Podcast: Ancient Superbugs, Mind-Controlling Microbes, and More

first_imgWhy have antibiotic-resistant bacteria been around since long before humans started using antibiotics? Can bacteria alter your mental state? And do compounds in the blood keep the brain young? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Kerry Klein. (Listen to the full Science podcast and more podcasts.)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

China’s Message to India

first_img‘China’s latest defence White Paper has been issued against the backdrop of the upgraded Sino-Pakistan strategic relationship which has impinged on India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity Related Itemslast_img

Climate-change contrarian loses Australian funding

first_imgOnce the darling of Australia’s conservative government, controversial climate contrarian Bjørn Lomborg has lost his Down Under caché—and cash. Yesterday, education minister Simon Birmingham, told a Senate committee that the government had withdrawn its offer of $3 million toward establishing an Australian version of Lomborg’s Copenhagen Consensus Center.The government of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who in 2009 dismissed climate change as “absolute crap,” had been keen to support an Australian Consensus Centre (ACC) that would conduct policy research on overseas aid, Australian prosperity, agriculture, and regional issues. Malcolm Turnbull replaced Abbott as leader of the Liberal Party on 15 September. Long in favor of action on climate change, Turnbull is gradually shifting the government’s course. Birmingham, appointed 19 September, told the committee that his predecessor, Christopher Pyne, had decided before the reshuffle that the “proposal was unlikely to enjoy success and that the funds could be better utilized elsewhere.” A spokesman for Lomborg told The Australian newspaper that it was “disappointing that a significant global research effort attracting top economists to look at development priorities will no longer be associated with Australia.”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(*)The ACC proposal had a bumpy ride from the beginning. The University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth announced plans to host it last April. The revelation that the government would contribute funding to start the center and cover a third of its operating expenses triggered outrage from the scientific and academic communities. In the wake of the uproar, UWA Vice Chancellor Paul Johnson announced on 8 May with “great regret and disappointment” that he would cancel the center’s contract and return the money to the government. The Abbott government vowed to find another host institution; Flinders University, in Adelaide, was developing a proposal with Lomborg. The news about the loss of funding was “disappointing” to Colin Stirling, Flinders’ vice-chancellor said in a statement. “Universities should be places for contesting controversial issues without fear or favour,” he said.Although government money is off the table, Birmingham noted that if any university wished to work with Lomborg, “they should of course feel absolutely free to do so.”last_img read more

NIH quietly shelves gun research program

first_img The funding stream “was mission critical to bringing me into a new area,” adds clinical psychologist Rinad Beidas of the University of Pennsylvania. Beidas won a grant to study how to implement gun safety counseling by pediatric primary care physicians to prevent youth suicide.A prominent gun rights advocacy group says the program is redundant, however, and charges that it is driven by an antigun animus. “Private groups and foundations donate millions of dollars to fund firearm research every year,” says Lars Dalseide, a spokesperson for the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action in Fairfax, Virginia. “When the government gets involved, and political agendas are allowed to supersede scientific analysis, the end product is nothing but a waste of tax-payer money.”Congress has long prohibited the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using government money “to advocate or promote gun control,” and in 2012 extended that restriction to other agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services. Obama argued, however, that research was not advocacy, and in response to his directive, NIH issued three funding opportunities for “Research on the Health Determinants and Consequences of Violence and its Prevention, Particularly Firearm Violence.” The application window would close in January 2017, the agency noted.A score of violence researchers and public health experts last November wrote to the agency’s lead official on the firearm research initiative, George Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, urging him to renew the program. “Think how many hundreds or thousands of [NIH] program announcements revolve around heart disease or cancer,” says Charles Branas of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, a longtime firearm researcher who signed the letter. “And they devoted one fleeting program announcement to this.”The $34 billion agency said last week that it is still evaluating the current program’s outcomes and has no timeline for a decision on its renewal.*Clarification: 21 November, 11:15 a.m.: This story has been changed to clarify that not all grants funded for $18 million under the research initiative specifically addressed firearm violence; some went to research on other kinds of violence. Specifically, 14 of the awards, accounting for $11.4 million of the $18 million, contain the words firearm, firearms, gun, guns, handgun, shootings or weapons in their title or abstract. AP Photo/Jessica Hill Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman murdered 20 children and six educators on 14  December, 2012. Four years after then-President Barack Obama responded to the shooting deaths of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, by ordering U.S. health agencies to sponsor gun research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has let lapse a funding program specifically calling for research on firearm violence and how to prevent it, Science has learned. Renewal of the program, which has funded 14-firearm related projects for $11.4 million over the past 3 years, “is still under consideration” a NIH spokesperson said on 6 September, although the agency stopped accepting proposals in January and the last new awards are now being launched.NIH told Science that scientists may still apply to do firearm research outside the program. Gun researchers say that’s not enough, noting that thematic funding programs signal NIH priorities to scientists. They can also help tilt grant decisions toward those in the highlighted area over others that are equally good, but outside it. “It’s really critically important to renew that program if we want more firearms research,” says Rina Das Eiden, a developmental psychologist at the State University of New York in Buffalo.Das Eiden and several collaborators won an award to study whether violence exposure and substance use raise the odds of gun violence in high-risk adolescents. “It would have been much harder for us to get funding for this research without that specific program announcement on firearm violence,” she says.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(*)center_img By Meredith WadmanSep. 13, 2017 , 12:13 PM NIH quietly shelves gun research programlast_img read more

The northern and southern lights are different. Here’s why

first_img The northern and southern lights are different. Here’s why Pixabay By Alex FoxJan. 25, 2019 , 5:10 PMcenter_img The northern lights (above) and their lesser-known sibling the southern lights, aurora borealis and aurora australis, respectively, undulate across the skies in hazy green and sometimes red ribbons near Earth’s polar regions. The two phenomena aren’t identical, however, and now researchers think they know why.Aurorae appear as solar wind, a gust of charged particles emitted by the sun, blows across Earth’s magnetic field. Because the charged particles flow along symmetrical lines in Earth’s magnetic field linking the north and south poles, it made sense to assume the atmospheric displays in each hemisphere would mirror each other. Advances in Earth imaging technology overturned this way of thinking in 2009, when scientists observed simultaneous aurorae drifting across the poles in patterns that didn’t match up.The study examined images of 10 asymmetric aurorae taken simultaneously from both poles and related changes in the aurorae to changes in Earth’s magnetotail, a windsocklike extension of Earth’s magnetic field. The researchers found that when solar wind approaches Earth from an east-west direction, it creates uneven pressure on Earth’s magnetotail and tilts it toward the side of the planet shrouded in darkness. That tilt causes the idiosyncrasies of shape and location of the northern and southern lights, the team reports this week in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics.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(*)The findings could improve the prediction of solar storms—which can disrupt electricity grids, satellites, and astronauts in space, the team says. For now, though, observers can just appreciate these stunning—but distinct—light shows.last_img read more

Here is your horoscope for the day: December 26, 2014

first_imgARIESYou achieve victory in competitive ventures after a period of difficulty today. There is gain in business, success in assignments and love in personal relationships to rejuvenate your self-esteem and confidence. This is a good time to attempt difficult tasks. Lucky number 6. Colour red.TAURUS You handle difficult situations with practical wisdom and subtlety today. You are able to manage things well with a firm and clear perspective, indicating priorities and goals. Mental stress can manifest health problems so avoid it. Enjoy celebrations! Lucky number 7. Colour blue. GEMINILet go the past, especially hurtful relationships and memories. A professional opportunity should be considered seriously before you make plans for the future. It’s important not to repeat old patterns or mistakes. Money transactions go smoothly and honestly. Lucky number 3. Colour green. CANCERRelationships are sealed and promises are fulfilled today. Work and pleasure can be combined today as you enjoy what you do immensely. You are nearer to actualizing an important personal plan. Trust your feelings and intuition about people and situations. Lucky number 1. Colour lotus pink.LEOYou are practical and grounded while dealing with business, finances and property matters today. You are emotional and spiritual in relationships, and family matters. You are inspired by divine wisdom and insight as you toil persistently to achieve targets. Lucky number 5. Colour brown. VIRGO You are youthful and intense in all areas of life but mask passion with a calm surface. Your mystical personality attracts some interesting people. You achieve success with your own wisdom and resources. A personal involvement has qualities of love and freedom. Lucky number 8. Colour blue.advertisementLIBRAProfessional success is on the cards! Power and influence help you turn things around in the business area. You are noble and generous in family situations. Beware of friends who are conceited due to wealth and position. Art, music, and sport can be engaging. Lucky number 6. Colour pink. SCORPIO You tend to be busy with professional matters as you build up your commercial aspects, reputation and stability. You may start new ventures and make plans for the future that are exiting and lucrative. Spend quality time with family and children. Lucky number 3. Colour tomato red.SAGITTARIUS Nine Cups full of light bring happiness in personal relationships and satisfaction in professional ventures. Physical well-being allows you to indulge in sporty activity and exciting pastimes. You are lucky in love today and can expect some surprises. Lucky number 9. Colour pink.CAPRICORNMaterial gain is on the cards today. You retain a position of power at work and affirm personal commitments with promise. Labour to business goals brings wealth. Your investments and plans prove to be gainful, be it buying property or starting a venture. Lucky number 1. Colour green.AQUARIUS ‘The Queen of Wands’ allows you to achieve success with energy and calm authority. You adapt well to new situations and developments. You can be impatient of opposition at home or in the work area, as you need authority to express leadership qualities. Lucky number 8. Colour crimson. PISCES You may feel insecure while the changes are taking place but a detached view allows you another perspective. New developments prove to be more positive and progressive. It’s best to meet changes halfway and flow with them rather than resist them. Lucky number 16. Colour fiery red.last_img read more

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Last six months of hard work is paying off now: Umesh Yadav

first_imgIndian pacer Umesh Yadav, who claimed four wickets on the opening day of the first cricket Test against Australia here, revealed that his plan was to bowl the tight line and minimise scoring opportunities for the batsmen. (Scorecard)Yadav scripted Australia’s downfall with figures of 4/32, while the spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin (2/59), Ravindra Jadeja (2/74) and Jayant Yadav (1/58) shared five wickets between themselves as the visitors lost five wickets for just 56 runs in the third session after pacer Mitchell Starc’s unbeaten half century at the end lifted Australia to 256/9 at stumps. (Pune Test, Day 1: Starc defies India after Umesh grabs 4/32)”I was trying to bowl very tight lines on this wicket and hoped that the batsmen would make mistakes. I was trying to minimise the bad balls and the scoring opportunities,” Yadav said after the match. (What a cacth! Wriddhiman Saha flies to pull off a stunner)”I knew if they go for their shots they would play the false stroke and I would be helped by the reverse to get wickets,” he added. (India vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 1: As it happened)Yadav also informed that he was working on his line and length with coach Anil Kumble and Sanjay Bangar in practice sessions. (Dry pitch for Pune Test could play into Australia’s hands: Shane Warne)”I was practising with Anil (Kumble) and Sanjay (Bangar) about what my line and length should be in the practice sessions. The hard work that I have done in the last six months has been paying off now. That is very important on such wickets,” Yadav said.advertisementThe 29-year-old pacer separated the Australian openers Matt Renshaw and David Warner, who forged an 82-run partnership for the first wicket.Commenting on Warner’s wicket, Yadav said: “My spell started late and I knew that the ball was moving around quite a bit. I tried to get it much fuller to him and prevent him from freeing his arms. That is exactly what I wanted.”last_img read more

Melbourne, Perth lead Australian push for 2022 Commonwealth Games

first_imgCity officials in Perth and Melbourne are leading an Australian push to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Durban was stripped of the right this week.”An event of the scale of the Commonwealth Games would further enhance Perth as a world-class city and destination and greatly stimulate the economy,” Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi told Australian Associated Press in a statement.Melbourne hosted the 2006 Commonwealth Games and local residents would gladly welcome the 2022 event, Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said.”We are one of the few cities in the world with existing sporting infrastructure that can cope with a major world event like the Commonwealth Games,” he said. (Disappointed South Africa denies skimping on Commonwealth Games budget)English cities Birmingham and Liverpool have already made a pitch to step in for Durban, having already targeted the 2026 event.The northern city of Manchester, which hosted the Games in 2002, also declared its interest, British media reported on Wednesday, citing a city council spokesman.The Commonwealth Games Federation will invite cities to host the Games rather than launch another bidding process.Victoria state capital Melbourne has a long tradition of hosting major sports events, including the Australian Open tennis and the series-opening Formula One race at Albert Park.Perth, the capital of resource-rich Western Australia state, also boasts extensive sports infrastructure and hosted the 1962 Commonwealth Games.The state governments will need to throw their weight behind the push for Melbourne and Perth to be considered.Neither have committed to an official pitch but Victoria premier Daniel Andrews said his government would have a “close look at it”.advertisementAustralia’s former International Olympic Committee vice-president Kevan Gosper urged officials to back Melbourne’s claims.”There will always be critics and naysayers but Melbourne could lay it on tomorrow if it wanted. It has the facilities. It has the crowds,” he told local media on Tuesday.Commonwealth Games Australia has said it would support the CGF “in any way required” to find a new host.The quadrennial Games bring together athletes from the 52 members of the Commonwealth, most of which were at one time colonies of Britain.last_img read more

Sania Mirza eyes comeback to tennis by the end of year

first_img Press Trust of India BengaluruFebruary 9, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 20:59 IST Sania Mirza said tennis has given her everything and she wants to try to make a comeback. (@MirzaSania Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSania Mirza has not played tennis since knee injury in October 2017Mirza delivered baby boy Izhaan Mirza-Malik in October 2018Mirza said she has lost weight and will now begin tennis trainingIndia’s tennis star Sania Mirza is planning to make a return to the game by year end following the birth of her baby.The 32-year-old had last played at the China Open in October, 2017 where she suffered a knee injury and was out of competition in early part of last year.In October, last year Sania had delivered a baby boy and the Indian ace said she now wants to return to the game and would start her training soon.”Realistic possibility for comeback is by the end of the year,” she said in an interaction at The Huddle held by The Hindu, here.”My conditioning trainer is coming in the next ten days. Now that I have lost weight, I do tennis specific training.”I am 32 years old, I am not so young as a tennis player. But I would die if I did not try. Tennis is my life, it has given me everything. I still have it in me.”Sania said she looks up to German legend Steffi Graf, a winner of 22 Grand Slam titles, as she has achieved a lot even after marriage and having a kid.”Steffi Graf is someone I look up to. I am still star struck whenever I see her. She is a great example because people say a woman cannot have to it all, but she had it all,” he said.”She is the greatest player. She married and had kids and achieved many things in life despite it.”Talking about favourite player, Sania said, “I will go with John McEnroe because he had personality. I don’t smash rackets, but it is fun to watch others do that.”advertisementShe also said she had the backing of parents and Mahesh Bhupathi in her initial stages of her career.Replying to a query, Sania said tennis cannot compete with cricket in terms of popularity because a billion people prefer to watch cricket than tennis.Sania said India is doing well in different sports, but in tennis it is not quite there.”We are a country of a lot of people. We need to have more people making it to the top. I do regret that there isn’t any system to promote players to the top level,” she said.”We are doing better as a country in different sports, but in tennis we are not quite there.”Also Read | ‘I want to be the perfect mother’Also Read | Sania Mirza scores new win in the gym 3 months after birth of son Izhaan. See picsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Sania MirzaFollow Tennis Sania Mirza eyes comeback to tennis by the end of yearSania Mirza, who gave birth to baby boy Izhaan Mirza-Malik in Hyderabad in October last year, said she is realistically looking to come back to tennis by the end of 2019.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Mahinda warns country at risk four years since change

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today warned that the country was at risk as a result of the change of Government on 9 January 2015.In a statement issued today, Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka faces three major dangers as it completes four years since the change. The other danger, he says, is that of the entire Governmental mechanism breaking down due to the 19th Amendment. He said that under the provisions of the 19th Amendment, Parliament cannot be dissolved under any circumstances, even in the event of a Government repeatedly losing votes on the budget, the statement of Government policy or no confidence motions. Rajapaksa said that the third danger facing the country is the proposed new draft constitution which is to be presented to the Constitutional Assembly.“If the new constitution drafted by the same people is passed, Sri Lanka as we know it, will cease to exist. We now hear that attempts are being made to buy MPs to get this new constitution passed. Thus, Sri Lanka now is confronted with three deadly dangers,” he said. The first among them is the danger of the economy collapsing at any moment. He said that while the total outstanding debt as at the end of 2014 has remained as it is, a sum equivalent to more than 50% of that total has been added on to the national debt in the past four years. In these circumstances, Rajapaksa says the only political force capable of preventing these dangers from becoming a reality is the opposition alliance that he leads. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Royal wedding cake Fitting tribute to the big day a break from

Ms Ptak, left, said Harry and Meghan had enjoyed trying several different samples of cake The layers are sandwiched with buttercream and lemon curd.Some 200 Amalfi lemons were used in the recipe, as well as 10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial made using elderflower from the Queen’s Sandringham estate, 20kgs of butter, 20 kgs of flour, 20kgs of sugar and 500 organic eggs from Suffolk. Ms Ptak, who is American like Ms Markle, said: “The elderflower is so quintessentially British to me as a Californian. The chef, who owns Violet Bakery in east London, has been working with her team of six bakers full time for five days in the large kitchens of Buckingham Palace.”You’ll have to wait and see on the day. It’s an installation of the way that we’re putting it out. It’s the last thing that we’ll reveal. It’s a non-traditional layout,” Ms Ptak said yesterday. “It’s of this moment. It’s May so they’re just opening this week.”It’s a kind of an ethereal, floral flavour which I think is very special, especially for a wedding.”Slices of the cake were to be served to the 600 guests at the lunchtime reception in St George’s Hall after the ceremony, all decorated with rose petals. The royal bakers yesterday revealed they were abandoning the tradition of a tiered wedding cake – and teased at a surprise unveiling.Claire Ptak, who made the culinary centrepiece, said the layered lemon and elderflower cake will be in three parts of varying sizes.The final design was unveiled on the big day, with the couple in on the plans, but it will be unveiled in a non-traditional way, she said. “It’s a slight shift from tradition.”She revealed how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle loved trying a number of different cake samples before settling on lemon and elderflower for their big day.She said: “They loved it. They tried quite a collection. What they said to me is that they really loved the idea of the seasonality and the freshness.”Ms Ptak described the flavour of the cake as being a balance of sweet and tart, combined with “ethereal” elderflower.The cake, which is being decorated on the outside with a white, elderflower swiss meringue buttercream, is made of layered lemon sponge, drizzled with an elderflower syrup to a recipe specially created for the couple. The royal wedding cake is a mirror image of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ceremony – a break from the tradition but with British custom at its heart. Kensington Palace shared a picture of the much-anticipated cake on Twitter and, as expected, it was not tiered.Instead, the centerpiece was split into three pieces and each placed upon a golden throne.The picture was accompanied with the caption: “The wedding cake is to be served at the reception. It was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple.”A filling made from Amalfi lemon curd and elderflower buttercream ties all the elements together. The cake is decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers, mainly British, and in season, including peonies and roses.” 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. Claire Ptak and head baker Izaak Adams put finishing touches to the cake Credit:HANNAH MCKAY/REUTERS Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, pictured leaving Windsor Castle after their day of rehearsals, are said to be in on the idea for the grand unveiling Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, pictured leaving Windsor Castle after their day of rehearsals, are said to be in on the idea for the grand unveilingCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph That appears to have been the announcement on Twitter.  Ms Ptak, left, said Harry and Meghan had enjoyed trying several different samples of cakeCredit:HANNAH MCKAY/REUTERS Claire Ptak and head baker Izaak Adams put finishing touches to the cake  read more

Sony Ericsson reached out to Android developers out of desperation or for

first_imgThere seems to be this strange sort of back and forth in the underbelly of the Android ecosystem between the hackers and the manufacturers. When HTC was caught locking bootloaders, the hacker community struck out against them, burning negativity across the social networks in a unified public outcry against the action. Now, months later, HTCDEV.com exists as a bastion for developer support and a safe way to unlock your HTC bootloader.During the fight with HTC, Sony Ericsson paid very close attention and did something similar with their devices. The response from groups interested in Sony phones was extremely positive. It wasn’t long before the group FreeExperia started to make some real noise in the hacker community, eventually gaining the attention of the CyanogenMod developer team.Now, it seems, Sony Ericsson has decided to take things one step further, by publicly announcing their intention to work with these developer groups to better couple their ROMs with the SE hardware. Curiously, I am left to wonder if this is the act of a company who is seeing the light and agreeing that it is better to be open with their platform, or a desperate attempt to remain relevant in the swarm of Android phones.Sony Ericsson and AndroidTraditionally, the Xperia line of phones are very heavily modified. The user interface barely resembles Android. The exception to this was the Experia Play, which except for the obvious hardware requirements was stock Android 2.3, or Gingerbread. Much of these visual elements are not open source, the proprietary bits remaining in the hands of Sony Ericsson. Whether the Xperia Play is a sign of change or not will only show with time, but we do know that Sony has been making serious strides in participating in the Open Source part of android.Jean-Baptiste Queru, a Googler on the Android Open Source Project, noted that Sony Ericsson has been a regular contributor to the AOSP and their contributions have been significant. On many occasions, it has been noted that the CyanogenMod team makes routine contributions to AOSP, but the changes they submit are often rejected. It has been speculated that one of the more symbiotic parts of this relationship will be SE’s encouragement behind any contributions that they support from the CyanogenMod team.For the time being, it will not be difficult to put CyanogenMod, or any other rom for that matter, on your phone. It is noted by Sony Ericsson, however, that this action “may” void your warranty. For the moment, there’s little clarity on where the line between “may” and “will” lies, but my suspicion is that the placement of that line is not at the discretion of Sony Ericsson, but rather their carrier partners.Developers to the rescueWith this step, it will be increasingly easy to put a custom ROM on a Sony Ericsson phone. Combine that with the impressive lineup of devices that are planned for launch over the next six months, and it is a sure fire bet that when asked what to buy for their next phone, users of custom ROMs will be told to go Sony. At least, that’s what the Sony Ericsson people are hoping will happen.While this act of support for developers and for the core of Android is really great, it leads me to ask why. A look at any mobile marketing report answers that question swiftly; Sony Ericssons Android devices don’t sell. In fact, the July  2011 Mobile Mix report put out by Millenial Media ranks Sony Ericsson 11th in their list of the top 15 mobile manufacturers. This report puts them behind Huawei, Sanyo, Kyocera, and other manufacturers who have succeeded by releasing inexpensive Android devices or devices on local only mobile carriers.Sony Ericsson clearly needs a niche market that will allow growth and creative positive organic commentary about their devices. The Android hackers and modders have proven both against HTC and Motorola that their voices carry the weight of tens of thousands of users. If SE can convince those users that their phones are the way to go, it’s likely we will start to see a whole lot more Sony Ericsson devices in circulation, running CyanogenMod no less.last_img read more

Washington school bus driver accused of bullying

first_imgOLYMPIA — A school bus driver has been placed on leave while the Olympia School District investigates accusations that he bullied a developmentally disabled 14-year-old girl.The Washington Middle School student has been complaining about verbal abuse for more than a year but the district didn’t act until it saw video from a surveillance camera, her mother told The Olympian.The district showed the mother video taken April 17 that shows the driver encouraging other special-needs students on the bus to call the girl names. “You can clearly hear the driver calling my daughter names, encouraging other children to bully her,” the mother said. “All of the children on the bus are special needs with a variety of disabilities, which makes it even worse.”The girl was recently frightened by a bee on the bus, and on the video the driver says he will bring a beehive on the bus, according to the mother.last_img read more

State Of Alaska Legislative Update Tomorrow Afternoon

first_imglawmakers ended the extended legislative session last month after passing state spending plans and a flurry of other bills in the waning hours. RSVP required to Soldotna Chamber at 907-262-9814 or ONLINE Both Micciche and Knopp are seeking reelection in the upcoming primary election. Chenault announced that he is vacating the seat he has held since 2001, and would not be seeking reelection. Despite running long, the session lacked the drama of the past several years, which were marked by drawn-out special sessions and bitter fights over the budget and taxes. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce will co-host a legislative update tomorrow at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex at noon. Sen. Micciche said lawmakers wanted to complete their work and get back to their districts. He said he wasn’t happy with the outcome of the session but said compromise was needed — and demanded by Alaskans tired of gridlock. Shannon Davis with the Soldotna Chamber: “We’ve got a legislative update from Senator Peter Micciche, and  Representatives Mike Chenault and Gary Knopp.”last_img read more