SMB, TNT out to break tie

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games That’s why Racela is sticking it out with burly Joshua Smith as the Texters try to bounce back from the silly manhandling they got as TNT and favored San Miguel break a 1-1 tie on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. also at the fabled Big Dome floor.“They (Beermen) had a scheme [for] Joshua,” Racela said. “The problem was how we reacted to the other things they were doing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOne of those ugly reactions came from rookie RR Pogoy, who was coming off a career game in the series opener. Pogoy had a short night after losing his top and striking Arwind Santos in the groin to get ejected.He was lucky enough to duck suspension and just be slapped a P30,000 fine despite being whistled for a flagrant foul 2 penalty. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We lost our composure, especially in the second quarter,” Racela said as he offered no excuses after the Texters blew an early 17-point lead and trailed by more than that when the third quarter came along. “In the PBA, the team that loses composure is normally the team that loses.”Needless to say, Racela will make preparations for the third game—and the rest of this series—to make sure that his Texters don’t fall into a lapse similar to that of Game 2, where they failed to score in the first seven minutes of the second quarter to lose the lead—and the game—right there.And preparations like that need to be in place especially with Racela knowing just where this series is headed.“We’re expecting a Game 7,” he declared.San Miguel’s Leo Austria, meanwhile, is bracing for a tough fight—despite coming off the very authoritative win—as he believes that just suffered such a defeat will have all the energy to bounce back hard.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRookie TNT KaTropa coach Nash Racela was not about to offer any excuses for what happened Friday night.“We did not lose because of the import,” Racela said matter-of-factly, minutes after his Texters got blown off the Smart Araneta Coliseum floor in Game 2 of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup title series with San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT That’s exactly what the Beermen did after they gave up the first 17 points of Game 2 and looked ripe to fall into a 0-2 hole.“It would have been very tough coming back from that, because Talk ‘N Text is such a talented team,” Austria said.“Trailing that big [early] pricked their pride,” he added. “And they just worked hard for it (series-tying win). And that’s what we don’t want to happen (allow TNT to bounce back).”Despite proving they have the ability to bounce back from a bad start, reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo said it is crucial that San Miguel bursts out of the starting gate with a lot more energy.“We can’t start flat in the first quarter,” Fajardo said in Filipino. “If we can go hard, we should go hard immediately.The Beermen’s anchor said the lock-down defense the team played after falling behind, 0-17, to start the game will play a key role in the tie-breaking match.“We had a better defense [after falling behind early] and it’s a credit to my teammates,” he said. “They saw that I was having a hard time defending TNT’s import and they helped me. Our coaching staff had a good adjustment, and Kuya JayR (Reyes) and Kuya Yancy (de Ocampo) taught me how to defend the import better.”“We were able to adjust from what they did in Game 1, so we expect them to do the same for the next game. We’ll see what we can do more for Game 3,” Fajardo added. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments LATEST STORIES Stallion forces draw on leader Meralco MOST READlast_img read more

Super Bowl: Patriots vs Rams in a meeting of Past vs Future

first_imgLATEST STORIES Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 OT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town It put an end to the dream of a rematch between two teams of the future — Rams vs. Chiefs — who delivered a wildly entertaining, defense-optional touchdown-fest in a 54-51 Rams victory in November.Instead, we get a “rematch” of that 2002 Super Bowl, won by the Patriots 20-17.The Rams came into that game as a franchise on the edge of a dynasty.They were one season removed from their first Super Bowl win, led by quarterback Kurt Warner and known as “The Greatest Show on Turf” for the fake grass they burned up at their seven-year-old home in St. Louis. They had amassed what was then unheard of — 500-plus points in three straight seasons — and were a two-touchdown favorite against Belichick and Brady, who was in his second year and best known as the sixth-round draft pick Belichick stuck with after Drew Bledsoe got injured.New England used ball control, defense and a last-second field goal to topple Warner and the Rams. On the surface, the task figures to not be all that different this time around, though Brady is showing he’s perfectly capable of matching opponents touchdown-for-touchdown. Sunday’s win adds to a Week 6 victory over Kansas City by the score of 43-40. The Patriots ranked fifth in overall offense this season, only 28 yards a game behind LA.Theirs is an offense built around Brady, his mastery of diagnosing defenses at the line of scrimmage and his ability to use interchangeable parts on his offense over the years. (Receiver Julian Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski have stood out most recently.)And stability.Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has interviewed for jobs virtually every year since returning to Foxborough after short stints in Denver and St. Louis. He was out the door for Indy last year, but changed his mind and returned once again to call plays for Belichick.As for the Rams, they improved from 10th last year in offense to second this season, as McVay and Goff found their footing. But maybe the most telling sign of their success is that McVay’s offensive assistants are, as a group, the most sought-after sideline talent in the league. Two left after last season. Two more, quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor and tight ends coach Shane Waldron, are drawing attention this season.Now, the ultimate question: If they leave, will they do so with a Super Bowl ring? US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations This hasn’t: Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.The duo, every bit as formidable now as when they won that first title, face the Rams, now back in Los Angeles, in a Super Bowl rematch of sorts that pits the NFL’s past against its future.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 starsAt 32, Sean McVay is the youngest Super Bowl coach. At 66, Bill Belichick has an NFL-record 30 playoff wins.At 24, Jared Goff is the youngest quarterback to win the NFC championship. At 41, Brady will be the oldest quarterback to start a Super Bowl. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with his teammates after the AFC Championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)It began in 2002, back when the Rams were in St. Louis and the Patriots were a plucky underdog standing in the way of a potential dynasty.So much has changed.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 The Rams (15-3) are back in the Super Bowl for the first time since that meeting against the Patriots — and for the first time as the “Los Angeles Rams” since 1980, when they fell to the Steelers. The Patriots (13-5) are back for the third straight time — they lost to Philly last year — the fourth in five seasons and the ninth since Belichick got the New England dynasty on track in the 2002 win over St. Louis.The Rams duo of McVay and Goff has spent the past two seasons heralding the coming of a new age of football — one in which McVay’s reimagined offense has dealt a blow to the old, increasingly dated adage that teams ultimately must win championships with defense. The Rams have cracked 30 points in 13 of their 18 games this season. A generation ago, that would’ve been novel; now, it’s normal.But to officially usher the NFL into a new era, the Rams will have to get past New England, which is a 1-point favorite for the game in Atlanta, set for Feb. 3 — exactly 17 years to the date of the last Super Bowl showdown, and a bit more than three months since the Boston Red Sox topped the LA Dodgers for the World Series. (Who will Magic and Bird cheer for? Stay tuned.)Is Brady up to it?Well, on Sunday, he drove the Patriots down the field for three straight touchdowns — two in the fourth quarter and once in overtime — for a 37-31 victory over the Chiefs, the only team that gained more yards than Los Angeles this season.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

IPL 2016: Virat Kohli doing it like Deadpool

first_imgJust when the Indian cricket lovers, and non lovers alike, were mending their broken hearts after the best described as, unfortunate, defeat of team India in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016, the echo of “mauka-mauka” began haunting the streets of India! (Full IPL coverage) You thought we were done with cricket craziness for now? Oh but you couldn’t have been more wrong, you see! Now comes one of the most entertaining forms of cricket. What with the cheerleaders, and the extravagant marketing stunts and of course, the coming together of two most beloved fraternities of India – Bollywood and Cricket! With the country back to celebrating one of the longest cricket festivals, we bring to you, a set of superheroes and cricketers, who seem to be unrelated, but couldn’t have been more similar!  Deadpool vs Virat KohliWe read how Deadpool was the single most expensive X-Men and our best ‘Bhadka hua Aashiq’ or chaser being the most expensive player in the tournament which led us to wonder what makes them similar other than being the ultimate love icon for a million girls.The first thing that strikes is their unconventional ways of working whether it is chopping the evil kidnappers or simply getting the ball out of the boundary. When you take a look at their personalities, you know that being mainstream isn’t their thing. Being witty on and off the field, Kohli has never been predictable just like our Chimichanga lover.Both being fun in very different ways than their league, they make us fall for them and have a huge fan share in their own respective fields. Lest we forget, their love for curses and being the masters of Internet Meme’s. They are the true rockstars when they come down to it, being it winning the love of their life or the match.advertisementGuess, there’s more than what meets the eye when we talk about them.Spiderman Vs Sarfaraz KhanAnother star from the cricket world, who rose to stardom in not so long, is our Sarfaraz Khan, the youngest player in IPL and possibly the cheapest too.The RCB star has been keeping everyone on their toes with his spectacular performance, hitting a whooping 35 runs in just 10 balls in the opening match of the season. This lead to a majority of us getting goose-bumps and getting hooked to want to know him more. Just like the other new kid around the block, Spiderman in Captain America: Civil War.As if the first trailer of Civil War was not enough to make us wanting more, Marvel decided to add a surprise in the end of the second, making our jaws drop! No one missed out the boyish voice which follows Captain America’s shield being snatched out of his hand, by none other than Spidey. “Hi everyone!” he says, landing on top of a truck, leaving us all wondering, who is this kid!Much like Sarfaraz, Tom Holland, the new Spiderman, has managed to catch our attention as a young kid who might be made to do wonders with this role. Even though, the movie is based on a War between Ironman and Captain America, the heroic Avengers who were BFF’s, the kid was able to turn all eyes on him. Much like Sarfaraz, who also has our attention despite having the current national cricket sensation, Kohli, in his team!Some nail-biting, unforgettable, cricket action coming up in this season of IPL, clearly. While you still got a lot of fun ahead of you, to showcase your love, buy IPL merchandise at discounted rates on Ebay, and spread the festivities in your neighbourhood as well! So grab a bucket of popcorn, some chilled Pepsi, and watch the action unfold!(Article Courtesy: Cuponation)last_img read more

Women’s World Cup: Mithali Raj becomes first batswoman to breach 6000-run mark in ODIs

first_imgMithali Raj became the first batswoman to score 6000 runs in One-Day Internationals in the course of India’s World Cup league game against Australia at Bristol.The India captain, is now the leading run-scorer in women’s cricket, having overtaken Charlotte Edwards of England.Mithali broke the barrier in women’s cricket because she happens to be the only Asian in the list of top-10 run-scorers.Congratulations @M_Raj03 on the remarkable feat of becoming the all-time highest run-scorer in women’s ODIs. More power to you! #Girlpower ??- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 12, 2017The top-10 is dominated by women from England (3), Australia (3) and New Zealand. Stafanie Roxann Taylor is the only West Indian in the list.Women’s cricket’s ‘captain cool’ needed 41 runs before this game and came into bat after the fall of the first wicket early in the innings.She steadied the innings along with opening batswoman Punam Raut and finally reached the landmark with a six off Kristen Beams in the 30the over. Mithali had earlier became the first woman in cricket history to hit seven consecutive fifties in ODIs. She hit 71 off 73 balls against England in their World Cup opener. She scored 44 against West Indies but was out for eight against Pakistan — bringing an end to her golden run. But she came back with a bang, scoring 53 against Sri Lanka to make it eight fifties from 10 inning. However, she fell for a golden duck in the previous match against South Africa.Raj’s first of the seven fifties came against Sri Lanka when she hit 70 not out at Colombo in February, 2017. Following that she scored an unbeaten 64 (South Africa), 73 (Bangladesh), 51* (South Africa), 54 (South Africa), 62* (South Africa), 71 (England).advertisementThe 34-year-old right hander has 6000 runs from 183 ODIs, with her highest being 114* against Ireland in Milton Keynes back in 26 June, 1999. She has five centuries to her name and averages over 50.last_img read more

Takes 10, Mets Edge Dogers, 3-2

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Thanks to another exquisite performance from Jacob deGrom and a big hit by newcomer Juan Uribe, the New York Mets did more than just stop Zack Greinke’s streak.Greinke’s shutout string ended at 45 2-3 innings when the Mets scored the first of two scratch runs against him, and New York defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 July 26 on Uribe’s game-winning single off the wall in the 10th.“How it didn’t get out, I have no idea. That ball was mashed,” New York Manager Terry Collins said. “That’s why we got him. Those are the things he’s going to bring to this team.”The hard-throwing deGrom outpitched Greinke in a marquee matchup that lived up to its billing, but Yasmani Grandal hit a tying single in the ninth as Los Angeles erased a two-run deficit against closer Jeurys Familia, who was trying for a four-out save.Greinke allowed a run in the third on an RBI grounder by deGrom and another in the sixth when rookie Michael Conforto was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.The right-hander’s scoreless streak was the longest in the majors since Orel Hershiser set the big league record with 59 for the Dodgers in 1988.“I think everyone appreciates that. Maybe it will get broken. Five years ago or so, I thought that one and (Joe) DiMaggio’s (56-game hitting) streak were the two toughest. But it looks like people are getting closer to the Hershiser one now. So maybe eventually it might happen,” Greinke said, acknowledging he won’t miss all the attention generated by his pursuit of Hershiser’s mark.One day after a mild Mets lineup broke loose for 15 runs and 21 hits, this one was a tight duel between NL All-Stars who entered with the two lowest ERAs in the league.New York gained a four-game series split and moved within two games of first-place Washington after going 4-6 during a tough stretch against NL division leaders.“Whenever I found out (Greinke) was throwing this game, I was excited,” deGrom said. “I knew it would be fun and it probably would be a pitchers’ duel, and I was looking forward to that.”Curtis Granderson hustled for a leadoff double against Juan Nicasio (1-3) in the 10th. Kenley Jansen relieved with one out and Uribe, acquired late July 24 in a trade with Atlanta, launched an 0-2 pitch off the left-center fence to beat his former team. Los Angeles traded Uribe to the Braves earlier this season.Uribe, who entered as a pinch hitter in the eighth, raised his arms in glee and was swarmed by his new teammates between first and second.Jenrry Mejia (1-0) pitched out of trouble in the top of the 10th. With a runner on third, he struck out rookie slugger Joc Pederson and retired Howie Kendrick to keep it tied.Neither team managed an extra-base hit until Adrian Gonzalez and ex-Met Justin Turner delivered consecutive doubles with one out in the ninth. Grandal then grounded a sharp single inside third base past a diving Uribe.Last season’s NL Rookie of the Year, deGrom yielded only two singles and struck out eight in 7 2-3 scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 2.05. After throwing 113 pitches, he walked off to a standing ovation from the crowd of 36,093 and touched the bill of his cap.Greinke gave up just four singles in seven innings but left trailing 2-0. The right-hander had not permitted a run in seven starts since June 13 at San Diego. He did allow a lead-off homer to AL MVP Mike Trout in the All-Star Game on July 14.Greinke originally was scheduled to pitch July 24, but went to Los Angeles to be with his wife July 23 for the birth of their first child, Bode Nicholas. Greinke, who leads the majors with a 1.37 ERA, rejoined the team this weekend.“Surprisingly, it wasn’t as distracting as you would think,” he said. “Flying back and forth cross-country wasn’t too bad. I felt strong today. I started off really well and got worse. You would think if there was an effect on me, I would’ve started off bad and gotten better.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

Liverpool Comes from Behind to Beat Burnley, Go Point Behind City

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool came from behind to beat Burnley 4-2 in high winds and occasional driving rain on Sunday, reducing Manchester City’s Premier League lead back to one point.Relegation-threatened Burnley took an early lead at Anfield in unusual fashion as Ashley Westwood’s sixth-minute corner curled straight into the far top corner of the net.Liverpool’s Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Sunday, March 10, 2019. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)Key to Liverpool’s turnaround was Adam Lallana, who — in only his fifth start of the season — had a hand in the first two goals for Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.Firmino and Mane also scored in the second half, with Mane’s the last kick of the game seconds after substitute Johan Berg Gudmundsson had scored a stoppage-time goal for Burnley.While Liverpool is second in the standings, Burnley is two points above the relegation zone.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Social Media Guide: Oklahoma State News

first_imgWith my national guide I gave you all the people I follow, the good ones. For OSU, I’m giving you pretty much everybody, the good, the bad, and the @deanblevins. You can pick and choose who you want to follow at your behest.[table id=22 /] I know there are plenty I missed, let me know who and why we should follow them in the comments section.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

Slim Carrier Financials Boost Container Leasing

first_imgzoom The container leasing sector experienced another year of stellar growth in 2013 thanks to the continuing weakness of carrier financials, according to shipping consultant Drewry’s recently published Container Leasing report. Drewry forecasts that this trend will continue. The leased container fleet (teu) expanded 7.3% in 2013, fast outpacing the 2% growth recorded by the fleet owned by transport operators, most of whom are shipping lines. This brought lessors’ share of global inventories to an eight-year high of 46%, which marked a 6 percentage point gain on 2009.“The leasing sector’s fleet growth has outpaced that of owner operators for each of the four years since the worldwide recession of 2009,” said Andrew Foxcroft, author of Drewry’s Container Leasing report.“This is because the changed financial climate has left the container shipping industry heavily in debt and unable to easily access capital for investment. Carriers have been forced to turn to the leasing sector to renew their container equipment fleets.”This contrasts with the preceding five years (2004-08) when operators’ fleet growth fast outpaced that of the lessors.While most of last year’s acceleration in the leased fleet was achieved through investment in new container equipment, it was by no means the only source of growth.“Purchase of used equipment from cash-strapped shipping lines, by way of sale and lease-back, also helped propel the leasing sector,” added Foxcroft. “This action, together with operators’ more limited investment in new equipment, explains why shipping lines’ more recent rate of fleet growth has been so small.”Of the various container equipment categories, lessors appear to be gaining most ground with reefers.“However, it has not been all good news for the container leasing sector”Drewry estimates that the leased reefer fleet doubled in the four years to 2013 and grew its share of the overall fleet from 30% to 40% over the period.Drewry’s report highlights how rental cash returns from the lease of new equipment fell to a new low in 2013.“Returns are now lower than they were in 2009,” noted Foxcroft. “The recent rate erosion has been due to the expansionist antics of top leasing firms, most of which are still chasing market share growth in order to maintain investor interest and draw in further capital funding for investment.”Looking ahead, Drewry forecasts that growth in the container leasing fleet will continue to outpace that of the owner operator sector. However, the gap between the two is expected to narrow as transport operators finances improve and their commitment to a greater level of direct investment rises.Press Release, August 5, 2014last_img read more

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne suing Opposition leader for defamation

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne sued the Opposition leader for defamation Monday, less than six months away from the June provincial election.The legal action stems from comments Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown made in September, a day before Wynne testified as a witness at a trial in Sudbury, Ont., involving two provincial Liberals facing Election Act bribery charges.Brown told reporters he hoped Wynne would give answers about the scandal “maybe when she stands trial” and went on to describe her as a “sitting premier, sitting in trial.”The premier was not on trial and had waived parliamentary privilege in order to testify as a witness.The Tory leader refused to apologize for the statements both after an initial letter from Wynne’s lawyer and following a libel notice in October, saying he would “ignore her baseless legal threat.” His lawyer has said the statements were not defamatory.Wynne’s legal team filed a statement of claim in court Monday that seeks $100,000 in general, aggravated, exemplary and punitive damages. Brown’s statements harmed Wynne’s reputation, they wrote.“The deliberate, malicious conduct of the defendant in publishing the defamatory statements is part of an ongoing campaign engineered by the defendant and others to harm the plaintiff’s reputation,” Wynne’s lawyers wrote.“The defendant’s egregious misconduct in publishing statements that he knew to be false, his ongoing refusal to retract these false statements, and his high-handed and oppressive conduct in stating to media and directly to the world at large that the plaintiff’s complaints were baseless and would be ignored, all justify an award of aggravated, exemplary and punitive damages against the defendant.”Wynne’s spokeswoman said the statement of claim was filed to preserve the premier’s ability to continue with the legal case.“We continue to remain hopeful that this issue can be resolved with an apology from Patrick Brown for his defamatory remarks,” Jenn Beaudry wrote. “It should be that simple. However, if he continues to refuse to apologize, we will have the ability to continue legal action.”Brown’s spokesman Nicholas Bergamini said Monday night the PC leader will continue to ignore the premier’s efforts to “gag” the official Opposition.“Mr. Brown has not been served with or seen the statement of claim,” Bergamini said in a statement. “This is yet another effort to distract attention from her government’s record.”Bergamini said if Wynne is eager pursue the lawsuit, she should bring it to a public hearing as soon as possible.“Our lawyer has already suggested an expedited timetable for the exchange of pleadings, document production and examinations,” he said.Conservative MPP Bill Walker also made remarks in September suggesting the premier was under investigation and facing charges in connection with the Sudbury bribery trial. He apologized hours after receiving a letter from Wynne’s lawyers.“Mr. Walker’s apology and retraction were widely reported in the media and there can be no doubt that the situation was extensively discussed by (Brown) and his staff,” Wynne’s lawyers wrote.“As a result, the defendant was fully aware that the Walker statements were false, and that Mr. Walker had retracted them and issued a public apology.”The two Liberals on trial in Sudbury were ultimately acquitted.Wynne previously sued the former Progressive Conservative leader, Tim Hudak, and another Tory member of provincial parliament after the pair said she oversaw — and possibly ordered — the destruction of documents related to two cancelled gas plants. Those are allegations for which two McGuinty-era staffers are on trial and awaiting a judge’s decision.That lawsuit was resolved in 2015, though it is not known whether it was settled or withdrawn.last_img read more

The Canadians who are choosing to live out of their vans and

first_imgJocelyn Lees never set out to live in her van.The 30-year-old Manitoba native has been tree planting every summer in B.C. for the last ten years and until recently, spent every winter travelling — in places like Ecuador, Morocco and Australia.“The nature of my job is that I’m always away from home, and then in the winters I was away,” Lees says. “So, when would I ever be in this house that I would pay to have?”When her car broke down a few years ago, she decided it was time to make a life change.Instead of paying for rent, she invested in a camper van, which gave her more mobility and a comfortable place to sleep during her summers in the woods. Her 1981 Dodge has been her home ever since. She plans to base herself in the Vancouver area this winter.“Having my van is amazing,” she says. “I just wake up at the beach.”Lees is part of a community of Canadians who often dub themselves “van-lifers.” They have a variety of motivations: a desire for adventure; frustration with expensive rental markets and precarious employment; and the possibility of social media fame.Many Canadian van-lifers end up out West, often favouring Vancouver Island. Twenty-two-year-old Sacha Morin-Sirois described Tofino as “literally, the end of the road.”When Morin-Sirois travelled with his family as a young boy, he would dream of setting off on his own, sleeping in his van and surviving the elements.“It’s mostly a call for freedom, I think,” he says.He and his girlfriend left Gatineau, Que., in June in a van older than they are — it’s a 1991 model — with plans that weren’t much more specific than “head west.” They both wanted to integrate their travels with their chosen careers: Morin-Sirois, a chef, took on seasonal work picking fruit in the Okanagan and developed dishes using whatever was in season. His girlfriend, a writer, started a blog about their experiences and worked on her fiction.Lisa Felepchuk and her partner Coleman Molnar, who lived in Toronto until a year-and-a-half ago, also incorporate their work into their van life. They offer content and social media services through their company Li et Co Media and organize their travels around making sure Wi-Fi is accessible. That’s occasionally meant skipping out on some places they wanted to visit.“Last year we were so close to the Mexican border, and I regret not going into Baja,” Felepchuk says. “But the Wi-Fi was a big question for us, and we weren’t sure if we got down there what it would mean for us and for our business.“I think finding that work-life balance is tricky for most people,” she says.Adds Molnar: “The only difference between us and somebody who has a regular job and lives in a house is that we’re able to just take our jobs on vacation with us.”Other van-lifers prefer to unplug completely, using money saved from previous jobs to finance a work-free experience. Adrian Myles, 38, goes home to Perth, Australia to work as a sommelier every few years, which allows him to travel for a year or two without having to worry about money.“People living this life aren’t sitting around talking about what was back at home,” says Myles, who was recently travelling through B.C.“You can know someone for a month and never know what their job was, because you don’t ask, because it doesn’t matter.”A New Yorker piece published earlier this year explored the business side of the #vanlife social media movement. A profile of Emily King and Corey Smith, who post under the Instagram handle Where’s My Office Now, demonstrated that their dreamy, aspirational photo feed — stunning cliffsides, starry skies, exotic vistas — was the result of hours of deliberate work in an effort to make their lives seem whimsical and spontaneous. Their social media following allows them, like other popular van-lifers, to monetize their travel experience. They receive money from companies to feature their products on Instagram or other platforms.Canada has its own social media stars, including “Van Man” Philippe Leblond, a model originally from Montreal. He now lives in Los Angeles and travels out of his van, taking trips he documents to his 164,000 Instagram followers.Felepchuk and Molnar know of King and Smith and describe them as “an inspiration.” But they also represent “a warning sign in (how you can) go wrong when you just advertise with whoever. They have these poems written about Kettle Chips, and it’s just like…” Molnar says, his voice trailing off.For their part, Felepchuk and Molnar say branded content is only a small part of their income.Others eschew social media completely. Myles says he used to take a lot of photos to document the places he visited. But he kept feeling that the urge to compose a perfect shot was distracting him from the natural beauty he had travelled to see.“You would go somewhere and you were framing the photo,” he says. “What’s running through your head is, ‘How do I show this to somebody else?’ That by definition takes you out of it.”Morin-Sirois says he and his girlfriend once got in a fight because she kept wistfully looking at other people’s social media photos while they were on their own trip.“I told her, ‘Why are you looking at other people’s lives? Just be here and enjoy it,’” he says.“People want what they don’t have, and that’s really not my mentality at all.”Molnar is also happy to admit that van life isn’t always easy and that the photos leave out a lot of the less-glamorous elements. Vans break down all the time, he says, and old ones can sometimes be slow to repair.“I like to say that there’s a thin line between freedom and homelessness, and we’ve walked that at a few points,” he says.Myles once locked his keys inside his van on a cliff during a sleet storm. Lees’s van broke down after she and a friend had purchased about $400 worth of peaches for canning — luckily, it started up again soon, before the fruit started to rot. Morin-Sirois and his girlfriend had to throw out a lot of vegetables over the summer, when they took their non-air conditioned van to Arizona. Even in their small fridge, their food wouldn’t stay cool. In a van, “even if you’re inside, you’re still outside,” he says.But those kinds of experiences promote self-reliance, they say. You get comfortable in a small space and you learn to fend for yourself. Lees says people tend to assume she’s sick of her van. There’s sometimes a pitying quality in the way people offer up their couch for her to sleep on, she adds. But even when she goes back to her parents’ house, Lees says she’d rather sleep in the bed in her van than the one in the house.Myles says people sometimes think living in the wilderness is a rejection of society, but he doesn’t see it that way at all.“My old English teacher messaged me and said, ‘You could write the next “Into the Wild,”‘” Myles remembers.“I said, ‘Well, people only read books where people either die or learn something at the end, and I’m not really here to do that. I’m just hear to live the actual experience.’”last_img read more

Cuts to Legal Aid Ontario will cause hearing delays Immigration Refugee Board

first_imgOTTAWA — The tribunal that adjudicates asylum claims in Canada says it expects cuts to legal-aid funding imposed by the Doug Ford government in Ontario will lead to delays and other disruptions of refugee hearings.The Immigration and Refugee Board has issued a notice saying the 30-per-cent cut in funding announced in April to Legal Aid Ontario will affect the board’s operations due to an expected rise in the number of refugee claimants who don’t have lawyers.Refugee lawyers help asylum-seekers navigate Canada’s refugee system, which is unfamiliar to most migrants from far-away countries.The board says the changes will lead to longer refugee hearings, more postponements and adjournments of hearings and more missed deadlines for paperwork.The IRB says it will not be able to fully mitigate these effects, but is taking steps to help unrepresented migrants understand Canada’s refugee-determination processes.These steps include being more flexible with timelines for certain cases; increasing the number of orientation sessions in Toronto to help refugee claimants prepare for their hearings; as well as expanding information available online and by telephone to asylum-seekers in Canada. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Get Bach to work Company orchestras a German tradition

first_imgFRANKFURT – Can performing Beethoven symphonies together help employees team up on projects at work, too? Some companies — above all in Germany and Asia — seem to think so.A conspicuous number of big German corporate names — along with a handful in Japan and Korea — have their own company-linked symphony orchestra. That means 60 or so accountants, engineers, sales reps and computer specialists who bring violins, cellos, oboes and trombones and gather in their spare time to rehearse and perform lengthy, complex pieces of classical music.The orchestras serve as public relations tools, playing charity concerts and livening up corporate events.But there’s more to it than that.It’s hard to quantify, but the engineer and accountant musicians — and some business experts — argue that a symphony orchestra is an excellent model for the creative teamwork companies need to compete.“There’s no activity in the world where you have to react so quickly to each other and work together so well as in an orchestra,” says Johanna Weitkamp, conductor of the symphony orchestra at the enterprise software company SAP.“Down to the hundredth of a second, you have to listen to the other person, respond to the other person, pass the ball to each other — it’s a prime example of good co-operation among people.”Other companies with employee orchestras include engineering firm Siemens, maker of trains and medical scanners; carmakers Daimler, BMW and Ford; auto components and electronics maker Robert Bosch GmbH; airline Lufthansa, and chemical firm BASF.At a recent rehearsal, Weitkamp and the SAP musicians filled the cavernous, 2,300-seat Rosengarten auditorium in the southwestern German town of Mannheim with rich, warm string sound, practicing first a bouncy pop mix of Mozart’s Prague Symphony and Falco’s “Rock Me Amadeus.” Then the brass blared out the stirring opening notes of John Williams’ theme music for the Olympics, as the orchestra prepared to play at a graduation ceremony for the local college.Most of the orchestras seemed to have started from the bottom up, from employee initiatives. The SAP orchestra started after Weitkamp joined the company in 1997 and noticed that there were a lot of skilled amateur musicians among her colleagues. “I asked, who wants to join in,” she said.Weitkamp herself is no mere amateur; she studied conducting at the University of Music and Theater in Leipzig in her native East Germany. Her teachers included the renowned conductor Kurt Masur, a future music director of the New York Philharmonic. But after the Berlin Wall fell, she got another degree, this time in information technology, and moved into the computer field.She said it’s no surprise that people with math or technology backgrounds are often musical: “You need a high degree of abstract thinking to understand how music functions, and I think there’s a connection that exactly in this field you find so many people who can play violin, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, flute or horn.Anna Medina, who manages translation projects at SAP and plays in the violin section, said music “gives you skills that you can then apply to basically any job.”“It gives you a sense of effort, that you have to practice to get things right. It also teaches you that you cannot wait until the last minute. You need to work on it all the time if you want to be successful,” she said before heading out on stage to rehearse.Management expert Christian Scholz at Saarland University in Saarbruecken says an orchestra embodies the complex blend of skills needed for business teams to perform at a high level.“It’s team building, but it’s team building in a highly structured way, like business runs. You have the activity of people who are specialized in certain instruments, who have specialized in certain roles, where you even have some competition between them,” he said. “You have democracy, you have hierarchy, you have all these elements of regular business in this task of doing a symphony orchestra.”In the SAP orchestra, amateur musicians among SAP’s employees mix with professional musicians, giving them a chance to learn from more skilled partners, and giving the orchestra’s sound a glossy finish. All concert proceeds go to charity.Different companies have different approaches to supporting employee orchestras, ranging from SAP and Daimler, which provide company funding, to BASF, where the employee orchestra, the Collegium Musicum Ludwigshafen, is financially independent and supported by musician dues. While the SAP orchestra is semi-professional, others — like those at Bosch and Lufthansa — are strictly amateur.Luka Mucic, SAP’s chief financial officer and the orchestra’s official patron in top management, said in a statement that “music, and the complex work of an orchestra, is a great way to amplify our company’s values such as teamwork, discipline and diversity.”There is one reason behind this burgeoning corporate orchestral scene that should not be forgotten: classical music is a part of Germany’s national culture and a lot of people learn instruments as children.The same appears true in Asia, where Western classical music has caught on in a big way in recent decades. Company orchestras also can be found in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, according to Alex Van Bevereren, the Brussels-based chair of the World Federation of Amateur Orchestras.In Asia, the science and technology theme pops up again: companies with orchestras in Korea include electronics and chemicals conglomerate LG and automaker Hyundai Motor Group, and Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba in Japan.At Bosch, Georg Blume, a 37-year company veteran, considered a career as a cellist but is glad he chose engineering instead.That way, music remains a hobby and “a wonderful respite” from his professional duties as head of product management for automated driving.The orchestra, he said, is “a platform for informal exchange among employees, which in an organization as large as Bosch is very important, because the organization doesn’t just function according to reporting lines — but through colleagues getting to know one another.”last_img read more

Uniprix shareholders overwhelmingly approve acquisition by McKesson

Uniprix shareholders overwhelmingly approve acquisition by McKesson by The Canadian Press Posted May 16, 2017 1:50 pm MDT Last Updated May 16, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – The Uniprix Group says its shareholders voted 95 per cent in favour of a deal announced last month for McKesson Canada to acquire 330 pharmacies in Quebec.The acquisition is subject to closing conditions and regulatory approvals, including the Competition Bureau of Canada.Uniprix CEO Philippe Duval says it’s pleased that members believe in the transaction and its commitment to protect the autonomy of independent pharmacy owners.McKesson has committed to allow the Uniprix pharmacies to be run independently, keep its Montreal head office and avoid job cuts.The value of the transaction has not been made public. Uniprix says its annual sales are a little more than $1.6 billion.Montreal-based McKesson Canada, a subsidiary of U.S.-based McKesson, already owns 275 Proxim pharmacies. If the acquisition goes through, it will have more outlets in Quebec than Groupe Jean Coutu (TSX:PJC.CA), which has 382. read more

Unable to meet with Cambodian officials UN expert stresses importance of dialogue

“I believe that dialogue is the crucial way forward, and I have repeatedly underlined the importance of it with all stakeholders and particularly with the Royal Government,” said Special Rapporteur Surya P. Subedi.“I very much regret that I was not able to interact with Government interlocutors this time, but expect to do so during my future missions. It is not clear to me why and how this situation came about,” he stated. This is the eighth fact-finding mission to the country for Mr. Subedi, who has interacted with various actors in Cambodian society, including the Government, parliamentarians, the judiciary, civil society and development partners, during his previous visits. “There have been occasions when we have disagreed on certain things,” he noted. “But we continued our dialogue to find a common ground and that is what I wish to do with the Government too.” This time, he met with various stakeholders, including civil society, local communities, private citizens and Cambodia’s development partners. He travelled to Kompong Chhnang province and obtained first-hand information from the local communities about the situation of human rights.The aim of the current mission, which began on 8 December and was at the invitation of the Government, was to explore the progress achieved on the implementation of the recommendations made in the Special Rapporteur’s previous reports on the judiciary, parliamentary reform, electoral reform and economic land concessions.“I am a little surprised by the reaction to some of my recommendations,” he said. “In other countries, such recommendations are seen as being part of the normal national debate, and a frank but professional discussion would have ensured. The focus should remain on the substance of what I am recommending, and not on me as a person.”Mr. Subedi noted that Cambodia continues to do well on a number of economic indicators, supported by political stability, and that the country appears to be on course to achieve some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The eight MDGs, which world leaders have agreed to meet by 2015, set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’Mr. Subedi welcomed the introduction of a land-titling programme by the Government to provide secure tenure for thousands of Cambodians. However, he pointed to a number of concerns about its implementation, including a lack of transparency, its impact on indigenous populations and how communities are chosen to be titled. He also voiced concern about the culture of impunity in Cambodia, and the long list of crimes for which no one has been brought to justice, as well as the situation of freedom of expression. “A number of cases of intimidation and harassment of the people working in the media and human rights advocacy have been reported to me. Excessive use of the law on ‘incitement’ seems to be forcing people into self-censorship,” he stated. Special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. Mr. Subedi, who was appointed in March 2009, will present his next report to the Council in September 2013. read more

Tigers Delmon Young Pleads Guilt To Harrassment

Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated harassment in an incident last spring where he shouted an anti-Semitic slur and tackled a man to the ground outside a Manhattan hotel, prosecutors said.The 27-year-old left fielder, who became a free agent after the World Series, was ordered to complete 10 days of community service and enroll in a program at the Museum of Tolerance New York as part of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office restorative justice program. His lawyer didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.Young was standing outside of the Hilton New York in Manhattan and was accused of yelling anti-Jewish epithets at a group of tourists, tussling with them and tackling one to the ground in April, when the Tigers were in town to play the New York Yankees.Young later apologized to his team, and was suspended without pay for seven days.He went on to hit a game-tying home run in the sixth inning of the championship game of the World Series. But the San Francisco Giants  won 4-3 in 10 innings to sweep the Tigers.Young hit three home runs and had a .313 batting average in the postseason.In the court-ordered program, Young will participate in interactive workshops, videos, guided discussions and special instruction by museum educators to explore issues of prejudice, diversity, and tolerance, the district attorney’s office said.The museum reports progress back to prosecutors. If Young completes the program successfully he’ll be able to withdraw his plea and plead guilty to a lesser charge.“Dispositions for defendants charged with bias-related crimes need to be thoughtful and tailored toward healing both the defendant and the entire targeted community,” said District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.The Tigers are prepared to let the Young, a quality designated hitter, sign with another team in the off season. read more

NHS trolley waits Fivefold increase in patients waiting more than four hours

first_imgDr Chris Moulton, of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, told the BBC: “Patients who are delayed like this are still being monitored by staff. But we know that the overcrowding we are seeing is dangerous.”It leads to worse outcomes for patients – higher infection rates, patients ending up on the wrong wards, and generally a negative experience.”Dr Moulton believes there are too few beds. There are just over 100,000 general beds in England – a fall of 40,000 in the past 20 years.”We simply don’t have enough,” he said. “If you compare us to other European countries we are really short and the demands being placed on the health service means we are now struggling to cope.” Almost half a million emergency patients had to wait more than four hours for a bed between October 2015 and September 2016. File pictureCredit:Peter Byrne/PA While the waits are known as trolley waits, some patients wait in side rooms, seats in the A&E department and spare cubicles before being admitted to a ward.The BBC also reported that three-quarters of hospitals are reporting bed shortages. Bed occupancy is not meant to exceed 85 per cent, to give staff time to clean beds, keep infections low and ensure patients who need beds can be found them quickly.But 130 out of 179 hospital trusts are reporting rates exceeding this for general use beds.Siva Anandaciva, of NHS Providers, which represents hospitals, said: “These figures are deeply worrying. We are heading into winter in a more fragile state than I have seen in the past 10 years or so.”Even the historically top-performing trusts are being challenged, which shows that this is an issue affecting all parts of health.”No one wants to see people waiting in corridors, side rooms and emergency bays when they should be admitted to a hospital bed.”These patients are still under the care of doctors and nurses, of course, but it is not ideal for them and we know overcrowding leads to worse outcomes.” Hospital ward These figures are deeply worrying. We are heading into winter in a more fragile state than I have seen in the past 10 years or soSiva Anandaciva, NHS Providers 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. There has been a sharp rise in “trolley waits” – the length of time people wait for a hospital bed after being admitted in an emergency, figures show.Data shows 473,453 patients waited more than four hours between October 2015 and September 2016 – almost a five-fold increase since 2010/11, analysis by the BBC found.The figure represents 11 per cent of the 4.2 million patients admitted over the period. More than 1,400 faced delays of more than 12 hours.In 2010/11, there were 97,559 trolley waits – although NHS England said a small fraction of the rise could be attributed to a change in the way the waits were measured last December.last_img read more

Damgaard buzzer beater crush THW Kiel in Magdeburg

14.Lemgo216114572:61013 13.Gummersbach207112514:53615 5.SC Magdeburg221426624:60230 SC Magdeburg beat THW Kiel 27:26 in one of the biggest derby of German handball and almost put “Zebras” out of the Championship race! The Danish playmaker Michael Damgaard crushed the big team from North with buzzer-beater for the huge celebration of domestic fans at sold-out GETEC Arena (6.800 fans).The “Gladiators” were on +3 – 26:23 only three minutes before the end, but Gislason boys made 3:0 series to chase the rival in the last minute. Home team used the last attack 6 on 5 in the best possible way with decisive goal…Damgaard was TOP scorer in the winning team with six goals, while his compatriot Christiansen added five, same as Marko Vujin for “Zebras”.SG Flensburg smashed GWD Minden 41:17 in away match. 12.Minden228113549:62417 9.Erlangen2111010551:55922 8.HSG Wetzlar2111010541:53922 4.Fuchse Berlin211524599:53132 2.Kiel221804631:53436 11.Goppingen228113608:62517 10.MT Melsungen229112599:59819 16.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten215115493:57211 3.Rhein-Neckar191702564:47934 7.Leipzig211029538:53022 1.Flensburg-H.222011681:51841 Michael Damgaard 15.TVB Stuttgart216015546:60712 17.Bergischer214116530:6099 18.Coburg 2000203017492:5816 6.Hannover-Burgdorf2111010599:57722 ← Previous Story Kai Hafner stays at Hannover Burgdorf until 2020 Next Story → RK Celje PL smash RNL to help RK Vardar! read more

Le mystère des rayons gammas de Noël enfin élucidé

first_imgLe mystère des rayons gammas de Noël enfin élucidé ? A Noël 2010, un éclair de rayons gammas avait été détecté. Surgissant des profondeurs du cosmos, l’origine de ces rayons était restée inconnue, du moins jusqu’ici. Les “flashs” sont les phénomènes les plus lumineux de l’univers. Ces sursauts de rayons gamma émettent en quelques minutes, voire quelques seconde parfois, plus d’énergie que ne le fait le Soleil en des milliards d’années d’existence. Les plus longs pourraient résulter de l’explosion d’étoiles cent fois plus massives que le Soleil qui s’effondrent et créent un trou noir. Ceux qui durent moins de deux secondes seraient émis lorsque deux étoiles à neutrons, résidus ultradenses d’astres en fin de vie, fusionnent pour former un trou noir.Le jour de Noël 2010, un éclair de rayons gamma surgi des profondeurs du cosmos avait été détecté par le satellite américain Swift. Mais long de plus d’une demi-heure il avait étonné les astronomes. De plus, la lueur résiduelle en rayons X détectable après le flash de rayons gammas a disparu plus rapidement que pour les autres sursauts gamma. Pour comprendre quel phénomène extrêmement violent pourrait avoir été à l’origine de cette étonnante bouffée d’énergie, deux équipes d’astronomes ont travaillé sur la question. Chacune présente présentent un scénario dans des articles publiés par la revue scientifique britannique Nature.Dislocation d’un corps céleste ou fusion d’étoiles ?  Sergio Campana, de l’Observatoire astronomique de Brera (Italie), émet l’hypothèse que le sursaut gamma de Noël a résulté de la dislocation d’un petit corps céleste (comète ou astéroïde). S’étant approché à moins de 10.000 kilomètres d’une étoile à neutrons plus massive que le Soleil, la comète (ou l’astéroïde) aurait été détruite par des effets de marée après avoir été piégée dans le champ de gravité de cette étoile compacte, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. Les morceaux seraient alors tombés sur l’étoile dense, d’où l’illumination captée à Noël par le satellite de la NASA.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAL’équipe conduite par Christina Thöne (Institut astrophysique d’Andalousie, Espagne) attribue quant à elle l’origine du sursaut gamma de Noël à la fusion d’une étoile à neutrons avec une étoile géante constituée d’hélium. L’étoile à neutrons aurait absorbé une partie du gaz de sa volumineuse compagne, dont les couches de gaz externes auraient enveloppé les deux astres, avant qu’ils ne fusionnent dans une débauche d’énergie.Mais pour savoir laquelle des deux hypothèses est la bonne, les chercheurs devront encore poursuivre leurs travaux à partir des données recueillies le jour de l’évènement.  Le 3 décembre 2011 à 14:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Il y a 4 000 ans des Indiens auraient migré vers lAustralie

first_imgIl y a 4 000 ans, des Indiens auraient migré vers l’AustralieSelon une analyse génétique, une importante vague d’immigration aurait eu lieu de l’Inde vers l’Australie il y a quelque 4.000 ans. Un évènement qui aurait permis d’apporter certains outils de pierre sur l’île mais aussi le dingo, chien sauvage d’Australie.Depuis de nombreuses années, les scientifiques pensaient que l’Australie était restait isolée entre l’arrivée des premiers humains il y a 40.000 et celle des Européens venus coloniser les terres au XIXe siècle. Mais il n’en serait rien, si l’on en croit une nouvelle étude publiée il y a deux jours dans les Annales de l’Académie américaine des sciences (PNAS). Menées par des scientifiques du Max Planck Institute en Allemagne, celles-ci suggèrent qu’une grande vague d’immigration en provenance de l’Inde a eu lieu il y a 4.000 ans. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les chercheurs ont mené une analyse génétique poussée ainsi que des datations de restes fossilisés. Ils ont ainsi découvert que les immigrants avaient aussi apporté certains microlithes (outils de pierre de petite taille) ainsi que le dingo, un chien sauvage découvert en Australie. Plus précisément, ces résultats reposent sur la comparaison de certaines variations génétiques des aborigènes d’Australie avec celles des populations de Nouvelle Guinée, d’Asie du Sud-Est et d’Inde. “Les résultats laissent penser à un flux substantiel de gènes d’Inde vers l’Australie il y a 4.230 ans, bien avant les premiers contacts avec les Européens”, explique le principal auteur de la recherche, Irina Pugach.”Cette période coïncide aussi avec de nombreux changements dans les données archéologiques en Australie comme la technologie des outils de pierre et la manière de transformer les plantes”, poursuit la scientifique citée par l’AFP. “Dans la mesure où nous détectons le flux de gènes d’Inde vers l’Australie autour de cette même période, il est probable que ces changements et l’apparition du dingo soient liés à cette migration”, ajoute encore Mme Pugash.Des peuples qui ont divergé il y a plus de 35.000 ans  À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais l’analyse génétique a également révélé une origine commune des populations aborigènes d’Australie, de Nouvelle Guinée et des Mamanwa, une population autochtone de l’île de Mindanao dans les Philippines qui remonterait de 35.000 à 45.000 ans. A cette période, l’Australie et la Nouvelle Guinée ne formait qu’un seul bloc géographique appelé Sahul avant d’être séparées par la montée du niveau de l’océan il y a environ 8.000 ans, rappellent les chercheurs. Or, selon eux, ces trois groupes ethniques auraient divergé les uns des autres il y a environ 36.000 ans, soit bien avant la séparation du Sahul. “Cette découverte conforte l’hypothèse selon laquelle ces populations descendent d’un premier flux de migration d’Afrique par le Sud tandis que d’autres groupes sont arrivés plus tard”, conclut Mark Stoneking, un des co-auteurs.Le 16 janvier 2013 à 19:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

FC Barcelona Vs Sevilla Dembeles strike gives Barca Super Cup

first_imgFC Barcelona have won the Spanish Super Cup this season after 2-1 victory over fellow Spanish side Sevilla courtesy of a fantastic strike from Ousmane Dembele, according to Evening Standard.The league and Cup champions came from 1-0 down to overcome Sevilla thanks to goals from Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele.Sevilla had the chance to level the game after Dembele’s goal as the referee awarded them a penalty but Wissam Ben Yedder’s tame effort was well dealt with by goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter-Stegen.Barcelona won the league and Cup double last season, defeating Sevilla 5-0 in the Copa Del Rey final but Pablo Machin’s side went ahead through a well-curled effort from Pablo Sarabia.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.The Seville based team looked set to take the lead into halftime until Spanish defender Gerard Pique scored the equalizer after he pounced on the rebound of a Lionel Messi free-kick to tap in from close range.Dembele secured the win for the Catalan club when he scored an absolute goal to secure the Super Cup for Ernesto Valverde.Barcelona begin their La Liga title defence this weekend. The Spanish champions will be hoping to win their second consecutive La Liga trophy.last_img read more