World number two Sarah Menezes of Brazil overcame defending champion Alina Dumitru of Romania to win the women’s 48kg judo title at the London Olympics on Saturday. Three-time world bronze medallist Menezes pulled off a waza-ari to beat Dumitru. She had a disappointing 19th finish in Beijing four years ago, Xinhua reports.Hungarian Eva Csernoviczki pushed aside favourite Tomoko Fukumi of Japan for the bronze.
NEW YORK — James Shields knows what this September means to the Kansas City Royals, a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs since many of their players were born.“Hopefully we can enjoy the moment and embrace it, have fun with it,” he said. They sure will if he keeps pitching the way he did the night of Sept. 5.Shields took a two-hitter into the ninth inning and Nori Aoki lined a run-scoring single in the third following Chase Headley’s two-base error, leading the Royals over the New York Yankees 1-0.“You could sense the energy out there, and it is a lot of fun to play in,” first baseman Eric Hosmer said. “Huge win for us. We have to take the first game of every series — that is the goal.”Kansas City (78-61), which opened a two-game lead over second-place Detroit in the AL Central, is in first place in September for the first time since 1985 — when the Royals won the World Series in their last postseason trip. Kansas City has won four in a row and is 17 games over .500 for the first time since 1989, according to STATS.Two starts after losing to the Yankees 8-1 in one of his worst outings this season, Shields (13-7) retired his first 11 batters before Brett Gardner’s double in the fourth. Headley singled in the fifth, and Gardner flied out to the right-field warning track in the sixth.Shields retired 11 straight before Derek Jeter singled softly with one out in the ninth.“I think that is by far the best game he has thrown all year,” Royals Manager Ned Yost said. “He was surgical with his stuff. He had everything going, his curve, his changeup. He was spotting his fastball. He commanded the pitch count tremendously.”With closer Greg Holland bothered by triceps tightness, Yost brought in Wade Davis. After pinch-runner Antoan Richardson stole second, Gardner struck out swinging on a 98 mph full-count pitch. Carlos Beltran then took a called third strike, giving Davis his first big league save.“He was up to the challenge,” Yost said of Davis, who has fanned 92 batters in 62 1-3 innings this season.New York rarely hit the ball hard against Shields, who induced 12 groundouts. He allowed three hits in 8 1-3 innings, struck out five, walked none and hit a batter with a pitch.“He pitched way different than the Shields we faced in Kansas City,” Beltran said. “Today he was using a lot of cutters and the changeup away. So basically he kept us off balance all game long.”New York began the night four games out for the second AL wild card and is in danger of missing the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since 1992 and ’93.Michael Pineda (3-4), who has not allowed more than two runs in any of his 10 big league starts this year, has received 18 runs of offensive support in his last 13 outings dating to August 2013.He was hurt by the Yankees’ defense in the third, when Alcides Escobar hit a hard, one-out grounder that glanced off Headley’s glove at third and into left field. Escobar hustled into second and scored an unearned run two pitches later when Norichika Aoki singled to center.Pineda was nearly as sharp as Shields, giving up three hits, all singles, in seven innings with no walks.“To win in New York, 1-0, that is one of the best games of our season,” Escobar said.(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
\R Moscow, Jul 8 (AFP) The impassioned shouts of “Ros-si-ya” died away on the streets and tears filled the stadium as Russia bowed out of their home World Cup in the cruellest fashion: on penalties. The men in red exceeded the wildest expectations by coming within a penalty kick and a save against Croatia of making it into the semi-finals for the first time since 1966. They lost the quarter-final shootout 4-3 after extra-time ended with the sides deadlocked at 2-2 in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. It was that close — and it all ended just as the nation was starting to believe. “We leave the tournament with tears in our eyes but our heads held high,” the team tweeted as the stadium emptied of the 45,000 or so who had lost their voices cheering them on. They had reason to be proud. Russia were the lowest-ranked team entering the tournament and many in the sceptical media thought they would be lucky to win a game. They trudged off the pitch after making it to the quarter-final for the first time in 48 years. A semi-final was within grasp and the loss stung. But the Russian team showed heart and won what seemed like the entire nation’s gratitude. “The champions of our hearts,” the popular Sport Express daily said in a headline. Then it paid them the highest compliment possible by declaring: “Russia knows how to play football.” – Empty feeling -================ Fans who had been dancing in the streets after a heart-pounding shootout win over 2010 champions Spain in the last 16 last Sunday were gloomy but grateful.advertisement The nation was mourning on Saturday — but also paying its respects.Chants of “Mo-lod-tsy” — an almost untranslatable word of praise and thanks that roughly means “Good job, guys” — echoed across the dark streets of Moscow and other cities. “What can I say? It’s a pity we are out of this tournament but I am very proud of my team,” said Muscovite Alexander Khramoichenkov. “I’m very proud of Russia,” the 34-year-old said.Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the team’s performance “magnificent” after the watching the game from a VIP box with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. He came down into the players’ locker room and suggested that Russian football would never be its disappointing old self again. “We will simply have a different type of football after this,” he said. “I am absolutely certain of this.” But coach Stanislav Cherchesov — his moustache becoming the unofficial symbol of Russia’s Cinderella waltz through the tournament — seemed visibly distraught. “I am still not myself yet,” he admitted after listening to a press conference question and then being unable to say a word. Midfielder Roman Zobnin sounded very similar moments after he walked off the pitch. “I have no emotions left. I left them all out there,” he said with difficulty.”I feel empty inside.” (AFP) ATKATK
Kolkata, Sep 28 (PTI) Kerala Blasters and Sachin Tendulkar may have parted ways but the cricket legend will always remain an intrinsic part of the club, coach David James said Friday.The Master Blaster had sold off his 20 per cent stake with the club in the build-up to the fifth season of the Indian Super League, and described that his “heart will always beat for the club”.”His name will always be linked with Kerala Blasters because this Blasters is essentially his nickname. Even down to the colours, we are wearing his choices. He will always be an intrinsic part of Kerala Blasters,” James said.Terming Tendulkar one of the most wonderful men he met, James said it’s bit of a “shame” that the cricket legend has left the club.”I’ve had conversations with him since he departed. I’ve had very good terms and wish him all the best. In some sense, of course it’s a shame because you want everything to remain the same. Evolution does take place, people will go but football club will always survive,” James told reporters on the eve of the ISL-V opener against ATK here.The former England goalkeeper, who was signed midway into the last season after Rene Meulensteen was sacked, remembers meeting him in London before signing a three-year contract.”He is one of the most wonderful men I’ve met in sport when I was asked to be the manager in London. We had a very honest conversation about principle and philosophies, human factor rather than just football,” the former Liverpool custodian said.advertisementAfter James took over last season, there were some glimpses of resurgence but it was a little too late to make the playoffs, as they ended up sixth.”I’m heavily involved in making of this squad having watched hours and hours of videos of about 100 players that we saw. It’s a long term strategy — of not just winning the ISL but building a team for the future. We have one of the youngest squads in the ISL,” he said.James served as a player-manager at Kerala Blasters in the first season of Indian Super League and helped his team reach the final.ATK boast of a five-one win-loss record against Kerala from 10 exchanges and James pointed out he was the manager when they had beaten the Kolkata franchise way back in 2014.”Strategy is not about winning every game. Bengaluru were by far were the most consistent side in the ISL last season but they did not win the title. The season isn’t decided tomorrow either.”Showing solidarity with the flood victims and families affected in the devastating Kerala floods, James said: “We are very conscious of what happened as a football club. We will be showing our thanks to individuals and groups, we are not allowed to declare what it will be here. There will be some evidence beyond people turning out for football matches.”I have loved India as a whole but being positioned in Kerala, the spirit of the state and fans is important,” he said.Kerala captain Sandesh Jhingan congratulated India Under-16 team for making the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002.Indians played out a 0-0 draw against Indonesia to seal their berth in the last-eight stage.With the top four teams in this tournament qualifying directly for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup — to be held in Peru, India is a step away from sealing its spot.Jhingan also said that ISL has helped him grow as a player as he’s looking forward to defending against Socceroos legend Tim Cahill when they take on Jamshedpur FC in the course of the tournament.”I was an unknown figure back them. Individually it has helped me grow as a player. Seeing a player like Cahill, I’m looking forward to defend against him,” he said. PTI BSBS
SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Editors’ Recommendations Today we speak to the artist, Tim Hussey.Tim Hussey recently moved back to Charleston, South Carolina, after challenging himself as a contemporary painter for three years in LA. A Rhode Island School of Design grad and veteran art director for magazines like GQ, Outside and Garden & Gun, Tim decided to revisit his home town with hopes to push the contemporary arts envelope locally. With many restaurants and studios moving into North Charleston, he saw an opportunity to forge into new territory and set up shop in a warehouse. As Tim explains, “To typical Charlestonians, the “North Area” has always been an industrial wasteland of sorts—a place to avoid. Full of factories, wood and metal workers, strip bars and abandoned buildings, North Charleston appeals to everything my work stands for: reuse, re-appropriation, alternative industrial materials, weathering and urban decay. By immersing myself in this kind of element, I can feel at home in my process. I want collectors and art enthusiasts to be drawn to this process and aesthetic—to appreciate the choice of location, materials and lack of preciousness toward the paintings’ surfaces.”Hussey’s large-scale canvases are a means of giving release to the unconscious, the feelings and instincts that exist beyond the realm of understanding. There is no initial plan, or elaborate drafting process; it all begins with the first brush stroke. Wherever he is compelled to go from there, he follows unquestioningly. “I work mostly from my gut – and behind any gut response is a collected library of past lessons, avoidances, desires, instincts, stories and philosophical and spiritual belief systems”, he explains. “The main goal when I paint is to avoid direct narratives, any imagery (however abstract) that I don’t feel as ‘the truth’”. What ends up on the canvas is unfiltered and raw, without any recasting of experiences or emotions through self-conscious or analytical thought.He is currently represented by galleries in Los Angeles, Charleston and Atlanta. Tim’s art has appeared in Dwell, Architectural Digest, Harper’s, American Art Collector, Real Simple, NYArts Magazine and his book Drown Then Swim (foreword by Shepard Fairey). He recently completed a 26X16’ indoor mural at Lantana Studios/Larry David Productions in Santa Monica. Hussey currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Charleston with his wife Elise.Tim in front of his mural for Charleston’s artistic non-profit Enough Pie. Painted just last week, the mural transformed into a memorial for the victims of the Charleston shooting victims.As for his personal style:Jeans: Just got some black Levi’s: Made & Crafted Tack Jeans from American Rag in LA. The fit is amazing and I will never wash them, lest they get that mealy gray look.Shirts: The shirts at Steven Alan have opened my eyes to spending more money, unfortunately. I came home and told my wife I spent $500. Then I broke it to her that I only got three shirts. But I love them. Also, Banana Republic has some awesome and cheap linen shirts as of late.Pants: I’m not a slacks kind of guy, but I love being “slack” in my basic heather grey sweats from American Apparel. They have elastic on the cuffs and a draw string, just like Rocky.Suits: I have this one black fitted suit from Costume Nationale that has been my go-to for a few years. It’s got four buttons on the sleeves that can be left open like a rock star. I like to pretend.Shoes: My daily shoes are black Redwing “Iron Ranger” motorcycle boots. On special occasions I put on these Italian hand made boots—all kinds of flaps and snaps. I traded them right off the salesman’s feet.Accessories: I have worn a beautiful and raw silver ring made by my friend Angela Hall for years. I found my copper and silver wedding band at a street vendor in Santa Fe, after rushing by all the turquoise, it was a breath of fresh air. I also regularly wear a silver cuff bracelet from the flea market in Santa Fe. I love clunky men’s rings and sort of keep one eye open at all markets I visit.If I wear a hat, it’s only a baseball cap or one of Leigh Magar’s works of art from Charleston.Outerwear: For riding: black leather Roland Sands Design Ronin Jacket from Glory in Hollywood. Otherwise, between LA and Charleston, there’s just no need!Favorite Cologne: I’ve worn Comme des Garcon’s Kyoto cologne for the past year. Love it.Your favorite App: whitagram (great for seeing how paintings would look on a clean surface)Favorite piece of technology: Blue tooth headphones—the most perfect gift my wife has ever given me. No longer tangled in cords while painting.Next tech purchase: Blue Tooth headphones for the bike.Photo Credit: Joel Caldwell Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now
Sandra Bernhard will host the Family Equality Council’s Los Angeles Awards Dinner on February 28.Performers at the event will include Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Alex Newell, Chord Overstreet, Becca Tobin and Maxine Nightingale. Appearances by Matt Bomer, Dot Marie Jones, Amber Riley and more.Honorary Event Co-Chairs include Melissa Etheridge & Linda Wallem-Etheridge, Sara Gilbert & Linda Perry, and Dan Bucatinsky & Don Roos.Family Equality Council’s premier West Coast event honors notables in the worlds of arts, entertainment, politics, and the LGBT movement for their efforts to advance equality for all families.Honorees Modern Family & Glee both premiered in the same year, and both have helped to advance the national conversation around LGBTQ people and families. These two hit shows brought complex, sympathetic, and realistic LGBTQ characters into living rooms across the nation. Their stories celebrate LGBTQ individuals and families. The positive exposure these series have brought to LGBTQ parents and their children (three million and six million of each nationwide, respectively) has been and continues to be a vital part of the movement to spread marriage and family equality.Honey Maid has been committed to celebrating families for nearly 90 years, and secured headlines in 2014 with the brand’s “This Is Wholesome” cross-platform campaign. Celebrating the diversity in America today, the TV advertisement features a variety of real families enjoying Honey Maid products—among them was a same-sex couple with their children. While Honey Maid saw an overwhelming positive response to the “This is Wholesome” campaign, there was negative sentiment that the brand simply could not ignore. After keeping a close eye on the pulse of the social conversations taking place, Honey Maid released a public response with its “Love” video. In just 24 hours, the video that turned the negative comments into something positive – a paper installation forming the word ‘Love’ – hit one million views.Annise Parker became the first LGBTQ mayor of Houston, with Houston the most populous city in the US to elect an LGBTQ mayor. Last year, Mayor Parker married her partner of more than 20 years. They have raised three children together. Through her career starting as a community activist, Mayor Parker has embodied our values and has been a powerful voice in her community and now on the national stage. She and her family have continued to work toward a world where all families are respected, celebrated, and loved. Most recently, Mayor Parker was named the top mayor in the U.S. by the City Mayors Foundation. The international think tank, dedicated to urban affairs, recently released issued their bi-annual list of top mayors around the globe in early February. Parker came in seventh, and was the only mayor from the United States to make the prestigious list.WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 2015 Media Check-in: 6:00 PM Cocktail Reception and Red Carpet Arrivals: 7:00 PM Dinner and Awards Show: 8:00 PMWHERE: Beverly Hilton 9876 Wilshire Blvd Beverly Hills, CAFind out more here.
Rabat- El Khalfi said the government has allocated MAD 17.67 billion for the subsidy fund in the 2019 Finance Bill.Moroccan citizens, he said, should know today that the government provides them with an “excellent service” every time they buy a bottle of gas or flour and sugar, reported Moroccan outlet Machahid 24.Expenses from the subsidy fund is expected to reach MAD 17.65 billion by the end of 2018, while the government was expecting to spend just under MAD 13 billion in the 2018 Finance Bill. Read Also: 600,000 Primary Students Study Tamazight in 2018-2019 Academic YearAs the subsidy fund’s mission is coming to an end, the El Othmani government announced Thursday that it will present to Parliament a bill to target the poor who are eligible for support after the price liberalization of flour, sugar, and butane gas, so far subsidised, scheduled for the end of 2019, according to Moroccan outlet Le 360.In 2016, the previous government, led by Abdelilah Benkirane, introduced a reform of the subsidy fund to remove subsidies.
Mr. Annan “has long supported Jane Goodall’s work on behalf of environmental affairs, particularly those concerning Africa, and he’s been very pleased by her work as a UN peace messenger,” a spokesman for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, said following Tuesday’s meeting.Among the issues discussed were The Jane Goodall Institute’s youth programme “Roots & Shoots” and her new book, Harvest for Hope. The Institute works with the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) and its Great Apes Survival Project (GRASP), an initiative launched in 2001 with the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to save those mammals and their habitat. Ms. Goodall is motivated by her conviction that individual actions, taken collectively, can be a major force for positive change. “People just think, ‘I am one person it doesn’t matter,’” she told the UN News Service, acknowledging that “if you were one person it wouldn’t – but you’re not. You’re millions, all really wanting to help.”She emphasized that the combined result of this impulse is powerful. “When you take 6 million people all saving water everyday, 6 million all saying ‘I will not buy polluted food, I won’t buy it! I don’t want my children to be made sick,’ the impact will be felt. If every individual starts acting that way, then it’s going to change the world very fast,” she said.Ms. Goodall, who travels over 300 days a year, spends most of her time developing her Institute, which is dedicated to wildlife research, education and conservation. Roots & Shoots, a youth community-centered programme with 8,000 affiliated groups in 90 countries, focuses on environmental, human community and wildlife issues. “Roots and Shoots is very much about breaking down the barriers that we erect between people of different nationalities, religions, cultures and ethnic groups, the barriers we erect between us and the natural world,” she explained.The UN’s GRASP project “is working with heads of State in Africa where there are chimps and trying to persuade them to enforce the laws which already exist to protect chimpanzees, gorillas and bonobos, they are all endangered,” she said.Ms. Goodall voiced confidence that attitudes have changed. “Breaking down the barriers between us and the animal kingdom used to be seen as a sharp line,” adding that now, major scientific thinkers admit “that it’s a blurry line.”Jane Goodall was appointed Messenger of Peace by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2002, joining a distinguished group that includes former champion boxer Muhammad Ali, actor Michael Douglas of the United States, former international tennis star Vijay Amritraj of India, and Italian-born opera star Luciano Pavarotti.
The Indiana Pacers held on to Game 5 by a fingernail clipping, defeating the Miami Heat 93-90 and forcing the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals back to Miami for a Game 6. After the Pacers’ Game 4 loss, spearheaded by potent small-ball lineups from the Heat, the onus was on Indiana to make an adjustment. Indiana coach Frank Vogel’s adjustment was mostly to refuse to adjust: He didn’t do anything new; he just did more of what’s been working.This is the third consecutive year that the Pacers and Heat have met in the playoffs, and — although Lance Stephenson has taken over for Danny Granger the past two seasons for Indiana — a consistent pattern has emerged: Indiana’s starters can more than hold their own against the Heat, but things rapidly fall apart when the Pacers go to their bench.Indiana Pacers’ Point Differential vs. Miami HeatIn Game 5, Vogel essentially eliminated Rasual Butler and Ian Mahinmi from the Pacers’ rotation, instead playing his starters for 31 minutes. As a group, that’s the most minutes they’ve played in this series, and it’s more minutes than they played in Games 3 and 4 combined.The point differential numbers in the table above shows how even a few extra minutes from the Pacers’ starters can make a huge difference. To put those per 100 possession numbers in context, the San Antonio Spurs led the NBA this season with a per 100 possession point differential of +8.1. The worst mark in the league, belonging to the Philadelphia 76ers, was -10.7.There were extenuating circumstances last night. The Pacers’ Paul George poured in 31 second-half points, many of which came on difficult shots. According to the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking Box Score, he made 10 of 18 contested shots in Game 5, or 55.6 percent. He had made just 32 percent of his contested shots in the series over the first four games. The Heat’s LeBron James also picked up five fouls in just over 23 minutes, about five times his normal foul rate. He sat for almost the entire second and third quarters, and the Pacers’ starters were just even with the Heat while he was on the floor.The Pacers’ starters aren’t going to outplay the Heat in every stint on the floor or overwhelm every small lineup Miami coach Erik Spoelstra dreams up. But Indiana’s starting five is orders of magnitude more effective than any other lineup the Pacers have.
OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) runs the ball while OSU redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber (25) blocks a Maryland defender. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe blocking ability of the offensive line for Ohio State has been a key to the 9-1 record of the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and redshirt junior guard Billy Price have been instrumental in opening up wide lanes for the offense, but the ability of the running backs and wide receivers to throw blocks downfield is the true instrumental piece to rushing the ball.Against Maryland, junior H-back Curtis Samuel was lined up in the slot on the right side of the offensive line. The ball was snapped, and redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett rolled to his right. Samuel drove the cornerback in front of him straight back into Maryland’s own end zone, opening up a lane for Barrett to push in for a touchdown.The Buckeyes are averaging 6.0 yards per carry since 2013, which is the highest mark among all Power 5 teams. The offensive line is the biggest reason, but some fans might not realize how much the blocking of the running backs and H-backs has been a factor. Barrett has picked up a 5.25 yards per carry on average for his career, with a large portion of his carries coming behind the blocking of his running backs and H-backs.’Namely, Curtis Samuel and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber have led the way for their quarterback. OSU running backs coach Tony Alford spoke highly of both men, and said the junior H-back’s blocking has been one of his best aspects this season.“You just watch the way he’s blocking, and obviously he’s very gifted with the ball in his hands,” Alford said. “We’ve always known that. But then you just watch his full game and how he plays and how he runs routes … just the precision as he does his entire job, his job description.”Samuel is the only player in the nation with 600 rushing and receiving yards, and is shaping up to eclipse 1,500 total yards. According to Alford, there is more to Samuel than meets the eye. The ability of the all-purpose back/receiver to remove defenders from the play on sweeps by running backs and quarterback runs has earned him high marks from his teammates and coaches.Last season, OSU was spoiled with the ability of its running back to throw punishing blocks on opponents’ defenders. However, Alford made a comparison of Samuel to a current-campus legend in Columbus.“He’s playing at a very high level, to watch the way he blocked against Maryland was, I mean I took it into my room and said, “Guys, this is how you finish plays.” It’s very reminiscent of how (Ezekiel Elliott) did things.”After racking up the yards against Maryland on Saturday, there were 25 players named champions by OSU coach Urban Meyer. Of those players, four were wide receivers. Playing wideout normally means being predominantly known for running long routes and hauling in acrobatic catches. But against Maryland, the players earned the recognition not for their hands, but for the blocking aspect of their game. Meyer said it was because of “selfless play,” and singled out redshirt sophomore Noah Brown and Samuel.“I think, if anything, our receivers have done a great job at blocking,” he said. “You see the runs that have been explosive runs, that’s something that has been a difference in their play. As far as the passing game … they haven’t changed. Have they done a better job, I do believe so, but I don’t think it was something drastic.”“Zone 6,” the moniker of wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s unit, has been carrying its weight in the run game. It’s a down-and-dirty part of football that is rarely discussed for wideouts, but OSU has lucked out in the group it has.Not to be outdone, Weber has been racking up the yards while also knocking heads against opposing defenders. He too has been known for opening up wide lanes and knocking opponents to the turf. It’s an aspect of play that might not make a mark on the statsheet or wow the fans, but it is a part of the game that matters immensely. Even with such a vital task on the shoulders of Weber, Alford said it’s just business as usual for a running back playing under Meyer, and requires a sharp eye for when to attack.“Just kind of know when to deliver shots,” he said. “That’s kind of a timing thing and the more you do it the better you get at it obviously. But there’s still room for improvement. Mike’s a tenacious football player and he’s a tough guy.”Samuel was asked about the ability of Weber to lead the way through the hole and lay a load to the defender in front of him. Simply put, he felt that the first-year running back was more than capable of handling things in the trenches. “If anybody I want in front of me running, it’s Mike,” Samuel said.
Brigade Electronics’ demonstration truck will be on display at the Hillhead exhibition in the UK this year with all its latest vehicle safety products including its new wireless camera monitor system. Wireless camera-monitor systems have been on the market for several years but have demonstrated poor picture quality caused by electrical interference from other vehicle systems. Historically Brigade found that wireless systems only worked in optimal conditions, not typical in mines and as safety experts, did not want to bring a product to market that was not safe. New digital technology has vastly improved the stability of picture performance and following product testing, Brigade will be displaying the new wireless system at Hillhead. The wireless system saves running cables along the vehicle reducing fitting time and preventing cables from becoming damaged, especially relevant for articulated machinery.Also on display (stand Q11) will be Brigade’s Xtreme Backsense pulsed radar sensor system. Xtreme has been re-engineered with a new moulded cable connector increasing water resistance and making it even more robust and now with improved precision down to only 600 mm from the sensor. The heavy duty system is perfect for detecting moving and stationary objects around vehicles and mobile plant equipment that typically have extensive blind spots.The system provides the driver with graduated visual and audible warnings allowing the driver to judge speed and direction. Operators can choose 6, 8 or 10 m detection ranges ideal for larger machines. Sensors can be networked providing 360o protection of the vehicle. Operators can also configure the audio and visual warning boundary for the final detection zone.
7 Comments 18,868 Views 3. The Young Trump Jared Kushner Source: Carolyn KasterJared Kushner has been appointed to an advisor role to his father-in-law, Donald Trump. This article looks at the similarities between Kushner and The Donald.(New York Magazine, approx 39 mins reading time)Kushner acknowledged that Trump was “easy to hate from afar,” but he claimed his father-in-law was different once he got down to business in the privacy of the boardroom. He predicted the administration would take a “rational” position on immigration and would join with Democrats to invest in infrastructure, which he said could mean not only roads and bridges but high-speed internet and driverless cars. He said Trump had asked Elon Musk why the aerospace industry couldn’t make planes that fly faster, like the Concorde used to, and Musk replied that most CEOs preferred incremental improvements to moon-shot risks. “Trump will not be afraid to fail,” he said. IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. Is sugar the world’s most popular drug? Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesWrite Gary Taubes is a crusader against sugar – and with the publication of his new book, he’s written a long essay for The Guardian about why he questions whether it’s best to just quit sugar for good. For starters, he argues that it seems to be addictive. This might make you question that biscuit with your afternoon cuppa…(The Guardian, approx 24 mins reading time)The critical question, as the journalist and historian Charles C Mann has elegantly put it, “is whether [sugar] is actually an addictive substance, or if people just act like it is”. This question is not easy to answer. Certainly, people and populations have acted as though sugar is addictive, but science provides no definitive evidence. Until recently, nutritionists studying sugar did so from the natural perspective of viewing it as a nutrient – a carbohydrate – and nothing more. They occasionally argued about whether or not it might play a role in diabetes or heart disease, but not about whether it triggered a response in the brain or body that made us want to consume it in excess. That was not their area of interest. By Aoife Barry Jan 15th 2017, 9:00 AM Sitdown Sunday: Is sugar the world’s most popular drug? Grab a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads. …AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES… Love wine? Then this 2002 essay in the New Yorker will have you intrigued. You’d think that it would be very easy to tell the difference between white and red wine… or is it? Calvin Trillin investigates the test that was rumoured to be carried out at the University of California at Davis.(The New Yorker, approx 18 mins reading time)I was definitely told, though, that the folks at Davis poured wine that was at room temperature into black glasses—thus removing the temperature and color cues that are a large part of what people assume is taste—and that the tasters often couldn’t tell red wine from white. After [my friend] Bruce returned from a short course at Davis in the mid-seventies, he had someone at the Joseph Phelps winery, where he then worked, set up a red-white test with black glasses. Bruce got three out of five.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday> http://jrnl.ie/3177183 5. Birthing problems Source: Shutterstock/OndroMIt’s something that’s not often talked about – the health problems that can come after childbirth. But here, Keira Butler talks to women who have experienced a number of issues after giving birth.(Mother Jones, approx 25 mins reading time)Doctors are required by [US] law to warn women about what could happen to their bodies during a cesarean section, from infection to the uterus splitting apart, and pregnant women are routinely informed about genetic conditions like Down’s syndrome and birth defects like spina bifida that could affect the baby. Yet according to more than a dozen physicians and public health experts I interviewed for this story, rare is the obstetrician who has a frank conversation with a pregnant woman about the long-term problems she might face. Even women with the time and money to rigorously prepare for birth seldom hear much about how labor and delivery can damage the pelvic bones and muscles. Childbirth classes gloss over it, as do most popular pregnancy books. Share Tweet Email 6. Murderer on the loose Source: Shutterstock/Fer GregoryKathleen Hale tells the story of a killing that took place in Ohio in April 2016, where eight family members were killed in their homes. She travels to Pike County to try and figure out why no arrests have been made – and finds that people are not happy about her arrival.(Hazlitt, approx 33 mins reading time)9-1-1 operators received her frantic call at 7:49 a.m. In shock, Bobby cried that it looked “like someone had beaten the hell out of them…blood all over the house!” She couldn’t remember the street number and went to the mailbox, “4077” scrawled in red paint on the side, and relayed Chris Sr.’s address to officials. Bobby bolted from the blood-spattered trailer to her nephew Frankie’s place. The door was locked there too. According to The Enquirer, when no one answered, Bobby fell into a trance as she screamed and banged on the trailer. She heard a lock turn. Frankie’s three-year-old boy, Brentley, stared up at her. 2. Micro-dosing Timothy Leary, who many associate with LSD thanks to his testing of the drug in the 1970s. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesA new trend is seeing people in the US taking small doses of drugs in an effort to make themselves more productive and less anxious. But is all this ‘biohacking’ worth it?(GQ, approx 15 mins reading time)How exactly LSD fits into such a regimen for self-betterment was a topic of great curiosity one night not long ago in a San Francisco loft. George Burke, one of the Bay Area’s most fervent biohackers, had convened a presentation on the topic, entitled “Performance Psychedelics.” Up onstage, the legendary psychedelic psychologist Dr. James Fadiman told the crowded room that the key to unleashing the benefits of the drug was all in the dosage. The doctor explained that taking a smaller amount than usual—something on the order of one-tenth of a typical “party dose”—would stimulate the mind in all kinds of positive ways. 4. Surviving Solitary Albert Woodfox pumps his fist as he arrives on stage during his first public appearance at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center with Parnell Herbert, right, in New Orleans in February after his release. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesBlack Panther Albert Woodfox was one of the Angola 3, jailed in 1969 over a robbery. He was held in solitary confinement for 40 years, the longest length of time a prisoner was ever kept in that situation. This is the story about what happened after his release.(The New Yorker, approx 57 mins reading time)Angola was known as the most dangerous prison in the South. According to the editor of the prison’s newspaper, the Angolite, a quarter of the inmates lived in “bondage”: raped, sold, and traded, they generated income for their owners as well as for prison guards, who were paid to look the other way. The Panthers organized an Anti-Rape Squad, which escorted new prisoners to their dorms. “We would let them know who we were and that we were there to protect them,” Ronald Ailsworth, a member of the squad, told me. They armed themselves with bats and knives, which they fashioned out of farm equipment, and used mail-order catalogues and dinner trays as shields. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Sunday 15 Jan 2017, 9:00 AM
Los periodistas de NORTE de Ciudad Juárez exigimos el esclarecimiento del crimen de nuestra compañera periodista Miroslava Breach Velducea pic.twitter.com/2irlvhjVMn— Norte Digital (@nortedigital) March 23, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3322685 18 Comments By AFP Apr 3rd 2017, 9:09 PM Short URL Source: Norte Digital/Twitter 9,311 Views Image: Twitter Share5 Tweet Email1 THE MEXICAN NEWSPAPER where a reporter who investigated drug gangs worked until she was murdered has announced it is closing its print edition due to a lack of security.The director of the Ciudad Juarez-based newspaper, Oscar Cantu, wrote Sunday in an article titled “Adios!” that Miroslava Breach’s slaying last month led him to reflect on the dangers of practicing journalism in the region, where “high-risk is the main ingredient”.Breach, 54, who wrote for the newspapers Norte and La Jornada, was found dead in her vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds to the head on 23 March in the city of Chihuahua, capital of the state of the same name.Ciudad Juarez, located in Chihuahua state on the US border with Texas, was for years one of the bloodiest battlegrounds in Mexico as drug cartels fought over lucrative smuggling routes into the United States.Breach reported on organised crime, drug-trafficking and corruption during a 20-year career as a journalist in northern Mexico. She had recently published a report about a conflict between leaders of the La Linea group, part of the powerful Juarez cartel.“Deadly attacks as well as impunity in crimes against journalists have become evident, preventing us to freely continue to do our job,” Cantu wrote.“This newspaper that you have in your hands will be the last print edition that NORTE of Ciudad Juarez will publish.”Cantu also blamed the shuttering on the “irresponsible non-compliance” of government offices that had failed to pay for ads in the paper.“Everything in life has a beginning and an end, a price to pay. And if this is how life is, I’m not willing to have another journalist pay for it” with their life, Cantu wrote.Breach is the third reporter murdered in one month in Mexico, the third most dangerous country in the world for journalists after Syria and Afghanistan according to the rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF).A fourth journalist was fired upon in the eastern state of Veracruz just days after Breach’s murder, RSF said.A record 11 journalists were murdered in Mexico in 2016, according to the rights group Article 19.- © AFP, 2017Read: German tourist raped in India weeks after Danielle McLaughlin attacked and killedRead: At least 254 dead, including 43 children, as toll from Colombian horror mudslide continues to climb Monday 3 Apr 2017, 9:09 PM Mexican paper where murdered reporter worked closes over lack of security The Mexican government has not done enough to protect journalists, it has been claimed. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Twitter
Mozilla prépare Firefox 13, s’inspirant de Chrome et OperaPour sa prochaine version, Firefox peaufinerait notamment son écran d’accueil, dans le style d’un Speed Dial d’Opera ou encore Google Chrome.C’est cependant à travers une version expérimentale de Firefox 12, intitulée Nightly build, que Mozilla recherche le changement. Publiée ce week-end, cette version instable permettra de faire des tests (vous pourrez la récupérer ici). Selon ExtremeTech, le nouveau Firefox afficherait donc une page d’accueil où apparaitraient, sous forme de vignettes, les pages web les plus visitées par l’utilisateur. Ce dernier pourra les déplacer à sa guise ou les effacer, via certaines options. Le moteur de recherche de Google serait toujours présent, ainsi que plusieurs boutons de favoris, l’historique, les paramètres, des extensions ou encore des applications web et une messagerie instantanée. La page se façonnera ensuite elle-même se basant sur votre activité.La version de Firefox 13 sera, semble-t-il disponible au mois de mai prochain.Le 30 janvier 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambert
Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke has created quite a stir within the state GOP with a memo accusing Republican Dino Rossi of “playing games with the Republican Party” by failing to make a decision on whether to jump into the race against U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat.“We have the ability to take this seat in the Senate away from the democrats (sic), but Rossi’s failure to make a decision has badly hurt our chances,” said Mielke in a widely distributed e-mail message sent Sunday.The two-time gubernatorial candidate “has hurt us all by waiting for no good reason, financial, political or strategic,” Mielke wrote. “All he’s done is anger a lot of the base because he refuses to make his plans public and that makes him look indecisive while a lot of us see this fantastic opportunity slipping away because of Rossi.”Mary Lane Strow, Rossi’s volunteer spokeswoman, scoffed at the contention that Rossi is hurting Republicans’ chances of capturing Murray’s Senate seat.“There have been a lot of candidates in the race for a long time and not one of them has caught fire yet, so that’s their problem,” she said in a telephone interview. “The implication is that he has been toying with the Republican Party. This has all happened quite recently, that Dino started thinking about getting into the race. He actually is being thorough in making this decision. He hasn’t been toying with anyone or drawing out this decision. No sane person would just jump into a statewide race like this.”Mielke has endorsed state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, in the Senate race. Benton himself has complained publicly that Rossi’s indecision is hurting fundraising by the 10 Republicans in the race.
YouTube ScreenshotThe wait is finally over, as the much-anticipated teaser-trailer of Mammootty’s mega-budget movie ‘Madhura Raja’ had its release at 06.00 pm, on March 20, 2019. As expected, this initial teaser offers an in and out Mammootty show to the audiences, and the megastar can be seen ruling the screens with his unquestionable charm and grace.The teaser is edited well, and the makers have succeeded in giving an impression that this sequel to ‘Pokkiri Raja’ will offer more fun and entertainment than its prequel.However, apart from Mammootty, no others can be seen in the teaser, and all we can see is the megastar performing high-octane action scenes, and delivering powerful punch dialogues.In the final moments of the teaser, Mammootty can be seen saying the dialogue, ‘Raja and his boys are strong, not double strong, but triple strong’, and this scene will surely give goosebumps to the viewers. The background score used in the teaser seems very similar to the music used in the prequel.’Madhura Raja is directed by Vyshakh who has previously directed ‘Pulimurugan’, the Mollywood industry hit that collected more than 160 crores at the box-office. It should be noted that no films of Mammootty have crossed the elite 100 crore club as of now, and megastar fans believe that this film will emerge as the first Mammootty flick to achieve this feat.’Madhura Raja’ is a movie that is loaded with an ensemble star cast. Apart from Mammootty, the film also stars Tamil star Jai, Siddique, Vijayaraghavan, Nedumudi Venu, Salim Kumar, Suraj Venjarammoodu, Kalabhavan Shajon, Anna Reshma Rajan, Anusree, Shamna Kasim and Jagapathi Babu.Gopi Sundar has composed the music for ‘Madhura Raja’, while the camera is cranked by Shaji Kumar. The film is produced by Nelson Ipe in the banner of Nelson Ipe Cinemas. ‘Madhura Raja’ will hit the screens on April 12, 2019.
More information: Nature doi:10.1038/nature.2013.13441 Discoveries from Planck may mean rethinking how the universe began Journal information: Nature Citation: Researchers detect B-mode polarization in cosmic microwave background (2013, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-b-mode-polarization-cosmic-microwave-background.html Scientists believe that approximately half a million years after the Big Bang, the universe began switching from a state of plasma and energy to one where temperatures had dropped to a point where the universe became transparent enough for light to pass through. That light is known as cosmic microwave background (CMB) and is still visible today. Cosmologists studying it have formed the basis of a theory known as inflation—where the universe came to exist as it does today through a process of very rapid expansion just after the Big Bang.In order to prove that the inflation theory is correct, scientists have been studying minute fluctuations in the temperature of the CMB—they revel fluctuations in density of the early universe. They also study fluctuations of the polarization of the CMB which is due, it is believed, to radiation being scattered across the universe by the energy of the Big Bang. Fluctuations in polarization were for a time merely theory, but in 2002, they were actually detected, giving credence to inflation theory. Those fluctuations were given the name E-mode polarizations. Theory has also suggested that there are also B-mode fluctuations in polarization, which are far more subtle—they are thought to describe the rotation of CMB polarization. Finding evidence of them has been extremely difficult, however, as they exist as just one part in ten million in the CMB temperature distribution. But now it appears the team at SPT has done just that, adding further credence to the inflation theory. The researchers report that they were able to detect E-mode polarization due mostly to improvements in detector technology.Adding credence isn’t the same as finding proof of a theory, of course, and that’s why scientists believe the detection of E-mode polarizations is so important. Many believe it will ultimately lead to the detection of primordial gravitational waves—immense ripples in space-time that theory suggests should have come about as a result of the force of inflation. If they can be detected, the theory of inflation would likely become the accepted theory regarding the early formation of the universe. Researchers working at the South Pole Telescope (SPT) have detected tiny fluctuations—known as B-mode polarization—in cosmic background radiation. The team describes their findings in their paper they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv. , arXiv © 2013 Phys.org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Kolkata: Five acid-attack survivors walked the ramp as show-stoppers donning outfits of ace fashion designer Agnimitra Paul at an event, with a galaxy of dignitaries from different walks of life cheering them.State Women and Child Development and Social Welfare (Independent Charge) minister Sashi Panja, who was present on the occasion on Saturday, commended the efforts put in by the girls to make this turnaround possible.”They are not acid attack victims, they are survivors,” she said. To a question, Panja said, the government has always stood by women, who have been subjected to attacks and torture by providing them emergency treatment at state hospitals.”We are also ready to help them in getting legal assistance if they approach the state government,” she said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeComing back to the event, Panja said, “What I liked the most is their confidence, none of them are embarrassed of the scars. Infact they are the most beautiful women as their beauty comes from within.”Paul, who designed their clothes, said the five women were “show-stoppers” in the truest sense of the term.”If we consider what they had gone through, the battle they had waged after such brutal physical attacks on them, these five women will eclipse any celebrity from the world of glamour or sports.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe show also advocated stringent punishment for perpetrators of acid-attacks, the designer stated. “If we can carry on protests against rape, we should also be equally vociferous in our protests against acid attack. There should be equally stringent laws to convict acid-attack accused,” she asked.Recounting the battles of the women, whose names could not be disclosed, Paul said: “One of them had acid thrown at her by in-laws and husband for giving birth to a daughter. She came out and brought up the girl with great difficulty. “But her daughter, for whom she had faced the brunt of the savage attack, died two years ago. I told the woman not to let the smile on her face go away and face the world and adversities with her head held high.” The women, dressed in vibrant outfits, were overjoyed to learn they can take these outfits home, Paul said.”This is just a tiny gesture on my part to tell them how special they are,” she added.The five acid-attack survivors walked the ramp on the sidelines of a beauty pageant ‘Tanaya’ at ‘Bengal Club’. Bengali actor Rudranil Ghosh, actress Mimi Chakraborty, Kanchana Moitra, painter Suvaprasanna and danseuse-social activist Alakananda Roy were among those present in the audience to cheer the five women.
Dinosaurs were not the only gargantuan creatures who roamed around our planet thousands of years ago. In fact, prehistory belonged to a vast array of species that would have dazzled any spectator precisely for their legendary size. Forget about New York City’s unbelievably huge rats today — the biggest rodents of the early Pleistocene would have weighed up to a ton. Enter the hungry Andrewsarchus, whose jaw was more than capable of destroying the rock-like shell of a gigantic tortoise.Below is a list of eight such huge megafauna mammals who left their trace on Earth in prehistory.The Steppe MammothPhoto by Davide Meloni CC BY-SA 2.0Recent, controversial de-extinction debates have brought plans of producing a clone of the woolly mammoth at some point in the near future to the table. However, any such plan does not mean reintroducing the biggest mammoth of them all.The steppe mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii) weighed as much as 10 tons, at least three tons more than their relative the woolly mammoth. Steppe mammoths likely originated from Siberia, but then dominated most of the north Eurasian plateau. The species thrived between 600,000 and 350,000 years ago, during the Middle Pleistocene period.MastodonsRestoration of an American mastodon. Photo by Sergiodlarosa CC BY-SA 3.0Before steppe mammoths, there were mastodons, which belonged to the genus Mammut, another distant relative of modern-day elephants. The most famous representative of this species was the American mastodon, M. americanum, which would have reached North America around 15 million years ago via the Bering Strait passage.The first evidence of mastodons was a tooth weighing around five pounds, discovered in 1705, in New York’s Columbia County. When the tooth was sent to London it was labelled “tooth of a Giant,” a reference to a “statement in Genesis that ‘there were giants in the earth’ in the days before the Flood,” according to Smithsonian.Comparison of woolly mammoth (L) and American mastodon (R). Photo by Dantheman9758 CC BY-SA 3.0Mastodons had cusp-shaped teeth which were quite different than those in the mouth of a mammoth. Another body feature that distinguished the first from the former were the tusks. A mastodon’s tusks were long and curved, whereas mammoth tusks were much curlier.These giant creatures shared more than a few similarities. Both were herbivores and both grew to roughly the same height, up to 14 feet. However, mastodons went extinct some 11,000 years ago, while a small population of mammoths survived until circa 1650 BC on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean.ElasmotheriumRestoration of E. sibiricum. Photo by ДиБгд CC BY SA 4.0Another fur-covered paleo-giant herbivore was Elasmotherium sibiricum, also known as the giant rhinoceros or Siberian unicorn. Native to Siberia, these ancient rhinos could weigh in at up to 4 tons. That’s double the weight of a modern-day white rhinoceros.The most notable feature of Elasmotherium was its mighty horn. While the it is speculated to have protruded around three feet, no fossil evidence of the animal’s horn has been found to date. As Palaeontologist Adrian Lister of the London Natural History Museum explained for LiveScience, “We have no horn preserved, or even part of one, because they were made of compressed hair and have decayed. But the animal does have this huge bony boss at the top of its skull — much bigger than in any other rhino — so the horn must have been massive. Maybe one day we’ll find one,” he said.As a creature of the Ice Age, this ancient “unicorn” went extinct in between 40,000 and 35,000 years ago. In Europe and Asia, they would have lived alongside Neanderthals and early humans.ParaceratheriumPreparator Otto Falkenbach with P. transouralicum skull (specimen AMNH 18650), formerly assigned to Baluchitherium grangeri, American Museum of Natural HistoryBut even Elasmotherium was not the greatest rhino of all time. That designation is reserved for the Paraceratherium, which is actually “heralded as the largest mammal ever to tromp over the Earth,” notes National Geographic. Paraceratherium could grow more than 26 feet in length and is “often said to weigh as much as five elephants,” or more than 20 tons.Photo by Steveoc 86 CC BY-SA 4.0The gigantic creature thrived in Asia and Europe between 35 and 20 million years ago, and distinctively enough, there is no trace of any horn on the creature’s head. Paraceratherium, which belongs to an entirely extinct group of rhinos, was tall and had a long neck, enabling it to reach higher into the canopy for food than other rhinos.AndrewsarchusAndrewsarchus mongoliensis from the Late Eocene of Central Asia was a large cetancodontamorph ungulate, related to hippos, entelodonts and whales.Our knowledge of the species known as Andrewsarchus is based on a single three-feet-long skull that was discovered at the the Irdin Manha Formation, Inner Mongolia in 1923. According to the American Museum of Natural History, there was disagreement among the expedition team — led by Roy Chapman Andrews, after whom the creature was named — over whether the wolf-like features belonged to a carnivore or an ancient omnivorous pig species.Andrews later became the director of the American Museum of Natural History from 1935 until 1942. If he was right, then this makes Andrewsarchus “the largest known meat-eating land mammal that ever lived.”Based on the skull, experts have concluded that Andrewsarchus would have weighed around one ton, with a body that stretched some 12 feet in length. Its jaw was very powerful and so were its legs. This ferocious beast perhaps ran faster than a modern-day wolf. The largest predator on four limbs — it lived in between 45 and 35 million years ago.Related Video: Archaeologists unveil 3,000-yr-old Tomb in LuxorTitanotylopusTitanotylopus. Photo by Dawn Pedersen CC BY 2.0Famed for the unique fatty humps on their backs, camels are often our first association with deserts. Prehistoric relatives of these Bedouin friends were also much greater in size than the animals we are familiar with today.An individual of Titanotylopus would have weighed probably a ton. Titanotylopus is thought to have originally evolved in North America and variants of the species took millions of years to populate areas in Asia.The name Titanotylopus, which is derived from Greek meaning “giant knobby-foot,” refers to the giant camel’s most notable asset — its feet. They were flat and designed for the animal to easily move over dry, rugged landscapes. The species has been distinguished by palaeontologists thanks to their large upper canines, differentiating them from any other early big camelids. Titanotylopus disappeared some 30,000 years ago after a 10-million-year presence on Earth.Steller’s Sea CowSkeleton at the Finnish Museum of Natural HistorySteller’s Sea Cow, or Hydrodamalis gigas, once thrived on the shores of the north Pacific. It would have appeared as a species some two million years ago, and the last of its kin were among us until relatively recently.This marine giant, which weighed some 10 tons and stretched 30 feet in length, was the precursor of modern-day manatees and dugongs. Its gargantuan body, which contrasted ridiculously with its small head, was reliant solely on seaweed for sustenance.The species was named after German botanist Georg Wilhelm Steller who had the rare opportunity to study some of the last living specimens that survived in the area of the Commander Islands in the Bering Sea, back in the 18th century. Following Steller’s research, the last of this ancient sea cow population fell prey to sailors, who hunted them for their whale-quality oil. The meat of this prehistoric creature was probably tasty too.Josephoartigasia MonesiJosephoartigasia monesi, a rodent from the Pliocene of Uruguay, pencil drawing, digital coloring. Photo by Nobu Tamura – Own work CC BY 3.0Millions of years ago was a time when even rodents were capable of growing to unimaginable proportions — as much as one ton in weight and 10 feet in length. Fossil evidence collected from South America confirms that was indeed the size of your average Josephoartigasia monesi — the largest rodent ever found.Given its significantly amplified proportions, the biggest rodent from prehistory was a bit more sophisticated than rodents today. Its diet encompassed delicious fruits and plants. Its prominent teeth would have looked nothing but formidable — just imagine a rat larger than a cow.Read another story from us: World’s Largest Bee Reappears After Missing for 38 YearsPalaeontologists first described Josephoartigasia as a species only a decade ago, in 2008. Like the case with the Andrewsarchus, they had to figure out the rodent’s features solely by working on one 20-inch-long skull retrieved from a 4.2 million-year-old rock in Uruguay.
GENEVA (AP) – The U.N.’s human rights office has stopped updating the death toll from Syria’s civil war, confirming Tuesday that it can no longer verify the sources of information that led to its last count of at least 100,000 in late July.Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, blamed the failure to provide new figures on the organization’s own lack of access on the ground in Syria and its inability to verify “source material” from others. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Sponsored Stories Comments Share “It was always a very difficult figure,” Colville said in answer to a question by The Associated Press. “It was always very close to the edge in terms of how much we could guarantee the source material was accurate. And it reached a point where we felt we could no longer cross that line. So for the time being, we’re not updating those figures.”Colville said the total number of dead the U.N. had estimated was based on an exhaustive effort to verify six different figures supplied by a variety of nongovernmental organizations in the region.“Over time, they’ve diminished in number,” he said. “For the past year or so, it’s been down to two or a maximum of three, and we simply didn’t feel that it was possible for us to continue in the same way.”But Colville said the U.N. could not endorse anyone else’s count, including the widely quoted figures from the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, whose latest tally is more than 130,000 killed in violence in Syria since March 2011.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober