This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Many people predict that the open science movement could be every bit as far-reaching to the future of humanity as the scientific method, first articulated by Roger Bacon in the 13th century.That raises a question: What is open science?Open science can be interpreted in several ways, but it essentially can be described as an effort to make scientific research more open, more public. Open-science proponents argue that the Internet has made this possible. As a matter of fact, many of them contend that the old, traditional approaches to scientific inquiry and discovery are antiquated and even hinder the advance of science.Likewise, many supporters of open science contend that the lowered transaction costs that have accompanied Web 2.0 have rendered scientific research far less expensive. The huge corporate and government-funded laboratories that were once required to secure major breakthroughs, such as vacuum tubes and the atom bomb, are no longer as essential in many cases.Opening up research, making it as available for input from as many players as possible would not only speed up scientific inquiry and discovery, but would also render it far more efficient.The idea essentially began with famed Cambridge University mathematician Timothy Gowers. Gowers (pictured right) got the idea to solve a handful of highly complex mathematical problems by posting them to his Weblog and inviting people to offer suggestions for solving them. He dubbed it the Polymath Project and initially had no idea how far-reaching this effort would turn out to be. In fact, it ended up producing a series of new ideas and insights as well as several collaborative papers published under the pseudonym DHJ Polymath.In one respect, the Polymath Project is not new. It’s already been foreshadowed in other areas of science, including The Human Genome Project, the pioneering effort to map and share DNA.It also parallels much of what already is unfolding within the computer software industry.Science, it seems, is proving no more immune to the effects of Web 2.0 than any other facet of modern life.The economic downtown has contributed too. Open science may prove a cost-effective alternative as governments around the world slash conventional research funding, proponents contend.It may be instructive to look at the Innocentive website to see how one organization is using the concept of challenge prizes and crowdsourcing to allow companies to solve their most difficult problems. Innocentive has had more than 31,000 solutions submitted, of which, more than 1,200 were accepted and awarded prize money, ranging from $1,500 to $1 million, from the sponsoring agency. They tout a success rate of 57% for solving the submitted problems (source). By bringing different perspectives and experiences to a challenge, solvers are able to come up with innovative solutions that are often not apparent to the teams of experts already working on a problem.To be sure, open science has garnered its share of critics. Many of them argue that genuine scientific achievement is not possible without traditional research methods, which often require immense investments of time and manpower. Likewise, hundreds of years of experience have underscored the importance of sharing and refining these research findings among scientific peers, typically within accredited scientific journals.For their part, many open-science advocates concede that there will still be a place for more rigorous research methods. On the other hand, they stress that some of the greatest scientific and technological strides in human history have been made by unconventional individuals, often employing unconventional methods. Examples of some of history’s most notable and unconventional scientific and technological innovators include Robert Hooke, Charles Darwin and Benjamin Franklin.Author: Jim Langcuster
Considering making a gaming video? Keep your viewers hooked with this curated playlist of some of our royalty-free music picks.Cover image via Makalo86.Fun fact: in 2017, out of the top five most subscribed-to channels on YouTube, two of them specialized in gaming videos. That’s pretty impressive, but seeing as the gaming industry itself makes around $100 billion a year, accompanying gaming videos were always bound to be popular, too. For video editors who are passionate about gaming, creating game-related content could be a potentially lucrative project.In the world of gaming videos, there are a number of common formats. There are “Let’s Plays,” which edit together gameplay clips, often with narration. There are also walkthroughs that show players exactly how to navigate difficult sections or entire games. There are thousands upon thousands of game reviews and reaction videos out there, too.It’s important to keep in mind that when it comes to holding viewers’ attention, your soundtrack goes a long way. The right music provides a consistent through-line that ties multiple gameplay clips together. It can also lend your video a level of professionalism and polish.To help out, we’ve put together a varied playlist of royalty-free tracks. For your walkthroughs, we’ve included a mix of cinematic instrumental music. For game reviews, we’ve got more low-key (but no less effective) cues. For good measure, we’ve added in a handful of retro 8-bit inspired tracks too.Getting a license for one of these tracks is super-simple and super-affordable. With one license, you can use your track in as many online videos as you need. A standard license goes for just $49 per track.So listen to our handpicked selection of royalty-free music for gaming videos, and give your next project a professional, high-quality soundtrack. What are you waiting for? It’s time to get playing.
An international angling group should stop awarding weight-based world records for fish species threatened with extinction, researchers argue in a new study. The awards encourage the killing of the heaviest, most fecund fish, the scientists say, and should be replaced by conservation-friendlier records based on length.Since 1939, the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) of Dania Beach, Florida, has been a leading record-keeper for recreational anglers, certifying who has caught the biggest fish. Today, it maintains records for some 1200 species.In their study, published online before print in Marine Policy, the researchers found that 85 of those species are listed as either vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. That’s a concern, the authors say, because although commercial fishers are sometimes barred from killing endangered species, recreational anglers often can. 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But weighing large fish typically requires anglers to transport them to an official land-based weigh station—a method that makes it unlikely that the fish will survive. In many cases, this means the loss of egg-bearing females, because the females are larger than males in many species. So by killing big fish, the authors note, trophy anglers often remove individuals that are capable of producing the most high-quality larvae and helping depleted populations recover.Shifting to length-based records could reduce such mortality, says the research team, led by researchers at the University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. Anglers could use cameras or smart phones to validate catches and release record fish where possible.“If the IGFA stopped issuing records that implicitly require killing the fish for IUCN Red List Threatened species, it would immediately reduce fishing pressure on the largest individuals,” they write. “So long as there are incentives to catch the largest, oldest, most fecund and fittest individuals within a population, recreational fishing pressure will continue to target these fish and likely exacerbate population declines.”IGFA already uses length-based records to verify some “catch-and-release” records. The scientists recommend that the IGFA now declare that weight-based world records will no longer be issued for species on the IUCN’s Red List.The proposed change would affect just 7% of the species on IGFA’s list and have only a small impact on anglers, according to the researchers. But “few policy changes in the world can do so much for so many species for so little cost.”David Shiffman, the study’s lead author and a marine biologist studying shark biology and conservation at the University of Miami, says the analysis was inspired by recent hearings concerning a proposed ban on killing scalloped and great hammerhead sharks in Florida waters—two species listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List. “Several anglers said they were opposed to protecting these species, one of which is so depleted that it just became the first species of shark protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act, because it would stop them from going for IGFA world records,” he says.As ScienceInsider went to press, IGFA had not responded to a request for comment.
A sum of ₹170 crore was provided to 3.41 lakh ineligible persons under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme, the Odisha government has found.The money was transferred to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries under the scheme that was conceived and implemented before the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the State.Although one member of a family was eligible for getting benefits under the scheme, the government found that three lakh people belonged to families with multiple beneficiaries. Besides, fake beneficiaries under the scheme included 20,000 government employees and pensioners, 12,000 big farmers and 9,000 minor boys and girls.The government had started the process of verification in the first week of August to exclude ineligible beneficiaries and include the deserving families.Refund planGiving details of the verification exercise, Agriculture Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo told journalists on Tuesday that big farmers who had been paid assistance would be encouraged to refund the money.As for the three lakh ineligible beneficiaries, Mr. Sahoo said the assistance released to them would be adjusted in the subsequent instalments that would be extended to their families under the scheme. The government employees and pensioners who had received assistance will be asked to refund the amount or else the amount will be deducted from their salary/pension, said Mr. Sahoo.The Minister further said that any genuine beneficiary who feels that he or she has been wrongly excluded can apply online through the website kalia.co.in with complete documents and steps for inclusion will be taken after verification of the papers.
2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers In a game that saw just one NLEX lead happen, 10-9, after a Kevin Alas jumper midway through the first quarter, the Elasto Painters basically owned much of the 48-minute match.Rain or Shine ultimately established its dominance across the middle quarters mounting a 22-4 run that Ed Daquioag capped off with a couple of free throws early in the third.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter the Elasto Painters lost to Kia, 98-94, head coach Caloy Garcia said the best way to forget about the loss, which was Picanto’s first victory, was go out and take the Road Warriors by the jugular.“I told the players the only way we can forget the game against Kia is basically to win this game,” said Garcia. “I felt disappointed on how we performed in that game and I told them everybody who gets inside the court has to put that energy.” MOST READ Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next As new PBA chief, Marcial vows to focus on improvements in officiating Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood. PBA IMAGESRain or Shine climbed to fifth place in the PBA Philippine Cup standings after dealing NLEX its fourth straight loss, 97-86, Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Elasto Painters jumped to .500 territory and leapfrogged three teams—Meralco, Globalport, and NLEX—for fifth spot while the Road Warriors dropped to 2-4 after a hot start this conference.ADVERTISEMENT “Basically we just have to play as a unit, we can’t rely on one guy, we’re not looking for one guy. We’re trying to move the ball and get the best possible shot.”Rain or Shine’s constant search for the open man led to four players put up double digits in points with Maverick Ahanmisi scoring the most with 20 points while grabbing eight boards.Gabe Norwood finished with a near double-double of 13 points and nine rebounds with three steals for the Elasto Painters while James Yap and Chris Tiu added 12 and 11 points, respectively.JR Quiñahan led NLEX with 22 points and six boards while Alex Mallari had 17 points and nine boards.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises
The expectations were high when India sent its largest ever contingent of 118 athletes to the Rio Olympics. But sadly the athletes failed to replicate the success of 2012 London Games, where India bagged six medals. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage) At the mid-way stage, with serious medal contenders crashing out, India looked like returning from Rio without a single medal. Thanks to Sakshi Malik, India broke the deadlock with its first medal, a Bronze in freestyle wrestling. Then PV Sindhu, who had looked good for a Gold, had to settle for a Silver, after going down fighting in the badminton singles final against Spain’s Carolina Marin. In Rio, Lady Luck was not on India’s side when the athletes needed her services the most. There were a few occasions when India missed out on medals by a whisker. (Rio 2016: Well tried and hard luck, Sachin Tendulkar tells Abhinav Bindra) If not for those near misses, India’s medal tally would have looked much better. Let’s take a look: Dipa Karmakar: The girl hailing from Tripura became the first Indian female gymnast to qualify for the Olympics and to top that, she finished a creditable fourth in the vault final. In the eight-woman final, Dipa finished with 15.066 points not much of a difference between the eventual bronze medallist Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland, who had 15.216 points. She qualified for the vault finals after attemting the life-threatening ‘Produnova’ and then missing out on a medal just by few points was heartbreaking. (Rio 2016: Dipa Karmakar, you are my hero, says Abhinav Bindra) Abhinav Bindra: The Beijing Games gold medallist in his last Olympic appearance would have expected a better swan song in Rio. But it was not to be, as Abhinav Bindra finished fourth in the final of the men’s 10m Air rifle event.advertisement Bindra lost a shoot-off with Serihy Kulish of Ukraine to be in the medal contention by finishing fourth. His shooting was consistent but erred in the shot that mattered the most. (Abhinav Bindra blames system for India’s failure to open medals tally) Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna: India’s tennis campaign at the Rio Games ended in dejection when Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna were blown away by the Czech team of Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradceka in the bronze medal play-off. The Indian duo, who raised hopes of a medal with two consecutive wins after making into the semis, suffered a 1-6, 6-7 defeat. In top-ranked players like Sania and Bopanna – mixed doubles was India’s best bet for a medal and winning three matches would have ensured a medal. Vikas Krishan: Former Asian Games gold-medallist took a pounding from Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals to bow out of Rio Olympics. Vikas was one bout away from medal but in the quarterfinal he looked off-colour against a tough opponent. With Vikas crashing out, India’s boxing challenge ended in Rio without a medal for the first time in eight years. Men’s hockey team: Indian men’s hockey team entered the knock-out stage of an Olympics after a hiatus of 36 years. But in the quarterfinal, India were beaten 1-3 by Belgium. In the 15th minute India had the lead through a fine effort from Akashdeep Singh but squandered when Belgium smoked in three field goals. India played spirited hockey in the group stages and also thumped eventual gold medallist Argentina 2-1. Maybe a better effort in the quarterfinal would have taken them a step closer to the podium.
Something is happening just beneath the fight over the name of a certain Washington, D.C., pro football team: America is working through the process of determining what is — or is not — racially offensive.What is a slur, and who gets to decide? How many people must be offended to tip the scales? Why should some be forced to sacrifice their traditions out of respect for others?There is still a long way to consensus on these questions, judging by the response to a federal ruling that the “Redskins” team name is disparaging and its trademarks should be canceled.The team is appealing the decision, and even if it loses its trademark, it can still use the name. But this latest development highlights the limitations of how America wrestles with certain racial statements, and the struggle to balance free speech and social good.A rapidly diversifying nation has more need than ever to figure out what is racially offensive.Some offenses are undeniable: NBA owner Donald Sterling earned universal condemnation for asking his mistress not to bring black people to his games.Yet in an era of blunt and sometimes coarse online discussion and political debate, Americans continue to disagree about the nature of calling Hispanics who cross the border without documents “illegals,” or the propriety of images that depict President Barack Obama as a “witch doctor.”Jim McCarthy, a lawyer who followed the Redskins trademark case, said he is not offended by the name, but “there’s no denying the fact that a certain percentage of Native Americans are offended. We don’t know if it’s a minority, a majority, but it’s a fact.”“If we want to be the best version of ourselves in our society, do we want to promote that, or do we want to minimize that?” he asked.“I’d love it to be different where people just cooperate to effect change,” he said. “But we’re a very adversarial society.”Michael Lindsay, who was lead attorney for a group of Native Americans in a prior trademark case, said there are two ways to determine if something is offensive.“The first is the legal path. The other is out in the real world. The legal test, it seems to me, actually does have something to teach the real world,” said Lindsay, of the Dorsey and Whitney firm in Minneapolis.Here is what the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, ruling June 18 in a case first filed more than 20 years ago, tried to show the real world:—What matters is if “Redskins” is disparaging to Native Americans — whether other ethnic groups are offended doesn’t matter.—A “substantial” percentage of Native Americans must be offended — not a majority. The judges defined that threshold at 30 percent.—A disparaging term does not require intent: “Redskins” can still be disparaging even if the team says it is intended to show honor and respect.Based on testimony from linguistics and lexicography experts, and a review of how the term was used in dictionaries, books, newspapers, magazines and movies, the board ruled 2-1 that the term was disparaging to Native Americans.The dissenting opinion was not a ringing endorsement of the term: “I am not suggesting that the term “redskins” was not disparaging … Rather, my conclusion is that the evidence petitioners put forth fails to show that it was,” the judge wrote.All of which left Paul Calobrisi, co-founder of www.savethewashingtonredskins.com, quite unsatisfied. In his opinion, there’s a simple way to determine whether something is a slur: The majority rules.“I think an overwhelming majority of Native Americans should be against the name before we change it,” said Calobrisi, who grew up in Virginia supporting the team.He resisted the idea that a few people could decide something is offensive when he did not intend to offend them.“If they think we’re demeaning them, if they think we think they are mascots, if we were doing it in any negative way, they are wrong … as Redskins fans, we love them. Cowboys and Indians, we were the Indians. We cherish these people.”But intent is irrelevant to Lindsay, the attorney: “When a substantial percentage tell you this is offensive, you should stop. It’s really that simple.”“Even if you meant no offense, if you keep using it, what does that say about you?”The Merriam-Webster Dictionary says the term is “very offensive and should be avoided.” But again, given today’s confrontational discourse on the Internet and in politics, do we really care about giving offense? Or has that value gone the way of curtsies and tipping hats?“As a general culture, I think we care about offending certain people,” said Karmit Bulman, Executive Director of the Conflict Resolution Center in Minneapolis. “We are still very much a power-based society. We care if we offend those in power. We don’t care if we offend those who we see as irrelevant and invisible.”“You can look at this (Redskins case) as a trivial dispute, it’s just a name,” she said. “Or you can look at it as demonstrating how we still have huge clashes between people who we see as different than we are. And that our systems that we use to try to address those issues are really unsatisfactory.”(JESSE WASHINGTON, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The 15-year-old daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay was fatally shot in the neck, authorities and the athlete’s agent said Sunday.Trinity Gay died at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, the coroner’s office for Fayette County said in a statement. The athlete’s agent, Mark Wetmore, confirmed in a text message to The Associated Press that Gay’s daughter had died.Lexington police said in a statement that officers went to the parking lot of a restaurant near the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington about 4 a.m. Sunday after witnesses reported an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles. Officers located one of the vehicles and stopped two people for questioning, the statement added.Police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said police don’t believe Trinity Gay was in either of the vehicles involved.Tyson Gay competed in the last three Summer Olympics. He was part of a team that won a silver medal in the 4×100-meter relay at the 2012 London Games though that medal was ultimately stripped after Gay tested positive for steroids in 2013.Trinity Gay was a sprinter at Lafayette High in Lexington and finished fourth in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200 meters at the state Class 3A high school track meet in May, records show. She also ran on a 4×200 relay team that finished fourth. Her father, who ran years earlier at Lafayette, still holds the state record in the 100 set in 2001.Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk said in a statement that “Our hearts are broken this morning over the loss of Trinity to this tragic and senseless act of violence. Please join us in keeping the Gay family close in thought and prayer and supporting the students, staff, and families at Lafayette High during this unspeakably difficult time.”Grief counselors will be at Lafayette High School on Monday for students and staff, Fayette school spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall added in an email.The police statement didn’t identify Trinity Gay by name, saying a juvenile who was struck at the scene was taken by private vehicle to the UK Hospital and later pronounced dead. Police were still searching for the second vehicle, police said, adding they are continuing to investigate.A tweet from Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett tweeted that he was stunned: “Shocked to hear of death of Trinity Gay. A life of such potential cut so tragically short. Sympathies to Tyson and entire family.”USA Track and Field also tweeted, “Sending our thoughts & prayers to @TysonLGay & his loved ones as they mourn the tragic & senseless loss of his daughter, Trinity.”And NBA veteran Vince Carter of the Memphis Grizzlies tweeted his sympathy as well: “Many prayers up to @TysonLGay and his family”Last summer’s Games in Rio featured another stinging disappointment for Gay, 33, who has battled injuries. He was a member of the American men’s 4×100-meter relay team that finished third in the final before being disqualified for an illegal baton exchange between Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin. The team’s appeal was denied, giving Canada the bronze medal.TweetPinShare0 Shares
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Strangely, it’s sometimes easy to forget about Mason Rudolph. He has become automatic in the same way a coffee maker or the audio/visual team within a band is automatic — you only notice when things don’t go as planned.Rudolph was 20/24 for 303 yards, 3 TDs through the air and another on the ground on Thursday against Tulsa in the first few yards of his Heisman campaign lap. He was on point with nearly every throw, and as has been the case his entire career, the deep balls were maybe even more accurate than the short ones.I thought maybe his best throw of the night came on one of the four incompletions. A back shoulder dart to Marcell Ateman that was deftly broken up by a Tulsa defender.Was it advised with Ateman’s length to throw back shoulder rather than just a fade? Maybe not, but it was still a terrific pass.Rudolph spread the wealth as five receivers got three or more targets, and he did what he’s done as well as any QB in OSU history since he got the starting job: Checked down to his receivers and running backs in the flats. With OSU’s abundance of elite wideouts, it seemed like the middle of the field was more open than usual.One interesting wrinkle that just wasn’t there last year was how many catches Justice Hill had. His three on Thursday represent 60 percent of his total from last year. Not only is he better at running back, but he’s a more versatile weapon for Rudolph to deploy.It was everything you wanted to see from somebody launching a Heisman campaign against a non-Power 5 opponent. Maybe the most impressive part to me — and he’s done this more or less his entire career — was him stepping into throws. With Tulsa playing single coverage on some of OSU’s elite wideouts, all you have to do is get the thing in the air.“He is a great quarterback,” said Tulsa safety McKinley Whitfield. “He is probably going to be a top-10 draft pick this year, in the first round, I would imagine. He passes the ball well and reads the defense well. He is probably one of the best quarterbacks I have seen or played against in a long time. He is a competitor.”Yes he is. He was last year. He is this year. He will be next year.And the Heisman campaign rolls on.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
West Ham 0 Arsenal 0: Wasteful Gunners drop points for third game in a row Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 05:57 12/14/17 Getty Images West Ham produced a battling display to hold Arsenal to a 0-0 draw in the Premier League as the Gunners’ recent woes continued. Arsenal dropped points for a third Premier League game in a row as they were held to a 0-0 draw at West Ham in a wasteful showing on Wednesday.Arsene Wenger’s men were the better side for most of the match and pushed West Ham’s defence to their limits at times, but in the end they were not clinical enough to take all three points, leaving them in seventh behind Burnley.The Gunners did not fall into the trap which snared Chelsea at London Stadium on Saturday, avoiding an early concession and swiftly establishing themselves as the superior force. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chances were by no means a regular occurrence, though, with Alex Iwobi’s 27th-minute effort which hit the post the only clear-cut opportunity of the first half.Arsenal became even more dominant after the break and they looked more threatening in attack as a result, but they remained wasteful, with Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere – who was otherwise lively – particularly culpable.Javier Hernandez almost paid them pay for their profligacy when he struck the crossbar a minute from time, but Arsenal survived that scare to leave with a point.It finishes goalless in east London#WHUvAFC pic.twitter.com/6vt6yB5k7H— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 13, 2017A clear pattern of play was established early on as the visitors got plenty of players forward and enjoyed periods of significant pressure.That approach brought about the first chance nine minutes in, as Arsenal patiently passed around the edge of the area until Alexis Sanchez took up possession, cutting on to his right foot and forcing Adrian into a smart save down to his right.West Ham gradually grew into the game and looked to have taken the lead in the 14th minute, but Marko Arnautovic strayed offside before heading in an Arthur Masuaku cross at the end of a rapid counter.It was a great header, just a few inches offside!Keep it up, Arnie! pic.twitter.com/IHyB9QQe0L— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 13, 2017Arsenal went mightily close to the breakthrough themselves just before the half-hour mark, with Iwobi smashing against the right-hand upright from 12 yards after brilliant link-up play from Mesut Ozil and Sanchez.The hosts made a strong start to the second half and crafted an early chance, as Mark Noble chested the ball over the Arsenal defence for Arnautovic, but the Austrian sliced his volley onto the roof of the goal under pressure from Nacho Monreal.Arsenal soon began to reassert their authority, however, and Adrian was forced into action, scuttling quickly across his line to keep out Granit Xhaka’s long-range effort.But Adrian could only watch in the 55th minute when Giroud – making his first Premier League start of the season – headed just wide of the target.West Ham had another lucky escape 20 minutes from the end, as Wilshere smashed over from seven yards after Giroud nodded a cross down to him.Keep pushing, lads – @Alexis_Sanchez forces Adrian into a fine save with a dipping free-kick #WHUvAFC 0-0 (75) pic.twitter.com/vBEZU3O0Uz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 13, 2017Wenger’s side piled the pressure on towards the end, but Sanchez’s 30-yard free-kick – which Adrian pushed away from the top-right corner – was as close as they went.West Ham then almost stole all three points right at the end, but Hernandez fired an effort onto the crossbar from 12 yards.And that proved to be the final chance of the match, as West Ham built on Saturday’s 1-0 defeat of Chelsea with another commendable result. Key Opta facts:- Only once in Premier League history have Arsenal won fewer than nine points from their first nine away games of a season (eight in 2005-06).- Eight different clubs have won more points away from home in the Premier League than Arsenal (9) this season – Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester Utd, Liverpool, Burnley, Watford, Leicester City and Tottenham.- West Ham failed to have a single shot on target in a Premier League home match for the first time since August 2013, in a 0-1 defeat against Stoke City.- The Gunners are now winless in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since April.- Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in two of their last three Premier League away games, as many as they had kept in their previous 14 on the road. read more
ESPN.ESPN’s College GameDay will be in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Saturday.The decision to host College GameDay at Western Michigan this weekend was a surprising one for some. The Broncos are 10-0, but their game this weekend isn’t a particularly enticing one. WMU is set to play 2-8 Buffalo.Many thought GameDay would go to Morgantown, West Virginia, where the Mountaineers are hosting Oklahoma in the Big 12’s biggest game of the season.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit explained on Twitter last night why GameDay made the decision it did.“This is more of a tribute to the season that Western Michigan is having and a salute to the “smaller” schools,” he wrote on Twitter.Boulder & Morgantown both deserving-this is more of a tribute to the season that W.Michigan is having & a salute to the “smaller” schools. https://t.co/FCyhLWrYMC— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 15, 2016GameDay at a non-traditional football power is always a good time. This weekend should be fun.
Malaika Arora nails most difficult yoga stretches in sports bra and pants, calls it Friday funMalaika Arora is the queen when it comes to fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. Her trainer, recently shared an image in which she can be seen nailing a very difficult stretch.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 15, 2019UPDATED: June 15, 2019 13:02 IST Malaika Arora nails stretching in the gymMalaika Arora is the queen when it comes to fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. The actress has been known to make healthy dietary choices and include working out in her day-to-day life.The 45-year-old who is known to incorporate various forms of exercise in her life to keep working out fun was recently seen trying her hand at some serious stretching.Bollywood’s favourite physical trainer, Namrata Purohit recently took to her Instagram account to share this image with us. The gram that is captioned, “And we stretch! Fun Friday with Malaika Arora. Always trying something new, crazy and fun! #PilatesGirls #malaikaarorakhan #namratapurohit #stretch #Back #pilates #fitness #friday,” shows the two of the fittest women acing it in the gym.In the picture, Namrata Purohit is seen on the mat with her hands and feet touching the mat and her torso in the air. Malaika, on the other hand, is on top of Namrata with legs folded downwards and stretching her back, just like her trainer.For their workout session, Malaika was seen in a black halter neck sports bra and a pair of black yoga pants.Looking at her stretch like this is giving us major fitness goals.ALSO SEE | Malaika Arora and Amrita Arora give sexy athleisure ensemble a comfy twist at gym. See picsadvertisementALSO READ | Arjun Kapoor shows off muscles in shirtless photo, Malaika Arora is all heartALSO WATCH | Up, close and personal with Arjun KapoorGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNishtha Grover Tags :Follow Malaika AroraFollow Celebrity workout
India vs Pakistan: Fans add colour outside Old Trafford stadiumIndia and Pakistan are taking each other in a high-octane face-off in cloudy Manchester today. Fans and experts from both countries are present and adding colour outside Old Trafford stadium.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 16, 2019UPDATED: June 16, 2019 15:45 IST India and Pakistan’s super fans(Twitter: Cricket World Cup)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are on a roll after their victories over South Africa and AustraliaTelevision audience for India-Pakistan match is estimated at around 1 billion peopleIndian fans have painted the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester blueIndia and Pakistan take on each other in the most anticipated game of cricket ever played in England. India have never lost against Pakistan in their last six encounters of World Cup. However, a spirited Pakistan side will bank on their pace attack to repeat their Champions Trophy 2017 win and register their first win in the history of the tournament against India, at Old Trafford on Sunday.India have won both their matches, against South Africa and Australia to remain undefeatable in the tournament so far whereas Pakistan were stunned in their first game by West Indies but came back strong to produce an all-round performance to defeat tournament favourites England to break their 12-match losing streak in ODIs.Fans from both sides have been praying for a full match as England’s inclement weather is expected to interrupt the game in various proportions. However, the weather looks fine as of now as Pakistan won the toss and elect to bowl against India in Manchester. India made one change as Vijay Shankar came in for the injured Shikhar Dhawan. Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim were also brought back in Pakistan’s playing XI.India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Live Cricket ScoreTelevision audiences of up to 1 billion people are expected to watch the clash as India, a cricket-obsessed nation of 1.3 billion, takes on Pakistan, a nation of 200 million who are equally as passionate about the sport.The craze among the fans from both sides of the border is quite visible as they have started to paint the stadium entry gates in blue and green. They are ready to witness the high-octane encounter between India and Pakistan in the most passionate and presentable way. Here we bring you some tweets which highlight the love and craze of fans for the mother of all cricketing clashes-advertisementThis is officially the BEST way to arrive at a cricket match ?? #CWC19 | #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/cuzg1jVSWUCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 16, 2019Sudhir and Chacha backing India to make it 7-0 today!#CWC19 #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/tIwQolFibcBoria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) June 16, 2019Moods in #Manchester #CWC19 #INDvPAK #TeamIndia #WeHaveWeWillEvery time India hit a boundary it seems like I am in Mumbai not Manchester. 80 to 90% support here for India #CWC19 #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/fCdax1zO5PSaj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 16, 2019Cracker Another of those Cricket Classics ……. pic.twitter.com/HDn6I5GCQKDebjit Majumder (@Dmeister89) June 16, 2019Pakistan have NEVER beaten India at the World Cup before.Could today be the day? #CWC19 | #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/8yaJofAEiGCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 16, 2019Always spreading the love!??#INDvPAK | #CWC19 https://t.co/n0eD4zSiqo pic.twitter.com/eA5o671bZoESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) June 16, 2019Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs PakistanFollow Fans
Manchester: Former England skipper Michael Vaughan hailed Team India’s performance following their emphatic win against West Indies in their World Cup game in Manchester, and said that the team, which will manage to beat the Men in Blue, will win the coveted trophy on July 14. “Will stick to it… Whoever beats India will win the World Cup,” tweeted Vaughan on Thursday after India defeated Windies by 125 runs. The two-time world champions have been in great form so far in the ongoing World Cup and are the only unbeaten team in the tournament till now. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev With five wins from six games (one having resulted in no result), India are currently placed at the second spot in the points table and have almost confirmed their place in the semifinals. Meanwhile, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, who has been ruled out of the World Cup because of an injury, congratulated Virat Kohli’s men and advised them to keep improving their game in the upcoming matches. “Let’s keep raising the bar like this. Well done,” Dhawan tweeted. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships Other former cricketers also took to Twitter to congratulate Team India. “They say the key to a successful team is balance and helping each other out. On a day when it looked like Team India may have gotten 30 runs short. The bowlers have stepped up in style! Top performance by the lads. Well done Yuzvendra Chahal,” said Suresh Raina. “What a great win. Very impressive from Mohammed Shami . He has bowled with so much fire and zeal. India the only side to stay unbeaten,” said former cricketer Mohammed Kaif while pointing out Shami’s brilliant bowling performance as he scalped four wickets for 16 runs against the Windies. “Another comprehensive win. Top effort from everyone. The bowlers were fantastic, great sign for the matches to come,” Virender Sehwag said in a tweet. “Dominance of the highest level from Team India. England must brace themselves, this Indian side is looking phenomenal dismissal of the day belongs to Mohammed Shami for cleaning up Shai Hope,” said R.P. Singh while issuing a warning to England who will face India in a must-win encounter on Sunday.
APTN National NewsBy most accounts, it was a minor spill that was quickly contained.But it is the fourth such incident along a pipeline into Vancouver in the last few years.But now, owner operator Kinder Morgan has plans to expand its capacity to pump even more crude from the Alberta tar sands into the lower mainland.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has this story.
(Left to right: Perry Bellegarde, Leon Jourdain, Ghislain Picard. APTN/File) Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations candidates Perry Bellegarde, Ghislain Picard and Leon Jourdain released their campaign expenses and donor lists Wednesday.AFN candidate Perry Bellegarde was the last AFN candidate to release the information, posting the details on his campaign website a little more than hour before the chief electoral officer was scheduled to deliver the results from the first ballot of voting.Bellegarde’s campaign said it spent $34,771 on the campaign, which was the most of the three candidates vying for the job of national chief of the AFN. The campaign said it raised about $22,880, with $6,750 coming from in-kind donations from 25 donors. About 63 per cent of campaign funds was spent on travel and accommodations, 15 per cent on promotions, 13 per cent on advertising and eight per cent on administration and office expenses.Saskatchewan Building Trades and Winnipeg-based Dreamcatcher Promotions each donated $3,000 to Bellegarde’s campaign. The campaign also received $2,500 from Aboriginal Insurance and Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan.APTN asked Bellegarde Tuesday evening if he would release his campaign expenses and donor list, but he didn’t answer the question. His campaign responded Wednesday morning saying they would be posted online.Picard’s campaign released their campaign financial information early Wednesday morning. The released financial information shows that Picard spent $18,932 on his campaign and that he received $9,677 in donations. An official said Picard also paid for the campaign from his own finances.Picard’s campaign expenses show that he spent $8,182 on promotional materials and advertising. The expenses also show he spent $10,000 on travel and hotel expensesPicard’s donor list shows he received the majority of his funding from Quebec Indigenous communities. He received $2,500 each from Wendake and Malecites de Viger. He also received $1,000 (TOTAL OR EACH?) from Kahnawake, Listuguj and Gaspeg.Picard was asked Tuesday evening whether he would release the campaign finance information submitted to the AFN’s chief electoral officer. He said he wanted to first consult with his team. Then, late Tuesday night, an official in the Picard camp told APTN National News that the long-time Quebec regional chief would be releasing the information.AFN candidate Leon Jourdain’s team also released their campaign expenses and donor lists. Jourdain’s campaign team says it spent $11,744 from two donations. Treaty 3 Grand Council donated $2716.35 to Jourdain’s campaign and Toronto neurosurgeon Michael Dan donated $9,028.In an interview with APTN National News Tuesday evening, Jourdain said he would release the information. He said he never took any corporate donations.All candidates are required to submit their expenses and donor lists to the chief electoral officer before they appear at the AFN assembly all-candidates forum, which was held Tuesday. Each of the candidates faces a $35,000 campaign spending limit.Candidates are not required to publicly release the information.APTN has been told by legal counsel working with the AFN electoral team that it is up to the candidates to release their campaign financial information, not the chief electoral officer.The vote began Wednesday at 9 a.m. Only chiefs or their proxies can vote for national chief of the AFN.email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
Rabat – Casablanca’s Wydad defeated TP Mazembe (1-0) on Saturday at the Mohammed V stadium. The current African champions clinched the first Super Cup in its history, and offers the third African title to Morocco in less than four months.Wydad of Casablanca had previously lost two CAF Super Cups in 1993 against Africa Sport of Cote d’Ivoire and in 2003 against Zamalek of Egypt.Moroccan fans had to wait until the 85th minute to see their team score the winning goal. Wydad of Casablanca’s new title comes to confirm Morocco’s dominance over African football. On November 4, the Moroccan team won its second CAF Champions League and in on February 4 Morocco’s national team of local players won the African Nations Championship.Wydad of Casablanca is the third Moroccan team to win the CAF Super Cup after Raja of Casablanca and Maghreb of Fez.
The International Crisis Group (ICG) says pursuing cases against former LTTE leaders who worked closely with the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, such as K. Pathmanathan (“KP”) and V. Muralitharan (“Karuna”), and any other senior LTTE leaders who may be overseas, will be important to address Sinhalese perceptions that accountability is biased against the military.ICG said that the release on 16 September of the long-awaited report by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on its Sri Lanka investigation (OISL) is a dramatic advance that can help the country respond to its painful legacy of war. The report is a compelling examination of the abuses committed by all sides during the lengthy civil conflict and the steps required to pursue justice, accountability and reconciliation as part of democratic recovery. The UN Human Rights Council (HRC), which mandated the report, should demonstrate the same leadership by endorsing and supporting its conclusions and recommendations at the present session. ICG noted that combined with implementation of key reforms the government proposes (some of which would receive support and advice from South Africa and the International Committee of the Red Cross), effective judicial prosecution of those most responsible for the most serious crimes committed by all sides in the war would promote the genuine reconciliation necessary for a sustainable peace. Sri Lanka has seen decades of failed investigations and prosecutions, with fewer than half a dozen successful prosecutions of (low- and mid-level) military personnel for hundreds of serious human rights cases. No senior commander has ever even been charged with a war-related crime, and the military retains significant autonomy from civilian oversight. Witnesses and rights activists in the Tamil areas of the north and east continue to be threatened. Police investigations into a few high-profile cases from the Rajapaksa era reportedly face resistance from military leadership. Legislation parliament approved for a witness- and victim-protection system in February has yet to be implemented and lacks provision for protection units independent of the police and testimony of the many witnesses outside the country.