After More Than 50 Years, a Dispute Over Down Syndrome Discovery

first_imgIt would have been a personal triumph for Marthe Gautier, an 88-year-old pediatric cardiologist and scientist living in Paris. On 31 January, during a meeting in Bordeaux, Gautier was to receive a medal for her role in the discovery of the cause of Down syndrome in the late 1950s. In a speech, she planned to tell an audience of younger French geneticists her story about the discovery—and how she felt the credit she deserved went to a male colleague, Jérôme Lejeune.But Gautier’s talk was canceled just hours in advance, and she received the medal a day later in a small, private ceremony. The French Federation of Human Genetics (FFGH), which organized the meeting, decided to scrap the event after two bailiffs showed up with a court order granting them permission to tape Gautier’s speech. They were sent by the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, which wanted to have a record of the talk. The foundation, which supports research and care for patients with genetic intellectual disabilities and campaigns against abortion, said it had reason to believe Gautier would “tarnish” the memory of Lejeune, who died in 1994.A brilliant cytogeneticist with a storied career, Lejeune has become widely known as the scientist who discovered that Down syndrome is caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21. He received many awards, including one from former U.S. President John F. Kennedy. But in recent years, Gautier has claimed that she did most of the experimental work for the discovery. In the French newspaper Le Monde, Alain Bernheim, the president of the French Society of Human Genetics, last week compared her case to that of Rosalind Franklin, whose contribution to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in the early 1950s was long overlooked.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In an e-mail to Science, Gautier referred to an interview published on the Web for her version of events more than half a century ago. In it, she explained that she worked on Down syndrome in the pediatric unit led by Raymond Turpin at the Armand-Trousseau Hospital in Paris, which she joined in 1956 after a year at Harvard Medical School in Boston.Human cytogenetics was just coming of age. In 1956, a Swedish team showed that humans have 46 chromosomes in every cell, not 48, as was widely believed. In the United States, Gautier had learned to grow heart cell cultures, so she proposed to set up an advanced cell culture lab and study Down syndrome. She says she received her first patient sample in May 1958; examining slides, she soon noticed an extra chromosome, but she was unable to identify it or take pictures with her low-power microscope. In June 1958, she “naively” accepted an offer from Lejeune, who Gautier says was studying Down syndrome using other techniques, to take her slides and get them photographed.Gautier claims she was “shocked” when, after more than 6 months of silence, she learned that the discovery was about to be published in the journal of the French Academy of Sciences, with Lejeune as the first author and Turpin the last; Gautier was in the middle, her last name misspelled as Gauthier. Gautier doesn’t dispute that Lejeune identified the 47th chromosome as an extra copy of chromosome 21, but she maintains that she was the first to notice the abnormal count.While acknowledging that Gautier played a role, the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation claims that Lejeune himself made the discovery. “In July 1958, during a study of chromosomes of a so-called ‘mongoloid’ child, [Lejeune] discovered the existence of an extra chromosome on the 21st pair,” according to the foundation’s website. The foundation has denied that Lejeune appropriated Gautier’s discovery; in a press statement, it says a letter Turpin sent in October 1958 suggests Gautier still hadn’t seen the 47 chromosomes. Things came to a head at the meeting in Bordeaux. After calling off Gautier’s talk and the award ceremony, FFGH issued a statement saying it would have been “unacceptable” to hold the ceremony under the threat of a legal suit. But the federation also said it “bitterly regretted” the cancellation and condemned the use of legal power to put pressure on a scientific meeting.Simone Gilgenkrantz, a professor emeritus of human genetics at the University of Lorraine in France and a friend of Gautier’s, says the presentation, which she has seen, was “completely innocuous.” Gautier writes in an e-mail to Science that she accepted the decision and that she felt unprepared to deal with what she calls “an aggression.” “To talk under the pressure of justice is not tolerable for me or anyone else,” she writes.Ideology is fueling some of the rancor. Lejeune, a staunch Catholic, was horrified by the advent of prenatal diagnostics, which made it possible to screen fetuses for Down syndrome and other abnormalities, and abort those afflicted. He set out to find a therapy for genetic intellectual disabilities like Down syndrome, but also campaigned tirelessly against abortion—which made him a lightning rod among the left wing in France. (Lejeune was friends with Pope John Paul II and the Vatican is now considering a request to beatify him.) In its statement, the foundation lashed out at Gautier’s supporters for trying to discredit an ideological opponent. It said Gautier, at her age, can’t be blamed for her “confusion,” but called stories backing her version of events in Le Monde and Libération—both left-wing papers—“ideological terrorism.”Gilgenkrantz, who convinced Gautier to tell her story in 2009, says it should be told regardless of the politics involved. To her, it’s one more tale of a female scientist wronged at a time when French science was still very sexist. “This is a story that must be known,” she says, “in the name of women.”But Bernard Dutrillaux, who worked in Lejeune’s lab from the mid-1960s until the early 1980s, believes that some score-settling may be going on. “Lejeune made a lot of enemies” among his peers, he says. Still, he condemns the foundation’s legal maneuvers. Both sides, Dutrillaux says, should know better than to fight such “petty rear-guard battles.”last_img read more

Returning Belo fends off worries about injured knee

first_imgView comments What ‘missteps’? Mac Belo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOut of action since April, Mac Belo’s excitement was palpable when he joined the national team practices for the first time on Wednesday afternoon at Meralco Gym.“I’ve been out of basketball for so long, so I’m just excited to get back,” said Belo in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Obiena a sure gold in SEA Games “I’m trying to take that hesitance and that fear out of my mind. If I think about that, it will just add to my worries so I’d rather not mind those stuff,” he said.But his excitement is outweighing the woes, and Belo is just happy to join forces with his fellow pool members as the younger Gilas crew prepares for the 2017 Jones Cup and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.“I’m happy that the other young guys are here. Ray (Parks) can help us a lot, same with Christian (Standhardinger) and Kobe (Paras). Their training will be valuable for us here in Gilas and I’m happy that they’re here and we can learn a lot from them,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gamescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Belo, who also missed the 2017 SEABA Championship, underwent an arthroscopic surgery to fix a torn meniscus on his left knee, keeping him out of action until last week.Those few weeks away from the game has made the Midsayap, North Cotabato even hungrier for action as he get back on the court with Gilas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Even before I had the injury, I really wanted to play, so now that I’m alright, I’m just so happy to get back on the court,” he said.The lanky forward, though, didn’t deny that he was still uncomfortable going full speed at times as he favors his still recovering knee. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenalast_img read more

UAAP greats from all sports honored as Season 80 unfurls

first_imgView comments The league relived its rich history by bringing back its celebrated stars from different generations.Former FEU star Rachel Anne Daquis during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHost Far Eastern University drew the loudest cheers when the likes of volleyball standout Rachel Daquis and basketball hotshot Terrence Romeo walked down memory lane along with the school’s other greats.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“What I really miss about the UAAP is the crowd,” said Romeo in Filipino.Former Ateneo volleyball player Alyssa Valdez during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo wasn’t to be outdone with its star-studded volleyball tandem of Alyssa Valdez and Marck Espejo among its greats. One of University of the East’s biggest stars Robert Jaworski wasn’t able to attend but part of its contingent was Tisha Dominguez-Abundo, who led the school to a volleyball title in the late 60s.“I’m still hoping for our volleyball team to wake up from its long slumber,” said Abundo.Olympian Yan Lariba of La Salle was represented by his mother Imelda during the ceremony. Former Green Archer Renren Ritualo, the deadliest marksman during his time, was also present.Legendary basketball coach Aric del Rosario bannered University of Santo Tomas. Del Rosario built the UST dynasty that reigned from 1993 to 1996.Former UST Growling Tigers Cyrus Baguio and Dylan Ababou during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDel Rosario was joined by the likes of cagers Cyrus Baguio, one of the most exciting players to watch during his collegiate career, and Dylan Ababou, who was a vital part of the Tigers’ team that ended the school’s 10-year title drought in 2006.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES National University had Danny Ildefonso, who went on to win a couple of PBA MVP awards and eight titles in the pros, two-time UAAP MVP Ray Parks and rising tennis star Tin Patromonio, who recently won silver in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.NU Standout Danny Ildefonso during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/“It feels good as an athlete that your hard work and passion are recognized,” said Parks.University of the Philippines flaunted senator Pia Cayetano, who was the Lady Maroons’ former captain who helped bring a volleyball title to the school in the early 80s. The Maroons also had Ronnie Magsanoc, who, along with Benjie Paras, was one of the leaders of UP’s championship run in 1986.Joe Lipa, Ronnie Magsanoc and Pia Cayetano lead former UP standouts during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/“It’s an honor and privilege to be part of the selected few. It’s also nice to meet former greats whom you followed before but just formally met now,” said Magsanoc.Adamson’s Ewon Arayi, who made her mark as a standout in women’s basketball, was also part of the gathering of stars. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The UAAP Season 80 officially opens at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe UAAP recognized its glorious past as it honored former athletes who personified the league’s theme for its 80th Season: “Go For Great.”The parade featuring the member schools’ legends across all sports was the highlight of the nostalgic opening ceremony Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ The African basketball championship: Unique and entertaining Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man PLAY LIST 03:00House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man03:28Hurricane Dorian lashes South Carolina, Great Abaco Island02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Boxing: Jaime Munguia vs Liam Smith Preview

first_imgAdvertisementNewly-crowned WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia is looking to make his first title defense against former champion Liam Smith. On paper, there’s one thing about this fight that instantly sticks out – Munguia’s 86% KO ratio! He made quick and easy work of Sadam Ali; dismantling the former champion in four rounds and scoring four knockdowns along the way.In the opposing corner, Smith is a former champion who’s been in the ring with Canelo Alvarez. However, that fight amounted to an unsuccessful title defense due to Smith getting stopped in the eighth round. Smith will yet again be going up against a powerful Mexican fighter. Although Munguia lacks the experience and skills of Canelo at this stage, he possesses big punching ability.Smith will have to establish his jab and keep the fight in the middle of the ring. He cannot allow himself to get backed against the ropes, where Munguia will find the opportunity to tee off on him.I’m predicting another KO victory for the champion, as he continues his mediocre rise to notoriety and bigger opportunities in a loaded junior middleweight division.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgJhajharia further said his mother Jivani Devi and wife Manju, a former national level kabaddi player, played a big role in his success. “Since my childhood days, my mother kept me focused and told me you concentrate on your sport rest we will look after. She would not even phone me thinking that I would get disturbed all these days. She has so far kept on fulfilling my need but never took anything in return. “My wife on the other hand left kabaddi so that she can take care of the family as I mostly stayed away. My father ensured that I get the farm fresh lentils and wheat even when Im away.” Devendra also thanked his personal coach Sunil Tanwar a SAI, Hisar coach for helping him, especially in overcoming a shoulder injury ahead of the Paralympics “There were some special Theraband (resistance bands) exercises that really helped in strengthening my muscle. My success is incomplete without them.” When he was about eight years old, his left hand had to be amputated immediately after he accidentally touched a live cable entwined in a branch of tree he had climbed. Many thought he was “dead” but the life of the son of a farmers couple changed forever as ostracism had left him more determined. He initially practised with bamboo-made javelin and competed alongside able-bodied athletes during a Railways trial. “The normal kids did not want to play with me so I took up sport and decided to do better than them,” he said. His first major international medal was at the Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled in Korea in 2002 and since then he has not looked back winning Paralympic gold, IPC World Championship gold (Lyon 2013) and silver (Doha 2015) and Asian Para Games silver (Incheon 2014). Post-Athens glory he was awarded the Arjuna and he became the only para-athlete to win the Padma Shri in 2014. Devendra, who was included in the Target Olympic Podium scheme, further said the government and the Sports Authority of India gave him full support along the way. But his only regret was the common people hardly took any interest in para-athletes achievements. Devendra is also supported by the GoSports Foundation, a non-profit venture that provided him the expensive equipment for his training. “Javelins keep on breaking and are very expensive. I used six of them and many of which were provided by GoSports.” What next for Devendra? “I will consult my coach (Tanwar Sir) and take a call. Its payback time for me and I want to do something that will help my country. Ive not thought about coaching yet.” Devendra will leave for India on September 19. PTI TAP BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli helps little Radha smile before leaving for England

first_imgVirat Kohli has been an inspirational leader and enjoys the love and support of his teammates and fans alike.Kohli has often been spotted clicking selfies and chatting with children and his fans. He has earned plethora of fans by his work ethics be it on or off the field.He loves interacting with his fans and it was witnessed once again when he brought a smile to a little girl’s face at Delhi’s IGI Airport before leaving for England.In a picture posted by the BCCI on Twitter, Kohli can be seen standing besides the girl, who has a plaster on her right hand.”Little Radha wanted a picture with #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli and the smile on her face tells the story,” BCCI tweeted.Little Radha wanted a picture with #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli and the smile on her face tells the story. (@BCCI) 23 June 2018The Indian cricket team on Friday departed for their marathon tour of Ireland and England starting next week.India start their tour with a two-match Twenty20 International series against Ireland on June 27 and June 29 before they play a limited-overs series and Tests against England. India and England will face-off in three T20I and as many ODIs before switching to the traditional format.The two cricketing giants play a five-match Test series from August 1 and India will be keen to come back home with the trophy after their disastrous last two campaigns in England.#TeamIndia enroute England (@BCCI) 23 June 2018World No.1 India do not have pleasant memories in England as far as Test cricket is concerned. In 2011, they lost 4-0 before going down 3-1 in 2014.Looking forward to some difficult cricket in England, says Virat KohliHowever, Kohli said the South African tour has given his team the confidence to do well abroad.”After what happened in South Africa, we are actually looking forward to some tough cricket,” Kohli told the media in New Delhi on Friday.”When we were playing the Test series in South Africa and lost the first two matches, people thought we were outplayed. Then we won the third Test and won the two series after that. Then they realised how well we played. We are looking forward to going to other countries and playing well. We are looking forward to playing difficult cricket,” Kohli said.WATCH FULL VIDEOKohli had a horrid time in England in 2014. He scored only 114 runs from five Tests and was all at sea against James Anderson and Stuart Broad. But he is now a completely different batsman and has since scored six double centuries including four in successive series.Immediately after the England tour four years ago, Kohli went to Australia and hammered four hundreds in four Tests. Against England at home, he smashed 655 runs from five Tests.India have world’s best spinners, can win in England: KumbleOn the tour of South Africa, Kohli hammered 871 runs across formats and was the leading run-scorer in the Test and ODI series.He was scheduled to play for Surrey to get used to English conditions before the Test series gets underway in August but the 29-year-old had to pull out after he sustained a neck injury during the IPL.India to play over 200 international cricket matches from 2018 to 2023It would be fair to say Kohli is not overtly worried about his chances against the swinging red leather this English summer.Meanwhile, India coach Ravi Shastri said every series is a home series for India. His logic can sometimes be tricky to understand for the casual follower but he offered an explanation.”Every series is important. Every game is a home game for us. We do not play the opposition – we play the pitch. The 22-yards.. that is what we have to try and conquer. The boys know they will be rated if they can adapt to different conditions.”We are looking forward to playing in other countries.. I am not sure too many teams want to come to India,” he said.last_img read more

Watch: Ziva Dhoni celebrates India’s victory over England with dance of joy

first_imgZiva Dhoni is now a constant feature of almost all of her papa’s matches but yet, every single time she manages to leave in people in awe of her cuteness.From Chennai Super Kings’ matches in the Indian Premier League 2018 to India’s tour of England and the just-concluded T20I series, Ziva has been by the side of MS Dhoni.On Sunday, as MS Dhoni picked five catches in the third T20I against England at Bristol and helped India clinch the series 2-1, Ziva did her little victory dance at the sidelines.In a video that is going viral on social media, Ziva can be seen dancing her heart away at the sidelines as Team India celebrate the series victory with their trophy on the field.Throwing around her arms sideways and jumping in a circle, Ziva makes sure she does not stay behind in celebrating her papa’s victory.Dhoni, on Sunday, became the first wicket-keeper to take 50 catches in T20 Internationals.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSThe former India captain dazzled on the Bristol ground, picking a total of five catches, including a fine low catch of Jason Roy to pave way for India’s eventual seven-wicket victory.Later, another video on social media showed Dhoni carrying Ziva in his arms and walking in the stadium with Sakshi by his side.Just two days ago, Ziva had wished Dhoni a 37th happy birthday in the cutest way possible.The three-year-old sang Happy Birthday for Dhoni and then added a cheeky comment by saying, “you’re getting older”.Along with the rest of Team India, Sakshi and Ziva celebrated Dhoni’s birthday as the Indian wicket-keeper cut two cakes and blew candles.Almost a week before Dhoni’s birthday celebrations, Ziva was also seen cheering for Hardik Pandya.Pandya shared a video of Ziva cheering him and said, “Oh I think that I found myself a cheerleader.”It seems just like Ziva’s cheers worked for her papa in the IPL, it did for Pandya as well.Also read – Rohit Sharma special but Hardik stands out: Virat KohliIn the third T20I, Pandya’s all-round heroics helped India win the series against England.Pandya returned with his career best figures of 4/38 from his four overs and later came to bat and smashed 33 off 14 balls to take India home.Pandya steered India to victory with a powerful six at the end.last_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah not keen on resting for Sri Lanka game: I’d like to play as many games as possible

first_imgIndia’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah’s ability to bowl yorkers at will has been a key factor in his team’s progress to the Cricket World Cup semi-finals and the right-arm pacer attributes it to the long hours he spent honing the skill.Bumrah sealed India’s 28-run victory against Bangladesh on Tuesday with two trademark yorkers to claim the last two wickets in successive deliveries and finish with figures of 4-55.The right-arm quick’s accuracy and death-overs mastery make him a limited overs asset and the 25-year-old attributed his skill to his work in the nets.”Whenever I practise in the nets, I practise each and every situation – be it with the new ball, be it with the old ball, or death bowling at the death,” the bowler with an unusual action told reporters.”I tick all the boxes in the nets. In the match, it’s all about execution and keeping a clear head.”All of that preparation helps me in the matches. If the work ethic is good, then execution becomes much easier.”How do you master the art of bowling yorkersYorker King @Jaspritbumrah93 has the answers #TeamIndia #CWC19 (@BCCI) July 2, 2019Bumrah has used the yorker delivery to good effect in the tournament to claim 14 wickets from seven matches with an impressive economy rate of 4.6.His unique release point and accuracy render him nearly unplayable at times and difficult to score off otherwise.NET PRACTICEBumrah, who likes to simulate match situations in the nets, said he did not consider himself a master of the delivery.advertisement”I do it again and again and again in the nets. The more you do it, you get decent at it.”You can’t master it but you still try to get better at it. It’s all about repetition. It’s like the length ball – you have to do it again and again (in the nets) and try and replicate it in the game.”Another aspect of his bowling is to control his aggression according to the requirement of the team, he said.”I try to keep things simple. Reading and analysing the wicket as soon as possible is important. Sometimes you run after wickets, but I focus on team goals – what the team wants me to do right now.”Not chasing success, I want to focus on my process. If I do that, eventually everything gets sorted out.”Qualifying for the semi-finals with a match to spare affords India the luxury of resting their strike bowler for Saturday’s group clash with Sri Lanka but Bumrah does not want to put his feet up.BOOM Boy got no chill – No need for a rest reckons @Jaspritbumrah93 #TeamIndia #CWC19 #BANvIND (@BCCI) July 2, 2019″This is my first World Cup so I’d like to play as many games as possible… The more matches you play, the more you enjoy.”Also read | Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya star as India beat Bangladesh to enter semi-finalsAlso Read | What happens to Pakistan if England beat New Zealand?Also Read | India qualify for World Cup semi-finals for 7th timelast_img read more

Robert Smith Claims He Was The First Ohio State NFL Player To Say “The”

first_imgTwo analysts talk on one of the Big Ten network's shows.BTN.You’ve heard it a lot over the years.A former Ohio State football player introduces himself during an NFL broadcast and concludes his introduction with an emphatic, “The Ohio State University.”Who started that tradition?Apparently, it was former Buckeye running back Robert Smith.“It is true,” Smith said on the Big Ten Network earlier this week. “It was the official name of the university and they made a point in around 1994 to emphasize it.”It was Robert Smith who started saying THE Ohio State University in the NFL introductions!— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) September 1, 2016Smith played at Ohio State in the early 1990s before going on to star in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings. He played in the NFL from 1993-2000.So, when you hear that first “The Ohio State University” this fall, you’ll know who started it.last_img read more

Harvey Weinstein indicted in New York rape case

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Harvey Weinstein was indicted Wednesday on rape and criminal sex act charges, furthering the first criminal case to arise from a slate of sexual misconduct allegations against the former movie mogul.Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the indictment brings Weinstein “another step closer to accountability.”The announcement came hours after Weinstein’s lawyers said he’d decline to testify before the grand jury because there wasn’t enough time to prepare him and “political pressure” made an indictment unavoidable.A statement issued through a Weinstein spokesman said the 66-year-old film producer, who has denied the allegations, learned of the specific charges and the accusers’ identities only after turning himself in Friday. With a deadline set for Wednesday afternoon to testify or not, his request for more time was denied, the statement said.“Finally, Mr. Weinstein’s attorneys noted that regardless of how compelling Mr. Weinstein’s personal testimony might be, an indictment was inevitable due to the unfair political pressure being placed on Cy Vance to secure a conviction of Mr. Weinstein,” the statement said, referring to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.Vance said in a statement that the Weinstein camp’s “recent assault on the integrity of the survivors and the legal process is predictable.”“We are confident that when the jury hears the evidence, it will reject these attacks out of hand,” Vance said.Weinstein was charged Friday with rape and criminal sex act charges involving two women in New York, as a grand jury continued hearing evidence in the case; the panel has been at work for weeks. Defendants have the right to testify in a grand jury’s secret proceedings but often don’t, for various reasons.Weinstein faces rape and criminal sex act charges involving two women in New York. Dozens more women have accused him of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to assault in various locales.He has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex, and his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said Tuesday that Weinstein was “confident he’s going to clear his name” in the New York prosecution.Brafman called the rape allegation “absurd,” saying that the accuser and Weinstein had a decade-long, consensual sexual relationship that continued after the alleged 2013 attack.The woman, who hasn’t been identified publicly, told investigators Weinstein confined her in a hotel room and raped her.The other accuser in the case, former actress Lucia Evans, has gone public with her account of Weinstein forcing her to perform oral sex at his office in 2004. The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assaults unless they come forward publicly.Vance, a Democrat, came under public pressure from women’s groups to prosecute Weinstein after declining to do so in 2015, when an Italian model went to police to say Weinstein had groped her during a meeting.Police set up a sting in which the woman recorded herself confronting Weinstein and him apologizing for his conduct. But Vance decided there wasn’t enough evidence to bring charges.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, also a Democrat, ordered the state attorney general to investigate how Vance handled that matter.last_img read more

The corporate climb women locked out of old boys club in misguided

Toronto employment lawyer Sunira Chaudhri has fielded an increasing number of calls from her corporate clients worried about sexual harassment in their workplace — mostly from those wondering whether they need to change policies around co-ed one-on-one meetings, mentorship, office parties, business trips and dinners.“Some asked, ‘Should we be having the boardroom door open if it is just me and a female alone in a room?’” Chaudhri said.“Holiday parties were a huge issue too and of course, business travel is big as well because often you are sitting side-by-side 12 to 16 hours a day and you are not just working together, you are eating together, you are staying at the same hotel, consuming alcohol, entertaining clients, it can make for a very intimate scenario.”While Chaudhri has seen some workplaces show concern around how they should handle business travel or dinners after #MeToo, she said many small- and medium-size workplaces don’t have the resources to formally train workers and managers around handling sexual harassment or office dynamics.Others, she said, simply don’t have the nerve.“Forget about serious misconduct. Employers are still afraid about confronting that person that shows up at 9:05 every day, when they are supposed to be in at nine.”Lisa Kimmel, the Toronto-based president and chief executive officer of public relations and consultancy company Edelman, said she has had conversations with “a number of senior male business leaders in Canada,” who told her they were shying away from providing mentorship to female subordinates “out of fear of what might potentially happen” and in an effort to “reduce their risk profile to zero.”“When I first started hearing this, I had a literal allergic reaction,” Kimmel said.“Once the anger subsided, I realized that I wanted to raise awareness around this issue because if that is the way they feel, it means it might be a step backwards for (women) in terms of the advancements of their careers.”To stamp out such repercussions, Kimmel started hosting discussions between men and women in Edelman’s offices, in which employees were encouraged to be honest about their feelings around #MeToo and ask questions about what is acceptable.But many women questioned why conversations about drawing a line suddenly need to be had and why boundaries aren’t already clear to some.Sarah Kaplan, director of the University of Toronto’s Institute for Gender and the Economy, worries that focusing on such unintended consequences will prompt people to wonder if the #MeToo movement has gone too far.In her opinion, it hasn’t gone far enough.“It is just one more way that even an effort to lead to more liberation and equality has been co-opted,” she said.“It is as if people don’t understand what they shouldn’t be doing. As long as you don’t grab someone or proposition them, you can take someone to lunch …. It is completely obvious how to be professional.” A lawyer is asked whether a male executive should leave the door open when meeting with a woman.A consultant’s long-time male client will only take a meeting with her if someone else is in the room.A public relations executive hears from senior business leaders who say they are shying away from mentoring young women.The revelations relayed to The Canadian Press about being a woman in corporate Canada in recent months offer a glimpse into a male-dominated workforce that is quietly grappling with the unintended consequences of the Me Too movement.The movement emerged late last year following a slew of sexual misconduct allegations against film industry heavyweight Harvey Weinstein and other high profile American businessmen. Allegations of inappropriate behaviour have spread to a range of sectors north of the border as well — from politics to theatre to sports — but leaders in corporate Canada has so far been left unscathed.Still, women in business say they are facing a resulting “chilling effect” on their relationships with male colleagues and supervisors.They reported a noticeable decline in invitations to meetings, business trips and dinners — gatherings considered invaluable for career advancement.More importantly, they added, senior executives are increasingly hesitant to mentor female employees.It is a development that poses a threat to women who aim to rise to the highest corporate roles at a time when two-thirds of the companies included on the TSX 60 index of Canada’s largest companies did not include a single woman among top earners last year, according to a Canadian Press analysis.Most of the dozen women who spoke with The Canadian Press were hesitant to discuss the unintended consequences of #MeToo because they didn’t want to detract from the progress they hope the movement will make toward improving opportunities for women.They fear the misguided actions of some male leaders could instead reinforce the door to the old boys’ club, further hindering the hard-fought progress made by the few women who have been able to climb to the top of the corporate ladder.Lori McIntosh flew to Miami in early spring to meet with a client of 12 years, only to be told the company no longer allows its executives to take meetings alone, including with her.The founder of business consulting and executive search company Vim and Vixin said she agreed to the new terms because “business is business” and she was determined not to let the policy stand in the way of her company or career.“It is the new reality, but why should having someone in the room with me and the CEO hold me back?”It is as if people don’t understand what they shouldn’t be doing. 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US producer prices rose in June at fastest pace in 13 months

WASHINGTON – Prices charged by U.S. producers rose in June at the fastest pace in 13 months, reflecting a big jump in the price of gasoline and other energy products.The Labor Department says that its producer price index, which measures cost pressures before they reach the consumer, increased 0.5 per cent in June. That was the largest one-month jump since a similar rise in May 2015.Energy prices were up 4.1 per cent last month while food costs rose 0.9 per cent.Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy, rose 0.4 per cent in June, the biggest uptick since January. Even with the June acceleration, producer prices are up just 0.3 per cent over the past 12 months, while core inflation is up a moderate 1.3 per cent.Those increases are similar to the moderate inflation being registered at the consumer level. A gauge of consumer prices preferred by the Federal Reserve has stayed below the Fed’s 2 per cent target for more than four years. The central bank boosted a key interest rate by a quarter point in December and signalled that it planned to raise rates another four times this year.But a weak start for the U.S. economy this year and financial market turbulence stemming from global weakness has so far kept the Fed on the sidelines. With inflation still at low levels, analysts believe the Fed will leave rates unchanged for a fifth time this year when officials next meet at the end of this month. Many analysts believe the Fed will raise rates only once or twice this year, with the first rate increase not coming until September at the earliest.For June, the 4.1 per cent rise in energy costs reflected a 9.9 per cent jump in the price of gasoline, the biggest increase since a 17.7 per cent rise in May 2015.The 0.9 per cent increase in food costs was the largest since a similar rise in January. The price of corn rose 10.7 per cent in June, the sharpest jump since August 2012, while meat prices were up 4 per cent. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2016 6:32 am MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Thursday, March 24, 2016, photo, Chase Ming activates the cap sealing machine on a bottle of vodka at the Cathead Distillery in Jackson, Miss. On Thursday, July 14, 2016, the Labor Department reports on U.S. producer price inflation in June. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) US producer prices rose in June at fastest pace in 13 months read more

Womens basketball preview Six new players ready to shine on promising OSU

OSU then-sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoWhen the Ohio State women’s basketball team faces Ashland University in an exhibition game on Sunday, fans will finally get to see the new wave of talent donning the Scarlet and Gray.Gone are guards Cait Craft — who provided both defense and leadership — and Ameryst Alston, who was second on the 2015-16 team in scoring at 18.3 points per game. Forward Kalpana Beach and center Lisa Blair have departed the program as well.But the Buckeyes will debut six new players this season, starting with freshmen guards Kiara Lewis and Jensen Caretti, and forward Tori McCoy, who all ranked within the top-31 in their class by ESPN.“I think all three of our freshmen are going to really contribute this year,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said. “They’ve got a lot of talent. They are going to be really great in our program.”OSU will also welcome the additions of three transfers. Redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga (previously at North Carolina) and redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun (Duke) will jump right into the Buckeyes’ lineup. Redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper (Kentucky) will have to wait until the end of OSU’s fall semester before hitting the court.All six players bring plenty of on-the-court talent to the Buckeyes, but Mavunga also believes that she has taken on an important vocal leadership role with the team.“That’s one of the biggest things that drives a team to really be great,” Mavunga said. “If the team is really quiet out there, especially on defense, then you don’t really know what’s going on.”With the additions of Mavunga and McCoy, OSU now boasts more size in the interior, something that hurt last year’s team. In the Buckeyes’ season-ending, 78-62 Sweet-16 loss to Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament, Volunteers’ center Mercedes Russell put up a game- and career-high 25 points.“We’ve got a little bit more presence around the basket,” McGuff said. “We need to utilize people and get them the ball.”New faces, new depthWith the talented additions, OSU is looking at one of its deepest rosters in recent memory. Throughout this offseason, Buckeyes’ coaches and players have been harping on the team’s new depth and what it could mean for the program.“I think it put us in a little bit better position here early on, hopefully,” McGuff said.OSU wasn’t in too great of a situation early on last year, dropping its first two regular season contests. The Buckeyes fell 88-80 to No. 2 South Carolina in the season opener on the road and followed it up with a 100-56 loss to No. 1 UConn in the home opener.McGuff believes that the competitive nature of this year’s team, thanks to depth, will help the team get off to a better start this time around.“Ultimately, that’s got to be what really drives this team — the competitive environment we have on a daily basis,” McGuff said.Mitchell expanding her roleAssociated Press preseason first-team All-American junior guard Kelsey Mitchell earns plenty of national praise, but there may be no one who speaks more highly of her than her coach.“She’s, in my opinion, the best player in college basketball,” McGuff said. “She obviously scores a lot of points, but she also makes others around her better.”The praise is warranted. Mitchell has accomplished quite a bit in her two seasons at OSU, including breaking her own single-season scoring record in her sophomore year after breaking the record the year before.She is widely regarded as one of the better players in all of women’s college basketball, but she never lets the spotlight shine too bright.“I just show up every day,” Mitchell said. “I just go to school, play basketball, go to school, play basketball. I don’t try to think ahead; I don’t try to think too far behind.”Mitchell said that she is excited for this year’s Buckeye team and what some of the newcomers can bring to the program.“I think the one thing that separates us from other teams is that we are down to try anything, whatever the team needs,” Mitchell said. “I think our new people will do that.”Sunday’s preseason game against Ashland will tip off at 1 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center, preparing OSU for its regular-season opener against Duquesne on Friday, Nov. 11 at St. John Arena. read more

Families of men lost on HMS Narwhal plan to pay tribute at

first_imgFor years they have wondered precisely where and how their loved ones lost their lives.Now, more than 70 years on, relatives of 58 sailors lost when a British submarine was sunk during a German attack are planning to visit the spot where it went down.It promises to be an emotional journey, especially as it might never have been on the cards.The wreck of the HMS Narwhal was only discovered by accident when members of a Polish diving team came across it while searching the North Sea for one of their own missing subs.The families of those lost on the Narwhal are now calling for the wreck to be treated as a war grave to protect it from scavengers. A sonar scan of the HMS Narwhal taken by the Polish Santi Diving teamCredit:Santi Diving Tomasz Stachura, the 52-year-old CEO of Santi Diving, said: “The size of this craft – 90 metres – is a very unique point of identification. We know that German U-boats are only 65-metres long, so we were prepared for this to be either the Narwhal or the Eagle, as no other Navies reported a loss in this area and there are only a few vessels like it in the world.”It was only analyzing the detailed 3D sonar scans that the authorities were able to confirm that it was indeed most likely the HMS Narwhal, lost in the Battle of Britain in July 1940 after being attacked by the Luftwaffe.The submarine had left its base in Blyth Northumberland to lay mines near German-occupied Norway. But the Germans, who had cracked the Royal Navy’s secret codes, knew the Narwhal’s route and attacked it with a bomber.  It was presumed sank in July 1940. The Luftwaffe’s report said the submarine had been hit in the stern. The side-scan sonar, in fact, reveals just that.   “The sonar shows the wreck is intact, except for the damage we can see on the stern exactly in the place where the pilot reported it,” Mr. Stachura said.The dive team continued their search for their own sub, the Eagle, without success and upon returning to Poland, contacted the Royal Navy about their find, but never heard back.Since their discovery the Polish divers have flooded with letters and emails from as far away as Malta and India from relatives of the British seamen lost on board.After a report was posted on the World Naval Ships Forum, Santi’s Facebook site began to overflow with messages from relatives of the lost seamen.“We decided to try to put all these different people in touch with one another,” said Mr Stachura.“We kept thinking, ‘what we can do for them?’ “We thought, ‘well, we are experts in diving, so we can  dive on Narwhal, perhaps take a memorial plaque and place flowers there so that all of these people they feel they can finally close their stories.’”Diving the HMS NarwhalIn diving, any depth below 60 metres (200 feet) is considered a “deep dive” requiring with special equipment necessary to stay down longer.The Narwhal is a diveable wreck lying 308 (94 metres) feet beneath the surface, in international waters.  The Santi dive team are masters of deep diving on wrecks in the frigid conditions of the Baltic Sea. They were the first divers to explore the lost Nazi aircraft carrier the Graf Zeppelin, which sunk off the Polish coast in 1947.The team use the most advanced technology available today – rebreathers, a computerized technology that mixes three gases (oxygen, helium and nitrogen) in accordance to depths and the body’s needs, while at the same time removing exhaled carbon dioxide using scrubbers, allowing the divers to stay underwater for longer. Because the diver’s breath is being recycled, the diver leaves no telltale bubble-trails  – ideal for specialized military or hard-core technical divers in scientific and commercial sectors.The Santi dive team wear their own dry suits with heating systems and rugged JJ CCR rebreathers, the same kind used by Scandinavian military units. Each diver also carries a bailout system.  Not only is the Narwhal a very deep dive, it is also lying just 80 metres from a gas pipeline, despite  regulations requiring pipelines be at least 500 metres from wrecks.“This makes it very complicated – the diving is very demanding, but there is a lot of paperwork necessary to get permissions, and we also need to talk to local divers in Scotland about the current,” said Mr. Stachura.Once all permissions have been secured, the team hopes to go out to the site next May with a 20-metre research vessel, with a team made up of six Polish divers and two British divers with expert knowledge of the North Sea currents. A contemporary tribute to the men lost at sea when the HMS Narwhal went down with all hands on board on August 5, 1940 George Clandon, 71, a retired plumber from Burscough, Lancashire, whose uncle, George Lawson, was an engineer on the Narwhal when it went down, said: “The Polish guys did a magnificent job finding the Narwhal, albeit with a little luck.  “As a family we are absolutely delighted they stumbled on the Narwhal. For years we had wondered where it had gone down and what happened had happened. Uncle George can really rest in peace now.”Tamara Lo, the daughter of the Narwhal’s Captain, Lieutenant Commander Robert Burch, said: “I was two in 1940 and only have the vaguest ‘memories’ of my father – rather like short loops of film.“So, after nearly 8 decades of knowing about the loss of the boat, the information that divers had found Narwhal made me cry. I never realised how numerous the crew was.”Mr Clandon, Mrs Lo and other relatives of those lost on board are to meet next month as a first step towards organising a memorial visit to the spot where HMS Narwhal went down next May.The mission would involve six Polish and two British divers going down to the wreck while the mens’ relatives cast a wreath onto the waters above from a research vessel on the surface.There are hopes the divers may be able to affix a permanent plaque to the wreck in memory of those whose remains still lie inside.The HMS Narwhal lies in international waters and is therefore not closed to dives, although it remains the property of the British government. Families of those who died have called for other diving teams to treat the wreck with the respect it deserves.Mr Clandon, who himself served in the Royal Navy until 1970, said: “My uncle was an engineer and would have taken the full impact of the bomb because he was in the engine room.“People didn’t really appreciate what he and the other sailors were doing. There was also a lot of secrecy surrounding their work as they were laying mines to stop enemy ships leaving their harbours.“Of course it should be treated as a war grave to protect it from scavengers and memorabilia hunters.”A Royal Navy Spokesperson said: “Any site of naval military remains, such as this one, should remain undisturbed as a mark of respect for all those who may have lost their lives on such vessels.”The Polish Santi Diving team, armed with sophisticated sonar equipment, confirmed the location of Narwhal earlier this year while on mission to try to find the ORP Orzel (Eagle), which disappeared mysteriously while on a secret mission for the Royal Navy’s 2nd submarine flotilla in 1940.It was no secret there was a 90-metre long vessel lying intact 140 miles off the east coast of Scotland, but no-one knew exactly whose vessel it was.The North Sea is littered with submarine wrecks – 150 sunken German U-Boats, as well as 50 British submarines, several French ones, two Dutch and one Polish one, the long lost Eagle that Poland has been searching for over the last decade.   center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A contemporary tribute to the men lost at sea when the HMS Narwhal went down with all hands on board on August 5, 1940 A sonar scan of the HMS Narwhal taken by the Polish Santi Diving teamlast_img read more

Fellaini fails in bid to sue New Balance over defective football boots

The Belgian international cannot sue New Balance, a judge ruled The Belgian international cannot sue New Balance, a judge ruledCredit:EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS Marouane Fellaini had complained that his “defective” football boots were too tight, damaging his feet and causing untold pain.But a High Court judge has thrown out the Manchester United player’s bid to sue New Balance, concluding that his contract with the sportswear giant was invalid, meaning he did not have to be wearing them at all.Fellaini had attempted to sue the sports giant for £2 million in damages, claiming his boots had to be “steamed and stretched” and that the manufacturers had simply copied boots made by their competitor, Nike.Rosalina Investments, an investment company representing the Belgian national, said bosses at the sportswear firm breached an agreement to pay Fellaini if he wore the company’s boots.But lawyers representing New Balance asked Mrs Justice May to halt litigation, arguing that the claim had “no real prospect of success” and should be dismissed. Ian Mill QC, for New Balance, said there were no “reasonable grounds” for asserting that a valid contract had been in place.The judge heard that Fellaini signed a four-year deal with New Balance, worth £600,000-a-year, in 2012.But when that expired in September 2016, a new contract was never formally agreed.The judge acknowledged that both sides had continued to communicate beyond this date as if a contract was in place, including repeated communications about the alleged pain his boots were causing him. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. But she described Fellaini’s refusal in December 2016 to attend any further personal appearances until a new contract was signed as “significant”.“It follows that the case based upon breach of contract is in my view bound to fail,” she said.Fellaini said he would appeal. read more

13 couples who are just doing relationships right

first_img8. When you’re together don’t mind looking like a pair of… Source: Imgur9. Or laying down the law Source: Imgur10. Your practical in-jokes are next to none Source: Imgur12. There’s always a bit of excitement to be had Source: RelationGoals13. Even if you’re not that enthusiastic about itHmm… Source: Pleated JeansGo with it.13 couples that should be banned from the internet immediately>12 of the most irritating things engaged people say> THESE ARE RELATIONSHIPS you wish you had. Heed their lessons.1. True love is using a mobility scooter to pull your husband on his rocking horse Source: Imgur2. Those who eat pie and beer together, stay together Source: Imgur3. Love is always there to give you a little push Source: Twitter4. When it’s love, you just know Source: American Belle5. And you’re not afraid to show it Source: Couples_dream6. You dress as cows together Source: Brian Reynolds7. And are always there to lend a helping hand Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetlast_img read more

Flexible 20 micron thick RFID tags can be embedded in paper

first_imgRadio-frequency identification (RFID) tags have become commonplace because they allow for cheap and easy tracking on all kinds of objects. However, even the thinnest versions of these tags have remained too thick for embedding in materials like paper, and usually don’t respond well to being bent.Engineers at the North Dakota State University have solved that problem, though, by developing a new way of manufacturing the tags allowing them to be much thinner. So thin, in fact, they can be embedded in a sheet of paper without leaving a noticeable bump.The key to super thin RFID tags is the use of Laser Enabled Advanced Packaging, which uses a low-cost laser to join the RFID chip and antenna with a substrate. The silicon chip embedded is only 20 microns thick, so you can’t see or even feel it embedded in the paper. Another positive side effect of this manufacturing process is that silicon at this thickness becomes flexible, meaning you can bend and fold the paper without the RFID chip breaking.The same method can also be used to embed the RFID tag in a sheet of metal. However, the research team have come up with a way of removing the need for the antenna by using the metal the chip is embedded in as a replacement.Such a manufacturing breakthrough means that RFID tracking can be added to paper products such as banknotes, legal documents, or even tickets in a bid to stop counterfeiting. The fact their presence is completely hidden means you wont even know they are there. As for embedding them in metal, it could open up a few new silent security options for the consumer. For example, how about having an RFID tags embedded in your laptop so it can easily be identified if stolen while remaining impossible to remove?last_img read more

It looked like Armageddon Gas explosions destroy homes

first_imgLAWRENCE, Mass. — A series of gas explosions one official described as “Armageddon” left at least 10 people injured and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities north of Boston on Thursday, forcing entire neighborhoods to evacuate as crews scrambled to fight the flames and turn off gas and electric lines to prevent further damage.Massachusetts State Police urged all residents with homes serviced by Columbia Gas in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover to evacuate, snarling traffic and causing widespread confusion as residents and local officials struggled to understand what was happening.“It looked like Armageddon, it really did,” Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield told reporters. “There were billows of smoke coming from Lawrence behind me. I could see pillars of smoke in front of me from the town of Andover.”Gov. Charlie Baker said state and local authorities are investigating but that it could take days or weeks before they turn up answers.“This is still very much an active scene,” he said. “There will be plenty of time later tonight, tomorrow morning and into the next day to do some of the work around determining exactly what happened and why.”Hours after the explosions, the utility’s parent company issued a brief statement saying its crews were still performing safety checks in the area.last_img read more

ASA Promotes Farm Safety Net in Senate Meeting

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) First Vice-President Mike Yost and representatives of 11 other farmer organizations met with Republican Senators to discuss how to boost agricultural exports and support farm income. The organizations had sent an ASA-initiated letter to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) on May 12 identifying specific actions to stabilize the farm economy.”The United States must keep its place at the international trading table if agriculture is to maintain its position as our nation’s leading export,” Yost said. “Congressional approval of IMF funding, Fast Track negotiating authority and renewal of Most Favored Nation Status for China are essential to our competitiveness abroad and stability in the farm economy at home. Congress must move quickly to prevent the ripples of the economic crisis in Korea and Indonesia from growing into shock waves in large markets, such as Japan and China.”Senators attending the meeting included Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN), Conrad Burns (R-MT), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Larry Craig (R-ID), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Charles Hagel (R-NE), Rod Grams (R-MN), Craig Thomas (R-WY), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Wayne Allard (R-CO), Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Dirk Kempthorne (R-ID). Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) also participated. The Senate Republicans said they intend to promote trade-oriented policy and tax reforms that will benefit agriculture. The agricultural representatives indicated they would focus their requests on specific legislation and administrative actions that can be supported on a bipartisan basis. ASA and the other groups also intend to promote an agriculture-friendly tax bill including full deductibility of health care costs, estate tax relief, and the Farm and Ranch Risk Management (FARRM) legislation that is currently pending in the House and Senate.The Senators told Yost and other agricultural group leaders that they would work to achieve these trade-oriented policy and tax reforms before Congress adjourns in October. The agricultural representatives indicated that they would broaden their coalition to ensure the strongest possible grassroots support for meaningful long-term and short-term improvements in the U.S. farm economy.The original list of initiatives proposed in the May 12 letter included:Fast Track negotiating authority must be actively sought by the Administration and approved by Congress;Legislation to provide $18 billion to replenish the international Monetary Fund should be immediately passed by the Congress;The Administration and Congress should modify U.S. sanctions policy to allow greater flexibility for food exports to restricted countries, including Iran and Cuba;The Administration should commit to seek agreement to end unfair trade practices in the next round of multilateral trade negotiations;Congress should appropriate $35 million for the Foreign Market Development Program to allow continued operation at the current level;Congress should restore funding to allow the Market Access Program to operate at its current level of $90 million;The Administration should immediately expand the Supplier Credit Guarantee Program under GSM-102 and -103, and increase the amount of risk covered under the program to 85 percent from the current level of 50 percent. The GSM-5 Direct Credit Sales Program should be reactivated;Budget baselines equal to annual outlays permitted by the WTO should be provided for the Export Enhancement Program. EEP should be used to combat unfair trade practices, or unused funds should be shifted to other WTO-legal export programs.Congress should immediately pass the Conference Report on the Research Title of the FAIR Act (S. 1150), providing $470 million for delivery of federal crop insurance and $600 million for national agricultural research objectives;Income averaging for farmers and ranchers and full deductibility of health insurance premiums should be made permanent in the next tax bill;Farm and Ranch Risk Management (FARRM) accounts should be authorized in the next tax bill.The letter was signed by the American Soybean Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council of America, National Grain Sorghum Producers Association, National Grange, National Oilseed Processors Association, National Pork Producers Council and National Sunflower Association.last_img read more