When the stars come blazing down to earth…

first_imgsport SHARE In mission mode, for a change Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger × SHARE SHARE EMAIL Hope fills Indian hearts as the ‘samba’ Games begin 2/2 Going on a Gold hunt The GOAT, Lightning Bolt and a World No. 1 desperate to strike gold August 05, 2016 He may be the man with the most number of medals in Olympic history – 22 at the last count in London four years ago with 18 of them gold – but when American swimmer Michael Phelps takes off from the blocks at Rio in his fifth Summer Games, it will mark a new beginning.It will be the 31-year-old’s first Olympics after being treated for addiction and depression. He will be a new man, his goals have changed and his prime aim will not be on hunting for more medals.“This time, it’s about trying my hardest, giving my all. I don’t want to live the rest of my life with any regrets,” the man known as ‘The Phenomenon’ said recently.“It will be very interesting to see what one of the greatest athletes of all time ends up after his last Olympics.The 31st Summer Olympics begin in Rio de Janerio on Friday (on Saturday, India time), but it is already being slammed as the worst-ever with athletes posting photos of collapsing wash basins at the Athletes Village and lack of electricity and water in some rooms.Together with the Zika virus scare, the organisational disarray, and the Russian doping scandal, there is bound to be chaos ahead of the opening ceremony.But once the real action begins on Saturday, the spotlight will be mainly on the stars. And there are plenty of them to watch out for. Here, we line up the best of the best.BOLT, THE MAIN MANJamaican Usain Bolt, the planet’s fastest man ever and clearly the ‘main man’ in Rio, will be going for a golden ‘triple triple’ after winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay golds at the last two Olympics in Beijing and London. Trying to stop him will be American Justin Gatlin, the world’s fastest man this year who has a dope-tainted past.Meanwhile, Britain’s distance running great Mo Farah will be hunting for a ‘double double’ after taking the 5000m and 10,000m golds in London.WELCOME TORIThere could also be a fresh new face in the sprints with American Tori Bowie, a long jumper till 2013, who appears to be a favourite to win both the women’s 100 and 200m at Rio. She is now among the three best 100m runners in the world this year and the second best, after the Netherlands’ World champion Dafne Schippers, in the 200m.Schippers, incidentally, competed in the heptathlon at 2012 Olympics, where she finished 11th, and at 2013 Moscow Worlds, but is now the third-fastest woman in history in the 200m.South African Caster Semenya, who came up with some stunning times while winning the 2009 World Championships but whose gender was questioned shortly after that, could run into some controversy again for she is now at her best and is a clear favourite for the women’s 800m gold.GREATEST OF ALL TIME?Away from the track, it should be worth watching American gymnast Simone Biles, who according to many could be the greatest of all time, in her debut Olympics.The first African-American to be the all-around world champion – she won it at the last three Worlds – and along the way collected a record 10 golds at the Worlds and 14 medals overall.And in football which had an early start in Rio, all eyes will be on superstar Neymar as host and five-time World Cup champion Brazil looks to win its first men’s Olympic gold in the sport.FIFTH GRAND SLAM!The big boys of golf, an event that is returning to the Olympics after 112 years, may be missing from Rio because they are worried over the Zika virus, but it is interesting to note what the world’s No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic had to say about the Olympics. “We have the best players in the world participating in arguably the fifth grand slam. It’s of that importance for all of us, even more, because it happens every four years,” said the Serbian who took the bronze in Beijing in 2008 and finished fourth in London after losing to eventual champion Andy Murray in the semifinal.Some of the greats of cycling will be in action too with Britain’s Chris Froome, who won his historic third Tour de France title a few days ago lined up in Rio.LEE’S OLYMPICSMeanwhile Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, badminton’s World No. 1, who has slipped up often when it came to the big stage – he has five world silver medals, including two in the Olympics, from Beijing and London – will be very hungry to hit gold this time. And it looks like this could be Lee’s year.SHOOTERS, OUR BEST HOPEWhile Lee will be looking for his first Olympic gold, the record 119-member Indian team will be mainly looking at its shooters to bring the bulk of its medals, especially Asian Games champion Jitu Rai who is the among the world’s top three in the 10m and 50m pistol events, and Abhinav Bindra, who won the country’s lone individual gold at the Olympics (10m air rifle, in Beijing, 2008).Badminton star Saina Nehwal, a bronze medallist at London, is another player capable of coming good again while PV Sindhu and K Srikkanth could spring a surprise. The men’s hockey team, after its recent run, wrestlers, tennis players and archers all hold promise. Lee Chong Wei al eventscenter_img Olympics stars (file photo). Lee Chong Wei al Olympics stars (file photo). It doesn’t get bigger than the Olympics Lee Chong Wei al Olympics stars (file photo). null 1/2 COMMENT Published on RELATED COMMENTSlast_img read more

New renders show OnePlus 6T in Midnight Black and Mirror Black colours

first_imgSome more renders of the OnePlus 6T have leaked ahead of the official launch later this month. The new renders show the complete rear and front panel design of the phone. Notably, the pictures don’t reveal any new information about the smartphone. It just re-confirms the already known information. The renders show the OnePlus 6T with waterdrop notch display, minimal bezels compared to the OnePlus 6, in-display fingerprint sensor, dual rear cameras, and no 3.5mm headphone jack. The renders also show the OnePlus 6T in two colours — Midnight Black and Mirror Black, similar to the OnePlus 6.Besides the Midnight Black and Mirror Black colours, we also expect the OnePlus 6T to come in Silk White and Red colours, yet again similar to the OnePlus 6. Going in line with the past rumours, the new renders also suggest that the OnePlus 6T will come with waterdrop style notched display quite similar to some of the recently launched Oppo and Vivo phones. The teardrop notch will sport the selfie camera on it. The earpiece and the sensors of the OnePlus 6T will be placed in a way so that they are not visible from the outside. The sensors are expected to be embedded inside the display just like the V11 Pro.The new renders also show the OnePlus 6T with much thinner bezels compared to the OnePlus 6, which means that the phone will deliver a much better multimedia experience in comparison. In the picture, the back panel of the phone looks almost the same as the OnePlus 6, minus the fingerprint sensor which has found a new place under the display on the front.advertisementOnePlus is yet to reveal the camera configurations of the OnePlus 6T, but we expect the cameras of the upcoming OnePlus phone to be similar to the predecessor. We expect the OnePlus 6T to sport a 16MP primary sensor and 20MP secondary sensor with lots of camera modes to enhance the picture quality. On the front, the OnePlus 6T is expected to come with a 16MP camera embedded in the tiny waterdrop notch. Time and again, OnePlus has said that the USP of the OnePlus 6T is the fingerprint sensor which will be placed beneath the screen. OnePlus has been teasing the OnePlus 6T for a while now and has revealed that the in-display fingerprint sensor of the phone will be fast and secure.The newly leaked renders also show the OnePlus 6T with Type-C port at the bottom of the phone placed between two speaker grills. Yes, unlike the OnePlus 6, the upcoming OnePlus phone will come with two speaker grills to deliver better music experience.ALSO READ: OnePlus 6T teased yet again, shows the phone partially with thin bezels and sleek bodyOnePlus has already announced the coming of the OnePlus 6T, but the company is yet to reveal the launch date of the phone. Rumours say that the OnePlus 6T will be launching on October 17. Ahead of the launch, we already know a lot of specs details of the phone. The OnePlus 6T will come with either a 6.3-inch or a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, the smartphone is expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 6GB/8GB RAM and 64GB/256GB of internal storage. We also expect the OnePlus 6T to ship with Android 9 Pie with the latest version of Oxygen OS on top. A rumour last week had revealed that the 6T will come with a much bigger battery setup than the OnePlus 6. The rumour said that the phone could sport 3700mAh battery.last_img read more

Raheem Sterling: I understand the criticism but it does not affect me

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on Twitter news World Cup The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. “We need to control games and be a bit more arrogant with the ball,” said the City player, who was booked for a perceived dive by the Italian referee on Saturday. “I’m sorry to say it, but we have to be more arrogant and more streetwise because we are coming up against some great teams who have that streetwise mentality. They bring their play into it: you do what you have to do to win a game. Simple as that. Be streetwise and clever.“Watch the Champions League final and when Liverpool go 3-1 down, the way Madrid control the game. They have that winning mentality in big games, not doing anything silly. No panic. They see the game out and once we get that, we’ll be a really good team. The one thing I don’t like hearing is someone saying, ‘We’ll see what happens.’ Forget all of that. I’m not coming here to spend five or six weeks of my life to say, ‘Let’s see what happens and, hopefully, last 16.’“A quarter-final won’t be good enough at all because we want to win it. Every player wants to win the World Cup, every country wants to win the World Cup, so anything less than that is not really a bonus. Of course you can take positives out of everything, but you won’t be entirely happy if you don’t win it.” “The boys have seen I haven’t been affected by it, they know I’m fine. If they did see something wrong they would be the first to come to me. I’ve got a massive opportunity here, with a great bunch of players, to represent England at a World Cup, and that’s my biggest focus now. And that tattoo [story], it’s going to be spoken [about] for one or two days. Football is the most important thing now.”Danny Rose, Jamie Vardy and Jack Butland are expected to start against Costa Rica when Sterling, who wore England’s No19 at the 2014 finals and No7 at Euro 2016, hopes Southgate’s side demonstrate the kind of streetwise streak they will need at the finals. Share on LinkedIn Read more Raheem Sterling: the mother’s boy from Jamaica who became a man Topics Share on WhatsApp Raheem Sterling Manchester City Read more Raheem Sterling has admitted he understands the frenzied reaction to the tattoo of a M16 assault rifle inked on his right calf but has not been affected by the furore, with the forward intent upon making his own mark at the summer’s World Cup finals. Share via Email Share on Facebook Raheem Sterling makes his point on and off the pitch for England The Manchester City forward will fulfil a lifetime ambition by wearing the England No 10 shirt in Russia – he even sports another tattoo of the shirt number on his arm signifying his days in the youth team at Queens Park Rangers – and will go into the tournament fit and focused. The 23-year-old urged the team to prove themselves “more arrogant and streetwise” than at previous finals and as Gareth Southgate’s side completed their preparations with the visit of Costa Rica to Elland Road on Thursday.Sterling had addressed his late arrival at the national squad’s training camp following Saturday’s friendly victory over Nigeria, conceding he would have accepted being dropped. But, speaking as all 23 of the party took part in a speed-dating style interview session in the St George’s Park futsal hall on Tuesday, he confronted the fall-out from the tattoo more fully.The image of the gun on his leg had been photographed during an England training session and provoked an outcry in some quarters, with Lucy Cope, who founded Mothers Against Guns after her son Damian was shot dead outside a club in London in 2002, claiming the tattoo was “totally unacceptable”.The player had taken to social media to explain the picture had a deeper meaning given he was two years old when his father was shot dead, and he had promised he “would never touch a gun”. Asked about the criticism, Sterling said: “No, I can see, most definitely, where they’re coming from. You see a gun on someone’s leg, you are going to automatically think, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ But, from my point of view, I’ve had that since August or September, I know there’ve been pictures of it before so why, at this moment in time, does it get reported about?“I don’t really take it personally. Me and my mum and my agent sometimes talk about it. Little things, like what happened the other day, people expect me to be really affected by it, but I’ve been through harder stuff in my life to get down by that, so that’s the least of my worries. I don’t feel there’s an agenda against me. People ask: ‘Do you feel picked on?’ And I don’t at all. As I said, I can see the reasons. Reuse this content Share on Pinterest World Cup 2018 Dominic Fifield Englandlast_img read more

13 days agoRaul urges calm around Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Raul urges calm around Barcelona youngster Ansu Fatiby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaul has been asked about Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati following his latest match in charge of Real Madrid Castilla, a 2-1 win over Pontevedra.Raul expressed excitement at the new generation that is breaking through, while also calling for patience.”There are young players who appear and there’s a need to have patience and to enjoy them,” Raul said when asked about the Barcelona teenager.”It’s good for football that there are players with this quality and this youth.”I am the kind of person who has patience with this, but he’ll earn what he does on the pitch.” last_img read more

Riverbank General Store a Success

first_imgPeople with disabilities in Queens County are making a difference in their community, while gaining work-related skills, thanks to the Riverbank General Store. The store, located beside the Medway River in Mill Village, will celebrate its official grand opening later this week. Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse visited the General Store today, Aug. 9. Sponsored by the Queens Association for Supported Living (QASL), the store gives people with disabilities an opportunity to gain work-related skills and participate more fully in their community. “The Riverbank General Store is a perfect example of the exceptional programs around this province that help make life better for people with disabilities,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “This is obviously a place the community values and staff love to come to work.” The general store features a bakery and café, as well as grocery items, including free range and organic products. Its gift shop showcases the work of local artisans, as well as items produced by participants in another QASL program, Penny Lane Enterprises. The province invested $150,000 in start-up funding for the profitable, fully sustainable venture. Queens Association for Supported Living offers several vocational, life skills and community-based employment programs as well as residential services for persons with disabilities. “Riverbank has found, and fulfilled, a niche in our community,” said Murray Kirkpatrick, administrator of Queens Association for Supported Living. “The success here clearly shows the positive difference that can be made in the lives of persons with disabilities when community organizations and government work together.” This investment is the latest in a series of recent improvements to expand services for Nova Scotians with disabilities. The province has increased investments in such programs by $19 million since 2009, bringing the annual budget to nearly $255 million.last_img read more

Carol Burnett To Be Honored With SAG Life Achievement Award

first_imgCarol Burnett – comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author – has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.Burnett will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Burnett’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes multiple Emmys, a special Tony, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and both a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor.An inductee into the Television Hall of Fame and the California Museum’s Hall of Fame, Burnett’s many accolades also include a Peabody Award, the Television Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award, five Golden Globe Awards, five American Comedy Awards, 12 People’s Choice Awards, an Ace Award, an Horatio Alger Award, both Crystal and Lucy Awards from Women in Film, the TV Land Legend Award, the Jimmy Stewart Museum’s Harvey Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2013, the City of Los Angeles named the intersection of Highland Ave. and Selma directly adjacent to Hollywood High School, Burnett’s alma mater, Carol Burnett Square.When not performing or occasionally presenting her Q & A format “Laughter & Reflection,” she enjoys spending time with her husband Brian, her two daughters Erin and Jody, her grandsons, and her cat, Nikki. As a passionate supporter of the arts and education, she established several scholarships around the country, including the Carol Burnett Musical Theatre Competition at her alma mater, UCLA, and the Carrie Hamilton Foundation, to honor her daughter’s memory. She is a Lifetime Director of the Hereditary Disease Foundation. Among the other arts, health and youth charities to which she lends her support are the Sundance Institute, Young Playwrights Inc., the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara and the Hereditary Disease Foundation for which she has been named a Lifetime Director.last_img read more

Lorde To Perform At 2018 MusiCares Person Of The Year Concert Honoring

first_imgFleetwood Mac will be awarded the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year on January 26 in New York, and the first performers at the tribute concert have been announced.Lorde will head a list of artists that also includes John Legend, Keith Urban, Harry Styles, Haim, and OneRepublic.Fleetwood Mac – Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks – will also perform.This will be the first time an entire band has been honored with the award. The event will also include an auntion, and after party, and more.Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.last_img read more

Real Madrid Eye Medhi Benatia as Sergio Ramos replacement

Rabat – Real Madrid is said to be interested in signing Moroccan international Medhi Benatia during the summer transfer window.According to Sky Sports journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the Spanish giants are eyeing the Bayern Munich defender as a potential replacement to Manchester United target Sergio Ramos.Sergio Ramos appears more and more likely on his way from the Bernabeu. The World Cup winner is reportedly eager to secure a move to Manchester United this summer. The Red Devils are also said to have lodged a £28m bid for the 29-year-old defender. However, reports suggest Real Madrid is setting the price for their player at whopping 100 million euros.Ramos has two years remaining on his contract with Real Madrid.If rumors are to be believed and Madrid eventually sign Benatia, then the former AS Roma defender will become the first Moroccan ever to play for Real Madrid. read more

Immigration and clean power top agenda for federal and Atlantic officials

HALIFAX — A federal program aimed at attracting foreign workers to Atlantic Canada will be extended for another two years.The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program was supposed to end this year, but federal officials say it will be extended to the end of 2021.Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen made the announcement today in Halifax during a meeting of premiers and ministers concerning the Atlantic Growth Strategy.He says the government has approved applications for more than 2,500 permanent residents and their family members destined for the Atlantic region.Meanwhile, the group also announced plans to develop what they’re calling a “clean power road map” for Atlantic Canada.An engineering study will look into improving power transmission connections throughout the region and with Quebec to allow for another 2,000 megawatts of electricity.They say the study will inform governments on how to invest in electricity technologies, such as tidal energy and smart grids.The Canadian Press read more

EHF CL Home wins for Metalurg and La Rioja

1. Skjern Handbold220069:51(18)4 Two matches were played on Saturday in the lower part of the VELUX EHF Champions League. Macedonian third team in the last season, RK Metalurg Skopje beat Norwegian Elverum 22:19 (10:12) for their second win in the new edition of the European elite competition. Lino Červar’s team who is totally reconstructed during the last summer transfer window, showed capability to play against rivals on EHF CL level for a joy of fans army.Austrian right back Janko Bozovic netted six goals for the winners, while Serbian playmaker Luka Mitrović had the same score among Norwegians, who suffered second defeat in a row after surprising start in Schaffhausen.Spanish vice-champions Naturhouse La Rioja beat Slovakian Tatran Presov 37:29 (22:15).  Angel Perez Fernandez scored 14 goals for the winners in one of the most brilliant nights of career, while Antl and Sadovyi tried to save their team with eight goals each…STANDINGS: 6. Kadetten Schaffhausen200254:59(-5)0 elverumNaturhouse La RiojaRK Metalurg 3. HCM Baia Mare210163:62(1)2 5. Elverum Handball Herrer310273:89(-16)2 PHOTO: RK Metalurg 2. HC Metalurg320174:73(1)4 4. HC Motor Zaporozhye210160:59(1)2 ← Previous Story EHF CL: Veszprem continue 15 years long winning strike – Kiel beat Flensburg! Next Story → BALLET OR HANDBALL: Momir Ilic sent-off in Zagreb… read more

South Africa police say Pistorius will not get special treatment

first_imgUpdate 1.22pmSIX-TIME PARALYMPIC champion and all-round darling son of South Africa Oscar Pistorius will not be given special treatment as police investigate the murder of his 30-year-old girlfriend, authorities said today.Reeva Steencamp was found dead at Pistorius’s home in Silver Lakes, Pretoria in the early hours of this morning, allegedly shot four times.Pistorius was arrested and has been charged with murder. The 26-year-old is due to appear in the magistrates court tomorrow. He will spend the night in jail.Police spokesperson Denise Beukes told reporters that the athlete would first undergo medical examinations, including blood-alcohol tests and fingernail DNA scrapes, at a nearby hospital.“There will be no special treatment whatsoever.”Pistorius, who asked for a fast-tracked court appearance, will apply for bail but the application will be strongly opposed by South African police. It is not known on what grounds they will dispute bail.During a press briefing, Beukes dismissed initial media coverage that the victim had been mistaken for a burglar. She said investigating officers were “surprised” by the reports, which, she added “did not come from South Africa police”. Authorities have “no idea” where that version of events came from.The only two people on the premises at the time of the incident were Pistorius and Steenkamp. There were also no signs of forced entry and it is understood the property is located in a quiet area with a low incidence of crime.Police have been forthcoming with information to the media this morning, confirming that there have been previous alleged incidents of a “domestic nature” at the home of Oscar Pistorius.Beukes said witnesses are being interviewed about “things that happened earlier in the evening”, as well as around the 4am shooting.“It would be premature and irresponsible to say what happened – we’re not sure,” concluded Beukes.Capacity Relations, Steenkamp’s talent management agency, confirmed the model had passed away.“We are in communication with people on the scene. Please wait for official statements, as there is too much speculation at this moment in time. We will provide further information as soon as we are able to provide accurate information as to what transpired,” it said through social media.“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Steenkamp family who have requested their privacy be respected during this difficult time.She was the kindest, sweetest human being; an angel on earth and will be sorely missed.South Africa’s Olympic body SASCOC also issued a statement to express its condolences to the families involved in the incident.CEO Tubby Reddy said it would be irresponsible and inappropriate to comment further as there is an ongoing police investigation.“The organisation is in no position to comment on the incident other than to say our deepest sympathy and condolences have been expressed to the families of all concerned.”LIVE: South African athlete Oscar Pistorius charged with murderOscar Pistorius profile: the inspirational ‘Blade Runner’last_img read more

The Best Gifts for Pet Owners

first_imgWhat better way for a canine to cool down than with apaw-powered fountain? Attach this metal plate to a standard garden hose and onestep from the dog will activate the glow water. My Pet Speakers, $249.95 Pet Doorbell, $19.49Know a pet owner who’s sick and tired of all of the scratchingand barking to get in? This gadget gives a dog or cat control of the doorbell.It’s waterproof and runs on a single nine-volt battery. AdChoices广告Dog Cooling Jacket, $39.95Wet this jacket down and the polymer crystals will speed upevaporation, rapidly cooling off the dog underneath. The jacket comes in threedifferent sizes for various breeds. Pet DNA Art, $199For the pet lover who arguably cares a little too much, youcan turn an animal’s genetic sequence into a work of art. Portraits can becreated for dogs, cats, horses, reptiles, and a number of other animals. Ifyou’ve got any hair clippings, the company can even make these from deadanimals. The Canine Twitterer, $29.95And you thought your friends’ tweets were inane. The CanineTwitterer gauges a dog’s activity level, and then tweets one of 500 pre-loadedphrases. The tag hangs from the dog’s collar and sends information to a USB receiverdongle in your computer. Doggie Fountain, $19.99 Let’s face it, sometimes it’s just easier to shop for an animal. After all, they can’t complain, can’t return gifts, and if they pee on the thing, it’s just their way of showing you that they care. After the jump, we’ve pulled together some of the best techy gifts for the pet lover in your life.  center_img Know a cat or dog that loves to rock? This animal-friendlyspeaker promises to play “pet-friendly tunes that soothe and relax dogs, cats,horses, and their people.” The speaker is rugged and features adjustable frequency,volume, and rhythm. The Canine Treadmill, $549.95 to $899.95This one may well be over-the-top for even the most dotingpet owners. Get a bit closer to The Jetsons with this dog treadmill. It willhelp the pet owner in your life exercise their dog when the weather conditionsare less than perfect–or when they’re just feeling a bit lazy.last_img read more

Australia seeks overseas bartenders

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Federal Government is planning changes to the visas to import experienced tourism and hospitality workers. Due to the shortage of overseas students and the current boom of high-paying mining jobs, the industry is down 35,000 workers and it is predicted this will rise to over 55,000 by 2015.Unions have attacked the government as unemployment in youth is an all-time high, and jobs have been axed in manufacturing and finance. However, the hopsitality industry disagrees saying the jobs are there, but Australian workers lack the skill and motivation to do the right job.Transport and Tourism Forum chief executive John Lee said: ”This is not about denying Australians the right to do the job. The jobs are there, they just don’t want to do them.”last_img read more

Le tigre est un prédateur né et son génome le confirme

first_imgLe tigre est un prédateur né et son génome le confirmeUne étude publiée mardi révèle que le tigre et les autres grands félins sont des prédateurs-nés. Cette affirmation se base sur le décryptage du génome du tigre qui montre que sa force musculaire et son régime carnivore le prédétermine à être un redoutable prédateur.Le tigre (Panthera tigris) est le plus grand de tous les félins (le tigre de Sibérie étant le plus grand de tous les tigres). On estime aujourd’hui qu’il n’en reste que 3.000 à 4.000 vivant encore à l’état sauvage dans le monde. Sur les neuf sous-espèces recensées, trois à quatre se sont déjà éteintes durant le XXe siècle. C’est ce qui explique que les chercheurs s’intéressent de près aux survivants afin de mieux les connaître et donc de mieux les protéger.Ainsi, une équipe internationale, composée essentiellement de scientifiques asiatiques et dirigée par le généticien sud-coréen Jong Bhak, a pour la première fois décrypté le génome d’un tigre de Sibérie (Panthera tigris altaica). Il a ensuite été comparé à celui du chat et à celui d’autres grands félins comme le tigre du Bengale (Panthera tigris tigris), le léopard des neiges (Panthera uncia) et le lion (Panthera leo).L’étude montre que le génome du tigre de Sibérie est à 95,6% identique à celui du chat, les deux ayant divergé il y a environ 10,8 millions d’années. A titre de comparaison, les génomes du gorille et de l’homme présentent 94,8% de similarités mais les deux ont divergé environ deux millions d’années plus tard. Parmi les nombreux points communs trouvés entre le tigre et le chat, figure un grand nombre de gènes liés à l’odorat et aux autres sens.Une musculature et un appétit de prédateur À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Toutefois, les chercheurs ont également identifié plus de 3.600 gènes propres aux grands félins. Parmi eux, environ 1.400 sont associés à l’assimilation des protéines et des acides gras, typiques des régimes strictement carnivores. Par ailleurs, le génome du tigre de Sibérie plus que tous les autres détermine un prédateur-né. Il possède en effet des gènes “sur-représentés” : ceux liés à la force musculaire, à l’utilisation de l’énergie et à la transmission sensorielle (perception, réflexes). Publiée dans la revue Nature Communications, l’étude a également permis de constater que les léopards des neiges possèdent un gène qui participerait à les aider à s’adapter à la vie en haute altitude et donc à une quantité d’oxygène moindre. En outre, elle établit que c’est un gène mutant qui serait responsable de la couleur blanche de certains lions africains.Des informations précieuses pour la protection Toutes ces informations “pourraient être utilisées à des fins de préservation” et de repeuplement des espèces, soulignent les chercheurs dans leurs travaux repris par l’AFP. Elles vont notamment permettre de mieux tenir compte “des fondements génétiques de leur adaptation à un milieu donné” et ainsi d’améliorer d’éventuels croisements entre les félins sauvages et ceux maintenus en captivité.Le 19 septembre 2013 à 09:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Anchorage Mayoral Candidate Timothy Huit

first_imgWith Anchorage’s local election just around the corner, KSKA and Alaska Public media are bringing you a look at those running for mayor. As KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes reports, Timothy Huit is hoping to bring his background in small business and social work to the office.Huit hasn’t held elected office before, but as the owner of a roofing business for the last 17 years in Anchorage, he says he understands the difficulties in issues like building new housing units.“I’d like to have affordable housing zones for private contractors with tax breaks to try to get them motivated,” Huit said. “And I don’t think there’s going to be any easy solutions. I see this as a major problem, you know we’re all struggling to make it.”Timothy Huit. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)Huit has lived in Anchorage since the early ’90s. When it comes to fiscal policies, he thinks the local outlook is much healthier than it is for the state. He doesn’t favor new taxes, and thinks finding efficiencies is a better way to balance the budget for now. Plus, Huit sees some bright spots.“We also had a record tourism year, we had 1 million visitors to Alaska and Anchorage, and collected $30 million in bed and vehicle tax, and we expect a better year next year,” he said. “So we may not be in as much trouble as we think. We also have the marijuana issue coming on board, and that’s gonna bring us some new revenue.”Huit has not received much in the way of donations or endorsements. But he’s critical of groups that have left candidates like him out of debates and forums for that reason. He sees his campaign as serious, and raising issues that ought to be part of the election, even if he doesn’t have a sizable war chest.When it comes to public safety, Huit believes his experience doing street outreach with the Brother Francis shelter is valuable. He thinks the city not only needs more police, but a better strategy for deploying them.“Geographic policing is one way we’re gonna do that. We’re gonna have officers that may be in an area of town for several years,” Huit said. “I think a critical thing we need to do now is intercede in the academies, and make sure that the ongoing academies focus on that kind of training.”last_img read more

AK Supreme Court rejects set net initiative

first_imgDownload AudioThe Alaska Supreme Court has rejected a proposed ballot initiative that sought to ban commercial shore gill nets and set nets in urban, non-subsistence areas.The decision reverses a 2014 lower court ruling that ordered that the initiative be certified by the lieutenant governor, who had previously declined to certify it. The measure had been slated to appear on the 2016 ballot.The high court, in a decision Thursday siding with the lieutenant governor’s office, said the proposed initiative would result in a give-away program of salmon stock from set netters to other fishers. The court says it also would significantly limit the freedom of the Legislature and Board of Fisheries to make allocation decisions.The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance, which was behind the proposal, expressed disappointment with Thursday’s decision.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday June 5 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioGovernor floats idea of head tax to end legislative stalemateAndrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO – JuneauAfter an entire regular session and more than half a special session gone with no deal on a state budget, Governor Bill Walker met with legislative leaders today to roll out a compromise package.Wildfire near Dillingham grows to 1,000 acresDave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham & Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Alaska Interagency Coordination Center reports 11 blazes were started by lightning strikes over the weekend.Caelus postpones appraisal well for big North Slope oil discoveryElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe company behind what could be Alaska’s biggest oil discovery since the 1960s will not be drilling a well to confirm the find this winter, as originally planned.Fairbanks mayor attempts to address police shortage with incentivesRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksCity of Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly is trying to address a local police officer shortage with an incentive bonus program.GCI suffers crime-related statewide outages for second time in 2 monthsCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFor the second time in as many months, Alaska’s largest communications company suffered statewide outages due to alleged criminal activity. This time, however, a man is behind bars for causing damage to GCI equipment at the Denali Tower building in Midtown Anchorage.65 years after crash, recovery resumes on Colony GlacierZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe military is resuming an annual mission on the Colony Glacier, where an Air Force plane crashed 65 years ago killing the dozens of service members on board. The plane was found during the initial search, but body recovery was deemed to be too dangerous and the plane and its contents soon disappeared beneath the ice.Anchorage activists hold march against gun violenceHenry Leasia, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAn Anchorage group wants to change the dialogue about guns. On Saturday, the Anchorage chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America held a march commemorating National Gun Violence Awareness day.UA regents discuss budget uncertaintyDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe University of Alaska Board of regents wrapped up a 2 day meeting in Fairbanks Friday to address the ongoing Strategic Pathways initiative to cut costs and focus the university on core missions.Fishermen are pulling up empty nets from Kuskokwim’s low waterAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelWater on the Kuskokwim is low, and nets are coming up mostly empty. Subsistence fishermen along the entire river are reporting this situation. Other fishermen, facing tight restrictions and cultural tension, have decided to refuse to fish.African-American soldiers who helped build Alaska Highway honoredTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksFort Greely and Delta Junction celebrated the Alaska Highway’s 75th anniversary Saturday – and one of the soldiers who helped build it. Gov. Bill Walker and other state and local leaders attended a tribute to 96-year-old Leonard Larkins, one of more than 3,000 African-American soldiers who helped build the highway.last_img read more

YashRadhika Pandit set to name their daughter on Akshaya Tritiya

first_imgYash and Radhika Pandit.PR HandoutRocking Star and Radhika Pandit’s five-month daughter will have her naming ceremony on Tuesday, May 6, on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya.”A father daughter relationship is a priceless one!! I know all of u are waiting to see our lil angel, won’t disappoint u. This May 7th on Akshaya Tritiya.. we will reveal our true treasure.. our precious Asset [sic],” Radhika Pandit announced the news on her Facebook account.There have been lots of speculations about the name of the baby. It was widely speculated that it is going to be Yashika, a portmanteau coined from a combination of Yash and Radhika.However, Radhika Pandit had denied the news. “We will have the naming ceremony when she is five months old. We haven’t picked out a name yet,” The Times of India had quoted her as saying.Radhika and Yash had started their acting career with the TV serial, Nandagokul. They also made their debut in films together, with Shashank’s Moggina Manasu in 2008. The actors had also worked together in films like Drama, Mr and Mrs Ramachari and Santhu Straight Forward.After being in love for over five years, they tied the knot as per the Brahmins-Gowda customs in 2016. Yash and Radhika Pandit welcomed their first baby on 2 December.KGF 2 On the other hand, Yash, who had taken a break from the shooting to campaign for Sumalatha in Mandya, is working on KGF 2.last_img read more