first_imgClose to a 1,000 people turned up at Bongaigaon town’s Gandhi Maidan on Tuesday to be the first to trade a kilo of plastic for a sapling and a cloth bag. A 70-year-old woman beat them all to make an ecological statement.Bongaigaon, the headquarters of Bongaigaon district, is about 180 km west of Guwahati.Renuka Roy Choudhury had a reason to be the first to deposit the plastic from her house in a plastic bank set up by the Bongaigaon Municipal Board — to send a message that the older generations have to take the lead in undoing the damage done to the environment.“We have enough saplings in the Social Forestry nurseries, but brought 200 for the ‘plants-for-plastic’ exchange programme. The overwhelming response made us realise we brought too few,” the district’s Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan said.Ms. Choudhury and the 199 others were given saplings of gooseberry, olive, mango, jackfruit, mahogany and other local species of trees for a total of 200 kilos of plastic deposited. Each of them also received a cloth bag manufactured by local women’s self-help groups.Each of these bags can withstand more than 2 kg of weight.Mr. Khan said those who missed out on a sapling on Tuesday would be provided with one later. “We will continue with the programme till the town is free of single-use plastic. The plastic bank will be open at the Municipal Board’s office for anyone to deposit a kilo of plastic and get a sapling in return,” he said.Banana barkThe Social Forestry wing of the Assam Forest Department pitched in with innovation too. Officials replaced black polythene bags with the bark of banana plants for holding the saplings. These were tied with jute threads.The district administration had, ahead of the ‘plants for plastic’ drive, discussed an alternative to the polythene sapling bags with Divisional Forest Officer Abdel Salam Arief. Forester Lakhi Nath came up with the banana bark idea.The Bongaigaon district administration said the drive would perhaps not have been possible without the involvement of a green group called Robin Hood Army. Its volunteers facilitated the exchange programme.last_img read more

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, Feb 17 (PTI) Chinas assertive behaviour, particularly in the disputed South China Sea, is alienating its neighbours and turning them against it, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has said.”It (Chinese behaviour) is having the effect of turning everyone who might otherwise be perfectly willing to work with China in security terms, as we would in principle. It is turning them against China,” Carter said.Refuting Chinese fear that the US wants to dominate the region, Carter said that for the last 70 years, America has played a sheet anchor role in ensuring peace in Asia, resulting in the growth of countries like India and China.”The system that we have promoted for security and also commerce in Asia for 70 years is one in which everyone gets to rise and prosper. Think about the history in which Japan recovered from World War II and became a great economic powerhouse, then South Korea, then Taiwan, then Southeast Asia.”Today China and India. Why was that? What was the security anchor underneath all of that? The answer is it has been the pivotal role of the United States. Thats a role we intend to keep, to continue to play,” Carter told the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in an interview.Responding to questions on South China Sea, Carter said China is not the only country to have claims in the disputed resource-rich region.”They (China) have said that they have claims to the territorial seas in the South China Sea. Theyre not the only ones who do. There are other countries there – the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and so forth – who have long- standing claims to this part of the South China Sea,” he said.advertisement”What a number of them have done but China has done by far and away most aggressively is, first of all, take some land features that werent really islands and go out and put a dredging machine and try to create an island thereby create a de facto presence for themselves,” he said.Reiterating that the US does not intend to take a legal position in these claims, Carter said the Chinese behaviour is having a major impact on the region.”They are first causing us to react, and we are making big investments in that in the military capabilities that will allow us to continue to be the pivotal military power in that region no matter what the Chinese have done,” Carter said. PTI LKJ MRJlast_img read more

first_img9th last Race: Good-Bye Stakes 1200M: 9th last Race: Good-Bye Stakes 1200M: Ramon (Vazhaparmbli John) 54 Ramu first Candice 57.5 Kiran Rai secpmd Neymar 57.5 Arshad Alam third Brunaldo 60 Qureshi fourth Not Run: Custom Built Won By: 1-1/4Ls, 1-1/4Ls and 2-1/4Ls Time: One minute:14.27 seconds Tote: Rs 59 for win. Rs18, Rs27 and Rs18 for places Favourite: Neymar Winner Trained By: Prithviraj Forecast: Rs 408 Quinella: Rs 270 Shp: Rs 79 Trinalla: 70 pct Rs 1,584 30 pct Rs 308 Exacta: 70 pct Rs 8,823 30 pct Rs 5,672. PTI CORR AKS MAV ATKlast_img read more

first_imgThe decision not to review a leg before wicket appeal on Australia captain Steve Smith was the right one at the time as there was significant doubt from even people off the field, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has said. (1st ODI: Smith’s record century helps Australia to 68-run win vs New Zealand)Smith was on 14 when he was trapped in front by Trent Boult, who was convinced he had struck a major blow to Australia’s innings in the first one-day international in Sydney on Sunday.The appeal, however, was turned down by umpire Mick Martell and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson chose not to review. Television replays, however, showed the on-field decision would have been overturned.Smith, who told reporters that he felt he was out and relieved the visitors did not review, went on to make 164 to guide his side to 324 for eight before they bowled New Zealand out for 256 in 44.2 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.”There was plenty of chat afterwards about that,” Hesson told reporters in Sydney on Monday. “There were two sounds and the possibility of an inside edge.”From our angle we heard two noises. Macca (batting coach Craig McMillan) and I were going ‘he’s probably nicked it’ and clearly he didn’t.”Generally (Williamson) looks to the guy square on in terms of height, the keeper has a good look, is sometimes obscured, first slip sometimes has a better look and he was unsure.”All that’s got to happen pretty quickly. It was obviously pretty costly in the end.”advertisementThat decision was not the only thing to go wrong, with the side making uncharacteristic errors in the field, including several dropped catches, while their death bowling was too expensive, going for 110 runs in the final 10 overs.Debutant Lockie Ferguson also bowled four no balls, gifting Australia a free hit on the next delivery as he conceded 73 runs from nine overs.Hesson, however, said a bout of cramp may have affected the 25-year-old, who still impressed with his pace that hurried up the Australian batsmen.”He conceded a lot with his extras and a lot of that was cramping and loss of stride length,” Hesson added.”Those things happen and can be tidied up pretty quickly once he gets used to that kind of intensity.”We want him to run in and bowl quick and create opportunity. We certainly saw some good signs.”last_img read more

first_imgWorld No.2 Roger Federer was hardly troubled in his second round match against Lukas Lacko at the Wimbledon but made a statement with some dominating tennis to reach the third round on Wednesday.In a 90-minute match, Federer put up an exhibition of his brilliant shot-making firing 48 exquisite winners to down Lacko 6-4, 6-4, 6-1. Federer made only 11 unforced errors in the entirety of the match.With the win over Lacko, Federer notched up his 26th consecutive set at the grasscourt major.Federer will face either Croatian Ivo Karlovic or Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff for a place in the fourth round.Just another day at the Centre Court office for @rogerfedererThe defending champion extends his run of consecutive sets won at #Wimbledon to 26 with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 win over Lukas Lacko (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2018Federer threw a major surprise when he walked out at the Centre Court for his first round match two days ago.Also read – Wimbledon: Thiem, Goffin depart while Nadal, Djokovic advanceOn Monday, Federer came to play in a Uniqlo jersey, minutes after which Uniqlo announced their new association with the tennis start, signalling an end of a career-long association between Federer and Nike.Federer later confirmed the development.RAONIC BATTLES MILLMAN, NOVAK SHOCKS POUILLEMilos Raonic of Canada and Dennis Novak of Austria beat their respective Wimbledon second-round opponents on Wednesday, and are set to face each other in the third round.Also read – Rafael Nadal criticises Wimbledon’s 25-second shot clock planadvertisementDespite all three sets going to tie-breaks, world No. 32 Raonic pulled through in the key moments and beat world No. 56 John Millman of Australia 7-6(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(4) in two hours and 38 minutes.Serving down 34 aces, @milosraonic books his third round spot at #WimbledonThis was the pick of the bunch… (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2018Novak, world No. 171, earned a big upset over world No 19 Lucas Pouille of France 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(8), 3-6, 6-2, in a match that lasted nearly three hours after Novak failed to seal the win in a gruelling third-set tiebreaker.Debut delight…Making his #Wimbledon bow, qualifier Dennis Novak takes out the No.17 seed Lucas Pouille to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time, winning 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(8), 3-6, 6-2 (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2018Also read – Wimbledon: Pliskova beats Azarenka to reach 3rd round for first timeOTHER RESULTS:Gael Monfils beat Paolo Lorenzi 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5), 7-6(3)Sam Querrey beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-3Adrian Mannarino beat Ryan Harrison 7-5, 7-5, 7-6(4)(With Reuters and IANS inputs)last_img read more

first_imgChennai, Aug 31 (PTI) Asian Games gold medallist heptathlete Swapna Barman may soon find her problem sorted as Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory (ICF) are in talks with footwear giants Nike to design customised shoes for her. Swapna by birth has six toes on both feet and has often found it very painful to wear normal shoes. Learning about her plight, ICF General Manager S Mani, instructed the Sports Branch to immediately arrange to get the custom-made shoes and ensure that they reach Barman at the earliest.Subsequently, ICF’s Sports Branch officials contacted Nike for arranging supply of such special custom-made shoes for Barman, sources said.As the size of her shoes needs to be ascertained, they are now in touch with the Indian High Commission officials in Jakarta and also AFI officials to ascertain the same.Since the Heptathlon event consists of seven different activities such as 100 metres hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 meters, long jump, javelin throw and 800 metres, it requires the athlete to use at least five different types of shoes for these 7 events. Hence, ICF will be arranging a complete set comprising these five types of shoes, to be presented to Barman. Though the West Bengal athlete does not belong to the broad Indian Railways Sports fraternity, as a measure of goodwill and in recognition of her feat in bringing laurels to the country, ICF has decided to present her with the custom-made shoes, the sources said. The ICF, which is the largest manufacturer of coaches for the Indian Railways, has also contributed significantly for the development of sports by establishing state-of-the-art infrastructure and many of its players/teams have bagged top positions in the national sports arena. PTI SS KHSKHSadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgShare on Messenger Spain Atlético Madrid have severed their relationship with the man who ran their youth system for 20 years and launched an investigation after he admitted to sexually abusing a boy in his charge at the Catholic boarding school where he lived and worked.Friar Manuel Briñas, who is 88 and is known as the man who discovered Fernando Torres, told El País that it had happened “once, maybe twice” in the mid-1970s and that he “stopped immediately”, but his version does not tally with that of the victim and four other former students who have come forward with testimonies of abuse, according to the newspaper.There have been no accusations from players at Atlético and, a club statement said, “no grounds for the slightest suspicion”, but they have begun an investigation. Atlético will also review their protocol for the protection of young players. The director of the school where Briñas worked expressed his “total shock” at the revelations.Briñas admitted he had abused an individual names as Miguel MH, now aged 59, at the Hermanos Amorós school, where he had responsibility for sports and excursions. Miguel MH never told his parents but contacted Briñas in the last year in an attempt to “understand” and to “forgive”. He related how Briñas had assaulted him in a tent on a school camping trip to the Gredos mountains outside Madrid.Confronted with the testimony, Briñas told El País: “I could never explain it.” He called it an “accident”, “strange things that happened back then” and he linked it to the death of the woman he was going to marry and his decision to then become a friar. He described his actions as a “thorn in my soul” and insisted it had happened “once, maybe twice”.According to the testimony of Miguel MH, though, the abuse continued between 1973 and 1975 until he confronted Briñas – on one occasion slapping him as he approached in the dark, on the other demanding he turn back, having awoken to find himself in the back of the teacher’s car while other students slept by a lake. Four further victims have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse. One of them described Briñas’s actions as “an open secret”. Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share via Email Europe Atlético Madrid Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgzoom Australian integrated energy company Origin Energy Limited has reassured its investors that China Petrochemical Corp. (Sinopec) will fulfill its end of the agreement to buy AUD 24.7 billion (USD 19 billion) worth of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Australia Pacific LNG project, a joint venture between Origin (37.5%), ConocoPhillips (37.5%), and Sinopec (25%). Responding to market speculation, Origin issued a statement saying that the company’s sale and purchase agreement of 7.6 million tonnes per annum to Sinopec is structured as a take-or-pay agreement.  According to Origin, these agreements offer flexibility to Origin and ConocoPhillips to determine the start date for supply of LNG to Sinopec.This is intended to occur after successful commissioning to ensure that the project can meet its obligations to supply cargoes under the SPA.The LNG produced during the commissioning phase will be sold under short term contracts. Australia Pacific LNG has begun to contract these commissioning cargoes, Origin says.Whilst Sinopec’s take-or-pay obligation will commence on the start date determined in accordance with the SPA, the SPA does provide Sinopec with flexibility in terms of where it can take the cargoes, in order to manage the build up of key infrastructure and markets, according to the statement.As the SPA is structured on a Free on Board basis, any exercise of this flexibility by Sinopec would not impact Australian Pacific LNG’s rights under the SPA.Origin says that the Australia Pacific LNG project remains on track for sustained production from Train 1 in the second quarter of the 2016 financial year.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsNiagara Falls may be the honeymoon capital of Canada, but for this week, the Assembly of First Nations is turning it into an arena to discuss natural resources.More than 800 Indigenous leaders and business people sat down to talk business.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith was there.last_img

Rabat – As Rabat and Brussels show no signs of reaching an agreement following a month-long negotiations to renew the EU-Morocco fisheries deal, Europeans fishing boats have started preparing to leave Moroccan waters, heightening fishermen’s concerns about the future of the deal and raising questions as to how long the rift between the two strategic partners will last.During the third rounds of the fisheries deal-related discussions between Morocco and its EU partners, the North African nation hardened its stance and asked for a financial compensation of MAD 800 million, as opposed to the 400 million of the expiring agreement.According to Moroccan outlet Akhbar Al Youm, European diplomats did not compromise with Morocco’s financial demands for renewing the deal, leading European boats no choice but to depart from Moroccan waters since the deal expires on July 14. The Casablanca-based daily reported that European fishermen have until July 15 to leave Moroccan coasts.“The worst that could have been carefully prevented has finally happened,” complained Javier Garat, a Spanish fisherman president of the association of European fishing companies operating in Moroccan waters under the terms of the EU-Morocco deal.  For Garat, however, it is just a matter of time before Rabat and Brussels manage to find a mutually acceptable basis for renewal, as both parties have reaped enormous benefits off the agreement in the recent years.“The two parties have converging positions, but there exist some minor details [differences] that have not been addressed,” the Spanish said. He added, however, that European fishermen will have to wait for weeks or even a year before the two parties satisfy all the diplomatic and bureaucratic requirements associated with the renewal process.Citing Spanish sources, Akhbar Al Youm reported that further discussions are expected between Rabat and Brussels given that European fishermen and many workers’ rights advocacy groups are putting enormous pressure on their respective governments to save the “crucial” agreement.“It would be a great pity if the deal is not renewed by its expiry date, because Morocco has made it clear that during second roundtables that all European boats should depart from European water [should Brussels fail to compromise],” Pedro Maza, president of a fishermen’s association in Spain, said last month amid rumors that Brussels and Rabat were having a hard time finding a common ground regarding the renewal of the fisheries agreement.But even in the event of new discussions to renew the deal, Rabat is very unlikely to compromise on its current position. This week, Aziz Akhannouch, Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Rural Development, was adamant about Morocco’s requirements to sign a new deal.In addition to the MAD 800 million Morocco is requesting from the EU as financial compensation, European fishermen and fishing companies should henceforth be careful about other tiny details of the deal, including quantity, species, and biodiversity, the Moroccan minister said. read more

OTTAWA — The head of one of Canada’s largest banks is urging the federal government to stem the flow of investment capital from this country to the United States — because, he warns, it’s already leaving in “real time.”RBC president and CEO Dave McKay discussed some of his biggest concerns about Canadian competitiveness, particularly those related to recent U.S. tax reforms, during a recent interview.Ottawa has come under pressure from corporate Canada to respond to a U.S. tax overhaul that’s expected to lure business investments south of the border.McKay told The Canadian Press that a “significant” investment exodus to the U.S. is already underway, especially in the energy and clean-technology sectors.The flight of capital, McKay added, will likely be followed by a loss of talent, which means the next generation of engineers, problem solvers and intellectual property could be created not north of the border, but south of it instead.“We would certainly encourage the federal government to look at these issues because, in real time, we’re seeing capital flow out of the country,” McKay said.“We see our government going around the world saying what a great place Canada is to invest — yes, it is a great country, it’s an inclusive country, it’s a diverse country, it’s got great people assets.“But if we don’t keep the capital here, we can’t keep the people here — and these changes are important to bring human capital and financial capital together in one place.”Since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, Canada’s investment landscape has been dealing with deep uncertainty related the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.But many point to Trump’s recent U.S. tax measures as potentially more dangerous, fearing that dramatic corporate tax cuts in the U.S. will eliminate Canada’s advantage.Canada’s competitiveness challenges go beyond the high-level, tax-rate changes in the U.S. bill, McKay said.For instance, he pointed to another important element he said is encouraging capital to flow out of Canada — a change that enables U.S. companies to immediately write off the full cost of new machinery and equipment.“The acceleration of that in the U.S. completely changes the investment returns that you see on major investments,” said McKay. “I think that alone may shrink competitiveness.”Tax expert Jack Mintz said the U.S. change allows firms in all sectors to expense the full cost of new equipment. In comparison, he said, Canada has a two-year write-off for equipment for just the manufacturing and the processing sectors.Mintz, a University of Calgary professor, said he believes the expensing of capital investments is encouraging a lot of companies to shift their investments to the U.S.Although the business community pressed federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau to take specific steps in his February budget to address the competitiveness concerns, their efforts went unrewarded. Indeed, Morneau has had to defend the budget against complaints it didn’t do enough to protect Canada from the U.S. tax changes.A spokesman for Morneau did the same, arguing that Canada’s corporate tax rates remain competitive and that the country has led the G7 in growth.“There will be no knee-jerk reactions from this minister, and we are doing our homework,” Daniel Lauzon wrote in an email. “This includes listening to, and hearing from, the business community on how the competitive environment is evolving.”John Manley, president of the Business Council of Canada, said the issue of competitiveness was “absent” from the federal budget.“We’re always in this difficult competition to attract investment and to retain investment — and it’s not to be taken lightly because investment can move quickly,” Manley said.Regardless of the cause, some experts are seeing signs in the economic data that suggest capital is already flying south.BMO chief economist Douglas Porter said it’s too early to draw conclusions, but the fact the Canadian equity market and currency have both been on the weak side this year supports the possibility that capital is leaving the country.The Canadian dollar is one of the few currencies in the world to weaken against the U.S. dollar this year, and for no immediately apparent reason, Porter said.None of the provincial budgets released so far took steps to improve Canada’s competitiveness, such as tax relief, he added. read more

Senate rejects latest House GOP attempt to negotiate on budget, health care law WASHINGTON – The Senate has voted to reject the latest House Republican effort to negotiate on the budget amid the government shutdown.The party-line vote was 54-46 on Tuesday. The Senate turned aside a House request to name negotiators to a conference to resolve differences.Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wouldn’t negotiate as long as Republicans were holding up a straightforward spending bill to keep the government operating.The vote marked the fourth time during this fight that the Democratic-controlled Senate has rejected House Republican efforts. The political stalemate that has triggered the first government shutdown in 17 years. by Donna Cassata, The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2013 10:06 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State then-redshirt junior Linnae Harper takes the ball up the court against Purdue in a Big Ten tournament semifinal game in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerThe USA Basketball Women’s Under-23 National Team added the second Buckeye to its roster when Ohio State redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper was selected as an injury replacement Saturday evening.Harper joins Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell on the team, replacing South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson who will not play due to a groin strain. Harper and Mitchell are the only two Big Ten athletes on the roster.The Ohio State duo spent the past week competing at the national team training camp along with 34 other players. Thursday afternoon, USA Basketball announced a roster of 12 players that would travel to Tokyo to take part in the Four Nations Tournament.“I’m just grateful for the opportunity,” Harper said in a press release. “This past week was great for me, being able to play with the best players and coaches in the country. I’m very excited that I have the chance to compete and represent the USA again and play in Tokyo.”This isn’t Harper’s first time playing in international competitions. Harper has earned six medals while playing for USA Basketball, including three gold medals in the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship, 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship and 2011 FIBA Under-16 World Championship.“We are excited to welcome Linnae, and I’ve got no doubt that she will pick things up quickly,” said Under-23 coach Jeff Walz, who also coaches at Louisville.Last season for Ohio State, the 5-foot-8 guard averaged 8.4 points, five rebounds and 1.9 assists per game and was honored as the 2017 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year.The United States will begin play against Australia Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. On Aug. 13 at 4:30 p.m., Harper and her team will face off against Canada before concluding with a game against Japan on Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. read more

The Buckeyes prepare to take to the field prior to the start of the game against Purdue on Oct. 20. Ohio State lost 49-20. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State moved up to No. 8 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll released on Sunday. The Buckeyes did not play this week, last losing to Purdue on Oct. 20. The Buckeyes are one of four teams in the Top 25 from the Big Ten including No. 5 Michigan, No. 14 Penn State and No. 19 Iowa. Northwestern, Michigan State and Wisconsin also received Top 25 votes.No. 8 Ohio State will face Nebraska on Nov. 3 at noon.The AP Poll: Week 10Alabama (60)ClemsonNotre DameLSUMichiganGeorgiaOklahomaOhio StateUCFWashington StateKentuckyWest VirginiaFloridaPenn StateTexasUtahHoustonUtah StateIowaFresno StateMississippi StateSyracuseVirginiaBoston CollegeTexas A&M read more

first_img ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches11 Manga Series That Should Never Be Live Action Movies Stay on target One Punch Man continues to be one of the most popular shounen action series out there, and it’s also one of the funniest. Following hero Saitama, who can knock out pretty much any enemy or monster with just one punch, it’s rife with plenty of wacky situations like Saitama’s induction into a special league of heroes, a city’s impending destruction, and more. It’s a hilarious ride that subverts normal tropes in these types of shows, and as such it’s inspired plenty of merchandise. If you’ve got a fellow One Punch-loving friend or family member in your life, you can brighten their day with some ideas from this gift guide.Saitama Cosplay BeaniePretend you’re rocking Saitama’s chrome dome (his hair fell out because he trained so hard!) with this cozy beanie for $19.99.One Punch Man Throw BlanketEveryone can always use a new blanket. Why not get one adorned with Saitama’s big ol’ cue ball head? Get it now for $32.90.$24.99 at Hot Topic. Buy It HereSaitama 8-inch PlushEven heroes need cuddles. Give Saitama lots of big hugs with this adorable doll. Currently $14.54!Genos Nendoroid FigureThe Nendoroid series of figures are some of the cutest ones out there. This Genos figure is super adorable. Make him yours for $29.99.One Punch Man, Vol. 1Go back to where the story began with the first volume of the manga series and jump right in even if you’ve never seen the show. Add it to your collection for $8.40.Banpresto Saitama FigureThis one’s for more hardcore fans, offering a better, more detailed version of Saitama. It’s worth displaying! Let him protect your home for $39.99.Saitama and Genos Group Metal KeychainTake some of your favorite One Punch Man characters with you wherever you go to keep those keys safe and just $8.95.Oppai HoodieThis suggestive hoodie is a lot like what Saitama himself wore. You might want to wear at your own risk! Get it today for $35.99.Caped Baldy Art PosterWell, that isn’t exactly a nice thing to call Saitama, but it is true, after all, and this poster is on point. Grab this brilliant print for $20.Saitama Training ShirtLet the world know you’re all in when it comes to your training, just like the One Punch Man himself for $20.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgScarlett Johansson as Black Widow in Avengers: EndgameTwitterLeading the Avengers to unsnap the snap committed by Thanos was not Black Widow’s original jam. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo, in a spoiler-filled interview with Slate’s The Gist podcast, revealed that Black Widow’s (played by Scarlett Johansson) back story for Endgame was completely different.As per the directors, Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff was supposed to dedicate her time to educate children and not take over Nick Fury’s job of assembling the Avengers. Speaking on the same, Anthony Russo said, “One thing that we talked about a lot – and I thought was really profound, but it was almost too large of an idea for us to wrangle, but we did try for a while – the idea that one-quarter of all children have no parents.”To this, Joe Russo added, “Assuming you started with two parents. So that’s a lot of global orphans. Just the staggering number of that. I believe at one point really early in development, Black Widow was actually leading the organization in D.C. that was in charge of orphans, basically. That was what she was heading up five years later. But yes, it’s fascinating when you start running it down.” From a script where she only dealt with kids to one where she took on the role of a coordinator to bring together the Avengers, Black Widow surely got an upgrade!One of the main reasons why Black Widow’s sacrifice was so impacting apart from Iron Man’s was because she dedicated her years to the makeshift family formerly brought together by Nick Fury. She basically became the person heavily invested in coordinating with the Avengers’ heroic activities on Earth and space. Black Widow in a still from Avengers: EndgameInstagramAvengers: Endgame has been working phenomenally at the box office. In fact, it is inching closer to dethrone James Cameron’s Avatar and become the highest grossing film of all time. Considering how the film has a long run at the box office as the shows are being actively run across theatres in major countries, perhaps they might be able to achieve this feat!While Avengers: Endgame is considered to be the final film for the franchise, the Russo brothers have stated that Spider-Man: Far From Home starring Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal will be the final film to the third phase of Marvel Cinematic Universe.last_img read more

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekAmerican Horror Story Takes Us Back to the Days of Witches and Warlocks Stay on target American Horror Story‘s showrunners promised us that everything would change in episode six. They weren’t lying. Right off the bat, things are different. We’re told that after the success of “My Roanoke Nightmare,” the network wanted a sequel series.The show begins with the producer of the show, Sydney filming his pitch meeting with the network execs. His idea: “Return to Roanoke: 3 Days in Hell.” It’s a Big Brother-style reality show where the “real” Millers and the actors who play them in the reenactments, will live in the Roanoke house together during the Blood Moon. Sydney implies that all the horrors will be fake.He meets with Shelby, and we learn she had an affair with Dominic, the actor who played Matt in the reenactments. She doesn’t want to do the show and only agreed because it will give her a chance to reconnect with Matt. The real Matt. She requests that Dominic not be a part of the show. The producer agrees, but it turns out they just booked him on the show. He’ll be there.Immediately, weird things start happening on set. (Photo: Screenshot via FX)Two weeks before the Blood Moon, we see the house being prepared. Cameras are being put in the walls, and parts of the house are being rigged with pop-up scares. The producers argue over whether the fake jump scares are really necessary, but are interrupted by a crew member. They find that someone has left a circle of bloody fetal pigs by a tree. Someone suggests it might be the Polk family, but we learn that they haven’t been seen in months.Sidney meets with Agnes Mary Winstead, the actress who played The Butcher, for what seems like a standard interview in preparation for the upcoming show. It turns out that after playing The Butcher, she had a psychotic break and ran through Hollywood with a cleaver. She insists she got help and is better now, but Sidney doesn’t believe her. He accuses her of leaving the circle of fetal pigs and serves her a restraining order. She is not to come anywhere near the house.Everyone involved in the production of the show seems to think that Lee murdered her husband. Part of the reason they’re doing this sequel series in the first place is to out Lee as a murderer. More of a concern, though, is the fact the actress who plays her is an alcoholic, and there will likely be alcohol on set. Before either of these concerns can be worked out, the producers are summoned to the set where a crew member has just died after being attacked by his own chainsaw.Diana sees something strange in the road. (Photo: Screenshot via FX)Sidney writes it off as an accident, but his partner, Diana is freaked out and quits the show. As she’s driving away, she records herself stating the exact reasons she’s leaving. Creepy things have been happening ever since she started working on the show. She sees a figure that looks a lot like The Butcher in front of her car. Because she knows exactly how horror movies work, she does not stop to see who it is. Her smart decision-making gets her nowhere, however, as she is grabbed by the pig-man from the backseat of her car. We’re told police found the footage we just saw weeks later. Her body was never found.We then meet Audrey Tindall, the actor who played Shelby in the reenactments. She reveals that she and Rory Monahan, who played Edward Mott, started dating during filming and have gotten married. They arrive at the house and see a figure who looks like Agnes break a window. We learn that Agnes had attacked Audrey’s home out of jealousy after Audrey won a Saturn Award for her performance.Matt and Lee arrive at the house, and things are immediately awkward between the real Matt and Shelby. They’re all given phones, but only the cameras on them work. You know, because working cell phones would ruin 99 percent of horror movies out there. They’re told to use the phone cameras to document their own experiences. Matt directs everyone’s attention to the almost-full red moon. Now, we’re finally told what kind of show we’re watching. Over the course of the blood moon, we’re told, every participant in the show died except for one. The show never aired and we are watching assembled footage of the events. The Blair Witch is strong with this one.Why would anyone willingly stay in this house? (Photo: Screenshot via FX)Audrey and Rory have sex in the hot tub while everyone else prepares to crash in their separate rooms. As Lee walks through the hall, the ghost of her ex-husband Mason passes behind her, burns all over, and stares directly into the camera. He’s not in any other shot. Audrey leaves Rory in the hot tub to take a shower while Shelby goes down to the basement to talk to Matt, who’s not sure if they’ll survive this time. Shelby suggests they leave the show and go home, but they’re interrupted by a knock at the door. Dominic arrives, and Matt flies into a rage and starts punching him. Rory breaks up the fight.Audrey gets out of the shower sees the pig-man in the mirror standing behind her. She runs downstairs and tells everyone what happened. Rory searches the upstairs but finds no pig-man. He does find two zombified nurses who stab him to death. Matt notices that the bloody writing on the wall is suddenly completed and now reads “MURDER.” He joins the others in the kitchen and announces, “The ‘R’ is for Rory.”This episode started out pretty slow. We had a lot of set-ups to get through before the scares started coming. Once all the pieces were in place, though, it all made for a pretty terrifying episode. It was especially interesting seeing the two nurses look completely different from what we’ve seen before. It’ll be fun to see what each monster/ghost/villain “really” looks like. The stakes are also higher now. For the first half of the season, we knew everyone survived. How else could they be telling us the story? Now, we know that all but one dies. Nobody is safe anymore, and the show feels tenser because of it.last_img read more

first_img More information: Extended disease resistance emerging from the fecal nest of a subterranean termite, To be published here: rspb.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rspb.2013.1885 Citation: Study shows use of feces as building material by termites serves as antibiotic (2013, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( —A team of researchers at the University of Florida has found that some termites use their own feces as an ingredient in building materials. Doing so, the group reports in their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, offers the insects a natural antibacterial agent that helps them fend off infections that could harm them. Termites, as most are aware, cause damage to buildings that have a wood component—the insects eat the wood ruining its ability to maintain its stability. The tiny insects are also notoriously difficult to eradicate once they build a nest in an area and begin munching on building parts. Prior research has found that termites have two natural ways to fend off antibiotic agents. The first is that they have an immune system that is particularly good at fighting off fungal and bacterial infections. They second is they have evolved skills that help them keep bacteria at bay, such as nest cleaning, grooming nest mates, getting rid of those that die and at times eating their remains. In this new effort, the researchers have found that termites have a third type of defense against bacteria—they use their own feces as an ingredient when making a material they use to line the walls of their nests, resulting in nest foundations that are able to ward off bacteria.The researchers discovered the antibacterial properties of the building material in termite nests by digging up five Formosan subterranean termite colonies near the university. In studying the material the termites used to create the walls, the researchers discovered they had been made using feces and chewed wood. In exposing a large variety of bacteria to the material, the researchers found it capable of warding off a host of fungus and other bacteria. Next, the researchers put a colony of the termites into an artificial nest which had been exposed to a type of fungus that can kill termites. Adding bacteria from their natural building material, they found, helped the insects ward off fungal infections.The researchers say microbes in the feces are responsible for the antibacterial nature of the building material, which suggests that further study may yield a new source of antibacterial agent that humans might use to do the same. Stick insect found to harbor antibacterial microbes in its gut © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img Formosan subterranean termite queen. Credit: Wikipedia. Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgMahahual, Q.R. — Two men were rescued by the Mexican Navy in waters off Mahahual Tuesday after their kayak began to sink.The Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico reported rescuing an adult male and a minor male Tuesday after naval personnel aboard a Defender-type vessel noticed that two men were signaling for help.They say that the two men were adrift in a kayak near the Fisherman’s Wharf of Mahahual where it began sinking.Personnel assigned to the Naval Search Station, Rescue and Maritime Surveillance sent rescue swimmers to the men, who were safely transported back to the harbor while their kayak was towed to the Fisherman’s Wharf of Mahahual.Once they reached land, the pair were reported to be in good health. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more