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Andy Bichel feels Indian leg spinners give them edge over Aussies

first_imgWorld Cup carries a lot of importance for any cricketing nation as the entire cycle of a team is built around the quadrennial event. And no one understands that better than former Aussie cricketer Andy Bichel, who lost his spot to Tom Moody in 1999 squad to only to get it back in 2003 to lift the glittering trophy in South Africa.While his team is again among the favourites at the World Cup with the likes of India and England, the 48-year-old pacer gives the edge to the Virat Kohli & side over Australia for having better wrist spinners — in Kuldeep Yadav and Yiuzvendra Chahal in the event, which is starting in the United Kingdom from May 30.We (Australia) barely have one wrist spinner in our squad, which is a disadvantage as they are more dangerous especially against a new batter in the middle overs, the 48-year-old retired pacer told Mail Today.The former World Cup winner pointed out that Indian middle-order batsmen take time to settle in and if Aussies can’t exploit that using their wrist spinner Adam Zampa (while off-spinner Nathan Lyon is the other tweaker in the side) then the side will be in trouble.The biggest challenge for Australia will be to pick wickets in the middle overs and expose the new batter to the wrist spinners, who can move it both ways. A top middle-order batsman like MS Dhoni takes time to on the crease to set and a wrist spinner can unsettle him by turning it both ways. If Australia can’t do that then India will have a little edge over us, he explained.advertisementBichel, who also suggested that Virat Kohli should bat on number four to solve the pertaining middle-order issue, believes India have an an uphill task in their hand at the beginning of the World Cup given they face likes of South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan respectively from the word go and they can’t relax after that since there are next to no minnows in the 10-team tournamentThere are not so many minnows team to get confidence (through an easy win). For India, the situation is especially tricky as they play some tough games early in the tournament and after that, they might get to relax a bit but those teams can gain momentum by then and make things tougher for them, said the blazing Aussie pacer who took 16 wickets at the 2003 World Cup.Bichel also pointed out that while a lot has been said about the flat pitches at the tournament, teams should be prepared to face unpredictable English weather which changes its mood in no time. Bichel’s argument draws strength from the fact that the last time England hosted a World Cup (in 1999), the tournament saw few matches being delayed due to rain.We are going to see some conditions in England throughout this tournament. Many teams lost in England when they were looking down (pitch) when they should have been looking up (weather). It may very well go down to a situation when you lose a match after losing the toss.Over the two-month period, there are going to be few overcast nights. I think that’s going to be challenging for many teams to get their balance right throughout the tournament in varied conditions, said the cricketer.last_img read more

Ronaldo makes 400th Madrid appearance

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo makes 400th Real Madrid appearance Goal Last updated 2 years ago 03:26 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund UEFA Champions League Primera División The 32-year-old passed the milestone in their Champions League visit to the Signal Iduna Park, but he is still far off the club’s No.1 spot Cristiano Ronaldo made his 400th appearance for Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund.The 32-year-old lined up alongside Gareth Bale at the forefront of Zinedine Zidane’s side in Germany as they look to build on their positive start to their European campaign.Ronaldo 3/1 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Ronaldo scored twice as the reigning champions started with a 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia, and did the same this week with a double in the 3-1 victory over Dortmund.400 – Cristiano Ronaldo will make his 400th appearance for Real Madrid in all competitions. Myth. pic.twitter.com/fQxkCspjo5— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 26, 2017The Portuguese attacker has been a consistent star for the Spanish giants since joining from Manchester United for a then world record fee in 2009.With an incredible 411 goals and 111 assists to his name in those 400 appearances, Ronaldo has played a key role in Madrid collecting three Champions League and two La Liga, Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup crowns.Ronaldo is still far off topping Madrid’s list of players with most appearances. Madrid and Spanish legend Raul is still the all-time record holder with 741.last_img read more

Alli not ruling out Spurs exit

first_imgTransfers Alli not ruling out Tottenham exit Chloe Horswill 19:47 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dele Alli - cropped Getty Images Transfers Tottenham Hotspur Barcelona Real Madrid Premier League The England midfielder has been linked to Real Madrid and Barcelona and suggested he would be open to a move if a considerable offer came in Dele Alli is excited about the changes happening at Tottenham in the near future but has refused to rule out a move away from the club amid reported interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.Since leaving MK Dons three years ago Alli has become a key figure for club and country, although last season he struggled to deliver consistent performances, his nine Premier League goals half the tally he managed in 2016-17.La Liga giants Barca and Madrid, as well as Manchester United, have all been linked with the midfielder ahead of his World Cup campaign with England. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And Alli has admitted he does not know what his future would hold if one of the big European names did come calling.”I’d never say never to anything,” he told ES Magazine. “You never know what is going to happen in football.”I have still got a few years left on my contract. We have got a young team, a young manager, a new stadium, so it is a great place to be at the minute.”All the players can see the way the club is heading. But you can’t look into the future too much as it takes the pleasure out of now.”His immediate focus is on England’s coming games in Russia and Alli is eager to perform at his first World Cup, the Three Lions kicking off against Tunisia on June 18.”I am over the moon to be selected for the World Cup, it is what you dream of as a kid,” he added.”We have got a great manager and an ambitious young squad. I am confident we can have a successful tournament.”England’s face Costa Rica on Thursday, in their final international friendly before the tournament in Russia.last_img read more

5-Star RB Kendall Milton Announces Ohio State Visit

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State football helmet on the field.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A top running back in the Class of 2020, Kendall Milton has naturally garnered interest from just about every program in the country. But he has recently revealed a nugget of information that Ohio State fans will find particularly interesting.On Wednesday afternoon, Milton revealed that he would be making a visit to Ohio State on Friday, April 5. He directed the message at Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day and running backs coach Tony Alford.Per 247Sports, Milton is a five-star recruit and the No. 15 overall prospect in the country. He is also considered the No. 2 running back on the board and the No. 4 prospect from the state of California.I will be at THE Ohio State University on April 5th! #GoBucks 🌰⭕️ @CoachTonyAlford @ryandaytime— Kendall Milton💕 (@_KendallMilton) March 13, 2019The Buckeyes have already offered Milton a scholarship, but if they can manage to get a commitment out of him from the visit they would get an immediate leg up in the Class of 2020.Ohio State has already secured a commitment from No. 4 overall prospect Paris Johnson Jr., giving the Buckeyes the only top-five recruit from the class to make a commitment so far.Ryan Day’s side is already rated the No. 5 overall recruiting class in the country and the No. 1 in the Big Ten Conference.Landing Milton would give the Buckeyes two five-star recruits this early in the process, potentially vaulting them even higher with so much time to get more commits.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Reminded Not to Give Lottery Tickets to Children

first_imgAs important role models for children, parents, caregivers and family members are reminded not to give lottery tickets to minors this holiday season. “We all have a role and responsibility to prevent underage gambling,” says Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation (NSPLCC). “As adults, we may enjoy giving and receiving lottery and scratch tickets as gifts during the holidays, or throughout the year, but these are never appropriate gifts for minors.” Research shows lottery play, especially scratch tickets, can increase the potential for problem gambling later in life. For some youth it is the initial introduction to gambling activities. “Lottery tickets are not child’s play and should not be given as gifts to youth,” said Mr. MacKinnon. “It is an activity reserved only for adults who choose to gamble and are over the age of 19.” As managers of regulated gambling in the province, NSPLCC actively promotes responsible gambling year-round. They work with their ticket lottery operator, Atlantic Lottery, to ensure Nova Scotians understand their responsibility by including age of majority messaging on ticket lottery products and verifying that ticket lottery retailers comply with 19+ laws. To continue raising awareness, both corporations are again participating in McGill University’s holiday campaign. This year marks the 10th annual holiday campaign to discourage youth gambling and remind people they can keep the fun in the holidays by gifting lottery tickets responsibly to adults.last_img read more

Modi to be sworn in as PM on May 30

first_imgNew Delhi: Narendra Modi will be sworn in as the Prime Minister on May 30, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said Sunday. “The President will administer the oath of Office and secrecy to the Prime Minister and other members of Union Council of Ministers on 30.05.2019 at 07.00 p.m.,”a communique from the Rashtrapati Bhavan said. The ceremony will be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Modi was elected as the leader of the NDA on Saturday.last_img

Skateboarder Ryan Sheckler Teams With Boston Market For Charity

first_imgBoston Market hosted an event last week at the company’s North Arlington, N.J., restaurant with professional skateboarder, television star and philanthropist Ryan Sheckler.Boston Market CEO George Michel (A.K.A. The Big Chicken) presents a $10,000 check to pro skateboarder Ryan Sheckler at Boston MarketCredit/Copyright: Charles Sykes/Invision for Boston Market/AP ImagesA loyalist of the home-style restaurant chain, Sheckler met with excited fans, signed autographs and accepted a $10,000 donation from Boston Market to The Sheckler Foundation, which helps enrich the lives of children and injured action sports athletes. Event attendees were treated to popular menu items and soft drinks, courtesy of Boston Market.Boston Market CEO George Michel (A.K.A. The Big Chicken) and pro skateboarder Ryan Sheckler enjoy lunch at Boston MarketCredit/Copyright: Charles Sykes/Invision for Boston Market/AP ImagesSince becoming the 2012 “Unofficial Sponsor of Summer” in June, Boston Market has placed an emphasis on living an active lifestyle through summer promotions that paid homage to major sporting events and the athlete in everyone. Last week’s event with Ryan Sheckler will serve as the culmination of Boston Market’s summer 2012 campaign.Ryan Sheckler meets with fans Jake Cooke, left, and Kyle Cooke at Boston MarketCredit/Copyright: Charles Sykes/Invision for Boston Market/AP ImagesSheckler’s appearance attracted hundreds of customers into the North Arlington location along with other well-known skateboarders. The event was packed full of fans and skateboarding enthusiasts alike who met with Sheckler and participated in fun guest giveaways. George “The Big Chicken” Michel, CEO of Boston Market, presented the donation to The Sheckler Foundation on behalf of his organization.“Ryan’s dedication to his charity and his passion for Boston Market made him the ideal host for today’s event,” said George Michel, CEO of Boston Market. “Not only is he a legend in the skateboarding world, but he has found the time to give back to those in need as well. Boston Market is proud to support Ryan’s organization and offer quality food with great service to our guests.”A Boston Market regular who was recently quoted in a national publication declaring his ideal last meal would be from Boston Market, Sheckler said, “Boston Market is one of my favorite places to sit back and enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family. Today was a huge step forward for my charity. With Boston Market’s donation, we hope to help the many injured action sports athletes on their road to recovery.”At the conclusion of the event, Ryan presented George Michel with a custom, autographed skateboard to thank Boston Market for its generous donation to The Sheckler Foundation.last_img read more

Blackstone actress attends Hug a NonNative Day in Calgary

first_imgAPTN National NewsIdle No More organizers in Calgary staged an event called “Hug a Non-Native Day”.Its goal was to improve racial harmony.Among those in attendeance was Michelle Thrush from APTN’s hit television series Blackstone.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan says Thrush was inspired.last_img

Federal government wont appeal human rights ruling on First Nation child welfare

first_img(Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould during her swearing-in ceremony. APTN/File)APTN National News OTTAWA—The federal government won’t be appealing a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling that determined Indigenous Affairs discriminates against First Nation children by underfunding child welfare services on reserves.In a speech to the Canadian Bar Association, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said she would not be appealing the decision. The speech, delivered during the organization’s mid-winter meeting, was posted to YouTube on Saturday.“I will not be seeking judicial review of this decision,” said Wilson-Raybould. “This is part of the new relationship and necessary in terms of the spirit of reconciliation. While we cannot change history, we can address it, learn from it, move forward and lay the foundation for a better future.”Wilson-Raybould’s office issued a statement Monday saying the federal government “can and must do better.” The statement said the tribunal decision “is pointing us in the right direction, as a country.”The human rights ruling, handed down last month, called on the federal government to make sweeping changes to its on-reserve child welfare system.The human rights case was triggered by a complaint filed by Cindy Blackstock, head of the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society, with the support of the Assembly of First Nations.Blackstock said she was surprised and pleased to hear Ottawa won’t be appealing the ruling, but she is now looking for action.The tribunal requested the parties to the case develop a process to implement changes to the child welfare system.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

BiblioBeach to Promote the Culture of Reading in El Jadida

Rabat – Book lovers are getting ready for the fourth annual Biblio-Beach event in El Jadida’s  Deau ville beach and Nour El Kamar square August 10 to 28, organized by the Association of Friends of This Library and the Association New Pages.Under the theme ” Reading, Travel and Discovery,” the event works to make books available to residents andadvocate for reading and writing.Spanning 18 days in the Atlantic coastal city of El Jadida, the event will feature explorations of poetry, novels, and painting led by writers and intellectuals from different backgrounds, such as Ahmed Bouzfour and Ouadiâ Dada. Established in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the prefecture of El Jadida, the initiative also offers activities and workshops for children, as a means of getting young people more involved in reading and writing. read more

Changes to Social Security Rights for French Chibanis Who Want to

Rabat – “Chibanis”, which translates to “white-hairs” in Arabic, are the North African workers who emigrated to France in the 60s and 70s, working and making up for labour shortages in the country.Under a new French law, chibanis will now be able to return to their country of origin, without risking losing their French pensioner rights.The law was voted in November 2018 and came into effect on July 1. Previously, if chibanis left France for more than six months, they would forfeit their rights to French social security benefits, in particular healthcare reimbursements. This meant that many were left torn between living in France and their country of origin. Some chose to return to Morocco, but were obliged to visitFrance every six months to remain eligible for payments. Under the new law, immigrant retirees holding a Schengen visa, resident permit, or retirement card are able to seek medical treatment in France or in Morocco as they please, regardless of their country of residence. To access these newly enshrined rights, retirees must have the “Carte Vitale CNAREFE,” proving they are receiving pension benefits. The card is issued by the National Center of French Retirees Living AbroadThe law applies not only to Moroccans, but to all non-European migrants who have worked in France for over 15 years, and who have chosen to return to their country of origin, at least for part of the year.The Moroccan NGO “Cap Sud MRE” was instrumental to the changes in the law. The NGO raised the issue with the French government and has been advocating for the rights of chibanis since 2011.The new French law will benefit approximately 330 000 pensioners living outside the European Union, including 240 000 chibanis living in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. read more

First Quantum profit and revenue higher on increased production and prices

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 5, 2013 5:33 pm MDT First Quantum profit and revenue higher on increased production and prices VANCOUVER – First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM) more than doubled its fourth-quarter earnings compared with a year ago, boosted in part by increased gold and copper production, higher prices and lower costs.The miner, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said Tuesday it earned US$186.7 million or 39 cents per diluted share on $774.6 million in revenue for the quarter ended Dec. 31.That compared with a profit of $76 million or 16 cents per share on $567.3 million in revenue a year ago.Total copper production was up 26 per cent compared with a year ago, while total nickel production improved 78 per cent.Total gold production improved 48 per cent over the fourth quarter of 2011.For the full year, First Quantum earned a profit of $1.77 billion or $3.72 per diluted share on $2.95 billion in revenue. That compared with a profit of $528.9 million of $1.18 per diluted share on $2.58 billion in revenue in 2011.Last week, First Quantum extended its $5.1-billion takeover offer for Inmet Mining Corp. (TSX:IMN) to March 11 after taking an inside look at the company’s books.Inmet, which has mining operations in Turkey, Spain and Finland, along with an 80 per cent interest in the Cobre Panama project under construction in Panama, has rejected the offer, but it has also waived the application of its shareholder rights plan after a review of strategic alternatives.Shares in First Quantum, which reported its results after the close of markets, were down a penny at $18.08 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

NY lawsuit Twitter used international roadshow to boost IPO valuation cheating investors

by Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2013 11:54 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Two financial firms have sued Twitter, saying it supported their own world tour to sell its shares last year, only to disallow the sales in a ruse aimed at boosting the company’s valuation above $10 billion for an initial public offering.Precedo Capital Group Inc., based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Continental Advisors, based in Luxembourg, sought $124 million in damages Wednesday, including $100 million in punitive damages, for misrepresentations that it said were “wanton and egregious.”Expected to go public before Thanksgiving, Twitter’s plan to sell 70 million shares will be the biggest technology IPO since Facebook went public last year. In a regulatory filing last week, Twitter set a price range of $17 to $20 per share for its offering. At the $20 share price, Twitter would be valued at about $12.5 billion.The two financial companies said they took the roadshow through several countries and three continents in September 2012, lining up institutional funds, asset managers and high net worth individuals to buy $278 million in Twitter shares.The lawsuit accused San Francisco-based Twitter of seeking an artificial market to ensure at least a $19-per-share price, injuring the public because the initial offering price for its shares will not be based on price-to-earnings ratio and balance sheet valuations.“The public will now be purchasing shares at an inflated price, based upon Twitter’s pre-IPO fraudulent misrepresentations,” the lawsuit said.In a statement, Twitter Inc. said: “We’ve never had a relationship with these plaintiffs. Their claim is completely without merit.”The lawsuit said the financial firms took to the road looking for investors after a Twitter shareholder, GSV Asset Management Inc., claimed in March 2012 that it had negotiated a deal with Twitter to sell $50 million to $278 million worth of Twitter stock owned by employees, contractors and other stockholders. GSV Asset was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.In the 18-day international roadshow, 47 presentations were made in eight countries by GSV Asset and Continental Advisors while Precedo Capital made presentations to investors and 10 broker dealers in New York, Chicago, Florida, Virginia and Pennsylvania, the lawsuit said. It said GSV Asset provided information at the roadshows including non-public information that came from Twitter.After obtaining more than $50 million in commitments at $19 per share, Twitter blocked the sale nine days after the roadshow ended, causing the plaintiffs to lose millions of dollars in commissions, fees and expenses, besides damage to their reputations, the lawsuit said.The firms said they were told that Twitter wanted to avoid a pitfall of Menlo Park, California-based Facebook Inc.’s initial public offering last year by removing an overhang of Twitter shares. They said they believed Twitter wanted to see if U.S. and international buyers would support a $19 share price in what amounted to a de facto public offering.“Twitter never intended to complete the private sale of Twitter stock,” the lawsuit said. “Twitter’s intention was to induce Precedo Capital and Continental Advisors to create an artificial private market wherein Twitter could maintain that a private market existed at or about $19 per share for the Twitter stock.”David Peirez, a partner at the Long Island-based law firm Reisman, Peirez, Reisman & Copabianco who specializes in business and transactional law, called the lawsuit the result of “sour grapes by two companies.”“It appears that the plaintiffs now see a pot of gold in the upcoming very hot IPO,” he said. “This has all the markings of a holdup.”___AP Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NY lawsuit: Twitter used international roadshow to boost IPO valuation, cheating investors read more

Ohio State mens basketball uses late run to pull out 6550 victory

The OSU men’s basketball team huddles before the game against Wyoming Nov. 25. OSU won, 65-50, at The Schottenstein Center. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team used a 20-5 run in the last 13 minutes of play to secure its fifth victory of the season, defeating Wyoming 65-50.OSU senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. poured in a game-high 20 points on 5-8 shooting from 3-point land. Junior center Amir Williams did his part, recording a double-double with 12 points and 16 boards.“I thought that Lenzelle was the difference in the game,” Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt said.Despite only allowing an average of 23.5 points in the first half of its first four games, OSU gave up 34 in the first 20 minutes against the Cowboys. Wyoming shot 56 percent from the field and had 24 points in the paint before halftime.“Quite honestly, it was like a layup clinic,” OSU coach Thad Matta said about the opening half.The Buckeyes struggled containing Akron, Ohio, native Larry Nance Jr throughout. The 6-foot-8-inch junior forward had 11 points on 5-9 shooting in the first half, including multiple dunks. Nance finished with a double-double in his homecoming, scoring 17 points and collecting 12 rebounds.The Buckeyes leaned on 3-point shooting in the first half, tossing in six of 13 attempts. Smith Jr. accounted for half of those makes to give him a game-high of 12 points at the half. OSU made just 28.6 percent of its 3-pointers coming into Monday, tied for worst in the Big Ten with Indiana.Matta said Williams’ improved play and resulting defensive attention helped his team make open shots from the perimeter.“It’s hard to leave (him defensively) now, and you saw the effects when they did,” Matta said about the added attention to the Buckeye center.OSU struggled to continue its hot shooting from deep to start the second half, as they missed three attempts from range in their first five possessions.The poor shooting allowed the Cowboys to get a three point advantage, 42-39, with 15:27 remaining, prompting Matta to call a timeout.Matta’s men responded with a 6-1 run, but a rocking Schottenstein Center was abruptly silenced by a technical foul call on junior guard Shannon Scott with 13:06 remaining after he appeared to knock over a Wyoming player with a forearm to the chest.Matta did not comment on the call after the game, as he said he was not watching Scott when it occurred.Junior guard Riley Grabau made both ensuing free throws for the Cowboys, tying the game at 45.OSU scored 12 of the game’s next 14 points to open up a 10 point lead with just under six minutes remaining. The Buckeyes would not look back, pushing the lead all the way to 15 at game’s end, OSU’s largest lead of the night. Wyoming failed to make a shot from the field in the game’s final 10 minutes.Junior forward LaQuinton Ross also struggled offensively, posting just three points and one rebound in 19 minutes of action in another disappointing performance.“He needs to make some shots,” Matta said. “LaQuinton needs to trust himself.”Matta said his starting five will not change before the next game.OSU is set to return to action Friday against North Florida at 5 p.m. in the Schottenstein Center. read more

7 colours that might get you sued in the US

first_img A major whistleblower complaint at the US’s top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader Contaminated tap water could lead to 100,000 cases of cancer in the US if people drink it their whole lives. Here’s how worried you should be. Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide 10 things in tech you need to know today CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN RECENTLY won the right to trademark its red heels, spurring questions about what else can be branded. Earlier this week, Cadburys managed to hold on to Pantone 2685C (a very royal purple) as a corporate trademark in the advertising of chocolate bars and drinks in the UK.Well, actually, a lot else – sounds, shapes, symbols, and even colours can be trademarked.Don’t confuse the term “trademark” with ownership of colour though. Trademarking a colour simply allows a company to use a particular combination and shade of colour in its own industry.For example, when in 2008, T-Mobile threatened to sue Engadget for using “its” magenta, the tech website sort of laughed it off.So, how far would a company go to protect its brand? The United States has one of the most competitive markets in patents and trademarks…. as these examples show:last_img read more

Kavellaris Urban Design takes architecture to another level

first_imgThe 2 Girls Building has been capturing all eyes in Melbourne, thanks to Everton’s Masquerade, from the Vintage Dolls series, featured on its facade. One of Australia’s leading teams of architects has designed the Abbotsford building as a mixed use space comprising gallery and exhibition spaces, offices as well as residential units; all exuding the Melburnian vibe.International-award-winning practice Kavellaris Urban Design (KUD) is behind the impressive project. KUD has been widely recognised locally and internationally through leading architectural publications, journals and television, and has received national and international awards for residential and commercial projects.“We are interested in architecture as an intellectual and philosophical construct founded on ideas that are materialised and translated into an architectural language,” its founder, Billy Kavellaris states. “The core of our practice philosophy seeks to engage in conscientious environmental design interventions as a foundation to deliver unique and intelligent architecture to meet our client’s requirements and budgets.”Billy Kavellaris has been leading his team of architects to complete single residential dwellings, high-density residential, public and commercial buildings and major high-rise developments since 2002.He has taught at the University of Melbourne and has also been a guest critic at various universities. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Namibie un numéro de téléphone pour la protection des rhinocéros

first_imgNamibie : un numéro de téléphone pour la protection des rhinocérosLe ministre namibien de l’Environnement et du Tourisme, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, a annoncé le lancement d’un numéro dédié à la protection des rhinocéros. Toute personne témoin d’une activité suspecte qui pourrait menacer ces animaux est invitée à contacter ce numéro par téléphone ou SMS. Partout en Namibie, et notamment à proximité des postes frontaliers, des lieux touristiques et des réserves naturelles, un numéro dédié à la protection des rhinocéros sera affiché. Ce service a été mis en place grâce à un partenariat avec l’un des opérateurs de téléphonie mobile du pays, Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC).À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocéros”Cela permettra au public de rapporter toute activité suspecte menaçant la sécurité de notre patrimoine naturel, et tout particulièrement des rhinocéros”, souligne Linda Baker, porte-parole du Réseau des zones protégées citée par le Namibian. Les autorités du pays craignent de voir les braconniers d’Afrique du Sud s’attaquer aux rhinocéros de Namibie. Si le ministère de l’Environnement et du tourisme affirmait il y a quelques semaines que les risques étaient très faibles, le gouvernement assure avoir pris toutes les précautions nécessaires pour protéger l’espèce menacée du braconnage qui sévit en Afrique du Sud. Le numéro de téléphone qui vient d’être lancé marque la volonté des autorités de mobiliser toute la population autour de la protection des rhinocéros.Le 22 mai 2011 à 10:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Captain Marvel postcredits scenes explained

first_img How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Tags 21 TV and Movies What it meansIt would seem Captain Marvel was indeed at the other end of that pager, as everyone had assumed at the end of Infinity War. It also appears Carol survived the snap. In one of the last Captain Marvel scenes, Carol gives Fury an upgraded version of his pager, telling him to use it if he ever needs her to come back.So, is this an actual scene from Avengers: Endgame, a heavily edited version of a scene, or something filmed exclusively for the Captain Marvel postcredits scene? It’s difficult to say, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t exactly how Carol’s arrival on Earth plays out in Avengers: Endgame. Nevertheless, it was awesome. captain-marvel-tv-spot-thumbCarol takes her hero shot.  Marvel Scene 2: Cute and slightly disgustingWe start the scene with a tight front shot of Nick Fury’s desk from 1995. The nameplate simply says “N. Fury” on the front. His office appears to be completely vacated. The camera slowly zooms in, and Goose the cat enters the frame. Like all cats do, especially mine — a lot lately, annoyingly — he begins to cough up a hairball. After few seconds of heaving, he coughs up the Tesseract onto Fury’s desk. After a beat, the film ends.What it meansIn the movie, Goose the cat is revealed to be a Flerken. That’s an alien species that looks like a cat but can devour things with huge tentacles that come out of its mouth. During the movie, Goose swallows the Tesseract to keep it away from Star Force — the Kree’s Seal Team 6, led by Jude Law’s Yon-Rogg, which Carol is a member of at the beginning of the movie. If only they all knew what this actually was… 26 Photoscenter_img Comments Captain Marvel is a fantastic addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe of movies, with great performances, fantastic action, one of the best stories of any MCU movie so far and the real 90s independent movie feel. As expected, it also had two postcredits scenes. The first will probably get you even more excited about Avengers: Endgame than you already are, and the second is more of a humorous bookend to the film. Definitely stay for the first one. The second one is up to you. I will say this, though: the second one is a lot better than the second postcredits scene in Ant-man and the Wasp. And now, a huge, Quadjet-size spoiler warning if you’d rather go into the movie (and maybe Avengers: Endgame?) cold. Composite by Aaron Robinson  Scene 1: Carol Danvers, allow me to introduce you to…The scene starts with a closeup of Fury’s pager from the end of Avengers: Infinity War. It’s still beeping and Captain Marvel’s symbol is still on the screen. Suddenly the pager screen goes black. We then cut to Steve Rogers and Black Widow looking over some holographic images, still getting data on how many people are dead after Thanos’ snap. Marvel Cinematic Universe postcredits scenes, rankedRhodey then enters the room and tells them the pager is no longer sending a signal. We see Bruce Banner, who says whatever signal it was sending finally crapped out. nullCaptain Marvel just caught the train to the billion dollar club. Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios “I thought we bypassed the battery,” Cap says. Replies Rhodey, “Well, we did. It’s still plugged in, just stopped.” Cap tells them to reboot it and send the signal again. Black Widow says the message was obviously important to Fury and to tell her the second they get the pager working again. “I want to know who’s on the end of that thing,” she says. Black Widow then turns to leave, and standing right in front of her is Captain Marvel looking pissed off. After a beat she asks, “Where’s Fury?” The scene ends. Share your voice Captain Marvel Marvellast_img read more

Our favorite backtoschool picks for 2019

first_img 3 Apple Sure, Apple’s excellent AirPods may be the more visible campus status symbol — but Sony’s brand-new wireless earbuds are the superior product. At $230, they’re not cheap. But they sound better, deliver 6 to 8 hours of battery life and have active noise-canceling features, one of only two models in this class with the feature.Read more: Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds battle it out against Apple’s AirPods 2 Apple MacBook Air In July, Apple debuted a brand-new MacBook Air featuring its True Tone display technology and a recalibrated list price of $1,100. I think it should cost $1,000. But Best Buy has an even better deal on it right now: $900. That’s a major discount on one of the best laptops around for students.  reading • Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 News • Hands-on with the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Read CNET’s list of best back-to-school backpacks and bags Tyler Lizenby/CNET I’ve been using Burton’s Spruce 26L backpack for the past year, and I think it’s the best, most versatile bag I’ve ever owned. It’s comfortable to wear, looks cool and is made with durable materials, including weather-resistant zippers. From the quick-release magnetic buckles to the fleece-lined laptop pocket, this bag is extremely well-designed from top to bottom. And it comes with Burton’s lifetime warranty. If you’re looking for something a little higher-end, I also love the weatherproof Rhake backpack from Mission Workshop. At $365, it’s expensive, but the 22-liter roll-top compartment is cavernous, the laptop compartment that opens from the side is so handy — and the bag just looks extremely slick.  You need tunes for both work and play. Most small Bluetooth speakers don’t sound good — but the new UE Wonderboom 2 delivers full audio in a durable, waterproof package at a reasonable price.  See at Amazon Read more on the UE Wonderboom 2 See also Chris Monroe/CNET The Lenovo Smart Clock is a minimalist, customizable smart clock that can recommend alarms based on your calendar. It comes with the full power of Google Assistant voice control, so it’s basically a Google Home Mini with a clock face. Our favorite feature is also the most visceral — you can snooze your alarms just by whacking the thing. Even better, Best Buy is selling the clock for $20 off its list price, bringing the total to $60, through Sept. 7.  See at Amazon Read the Sony WF-1000XM3 review Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See at Amazon Read the Dell XPS 13 review • Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System coffee maker Comments See at Hello Fresh See at Walmart Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 11 great gadgets that can smarten up a dumb dorm room Best back-to-school headphones Uber gift card Hydro Flask Modern students are aware of the benefits of staying hydrated, and many are discerning about the container they use. Hydro Flask bottles keep liquids cool for up to 24 hours and hot drinks warm up to 12 hours. And they’re tough enough to survive the rigors of campus life. Read more: CNET’s full list of the best water bottles See at Amazon Burton Spruce 26L Backpack Burton Apple MacBook Air Read the Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System review Originally published last month. Updated to reflect new sale prices. See at Uber Instant Pot pressure cooker Read the AmazonBasics Microwave review Rocketbook Fusion notebook You can find similar components in other laptops at around the same price, but few can match the XPS 13 for its near-perfect combination of size, slim bezel, processing power, great design and excellent keyboard, plus a wide range of price options.  Walmart Walmart Amazon Bluetooth Best Buy Dell Google Lenovo Microsoft Roku Sony Nintendo Uber Apple TCL Read the MacBook Air (2018) review Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET See at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET See at Walmart Nintendo Switch Read the TCL S325 review From the best phones for students to the best laptops to everything else in between, we’ve curated a handful of recommendations for campus life. Check out our picks for basic cooking equipment, more advanced gear for foodies, eight inexpensive things to keep students healthy at college and the best gifts under $50.Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019. Have a look.Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.     In 2019, the TV remains central to many forms of modern entertainment. This particular model comes with a Roku built in, making streaming apps effortlessly accessible. The 32-incher can be found for under $120 at Walmart and even the biggest, 49-inch model costs just $250. See at Walmart Preview • The MacBook Air is dead. Long live the MacBook Air See at Amazon Dell XPS 13 See it TCL S321/325 series For the lucky student who already has a TV, the Roku Plus will transform it into a full-featured streaming device. This model supports 4K and HDR video, has the best search interface and can control the TV’s volume and power.  Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Air (128GB, Gray, 2018) See at Amazon Sony WF-1000XM3 Bluetooth headphones See at Best Buy See All Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET If the dorm allows it, an Instant Pot is a no brainer for college students. It can do almost anything: make morning yogurt, boil perfect eggs, cook big batches of protein to stretch into meals all week long and even pull off easy desserts. The smaller 3-quart mini Instant Pot might be better for dorm-bound students, but the larger 6-quart model pictured above is often on sale for even less — around $50 — making it a tough deal to turn down. Read more:  15 quick & easy Instant Pot meals | Our favorite Instant Pot cookbooks | Easy Instant Pot breakfast recipes | What’s the best Instant Pot to buy? $1,199 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice Hello Fresh meal kit delivery service Tags See at Amazon Read the Roku Streaming Stick Plus review You’ll be hard-pressed to find a student that won’t enjoy playing games on a Nintendo Switch. But unless your gamer is willing to keep the handheld docked to a TV, you’ll want to wait until mid-September to pull the trigger. That’s when you’ll be able to buy the updated Switch that has longer battery life — or the Switch Lite, which will be $100 cheaper. If you do go for this model, though, make sure you get the new Switch model with longer battery life: Here’s how to tell which Switch is which. Read the Lenovo Smart Clock review Review • Apple MacBook Air review: Rebooted as a thinner, lighter, more expensive laptop Smart Display TVs Bluetooth Headsets Media Streamers Laptops Small Appliances Gaming Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers Video Games Lenovo Smart Clock See It Coffee may be the most essential ingredient for academic success. So, some kind of coffee maker is highly advisable, and this jack-of-all-trades Ninja is a great contender. It can handle regular coffee as well as cold brew and even tea, with separate settings and baskets for beans and leaves (loose or bagged). It has a foldaway frothing arm for latte-style drinks — so not only will it save money on Starbucks runs, it’ll make the dorm the most popular spot to study. It includes size settings too, so you can brew a full carafe or a single cup.Read more: Trusty reusable coffee mugs Not only does a meal kit delivery service save time, it cuts down on food waste with perfectly proportionate amounts of ingredients. Plus, thanks to detailed recipe instructions, even novice cooks can pull off impressive meals. There are plenty of meal kit delivery companies to choose from and many offer plans for special diets including vegan and gluten-free selections. But Hello Fresh is currently offering 15% off every box for students (new customers only) plus free shipping on any box when you use code UniDAYS (prices start at $9 per serving). Read more: Best meal kit subscription services See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET AmazonBasics Microwave $899 Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 Hydro Flask water bottle There aren’t many things you can’t cook in a microwave, and — unlike hot plates, camping stoves and other niche cookery devices — most dorms allow them. For $60, this AmazonBasics Microwave includes Alexa voice support and a (somewhat random) popcorn reordering feature. Bottom line: It’s a competitively priced cooking device with some useful features you won’t find in other microwaves in the same price range.  Rocketbook’s reusable notebooks make it easy to send notes and other jottings to your email or preferred cloud service (Google Drive, Dropbox, Slack or Evernote). On the one hand, using the Fusion notebook is just marginally more convenient than taking a photo of any piece of paper and sending it to yourself. But the notebook has a few nice usability touches — you can mark an icon at the bottom of the page to route notes to up to seven different destinations — and the sustainability angle is compelling. Included with the notebook is a nice Pilot FriXion pen (which doubles as an eraser) and a microfiber cloth that effectively wipes pages clean to be used again.Note that Rocketbook is offering a back to school discount at getrocketbook.com between Aug. 30 and Sept. 3. Enter the code B2S2019 at checkout to get 25% off an order of $25 or more. See at Amazon Microsoft We are fully in back-to-school mode now, and it’s time to gear up. For the past few weeks, retailers have been ramping up their sales, and we’ve found great deals on the products that students will need as they head back to their dorms and classrooms. It’s not always easy for students to get to the grocery store or the mall, and an Uber gift card can help ease the burden of transportation. The company offers both digital and physical cards in denominations up to $500, and you can give the gift of a ride or food delivery (through the Uber Eats service). Hello Fresh Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Aug 30 • Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each $1,099 Aug 29 • Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets Read the Nintendo Switch review Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET See It Sarah Tew/CNET Ninja Roku Streaming Stick Plus Instant Pot Angela Lang/CNETlast_img read more

Shellfish genetics could be the key to climate change adaptation

first_imgA recent NOAA study found that by 2040, Alaskan shellfish hatcheries may no longer be sustainable because of ocean acidification, unless serious mitigation efforts are put in place. We recently reported on a hatchery in Oregon that’s become a model for adapting to these different conditions. But the long term solution may actually lie in shellfish genes.Download Audio:Diagram of upwelling which is a cycle of seasonal winds pushing newer oxygen-rich water off the surface of the ocean and older, nutrient and CO2 rich water rising up to take its place causing a lot of pH fluctuation. (Image courtesy of NOAA)Evolution and resiliency are the buzzwords for a sustainable mariculture industry in Alaska, a state that is particularly vulnerable.“And Alaska is going to be the test bed unfortunately for informing us for how the rest of the ecosystem will respond to ocean acidification,” says Jeremy Mathis, a NOAA oceanographer who worked on the recent study based at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery in Seward.One short-term solution hatcheries are testing is injecting the acidic ocean water with carbonates that are needed for organisms like clams and mussels to develop hard shells.But in the long term, Mathis says they may need to turn to genetics for answers.“Ideally we can start looking at species that are more resilient to ocean acidification and adapting the commercial fisheries and commercial processing to animals that have that robustness to tolerate ocean acidification as opposed to the ones that are more vulnerable to it,” says Mathis.That’s where scientists like Gretchen Hofmann come in. She’s a marine biology professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.“I work on marine invertebrates and sometimes fish and we study how they respond to their environment. We would call it environment-organism interactions and lately we’ve been interested in how these organisms will respond to future changes in ocean pH and ocean warming,” says Hofmann.She’s a leader in what Mathis calls the emerging field of genetic adaptability.“So it really just started with a conversation with oceanographers who were thinking about this and from there, we started to do experiments, and then we started to ask deeper questions about whether or not organisms could adapt to these changes in the ocean and even if there are already genotypes and strains of organisms that are able to handle a low pH condition,” says Hofmann.She says the first experiments they did were a bit too basic for Mother Nature. They’d take species, put them in water with different pH, and see how they’d react. That didn’t reflect natural variations in ocean conditions.“What we found was that there wasn’t just this straight line, no pH change, but that pH was going up and down sometimes quite dramatically,” says Hofmann.Alaskan waters, for example, are very cold and have shifting pH depending on the seasons, fresh water inputs, and how much CO2-rich glacial melt is present.From Washington to California, the coast is subject to a phenomenon known as upwelling, which is a cycle of seasonal winds pushing newer oxygen-rich water off the surface of the ocean and older, nutrient and CO2 rich water rising up to take its place. That means a lot of pH fluctuation.So, Hofmann says they shifted their sea urchin research to take upwelling into account.“And we formed the hypothesis to test that the adults from the place where there was a lot of low pH exposure would be genetically different from the wimpy ones that did not experience all that pH stress,” says Hofmann.They found that the urchins from areas with upwelling had a different genetic signature from those who weren’t and their progeny, or babies, were more tolerant of acidic water.“It was even more interesting because it looked like the trait of being able to tolerate that low pH, that was heritable,” says Hofmann.She points to work being done in New Zealand, where different types of green-shelled mussels are being cross-bred to develop a new resistant and adaptive strain.So, an Alaskan hatchery, for example, could choose to make the shift from some common species being raised now to ones that selectively favor that trait.But it also may mean letting go of consumer preference for certain types of clams, mussels, and other shellfish that just don’t measure up.“These are things that we should be taking a strong look at because it could be that there are other strains of shellfish that could be used that would be more successful in a mariculture setting. But, it is a very thorny issue and one that I think science could bring a lot of daylight to, I think, if we work together on it,” says Hofmann.Hofmann says it’s important for industry and scientists to start partnering now, to get ahead of the game as much as possible.“The first thing we have to do though is get carbon dioxide emission levels under control and then we can deal with the damage that has already been done through mitigation and adaptation strategies,” says Mathis.Because, the problem will only get worse with each coming year.last_img read more

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