ScienceShot: Mysterious Underwater Circles Explained

first_imgThe truth behind the mysterious underwater circles that periodically appear off the coast of Denmark has been discovered, and sadly it doesn’t involve aliens, fairies, or the fabled lost city of Atlantis. In 2008, a tourist snapped photos of several large dark rings that appeared near the white cliffs of Denmark’s island of Møn in the Baltic Sea. The circles, several as large as a tennis courts, sparked numerous theories of their origin—some more outlandish than others. In 2011, when the formations reappeared, scientists discovered they were actually round bands of marine eelgrass, similar to rings of mushrooms known as fairy rings. Because eelgrass usually grows as continuous underwater meadows, scientists were still baffled by the rims of lush eelgrass with barren cores. Now, researchers say they at last know the rings’ true cause. The scientists found large amounts of toxic sulfide built up in the muds where the eelgrass grows. The sulfide forms when nutrients from agricultural runoff cause bacteria to flourish. Eelgrass grows radially outward, with older plants in the middle and younger seedlings on the outer rim. Because only the middle ring of mature plants can endure the poisonous sulfide, a near-perfect ring of seagrass forms, the researchers report in the February issue of Marine Biology. While the eelgrass circles make for a remarkable sight and a catalyst for kooky conspiracy theories, the researchers say sulfide from agricultural runoff has become a major problem for seagrass ecosystems worldwide.For more stories on mysterious formations in nature, see our collections page.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Dak Prescott, Cowboys push past Seahawks for wild-card win

first_imgDallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) celebrates his first down near the goal line against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of the NFC wild-card NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)ARLINGTON, Texas — Dak Prescott saw an opening up the middle, then three defenders between him and the first down.The Dallas quarterback found a way to get there, and get his first playoff victory two years after a sensational rookie season ended in disappointment.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lesia Tsurenko upsets 2nd-seeded Naomi Osaka to reach Brisbane final Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “This has been a special, special year,” Wilson said. “Just the growth of our team, the men in the locker room, just the way that we’ve played together, just eliminating the doubters and the things that people thought that we could only do.”Prescott, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016 when the Cowboys lost to Green Bay at home as the top seed in the NFC, threw for 226 yards, and his sneak for what appeared to be a clinching score because Dallas burned more than five minutes while taking 24-14 lead.But Tyler Lockett’s 53-yard catch set up a quick Seattle touchdown — Wilson’s 7-yard scoring pass to J.D. McKissic. The Seahawks got within two on their second 2-point conversion following an injury to Sebastian Janikowski.The missing kicker left the Seahawks no good options on an onside kick with 1:18 remaining. Punter Michael Dickson’s drop kick was caught by Cole Beasley at the Dallas 31, sealing the first playoff win for the Cowboys since beating Detroit in the wild-card round in the 2014 season.After Wilson ran for 4 yards for a touchdown and Mike Davis’ 2-point conversion run put Seattle up 14-10 late in the third quarter, Prescott led a 67-yard drive to put the Cowboys back in front for good.A 34-yard pass to Amari Cooper , who had seven catches for 106 yards, led to Elliott’s 1-yard plunge after an apparent touchdown by the quarterback was overturned on replay.Prescott then had a chance to give the Cowboys a 10-point lead, but K.J. Wright made a juggling interception in the end zone.Dallas’ defense came through again, though, forcing a punt and giving Elliott a highlight play before Prescott added his. The NFL rushing leader stiff-armed Shaquill Griffin on a 17-yard run to get inside the 20.Seattle got a double dose of bad news at halftime when Janikowski missed a 57-yard field goal on the final play and injured his left hamstring. He yelled as he grabbed the back of his leg and limped to the locker room, unable to return.Still, the Seahawks took their first lead basically because the 40-year-old’s injury forced them to try. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Facing fourth-and-5 in Janikowski’s range from the Dallas 39, Doug Baldwin made a toe-dragging catch on the sideline for 22 yards. After Wilson’s TD run, the Seahawks pushed their lead to 14-10 on Mike Davis’ run.But the Cowboys never did lose control of the Seattle running game after allowing Chris Carson’s first career 100-yard game in a Week 3 Seattle win that turned the season for the Seahawks, who finished the regular season with six wins in seven games.Carson had just 20 yards on 13 carries. Wilson was 18 of 27 for 233 yards, with Lockett getting four catches for 120 yards. The Seahawks had 73 yards rushing after averaging 160 during the season. Dallas came in with the No. 5 rushing defense.“Once we go up, we do a pretty good job of getting ourselves back down, knowing that we’ve got to start over next week and we’ve got to be able to do it again,” linebacker Leighton Vander Esch said. “It’s a full attack mode.”INJURIESCowboys receiver Allen Hurns fractured his left ankle in a gruesome first-quarter injury. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said after the game that Hurns was “probably in surgery at this time.” Hurns was being dragged down by Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald at the end of a 14-yard catch for a first down when his lower left leg appeared to buckle. … Seahawks cornerback Neiko Thorpe left in the first half with a shoulder injury.UP NEXTCowboys: New Orleans or the Los Angeles Rams on the road in the divisional round next weekend. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Leading 17-14, Prescott faced third-and-14 from the Seattle 17 with the 2-minute warning approaching. He took off up the middle on a QB draw, barged through a trio of defenders 6 yards short of the first and went down at the 1 when he was flipped head-first by Tedric Thompson.Prescott, who also had an 11-yard scoring pass to Michael Gallup in the first half, scored on the next play in the eighth win in nine games for the Cowboys.“He’s just a rare guy,” coach Jason Garrett said. “His leadership, his toughness, just his way, his spirit. It’s like none other. Somehow, some way, he’s going to figure this thing out for us.”Dallas’ defense, ranked in the top 10 most of the season, stifled the NFL’s No. 1 rushing offense and mostly kept quarterback Russell Wilson under control and handed him his first loss in four wild-card games.The Seahawks had finished the regular season with six wins in seven games to secure Wilson’s sixth playoff trip in seven years despite a roster overhaul and 0-2 start.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 137 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, Prescott scored on a sneak after his dazzling head-over-heels run and the Cowboys hung on for a 24-22 wild-card win over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night.The win for the Cowboys (11-6) was the first for Elliott and Prescott after losing a divisional game in their playoff debut as first-year stars two years ago. Dallas will play at either New Orleans or the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round next weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“It’s really just a chance to keep going on, simple as that,” Prescott said. “Me and this whole team, we want to win it all. You can’t do that without taking care of the first one. A lot of excitement, but my goal is bigger than just one playoff win.”The loss ended a run of nine straight victories in playoff openers for the Seahawks (10-7). The Elias Sports Bureau says it was the longest streak in NFL history. 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Cushions found likely to have come from Argentine football player’s missing plane

first_imgCardiff City fans hold a banner in the stands, reading ‘Emiliano Sala Forever a Bluebird’, ahead of the match against Arsenal, before the English Premier League soccer match at the Emirates Stadium in London, Tuesday Jan. 29, 2019. Tonight should have been the debut match for Emiliano Sala, who is believed to have died in a plane crash Monday Jan. 21. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)LONDON — Air accident investigators say two seat cushions have been found which are likely to have come from the plane carrying Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala.They are the first traces of the plane to be found since it disappeared over the English Channel on Jan. 21 as it flew from France to Wales. Sala had just been signed by Premier League club Cardiff.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Bolts roar past Texters PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations British authorities say their French counterparts found parts of two seat cushions on a beach near Surtainville in northwest France.Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch says “from a preliminary examination we have concluded that it is likely that the cushions are from the missing aircraft.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAfter an official rescue operation for the light aircraft was called off on Thursday after three days, Sala’s family raised money for a private search.Now the AAIB says it has commissioned a vessel to conduct a search of the seabed starting this weekend. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more

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Australia will get at least 4 swimming gold in Rio: Thorpe

first_imgMumbai, Jun 16 (PTI) Swimming legend Ian Thorpe today predicted that his country of birth, Australia, will finish second behind the United States with a haul of four to six gold medals in the pool at the upcoming Rio Olympic Games. “I think in these Olympics we will probably be around fifth (in overall medal tally). In swimming we will be behind the Americans, but will win between 4 and 6 gold medals,” said Thorpe during a media interaction here. The winner of nine Olympic medals and 11 World Championship titles is to be part of the expert panel who will do the commentary for Star Sports network during the August 5-21 Games. Thorpedo, as he was nicknamed when he ruled the pool in the World Championships and the Olympic Games, hailed modern technology that has enabled drug cheats in past Games to be caught recently, but said it was wrong to paint all with the same doping brush. “I believe its the minority (who cheat). If you come up with tests after preserving our samples and (armed with) a new technology, its great thing. Its like when DNA testing came in. But its too easy to say that everyone is on drugs and isnt it great we caught these people. This perception needs to change in all of this debate.”The 33-year-old Aussie dominated the pool in the Sydney Games while American great Michael Phelps completely ruled swimming in the subsequent two Olympics in Athens and Beijing, and the Australian ace saw something similar happening not in mens but womens swimming at Rio. “I think it will come more in the womens side. There are two great American swimmers Katie Ledecky, who is swimming remarkably, and so is Missy Franklin. These would be the two from the US who would be dominant. “We have some great swimmers in Australia. In the 100m freestyle we have no. 1 ranked mens swimmer (Cameron McEvoy) and we have womens no. 1 and 2 (Bronte and Kate Campbell) and they are both sisters.advertisement”This will be an interesting story that plays out at the Olympic Games. Australia will have a resurgence here from the swim team,” said Thorpe. “My advise is everyone else is nervous, including the Olympic champion. Feel that the weight of nation is behind you and spurring you on rather than weighing you down,” he said when asked what tips will he give to an Olympic debutant. PTI SSR RSY AH AHlast_img read more

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Small/Home office? Computers down? Who ya gonna call?

first_img “The main thing that’s wrong is that I’ve never used either. I’ve been using Word, PowerPoint, and Excel since they first came out — they are in my “comfort zone” — all I want to do is my work (well, only when I’m at work, of course), I don’t want to h September 10, 2016 at 4:15 pm “”I don’t want someone unknown else holding my privates.”nnThat’s good, because I didn’t hear anyone volunteering LOL” Log in to Reply September 7, 2016 at 5:54 pm Clive”Max”Maxfield says: Log in to Reply 7 thoughts on “Small/Home office? Computers down? Who ya gonna call?” Log in to Reply Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Solutions September 10, 2016 at 2:41 pm September 7, 2016 at 2:03 pm TonyTib says: September 7, 2016 at 4:03 pm The cyber world is getting to be a very tricky place. If you work in a small office environment or from your home — unless you are an expert — you really need to consider the advantages of paying professionals to take care of your computer and network systems.Generally speaking, all fares well in Max’s world (where the colors are brighter, the butterflies are bigger, the birds trill sweeter, and the beer runs plentiful and cold — you’ll have to come visit sometime). Every once in a while, however, it has to be acknowledged that there is a disturbance in the Force — a burp in the fabric of space-time, as it were.Such was the case yesterday morning when, out of nowhere, I found myself cast out in the cold, adrift in cyberspace, bereft of any IT support.“But how did this dire circumstance come to pass?” I hear you cry. Well, I’m glad you asked, and all shall be revealed, but first we need to set the scene (cue visual and sound effects indicating a passage back into the mists of time).Originally trained to be one of the finest engineers the world has ever known (at least, according to my mom), I now spend my days slaving away over a hot keyboard, researching, writing, and posting my own articles and copyediting and publishing contributed pieces.In theory I am based out of a home office, but I find it hard to work at home. My wife (Gina The Gorgeous) is a realtor. She works Wednesday through Sunday and is off on Mondays and Tuesdays. On occasion she has asked “Can you work from home on Monday?” This is generally coupled with sweet smiles and false assurances along the lines of “I promise I won’t disturb you.” The problem is that she can’t help herself (bless her little cotton socks).Imagine the scene. I’m sitting at the kitchen table in the middle of wrestling a recalcitrant article into submission. I’m mind-melded to my computer when she bounces into view and trills something like “Do you know where I put the clean tea towels?” This is where I’ll wrench my attention away from the screen, look up with wild, bloodshot eyes, and exclaim “What?” Then Gina will pout her lips, say “I was only asking a question; there’s no need to be snippy” , and flounce back out of the room. When I return my attention to the screen, it looks like it’s filled with Egyptian Hieroglyphics. Nothing makes any sense. So I start reading from the beginning, re-immersing myself in the piece, gradually working myself back into “the zone.” Then I hear Gina warbling in the background “Don’t worry; I’ve found them!” Now picture a man putting his head into his hands and starting to cry…The long and the short of it is that I rent an office in a building owned by an engineering company that specializes in building rugged portable computers. Quite apart from anything else, it’s nice to have folks to greet in the morning and to take turns brewing the coffee and suchlike. Each workday, I get up at 6:30am, potter around the house, drive into work, and remain ensconced at my desk (or working at my desk treadmill) from 8:00am to 5:00pm. It’s almost like having a real job.With regard to work, I have four main computer systems. First, I have the notebook provided by AspenCorp under which the Embedded.com, EETimes.com, EDN.com, and EBN.com publications reside. I primarily use this machine for internal company communications like emails and IMs, and it’s fully covered by AspenCorp’s IT department.Next we find my Tower computer bosting a quad Intel Core i7 running at 3.4GHz with an eye-watering amount of RAM and a humongous SSD driving three 28″ monitors. This is the machine I use to do most of my work. I also have a notepad sitting on the desk treadmill in the corner of my office and another notepad I carry around with me “just in case.” All of my data files are synchronized across all four of my machines via DropBox.In addition to my office itself, I’ve also been allowed to ride on top of the company’s Internet and to use their phone system. Although IT support was never officially part of the deal, there’s never been a problem when I’ve asked the guy who does their IT for a helping hand… until now.Like many small companies, they don’t have an IT department per se. In fact, they don’t actually have an IT professional. What they do have is a guy called Tim who knows more than the rest of us. The problem is that they’ve recently gotten some big orders in and started ramping up production, resulting in all hands — including Tim’s — being 100% occupied (of course this would generally be considered to be a good thing if only it wasn’t negatively impacting yours truly).The bottom line is that the company has decided to outsource its IT to a Managed Service Provider (MSP). This first I heard about this was yesterday morning when I mentioned to Tim that my computer was attempting to install the same update night-after-night and I asked him if he could come take a look at it. Somewhat apologetically, Tim explained that he was no longer performing IT tasks, that everything was now outsourced, that I wasn’t covered by the outsourcing deal, and that I was pretty much on my own in an uncaring world.I’m sorry… I just need a moment… I promised myself I wouldn’t cry…Tim went on to say that since the MSP — On Deck IT Services — was already covering the rest of the building, I should try calling them to see if they would be interested in having me as a customer also. As a parting gift, Tim shared the contact details of the president of On Deck, one Russell Barlow.So I called Russell and introduced myself and asked if he could tell me more about On Deck’s services, if they would be interested in having me as a client, and — most importantly — how much all of this would cost. You can only imagine my surprise when Russell said that, rather than discuss this over the phone, he’d be happy to come around to my office and chat in person. I was even more surprised when, no more than ten minutes later, he strolled through my door. It turns out that On Deck’s offices are just down the road in the same business park as us. How jolly convenient.Even more surprising was the fact that I recognized Russell’s face. As fate would have it, a week or so earlier, my chum Mike and I had come into the office on Saturday morning to work on our Caveman Diorama. Usually we’re alone, but that Saturday the office was like Grand Central Station. Bob from the office next door was in doing his taxes. Ivan from the bay across the hall came in with his 12-year old daughter and her friend to play with my virtual reality system. Willie and his son were ambling around doing something. And my chum Rick Curl and his friend stopped in on their way to the Huntsville Hamfest.On top of all this, Russell and his colleagues were meandering around the building stringing new Ethernet cables, exchanging and rewiring Ethernet switches, swapping out wireless routers, and generally making nuisances of themselves (LOL).The thing is that I’m currently enamored by virtual reality, so visitors have to be very light on their feet to get through our bay without trying “the beast.” Thus, one reason I remembered Russell is that I’d persuaded him to take a virtual reality tour and that he’d had a jolly good time. I’m not sure, but maybe this explains why Russell offered me what I consider to be a very sweet deal for maintaining the IT health of my three personal work machines (either that or — like so many others — he took pity on me realizing that I was ill-equipped to survive on my own in the wilds).OMG! What a difference a day makes. While he was here, Russell installed some management software on each of my computers and instructed me to leave them on overnight. This morning, I found them all upgraded to Microsoft Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 365. The idea behind 365 is that you pay a monthly fee for which you receive perpetual upgrades. I was a little downcast by this until I discovered that this fee is already covered by what I’m paying On Deck (Hurray!).I’ve only been an On Deck client for a day, and already I’m basking in the rosy glow that comes with piece of mind. I no longer have to worry about updates to my software or drivers — On Deck takes care of all of that for me. They are also constantly monitoring my RAM and disk drives for errors (so they can spot a troubled unit before it fails) and my CPU for suspicious spikes in its usage. They also monitor the CPU for locked processes and kill them, plus they’ve augmented my existing anti-virus and anti-malware applications with their own industrial-strength versions.The thing is that it’s getting to be harder and harder for individuals and small offices to stay on top of all this stuff. I know quite a few small companies who have run into dire straits when their network crashed or their email server went down or they were hit by a virus, and whoever had been delegated to be in charge found him or herself to be totally in over their heads. The folks at MSPs like On Deck undergo constant training to keep abreast of developments.When I was first told that I no longer enjoyed IT support from the company who owns the building in which I have my office, I thought I was going to experience a real “bad hair” day. Now, just one day later, I think it was the best news I’ve had in a long time. What about you? Do you work from home or for a small company? Do you manage your own systems, do you outsource said management, or are you thinking of doing so? Log in to Reply “Thus far I haven’t had any problems with Win 10 or Office 365 (touch wood) — the new schemas just take a bit of getting used to. “ Clive”Max”Maxfield says: Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous The Write Stuff: Using text-to-speech for proofreadingNext On reading Clive”Max”Maxfield says: elizabethsimon says: “Well, Google Docs for business costs money, too (although if Max used a personal account, I don’t think Google would come after him).nnOffice 365 might be better – the few times I’ve messed with Google Docs I haven’t been impressed.nnHowever, I am a L “Not yet a fan of relying on “clouds” for anything. I guess I’m just a “control freak”, but I don’t want someone unknown else holding my privates. If I wish to work from deep east Texas where the “tether” does not stretch (by design) so be it.nnF Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “This is how Microsoft makes money, people keep paying to use Office for no reason.nWhat’s wrong with Google Drive and/or LibreOffice?” realjjj says: Gophor says: September 7, 2016 at 2:39 pm September 7, 2016 at 7:06 pm “Office 365 for “free” sounds like a good deal except that about once a week Word does something (or doesn’t do something) that causes great gnashing of teeth. I’ve been using it for over a year and am still annoyed by some of the changes from the previolast_img read more

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San Luis Potosi gives El Tri warm welcome

first_imgMexico San Luis Potosi ready to host Mexico national team in rare trip away from capital Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 11:41 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Hernandez Mexico Confederations Cup Getty Images Mexico WC Qualification CONCACAF Mexico v Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago World Cup Ahead of a rare game outside of Mexico City and not in the U.S., the central city has welcomed the national team with open arms SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico — Everywhere the Mexico national team goes, it gets a huge reception, but Thursday was overwhelming even for El Tri.The team’s arrival from the airport in San Luis Potosi to its hotel dinner Thursday was delayed by an ever-growing crowd of fans who serenaded the team bus with “Cielito Lindo” and yelled other messages of support.In a news conference shortly after arriving, Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera said the reception will motivate the team during Friday’s contest against Trinidad and Tobago. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “I want to thank the fans. The reception was powerful, and all the guys felt it because they know the passion and love the Mexican fans have for their national team,” Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio added without prompting at the same news conference. “Today, truly, I think they felt it, so we’re very thankful to all the fans who participated in this gesture.”Lots of fans waiting for Mexico to arrive at its hotel in San Luis Potosí #ElTriEng pic.twitter.com/LrHJqq4CX0 — Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) October 6, 2017 Ticket sales might lag at the Estadio Azteca, but the national team is a big deal here, where it hasn’t played in a decade. That means it’s the first time Kevin Rodriguez can remember that he has had the chance to catch a glimpse of his national team heroes in person.”It’s a really great thing. I’ve never been able to see them,” the 15-year-old said while waiting outside the team hotel before its arrival. “I’m here to see if I can see a player.”Rodriguez, whose favorite player is Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, was waiting with his brother and mother. He said that even though the city went through a time without a team last year, the arrival of Atletico San Luis has allowed him to see several games this season.Tre Castillo, who works in a bakery just outside the site of Friday’s match, the Estadio Alfonso Lastras, says people in the city have been excited about the national team coming since the decision was announced last month. “I think it’s a city that likes football. You see men, kids, women, going to the games,” she said. “A lot of people line up to go when there’s an Atletico San Luis game, but now that the national team is here, I imagine there will be a whole lot of people.”In San Luis Potosí & chatting with local residents. Definitely a level of excitement to have the national team in town. pic.twitter.com/eAhH0ZDRqt — Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) October 5, 2017 For some Mexicans, its’s been easier to cross the border for friendly games in Texas, California or Arizona, than see their team within their own borders. Mexico rarely leaves the Estadio Azteca and when it does generally is playing friendly matches in the United States thanks to a lucrative contract SUM.Mexico has, generally, been quite good when it has played away from those sites. In the one qualifier played away from Mexico City in the last cycle, Mexico topped El Salvador 2-0 in Torreon. It topped Canada in Tuxtla Gutierrez and Belize in Monterrey in the cycle before that. And Mexico was on the move often in the build-up to the 2006 World Cup, playing six matches outside the capital and winning by an aggregate score of 33-2, including the 5-2 win over Guatemala in the same stadium where Friday’s game will take place.”At the end of the day, the national team is everyone’s, but unfortunately we’re not able to take it to the whole country. We have the opportunity to take it out of Mexico City and take it to another city and this time we chose San Luis Potosi,” FMF president Decio de Maria said when announcing the match in September.Potosinos are trying their hardest to make sure it will be on the radar for future trips outside the capital, that it won’t be 10 years before they’re once again able to welcome El Tri.last_img read more

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Oklahoma State AD Takes Shot At Mike Gundy’s Recruiting

first_imgMike Gundy looks up at the scoreboard during the Sugar Bowl.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys watches the replay board in the second quarter against the Mississippi Rebels during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Mike Gundy is regarded as one of the top coaches in college football. He has turned his alma mater Oklahoma State into a remarkably consistent competitor in the Big 12 and nationally, despite the fact that it is the clear No. 2 team in the state, and not among the bigger brands in the region as a whole.Still, the Cowboys are always dangerous. The team is currently riding three straight years of 10 wins, and has hit that mark in four of the last five seasons. Back in 2011, the team probably would have played for a national title, had it not been shocked in overtime by a middling Iowa State team.Gundy has built one of college football’s winningest programs despite some limitations in recruiting. The Cowboys have finished in the Top 25 in recruiting a few times, topping out at No. 18 back in 2006, Gundy’s first full recruiting cycle after taking over for Les Miles.In recent years, Oklahoma State has typically finished in the 30s or 40s. Even with on-field success, that apparently isn’t high enough for athletic director Mike Holder’s liking.Mike Holder appeared on the Pistols Firing podcast this week, and had some interesting things to say about Mike Gundy’s recruiting strategy.Holder, who took over as AD in September 2005, less than a year after Gundy was hired as head coach, complimented his coaching ability, but raised concerns about the level of talent that he brings in. From Pistols Firing:“You’ve got to give credit to Mike Gundy. He’s really matured into a difference maker as a coach. I would approach recruiting a little differently than he does. I’d want to finish higher in those recruiting rankings than we consistently do. I think that ultimately puts a ceiling on what you’re able to achieve. We do a great job of overcoming that with Rob Glass down in the weight room, and I think our coaches do a great job of disciplining and motivating and channeling what talent we have in the right direction. I just think we would be better served with a few more James Washington’s coming in the front door – you know, he came in as a two-star, three-star,  left a five-star – we need to take some of those five-stars and turn them into seven-stars, which I think Rob Glass could do, and I think Mike Gundy could as well.“I’m patting them on the back at the same time I’m challenging them to get out there and do a little bit more recruiting … Recruiting’s the most important thing we do, and you’re only as good as your athletes.”Holder went on to say that he feels like Gundy “settles” for players on occasion, though acknowledged that he, a former golf coach at OSU, doesn’t know the ins and outs of college football recruiting.The comments echo what you’ll probably read on your typical college football message board, and there might be some truth there as well. However, the timing is interesting. After being targeted by a number of big programs for openings in the off-season, in January Gundy said that he is a “Cowboy for Life.”Overall, things seem to be pretty good between Gundy and Oklahoma State, which hasn’t always been the case. His relationship with mega-booster T. Boone Pickens gets rocky on occasion. Either way, it is definitely in everyone’s best interest to keep Gundy happy in Stillwater, as there is definitely no guarantee that whomever comes next is nearly as good.[Pistols Firing]last_img read more

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ESPN Reveals College Football Theme Song For 2019 Season

first_img The pageantry, the tradition and the pride …… they’re all coming through that tunnel in just 25 days.(📍@ChickfilA ) pic.twitter.com/HKW1SdhFmW— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) July 30, 2019The 2019 college football season gets underway with a pair of games on August 24, highlighted by a Sunshine State showdown between Florida and Miami in Orlando. It will be the first time the in-state rivals have met since 2013.Florida will be looking to make a huge leap in its second year under Dan Mullen. Meanwhile, Miami will try to open the Manny Diaz Era on a high note.Arizona and Hawaii will face off in the other game that night. Most of college football will open up the following weekend, with a four-day slate of games running from Thursday through Labor Day night. Jerry Jeudy catches a pass during the national championship game.SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Jerry Jeudy #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide catches a 62 yard touchdown reception thrown by Tua Tagovailoa #13 against the Clemson Tigers during the first quarter in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Every year, ESPN selects a theme song for the upcoming college football season. They revealed the 2019 version on Tuesday.Say goodbye to Imagine Dragons and hello to The Score, an alternative rock and indie pop band from New York City. Their song “Can’t Stop Me Now” will be played ad nauseum on every ESPN promo and game broadcast from now through the college football playoff.The song is fairly catchy, and it seems to fit with football. You’ll probably either love it or hate it very soon, considering how often it will be on the air.Here’s the official announcement from ESPN on Twitter.last_img read more

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Cong alleges land scam in Haryana

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Saturday alleged a “land scam” in Haryana’s Faridabad claiming that “forested common land” has been illegally acquired by companies associated with Patanjali Group.Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera alleged that the BJP government in Haryana has helped the group in acquiring 400 acres of “forested common land” which can otherwise not be used for either farming or commercial use. He claimed that the state government has ordered consolidation of the land on Aravalli Hill range, though consolidation of holdings is only allowed for agricultural land and not forested land. He alleged that a company with a revenue of Rs 60,000 gave advances worth Rs 15.50 crore to buy the land.last_img read more

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6 children die of suspected AES in Bihars Gaya

first_imgGaya (Bihar): Six children in Bihar’s Gaya district are suspected to have died of Acute Encephalitis (AES) in a week, an official said on Tuesday. Of the 23 children admitted to Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH) from July 2 till date, six have died, a health officer said here. ANMCH Superintendent V.K. Prasad told IANS that the deaths were suspected to be caused by AES. “However, nothing is formed as of now as the reports are still awaited.” Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu Four children suspected to be suffering from AES were in critical condition, Prasad said. More than 160 children died from AES in Muzaffarpur and surrounding districts of Bihar last month. Most of the dead children were under the age of seven years. According to the Bihar State Health Department, more than 700 children have been affected by AES this time in 20 of the 38 districts. Meanwhile, a child was admitted to the hospital on Monday night after he tested positive for Japanese Encephalitis.last_img read more

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The Elders Conclude Fruitful First Visit To Iran

first_imgConcluding a full three-day visit to Tehran, The Elders offered their support to the people of Iran during this period of renewed openness and dialogue.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, speaks with President Hassan Rouhani during the Elders’ visit to TehranCredit/Copyright: Morteza Nikoubazl/The EldersWhile visiting Tehran, The Elders met with various leaders including President Hassan Rouhani; former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani; Speaker of the Majlis, Ali Larijani; Foreign Minister Javad Zarif; Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council General Ali Shamkhani; Head of the Centre for Strategic Research, Ali Akbar Velayati; and Seyyed Ali Khomeini, grandson of the late Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini. They also met members of the diplomatic community.After concluding talks Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “We are very encouraged by the frankness of our conversations with our hosts. We are convinced that Iran can be a key factor for stability and opportunity in the region, thanks to its historical role and capacity to influence others.”Among the issues discussed during the visit were: easing of regional tensions; the spread of extremist violence internationally; human rights; and the Syrian crisis. The Elders welcomed and supported the progress being made in the international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme.Mr Annan added: “We share with our Iranian hosts a deep concern about the tragic situation in Syria. We must do everything we can to end the nightmare that Syrian men, women and children are going through. We believe Iran should be part of the solution to the Syrian crisis.”Commenting on the interim nuclear agreement signed in Geneva last November, Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland, said: “This is an exciting development in the world today. Efforts must be sustained so that a final agreement can be signed by all parties. If the world fails in this, it will not only be the Iranian people who suffer, the stability of the region will suffer as well.”The Elders also addressed how new economic opportunities could open to Iran and its citizens. Former President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo, who led profound social and economic reforms while in office, said: “Iran is at a crossroads. It has well educated and cultured citizens, including many young people, who are ready to seize enormous opportunities and take advantage of the global economy. The world needs to engage with Iran and help realise its potential. Because then, everyone will benefit.”Honorary Elder Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who joined the delegation at the express invitation of the Iranian authorities, emphasised his concern for the people of the region: “We believe firmly that it is possible for all of God’s children to live harmoniously together. Our founder Nelson Mandela, who sadly passed last year, taught us this. And he told us to speak up for those people downtrodden and without a voice.”The Elders were encouraged by their visit and will now consider their next steps and hope to continue their work to strengthen regional cooperation and an easing of tensions.last_img read more

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Make Equality Reality Gala To Celebrate Equality Nows 25th Anniversary

first_imgA plethora of stars will attend this year’s Equality Now New York Gala.This year’s “Make Equality Reality” gala celebrates Equality Now’s 25th Anniversary. Founded in 1992, Equality Now is an international human rights organization dedicated to ensuring that women and girls around the world can live their lives free from violence and discrimination. Combining grassroots activism with international, regional and national legal advocacy, the organization envisions a world in which women and men have equal rights under the law and full enjoyment of those rights. Its issue areas encompass Legal Equality, Justice for Girls, and ending Sex Trafficking, Sexual Violence and Harmful Practices, including female genital mutilation (FGM) and “child marriage.” The organization has partners and supporters in almost every country in the world.Expected to attend are honorees Susan Chokachi (President and CEO, Gucci America) and Brisa De Angulo (Founder, A Breeze of Hope Foundation); Gala Co-Chair Gloria Steinem; Creative Director Joss Whedon; Equality Now Global Executive Director Yasmeen Hassan; Performers & guests: Amir Arison, Nazanin Boniadi, Vinie Burrows, Amy Carlson, Nisha Ganatra, Ana Gasteyer, Christine Lahti, Aasif Mandvi, Lauren Mayberry, Matt McCoy, Jennifer Morrison, Dascha Polanco, Alysia Reiner, AnnaSophia Robb, Sheetal Sheth and a musical performance by Haim.WHEN: Monday, October 30, 2017 Media Check In: 5:15 PM Arrivals: 6:00 PMWHERE: Gotham Hall 1356 BroadwayNew York, NY 10018Find out more here.last_img read more

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New partnership could revive Northlands School Division

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe school board of the Northlands School Division was dissolved in 2010, after seeing graduation rates fall to 20%. But a new deal with the Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council could inject new life into the school division.The council will share educational resources and programs with Northlands, and the focus will be on improving the Northlands graduation rates, as well as enabling a smoother transition to provincial schooling.As APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan tells us, the revival can’t come quickly enough.last_img read more

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Security Council hears briefing from committee monitoring sanctions on Iran

The head of the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme today updated the 15-member body on the panel’s latest work, including the efforts of States to implement those measures.Ambassador Yukio Takasu of Japan, in his first briefing as chairman of the committee, said that during the reporting period, 11 December 2008 to 10 March 2009, the Committee had received a number of reports from Member States on their implementation of sanctions and had also responded to notifications of the transfer of materials and queries seeking guidance.Iran’s nuclear programme – which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).Resolution 1737 of December 2006 banned trade with Iran in all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology which could contribute to the country’s enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water-related activities, or to the development of nuclear-weapon delivery systems.In March 2007 the Council adopted resolution 1747, further tightening the sanctions by imposing a ban on arms sales and expanding the freeze on assets. The Council imposed further sanctions against Iran in resolution 1803, last March. These included the inspection of cargo suspected of carrying prohibited goods, the tighter monitoring of financial institutions and the extension of travel bans and asset freezes, over its nuclear programme.In his briefing today, Mr. Takasu said that the Committee had received a letter from a Member State “seeking guidance with respect to its inspection of a vessel carrying its flag that had been carrying arms-related materials.” The Committee responded on 6 February, saying that the transfer of the material in question constituted a violation of resolution 1747 (2007) and, in a further exchange of letters, invited it to provide within 10 working days any additional relevant information regarding that transaction that might help the Committee carry out its mandate.Mr. Takasu also informed the Council that the Committee had received two notifications from the Russian Federation concerning the delivery of items for use in the nuclear power plant at Bushehr, Iran. As for the reporting requirement by States on their implementation of the sanctions, the Committee so far had received 91 reports under resolution 1737, 78 reports under resolution 1747 and 65 reports under resolution 1803, he said. 10 March 2009The head of the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme today updated the 15-member body on the panel’s latest work, including the efforts of States to implement those measures. read more

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Keystone XL followup Clinton wants CanadaUSMexico climate change plan

Hillary Clinton has released a policy paper that calls for a wide-ranging, co-ordinated Canada-U.S.-Mexico climate-change plan, one day after announcing her opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.The position paper from the presidential contender adds a new wrinkle to an issue that has inserted itself in two national elections – the current Canadian one, and the 2016 U.S. presidential race.Clinton wants to follow up her opposition to Keystone with a more ambitious climate program that includes immediately launching negotiations toward a North American Climate Compact.It’s the first time a prominent U.S. politician has explicitly linked the pipeline issue to more action on climate change from Canada – something President Barack Obama has never done.Clinton said she would seek strong national targets to cut carbon pollution; ensure all three countries demonstrate a commitment to climate action; and create accountability measures to make sure each country respects its commitments.The paper comes one day after she stunned allies of the Keystone project by announcing opposition to a pipeline she’d once said she was inclined to support. She called Canadian oil the continent’s dirtiest fuel. Related Stories Hillary Clinton drops bombshell on Keystone XL pipeline: ‘I oppose it’ Keystone XL followup: Clinton wants Canada-U.S.-Mexico climate change plan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Justin Slimm Posted Sep 23, 2015 12:50 pm MDT read more

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Womens unpaid work in the home is a major human rights issue

Cooking, cleaning and caring for children and the elderly should be a social and collective responsibility, rather than fall entirely on women’s shoulders, a United Nations independent expert has said, warning that unpaid care that is not shared ingrains poverty and social exclusion for women. “I call on States to recognize unpaid care work as a major human rights issue,” UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, Magdalena Sepúlveda, told the UN General Assembly’s main social, humanitarian and cultural body (Third Committee) in New York. “Unpaid care work is at the foundation of all our societies, and crucial for economic growth and social development,” she noted. “However, it has been mostly overlooked or taken for granted by policy makers. This has an enormous impact on women’s poverty and their enjoyment of rights – as they do the majority of unpaid care.”In the report presented to the General Assembly, Ms. Sepúlveda, who is among a host of independent experts at UN Headquarters this month to brief the Committee, noted that women in developed and developing countries work longer hours than men when unpaid work is taken into account, but receive lower earnings and less recognition.She recommends that States “ensure that the necessary public services and infrastructure – including childcare, healthcare, water and energy provision – are in place to support care, especially in disadvantaged areas.” In addition, her report outlines States’ obligations to tackle the unequal distribution of care under existing human rights agreements.“In order to truly empower women, we must ensure that unpaid care is better valued, supported and shared – by men and the State,” said Ms. Sepúlveda. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

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INTERVIEW Upcoming visit a chance for Security Council to see firsthand challenges

A group of children at the UNMISS Protection of Civilians (POC) camp in Bentiu, Unity State, South Sudan. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine UN News Centre: In your own discussions with the delegation and those they will have with the government what do you hope to achieve?Ellen Margrethe Løj: First and foremost, I hope that will be having a very constructive engagement between the Security Council and the Government of Transitional National Unity. But we are also hoping that it will be an opportunity for the Council to hear from the government itself about any challenges or concerns that they feel they are facing in providing the necessary support, both to the implementation of our Mission’s new mandate, but most importantly, to the implementation of the peace agreement.As you know the Security Council has been very concerned, as are we, here in the Mission, with the continuous fighting in parts of the country, as well as the overall security and humanitarian situation, so we are hopeful that the visit will provide an impetus for frank discussions on how best the Government and the UN can work together for the benefit of the people of South Sudan. UN News Centre: How important is the timing of this visit? Ellen Margrethe Løj: It is very close to the time where we have to provide the first report, or the Secretary-General has to provide the first report on the progress achieved in implementing our new mandate. So, in that sense it is very timely. And I think, the Council – and I hope the Council will be interested to hear, both from us and from the government – about the progress we have made through our discussions, in particular, on the deployment of the regional protection force for Juba. But regardless of the timing, let me say that, any visit of the UN Security Council is an important event. Because it indicates a firm commitment to bring, in this case, to South Sudan, the much-needed peace. But it also shows to the country that is being visited – and here, South Sudan – that the whole UN and all the member states of the UN, care about the circumstances on the ground, and what the people of South Sudan are facing. So, it is really an opportunity for the Security Council to reaffirm, to the government and to the people of South Sudan, that the UN is here to work with the Government, and to improve the lives of the people of South Sudan.Listen to the interview:@media only screen and (min-width: 760px), screen9 {#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { max-height: 770px; /* sets max-height value for all standards-compliant browsers */ width: 134%; margin-left:-161px; margin-top: -750px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 5.2em; line-height: 1.05em; color:#fff; position: relative; top: 10px; margin-left:9em; text-shadow: 10px 10px 10px rgba(0,0,0,0.8); width:50%;}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.7em;}strong { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; xfont-family:Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;}li { font-size: 15px; xline-height: 1.7em;}blockquote { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.5em; font-style:italic;}.videoWrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */ padding-top: 1em; height: 0; margin-bottom:1em;}.videoWrapper iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;} A delegation from the United Nations Security Council is expected to visit South Sudan next week.The visit comes after the 15-member Council recently approved the deployment of a 4,000-strong protection force responsible for providing a secure environment in and around Juba, under the authority of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in the wake of recent violence stemming from political differences.In a brief interview today, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan and head of UNMISS, Ellen Margrethe Løj, spoke about the visit and its significance. UN News Centre: What will be one the key things you expect the Council to be interested in?Ellen Margrethe Løj: The Security Council visit is a chance for the Council to see, firsthand, some of the challenges facing the people of the South Sudan – especially those who are located in UNMISS Protection of Civilian sites – but to also meet and interact with ordinary South Sudanese, civil society, women’s groups, etcetera, and to hear from them what their daily life is, so that all in all the Security Council will to get a picture of some of the security, human rights, and other challenges they face on daily basis. read more

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Sandi Sola SEHA President We want the Slovenians and Hungarian clubs to

Sandi Sola was confident of SEHA league future at the press-conference after the end of the Final Four in Zagreb, noting the negative and positive things of the first season of this regional league. “The future of the SEHA is not questionable. I am certain that the next season will be much better, and we are aware of some failures of this season’s SEHA and we will try to fix them. The only question that is open right now is the enlarging of the league. We want the Slovenian clubs to join us, but we will wait few more weeks for their decision. The Hungarians are also interested in joining us, and there are intensive negotiations going on with them.” Hungary handballSandi ŠolaSEHASlovenia handball ← Previous Story Ivica Obrvan fired from RK Zagreb! Goluza new coach! Next Story → Palicka prolongs contract with THW Kiel read more

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Group C Egypt and Sweden tie – Czechs smash Iceland

← Previous Story IHF SUSPENSION: Nikola Prce goes home! Next Story → Germany close to win Group D – Argentina against Russia for eighth-final spot Egypt lost the chance to beat Sweden after 23:18 in front of 7.000 fans in Al Sadd Arena, while Czech Republic with outstanding Jicha who scored 11 goals, beat Iceland 36:25Sweden : Egypt 25:25 (10:10)Ekberg 10, Ostlund 6; Elahmar 9, Aly Mohamed 4Algeria : France 26:32 (12:19)Berkous 10; Guigou 7, Porte, Mahe in Fernandez 4Iceland : Czech Republic 24:36 (11:21)Petersson 4, Gudjonsson, Gudjonsson, Kristjánsson, Gunnarsson po 3; Jicha 11, Hrstka 6STANDINGS:France 7Sweden 7Egypt 5Iceland 3Czech Republic 2Algeria 0 read more

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TShirt Tuesday The Best Shazam Shirts

first_img Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail-order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: Comic-Con gave use lots of great stuff to think about, but one of our faves was the Shazam! trailer..With One Magic WordWhat separates Captain Marvel (or Shazam, as I guess we’re calling the Big Red Cheese these days) from the other dark-haired super-types is his personality. With the brain of Billy Batson animating his mighty body, he’s a quirky combination of innocence and power that really stands out in a grim and gritty super-universe. This shirt by artist k4k7uz does a great job in capturing that duality with a shot of the hero posing post-transformation.$20, buy it here.My Hero ShazamBlending the modern and the classic, artist danielmorris1993 grabs All Might and Isuku and recasts them as Shazam and Billy Batson. Of all the Golden Age series that could appeal to today’s audiences, the Shazam stories definitely have a lot of potential. We’re psyched for the character’s resurgence and lots of cool new interpretations.$20, buy it here.The Six NamesMany Golden Age superhero origins are more than a little ludicrous, but something about Shazam’s creation just works. When Billy Batson stumbles into a hidden cavern through the subway tunnels, he meets an ancient wizard who teaches him a magic word that sounds like gibberish – “Shazam!” It’s made up of the first initials of six Greek gods, each of which grants him a different ability. Designer finnyproductions takes those names and arranges them in a classic configuration for this excellent shirt.$20, buy it here.Lightning BoltThe bolt of mystical lightning that arcs from the heavens whenever Billy Batson utters his magic word has becone an iconic part of the character, reflected in his chest logo. There are a bunch of different takes on the Shazam lightning bolt, but one of our favorites is this clean and sleek design by DuncanMclean. Sure, you might not be able to rock the same musculature as the hero, but it’s a start.$20, buy it here.Big Red CheeseArtist C.C. Beck is probably most responsible for the character’s look, using his rounded lines to give Captain Marvel an appearance that’s both masculine and somewhat babyish. Vikingeek does a great job capturing that balance, depicting the hero gazing out from his iconic lightning bolt. Beck may have passed on, but plenty of modern creators are inspired by his unique approach to sequential art.$20, buy it here.Billy & The CaptainThe secret identity is one of the core pillars of superhero fiction, but making Shazam a full-grown man who turned back into a pre-teen boy was a stroke of remarkable genius on the part of his creators. Billy Batson is a big part of some of the best Captain Marvel stories, as his job at radio station WHIZ brought him into contact with all sorts of breaking stories and natural disasters. We dig artist danielmorris1993‘s clean-lined take on both the hero and his alter ego, really pushing the resemblance to sitcom actor Fred MacMurray.$20, buy it here.Shazam LogoWhile most of the DC Universe’s heroes have seen tons of redesigns and reboots, Shazam has remained remarkably stable through the decades. Sure, we got a little bit of grim and gritty in the Big Red Cheese during Kingdom Come and afterwards, but the hero’s innocence and kindness have usually been right at the forefront. The logo hasn’t changed much easier, as this shirt by GraysonDesigns ably illustrates. When you have letterforms this good, why mess with perfection?$20, buy it here.ThunderdogArtist VanceCapleyArt1972 has made a career out of diving into the ocean of pop culture and creating clever mash-ups of iconic characters as part of his weekly DRAW TV series. Relevant to our interests here is this shirt, which fuses Shazam with 1964 animated series Underdog, a cereal-sponsored cartoon that starred a humble shoeshine boy – er, dog – who could transform into a powerful alter ego by popping a Super Energy Pill. It was a more innocent time.$20, buy it here.Shazam GymOne of the most unfair things about superheroes is that most of them don’t have to spend a second in the gym to have ripped bodies. Hell, Billy Batson just says a magic word and has rock hard abs and bulging biceps. Sure, Batman and other non-powered humans have to pump iron for their gains, but even guys like Green Lantern look good despite not even having a gym membership. If you’re feeling body-conscious, this shirt by michaeldean23 might help.$20, buy it here.Call Down The LightningWhile many superheroes just duck into a phone booth to change into their costumed identities, Captain Marvel gets transformed by a bolt of lightning dispatched from the Rock of Eternity at the end of time. That bolt has actual physical properties, and he’s used it to strike down foes, power machines and more. Artist Archangel captures the coruscating power of that mystical electricity with this striking (no pun intended) shirt.$20, buy it here.Black AdamCaptain Marvel has a deeply weird rogue’s gallery, from worm-shaped conqueror Mr. Mind to degenerate scientist Dr. Sivana and his awful family. The one foe that has managed to carve out a niche in the modern world is Black Adam, a dark counterpart to the hero who gets his supernatural abilities from an agglomeration of Egyptian gods. The subtle touches on this shirt by seventhirtytwo distinguish it from Shazam’s lightning bolt design.$20, buy it here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Monster Hunter ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Gundam Shirts Stay on targetlast_img read more

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