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The latest 3D printer ink is alive, thanks to embedded bacteria. That means 3D printers can now make living materials capable of degrading toxins and facilitating organ transplants. Traditional 3D printers use powdery metals and plastics as their ink. These are great for making superstrong steel or even artificial bones, but not so great for making biocompatible materials that need more flexibility—such as skin grafts. That’s where the new functional living ink—or Flink—comes in. With Flink, researchers can print any number of bacteria-derived materials, including elastic ones. Researchers demonstrated this utility in a paper published today in Science Advances by printing materials embedded with the bacterium Acetobacter xylinum. This bacterium makes cellulose, which can be used as scaffolds for skin replacements and coatings for biomedical devices that help protect patients against organ rejection. What’s more, with Flink researchers can print these materials in any 3D shape in one step. Because any kind of bacterium or combination of bacteria can be infused in the ink, Flink expands the range of potential applications for 3D-printed materials—degrading environmental toxins, making vitamins, generating chemical energy through photosynthesis—that are not possible with nonliving inks.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(*) By Roni DenglerDec. 1, 2017 , 2:00 PM The ink this 3D printer uses is alive. Watch it in action
Karen Uhlenbeck By Allyn JacksonMar. 19, 2019 , 7:10 AM Founder of geometric analysis honored with Abel Prize Andrea Kane/Institute for Advanced Study An example of the kind of object studied in geometric analysis is a minimal surface. Analogous to a geodesic, a curve that minimizes path length, a minimal surface minimizes area; think of a soap film, a minimal surface that minimizes energy. Analysis focuses on the differential equations governing variations of surface area, whereas geometry and topology focus on the minimal surface representing a solution to the equations. Geometric analysis weaves together both approaches, resulting in new insights.The field did not exist when Uhlenbeck began graduate school in the mid-1960s, but tantalizing results linking analysis and topology had begun to emerge. In the early 1980s, Uhlenbeck and her collaborators did ground-breaking work in minimal surfaces. They showed how to deal with singular points, that is, points where the minimal surface is no longer smooth or where the solution to the equations is not defined. They proved that there are only finitely many singular points and showed how to study them by expanding them into “bubbles.” As a technique, bubbling made a deep impact and is now a standard tool.Born in 1942 to an engineer and an artist, Uhlenbeck is a mountain-loving hiker who learned to surf at the age of 40. As a child she was a voracious reader and “was interested in everything,” she said in an interview last year with Celebratio.org. “I was always tense, wanting to know what was going on and asking questions.” She initially majored in physics as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. But her impatience with lab work and a growing love for math led her to switch majors. She nevertheless retained a lifelong passion for physics, and centered much of her research on problems from that field.In physics, a gauge theory is a kind of field theory, formulated in the language of the geometry of fiber bundles; the simplest example is electromagnetism. One of the most important gauge theories from the 20th century is Yang-Mills theory, which underlies the standard model of elementary particle physics. Uhlenbeck and other mathematicians began to realize that the Yang-Mills equations have deep connections to problems in geometry and topology. By the early 1980s, she laid the analytic foundations for mathematical investigation of the Yang-Mills equations.“Karen is the first person to introduce analytic tools from differential geometry to the study of Yang-Mills equations,” says Alice Chang of Princeton University, who serves on the Abel Prize selection committee. “‘Pioneer’ is the right word for her.”In the early 1990s, Uhlenbeck helped establish the Park City Mathematics Institute in Utah, one of the first “vertically integrated” programs that brought together schoolteachers, undergraduate majors, graduate students, and researchers. By then Uhlenbeck had risen to the top of her field, but she and other female mathematicians of her age “didn’t see large numbers of women coming after us,” she told Celebratio.org.Around that time, she took up research in integrable systems, which model certain kinds of physical phenomena such as shallow water waves. She and her collaborator, Chuu-Lian Terng of the University of California, Irvine, founded a mentoring program that was initially held in conjunction with the Park City group and grew into the Women and Mathematics Program at IAS in Princeton. Now in its 26th year, the program brings together about 60 female undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs for 2 weeks of lectures, panels, and informal interactions.“It takes a person of the stature of Karen to persuade the IAS to host such a program,” Chang says. “Everywhere I go—when I give a lecture in Taiwan, or in Europe—I will have women come to me and say that they have participated in the program.”Chang said she is “thrilled” that Uhlenbeck is getting the Abel Prize and counts her as a personal mentor. But Chang is also careful to point out that the Abel Prize committee stuck strictly to research in choosing the prizewinner. The prize citation does not mention Uhlenbeck’s mentoring efforts or her role as an inspiration to female mathematicians.Much has changed in math since Uhlenbeck rose to prominence. When she got her Ph.D., the number of female math professors in the top universities in the United States could be counted on one hand. Today, the numbers are still small, but growing. And in 2014, the Fields Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor in math and one that is given to mathematicians age 40 or younger, was awarded for the first time to a woman, Maryam Mirzakhani, a mathematician at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, who died in 2017.Has the time come for everyone to ignore the gender of major math prizewinners? “I don’t think we’ve quite got there yet,” Series says. “The Abel committee might have chosen somebody else, right? It’s significant that she was the one they chose.” The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters today announced that Karen Uhlenbeck has won the 2019 Abel Prize, a Nobel-level honor in math. Uhlenbeck won for her foundational work in geometric analysis, which combines the technical power of analysis—a branch of math that extends and generalizes calculus—with the more conceptual areas of geometry and topology. She is the first woman to receive the prize since the award of 6 million Norwegian kroner (approximately $700,000) was first given in 2003.Caroline Series, a math professor at the University of Warwick in Coventry, U.K., and president of the London Mathematical Society, says, “To see a woman right up there, honored for a lifetime of distinguished work in math, who has made a huge difference to the development of the field in the last 40 years—that is hugely important.”Uhlenbeck, 76, spent much of her career at the University of Texas in Austin and is now a visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey. Her work stands at the heart of several important advances in math, including the revolutionary work in 4D topology by Simon Donaldson of the Simons Center at the State University of New York in Stony Brook. 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In just three months this year, the Indian cricket Board has spent Rs. 34.50 lakh on medical assistance of players, with pacer Ishant Sharma’s ankle surgery raising the single biggest bill among the current players- Rs. 15.82 lakh.The surgery on the 23 year-old pacer’s troublesome left ankle was performed in London in March and Ishant is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.Ishant rightfully deserves the treatment as one of the contracted players of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and one of its leading pacers, when fit. He is likely to return to action in August, for the home series against New Zealand and, therefore, needs to be kept in cotton wool.A top BCCI official disclosed that during the period under consideration, BCCI had released a total of Rs. 34,50,415 on the treatment of the current and former players. “Of this amount, Rs. 27,48,671 has been spent on five contracted players of the Board, namely Ishant, Murali Vijay, Sachin Tendulkar, Munaf Patel and Zaheer.And on nine retired players the Board has spent Rs. 7,01,744 between January and April,” the official told Mail Today. Tamil Nadu opening batsman Murali Vijay raked up the second highest medical bill of Rs. 8,94,912, on his trip to Australia for treatment on his injured wrist. He has since returned to action and represented the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL in April-May.In all, Rs. 1,27,840 was spent on Tendulkar’s medical care. He visited London in March to seek medical advice on his troublesome right toe. Also, he got injured during Mumbai Indians’ opening IPL game against Chennai, when a delivery from pacer Doug Bollinger hit his right glove and broke one of his fingers. He, too, has since returned to the field.advertisementBills of pacer Munaf and Zaheer were RS. 79,254 and RS. 64,190, respectively, and settled in the same period – January to April. Both regained fitness and played for their franchises in the IPL, and should be in contention for India’s next assignment, the two-Test series against New Zealand starting on August 23 in Hyderabad.Ishant’s father Vijay Sharma lauded the BCCI for taking care of his son. “The Board pays attention to all the players, especially those who are on its contracted list. Ishant was in Grade A for 2011-12, which was worth 1 crore,” he told Mail Today.The BCCI is showing its humane face. It has reached out to the ailing ex-first-class players too, apart from giving the retired players a handsome one-time purse from the surplus earned from the IPL and Champions League T20.The biggest beneficiary among the nine first class players is former Kerala player JK Mahendra, 61, who underwent angioplasty a few months ago in Chennai. The BCCI gave him Rs. 2,94,291.The other first-class players who benefitted were P Ramesh Naidu (Rs. 97,646), Michael Dalvi (Rs. 88,194), PK Dharmalingam (Rs. 37,000), Stanely Saldhana (Rs. 29,265), PR Punjabi (Rs. 5,282), and BB Nimbalkar (Rs. 1,415).”My two arteries were blocked. I had medical insurance but it had lapsed. About five months ago I wrote to the Board, through the Kerala Cricket Association, for financial assistance,” Mahendra, who played 39 first-class matches between 1967 and 1981, told Mail Today.”I was lucky that I got timely assistance, for which I am thankful to the BCCI. Without this help, I’d have been struggling.” The Hyderabad-based Sultan Saleem, 64, had a heart problem, according to P Man Singh, manager of the 1983 World Cup-winning Indian team. “He had a heart ailment for which he had received treatment,” said Man Singh, who’s also based in Hyderabad. “In the early 1960s, he scored a triple century in the first innings of a school match and a double ton in the second in a match of Basalath Jah inter-school tournament. It was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records too.”
India completed their best-ever medal in badminton at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) on Sunday with a total of the six medals, including two Gold, three Silver and a Bronze.India not only won a Gold and two Silver in the singles events but scooped a gold medal in the Mixed Team event, a Silver in men’s doubles and a Bronze in the women’s doubles.The reason for India to win double the number of badminton medals this year than the last two CWG is the success of doubles.On Sunday, after the Games officially got over, Pullela Gopichand said that he felt “this tournament belongs to Ashwini (Ponappa).”Ashwini Ponnappa is a name well known in India. She has been India’s top doubles players for quite a lot of years now but it is truly now that her name has begun to be highlighted well.During the Mixed Team event final against Malaysia, Ashwini played the first match of the tie, the mixed doubles, with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy. Satwik, who is only 17 years old, is already one of the best doubles players in the country and world No.21 in men’s doubles along with Chirag Shetty. However, on April 9, 2017, it was Ashwini who led the pair to a stunning win against Rio Olympics silver-medallist Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh. Ashwini Ponnappa was constantly chatting with Satwik, guiding him, during their mixed doubles match in the Mixed Team event final. (Photo: Reuters)In the first game of the mixed doubles, the Indian pair completely dominated the Malaysian pair but Chan and Goh soon found their way through Ashwini and Satwik and took over from the second game.advertisementIn the decider, Chan and Goh were leading 12-7 at one point but the Indian pair then won a point to make it 8-12. From there as Ashwini led the way with her serve, India won seven straight points to go up 15-12.Therafter, Chan and Goh could win only three more points before Ashwini and Satwik took the match away.Ashwini in that mixed doubles victory was a sight to behold. Such was her brilliance that even the commentators were in awe of her skills and intelligence.One could see in those final few moments, the determination and belief in her eyes and her strokes, she knew they could win it. Even as the Malaysians played it around, Ashwini knew exactly where the shuttles would come, she would leap up front and go for the kill.Satwik supported her ably. Ashwini was constantly chatting with Satwik, guiding him, discussing their strategies, leading the team and it showed. Satwik’s control at the back of the court enabled Ashwini to absolutely intimidate the opponents at the net. Ashwini’s sharpness and booming smashes, along with Satwik’s jump smash, eventually took them home.It was that unexpected mixed doubles victory that pegged the defending champions Malaysia behind. It gave Kidambi Srikanth to come forth and play his game.Like Gopichand said, “The win in the team championship was very critical to put the team 1-0 up and give the confidence to Srikanth to beat Lee Chong Wei.” And Srikanth dominated the legend Chong Wei in some style.Satwik and Chirag, thereafter, missed the chance to seal the win in men’s doubles and India’s Golden Girl Saina Nehwal came next and sealed the deal, giving India their first-ever mixed team Gold at CWG. (India Open: Indian doubles stars show spark, five pairs in quarters)Ashwini, along with N Sikki Reddy, went on to win a bronze medal in women’s doubles and missed a mixed doubles Bronze by a whisker.Consider this, on April 14, Ashwini played a total of four matches. Four gruelling badminton matches and still managed to scoop a Bronze in women’s doubles.ASHWINI’S ROLE IN GUIDING THE YOUNGSTERS IN INDIAN DOUBLES Ashwini’s importance in this badminton setup is not limited to the medals she brings home. Her stature has gone beyond that.She plays in two different categories with two youngsters — a 17-year-old Satwik and a 24-year-old Sikki. She is the one who is making them better players.Satwik is one of the most successful stories to come out of Premier Badminton League (PBL), where he plays along Olympic medallist Pia Zebadiah for Hyderabad Hunters. He came into prominence playing alongside Zabadiah but the immense growth the youngster has shown in the past year and a half, is down to the experience he is gaining from Ashwini.Ashwini is a leader on the court. She teaches Satwik the mental aspect of the game and that helps him when he plays with Chirag in men’s doubles. (BWF rankings: Satwiksairaj-Chirag Shetty break into world top 20 for first time)advertisementIn fact, Ashwini is almost transmitting her leadership quality into Sikki. Sikki, who also plays mixed doubles with Pranaav Jerry Chopra, shows those leadership qualities alongside Pranaav.Ashwini has achieved a great deal over the years. A women’s doubles Gold with Jwala Gutta in 2010 CWG started a long success story. Even then, perhaps the success did not get its due recognition. Thereafter, came a Silver in women’s doubles with Jwala at 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, a Bronze in women’s doubles at the 2011 World Championships and many more. Yet, those achievements hardly created a stir in the sporting spectrum.Doubles badminton needs to be given its due credit. In Australia, while Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth held sway at the individual events, the doubles players quietly took home two medals. Consequently, India was the most dominant nation in badminton during the Gold Coast events.At the age of 28, Ashwini has a great deal of experience and many more years of play where she can achieve more glory and impart far more knowledge.Even as the success story of Indian badminton at CWG 2018 was largely attributed to the credentials of the singles, it were truly the doubles players who stamped their name uniquely in Australia.Among a host of Indian badminton stars in Gold Coast, Ashwini perhaps shone the brightest.
Ben Stokes was left out of England’s Twenty20 squad for the matches against Australia and India due to an injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Tuesday.Stokes tore his left hamstring ahead of the second Test against Pakistan this month and was forced out of the squad as he continues to recover.Despite not being included in the squad, he will continue his rehabilitation with the 14-man squad.England have included all-rounders Sam and Tom Curran, who could become the first brothers to represent the national side together since Ben and Adam Hollioake in 1999.Fast bowler Mark Wood has been rested and seamer Jake Ball was recalled.England face Australia in a one-off T20 match on June 27 before hosting a three-match series against India starting on July 3.Earlier, it was announced that Stokes and Chris Woakes were ruled out of the one-day series against Australia because of injury.At that time, ECB had said that they were hoping for Stokes to get fit by the time India T20s come calling but the latest development clearly rules that out.”The plan is for Ben to continue his rehabilitation … with a view to being available to play in the Twenty20s against India starting next month,” England and Wales Cricket Board had said in a statement.Woakes also missed the first two matches against Australia because of a right quadriceps tear. The ECB had said he would not be available at least until the ODI series against India which starts on July 12.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)
Chile 0 Paraguay 3: Pizzi’s side stunned in qualifying blow Dejan Kalinic 08:39 9/1/17 Getty Images Paraguay stunned an underwhelming Chile in World Cup qualifying, claiming a 3-0 victory in Santiago. Chile’s World Cup qualification hopes were dealt a blow with a surprise 3-0 loss at home to Paraguay on Thursday.Arturo Vidal scored a first-half own goal in Santiago before Victor Caceres and Richard Ortiz struck after the interval for Paraguay, who won in Chile for the first time in 10 years.Chile dominated possession and looked threatening, but they struggled to create chances as they fell to a second defeat in three qualifiers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Eduardo Vargas went closest twice in what was a below-par display from Chile, who were left in danger of slipping out of the automatic qualification spots with three matches remaining.The win was a huge boost for Paraguay, ending their four-match losing run and moving them to within two points of Chile.Alexis Sanchez was unable to get going for the hosts as Chile lacked the creativity needed to break down the visitors.#Albirroja#EliminatoriasRusia2018GOOOL PARAGUAYO (De un chileno pero nuestro)Chile #Paraguay#VamosParaguay pic.twitter.com/ACygF3NaVS— Selección Paraguaya (@Albirroja) August 31, 2017Juan Antonio Pizzi started a strong Chile line-up, with Sanchez, Vidal and Claudio Bravo all in the XI.The hosts began brightly but struggled to create anything of note against Francisco Arce’s side, who sat relatively deep.Mauricio Isla hit the post in the 18th minute for Chile, but he was rightly ruled offside.It seemed Paraguay’s best chances would come via set-pieces, and it proved the case with the opener against the run of play.A teasing delivery from the right was met by Vidal, his flying header finding the top corner of Bravo’s net to give Paraguay a 1-0 lead.Chile continued to dominate possession, but they rarely tested Antony Silva, the Paraguay goalkeeper forced into a save by a 25-yard Vargas effort four minutes prior to half-time.Pizzi’s side went close again in the 53rd minute, but Vargas saw his volley from inside the area blocked by Oscar Romero.Paraguay stunningly doubled their lead just two minutes later through Caceres.A rebound fortuitously fell into the path of Caceres, whose powerful strike beat Bravo despite the shot-stopper almost keeping it out.#Albirroja#EliminatoriasRusia2018¡GOOOOL DE VICTOR “TOPITO QUERIDO” CACERES!Chile #Paraguay#VamosParaguay pic.twitter.com/d1HisexHQz— Selección Paraguaya (@Albirroja) August 31, 2017Chile thought they had pulled a goal back with 20 minutes remaining, but a tight offside call saw substitute Esteban Paredes’ strike ruled out.Along with their continued threat from set-pieces, the visitors started to look dangerous on the counter-attack, sealing their win on the break in additional time through Ortiz. read more
Arjen Robben Bayern plan contract talks with Robben and Ribery Dom Farrell 20:49 13/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts Bayern München v Hamburger SV Beşiktaş v Bayern München Bayern München UEFA Champions League Bundesliga The experienced wingers have been rolling back the years of late and the Bundesliga champions are now ready to talk new deals with the duo Bayern Munich are ready to hold contract talks with long-serving wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery next month.Ribery and Robben rolled back the years once again in Saturday’s 6-0 demolition of Hamburg in the Bundesliga.Former France international Ribery hit a brace, while Robben – who has also called time on his career with the Netherlands – was also on target. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The 34-year-old duo are out of contract at the end of the season but Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed plans are in place to formalise discussions over fresh terms.”We have spoken with both players and agreed to hold contract talks in April and then we’ll see,” he told reporters.”It’s true, Franck has played superbly this Saturday, Arjen too. Both scored great goals.”In April we’ll talk. This has been agreed with the players and both of them accepted that. It was very unproblematic for them.”We have the task to put together the squad for the next season and we will do that to our best knowledge and ability. That wasn’t a problem for either of the two.”It is known that generally, speaking for both of them, they would like to remain at Bayern Munich and, if they’re playing like they did on Saturday, we’ll get together and talk about it.”Robben has not travelled for Wednesday’s Champions League match against Besiktas, although his absence is only a precaution.He is suffering from the effects of a pinched nerve and, as a result, will not be risked with Bayern already 5-0 to the good after the first leg of the last-16 tie.Rummenigge added: “Arjen Robben won’t travel, unfortunately, as a precautionary measure. He’s suffered a pinched nerve.”
Premier League Is football in the Commonwealth Games? Goal 02:45 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League UEFA Europa League The 2018 Commonwealth Games will begin on April 4 and end on April 15, but is football included in the competition? It’s taken four years, but the 2018 Commonwealth Games are now finally on the horizon.England were runaway leaders in Glasgow in the 2014 games with a total of 174 medals, 58 of which were gold, and will be hoping for a repeat performance this time round.But what is the event, who is competing, and will football be included in the schedule? Goal takes a look. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp What is the Commonwealth Games?The first Commonwealth Games was held in 1930 and was marketed as an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations.John Astley Cooper, who first proposed the idea of the event in 1891, wanted a ‘Pan-Britannic-Pan-Anglican Contest and Festival every four years as a means of increasing goodwill and good understanding of the British Empire’. Indeed, the Commonwealth is held every four years, with the last taking place in Glasgow, Scotland 2014.There have been a variety of Commonwealth editions, including the ‘British Empire Games’, the ‘British Empire and Commonwealth Games’, the ‘British Commonwealth Games’, and simply ‘the Commonwealth Games’ as we now know it.The Commonwealth Winter Games ran from 1958 until 1966, the Commonwealth Youth Games have been held every year since 2000, while Para-sports were introduced in 1994 for athletes with a disability before they were included as full members for their national teams in 2002.Where and when is the 2018 Commonwealth Games?The opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on Wednesday April 5 and will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The games will come to a close on Sunday April 15.Australia, all-time leaders in the medal table with 852 golds, will host the games for the fifth time in its history.Is football in the Commonwealth Games?In short, no. A minimum of ten core sports and maximum of seventeen sports must be included in any Commonwealth Games schedule, with the current list including athletics, badminton, boxing, hockey, lawn bowls, netball (for women), rugby sevens, squash, swimming and weightlifting.There are also nine para-sports, in this case swimming, athletics, cycling, table tennis, powerlifting, lawn bowls, and a triathalon. On March 8 2016, Beach Volleyball was also officially included in the event list.While football, along with billiards, fencing, and golf, are recognised Commonwealth Games Federation sports, hosts may not select them as official events as the are deemed to ‘need expansion’.With the games running through the middle of April, too, it would not make sense for European club players to participate due to their domestic seasons and with the 2018 World Cup kicking off in the summer.Which sports are played at the Commonwealth Games?The official list of sports included in the 2018 Commonwealth Games is as followed: Sports Athletics Badminton Basketball Beach volleyball Boxing Mountain biking Road cycling Track cycling Diving Artistic Gymnastics Rhythmic Gymnastics Hockey Lawn bowls Netball Powerlifting Rugby sevens Shooting Squash Swimming Table tennis Triathlon Weightlifting Wrestling Where and when is the 2018 Commonwealth Games?The opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on Wednesday April 5 and will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The games will come to a close on Sunday April 15.Australia, all-time leaders in the medal table with 852 golds, will host the games for the fifth time in its history.Commonwealth Games venuesMain arena Carrara Stadium will host both ceremonies and the athletics, while the vast majority of events will take place in the host city Gold Coast.Some other events require facilities located elsewhere, however. Venue Sport Capacity Carrara Stadium Athletics, Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony 40,000 Robina Stadium Rugby 7s 27,500 Gold Coast Aquatic Centre Swimming, Diving 10,000/2,500 Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre Gymnastics, Netball (finals) 7,500 Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre Basketball (finals), Netball (preliminaries) 5,000 Gold Coast Hockey Centre Hockey 5,000 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre Badminton, Powerlifting, Weightlifting, Wrestling 5,000 Oxenford Studios Boxing, Table Tennis 2,500/2,750 Runaway Bay Sports Centre Squash 3,000 Broadbeach Bowls Club Lawn bowling 2,500 Carrara Indoor Stadium Weightlifting 2,500 Southport Broadwater Parklands Marathon, Racewalking, Triathlon 2,500 Elanora/Currumbin Valley Road cycling N/A Nerang National Park Mountain Biking 2,000 Queen Elizabeth Park Beach Volleyball 4,000 Venue outside of Gold Coast Sport Capacity Cairns Convention Centre Basketball (preliminaries) 5,000 Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre Basketball (preliminaries) 5,000 Anna Meares Velodrome Track cycling 4,000 Belmont, Queensland Shooting 3,000 Which nations will compete in the Commonwealth Games? AFRICA AMERICAS ASIA CARIBBEAN EUROPE OCEANIA Botswana Bahamas Bangladesh Anguilla Cyprus Australia Cameroon Belize Brunei Darussalam Antigua and Barbuda England Cook Islands Ghana Bermuda India Barbados Gibraltar Fiji Kenya Canada Malaysia British Virgin Islands Guernsey Kiribati Lesotho Falkland Pakistan Cayman Islands Isle of Man Nauru Malawi Islands Singapore Dominica Jersey New Zealand Mauritius Guyana Sri Lanka Grenada Malta Niue Mozambique St. Helena Jamaica Northern Ireland Norfolk Island Namibia Montserrat Scotland Papua New Guinea Nigeria Saint Lucia Wales Samoa Rwanda St. Kitts & Nevis Solomon Islands Seychelles St. Vincent & The Grenadines Tonga Sierra Leone Trinidad & Tobago Tuvalu South Africa Turks & Caicos Islands Vanuatu Swaziland Tanzania Uganda Zambia Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
BCCI agrees to work with National Anti-Doping Agency for next 6 monthsThe BCCI was willing to work with NADA for a period of six months, but the agency would be allowed to collect only 10 per cent samples for testing, according to sources.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 18, 2019UPDATED: March 18, 2019 11:51 IST NADA will collect only 10 per cent samples for testing (Getty Images)The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) met ICC chairman Shashank Manohar in Mumbai on Monday and decided that the Indian board will work with the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for the next six months on a trial basis.Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that the board was willing to work with NADA for a period of six months, but the agency would be allowed to collect only 10 per cent samples for testing.”The Indian board has agreed to try and work with NADA for the next six months and then decide on the road ahead.”Trust has been an issue and that needs to be gained with quality work from the agency. The agency will collect only 10 per cent samples for testing.”The board feels that with the 2022 Commonwealth Games in sight, India would like to field the women’s team in the event at Birmingham and this is a move aimed at that direction,” the source said.While the International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to remain compliant to the WADA directives, the BCCI had reservation on dealing with NADA.ICC CEO David Richardson in February spoke on the need to get the differences between the BCCI and NADA sorted.”We are trying to help the BCCI sort out the issue with WADA and NADA. We think cricket should be in the 2028 Olympics, but it’s not going to happen unless we are a unified sport.advertisement”At this stage, we need to convince the BCCI that it is a good thing for cricket to be in the Olympics from all aspects,” he had said.However, the BCCI officials present at the last ICC chief executive meeting had made it clear that WADA must name a different testing agency as they did not trust NADA, thanks to mistakes the agency had made.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow BCCIFollow NADAFollow National Anti-Doping AgencyFollow ICCFollow WADA
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zoomImage Courtesy: Youtube screenshot Samudera Shipping Line has finalized the sale of its 18-year-old Indonesia-flagged oil tanker, the Sinar Emas.Under an agreement with an undisclosed buyer, the unit was sold at a price of USD 6.9 million, as agreed on a willing buyer-willing seller basis.Samudera Shipping informed that the proceeds from the transaction would be used for working capital and business expansion of the group.Under the current Indonesian shipping law, the company is restricted from owning and registering new Indonesia-flagged vessels. Therefore, it will not be able to acquire new ships to rejuvenate the aging Indonesia-flagged fleet.The company opted to sell the unit as part of its strategic approach of gradually selling or scrapping Indonesia-flagged vessel. Once these vessels are disposed of, the group will cease to provide shipping services for domestic route within Indonesia.
The Department of Natural Resources is sending firefighting equipment to Quebec and New Brunswick to assist with a high volume of forest fires. Additional resources are needed to control and extinguish the fires burning throughout these provinces. A helicopter with firefighting capabilities is on its way to New Brunswick, and 500 lengths of fire hose and 25 fire pump kits are being sent to Quebec from the Fire Control Centre in Shubenacadie. The current low level of fire concern across Nova Scotia frees up resources that can be lent to provinces with a greater need. Equipment remains available for Nova Scotia firefighters to use if the weather conditions change and fire activity is heightened. The request for additional resources came from New Brunswick and Quebec under the Canadian Mutual Aid Resource Sharing Agreement. The agreement, established in the early 1980s, ensures that all provinces and territories will receive help if forest fires becomes too big for them to handle alone. “We are ready to help with forest firefighting efforts in any way we can,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “No single province or territory has all the resources required to deal with a widespread series of fires, and this agreement enables us to use Canada’s fire resources to the greatest advantage.”
written by a living Canadian author able to generate discussion and exchange of ideas appealing to a broad range of adult readers of varying ages, literacy levels and life experience in print and available for purchase in paperback strongly written with a compelling story, characters and setting that will generate excitement among readers. This year’s One Book Nova Scotia reading program includes seven readings across the province. More information about One Book Nova Scotia can be found at www.1bns.ca or by following One Book Nova Scotia on Twitter @1bns or Facebook at www.facebook.com/OneBookNovaScotia . The province’s biggest book club, One Book Nova Scotia, is encouraging all Nova Scotians to read Donna Morrissey’s The Deception of Livvy Higgs this fall. The book is centered around an 80-year-old Halifax woman, whose physical frailty and near-isolation raise memories of a past marked by secrets. Her mind wanders to the French Shore of Newfoundland during the mid-1930s and to Halifax during World War II, weaving in and out of her current life and reluctant reliance on a neighbour. Ms. Morrissey lives in Halifax and is the award-winning author of five adult novels as well as the Gemini Award-winning screenplay Clothesline Patch. Her book Sylvanus Now was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. “We are extending an invitation to every Nova Scotian to participate in a provincial reading initiative focused on literacy, community, and shared story-telling,” said Maggie Neilson, One Book Nova Scotia co-chair. “One Book Nova Scotia encourages all community members to visit their local libraries and take part in the broader discussion. If you can’t make it to a reading, join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, or join a book club at your public library.” The Deception of Livvy Higgs is available to borrow at libraries across the province in paperback and ebook versions. It is also available in accessible formats from the CNIB and National Network for Equitable Library Service. The book was selected by a committee of librarians and industry professionals in Nova Scotia who used the following criteria:
TORONTO – A plot to delete documents about the Ontario government’s pre-election cancellation of two gas plants struck at the heart of the democratic process, a judge said Wednesday as he sentenced a former top political aide to four months in jail.The crime committed by David Livingston, chief of staff to former Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty, was extremely serious and demands proper denunciation, Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson said.“His conduct was an affront to, and an attack upon, democratic institutions and values,” Lipson said. “An attempt to tamper with the democratic process requires a strong denunciatory response.”Lipson also sentenced Livingston, 65, a first-time offender with an otherwise exemplary record of private and public service, to 12 months probation, including 100 hours of community service. Livingston was led from court in handcuffs.Defence lawyer Brian Gover said outside court that his client would appeal both conviction and sentence, and denounced the punishment meted out to Livingston, a married father and grandfather.“That is a harsh and excessive sentence in the circumstances of this case where there was no proof of actual harm,” Gover said. “You can imagine how upsetting this is for all of them.”Livingston was released on bail late Wednesday pending his appeal.In passing sentence, Lipson said Livingston had directed the indiscriminate wiping of hard drives in the premier’s office in a deliberate effort at sparing the government embarrassment over its costly decision to scrap two gas plants ahead of the 2011 provincial election.The document destruction occurred against express warnings from alarmed senior bureaucrats and amid deception by Livingston as to his real intentions, Lipson noted.The sentencing in the politically sensitive case comes just two months ahead of a general election in which Ontario voters will cast judgment on McGuinty’s successor, Premier Kathleen Wynne, who has not been directly implicated in the gas plants scandal although she was a cabinet minister at the time.With unofficial campaigning for the June 7 election well underway, the leader of the opposition Progressive Conservatives said the Liberals have shown a pattern of “corruption” since their first election in 2003.“This guy is going to spend four months in jail but we’re still out $1.1 billion,” Doug Ford said in a note to supporters. “Fifteen years of Liberal corruption and scandals has to end.”NDP Leader Andrea Horwath had similar comments.Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said the government believes in transparency and has brought in new measures on document retention.Livingston was found guilty in January on two counts: illegal use of a computer and attempted mischief to data. The latter charge was stayed. The prosecution earlier withdrew a charge of breach of trust. Livingston’s co-accused, former deputy chief of staff Laura Miller, was acquitted on all counts.The judge said Livingston had an “exceptional” employment history, noting he had been a long-time senior executive with a big bank and then Infrastructure Ontario before taking the nine-month secondment to the premier’s office in 2012.“The court received a very positive pre-sentence report,” Lipson said, pointing to the more than two dozen character reference letters, many read in court, submitted in Livingston’s favour. “I would characterize Mr. Livingston’s overall community service in a variety of spheres as exceptional.”At the end, however, Lipson said he accepted the prosecution’s characterization of the accused as a “sophisticated government actor” who was in a position of trust and fully aware of his actions.The upshot, the judge said, was that a conditional discharge or house arrest as the defence had requested was inappropriate and “utterly contrary” to the public interest. Livingston attempted to interfere with the parliamentary democratic process and the public’s right to access information about political decisions, the judge said.“Accountability is vital to the functioning of the democratic process,” Lipson said. “It is a troubling fact in this case that Mr. Livingston’s express lack of respect for his legal obligations animated his criminal conduct.”Livingston had been defiant when warned about the perils of destroying documents, calling it “political bullshit,” the judge said. The accused, who wielded “significant power and influence,” also was deceitful in gaining access to the computers.“The offence is very serious because it involves an attempt by the defendant to thwart the core values of accountability and transparency that are essential to the proper functioning of a parliamentary democracy,” Lipson said. “The defendant’s conduct was egregious and his degree of responsibility high.”
Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Today, we’re hearing that the mighty Nathan Fillion is joining the show for season 2. Exactly who the Firefly and Castle star will be playing remains a mystery at this stage.Also joining Neil Patrick Harris, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, Bernadette Peters, Joan Cusack, K. Todd Freeman and Patrick Warburton in the cast are Tony Hale, Sara Rue, Lucy Punch and Roger Bart.BY ROB LEANE AND KATI BURT Advertisement Facebook It’s official: Netflix has renewed A Series Of Unfortunate Events for its second (and third!) season. The season 2 announcement was made via a YouTube video, which pointed fans to a little viral website entitled VastlyFrighteningDecision.com.On that site, the narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warbuton in the show) wrote this:“Even as we speak, set builders, costume designers and trauma specialists are snapping into action, the better to bring you even more upsetting episodes, all because of your reputed enthusiasm for this grim example of so-called family programming. I hope you’re happy. Because you won’t be, ever again.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement
APTN Face To Face It took less than a week for the Walking Eagle News to really soar! The website bills itself as the “finest source of Indigenous news, anywhere” and some have taken it seriously. Founder, Editor-in-Grand-Chief and Head Writer Tim Fontaine joins host Dennis Ward on December 5th to talk about how the “news source” came to be, why Fontaine decided to “set fire” to his journalism career and the one time a story backfired.Fontaine also discusses his upcoming comedy show that will debut on APTN in the new year.
Chris MacintyreAPTN NewsA totem pole that was gifted to Yukon by the B.C. government and Tsimshian First Nations in 1971 has been restored and unveiled in Whitehorse.Yukon Minister of Tourism and Culture Jeanie Dendys said the totem pole “symbolizes that living culture that we have, so it was really important to restore this totem pole.”The pole was carved by William Jeffrey, whose great granddaughter Sarah Jeffrey was on hand for the ceremony this week.Though she never met her great grandfather, Jeffrey said he would be proud.“I think he would be really proud of the work that we’re doing, and I think he would be proud that we’re doing generational work. He did this work, he started this work, my grandmother continued it, my mother continues it, and now it’s my job to carry it on for my generation and teach the future generations to carry it on.”email@example.com
Mirzapur/Chandauli: BSP president Mayawati on Friday termed the BSP-SP-RLD alliance a combine of ideas and said it will not sit silent till the Yogi Adityanath government in the state and the Narendra Modi government in the Centre were uprooted.”Unlike the Bharatiya Janata Party, this alliance is that of ideas and it will not sit silent till it uproots the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh along with the Narendra Modi government,” the Bahujan Samaj Party president said, addressing rallies for the candidates of the alliance in Mirzapur and Chandauli. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”The sad faces of the BJP leaders after the completion of six phases of polling indicate that they know it’s time for the Narendra Modi government to go. Their bad days will start from May 23. After that, preparations for Yogi to return to his Mutt will start,” she said. Seeing the bad state of affairs in the polls, the BJP and its supporters tried to create misunderstanding between the BSP and the Samajwadi Party but they failed, Mayawati said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”This alliance has been formed after due consideration and will last long,” she asserted. Mayawati exhorted the electorate to ensure BJP state unit president Mahendra Nath Pandey, in the fray for the Chandauli seat, losses his deposit. Mayawati said the amount of work the BSP and the SP have done for the sisters and daughters of the state had not been done by any other party. She said when in power her government had taken steps to connect Naxal infested areas with development works. “Instead of killing Naxals, we extended employment and food. We gave employment to the poor people of Sonebhadra (naxal infested area) and later the SP government did a lot of work in this direction,” she said. Stating that SP president Akhilesh Yadav had put in a lot of effort to ensure BSP candidates fared well in the polls, Mayawati said it was the BSP’s moral responsibility to ensure the victory of SP candidate from Chandauli. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, in his address, said the ‘mahagathbandhan’ had wiped off the BJP in the six phases of polling because of which their leaders were having sleepless nights. “As May 23 is nearing, their (BJP) fear is rising,” he said. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Akhilesh said, “He (Modi) wants to teach us about socialism. Says that Samajwadis do not know anything about socialism. I want to say the PM will have a lot of time after two days. We will send some books of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia. He will get to know a lot about India once he reads ‘Hindu Banam Hindu’ and ‘Itihas chakra’.
The gang had been involved in smuggling of ganja and human trafficking, the police said, adding that in the last operation in July, they had smuggled about 36 kg of ganja to Sri Lanka and received in return, fake currencies with a total face value of Rs. 9.5 lakh from Amalan, a Lankan Tamil in Sri Lanka.Deputy Superintendent of Police K. Maheswari, who led the special team and cracked the case, said that five more accused, including Amalan, were to be arrested. The four accused – B. Yasar Arafat (32) from Pamban, M. Munis alias Murugan (27) from Rameswaram, D. Robert (32) from Pamban and Markas alias Siva (30), the Sri Lankan refugee in Adiyanoortu camp in Didigul, had acted as the brains behind the illegal act, posing a threat to national security, the police said. Based on his recommendation, Collector K. Nanthakumar passed the order, according to The Hindu newspaper. Kilakarai Inspector of Police O. Anandan served the order on the accused lodged at the district jail after which they were taken to the Madurai Central Prison, the police added. The district police in Ramanathapuram, India have detained a Sri Lankan Tamil over his involvement with a fake currency circulation, drug and human trafficking gang.After rounding up a 10-member gang during the month-long operation, Superintendent of Police N.M. Mylvahanan recommended the detention of the four accused, including the Sri Lankan Tamil, who had acted as masterminds in the case, under the National Security Act (NSA), the police said. The police recovered fake currencies with a face value of Rs. 52,000, she said. Three accused who were at large hailed from Thangachimadam and one from Tuticorin, she told The Hindu .The SP said that the fake currencies were ‘very high quality’ and their origin was yet to be ascertained. Police sources said that the fake currencies had been sent to the Forensic Sciences Department in Chennai for testing.After the tests, it would be known whether they were printed in Pakistan and routed through Sri Lanka or printed in the island nation itself, the sources said.