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first_imgBeards are everywhere these days. From the urban lumberjacks of Brooklyn to the hirsute hackers of San Francisco, men’s faces have taken a turn for the hairy. But according to one theory of evolutionary population dynamics, the look is destined to die down because of its own popularity. And now an experiment involving 3 dozen bearded men lends credence to the prediction.For most biological traits—stronger wings for catching prey, longer legs for evading predators—it doesn’t matter how rare or common the trait is in a population of organisms. But sometimes it’s bad to have a trait that’s too popular. A classic example is the coloration of guppies, in which rare color variants are less likely to be noticed by predators. This gives the nonconformist fish a slight fitness advantage because predators focus on the most common hues, allowing the unorthodox coloration to be passed on and spread in the population. But once the odd coloration gets too common, the advantage disappears—predators start to chow down on the formerly cryptic fish and the cycle begins anew. This mechanism, called negative frequency-dependent selection, is one explanation for how diversity is maintained in populations despite natural selection constantly filtering for the fittest set of traits.Facial hair is a trickier trait to explain than wings or fins, because rather than being determined early in life by genes, it is determined by behavior. In the case of beards, it is the decision to shave or not to shave. 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As any biologist will tell you, beards are indeed sexy. The question is, does the sexiness of beards depend on the hairiness of the rest of the males in the population? Or is the allure of a beard the same no matter what?To find out, the researchers recruited 36 men who were willing to grow beards. Then they took photographs of the men’s faces under identical lighting conditions at intervals: clean-shaven, light stubble (5 days), heavy stubble (10 days), and full hipster beard (4 weeks). They showed these photographs to 1453 women and 213 men—all of the women self-identified as either bisexual or heterosexual, and all of the men self-identified as heterosexual. The subjects scored the faces on an attractiveness scale commonly used in psychology experiments.But there was a catch: The frequency of beardiness varied in each set of photographs, ranging from rare to common. Some subjects viewed sets of photos in which most of the men were clean-shaven, while others saw mostly the heavily stubbled or bearded versions, and others saw intermediate ranges of stubble and beardiness. If frequency-dependent selection plays no role in facial hair trends, the context shouldn’t matter.But the context did matter. When facial hair was rare among faces, beards and heavy stubble were rated about 20% more attractive. And when beards were common, clean-shaven faces enjoyed a similar bump, the team reports online today in Biology Letters. The effect on judgment was the same for men and women.“This study breaks new ground,” says Peter Frost, an anthropologist at the Interuniversity Centre for Aboriginal Studies and Research in Quebec City, Canada. Although previous studies have shown that people prefer novelty for certain traits, such as the color of clothing, this study shows “that the novelty effect applies not only to colors but also to other visible features [of the body],” he says. But hipsters shouldn’t let their beards get too gnarly. “There are certainly limits to this effect,” Frost says. “Something can be novel but also disgusting.”last_img read more

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first_imgBattered by heavy rainfall for the third consecutive day, Bihar recorded at least 18 deaths on Sunday due to inundated streets, water-logged railway tracks and marooned business establishments.The State capital continued to be among the worst affected, with some parts submerged in water levels rising up to the chest and its residents being rescued with the help of municipal cranes normally used for moving earth.“It is nature’s fury before which man is often helpless. We are, however, trying our best. The problem is we have no idea how long the downpour which caps a prolonged dry spell causing a drought-like situation is going to last.“Even the weather department seems clueless, making different predictions at different points of time,” Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters.He was speaking after holding a meeting with officials including those of the disaster management department where he also interacted with officials in the other districts through video conferencing.He later drove through the water-logged streets and the worst-affected localities issuing instructions to officials.The cranes turned saviours as these were used to pick up people — many of them girls and boys from far-off districts who came here for studies and put up at hostels — stranded in places rendered inaccessible through normal modes of transport. Business has been hit badly as even drug stores were forced to keep the shutters down for fear of the stocks getting damaged and even swept away by the gushing water.The East Central Railway, head-quartered in Hajipur and covering most parts of the State, said many trains had been cancelled, short-terminated or diverted on account of water-logging and damage caused to bridges.ECR Chief Public Relations Officer also said, “All trains passing through Patna junction have been mandated to stop at Danapur as well. The move has been taken to bring some relief to the people who are greatly inconvenienced by the water-logging inside and around the junction.Air traffic has also been affected as GoAir announced on Twitter that it had diverted its flights from Mumbai to Lucknow and those from Delhi to Varanasi.The air carrier, along with IndiGo, issued advisories to passengers from the city to leave for the airport well in advance, apprehending traffic snarls.SpiceJet also urged passengers to “keep a check on flight status” since movement of flights could get affected “due to bad weather in Patna”.last_img read more

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first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, May 14 (PTI) Amid escalation of tensions between the US and China over the disputed South China Sea, top military commanders from the two countries have held a video conference during which America underlined its right of freedom of navigation and upholding rule of law in the waters.Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford held the tele-conference with Chinese Chief of the General Staff Fang Fenghui on Thursday at the latters request, the Pentagon said yesterday.”General Dunford acknowledged the areas of cooperation in the bilateral relationship as well as the stability in the military-to-military relationship,” Joint Staff Public Affairs Officer Captain Greg Hicks in a media statement.”He delivered key messages regarding US commitment to uphold the rules-based international order, defend US allies and interests in the South China Sea, while affirming a desire to avoid confrontation,” Hicks said.The video connection was lauded by both as a valuable channel of communication and means to exchange views, manage both cooperative and contentious issues, and avoid miscalculation.This was the first interaction between the two leaders since General Dunford became Chairman in October, 2015, he said.During the conference, both sides expressed the importance and urgency of cooperation in ensuring peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and commitment to denuclearisation.”Additionally, General Dunford expressed appreciation for recent progress in military-to-military exchanges and conveyed that, although differences exist between the US and China, keeping open lines of communication was essential to managing those differences,” Hicks said.advertisementGen Dunford proposed an effort to bolster risk reduction mechanisms within the military-to-military relationship to better manage these difficult issues, he said, adding that the two leaders agreed to use the video tele-conference connection more frequently to address key issues.”General Dunford affirmed that if called someone will answer and listen,” Hicks said.A US navy ship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea on Tuesday. The guided missile destroyer, USS William P Lawrence, passed within 22 kilometres of Fiery Cross Reef, the limit of what international law regards as an islands territorial sea. The reef is now an island with an airstrip, harbour and burgeoning above-ground infrastructure.Chinese authorities monitored and issued warnings to the US destroyer when it passed. PTI LKJ SAIlast_img read more

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first_imgNine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of theGrand Slam tournament on Friday, citing an injury to his left wrist.He announced his withdrawal the day before he would have beenscheduled to play in the third round.The left-handed Spaniard wore a blue brace on his wrist duringwhat he called “one of the toughest press conferences in my career.”Nadal, who owns a total of 14 Grand Slam titles, said he wouldnot even have tried to compete at any other tournament with the injury,”but it’s the most important event of the year for me.”He won his second-round match in straight sets Thursday, playingafter getting an injection to numb the pain in his wrist.But he said that he began “to feel more and more pain”overnight and could not move his wrist much Friday morning. Nadal added that hecan no longer practice and wouldn’t have been able to finish the tournament.He said the problem is with the tendon sheath in his wrist andwas told that there is no way he could be given five more painkillinginjections – one before each possible match, were he to make it all the way tothe final – over the next 10 days.Losing Nadal drains the French Open of more star power,following the pre-tournament withdrawal of 17-time major champion Roger Federerbecause of a bad back.Nadal has ruled the French Open in a way no other man everdominated any Grand Slam tournament. He is 72-2 at Roland Garros, winning fourconsecutive titles from 2005-08 and another five in a row from 2010-14.advertisement”He’s our biggest champion here,” tournament directorGuy Forget said.Nadal’s only losses came in the fourth round against Robin Soderlingin 2009, ending a 31-match winning streak in Paris, and in the quarterfinalsagainst Novak Djokovic last year, ending a 39-match run.Nadal, seeded fourth this year, said he arrived in Paris beforethe French Open with “a little bit of pain” but that it progressivelyworsened. He won each of his first two matches in straight sets, including 6-3,6-0, 6-3 against 99th-ranked Facundo Bagnis of Argentina on Thursday.That made Nadal’s career record in major tournaments 200-30, awinning percentage of .870. He is the eighth man in the sport’s history toreach 200 match wins.last_img read more

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first_imgFILE – Rafael Nadal (R) of Spain poses with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after winning the ATP Masters tournament final tennis match at the Foro Italico in Rome on May 19, 2019. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)Novak Djokovic can end his season with a flourish by equalling Roger Federer’s record haul of six titles at the ATP Finals and pipping Rafael Nadal to the year-end number one spot.Germany’s Alexander Zverev shocked Djokovic in last year’s final at London’s O2 Arena but the Serbian will start as the firm favorite after cantering to victory at last week’s Paris Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Letran sends Lyceum packing, seals NCAA finals duel with San Beda Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:24Group urges Senate to pass bill on liquor, vape tax hike before yearend00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Djokovic and Nadal have shared the spoils at this year’s four Grand Slams, refusing to yield to the next generation.Nadal, who has never won the ATP Finals, dethroned his old rival from the top of the rankings this week and will be hoping to seal the year-end spot despite injury doubts ahead of the tournament, which starts on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceFederer, Nadal and Djokovic were the top three seeds when they first competed together at the tournament way back in 2007.Twelve years later little has changed at the top of men’s tennis, although they will be wary of the challenge from Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, who has won two Masters titles since August and pushed Nadal to five sets in the US Open final. Austria’s Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, Germany’s Zverev and Italian Matteo Berrettini make up the rest of the field of eight players.Nadal is bidding to clinch the year-end number one spot in the ATP rankings for a fifth time — he is currently 640 points ahead of Djokovic — but comes into the tournament under a cloud.The Spaniard said this week that he had had a scan in Mallorca after straining an abdominal muscle and would work on adapting his serve but he remained bullish about featuring at the ATP Finals after missing out last year with an injury.– Nadal injury –“The idea is to be able to play the #atpfinals in London,” tweeted Nadal, who has often been blighted by late-season injuries.Nadal’s opponents in the Andre Agassi group are Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Zverev while Djokovic will be up against Federer, Thiem and Berrettini in the Bjorn Borg group.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Djokovic won four titles in a row from 2012 to 2015 but has been beaten in the final in two of the past three years.Speaking after his Paris Masters win about his chances of claiming a record-equalling sixth year-end number one finish, Djokovic said: “There’s always a chance that I win all my matches in London, that I play well.“I have done it in the past, and I like playing there. But it’s (an) extremely difficult task, considering who my opponents are going to be. You’re playing a top-10 player every single match.”The Serbian will face Federer for the 49th time in a keenly anticipated group game that will be repeat of the Wimbledon final, which Djokovic won in five sets.Federer, who has not won the ATP Finals since 2011, pulled out of the Paris Masters to “pace” himself after winning a 10th title in Basel last month.Aside from the old guard, Medvedev, 23, has climbed to number four in the world rankings and has become the poster boy for the new generation of players, ahead of Tsitsipas and Zverev, whom he beat in the recent Shanghai Masters final.The season-ending event in London, featuring the year’s best eight players, is contested in a round-robin format with the best four players and doubles teams reaching the knockout semi-finals stage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress MOST READ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Rice industry paralysis LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgPune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar who was caught on India Today’s camera agreeing to manipulate some bounce, some movement and some balance between bat and ball for the Wednesday ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) stadium, has been barred from entering the ground.India Today has also been able to confirm that preliminary action will be taken against Salgaonkar, who was a first-class cricketer.”Pandurang Salgaoncar has been put under suspension with immediate effect and all his work has been withdrawn, including his basic membership of the MCA,” MCA president Abhay Apte said.Apte further stated that a detailed inquiry would be initiated.”A strict action has been taken against the pitch curator and the employment relationship between Pandurang Salgaonkar and MCA stands terminated,” BCCI Chief Executive Rahul Johri said in a statement.”The BCCI is in touch with the MCA and appropriate measures will be taken with regards to the matter. The BCCI will continue to enforce strict measures in case of such misconduct in the future.”BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary spoke to India Today and said the board will deal with this properly.”This will be dealt with properly. Don’t worry about that. There is no question of any compromise. We have zero tolerance.”I am not in Pune but have spoken to Mr Abhay Apte (MCA president). The curator should not be allowed inside the ground. If this is true, it is very shocking because Salgaonkar was a first-class cricketer,” Chaudhary said.The senior BCCI official also said the board would take corrective measures now that problems have emerged in the system.advertisementInterestingly, Pandurang Salgaonkar is no stranger to accusations of pitch doctoring.Remember the pitch in question here is the same one which was rated poor by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the India-Australia Test match which was played in Pune in February this year.Australia had thrashed India by 333 runs on a rank-turner after the hosts were bowled out for 105 and 107 in both innings and the match finished within three days.Salgaonkar is a former fast bowler bowler who 63 first-class matches taking 214 wickets at 26.70 and in five List A games he took 4 wickets. He has also served as chief selector of the Maharashtra Ranji Trophy team.last_img read more

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first_imgUNIONDALE, N.Y. — No one expected the New York Islanders to head into their All-Star break on top of the Eastern Conference — not even coach Jack Capuano.He knows his club has played surprisingly well, though he claims he doesn’t know just how well.That’s OK. He likes what he sees, and he wants it to continue when the Islanders get back on the ice next week.“I don’t even know our record,” Capuano said after New York’s 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 19. “We come to the rink and we get better every day. I know we’ve won some games and things are going well for our team right now, but we can’t lose sight of how we need to play.”Nikolay Kulemin had two goals and an assist, and the Islanders reclaimed first place in the East with their latest divisional win. New York is assured of being on top of the Metropolitan when play resumes next week.The Islanders, 15-2 against divisional foes, are off until they host the New York Rangers Jan. 27. New York is 16-4 overall at home.“The thing about our hockey team is believablility and trust. Accountability and leadership,” Capuano said. “No one gave us a chance, and that is why you play the game. I am very pleased up until this point with our hockey club. We’ve done a lot of good things, not only winning hockey games but how we’re winning games and how we’re playing within the structure and the framework.”Michael Grabner, John Tavares, and Nick Leddy each had a goal and an assist.Grabner gave the Islanders the lead on their first shot, and Kulemin made it 3-0 with a short-handed tally on New York’s first shot of the second period. Kulemin also scored in between, and Josh Bailey and Tavares found the net in the Islanders’ three-goal middle period.Leddy restored the Islanders’ three-goal lead 5:45 into the third.All-Star Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves for his 25th win this season. The Islanders (31-14-1), who have won five of six, lead Tampa Bay by one point in the East. New York bounced back from a lackluster 6-4 loss at Montreal on Jan. 18 with its second game in three outings of at least six goals.“We wanted to have a bounce-back game and go into the break on a high,” Bailey said. “It will be a much-deserved break, but we’re going to want to pick up where we left off.”Last season’s team went only 13-19-9 at home and missed the playoffs after making it the year before.“It’s no secret it was a big disappointment last year and one of the reasons why we didn’t have much success,” Tavares said.Defensemen Mark Streit and Michael Del Zotto had goals for Philadelphia in the second period, Claude Giroux made it 5-3 in the first minute of the third, and Chris VandeVelde brought the Flyers within 6-4 with 2:24 left.It wasn’t enough to help Rob Zepp, who made his fifth straight start but was yanked in the second period in favor of Ray Emery after allowing four goals on 20 shots. Philadelphia (18-22-7) has lost four of six overall and seven of eight on the road.“Our record doesn’t show we’re a good team,” Giroux said. “We can be a good team, too, if we start playing the way we can play.”Anders Lee added an empty-net goal for New York, which had 41 shots.Grabner got New York going after taking a pass in the neutral zone from Kulemin. Grabner streaked down left wing, got around diving defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and snapped a shot under the crossbar to make it 1-0 just 1:32 in on his fourth goal.Grabner and Kulemin hooked up again — with defenseman Johnny Boychuk in the middle — to double the lead 6:32 later.The Flyers found their legs in the second half of the period and ended up with a 14-9 edge in shots in the frame. Their best scoring chance, however, came in the opening minute when a slick 3-on-2 produced a good shot by Wayne Simmonds that Halak corralled.Grabner nearly had another assist during Philadelphia’s first power play, but Casey Cizikas’ breakaway was stopped by the back of Zepp’s left leg with 4 minutes left in the opening period.Streit, a former Islanders captain, closed the Flyers to 3-1 with a power-play goal at 9:07 of the second, but Bailey made it 4-1 at 11:49. After Del Zotto cut the deficit back to two at 15:12, Tavares extended the lead to three with 7.6 seconds remaining in the second.“I don’t think as a team we played good defensive hockey,” Flyers forward Jakub Voracek said. “It’s hard for us to get on a winning streak.”(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Lionel Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar, grabbed his shirt, clenched his teeth and covered his face with both hands.A few minutes later he walked off the field, a dazed, pained look on his bearded face. The greatest player of his generation, perhaps soccer’s best ever, he was still without a title on Argentina’s national team — one he says may never come.“The national team is over for me,” he told the Argentine network TyC Sports after Chile beat the Albiceleste on Sunday night for the Copa America title. “It’s been four finals. It’s not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over.”Chile beat Argentina in the final for the second straight year, 4-2 in the shootout following a 0-0 tie that ended an expanded 16-nation Copa in the United States to mark the championship’s 100th anniversary.Messi, five-time FIFA Player of the Year, winner of four Champions League titles and eight Spanish La Liga crowns with Barcelona, was crushed. Much of his nation had counted on him and the top-ranked Albiceleste to bring home the nation’s first major championship since 1993.Playing two days after his 29th birthday, Messi lost a final for the third year in a row and the fourth time overall with Argentina. There was also the 2007 Copa final against Brazil, when he was still a wunderkind, and then an extra-time loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup.Considered alongside Brazil’s Pele and Argentina’s Diego Maradona as the sport’s greatest, Messi won the titles at the under-20 and Olympic (under-23) levels for Argentina. But in the minds of many he needs a championship with the senior national team to solidify his place in history.“Messi’s numbers are unparalleled and I think they’ll remain that way forever, because it’s impossible for a football player to do what Messi has done,” said Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, who is from Argentina. “My generation can’t compare him to Maradona — that’s for my generation, because of what Maradona did for Argentine soccer. But I think the best player ever played today here in the United States.”Chile players celebrate with their trophy after the Copa America Centenario championship soccer match, Sunday, June 26, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 in penalty kicks to win the championship. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)A crowd of 82,026 filled MetLife Stadium — the largest to see a soccer game in New Jersey — and many wore Messi’s No. 10 jersey in Argentina’s blue and white and Barcelona’s navy and maroon.Francisco Silva converted the shootout finale for the fifth-ranked La Roja after goalkeeper Claudio Bravo — Messi’s Barcelona teammate — made a diving stop on Lucas Biglia’s attempt.On an ill-tempered evening that included a first-half ejection on each side and eight yellow cards, the game was scoreless through regulation and 30 minutes of extra time, with Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain missing a clear goal-scoring opportunity for the third straight final. Argentina outshot Chile 16-4 and La Roja collapsed three, four and even five defenders around Messi, then chopped down the diminutive attacker when he tried to accelerate toward the goal.Messi, who scored five goals in the tournament, sent a free kick that Sergio Aguero nearly headed in 10 minutes into extra time, only to have Bravo jump and extend his right hand to tip the ball over the crossbar. Messi’s free kick in extra time went off the wall.Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved the opening kick by Arturo Vidal, and up stepped Messi, Argentina’s captain and career scoring leader with 55 goals. He sent his shot into the stands, stunning himself, both teams and the crowd.Nicolas Castillo and Charles Aranguiz converted their kicks for Chile, and Javier Mascherano and Aguero made theirs, leaving the teams tied 2-2 after three rounds.Jean Beausejour put Chile ahead, and Bravo dived to his right, saving Biglia’s shot and bringing up Silva, a 30-year-old midfielder. Messi briefly pulled his jersey over his face, as if not wanting to watch. Romero dived to his left and the shot went in to his right, giving Chile another title.Messi crouched over, as if in pain, then got up, took off his captain’s armband and walked to the bench, where he was consoled by teammate Angel Di Maria. After Messi came back on the field, Aguero put a hand on one of Messi’s shoulders. And new FIFA President Gianni Infantino gave Messi a pat on the back when Messi came onto the podium with his teammates for his second-place medal. Messi almost immediately took it off.“The burden of the consecutive games (lost) has been accumulating these last two years,” Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said. “He feels like you would expect a player to feel after playing and losing a final.”The tournament’s average crowd of 46,119 was nearly double the 25,223 in Chile last year, and attendance will be used by the U.S. Soccer Federation as justification it deserves to host a World Cup again, likely as part of a bid for the 2026 tournament.Brazilian referee Heber Lopes became the focus in the first half, ejecting a pair of defenders: Chile’s Marcelo Diaz in the 28th minute and Argentina’s Marcos Rojo in the 43rd. After issuing six yellow cards during a World Cup qualifier between the nations in March, Lopes handed out eight yellows, including one to Messi for diving in the 40th minute, and the two reds.Argentina’s Lionel Messi misses his shot during penalty kicks in the Copa America Centenario championship soccer match, Sunday, June 26, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. Chile defeated Argentina 4-2- in penalty kicks. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Diaz got his first yellow for hacking down Messi about 28 yards out in the 16th minute, then got his second for obstructing a charging Messi about 30 yards out. Rojo received a straight red when he slid into Vidal from behind and poked away the ball, but Vidal’s leg bent awkwardly under his body as he fell.Higuain had the best first-half chance in the 21st minute when he picked up Gary Medel’s giveaway, dribbled in and chipped the ball over Bravo only to have it roll wide of the far post. It was almost the exact time he broke in alone during the World Cup final against Germany and also shot wide. Higuain also missed a tap-in of Ezequiel Lavezzi’s cross during the final minute of regulation in last year’s final, then sent his penalty kick during the shootout over the crossbar.For Argentina and Messi, titles keep slipping away. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgEngland won their maiden World Cup title as New Zealand suffered heartbreak after having playing one of the most thrilling matches ever in World Cup.Cricket World Cup’s official twitter account was constantly sending tweets with pictures of different cricketers and fans with funny caption after England’s World Cup win.However, one such tweet from Cricket World Cup’s official twitter account invited the wrath of fans from all corners of the world.They tweeted a picture of Sachin Tendulkar with Ben Stokes and captioned it,The greatest cricketer of all time – and Sachin Tendulkar #CWC19Final with a wink emoji.Ben Stokes’s sheer brilliance with the willow has certainly earned him a place in the history of England Cricket as one of the greatest all-rounders of the country. Stokes was named player-of-the-match for his World Cup final heroics as he smashed an unbeaten 84 to steer England’s chase of 242 against the Black Caps.However, fans accused Cricket World Cup’s official twitter account to be biased and raised questions on comparing Ben Stokes with a legendary cricketer like Sachin Tendulkar.Sachin Tendulkar, in his career that lasted 24 years, amassed 34,357 runs. Sachin also holds the record for scoring the highest number of runs in a single edition of the World Cup – 673 in 11 matches in 2003. He is also the only player to score more than 30,000 runs in all forms of international cricket. Sachin also holds the record for highest number of centuries in both Tests (51) and ODIs (49) and he is the only man to score 100 centuries in international cricket.advertisementHere are some of the tweets:Do you even know WHO IS THE GOD OF CRICKET??Zuheeb (@iam_freakk) July 14, 2019Shame on you … Sachin is incomparable… he is a legend …. you people could achieve anything but attitude kahan se laogePriyanka sharma (@Aadishakti_101) July 15, 2019Yes, someone who couldnt even achieve 20% is a All time great for you? What else to expect from Pakistani Handler.Haven’t compared bowling….. pic.twitter.com/XjaxlsfwaKHarshal (Indian) (@HarshalMagar3) July 15, 2019Admin i am coming : pic.twitter.com/eKI0IiMRdnJitesh Rochlani (@jiteshrochlani) July 14, 2019Agree, because Sachin isn’t a cricketer but God of cricket.EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) July 15, 2019Also See:last_img read more

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first_imgMusic therapy charity Nordoff Robbins has revealed the final artists to be honoured at the prestigious O2 Silver Clef Awards, taking place in London on July 1.Multi-million selling album artists Massive Attack will be awarded the Royal Albert Hall Best Group Award, Irish hit-maker Hozier will be presented with the Raymond Weil International Award, Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Craig David will receive the American Express Innovation Award, the Founder of ELO Jeff Lynne will pick up the Icon Award and influential punk rock icon Patti Smith will be presented with the Google Outstanding Achievement Award at the annual star studded ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.Other acts receiving awards include international superstar Lionel Richie who will receive the O2 Silver Clef Award, pop sensation Jess Glynne who will receive the Jack Daniel’s Best Newcomer Award, singer/songwriter Olly Murs will pick up the AEG Live Best Male Artist Award, Florence Welch, singer, songwriter and lead singer of British indie rock band Florence + The Machine, will be presented with the Best Female Artist Award and André Rieu will be collecting the PPL Classical Award.Massive Attack are Robert “3D” Del Naja and Grant “Daddy G” Marshall. The Bristol group have released a series of era-defining records, from their 1991 debut album Blue Lines through to this year’s acclaimed ‘Ritual Spirit’ EP, which featured collaborations with Tricky, Azekel, Roots Manuva and Young Fathers.“Throughout their career, Massive Attack have continually pushed the boundaries, exploring the incredible possibilities of music through pioneering experimentation, exceptional songwriting and a complete contempt for the restrictions of genre,” said Lucy Noble, Director of Events at The Royal Albert Hall, sponsors of the Best Group Award. “They are as exciting, dynamic and original as ever. We still have fond memories of their magnificent headline show in 1998 – a highlight of the band’s famous Mezzanine Tour – and are delighted to announce that they are the winners of this year’s Royal Albert Hall Best Group.”Andrew Hozier-Byrne, better known as Hozier, is the award winning multi-platinum selling Irish singer who released hit single Take Me To Church in 2013 which became a global phenomenon. In 2015, the track was then nominated for Song of the Year at the 57th annual Grammy Awards and he performed Take Me To Church with Annie Lennox at the ceremony itself. He went onto win song of the year at the BBC awards and was also awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello award for song of the year, musically and lyrically, in the same year.“I truly believe in the power of music to help and heal so I feel privileged and very happy to be presented with the Raymond Weil International Award by Nordoff Robbins,” said Hozier.Craig Leach at RAYMOND WEIL sponsors of the International Awards adds, “Congratulations to Hozier for being presented this prestigious award. Since his arrival onto the music scene, his unique style of music has made him stand out and has brought him amazing success, while staying true to his own personal sound and style. We are very proud to be the longstanding sponsor of the International Artist Award, which each year recognises an international musician for the music contribution. Hozier joins a star-studded list of winners from previous years and rightly deserves this accolade. As a brand, the O2 Silver Clef Awards is something we always look forward to, celebrating the achievements of all the winners and the brilliant work of the charity on the day.”Craig David first rose to fame in 1999 and has had 15 UK Top 10 singles and six UK Top 20 albums, selling over 15 million records worldwide as a solo artist. Craig David’s career has seen a revival in recent months, with his sights set on all the major UK and European festivals in 2016, including Glastonbury later this month.“I’m really proud to accept this award from Nordoff Robbins who provide a fantastic and much needed service to those in need. I am really looking forward to being at the awards on the big day!” said Craig David.“American Express is thrilled to be supporting Nordoff Robbins again at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Awards, and look forward to celebrating both their amazing work and great talent at this year’s event. We would also like to congratulate Craig David on winning the American Express Innovation Award,” added Lisa Gregg, Head of International Card Products and Experiences at American Express.The London Evening Standard Icon Award will be awarded to Jeff Lynne, founder of ELO. From 1972 to 1986, ELO has had twenty seven Jeff Lynne penned Top 40 songs on the UK Singles Chart, and fifteen Top 20 songs on the US Billboard Hot 100. Previous recipients of the Icon Award include Primal Scream and Fatboy Slim.“I am thrilled to be receiving the Icon Award. There are so many people who benefit from the charity’s work and I am honoured to have been made part of it,” said Jeff Lynne.Jon O’Donnell, Managing Director of ESI Media said: “ESI Media, home of the The London Evening Standard, is extremely proud of its continued association with Nordoff Robbins and all the fantastic work they do. This year we’re delighted to be presenting the Icon Award to a giant of the Music Industry on behalf of a giant hearted charity.”Patti Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. She co-wrote Because the Night with Bruce Springsteen which reached number 13 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978.“I’m excited and thrilled to receive this award. I want to say a huge thank you to Nordoff Robbins for all the amazing work they do which makes an incredible difference to people’s lives,” said Patti Smith.“We are honoured to be supporting Nordoff Robbins at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Awards, and a sincere congratulations to the amazing Patti Smith on winning Outstanding Achievement. We’re thrilled to be behind an award which is honouring someone who has made such an incredible contribution to music,” added Christophe Muller, Director of International Music Partnerships at Google Play and YouTube, on behalf of Google, which sponsors the Outstanding Achievement Award.Since launching in 1976 the O2 Silver Clef Awards have raised more than £9million to fund Nordoff Robbins’ music therapy work.“The O2 Silver Clef Awards are one of the reasons why Nordoff Robbins is able to continue delivering life-changing music therapy to so many vulnerable people,” said Nordoff Robbins CEO Julie Whelan. “For 41 years the event has been a key calendar date for us, celebrating the best in the music industry, whilst raising over £9 million for the charity. Our 2016 winners are all incredible acts and we are delighted to add them to our very deserving list of winners.”In the 41 year history of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards, some of the biggest names in the music industry have been honoured including Iron Maiden, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, the Bee Gees, Michael Buble, Kylie Minogue, Pharrell Williams, Il Divo and many more.last_img read more

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first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsBill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act isn’t quite ready for public consumption a Senate committee looking into the law heard Thursday.Over the next month, the committee looking into the bill will be travelling the country hearing from experts and regular Canadians.Today, health experts had their say.afrancis@aptn.calast_img

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MONTREAL — Alcoa will eliminate about 500 jobs by permanently closing two potlines this summer at its smelter in Baie-Comeau, Que., while also delaying construction of more efficient facilities at the smelter for three years.The company said Thursday that the job cuts will be made through retirements and attrition at the smelter, which currently has about 1,400 employees.One of the potlines had been expected to be shut down later this year and the second in 2015. Instead, they will both be closed by August.The closure will leave the smelter with two operating potlines — the long rows of high-voltage reduction pots where aluminum is smelted.The aluminum giant said the decision will remove 105,000 tonnes of annual capacity, leaving the facility with the capability of producing 282,000 tonnes of metal annually.The announcement came a couple of weeks after Alcoa announced a 15-month review to cut worldwide production by 460,000 tonnes or 11% of its global output.The company said the review was in response to a more than 33% drop in the price of aluminum since 2011.It has already idled 568,000 tonnes of production capacity, or 13% of its global network.Alcoa (NYSE:AA) said the Soderberg potlines to be closed are among its highest-cost smelting capacity.“With the goal of improving the competitiveness of the smelter, we have reviewed the project’s timeline,” Martin Briere, president of Alcoa Canada Primary Products, told a local radio station.Alcoa is the largest employer in the north shore community, where the plant has operated under various owners since 1957.Briere also said market conditions have forced it to delay a new potline at the smelter until 2019 instead of 2016. The new line will have the capacity to more efficiently produce 160,000 tonnes of aluminum annually.The company said it will begin preparations for the upgrade by investing $100 million in the smelter over the next three years, including $30 million to upgrade the plant’s casthouse facilities.The investment is in addition to $75 million to rebuild port facilities to better meet the future needs of a modernized plant.Briere said the Quebec government was “very open” to reviewing the construction schedule because of the importance for Alcoa to adapt to market realities and make the project as cost-effective as possible.“These efforts will help move our Baie-Comeau plant down the global aluminum cost curve and continue to provide important economic benefits to the region.”Alcoa said the delay won’t affect its commitment to provide $50 million over 25 years to the province’s economic development fund. It will also continue to contribute $10 million over the same period to the local community.The closure is expected to lead to an after-tax restructuring charge of $135 million to $155 million, of which 30% will be recorded in the second quarter.Alcoa employs 3,100 workers in Canada, including those at Quebec smelters in Baie-Comeau, Becancour and Deschambault. They are among 61,000 Alcoa employees in 30 countries around the world.The three plants have the capacity to produce nearly one million tonnes of aluminum annually.Tony Robson of BMO Capital Markets has said Alcoa runs “old and high-cost plants” using older technology, particularly in the U.S., Australia and Europe, that have cash costs above the current aluminum price.“Given its cost structure and high debt levels, Alcoa has little choice with this process unless the aluminum price rebounds on a sustainable basis,” he wrote in a report earlier this month.The Canadian Press read more

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The Prime Minister also said that the port was a high security zone and a journalist had entered the premises without proper clearance.The journalist was seen being assaulted by the Navy Commander last Saturday in the port premises when he was covering the protest by port employees. The Navy Commander submitted a report on the recent incident at the Hambantota port to the Prime Minister at Temple Trees. Speaking to the media later, the Prime Minister said that the Chinese company with which Sri Lanka is to sign an agreement on operating the port, had requested that a Navy camp be open near the port for security reasons. The Prime Minister said the journalist had filed a complaint over the alleged incident at the wrong police station.He said the complaint was filed at the Tangalle police station when it should have been filed at the Hambantota police. (Colombo Gazette) The Navy has been instructed to open a Navy camp near the Hambantota port, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.The Prime Minister said this after meeting Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne today. read more

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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. The F-35 Lightnings will form the backbone of the UK’s combat air fleet as the… Britain’s adversaries have been told “don’t mess with us” by the Defence Secretary as he unveils the country’s new fighter jet fleet. Speaking at RAF Marham in Norfolk, home to the RAF’s Tornado and F-35 jets, Gavin Williamson said Britain’s cutting edge air power makes the nation’s commitment to a role on the world stage “clear to both our allies and our enemies”. The Defence Secretary announced that nine F-35B Lightning jets are now ready to be deployed on combat operations having reached Initial Operating Capability (IOC). He also announced that the RAF’s Typhoon fleet has been upgraded with a new weapons system. read more

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first_imgTHE PSYCHIATRIC NURSES Association (PNA) has called for an “urgent”  meeting with the Health Minister, Leo Varadkar to discuss the major non compliances by a residential home in County Mayo.Last week, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) published a report on the Care standards at the Aras Attracta residential care centre for adults with intellectual disabilities in Swinford, County Mayo.Unannounced inspectionDuring an unannounced inspection, inspectors found that mealtime was “unsatisfactory and did not promote dignity, choice, respect or promote independence”.Inspectors found that the overall approach to mealtimes was not person-centred, adding:On both days of the inspection, inspectors found that mealtimes were not a pleasantexperience nor a social occasion…During the inspection meal time was found to be “a hurried occasion”  for some residents particularly those who required assistance.Inspectors observed some residents being offered spoonfuls of food in quick succession by some staff members before the residents had swallowed the previous spoonful.Meal time Some meals sampled by an inspector were served cold as they had been left on an unheated trolley and uncovered for between 20 and 25 minutes.Inspectors also heard staff using inappropriate descriptions when referring to residents during the meal time and rushing residents by repeatedly asking “are you ready” between spoonfuls of food.They were also concerned about the long fasting times between the last meal ofthe day and the first meal the following day which extended up to 15 hours for someresidents.The unannounced inspection was launched by HIQA after it said it received a number of unsolicited complaints about the home.Sudden death The gardaí confirmed to TheJournal.ie, that they are investigating the sudden death of a 72-year-old man at the care home in 2012. It is understood that the man, who was was a long-term resident at the home, became ill while and was taken to accident and emergency department of a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.The PNA said an urgent  meeting with Varadkar is needed to discuss what it believes are “unresolved issues” following the HIQA publication.PNA National Secretary, Noel Giblin they expected the new minister to meet with them to hear first hand of the ongoing concerns.“While there have been significant improvements at Aras Attracta the PNA are not satisfied that all of the issues with the unit have been resolved and there are number of outstanding concerns that have to be addressed urgently by the management,” he said.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Giblin said they had no word yet back from Varadkar but said that they were “hopeful” that Varadkar would pay them this respect of meeting with them, adding that they did highlight a lot of the concerns raised in the report back in 2012.Read: HIQA are looking for comments on referral thresholds for gastrointestinal proceduresRead: Inspections on children’s disability services finds majority provide good quality carelast_img read more

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first_imgBrick-and-mortar electronics powerhouse Best Buy has done away with their restocking fee. As of December 18th the retailer will no longer charge the 10% or 15% (depending on the product) fee on returned electronics, presumably making them better able to compete with online retailers who often have more relaxed return policies and rarely have stocking fees.Regarding the decision, Best Buy put out this statement, entitled “Statement“:Best Buy continually listens to our customers, and they told us they want to give confidently this holiday season and every other day of the year — and with that comes easier returns. Effective Saturday, December 18, Best Buy is improving its return policy by removing restocking fees for all products except special orders. Customers can visit BestBuy.com for further information. Stocking fees charged to customers between November 17th and December 17th are eligible for a refund if consumers return to the store with a receipt.Of couse this opens the doors to consumers “borrowing” equipment (you know, like buying a GPS devices for the weekend and then returning it after their road trip) but for as many people that do that a number of them will just end up liking the product and keeping it. Also, while Best Buy surely won’t be thrilled by this practice you can bet they’ll be happy to just have people in the stores, possibly picking up some $50 HDMI cables while they are there.Read more at BBY.com via Daily Techlast_img read more

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first_imgYesterday, Google announced that it was retiring Chrome Frame. The curious browser-in-a-browser plug-in allowed users to bolt on Chrome to Internet Explorer’s undercarriage.When Chrome Frame arrived on the scene in 2009, the goal, according to Google, was to make sure that everyone browsing the web had access to a full, modern browsing experience. At the time, Google didn’t think Internet Explorer did that.Four years later, however, things have changed. Internet Explorer 9 and 10 are substantial improvements over their predecessors. Microsoft has been keenly focused on building a browser that’s standards-compliant and can keep up with the likes of Firefox and Chrome in terms of JavaScript and general rendering performance.Today then, even IE faithfuls are using a modern web browser. But while Google sort of makes it sound like that was the motivation behind killing off Chrome Frame, there’s more to it.Chrome Frame was also a way to shove Chrome into the enterprise, where IE dominated. While it’s common for admins to block application installations, it was a little trickier to keep users from installing Chrome Frame. That allowed Google to get its foot in the door.In 2013, however, Internet Explorer isn’t the only game in town for businesses. Chrome’s presence in the enterprise has grown thanks to the arrival of things like the Citrix Chrome app and easy-to-deploy Chromebooks.There are also a whole lot of Android users out there now who browse with Chrome on their tablets and smartphones — and plenty of that browsing happens while seated next to a desktop that may still be locked to Internet Explorer.Users can fire up Chrome for some  cellular browsing on their devices and not have to deal with corporate monitoring or a restrictive firewall, too. It’s no longer necessary to offer Chrome Frame as a way to skirt default browser lockdown.There’s one more good reason Google no longer needs Chrome Frame. Its official retirement note says “Today, most people are using modern browsers that support the majority of the latest web technologies.”While that could be a compliment to Internet Explorer, it’s also chest-thumping by Google. There’s another reason “most people” are using a modern browser today: they’ve switched to Chrome.According to some stats, Chrome is now the most widely-used browser on the planet. Add in Firefox’s consistent 20-25% share, and the majority of web users today are rolling a standards-first, open source-based browser — and not IE.Chrome has enough name recognition and brand clout nowadays. It doesn’t need to slink around in the shadows any more as Chrome Frame pinned to IE. It’ll do just fine on its own, even in the enterprise.last_img read more

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first_imgMoosarambagh: Relaying of Pochampally Road is being neglected for ages. The road has been filled with dumping a few years ago. The government has sanctioned funds for the work. The work is not being executed as there is lack of coordination between officials.Metal road costing Rs 4 lakh was laid from Musaram Bagh to Pochampally in 1976. This road helped bus service for about 20 villages. The same road has been blocked with dumping yard. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Corporator Vittal Reddy along with locals submitted a memorandum to ministers and Mayor asking them to take steps and ensure the road is made available for commuting. Mayor Bonthu Rammohan inspected the place and directed officials concerned to lay gravel road costing Rs 23 lakh. Deliberations were made on making it 22nd radial road 23rd connecting road to outer ring road. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Officials commenced the work with Rs 1.9 lakh in May 2018. The road has been laid for 2km extent. The work came to halt when forest officials objected stating that the road is passing through the department’s land. The locals urge officials of forest and municipal departments to look into the matter and take necessary action. They express worry stating that ministers and officials were changing but the road problem isn’t being solved. Traffic jam would be solved from Vanasthalipuram to Outer Ring Road via Hayatnagar, they added. Advertise With Us Corporator Vittal Reddy said that the road has 100 years of history. “Forest officials are objecting renovating the road. GHMC is ready to sanction funds. This land was notified as road by Hyderabad Gazette in 1976,” he added. Resident Prabhakar Goud said that the road is covered with dumping. If the dumping is cleared, one can see CC Road, he added.last_img read more

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