TORONTOS MAXWELL MCCABELOKOS DARK COMEDY STANLEYVILLE SETS CAST

first_imgActor Maxwell McCabe-Lokos (Lars and the Real Girl, Lionsgate’s upcoming Chaos Walking) will make his directorial debut with the forthcoming dark comedy Stanleyville. The pic unveiled its cast that includes Susanne Wuest (Goodnight Mommy, Antares), Cara Ricketts (Twelfth Night, The Book of Negroes), Julian Richings (Supernatural, Man of Steel), Christian Serritiello (Catalina, Homeland), George Tchortov (Designated Survivor, Goon: Last of the Enforcers) and Adam Brown (The Hobbit trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales). The film is currently in production, shooting in Canada and Germany. Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Hanging in the Toronto heat with #stanleyville cast mate and fine fellow ⁦@BrownAds⁩ #hobbit #LOTR pic.twitter.com/twU6cEQjyE— Julian Richings (@JulianRichings) July 29, 2019 Advertisement Advertisement Susanne Wuest, Cara Ricketts, Julian Richings, Christian Serritiello, George Tchortov and Adam Brown will star in Maxwell McCabe-Lokos’s “Stanleyville” (Courtesy of K2 Publicity)last_img read more

Remembering Skookum Jim who codiscovered Klondike Gold Rush

first_imgShirley McLean APTN National News It’s not the goldfields of the Klondike.But a makeshift sluice box at Skookum Jim’s house in Carcross, Yukon is to help the young and tourists learn more about Yukon’s gold rush history.And how First Nations played a role in it.Skookum Jim co-discovered Yukon gold that kicked off the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush.He made thousands of dollars from his claim in Dawson City but he never forgot about his local kin of the Tlingit and Tagish people.“That is how now we have the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre in Whitehorse because of his legacy. He willed a lot of funds ahead for his descendants,” said Georgie Low.But often his name has been left out of the history books and credit has been given to George Carmacks, an American miner.“You don’t see Skookum Jim’s name in there a lot. There is just brief mentions … that’s why this interpretive centre is important. We really tell the story of Skookum Jim here,” said Richard Zaidan of Parks Canada.In 1904, he sold his gold claims for $65,000 and continued to live in Carcross until his death in 1919.His trust fund continues to fund local social and education programs for many Yukon First Nations.smclean@aptn.calast_img read more

Aphria shares soar on reported talks with Altria for possible equity stake

first_imgLEAMINGTON, Ont. – Shares of Aphria Inc. soared on Wednesday in the wake of a media report that said U.S. tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. was in talks with the licensed cannabis producer to acquire an equity stake.The Leamington, Ont.-based cannabis grower’s stock rose more than 15 per cent on Wednesday afternoon to close at $20.06.The stock surge came after the Globe and Mail published a report on the discussions between Aphria and the Virginia-based tobacco producer and marketer, citing multiple sources.Aphria said in a statement late Wednesday that while it engages in discussions with potential partners or investors at times, there is no agreement, understanding or arrangement in place with a potential investor at this time.The news report comes one week before Canada moves to legalize cannabis for recreational use on Oct. 17 and after other traditional industries have expressed interest in players in the Canadian marijuana sector.In August, beer, wine and spirits producer Constellation Brands in August signed a deal to invest $5-billion into Canopy Growth Corp., increasing its stake in the cannabis producer to 38 per cent.last_img read more

All members should abide by UN sanctions committees decision on Azhar UN

first_imgUnited Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed hope that all member states will abide by the decision of the sanctions committee of the world body which imposed an arms embargo, asset freeze and travel ban on Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar. The UN sanctions committee on the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda on Wednesday announced the designation of Azhar, leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), over its ties to Al-Qaeda. The JeM has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama suicide attack that killed 40 CRPF soldiers and led to a spike in military tensions between India and Pakistan. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report In response to a question on Guterres’ reaction, his spokesman said: “This is the work of a well-established mechanism through the Sanctions Committee of the Security Council. It is a big part of the United Nations work in the fight against terrorism”. “It’s always good when all member states of the security council agree on something. We would of course hope that all member states abide by those decisions,” he said. The United Nations designated Azhar as a “global terrorist” after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist him. The US, France along with the UK had moved the proposal to designate Azhar as a “global terrorist” in the UN Security Council’s 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee in February. A Security Council member said that Germany, Belgium and Poland also co-sponsored the proposal, adding that there has been new unity and these three delegations also supported the proposal to list Azhar.last_img read more

Spain Denies Citizenship to Moroccan Man over Lack of Integration

Rabat – Spain has once again denied citizenship to a Moroccan resident for “fundamental institutional and cultural ignorance,” and for only maintaining relationships with people from his own culture.The man was born in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta bordering northern Morocco and lived for 13 years in Spain.The Spanish Chamber for Contentions at the Spanish National Court reasoned that the Moroccan man, who lives with his wife and children, “does not have sufficient knowledge of the rights and duties of the Spanish people,” reported Spanish outlet El Faro de Ceuta on Tuesday. Read Also: Spain to Impose Restrictions on Domestic Workers Commuting to CeutaThe appellant “is not sufficiently integrated into Spanish society, does not know with rigor the rights and duties of Spaniards and everything related to the essential structure of the Nation,” the court said, according to the outlet. It is not the first time Spain has refused to grant citizenship to a Moroccan for similar reasons. In August, the National Court’s Chamber said that it did not give citizenship to a Moroccan resident because he did not know the president of Catalonia or the typical dance of the region. read more

Noting progress Ban encourages Cypriot leaders to continue efforts to end dispute

30 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the progress achieved by the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders in their United Nations-backed reunification talks and encouraged them to continue working towards a solution that takes into account the legitimate rights and concerns of both sides. “A settlement is in the interest of all Cypriots, leading to stability, reconciliation and greater prosperity for Cyprus. It would also represent a critical peace dividend for the entire region,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said.“The United Nations is committed to continue supporting the negotiations, and stands with the people of Cyprus as they work towards finally resolving this longstanding problem,” it added. Mr. Ban congratulated Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias for their joint statement today, in which they reported important progress in the talks and stressed their strong commitment to reaching a settlement.“Both Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat are leaders with courage and vision and they have taken enormous political risks to carry the process forward,” the spokesperson’s statement noted. In their joint statement, which was read out on their behalf by the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Cyprus, Alexander Downer, after the latest round of talks in Nicosia, the leaders said important progress in the areas of governance and power-sharing, European Union (EU) matters and the economy has been achieved recently. “We underscore the fact that negotiations are being conducted under the overriding principle of the ‘integrated whole approach,’ which means that ‘nothing is agreed unless everything is agreed’,” the two leaders said.They stated that they were convinced that their “mutual concern for the common good of the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots” and their will for a “comprehensive solution” will soon lead to an exhaustive discussion of the remaining aspects of the problem and the gaps between their positions to achieve a mutually acceptable solution that will be put to simultaneous referenda.In 2008, Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat committed themselves to working towards “a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolution.”That partnership would comprise a federal government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which would be of equal status.A UN peacekeeping mission, known as UNFICYP, has been in place on the island since 1964 after an outbreak of inter-communal violence. read more

ICE Futures Canada Wednesday morning Canola prices mostly higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were mostly higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Wednesday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $2.50 higher $509.30; Jan. ’18 $2.80 higher $514.50; March ’18 $2.10 higher $516.70; May ’18 $2.10 higher $517.40; July ’18 $0.80 higher $516.50; Nov. ’18 $0.90 lower $481.50; Jan. ’19 unchanged $483.20; March ’19 unchanged $485.90; May ’19 unchanged $485.90; July ’19 unchanged $485.90; Nov. ’19 unchanged $485.90.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00. read more

UNP agrees to register United National Front

The United National Front will look to campaign for good governance at the August 17 Parliament election with Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Ministerial candidate. (Colombo Gazette) The proposal was made by UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim and a vote was later taken by UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. Earlier today several SLFP members had confirmed they will support the UNP while the JHU and the SLMC have also decided to contest the election with the UNP.UNP Deputy Leader Ravi Karunanayake said that 18 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members have extended support to the UNP at the August election. The United Natioal Party (UNP) today proposed and later agreed to register the United National Front after the August 17 Parliament election.The UNP, at a special convention, agreed on the proposal to also contest the Parliament election next month as the United National Front under the elephant symbol by including members from other political parties who have extended support to the UNP. Wickremesinghe announced that the proposal had been adopted following a majority vote at the UNP special convention. read more

Wrong turn leaves car submerged at Ashbridges Bay in Toronto

A wrong turn along Toronto’s waterfront left a woman’s car completely submerged on Monday night. “The driver thought she was driving onto a ramp to Lakeshore Boulevard, but instead drove into Ashbridge’s Bay,” said emergency officials.Aside from the woman, there is no mention of how many people were in the car.No injuries were reported.

OPP finds fake stop sign with treasure hunt clues attached

Ontario Provincial Police is investigating after a fake stop sign was put up in Haldimand County. A Haldimand County Roads Department employee contacted police on Dec. 10 after they noticed a group of people at an intersection near the border of Haldimand County and Norfolk County. Police went to the location and found the group had dispersed but a rubber replica of a stop sign had been placed over top of a real stop sign. Officers also found an envelope with clues for a treasure hunt game attached to the sign. OPP is reminding the public that any tampering or removal of any traffic signs could not only result in criminal charges, it could cause collisions and put lives at serious risk.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers. read more

Experts differ on Buckeyes chances at BCS bowl berth

Following Saturday’s 38-14 win over Penn State, No. 9 Ohio State was stagnant in the BCS ranks, along with the rest of the top 10. But that doesn’t mean things didn’t change. Rece Davis of ESPN is a strong believer of the same “chaos” theory that brought the Buckeyes to the national title game in 2007. He thinks it could happen again, and the first step was Utah falling to Notre Dame 28-3 last Saturday. TCU, ranked No. 3 in the BCS, beat Utah 47-7 one week earlier. “I think that people have re-evaluated TCU’s resume,” Davis said in a phone interview with The Lantern. “So what that’s done, I think, is it’s opened the door for some of the one-loss teams. “It’s not a high percentage of a chance, but I think there is a chance. Should (TCU and No. 4 Boise State) lose, then you have complete and utter chaos that would be in line with what happened in 2007.” That year, a series of upsets propelled OSU from No. 7 in the BCS to No. 1 in a span of three weeks. For Davis’ theory to come to fruition, three of the four remaining undefeated teams — Oregon, Auburn, TCU and Boise State — would likely have to lose. OSU would have to win impressively this weekend in Iowa, and Wisconsin would have to falter in one of its two final games against Northwestern or Michigan. It would then be up to the BCS to jump the Buckeyes ahead of No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Stanford and No. 8 Nebraska. Davis said he would give the Buckeyes the nod over other one-loss teams because they had been ranked No. 1 before losing to Wisconsin. He said he expects No. 2 Auburn to struggle with Alabama and then South Carolina in the SEC Championship game. He also said Oregon State could give Oregon a run for its money in the annual “Civil War” game, and said a Boise State loss to No. 18 Nevada is a “possibility.” Jerry Palm of CBS Sports said the only way the Buckeyes would go to the National Championship game is if every team ahead of them lost. “I never really thought Ohio State was going to get a lot of juice from (beating) Iowa anyway,” he said. “But giving (the Hawkeyes) their fourth loss instead of their third loss diminishes that,” he said, referring to Iowa’s third loss of the season last week, which came against Northwestern. In his weekly bowl projections, Palm has OSU playing in the Capital One Bowl, Michigan State playing in the Rose Bowl and Wisconsin playing in the Sugar Bowl. If the Buckeyes win the rest of their games, they are guaranteed at least a share of the Big Ten Title — an honor that could help their case for a BCS game. Coach Jim Tressel doesn’t quite buy into what goes into the BCS’ evaluation of teams. “If style points are important with what we have ahead, we’re in trouble, because there’s not going to be much style going into the ball game we’re getting ready to play,” Tressel said of Saturday’s game in Iowa City. Another bizarre twist to the Big Ten race this year is that OSU and Michigan State do not play each other. “Typically, if you miss Ohio State on your schedule, you’ll be jumping up and down,” Davis said. “Preseason, I’m sure Michigan State said, ‘Well, OK, we missed the Buckeyes.’ Now the shoe is on the other foot for both teams. They sort of needed each other and they’re not playing.” Davis said he expects the Sugar Bowl to be “all over Ohio State” if the Buckeyes win out and do not earn a spot in the Rose Bowl. read more

Big study finds 1 in 4 rural households have had someone emigrate

first_imgONE IN FOUR rural households have seen someone emigrate since the economic crash, according to a major new study into emigration.As well as an urban/rural divide, the study found clear evidence of a ‘brain drain’ with highly educated people choosing to leave the country for work: while 47 per cent of people aged between 25 and 34 have a third level qualification, the figure shoots up to 62 per cent when it comes to recent Irish emigrants.In one perhaps unexpected finding, researchers at University College Cork found that almost half of the people leaving were not unemployed, but were stuck in dead-end and poorly-paid jobs with limited prospects.UCC researchers found Irish people are more likely to emigrate than almost every other western country in the EU – except for Portugal – despite having lower unemployment figures than countries like Spain and Greece.Almost one fifth of emigrants surveyed had worked in a job related to the construction industry, signifying how devastated the sector was by the implosion of the property bubble.Although 40 per cent of all recent emigrants would like to return to Ireland in the next three years, only half of those say that it is likely to actually happen.Researchers said that the study highlighted how complicated a topic emigration is and how nuanced the experience of emigration can be. In a report published today – which will be livestreamed at a conference here –  the UCC researchers said that while educated young people are often portrayed in the media as being the ‘typical’ emigrant’, there are many different types of people who leave.The figures echo recent findings from the Central Statistics Office which found that 243 people are leaving Ireland every day, with one leaving every six minutes. The UK remains the most popular option for emigrants, followed by Australia, the US and Canada.Researchers collected demographic and cartographic data before knocking on more than 2,400 doors across Ireland, collecting data from emigrants and surveying intending emigrants at jobs fairs.The 14 hardest little things about leaving Ireland > Column: The dole queue or the departure lounge? this is the choice Ireland’s youth is facing > Ten people emigrate from Ireland every hour >last_img read more

Prosecutor Man shot by Vancouver police was armed

first_imgThe man shot multiple times by a Vancouver police officer during an altercation Saturday in Uptown Village was armed with a loaded .40 caliber handgun, the prosecutor in the case said Wednesday.But court records do not indicate whether the wanted man, Dominic Tovar, fired his weapon, which police later found in the waistband of his pants. The investigation is ongoing, and detectives have not confirmed if gunfire was exchanged, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.On Wednesday, Tovar, 23, of Vancouver appeared in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree assault, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, attempting to elude, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and hit-and-run injury. His right arm was in a sling.Court records state that Tovar suffered gunshot wounds to his right arm, right shoulder and the right side of his back after Vancouver police Officer Ken Suvada fired five shots through the back window of Tovar’s Crown Victoria as he backed into the officer. Suvada said the car struck his leg, but he moved out of the way before being seriously injured.Judge Bernard Veljacic set Tovar’s bail at $300,000 in spite of arguments from Tovar’s court-appointed attorney that the amount is akin to a no-bail hold.last_img read more

Klopp confirms the return of Henderson Keita for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed the returns of midfielders Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita for this Sunday’s day with FulhamHenderson has been on the sidelines since October 20 after being withdrawn at half-time during Liverpool’s 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town with a hamstring problem.Meanwhile, Keita has been absent for Liverpool since last month’s international break with Guinea due to a reported thigh injury.And, following two below-par displays over the past week, Klopp is naturally thrilled to welcome them back.“It’s good to have them back, it’s probably the first time that all midfield players apart from Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] are available,” Klopp told reporters on YouTube.“That’s then another thing to do, making decisions, who starts with who, stuff like that. It’s all about then fitness level, form, shape, whatever and then we will see.”On captain Henderson’s influence, Klopp said: “When Jordan is not available we always miss him.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I would love to say Hendo would have changed the whole game [versus Red Star Belgrade], but I am not really sure about it.The whole game was kind of strange and not us or whatever and the game before was Arsenal.“That was actually an absolutely OK game but we only have to admit, and maybe a few people were surprised, that Arsenal are a good football team.“They caused us problems, we caused them problems. We were 1-0 up, we had big chances, didn’t score and so it was 1-1, that’s all.“But [that was] nothing to do with players in or out, it was just like it was.”Liverpool will host Fulham at Anfield in a Premier League match on Sunday with kick-off to begin at 13:00 (CEST).last_img read more

MGM Resorts officially declares Osaka First policy

first_img Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR RelatedPosts On 10 January, MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren visited Osaka Prefecture Governor Ichiro Matusi and Osaka City Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura, stating his opinion to them that Osaka is “the best.”Jason Hyland, President and Representative Officer of MGM Resorts Japan, commented, “The IR proposal and regional development plan offered by MGM Resorts should reflect the wonderful history and culture of Osaka and the Kansai region. We hope to continue deepening our relationships with those in the regional tourist industries as well as the financial circles.”Focusing all efforts on Osaka is certainly an aggressive strategy to win a Japanese IR license.Governor Matsui has already announced that the public offering to select an IR partner will begin this Spring. This policy decision by MGM is an extremely strong backing for an Osaka IR to become a reality. Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions MGM Resorts Japan has announced its new “Osaka First” policy – a move which aims to “concentrate MGM’s management resources in Osaka to gain regional improvement plan approval for an IR facility in Japan.”MGM has cooperated in a number of local events in recent months, such as the Tenjin Festival and Dotonbori Riverwalk, in order to enhance the company’s connection with Osaka – the current front-runner as an IR candidate location. Load Morelast_img read more

3 men caught in sting operation after allegedly stealing electronics from SUV

first_imgAll three face burglary, theft and criminal mischief charges.Two of the three burglars appeared in bond court, Thursday.Police are investigating whether if the trio could be responsible for other thefts in the area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “You can see that when he lifts the second box, he immediately throws it down because he realizes it was empty,” Valdes said.The trunk remained open as the suspect and getaway driver fled.An undercover officer is then seen racing to catch up to the car.“We have to come up with innovative ways to try and stay ahead of crooks,” Valdes said. “Remember, these people wake up and all they do is think, night and day, how they’re gonna get their next scheme.”A short time later, officers arrested Jose Luis Gomez Tamayo, Marcel Iglesias Medina and Arias-Suarez without incident.Ricardo Conde said one of his clients was ripped off the same way a few weeks ago.“I’m super glad that they caught them,” Conde said. “They break into the van that they have, and they took all his merchandise.” DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested three men who were caught on camera stealing expensive electronics in Doral.Doral Police detectives placed empty boxes in the trunk of a black SUV as bait during a sting operation, at the Miami International Mall off Northwest 107th Avenue, Wednesday evening.“Most people wake up, they have breakfast, drop the kids off at school and they go to work,” Doral Police spokesperson Rey Valdes said. “They do the same thing, only this is their work. This is their job. They’re organized burglars.”Police said the robbers began their day Wednesday at US Technology, along the 1900 block of Northwest 87th Avenue, in Doral.“We watched them watch us, not knowing that ‘us’ was an undercover female officer,” Valdes said. “They targeted her not realizing that she was a police officer.”Surveillance video released by Doral Police showed one of the suspects, identified as 22-year-old Lazaro Arias-Suarez, breaking into the trunk of the SUV.He’s then seen placing items in the back of a white sedan before getting into the passenger side and speeding off. last_img read more

Sia Sade Contribute Original Songs To A Wrinkle In Time Soundtrack

first_img Email Twitter Sia, Sade Add Songs To ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ sia-sade-contribute-original-songs-wrinkle-time-soundtrack Sia, Sade Contribute Original Songs To ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Soundtrack News The singer/songwriters bring their creative touch to the Ava DuVernay-directed film coming to theaters March 9Renée FabianGRAMMYs Feb 20, 2018 – 1:43 pm In case you’re late to the party, Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 science-fiction novel, A Wrinkle In Time, is a veritable classic in the world of literature. Now it’s getting the big-screen treatment under the capable direction of Ava DuVernay with blockbuster stars, including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, among others.On Feb. 20 DuVernay announced via Twitter that Sade and Sia have contributed original songs to the film’s soundtrack. Sade’s contribution, “Flower Of The Universe,” marks the first new music from the GRAMMY winner since her 2010 album, Soldier Of Love. Facebook Sia’s song contribution, meanwhile, is titled “Magic.” Other artists set to sing on the soundtrack include Kehlani, DJ Khaled, Demi Lovato, and Chloe X Halle. GRAMMY-nominated “Game Of Thrones” composer Ramin Djawadi is set to compose the film’s score.Mark your calendars: A Wrinkle In Time will hit theaters on March 9.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead morelast_img read more

Dale Steyn wont play against India fast bowler to miss South Africas

first_imgDale Steyn is, arguably, the best bowler of this generationIn what could be a major blow to the South African team and their mission of finally getting their hands on the World Cup trophy, their ace pace bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the first two matches that Proteas would play in the big event.This means that the legendary fast bowler won’t just be unavailable for the opening encounter of the World Cup on May 30 between the hosts England, but also the second game of his team – against India on June 5.The struggles of Dale Steyn with injury go back to early 2014 when he was unable to bowl fully in the third Test of a home series against Australia. Repeatedly, the great bowler has tried to make a comeback into the team but has often found himself walking off the pitch due to injury. He was first forced out of the away series in India in 2015, then left the field in late 2016 during the first Test of a series in Australia. He made his way back into the team for the home series against India in January, 2018 but was again forced to stop bowling during the match. The right-arm bowler decided to take his time and only return to action if he was fully fit. Since late 2018, Steyn has been playing regular cricket for the Proteas side and even came to take part in the IPL. But after playing just two games for his franchise team – Royal Challengers Bangalore – he was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a niggle.The South African board had repeatedly expressed its hope that the record-holder for most wickets by a South African in Test cricket would get fit in time for the big event. While his pace bowling colleague, Kagiso Rabada seems to have fully recovered from his injury.Earlier this month, a report had surfaced in South African media stating that the team’s head coach, Ottis Gibson, had requested the cricket board to bring fast bowlers back from the IPL much earlier than they actually did. However, the board dithered on the fear of annoying the BCCI and the seamers stayed on sustaining injuries. The board has refuted these allegations.last_img read more

UN calls demand for closing AlJazeera attack on freedom of expression

first_imgThe UN Human Rights said that the demand by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain for Qatar to close its Al-Jazeera television channel as a condition for normalising relations is an unacceptable attack on freedom of expression and opinion.”Whether or not you watch it, like it, or agree with its editorial standpoints, Al Jazeera’s Arabic and English channels are legitimate, and have many millions of viewers. The demand that they be summarily closed down is, in our view, an unacceptable attack on the right to freedom of expression and opinion,” Efe news quoted the office spokesman Rupert Colville as saying on Friday.The UN commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, “has been raising concerns” about the closure of the Qatari station and affiliated media, the spokesman continued.”If States have an issue with items broadcast on other countries’ television channels, they are at liberty to publicly debate and dispute them. To insist that such channels be shut down is extraordinary, unprecedented and clearly unreasonable,” Colville said.He explained that during the last three weeks the office has expressed its concern, both publicly and directly with the relevant countries, about the problems of fundamental freedoms that could generate from the dispute with Qatar.”The High Commissioner therefore once again urges all five States to take measures to solve this dispute in a calm, reasonable and lawful manner, and to ensure that any actions they take do not impact on the human rights of their own and other countries’ citizens and residents,” the spokesman added.last_img read more

20millionyearold kangaroo relative found to be a hopper

first_img Phylogenetic timescale of Macropodoidea (white square) depicting the convergent appearance of arboreal/ scansorial locomotion (green) in balbarids and crown Macropodidae (black square). Background colour gradient infers the hypothesized locomotory transition from predominantly terrestrial quadrupedal progression (tan), as characterized by the extant quadruped Hypsiprymnodon moschatus (top right body-form silhouette), to increasingly bipedal saltating gaits (yellow) in crown potoroines and macropodines (bottom right body-form silhouette); this is correlated against a schematic of changing palaeohabitats through time (modified from Kear et al.). Dashed outline indicates uncertain taxonomic assignment of QM F59022 –QM F59025. Graphics produced with Adobe CC2016 by B.P.K. Credit: Royal Society Open Science (2019). doi/10.1098/rsos.181617 Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain A team of researchers with the Swedish Natural History Museum and Uppsala University has found evidence of hopping by a 20-million-year-old kangaroo relative. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes their study of fossils unearthed in northwest Queensland, Australia, and what they found. © 2019 Science X Network More information: Climbing adaptations, locomotory disparity, and ecological convergence in ancient stem ‘kangaroos’ , Royal Society Open Science (2019). rsos.royalsocietypublishing.or … /10.1098/rsos.181617 Journal information: Royal Society Open Science Scientists have been puzzling over the history of kangaroo hopping for many years—because of the lack of kangaroo fossils older than 2 million years, though, it has been difficult to pinpoint when they evolved from walking or climbing creatures to animals that stand upright and get around by hopping. Prior research has suggested that the development of hopping was the result of a changing climate—Australia was once a lot wetter than it is today, with forests covering land that is now overrun with grasses. Standing upright in grasslands is advantageous, as can be seen in prairie dog behavior in parts of the U.S.; hopping is a way to move very quickly in such an environment, as observed with rabbits, most of which are also native to grasslands. In this new effort, the researchers have found evidence that suggests hopping might have started long before grasslands took over large parts of Australia, casting doubt on current theories about the evolutionary timeline of kangaroo hopping.The work by the researchers involved studying the fossil remains of an ancient marsupial species called balbarids—they were distant cousins of kangaroos and went extinct approximately 10 to 15 million years ago. Recently, one of the most complete balbarid skeletons ever found was unearthed, providing the opportunity to learn more about both the species and the origin of hopping in Australian creatures. The fossils were dated to approximately 20 million years ago. To better understand how the balbarid and other close relatives likely moved around, the team built models of them based on leg, ankle and other bone shapes. In so doing, they discovered that some of the creatures were likely climbers, others crawlers, and some walked upright and hopped around like modern kangaroos. The researchers suggest these findings mean that the history of kangaroo hopping will have to be revisited, because if ancient ancestors were hopping around 20 million years ago, it seems possible that kangaroos were, too. A new take on kangaroo evolution Citation: 20-million-year-old kangaroo relative found to be a hopper (2019, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-million-year-old-kangaroo-relative-hopper.html 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