Stinky Whale Clumps, Now in Fossil Form

first_imgRocky lumps found eroding from ancient clay-rich sediments in Italy may be the first known fossils of ambergris, a fragrant and flammable substance produced in the intestines of sperm whales. What’s more, according to a new study, the large number of lumps discovered within a very small area hints that these fossils may be all that’s left of a mysterious mass die-off of the giant creatures.Ambergris—Latin for “gray amber”—is a dull, waxy material produced in the intestines of sperm whales. Because squid beaks are commonly found embedded in the lumps, scientists have suggested that the whales produce the smelly substance to protect their lower digestive system from indigestible sharp objects. Ironically, the soft, fatty precursor of ambergris—which, unsurprisingly, starts out smelling like poop—hardens and darkens while floating at sea, ending up with a distinctive, musky smell long prized by perfumemakers. At current prices, a 1-kilogram sample can be worth $20,000 or more. (In most modern perfumes, however, the rare and fragrant substance has largely been replaced by synthetic materials.)Because the fecal matter of dinosaurs and other ancient creatures has been found in the fossil record, ambergris should have been preserved, too, says Angela Baldanza, a sedimentary geologist at the University of Perugia in Italy. 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They seemed to be fossils, she notes, but they didn’t look like any trace fossils she’d ever seen. What they did look like were lumps of ambergris, so the team began a detailed analysis.A variety of clues eventually led the researchers to identify the masses as fossilized ambergris, the researchers will report in a forthcoming print issue of Geology. First, Baldanza says, was their size and shape. The elongated lumps are 30 to 60 centimeters high and from 60 centimeters to 1.2 meters across, and each one has a tapered, grooved end. (In the two ambergris lumps found within modern-day sperm whales and described in detail, the tapered end pointed toward the whale’s anus and the larger, more rounded end pointed toward the whale’s stomach.) Second, several of the lumps contain fossilized squid beaks—remains of a modern-day sperm whale’s favorite prey. Third, chemical analyses of the rocks yielded eight amino acids consistent with those found in squid beaks, as well as substances produced only by a mammalian digestive tract. Finally, other fossils in the clay-rich sediments surrounding the lumps indicate that the materials were laid down on a sea floor no more than 150 meters deep about 1.75 million years ago, she notes. Sperm whales are known to have inhabited the Mediterranean at the time, Baldanza notes.“With four lines of evidence, I think they’ve really nailed the interpretation” that this is fossilized ambergris, says Anthony Martin, an ichnologist (a specialist in trace fossils) at Emory University in Atlanta.The team’s evidence is circumstantial but compelling, adds Nicholas Pyenson, a vertebrate paleontologist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. “Is this fossil ambergris?” he asks. “They’ve made a pretty good case for it.”“The geochemistry was what really [convinced] me,” says Andrew Rindsberg, an ichnologist at the University of West Alabama in Livingston.Baldanza and her colleagues found 25 of the fossils in a region covering only 1200 square meters—an area a little smaller than three basketball courts. That leads them to suggest that the concentration of lumps may have come about when a large number of whales died and then sank to the sea floor, where the carcasses quickly decomposed in the warm, shallow waters but the ambergris—which on its own typically floats—was buried and preserved.What may have killed so many whales all at once is a mystery, the researchers say, but causes could include disease, environmental stress, or even a mass stranding while chasing schools of squid into a freshwater bay.The mass stranding interpretation is “speculative but plausible,” Martin says. One problem with that scenario, he notes, is explaining how the carcasses were transported from shore out to their final resting place but still remained close together.last_img read more

Kim Overcomes Rough Start to Win Playoff at Lake Merced

first_imgDALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — Known for an attacking style that has led to two of three lowest 72-hole scores in LPGA Tour history, Sei Young Kim had to adapt to win the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship at tight and tricky Lake Merced Golf Club.Already playing through a back injury that forced her to alter her swing, the 26-year-old South Korean overcame a rough start Sunday in cold and windy conditions, then fended off Bronte Law and Jeongeun Lee6 with a birdie on the first extra hole. She won for the eighth time on the LPGA Tour, improving to 4-0 in playoffs.“I think that this win very hardest to win in my life, ever,” Kim said. “Last seven wins, I played really well final round. But today I wasn’t good final round. So I think that playing style, little tough to win. It means a lot.”Kim Sei-young, of South Korea, smiles after winning the first playoff hole of the Lake Merced Golf Club to win the LPGA Mediheal Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Daly City, Calif. Kim was in a playoff with Bronte Law, of England, and Lee Jeong-eun, of South Korea. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)Three strokes ahead entering the day, Kim opened with a double bogey and a bogey and dropped another stroke on No. 8. She birdied the par-5 15th to regain a share of the lead, dropped back with a bogey on the par-3 17th and birdied the par-5 18th for a 3-over 75 and a spot in the playoff at 7-under 281.“Even tough pin position, I try to go to the aggressive strategy,” Kim said. “But that strategy make the first hole and the second hole, third holes like no good result. After that I changed the strategy. If the pin position easy, going to the aggressive. If not, just avoid the pin, stay stable.”Law closed with a 65, finishing about 2 1/2 hours before Kim, and Lee6 had a 67.Kim nearly retraced her regulation path on the 18th in the playoff, almost driving into her own divot and hitting another 4-iron from 199 yards a foot closer than before onto the front right fringe.Kim Sei-young, of South Korea, kisses her trophy on 18th green of the Lake Merced Golf Club after winning the LPGA Mediheal Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Daly City, Calif. Kim was in a playoff with Bronte Law, of England, and Lee Jeong-eun, of South Korea. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)Law left her approach short and right and pitched to 6 feet. Lee6’s approach bounced into the middle of the green, leaving her a 40-foot eagle putt that she hit 6 feet past. After Kim putted to 2 feet, Law missed her birdie putt to the right, and Lee6’s try went left. Kim then ended it.She won for fifth straight year and first since shooting 31-under 257 last summer in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Wisconsin to break the LPGA Tour record of 27-under 261 she shared with Annika Sorenstam.“Totally different,” Kim said. “When I shoot the 31 under and I look at the hole, just every hole in. But today, it wasn’t. Most hole like miss the hole.”Law, the 24-year-old former UCLA star from England, missed a chance to tie the LPGA Tour record for the largest comeback at 10 strokes.“Obviously, the greens are quite bumpy right now, it makes it kind of difficult at the end,” Law said. “Thought I hit a good putt there, so it didn’t go in. It happens.”She made five birdies in a six-hole stretch in the middle of the round and reached 7 under with a 4-wood to 4 feet for eagle on No. 15. She parred the last three, canceled her scheduled flight and waited to see if she’d win or get into a playoff.“Ultimately, waiting around that long is tough, to even get back into the mindset of, like, ‘OK, I got to go out and play again,’” Law said. “But that’s part of the job.”Lee6 played the final four holes in regulation in 4 under, holing a 12-footer for eagle on 15 and making birdies on 16 and 18.“Not really happy with the three putts,” Lee6 said through a translator.The 22-year-old South Korean has the number in her name because she was the sixth player with the name on the Korean LPGA. She has embraced the number, answering to it and writing a large “6” on her balls. Her South Korean fan club is called “Lucky 6.” Jeongeun Lee5 also plays the LPGA Tour.Lexi Thompson, Amy Yang, Eun-Hee Jiand Charley Hull tied for fourth at 5 under. Thompson, Yang and Ji each shot 71, and Hull had a 74. Hull eagled the 15th to get within a stroke of the lead, then bogeyed the 16th and parred the final two.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Real Kashmir reveal reason for not tweeting on Pulwama. Very convenient, says Ranjit Bajaj

first_imgThe last five days have been traumatic for India – from at least 40 CRPF personnel getting killed in Pulwama due to a terrorist attack to reactions and warnings flying around, these have been a difficult few days for the country. On the sidelines of this devastating attack, Indian football has been hit by a major controversy as Real Kashmir FC and Minerva Punjab FC battle it out for three points in the Hero I-League, not on the pitch but off it.On the forefront, it is supposed to be a footballing battle between Real Kashmir and Minerva Punjab but the background noise has been so loud that it’s hard to miss. May be the battleground should have been limited to the football ground but it spread far ahead.While Minerva Punjab fought unwilling to travel to Srinagar for the I-League match under current circumstances citing security issues, All India Football Federation and Real Kashmir said the situation was under control and the match got a go-ahead from the AIFF. Minerva did not turn up for the match and have now taken AIFF to the court while Real Kashmir are asking for three points from the match.Amid all of this, Minerva owner Ranjit Bajaj and various other social media users have raised questions over the fact that Real Kashmir did not condemn the Pulwama terror attack officially on their Twitter account.Twitter handle of club meant to tweet football-related stuff: ChattooReal Kashmir have been subjected to immense abuse on social media for the above-mentioned reason but the club’s co-owner Sandeep Chattoo told their club policies do not allow them to make any such post.advertisement”My name is Sandeep, it’s not a totally Muslim club that anybody can point fingers. I am Sandeep, I am a Kashmiri pandit. So what does he [Ranjit Bajaj] mean to say by that? From the day we formed the club here, we made it a point that we will not indulge in anything on our Twitter handle, except whatever is sports-related,” Chattoo said.”In Kashmir, the magnitudes are different but incidents take place day in and day out, then we have to tweet about everything. Our football club is a very professional club. Whatever we tweet that we do from our personal accounts. The Twitter handle from our club is just meant to tweet whatever is related to the sports activities.”We are in Kashmir, we are not in Chennai, we are not in Punjab, we have to be very, very sensitive and very realistic to everything around. This is just nonsense. It is like building a sentiment for them so that people think they are not wrong. How does our tweeting matter. Has he gone through my Facebook page, or Facebook page of my wife? This is the Twitter handle of the club, please try and understand,” Chattoo added.”We don’t call any politicians to our games, we are on our own. Official Twitter handle of Real Kashmir does not deal with anything non-sports. Moreover, we have done it in our own way. Bengaluru FC wants to play with us despite all this, Jindal has tweeted today [Tuesday]. What do we mean to say by ‘play to heal’. It is for the people to understand. What does it mean by ‘let’s play to heal’? What is the concept of this football club? We are not here to make money, we are here to change people’s perception of this place, to give hope to the youth here, to do something for the youth here,” Chattoo stated.Whole of Kashmir was waiting for today’s game against @minervapunjabfc. What a shame they did not turn up. Everything was in place.Earlier we even agreed to change the date from 17 to 18 Feb considering their @TheAFCCL travel issues. Video shows situation. Play to heal not hate. Kashmir FC (@realkashmirfc) February 18, 2019Very convenient: Ranjit BajajSandeep Chattoo’s arguments, however, did not go down well with Minerva owner Bajaj. He called it a “very convenient” escape and alleged that they had compulsion due to which they cannot condemn.”This is a very convenient that we don’t speak about anything officially but sports. I will tell you why they don’t because if they do it, 90 percent of their followers will go away, simple as that. You go and check out social media profiles of their followers and you will see what I am talking about,” Bajaj said to “All we wanted from Real Kashmir was that, all the Indian clubs had issued a statement condemning the attack, we wanted them to at least condemn the attack. There has not been one message of condemnation from Real Kashmir. If they want to play in Hero I-League, where I is for Indian, the least they can do is condemn the attack that has happened in their state against our forces. It has not happened in any other state but they not even one condemnation has come from their official site.advertisement”I can’t believe it, I have been poking them for the last four days for one message of condemnation. If somebody poked me that much, just to shut up the person I would post that thing. Imagine the compulsions they have that even when the whole country is talking about the fact that they haven’t condemned the attack, they are still not posting about it,” Bajaj further said.Bajaj also said that being an Indian club they have to condemn an attack of the magnitude of Pulwama and they can’t expect to not be questioned over lack of a statement.”The least we expect from Real Kashmir as an Indian club is condemn the attack. This I can say as a football club owner as well. As a football club owner also, you should condemn the attack. It’s not a small attack but something like Mumbai [26/11], Uri or Pulwama or if the parliament gets attacked, these are huge. You as an Indian have to condemn it. If you think you live in a society that’s so great that you can do all this and still have nobody questions you, I am sorry, we are not that advanced yet,” Bajaj concluded.It is clear that both the sides have strong opinions and thought processes in place over the functioning of their clubs but with the trouble only brewing further, the topic is no more just football. There are two football clubs in the background of an I-League match but the talks are about anything but football.Also Read | We appeal AIFF to postpone Feb 28 Srinagar match but will go if ‘forced’ to: East BengalAlso Read | Bengaluru FC ready to play in Srinagar. Let’s do this, say Real KashmirAlso Read | Minerva’s petition at Delhi High Court likely to come up for hearing on Friday: LawyerAlso See:last_img read more

Cosco Wins Concession of Khalifa Ports New Terminal

first_imgzoom Port developer and operator Abu Dhabi Ports has awarded a 35-year concession to build and operate a new container terminal at Khalifa Port to China-based Cosco Shipping Ports Limited – Abu Dhabi (CSPL SPV).Cosco Shipping Ports Limited will operate a container terminal with a draft depth of 18 metres, with 1200 metres of quay wall and adjacent land. The first 800 metres of the quay length is expected to commence operations in the first half of 2018 and the later 400 metres is set to commence operations in 2020.Once the expansion areas are occupied, the concession area will span an area of approximately 70 hectares with 3 berths, which will add 2.4 million TEUs a year to the port’s existing capacity of 2.5 million TEUs.The agreement includes the option for a further 600 metre of quay length in the future to allow for anticipated volume growth, the nominal annual handling capacity will increase to 3.5 million TEUs when all phases are complete, creating a new overall annual capacity of up to 6 million TEUs.The global port operator giant is establishing a joint venture company to operate the new Khalifa Port Container Terminal 2 in Khalifa Port, which will be entitled concession rights of the terminal for a span of 35 years, with a renewable period of 5 additional years. CSPL SPV will have the controlling stake in the joint venture company, Abu Dhabi Ports said.“The signing of the concession agreement between Abu Dhabi Ports Company and COSCO Shipping Ports Limited will significantly expand trade between China, the UAE and the broader region. It will greatly enhance the UAE and Abu Dhabi’s role as a key logistics and trading hub, between East and West and will also serve to further diversify the UAE’s dynamic and growing economy,” Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of ADPC, said.last_img read more

Beyonce I Was Here For World Humanitarian Day

first_imgBeyoncé Knowles, the UN and humanitarian aid organizations are launching a global campaign today to shine a spotlight on humanitarian work and encourage people around the world to get involved by doing something good for others.World Humanitarian Day is a global day to celebrate humanity and the spirit of people helping people.The World Humanitarian Day music video for Beyoncé’s song “I Was Here” will be filmed in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York in front of a live audience. It will be released globally on 19 August. Beyoncé and songwriter Diane Warren are donating the video to the campaign.“World Humanitarian Day celebrates humanitarian work,” said Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. “I hope everyone will pledge to complete at least one humanitarian action – however great or small – through Together we can create an unprecedented awareness of the plight of people affected by crises around the world.”The campaign website provides everyone with an opportunity to unite and share his or her individual acts of good. On 19 August, the campaign aims to reach 1 billion people in a day with a single message.“We all see the headlines and we think what can I really do to help?” said Beyoncé. “World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity for all of us to work together to make a difference. This is our time to leave our mark on the world and show that we were here and we care.”The campaign is launched in collaboration with award-winning advertising agency Droga5, the UN humanitarian arm’s lead agency for special projects. Production company Ridley Scott & Associates and directors Kenzo Digital and Sophie Muller will help bring the initiative to life.“There are few forces for good as extensive and important as the United Nations,” said David Droga, Founder and Creative Chairman, Droga5. “Being able to work with them and other global aid organizations for World Humanitarian Day is a humbling and extraordinary opportunity.”Communities and organizations across the globe will celebrate World Humanitarian Day through commemorations and public events, from Dubai to Geneva, Bangkok to Panama City and Addis Ababa to New York.In 2008, the UN General Assembly designated 19 August World Humanitarian Day to raise public awareness of humanitarian assistance worldwide, recognize people who risk their lives to help people in need, wherever they are, and to mark the day in 2003 when 22 people lost their lives in an attack on the UN offices in Baghdad.It takes only five simple steps to support World Humanitarian Day.1. Visit www.whd-iwashere.org2. Click on “Show Your Support”. 3. Choose to support World Humanitarian Day via Twitter, Facebook or both, and get the word out to your friends and followers.4. Continue tweeting and posting in the lead-up to 19 August.5. On 19 August, make your mark by doing something in your local community, and watch as everyone’s World Humanitarian Day messages are simultaneously shared around the world.Source:UNOCHA.orglast_img read more

Football JK Dobbins sets Ohio State freshman rushing record

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the third quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorINDIANAPOLIS — Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins etched his name in the history book, setting the program record for most rushing yards by a freshman. Dobbins broke the record on a 77-yard carry in the second quarter of the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin to give him 1,274 yards. That rush was the second-longest in the history of the game, behind an 81-yard rush by former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin.Maurice Clarett previously held the record with 1,237 yards.Dobbins became the fourth freshman running back with 1,000 rushing yards against Michigan State. Clarett, Robert Smith and redshirt sophomore Mike Weber are the only other players to accomplish the milestone for the Buckeyes. read more

Turkish captain claims Greek coast guard fired on his ship

first_imgTurkey’s NTV broadcaster reported that s cargo vessel sailing under the Turkish flag, named ‘ACT,’ came under fire from Greek coast guard boats in the Aegean Sea earlier today.The Turkish Foreign Ministry said it strongly condemns the incident in which Greek coast guard boats reportedly fired shots at a Turkish freighter in the Aegean Sea on Monday, calling it an “unmeasured” act on the part of Athens.“There is no justification… for firing on an unarmed commercial ship carrying freight between two Turkish ports. Our sole consolation is that nobody was killed or injured as a result of the incident,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Ankara said it condemns the actions of the Greek coast guard, carried out in “disregard for human life, which is the most basic right.”The ministry said it was important to notify the international community of Athens’ behavior to make sure “similar events will never happen again.”The freighter reportedly picked up cargo in the Turkish port of Iskenderun and was moving in the direction of the Izmit Bay of the Sea of Marmara, Reuters reports.While in the Aegean Sea, the Turkish ship was allegedly approached by Greek coast guard vessels, which demanded that it enter a port on the Greek island of Rhodes for cargo inspection.The Turkish captain allegedly ignored the call, which led to the Greek coast guards opening fire on the freighter.“We did not accept this. They wanted to check (the ship), and we didn’t accept that. They said they would fire if we didn’t stop, they did what they said. Now there are 16 holes in the ship,” the freighter’s captain, Sami Kalkavan, told CNN Turk.Meanwhile, Kalkavan didn’t specify what cargo his ship was carrying and why he didn’t want it to be inspected.The Greek coast guard said in a statement that only warning shots were fired as a vessel carrying a Turkish flag refused to cooperate before returning to Turkish waters.According to the Greek official statement “the Turkish vessel was in Greek [territorial] waters, thus, when there was no reaction to the demand of the coast guard, warning fire was opened.”The Greek Coast Guard said it tried to stop the vessel following “an anonymous telephone complaint” that it was carrying narcotics, however, according to Reuters, the Greek side refused to comment further. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Amazon vers un Kindle tactile

first_imgAmazon : vers un Kindle tactile ?États-Unis – Le Kindle pourrait connaître une évolution importante. Grâce au rachat, encore non-confirmé, de Touchco, Amazon proposerait une version tactile de son produit phare.Amazon aurait racheté Touchco, une entreprise spécialisée dans les technologies tactiles. Cette opération pourrait permettre à l’entreprise américaine de donner une nouvelle dimension au Kindle en lui intégrant un écran tactile. Touchco, une entreprise de six employés, produisait des écrans tactiles avant l’annonce de la cessation de son activité en janvier. Ainsi, Amazon pourrait rendre son Kindle plus attractif après la récente sortie de l’iPad d’Apple. Mais pour le moment, aucune confirmation n’a été faite quant à cette opération.Le 5 février 2010 à 15:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Watch Used SpaceX Rocket Will Launch 3 EarthWatching Satellites

first_img ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas SpaceX is launching three Earth-observing satellites for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) on June 12 and the space technology company is live streaming the liftoff event.On Wednesday morning, a Falcon 9 rocket with a pre-flown first stage will launch the Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) from the California-based Vandenberg Air Force Base, with the launch window opening at 10:17 a.m. EST, reported. SpaceX will livestream the RCM launch on its YouTube channel.Once the 13-minute launch window begins, the two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, which previously helped with SpaceX’s Demo-1 Mission, will take off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, launch the three “Earth-watching” satellites into orbit, and aim for a landing attempt that will take place roughly eight minutes after liftoff and involve the first stage descending to Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Landing Zone 4. According to the CSA, the RCM satellites will fall into an orbit approximately 370 miles above Earth.Falcon 9 and RADARSAT Constellation Mission are vertical on SpaceX’s California launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base. After stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage at Landing Zone 4 →— SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 11, 2019Wednesday’s RCM satellites are part of the next stage of Canada’s Radarsat program, which aims to conduct Earth observations from space, according to a RCM Mission description. These aren’t the first Radarsat satellites to head to space: Radarsat-1 took observations from 1995 to 2013, while Radarsat-2 began its mission in December 2007 and is still “watching” our planet.Falcon 9 and RADARSAT Constellation Mission have rolled out to SLC-4E. Tomorrow’s 13-minute launch window opens at 7:17 a.m. PDT, 14:17 UTC →— SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 11, 2019“Built by MDA, a Maxar company, the three-satellite configuration of the RCM will provide daily revisits of Canada’s vast territory and maritime approaches, including the Arctic up to four times a day, as well as daily access to any point of 90 percent of the world’s surface,” SpaceX wrote in a mission description online. “The RCM will support the Government of Canada in delivering responsive and cost-effective services to meet Canadian needs in areas like maritime surveillance, ecosystem and climate change monitoring and helping disaster relief efforts.”More on SpaceX Is Launching 60 Starlink Internet Satellites From FloridaSpaceX Conducts Static Fire Test for Falcon Heavy Megarocket Core FCC Allows SpaceX to Fly Starlink Internet Satellites in Lower Orbit Stay on targetlast_img read more

75 WWE Results Rockford Illinois Rollins vs Ambrose

first_img Shawn Michaels Roman Reigns talks about teaming with The Undertaker, Jon Moxley’s comments on WWE Seth Rollins Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Facebook Videos Articles 7/5 WWE Results: Rockford, Illinois1. WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime-Time Players def. The Ascension2. Fandango def. Adam Rose3. The Meta-Powers def. Heath Slater & Brad Maddox4. R-Truth def. David Otunga5. Roman Reigns def. Bray Wyatt6. Natalya & Alicia Fox def. Cameron & Summer Rae7. WWE Intercontinental Champion Ryback def. The Big Show & The Miz8. WWE World Champion Seth Rollins def. Dean Ambrose in a Street Fight after Bray Wyatt interfered. Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roman Reigns Is Back After Absence For Leukemia AEW on TNT returning to Sears Centre Arena in Chicago on Thanksgiving Eve Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+center_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Ronda Rousey Videos Articles CM Punk to appear at Starrcast III, Scheduled for interview and meet-and-greetlast_img read more

South Florida street renamed after Oscarwinning film Moonlight

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida street has been given a new name in honor of an Oscar-winning film with local roots.The Miami-Dade County Commission sponsored a resolution to name Northwest 22nd Avenue, from Northwest 61st Street to 66th Street, as Moonlight Way, in honor of the film “Moonlight.”“Moonlight” was partially filmed at the African Heritage Cultural Arts and won Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

UAA students staff respond to impending unprecedented budget cuts

first_imgInternational studies major Mitchell Jones was one of them. He doubts that UAA will be able to operate in the same capacity in the future. Now? UAA has seen budget cuts for at least as long as Milligan-Myhre has been a professor there, but she says this year’s cut is unprecedented. She’s the sole breadwinner in her household and says she’s considering leaving the state because of the uncertainty over the university’s future. That uneasiness is shared among many students at UAA. Several students watched live, as legislators made passionate arguments for saving the university before the veto override vote failed. Alex Jorgensen is a member of UAA’s student government and is one class and one internship short of his degree. He says prior to the vetoes, he would’ve recommended UAA in a heartbeat, especially to lifelong Alaskans who value their education, like him. “During that 20 years, I felt incredibly isolated, and I didn’t want Alaska Native students to go through that,” Milligan-Myhre said, holding back tears. “So now that we’re facing this chronic budget problem that is also a crisis. I have to decide whether my staying in Alaska is gonna make it harder for Alaska Native students to get a good education.” “Master’s in Public Administration, there’s not much more to it. You have your textbooks, you show up in class,” Sweet said. “We’re not archaeology or something where you have to go on expensive field visits, or things like that. But that’s all just me imagining that.” Milligan-Myhre has been at UAA for just under four years. An Inupiaq woman originally from Kotzebue, she lived and went to school in the Lower 48 for a couple decades before returning to her home state to give back. Administrators have said programs for the fall are likely to remain the same. After that, there’s a lot of uncertainty about which programs will continue. center_img “I cried in my office this morning,” she said. “I’ll be completely honest about that.” Jones says he’s received notices from professors that some classes he needs to graduate may be on the chopping block. Former student regent Joey Sweet is in the Masters in Public Administration program. He’s hopeful the small size of his department will help it survive the cuts. “I couldn’t faithfully tell another another student that they should sacrifice that to go to an institution, just because it’s in-state,” Jorgensen said. “At the end of the day you have to focus on what’s good for you. And you can come back.But we know that eight out of ten students that leave the state for college, don’t come back.” The University of Alaska is preparing to absorb a 41 percent cut in state funding. At the Anchorage campus, administrators estimate they will have to lay off 700 employees and eliminate more than a third of the school’s academic programs. “I don’t see how you can cut anything of that magnitude and expect it to function better or even the same way it was functioning before,” Jones said. If the vetoes stand, the next step for the university system as a whole will occur on Monday. That’s when the UA Board of Regents will decide on financial exigency, which would allow them to quickly cut programs and let go of faculty, even those with tenure. On the day the Legislature unsuccessfully attempted to override Governor Mike Dunleavy’s line-item veto, UAA biology professor Kat Milligan-Myhre wasn’t taking the news well. last_img read more

Fort Worth Lesbian Couple Sues Trump Administration After Being Blocked As Foster

first_img Share CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY / KERA NEWSFatma Marouf, right, and her wife, Bryn Esplin, were told they don’t qualify to foster children through a federal program because they don’t “mirror the Holy Family,” according to the lawsuit.A Fort Worth couple is suing the federal government and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. They argue they were blocked from fostering refugee children because they’re a same-sex couple.When Bryn Esplin and her wife, Fatma Marouf, both professors at Texas A&M University, asked the local Catholic Charities chapter about becoming foster parents, they were told, according to the lawsuit, that they didn’t qualify to be foster parents because they didn’t “mirror the Holy Family.” Esplin says they clarified that the Catholic Charities representative meant that they didn’t qualify because they were a same-sex couple.“To be turned away from even applying … was not just disappointing to us, but it denies children the opportunity to have a loving home,” Esplin said at a news conference Tuesday announcing the lawsuit.The lawsuit argues that violated the couple’s first amendment, due process and equal protection rights.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pays the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to place unaccompanied refugee kids with foster families. The conference did not respond to requests for comment.Religious beliefs should have no place in deciding who can or cannot apply for a government program, even if it’s being administered by a religious group, says Ken Upton from the LGBT rights group Lambda Legal.“HHS knows they couldn’t say that to participate in this program you have to be a married Catholic or at least look like one to us,” Upton said. “HHS could never do that. So they can’t farm the grant out to the private organization, give them the taxpayer money, and then let them put this on top of it.” The lawsuit was filed in Washington, DC., and any decision would apply to federal refugee adoption programs nationwide.Last year, Texas enacted a state law giving more leeway to bar applicants from fostering kids based on religious beliefs to organizations the state contracts to place foster kids.last_img read more

Black Officers Promote Training Persistence

first_imgIn the wake of officer-involved shootings that have left several, on both sides of the law, dead, Black officers from several law enforcement agencies around the United States recently gathered to focus on new training tactics.The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE) celebrated 40 years from July 16 to July 20 with their annual Training Conference and Exhibition at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Northwest D.C. The conference featured a July 17 “Blessing of the Badge” ceremony in which NOBLE leaders pressed Black officials to show strength during racially-motivated times of police killings and criticism, a Founders’ Forum, a Civil Rights Brunch, various workshops and awards receptions, a march from the hotel to Howard University’s Crampton Auditorium, and guest speakers, including U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, WHUR DJ Quick Silva and entrepreneur Russell Simmons.The week of events centered around NOBLE’s mission statement of “Justice by action.” This year’s theme included the original mission statement with a reference to the organization’s history and future, “Justice by action, then, now and tomorrow.”At the Blessing of the Badge ceremony current NOBLE chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams-Harris, along with past NOBLE chaplains prayed over the badges of judges, lawyers, and police officers. NOBLE leaders thanked God for sustaining the organization and its members and prayed for continuous protection in the future.Teaching from Psalm 1, Williams-Harris delivered a message that encouraged fellow law enforcement members to remain strong during a time of hatred. “In spite of the storm we will bear fruit,” she said. “On Sunday morning, three officers were shot and killed in Baton Rouge; five officers were shot and killed in Dallas on July 7, both incidents in alleged retaliation to police murdering two Black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.Attendees of the ceremony agreed with the chaplain’s call for positivity and prayer.“People need to understand the importance of prayer,” Kareen Campbell, president of National Organization of Black Women in Law Enforcement New Jersey chapter, told the AFRO on July 17. Campbell said it is essential for officials “stay prayed up,” because law enforcers need covering and protection on a daily basis.She said law enforcement has the responsibility to protect, serve, and minister to everyone no matter the race, background, or gender. According to Williams-Harris the duties of an official can be misconstrued when an officer doesn’t know how to properly exercise their authority. “If you don’t understand your position, you don’t understand your authority.” She continued, “We have people that want the title, but don’t want to do the work.”Maj. Reginald R. Brown Sr., Baton Rouge City constable, told the AFRO on July 19 that a majority of the disconnect between urban communities and law enforcement agencies stem from the lack of appropriate training, specifically community policing. Brown has been in law enforcement for 15 years. “Learning new policies and procedures, let’s face it, we in the African-American community have more or a larger presence today in our community than ever before, so we are in need of learning tactics, means of training that can help us effectively do our job in the safest manner possible,” Brown said, using Lee Brown, chief of police in various metropolitan areas across the U.S., as an example. “He wrote the book on community policing.”“Our job takes on the complexion of a number of services you provide that might be closely related to social services as well as law enforcement services, so when you’re out there policing you’re a social worker, sometimes you’re a minister, sometimes you’re a counselor, and some other social aspect of the social field,” Brown said.A large part of the solution to the tragedies such as the recent killings of citizens and officers, Brown said that law enforcement officials need to take responsibility for their actions.“We can’t stop trying,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do.”NOBLE was founded in 1976 to address crime in urban low income neighborhoods.AFRO Washington D.C. Editor LaTrina Antoine contributed to this article.last_img read more

Of love in times bygone

first_imgThe love story between a courtesan and a revolutionary young man was the subject of Janhaar, the play written by eminent writer and theater personality Qudsia Zaidi, performed at the Sri Ram Centre on the fourth day of the 26th Urdu Drama Festival. The six-day festival is being presented by the Delhi government’s Department of Art, Culture & Languages in association with Urdu Academy.Narrated in a unique style, with colours of humour, wit and dance, the play tracks the story of Tawaef Zareena, a beautiful dancer in the times of Nawaabs and Zamindars, who has charmed many a heart with her beauty and sensual art. The story revolves around how different men try to win her heart and outdo each other. The special focus is on the love of Javed, a maverick young man. Presented by Living Opera Theatre, the play was directed by Sheikh Khairuddin.The six-day festival being presented by Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture & Languages in association with the Urdu Academy is paying tribute to Abbas and Qudsia Zaidi, the pioneer of Hindustani theater. On the fifth day of the festival, Qudsia’s play Khalid ki Khala, directed by Chander Shekhar Sharma, was performed by the Mask Players Art Group. The festival will end on Saturday with Qudsia’s play Dhoban ko Kapre Diye, directed by Danish Iqbal and presented by the Social Pride Welfare Society.When: On till 18 October Where: Sri Ram Centrelast_img read more

Arms and ammunition seized in Kalyani

first_imgKrishnagar (WB): Several arms and ammunition were recovered from a house during a raid at Atghara in Nadia district, the police said. Acting on an information, police raided the area under Kalyani police station and recovered two firearms and 36 cartridges of various weapons from the house of one Arun Mondal on Monday, Superintendent of Police Nadia Rupesh Kumar said. Mondal was arrested.last_img

Some argue Whisenhunt lucked into Warner a player

first_imgSome argue Whisenhunt lucked into Warner, a player who hada renaissance of sorts after most thought his career wasover. Did the coach have something to do with that? It’dbe wrong not to give him some credit, but the decisionssince Warner retired have been bad enough to make onequestion — or at least wonder — what Whiz is doing. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Ken Whisenhunt has had six different starting quarterbacksover his five years as head coach of the ArizonaCardinals. Of a group including Matt Leinart, Kurt Warner, DerekAnderson, Max Hall, John Skelton and Kevin Kolb, onlyWarner could be considered a good passer. Is that a sign Coach Whiz is a poor judge of talent orjust a lousy coach of quarterbacks? We may find out, asMatt Leinart is set to start for the Houston Texans, and if the“one the coach let get away” plays well it will give moreammunition to people who think Arizona’s coach justdoesn’t know what he’s doing with the position. Top Stories Barnwell’s reference to John Navarre instead of JohnSkelton notwithstanding, it’s an interesting point. Notone young QB has developed into anything useful for theCardinals, a key reason the team has struggled mightily oflate. One such person is Bill Barnwell of, who writes that thedecision to go with Warner in 2009 was the only wise oneWhisenhunt’s made. When Warner retired after the 2009 season, Leinart wasseen as the starter-in-waiting. The team brought in formerBrowns colossus Derek Anderson to compete, even asAnderson was coming off of a season in which he completedjust 44.5 percent of his passes and threw an interceptionevery 18 passes. Over his four-year career in Cleveland,he had completed 52.9 percent of his passes and thrown 46touchdowns against 45 picks. In other words, Anderson wasabout as mediocre as Leinart was during his rookie season.Despite all that, Whisenhunt preferred Anderson, and cutthe former first-round pick. Anderson was arguably theworst opening day starter in football, and the teambounced between him and rookies Max Hall and John Navarrethroughout the season. Each rated among the worstquarterbacks in football. The following year, Whisenhunttraded for Kevin Kolb. Kolb was, not coincidentally, oneof the worst quarterbacks in football this season beforesuffering an injury. Whisenhunt is the primary reason whyMatt Leinart is considered a bust, and over the course ofhis career as Cardinals coach, Whisenhunt has shownvirtually no ability to pick the right startingquarterback for his team.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Raffles Singapore has r

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterRaffles Singapore has revealed a new line-up of dining experiences, combining the hotel’s culinary traditions with contemporary dining concepts by celebrity chefs. Each dining concept promises to tantalise the senses and has been carefully selected to enhance the ‘Raffles Experience’ for the local community and discerning travellers alike.“For more than 100 years, the dining venues at Raffles Singapore have been recognised as an integral part of the vibrant and ever-changing local bar and dining scene, exciting the local community as well as city guests,” said Christian Westbeld, GM, Raffles Singapore.“Continuing with our tradition and commitment to the highest level of friendly, engaging and anticipatory service, we are more than excited to introduce concepts with partner chefs, who have a reputation of operating successful venues around the world – while, at the same time, creating culinary experiences that are new and distinct to Singapore.”New celebrity chefs’ dining conceptsIn 1899, Raffles Singapore was the first hotel in the city to hire a French chef, introducing travellers and Singapore to authentic French flavours. Fast-forward almost 120 years, and the Grand Dame is once again at the forefront of a culinary renaissance. The following are a series of culinary ‘firsts’ that Raffles Singapore will be introducing when the iconic hotel reopens.BBR by Alain DucasseBar & Billiard Room (BBR) continues to evolve with a new chapter by acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse, who will be presenting his first Mediterranean sharing and grill concept in the world, titled BBR by Alain Ducasse. The concept takes customers on a culinary journey along the Mediterranean coast, complemented by a modern and vibrant ambience. In true Bar & Billiard Room fashion, dining at the restaurant will also be accompanied by a lively bar scene that is fun, relaxed and perfect for social gatherings.Alain Ducasse said, “I could not dream of a better location than the landmark Raffles Singapore to bring the Ducasse restaurant experience for the first time to Singapore. My team and I look forward to adding another culinary destination for Singapore’s varied international clientele.”Seduced by the flavours of the Mediterranean at a young age, Ducasse reveals the essence of Portugal, Spain, Italy and France in BBR by Alain Ducasse. It is a modern, energetic, vibrant and accessible gathering place to meet, exchange and discover the culinary traditions of this region.With the new concept, the 122-year-old restaurant, which started as a club during British colonial rule, will continue to be the social gathering space of choice for travellers and the local community alike. Serving sharing plates and regular-sized dishes, this bar and restaurant is convivial and cosy and the perfect place to meet with friends. It features a high-energy open kitchen with charcoal grills and wood-fired pizza ovens as well as a lively bar and lounge that will serve a selection of spirits, cocktails, beers, wines and wine cocktails. Additionally, the highly anticipated Raffles Sunday Brunch, with a reputation of being one of the city’s most indulgent Sunday experiences, will be returning when BBR by Alain Ducasse opens.La Dame de PicOne of the world’s top female chefs with three Michelin stars, Anne-Sophie Pic, will debut her entry into Asia with a remarkable restaurant in Raffles Singapore. The restaurant, named La Dame de Pic, Raffles Singapore, invites guests to discover the world of Anne-Sophie’s culinary identity, which reflects her search for aromatic complexity, combinations of flavours and powerful tastes that evoke emotions. The restaurant’s drinks menu presents an elaborate and diverse collection of pairings to add both intensity and harmony in the delicate art of tasting; consisting of wines, cocktails, whisky, sake, tea, coffee, dashi, broth and consommés. The wine list, in particular, offers a wide international base that leans towards the French regions, with a particular focus on Anne-Sophie’s birthplace, the Rhône Valley.Located in the hotel’s dining room at the Main Building, the contemporary chic restaurant is beautifully designed with a graceful and soft palette that is reminiscent of Anne-Sophie’s favourite colours and materials: pastel shades and natural decorative elements such as leather or wood. The renowned chef is also a third-generation Michelin-starred chef, following the footsteps of her grandfather and father, perfectly reflecting Raffles Singapore’s rich heritage.“Making our debut in Asia at Raffles Singapore is a very natural choice for me. Like Raffles, the Pic family’s culinary heritage spans more than a century. Just like this beautiful hotel that will become one of our overseas residences, we are storytellers and constant seekers of excellence. Together, we share the vision to provide distinctive experiences to our guests, delivered with innovation that combines both tradition and change,” said Pic. “It is my personal belief that to ensure our guests are happy, it is essential to be anchored in the present while not forgetting our roots and to be creative in order to imagine.”兿 yì by Jereme LeungHelmed by one of the most influential chefs in the modern Chinese culinary movement, celebrity MasterChef Jereme Leung returns home to Singapore with yì by Jereme Leung. The contemporary Chinese restaurant will be located on Level 3 at the newly restored Raffles Arcade.yì, which stands for art in the Chinese language, awakens the appetite and senses. Alluding to the fine art of Chinese dining, it references centuries of culinary mastery woven into the intricacies of Chinese cuisine presented in the restaurant.From Cantonese classics to adaptations of China’s ancient delicacies, Jereme will be using single-sourced and seasonal ingredients with a contemporary approach to deliver refinement and sincerity.The restaurant is designed with modern, sophisticated detailing and a soft, white palette amid the colonial architecture. Guests can also explore an immersive multi-sensory dining experience in the Experience Room with poetic dishes curated to evoke all five senses. For the hosting of private affairs, intimate private dining rooms are also available.Leung said, “While I have lived abroad for most of my career, the formative years which I spent working in Singapore and Hong Kong were so important to defining my approach and style of cooking. Opening yì by Jereme Leung at Raffles Singapore is an honour and I am excited to be able to work with some of the best minds in the Singapore industry and present my personal take on Chinese cuisine. These dishes reflect what I believe the future of Chinese cuisine should be 20 years from today. It is not fusion, not ‘east-meets-west’; rather, it is about capturing the essence of provincial ethnic Chinese cuisines. With careful focus being placed on healthy and seasonal food produce, it will create authentic taste profiles that are enhanced by modern culinary techniques.”Butcher’s BlockThe refreshed Raffles Arcade will also see an introduction of a vibrant steakhouse, Butcher’s Block. Here, the focus is on the world’s finest cuts of single-sourced meats, showcased in The Vault, a glass meat cooler situated next to the Open Kitchen, where the chef’s butcher block is, and where meats are prepared and cooked to perfection. Guests are given personal recommendations by resident meat specialists, based on their individual tastes.Seated amid a lively ambience set with cobalt blue hues complemented by dark wood panelling, the restaurant features communal tables for exceptional gatherings, complete with a wine library that houses more than 100 different wine labels.Refreshed signature dining experiences return to delightSignature dining experiences that, over the years, have come to be synonymous with the hotel make their return to delight, with many of these returning favourites incorporating subtle tributes to the hotel’s 130-year history and heritage.Tiffin RoomA part of Raffles Singapore’s history since 1892, Tiffin Room continues to celebrate the heritage and flavours of North India with the resident Indian Chef. The restaurant offers an evocative dining journey across the North Indian palate, from Rajasthan to Punjab to Lucknow through a refreshed semi-buffet lunch and à la carte dinner. Authentic specialties served in the eponymous tiffin boxes are prepared with perfectly balanced spices, paired with classic Indian brews and beverages. The restaurant will also present an interactive dining experience with table-side service by chefs, complete with freshly ground spices to elevate the experience.The restored interior decor of the restaurant includes reinstating the wooden floorboards in Tiffin Room to bring back features from the early 1900s based on research by heritage consultants. Intricately patterned wood and mirror wall panelling add richness and create a signature visual language while colourful displays of Tiffin boxes are imbued with historical notes, but are modern in feel.Long BarHome of the Singapore Sling for over a hundred years, the Long Bar’s plantation-inspired decor will be refreshed and the famous Long Bar counter restored. Long Bar continues to be the heritage bar for visitors to Singapore to enjoy the most iconic cocktail of the city.The LobbyThe classic Raffles Afternoon Tea experience will be served at a new location: the iconic Grand Lobby of the Raffles Singapore. Guests can indulge in one of the hotel’s great traditions – a truly unique and refined Afternoon Tea with a distinct sense of heritage – in the newly restored lobby. The Raffles Afternoon Tea is perfect for sophisticated and elegant celebrations, serving classic sandwiches, home-baked scones and cakes as well as seasonal indulgences, complemented by a curated collection of exquisite teas and champagnes.Writers BarEstablished as a tribute to famous writers that have come through the doors of Raffles Singapore over the years, Writers Bar will be expanded to a full bar with craft cocktails, wines and spirits. Decked in luxuriously appointed furnishings, lovingly curated mementos and books and referencing the literary legacy of Raffles, the bar will be a sophisticated and serene refuge kept exclusive to residents and restaurant patrons, keeping this a place for discreet elegance and intimate conversations.Raffles CourtyardExuding a garden-style and welcoming vibe, Raffles Courtyard is the city’s social space in a lushly landscaped al fresco venue at the Raffles Arcade. This friendly bar and lounge is open all day, offering guests a garden respite against a colonial architectural backdrop, complete with refreshing shared summer drinks and a selection of Southeast Asian small plates including authentic Singaporean delights.Ah Teng’s CaféRaffles’ new takeaway café is named after a famous local baker of the same name, who used to own a shop in the neighbourhood back in the 1900s. Ah Teng’s Café serves visitors, the surrounding community and travellers alike with freshly made cold beverages; a selection of premium coffee, tea and homemade bakery pastries; and artisanal ice-creams for takeaway.The iconic heritage hotel is now in its final phase of a careful and sensitive restoration and will remain fully closed for a reopening that is planned for the first quarter of 2019.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Molotov thought behind Limassol cars blaze updated

first_imgPolice believe a Molotov cocktail was the cause of a fire which damaged a total of 13 vehicles in a car repair shop in Limassol early on Tuesday.The blaze started at 3.40am in the shop owned by a 46-year-old man.When watching a video from the surveillance camera on the premises, police officers saw a person approaching the building who threw a burning object at the shop, probably a Molotov cocktail.Two cars were destroyed and nine heavily damaged by the blaze. Two other vehicles were also lightly damaged before the fire was put out by the fire service.The cost of the damage has yet to be calculated. The shop owner said he is not aware of any motives for the crime.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more