everton at age 16.He joined Manchester United for $35 million in 2004 and stayed there for 13 seasons – winning five English titles, one Champions League, one FA Cup, three League Cups and becoming the club’s all-time leading scorer with 253 goals.He earned 119 caps for England – a national record for an outfield player – and in 2015 he surpassed Manchester United great Bobby Charlton’s England goalscoring record, ending his international career with 53 goals for his country.Also Read | Blackpool fan protests on roof of Arsenal team bus before start of matchAlso Read | Sorry boss! Alexis Sanchez makes the mistake of sitting on manager Ole Solskjaer’s chairlast_img read more

USA’s World Cup 2026 bid: All you need to know

first_imgWorld Cup World Cup 2026: What cities will host USA, Mexico & Canada finals? Cady Siregar Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup trophy Getty Images World Cup With FIFA having announced the winners of the bid to host the finals in eight years, Goal takes a look at which cities will be participating FIFA has decided to host the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada as part of a joint bid that defeated Morocco on Wednesday.The North American nations’ pitch outscored Morocco on the official evaluation, which laid the groundwork for a return to the continent for the first time since USA hosted alone in 1994.Goal takes a look at the joint bid from the USA, Mexico and Canada joint bid to see which cities will be hosting the 48-team tournament – as well as the major cities who notably are excluded from the 23-city longlist. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Which cities would be hosting the 2026 World Cup? The three bidding countries submitted a 23-city list to FIFA – whittled down from an initial list comprising of 44 – and the governing body will pick from 16 cities.Chicago is a notable major American city to have not participated in the bid, with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel spokesman Matthew McGrath telling PA: “FIFA could not provide a basic level of certainty on some major unknowns that put our city and taxpayers at risk. The uncertainty for taxpayers, coupled with FIFA’s inflexibility and unwillingness to negotiate, were clear indications that further pursuit of the bid wasn’t in Chicago’s best interests.”Three countries from Canada and three countries from Mexico were also submitted, leaving the United States with the bulk of the hosting duty – with 17 cities submitted in the longlist.Vancouver, which hosted the 2015 Women’s World Cup final, will not be participating in the 2026 bid.United States: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C.Canada: Edmonton, Montreal, TorontoMexico: Mexico City, Guadalajara, MonterreyHave any of the bidding nations hosted a World Cup before? The United States was the last of the three nations to have hosted a World Cup, last hosting the finals in 1994 which were won by Brazil. The final was held at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Los Angeles, California, and were played across nine cities throughout the country – a small handful compared to their 2026 bid.The nine participating cities were Los Angeles, Stanford, Pontiac, East Rutherford, Dallas, Chicago, Orlando, Foxborough and Washington, D.C. – mostly at professional or college American football teams.Mexico hosted the tournament in 1970 and 1986 – the most recent finals taking place in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puebla, Monterrey, Queretaro, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nezahualcoyotl, Toluca, Leon, Iprapuato and Zapopan.Canada has never hosted a men’s World Cup final but hosted the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Vancouver, which was won by the United States.What was the bidding process?As per the FIFA rules, the 2026 World Cup is not allowed to be held in Europe or Asia due to the two continents hosting Russia and Qatar in 2018 and 2022 respectively. There must be a 12-year gap between continents hosting the finals. An African bid, a North American bid, a South American bid and an Oceanic bid were the only possible outcomes.There are set principles as relayed by FIFA as part of the process to select the host nation of the 2026 World Cup, such as: requirements relating to stadium and infrastructure, sustainable event management and human rights, and environmental protection.Morocco has been deemed “high risk” in the above factors – including transport, accommodations and stadiums – leading the United States to outscore them ahead of the June 13 bid. However, the North African country is believed to be popular among many of the voting countries and could cause an upset ahead of Russia 2018.How many teams are participating in the 2026 World Cup? The 2026 World Cup is expected to be the first tournament to feature an expanded 48 teams, following FIFA’s expansion from 32 participating teams.This will likely mean three-team groups in which 16 winners quality for the knockouts, where the format will remain identical to the one that has been present since 1986.last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp delighted with ‘big’ win over Chelsea

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp delighted with ‘big’ win over Chelseaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp was delighted with Liverpool’s ‘big win’ over Chelsea.Trent Alexander-Arnold’s venomous free-kick opened the scoring after 14 minutes, with Roberto Firmino making it two before half-time with a fine header.Chelsea had chances to get back into the game, with N’Golo Kante taking one of them in the second-half to give the hosts a chance. But Liverpool staved off the Blues fightback to maintain their perfect record for the season.Speaking after the match, Klopp said: “Very good in moments, in a lot of moments I would say, in periods. Chelsea had their moments, of course, because they are just a good team. “Two wonderful goals, a lot of brilliant pressing situations where we won the ball in the perfect space but then we didn’t use the ball and that situation well enough; we could have had much [more] chances in these situations. “After half-time, two big chances, could have been three and four, but we didn’t score so it was clear the game was still open and when Kante scored his wonderful goal then it was clear ‘game on, let’s go for it’. “Chelsea did that, we had to defend it and that’s a job to do. It is a difficult place to come, it is a while ago we won here, so it feels big, to be honest. It’s a big one.” last_img read more

Trekking: The Haswell Survival Knife is forged for perfection

first_img 11 Best Pocket Knives for Everyday Carry 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started 7 Best Hatchets for Camping, Backpacking, and Survival 10 Best History Books You Will Ever Read Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Liqueur Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.Blacksmiths are a dying breed — and we have modern consumerism and the advent of industrialization to thank for that. However, pockets of the profession still exist peppered throughout the United States and abroad, which allow for a small number of artisan blades to be crafted using a traditional hammer and anvil. Blacksmith Dylan Wanta is a prime example, one currently forging the black-flecked Haswell Survival Knife ($120) in partnership with Colorado’s Coalatree Organics.Hand-forged outside of Salt Lake City using a bar of 1095 thigh-carbon steel, the Haswell Survival knife is anything but ordinary. Wanta cools each individual blade to room temperature before polishing it with Japanese water stones and finishing it on a Sheffield strope. The result is 4.5-inch blade that feels particularly hefty in the palm of your hand — one more apt for car camping than a backpacking given its size and 14-ounce weight. Nonetheless, each comes outfitted with its own rugged, hand-sewn leather sheath and hilted with a gorgeous handle crafted of either curly maple or walnut. An oil-sealed treatment works to bring out the natural color of the wooden handle, too, while giving each hilt a luxurious feel that’s often absent from your typical Swiss Army knife and the girth of modern blades.Related: The Zubin Axe is the Swiss Army knife of walking sticksA convenient lanyard hole, set of brass pins, and a Scandi ground edge round out the knife’s feature set, the latter of which adds to the blade’s longevity at the expense of some cutting ability. The entire process is fairly labor-intensive, and though it might leave the knife prone to minor imperfections, the traditional method also renders each blade unique and one of a kind. Now, if only Wanta had crafted more than 50 blades.Check out Coalatree Organics online for more information, to make a purchase, or to browse the company’s fine selection of outdoor goods and sustainable apparel.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement We all knew that Koerner Hall was beautiful and that its acoustics were amazing from the moment we first set foot in the 1,135-seat auditorium nine years ago. But it took a few years to see how successful it would be as a musical draw for Torontonians.It turns out there was no cause to worry. In fact, Koerner Hall may be Toronto’s must successful music venue in terms of not discriminating between any sort or style of music. Jazz, world music and pop musicians are just as happy playing the room as people from the classical world. The story is the same for their audiences.The visible proof of how well this melting-pot of a music box has succeeded is on display in Koerner Hall’s 10th anniversary season, unveiled at a big Royal Conservatory of Music party on Monday evening. There is literally something for everyone on the bill. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment There will be a little cluster of opening and closing concerts packaged as festivals to bookend the 2018-19 season. The openers include Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain, conducted by Yannick Nézét-Séguin. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ban urges Sudan to cooperate with prosecutors probing Darfur war crimes

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he was “deeply concerned about the reported lack of cooperation” of the Sudanese Government with prosecutors at the ICC, which is based in The Hague.“There can be no sustainable peace without justice,” the statement said. “Peace and justice go hand in hand. Impunity for the serious crimes committed in Darfur cannot be accepted.”A Security Council resolution from 2005 requires Sudan to fully cooperate with the ICC and obliges the country to arrest and surrender those indicted by the Court.In his address to the Council earlier today, ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo issued a strong warning that without increased assistance from the international community people in Darfur will be “eliminated.”Addressing an open meeting of the 15-member body, he said that “citizens from the Sudan are being deliberately attacked by Sudanese officials…. The entire Darfur region is a crime scene. Despite promises and denials, over the last five years, millions of civilians have been targeted by officials who vowed to protect them. Impunity reigns.”Despite arrest warrants being issued last April for Ahmad Harun, former Sudanese Minister of State for the Interior and now the Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs, and Ali Kushayb, a leader of a pro-Government Janjaweed militia, the two men – accused of committing war crimes – have yet to be apprehended. “The Sudanese Government tolerates the firefighters and promotes the arsonists at the same time,” the Prosecutor said, calling on both the international community and the Council to widen efforts to bring the two men to justice.“The Council must make publicly clear that the two fugitive indictees and those who protect them will not benefit from any lenience, any support from the international committee,” he told the debate, which included more than one dozen speakers.This year alone, the Janjaweed, who are “integrated into the Sudanese security apparatus and stationed in the vicinity of camps,” have forced over 100,000 people from their homes using “systematic” attacks – including rapes and land usurpation.He also voiced concern over attacks against peacekeepers and aid workers in Darfur, where more than 2.7 million people have become displaced since 2003 because of the fighting between rebels, Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen and another 300,000 people are estimated to have died through combat, disease, malnutrition or reduced life expectancy. The Prosecutor informed the Council that he will present a second case to the Court next month. It will concern “the use of the entire state apparatus for the past five years to attack the civilian population in Darfur,” he told journalists after the Council meeting. 5 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Sudan to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to ensure justice for the victims of crimes committed in the war-torn Darfur region after the Court’s Prosecutor reported that the country is “deliberately” attacking civilians. read more

AIMCo investing US500M in Howard Midstream for more US oil and gas

AIMCo investing US$500M in Howard Midstream for more U.S. oil and gas exposure by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 22, 2016 12:20 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Alberta Investment Management Corp. says it is investing US$500 million in Howard Midstream Energy Partners to expand its exposure to the U.S. energy sector.The provincially-owned investment corporation said Monday it had already bought US$300 million worth of Howard Energy Partners preferred units and has committed to buy US$200 million more.AIMCo said the deal gives it exposure to an attractive infrastructure portfolio that will produce stable, fee-based cash flows.Texas-based Howard Energy Partners owns and operates a network of pipelines, processing plants, storage facilities and other midstream infrastructure that service natural gas fields in Texas and Pennsylvania.AIMCo is an arms-length agency of the Alberta government that manages more than $90 billion in investments on behalf of 31 public sector pension, endowment and government funds. read more

In a condolence message UN chief hopes Thailand will continue to honour

“[King Bhumibol] was revered by the people of Thailand and highly respected internationally,” said Mr. Ban according to a statement issued by his Office. King Bhumibol, who passed away earlier today, had been the world’s longest reigning monarch. In 2006, he was presented the UN’s first Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless efforts to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in Thailand as an example to the world. In the statement today, Secretary-General Ban also acknowledged King Bhumibol’s long dedication to his country and his legacy as a unifying national leader.Mr. Ban also expressed his hope that Thailand will continue to honour King Bhumibol’s legacy of commitment to universal values and respect for human rights. read more

Mo Yan of China wins Nobel Literature Prize

first_imgMo Yan has published novels, short stories and essays on various topics, and despite his social criticism is seen in his homeland as one of the foremost contemporary authors, the Nobel committee noted.In his writing Mo Yan draws on his youthful experiences and on settings in the province of his birth.Last year, the literature prize went to Swedish poet Tomas Transtroemer.The literature prize is the fourth and one of the most watched announcements this Nobel season, following the prizes for medicine, physics and chemistry earlier this week.The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday, with the field of possible winners wide open, followed by the Economics Prize on Monday, wrapping up the Nobel season.As tradition dictates, the laureates will receive their prizes at formal ceremonies in Stockholm and Oslo on 10 December, the anniversary of the death of prize creator Alfred Nobel in 1896.Because of the economic crisis, the Nobel Foundation has slashed the prize sum to eight million Swedish kronor (€930,000) per award, down from the 10 million kronor awarded since 2001.APRead more: French and American scientists win Nobel Physics Prize > CHINESE AUTHOR MO Yan has won the Nobel Literature Prize for writing that mixes folk tales, history and the contemporary, the Swedish Academy announced.“Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition,” the Swedish Academy said.Yan, whose real name is Guan Moye and was born in 1955, “with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary,” the jury said.last_img read more

Ancient humans may have reached Americas 100000 years earlier than previously thought

first_img Image: San Diego Natural History Museum via Screengrab 16,389 Views Apr 26th 2017, 10:51 PM http://jrnl.ie/3360487 HIGH-TECH DATING of mastodon remains found in southern California has shattered the timeline of human migration to America, pushing the presence of hominins back to 130,000 years ago rather than just 15,000 years, researchers have said.Teeth and bones of the elephant-like creature unmistakably modified by human hands, along with stone hammers and anvils, leave no doubt that some species of early human feasted on its carcass, they reported in the journal Nature.Discovered in 1992 during construction work to expand an expressway, the bone fragments “show clear signs of having been deliberately broken by humans with manual dexterity,” said lead author Steve Holen, director of research at the Center for American Paleolithic Research.Up to now, the earliest confirmed passage of our ancestors into North America took place about 15,000 years ago. These were modern humans – Homo sapiens – that probably crossed from Siberia into what is today Alaska, by land or along the coast.There have been several other claims of an even earlier bipedal footprint on the continent, but none would take that timeline back further than 50,000 years, and all remain sharply contested.The absence of human remains at the California site throws wide open the question of who these mysterious hunters were, as well as when – and how – they arrived on American shores.A genetic linkOne possibility that can be excluded with high confidence is that they were like us. Homo sapiens, experts say, did not exit Africa until about 80,000 to 100,000 years ago.But that still leaves a wide range of candidates, including several other hominin species that roamed Eurasia 130,000 years ago, the authors said.They include Homo erectus, whose earliest traces date back nearly two million years; Neanderthals, who fought and co-mingled with modern humans across Europe before dying out some 40,000 years ago; and an enigmatic species called Denisovans, whose DNA survives today in Australian aboriginals.In a companion analysis, Holen and his team argue that – despite rising seas 130,000 years ago due to an inter-glacial period of warming – the overseas distances to the Americas were within the capacity of human populations at the time.Intriguingly, in light of the new find, recent studies have also shown a genetic link between present-day Amazonian native Americans and some Asian and Australian peoples.The picture that emerges “indicates a diverse set of founding populations of the Americas,” said Erella Hovers, an anthropologist at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who did not take part in the new study.As for the early humans who carved up the bones at the Cerutti Mastodon site in San Diego, named for the paleontologist who discovered it, they likely died out, leaving no genetic trace in modern North Americans, the authors conjectured.Previous attempts to accurately date artefacts at the site fell short.Then, in 2014, co-author James Paces, a researcher with the US Geological Survey, used state-of-the-art radiometric methods to measure traces of natural uranium and its decaying by-products in the mastodon bones, which were still fresh when broken by precise blows from stone hammers.– © AFP 2017 Read: Five thousand years of death: The secrets uncovered at Hellfire Club siteRead: Google launches Dead Sea Scrolls online library Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 10:51 PM No human remains were actually found at the site in California. Image: San Diego Natural History Museum via Screengrabcenter_img 24 Comments No human remains were actually found at the site in California. Share150 Tweet Email1 Ancient humans may have reached Americas 100,000 years earlier than previously thought Teeth and bones of an elephant-like creature unmistakably modified by human hands were discovered. Short URL By AFPlast_img read more

Google veut concurrencer Apple en lançant son One Pass

first_imgGoogle veut concurrencer Apple en lançant son One PassLe moteur de recherche vient de lancer une plateforme en ligne que les éditeurs peuvent utiliser pour vendre leurs publications. Google emboîte le pas à Apple. En début de semaine, la firme à la pomme annonçait qu’elle venait de lancer un service d’abonnement à la presse via l’App Store. A présent, c’est au tour du moteur de recherche de lancer son propre système, baptisé One Pass (lien non disponible). Celui-ci est également destiné aux éditeurs de presse, et pourra leur permettre de vendre leurs contenus (abonnement, vente au numéro, article à l’unité…). Les éditeurs pourront fixer leurs prix eux-mêmes. Et à la différence d’Apple, Google ne va percevoir que 10% de ces revenus, contre 30% pour la firme de Cupertino.”Notre objectif est de fournir une plate-forme ouverte et flexible qui renforce notre engagement à soutenir les éditeurs, le journalisme et l’accès à un contenu de qualité”, a déclaré Google, cité par ZDNet.fr.La plateforme est déjà disponible en France, en Allemagne, en Angleterre, en Espagne, en Italie, aux Etats-Unis et au Canada. Le 18 février 2011 à 10:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

54 Egyptian police killed in ambush say officials

first_imgCAIRO (AP) — At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo was ambushed, officials said Saturday. The ensuing firefight was one of the deadliest for Egyptian security forces in recent years.Two police officials told The Associated Press that the exchange of fire began late Friday in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya area in Giza province, about 135 kilometers (84 miles) southwest of Cairo.They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.The firefight began when security forces acting on intelligence moved against a militants’ hideout in the area. Backed by armored personnel carriers and led by senior counterterrorism officers, the police contingent drew fire and rocket-propelled grenades, according to the officials.The officials said what happened next is not clear, but added that the force likely ran out of ammunition and that the militants captured several policemen and later killed them.The officials said the police force appeared to have fallen into a carefully planned ambush set up by the militants. The death toll could increase, they added.last_img read more