There is no dearth of controversies in the All India Tennis Association (AITA). And the latest one again involves email exchanges, though not between players but squabbling officials.Mail Today has accessed recent emails which clearly show that within the AITA framework, there are wheels within wheels and how the chairman of the selection committee – Anil Dhupar – is at loggerheads with Karti P Chidambaram, chairman of the Davis Cup committee, and member CBN Reddy.After the selection committee decided last week to axe Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna for the tie against New Zealand to be held in Chandigarh next month, eyebrows were raised as to how Somdev Devvarman and Leander Paes chose to skip the tie.Somdev had written to the AITA that he is “still not fully fit” and Leander felt that it was more important to play the World Team Tennis event in the United States.An email written jointly by Karti and Reddy to non-playing captain SP Misra expresses their displeasure at the selection committee’s decision to pick youngsters. The mail has also been copied to AITA officials and Anil Dhupar, chairman of the selection committee.”On behalf of the Davis (Cup) Committee, we would like to place our views regarding the team selected for the Chandigarh tie. We are aware that you will be calling all the six players for final selection trials from September 6 at Chandigarh,” the email states.”It would be obvious from their performance in recent tournaments and their rankings that both Yuki (Bhambri) and Vishnu (Vardhan) automatically select themselves. While both of them can play doubles also, it may not be prudent to get them to play on all three days of the Davis Cup tie.advertisement”Divij (Sharan) has been chosen as a specialist doubles player. His ranking of 109 in doubles can be attributed to the fact that he has played more tournaments than others. A ranking of 109 does not make anybody a specialist doubles player. We definitely believe that the choice of Divij as a specialist doubles player would not enhance our chances to win the doubles.”The mail further adds: “It would be relevant to add that Sriram (Balaji), Sanam (Singh) and Saketh (Myneni) are very good doubles players. Saketh has recently won two ITF Futures doubles. Sanam performed very well in the Chennai Open partnering Somdev. Sriram has the highest doubles ranking among the three.”The email makes a case for four singles players to be chosen rather than picking doubles specialists. Ever since Leander and Mahesh became doubles specialists in the Davis Cup squad, it was felt that the load of four singles rubbers was being left to two players. And that’s how Rohan Bopanna was proving his utility in the side when he played both singles and doubles.”For the last two team members, we have to choose between Saketh, Sanam and Sriram,” says the email and enlists the achievements of the three players.Within the AITA itself, there are dissenting voices as to how Dhupar throws so much weight in selection matters as he is not even a former player of any repute.In response to Karti and Reddy’s email, Dhupar has now written to Bharat Oza, secretary, AITA, that the “Davis Cup selection committee is dedicated for selection of players for Davis Cup etc in senior category” and the Davis Cup managing committee is there only to coordinate home ties.”In my humble opinion they (Karti and Reddy) are in no way authorised or empowered to influence the captain as well as the selection committee for suggesting the formation of the team. Any interference in the selection process by any officials of AITA or member of any other committees is unjustified and against the principal setup of selection process of selection committee of AITA,” adds Dhupar.The stronger line in Dhupar’s email is: “I humbly request u ASAP, ensure that nobody associated with AITA in any position in particular Davis Cup managing committee are restrain/stop from making any suggestions/comments in formation of the team in the lager interest of the game (sic).”It is not as if Indian tennis has huge depth and there is plenty of talent to choose from. Right now, the fight among officials is all about egos and the power they can assert. And the loser is the sport itself as the Indian Davis Cup team has hit the nadir.
Akshay Ramesh JaipurMarch 25, 2019UPDATED: March 25, 2019 15:35 IST Steve Smith will make his IPL return on Monday in Rajasthan Royals’ opener vs Kings XI Punjab. (@steve_smith49 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOne year and one day after the ball-tampering controversy, Steve Smith will make his IPL comebackSteve Smith is expected to make a huge impact for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019On Sunday, David Warner smashed a 53-ball 85 for Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight RidersRajasthan Royals will begin their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 campaign at home — the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday against former finalists Kings XI Punjab.While there are a lot of things to look forward to in the fourth match of IPL 2019 but the dominant narrative is about Steve Smith’s return to IPL cricket.The former Australian captain, who is still serving the one-year ball-tampering suspension, has landed in India amid a lot of hype. Having not been selected for the ongoing ODI series in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan, Smith has a point to prove to the Australian selectors in the lead up to the World Cup.While Smith is likely to be an inevitable part of Australia’s World Cup squad, a good performance in IPL 2019 will not just boost his own confidence but also that of the Australian team management.At this point in time, last year, Smith was under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. The ball-tampering scandal brought disrepute to Australian cricket and the infamous incident happened under the leadership of Smith during Australia’s Test match against South Africa. Smith had conceded that he had chosen ignore the developments in the Australian dressing room.Cut to March 2019, Smith has certainly moved on from the incident and is hoping to win back fans. The right-handed batsman, known for his consistency across all formats, is donning pink and gearing up for Rajasthan Royals’ season opener.There were doubts over his availability as he had underwent a surgery on his injured elbow in January after picking up the injury during his Bangladesh Premier League stint that was short lived.advertisementSmith is clearly pumped up about getting back on the field at one of the biggest cricket tournaments going around. He has been quite active on social media and is keeping his fans posted about the preparations for his IPL comeback.”Rajasthan Royals are a great franchise.. great people and hopefully we have a great year. It will be great – never got the chance to play in Jaipur with the Royals.. I am sure the fans will come out in big numbers and support us,” Smith had said.Smith will be keen on emulating his Australian teammate, David Warner’s performance. The left-handed opener, on his comeback match for Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday, was in a destructive mood as he took the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers to the cleaners.Warner had smashed 85 runs from just 53 balls but his free-flowing knock went in vain as SRH lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets despite posting 181 runs on the board.Also Read | Only BCCI can answer why I didn’t play IPL last year: Steve SmithAlso Read | Chris Gayle far from a spent force, he is very confident, says KXIP coach HessonAlso Read | Pooran flattered by Gayle comparison but wants to carve his own identityFor 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 Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow IPL 2019Follow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow RR vs KXIP Excited to put on the pink: Steve Smith eager to emulate David Warner’s IPL returnSteve Smith took to social media to share his excitement on returning to Indian Premier League. The former Australia captain is expected to play for Rajasthan Royals in their IPL 2019 opener against Kings XI Punjab on Monday.advertisement
The ride into Cape Breton is going to get smoother. Highways crews are planning to resurface part of the CansoCauseway and repave three kilometres of the Port Hastings Rotary. “This work will result in better rides for residents andtourists,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation andPublic Works. “We are upgrading the road network to better serveNova Scotians.” The causeway resurfacing covers four kilometres and there will bethree kilometres of repaving on the rotary. Work on the causeway is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, andwork on the rotary by Oct. 31. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 3,800 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
Twenty Habitat Conservation Fund grants totalling $205,900 were announced today, July 6, to help conserve wildlife habitats and gather information about wildlife for government, hunters and conservationists. The funding will help to promote sustainable hunting practices, provide mentoring and conservation education, and study the pressures affecting wildlife populations. “I want to thank Nova Scotia’s hunters and trappers who know that, with the purchase of a wildlife habitat stamp, they are making a significant contribution to support wildlife and habitats,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “These Habitat Conservation Fund projects will help everyone better understand the importance of sustainably managing our wildlife.” A five-dollar wildlife habitat stamp is required to hunt, trap or snare all wildlife species. All proceeds from the sale of the stamp go to the Habitat Conservation Fund. Requests for project funding are reviewed by a board of directors representing hunting, naturalist and academic associations. “The Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters congratulates the Habitat Conservation Fund board of directors for their continued dedication, expertise and experience in selecting candidate projects for 2015,” said federation president, Ian Avery. “The projects selected offer a diverse approach to ensuring the goals of the Habitat Conservation Fund are met.” More information is available at www.novascotia.ca/natr/wildlife/habfund .
BURNABY, B.C. — NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was nominated Friday night as his party’s candidate for the B.C. riding of Burnaby South in the October federal election.Surrounded by family, supporters and party members Singh declared that the coming election will be all about whose side the federal parties are on.He said “rich and powerful companies want to make sure that the Conservatives and Liberals continue to work for them, and Canadians pay the price for that.”Singh’s platform for the October vote — dubbed a New Deal for People — proposes an additional tax on multi-millionaires and the end of tax loopholes for the super-wealthy.He says an NDP government would reinvest that money in people and their public services — including a universal pharmacare plan.Other key elements of Singh’s strategy include building more housing and capping cell phone and internet bills. The Canadian Press
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Wednesday morning on 121 Avenue.The fire started in a home in the 900 block of 121 Avenue. According to the Fire Department, the fire was contained to the room of origin, but the whole home suffered heavy smoke damage.The Dawson Creek Firefighters Charitable Society has donated a $500 gift card from Walmart to the family. This will help the family replace basic necessities that were lost in the fire.
Srinagar: There Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists, involved in Friday’s attack on a police post here, have been arrested, police said here on Sunday.”We have arrested three persons so far in connection with the Chanapora attack case,” senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Srinagar Haseeb Mughal told reporters here. The SSP identified the arrested terrorists as Mushtaq, Junaid and Latief. Mughal said the three belonged to JeM and were involved in the attack on the Chanapora police post in which a sentry was injured. Also Read – J&K won’t remain UT forever, says ShahThey had also made a failed attempt to snatch his rifle. “We collected the digital evidence and strengthened the intelligence grid after the attack. We focussed on the suspects already on our radar. We picked them up, questioned them and during questioning, one of them confessed and gave us further details about the group, he said. Giving details of the attack, the SSP said the three came to Chanapora on a motorcycle, but left it some distance away from the police post. Also Read – Rae Bareli MLA Aditi among Congress’ 40 star campaigners for Oct 21 bypollsOne of them, named Junaid, went inside the police post with the excuse of tracking the status of passport verification. He checked the place and when he saw that the sentry there had no visible backup, he came out and told his accomplices that perhaps there is no backup for the sentry, so he (sentry) can be targeted. Then he came back to the post and was accompanied by another person named Mushtaq who was wearing a pheran and a helmet. When Mushtaq was asked to remove the pheran for undergoing search, he took out a pistol and fired on the sentry, the SSP said, adding the sentry was injured and is undergoing treatment at SKIMS Hospital at Soura. The senior police official said the terrorists also tried to snatch the rifle of the injured sentry but had to leave it because the gun was clamped with a chain to his belt. In the meantime, the other policemen fired and they fled from the spot, he said. He said police have recovered a Chinese pistol, two magazines and six live rounds from them. The motorcycle has also been recovered, he said, adding further investigations in the case were on. Mughal said Mushtaq, a postgraduate from Kashmir University, was in touch with a JeM cadre, named Sameer from Pulwama district of south Kashmir, and has been associated with the group for about a year. “Sameer and Mushtaq were classmates in KU. It was on Sameer’s direction that they tried to loot weapons in Srinagar, he said.
Fast bowler Lasith Malinga is being investigated by Sri Lanka’s cricket board after comparing the country’s sports minister to a monkey, the BBC reported.Sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara told Sri Lanka’s players they were too fat after they failed to reach the Champions Trophy semi-finals. “This is like a monkey getting into a parrot’s nest and talking about it.”Jayasekara said Malinga’s comments were a breach of his contract with the country’s cricket board. “What does a monkey know about a parrot’s nesting hollow?” he added. Malinga, 33, responded by saying he did not care for criticism “from those who are simply warming chairs”. “The typical body fat amounts for a cricketer should be about 16%, but most of our players have over 25%,” he said. “In my criticism of the appalling fitness levels of our players, I did not name Malinga, but he has chosen to put the hat on and attack me publicly,” he added.Malinga won the Indian Premier League title with the Mumbai Indians before the Champions Trophy, and missed Sri Lanka’s high-altitude training.Jayasekara spoke out after Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was dropped twice off the bowling of Malinga as Sri Lanka failed to progress from their Champions Trophy group. “I want the results analysed and in future no-one will be included in a national squad if they are above 16%.”
A Mabaruma, Region One resident was made to stand before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts earlier today (Wednesday) to answer to a charge of possession of narcotics.Derick Persaud, 36, of Brooms Estate, Mabaruma denied the charge, which stated that he on July 29 at Aruka River, North West District, had in his possession 65 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.On the day of the incident at about 09:15h, the Police were on river patrol at the Aruka River, Mabaruma when they intercepted a metal boat containing 22 drums of fuel and three empty drums containing food items which were enrouted to the Arakaka Mining District.A search was conducted on Persaud and two transparent Ziploc bags and a small black plastic bag with a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis was found.Persaud was taken to the Mabaruma Police Station where the suspected cannabis was weighed and amounted to the above mentioned grams. He was remanded to prison and is expected to make his next appearance at the Mabaruma Magistrate’s Court on August 22. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLogger remanded for ganja possessionMarch 12, 2019In “Court”Clothes vendor remanded on cannabis possession chargeSeptember 18, 2018In “Court”Linden man charged with marijuana possessionNovember 28, 2013In “Crime”
POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have said that three suspicious devices found off one Derry road overnight were all elaborate hoaxes.The PSNI were called to investigate three separate security alerts at the Gobnascale Road in Foyle between 1am and 2am this morning.A bomb disposal team was sent to each scene and the houses around each suspicious object was evacuated before the devices were declared to be hoaxes.“Residents were able to return to their homes shortly before 7am this morning and all roads in the area were re-opened,” the PSNI said in a statement this morning.A number of items have been taken away for further forensic examinations.The alert happened just one day after a masked man claiming to be in the new IRA boarded a bus in Derry on Wednesday evening and said he had a bomb. He ordered the bus driver to drive to the Strand Road police station; however the driver instead notified police.
Witnessing or experiencing family violence has serious implications for children, but none more so than children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.The Intouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence is hoping to create new culturally sensitive therapeutic resources for children experiencing family violence and is seeking funds for the project. The centre has launched a crowd funding campaign, hoping to reach $20,000 by November 19 to help them add to their child therapy products. Already the team has created a children’s book called The Empty Jar, which parents and therapists can use to help children better deal with the difficulties of family violence and relocation. The book, launched at the Melbourne Writers Festival last month, is the first phase of the centre’s culturally sensitive resources they want to create. CEO of the centre Maya Avdibegovic says the crowd funding campaign will help fund the second phase of products. “We want to develop a whole therapeutic pack to go with the book that will consist of emotion cards, stickers and some other tools that can be used in therapy as well as parenting tip sheets translated in 10 different languages,” she tells Neos Kosmos.Currently the tipping point of the campaign is at the $10,000 mark, meaning if the funding reaches that point, the centre will be able to keep the funds. Seeing the success and response of the book, the centre has been encouraged to keep the product line growing. Initially, the idea for creating these resources was born out of noticing a need to entertain children when their mothers come to the centre. “The Empty Jar started as a very small scale project. We were approached by our graphic designer who wanted to do some pro-bono work for us to develop some colouring pages for children that come to our offices when their mothers have appointments with us,” Ms Avdibegovic says. The centre deals with almost 1,000 cases a year from 94 backgrounds. Last year, the centre helped 17 Greek women get help from their abusive relationships. About half of the cases the centre deals with include children, which is why it was so important for them to create these products. No donation is too small, but those donating above $25 will receive special gifts and mentions. For a $100 donation, you will receive a signed card from Sunni (the protagonist in The Empty Jar), a set of illustrated cards and your name on the Centre’s website acknowledging your support. A $500 donation will get all those perks above, but also comes with a signed poster and signed copy of The Empty Jar.A $1,000 donation includes a ticket to the 2015 Comedy Festival to see The Empty Jar ambassador Nazeem Hussain, along with the other prizes. If the crowd funding campaign is successful, the centre will look at expanding their product line to include practitioner training workshops to increase their capacity to work with culturally and linguistically diverse clients. To donate, visit http://startsomegood.com/fillthejarTo find out more about inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence go to www.intouch.asn.au For those needing help, the Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached toll free on 1800 015 188. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Un ancêtre de Lucy découvert en Ethiopie : il était probablement bipèdeÉthiopie – Un squelette d’hominidé a été découvert en Éthiopie. Il s’agirait d’un ancêtre de Lucy, capable de marcher sur ses deux jambes selon les scientifiques. Les anthropologues se sont longtemps demandés si Lucy était bipède ou non. Lucy fait partie de la lignée des Australopithecus afarensis. Son squelette, complet à 40%, a été découvert en 1974 en Éthiopie et est vieux d’environ 3,2 millions d’années. Le squelette découvert récemment, appelé Kadanuumuu, apporte des éléments de réponse. En effet, il est fort probable que cet Australopithecus afarensis se déplaçait grâce à ses deux jambes uniquement.Bien que plus vieux que Lucy de 400.000 ans, il possédait des épaules et de longues jambes, proches au niveau des proportions de celles de l’Homme moderne et n’avait pas besoin de ses bras pour se déplacer, il était donc très probablement bipède.Le squelette découvert est très complet, il contient pratiquement les mêmes os que ceux de Lucy ainsi que les côtes et une omoplate presque complète. Il permettra certainement d’en apprendre davantage sur l’origine de la bipédie humaine. Le 27 juin 2010 à 10:48 • Emmanuel Perrin
Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is confident they will bounce back from their back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and WolvesAfter seeing their 20-match unbeaten start in the Premier League come to an end with a 2-1 loss at City last week, Liverpool’s woes continued on Monday night with a surprise FA Cup defeat to Wolves by the same scoreline.For the game at Molineux, manager Jurgen Klopp fielded a much-changed side with Shaqiri being restored into the starting line-up.But the Switzerland international was unable to help prevent Liverpool from an early cup exit after goals from Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves sealed Wolves a 2-1 win, despite Divock Origi finding the net for the Reds.“Of course, we are disappointed after this game because we lost, first of all, but I think we didn’t deserve this result because we tried to play football,” Shaqiri told the club website.“We tried to come back. We tried everything until the end and you cannot say the attitude wasn’t there until the last minute. We tried everything.“Sometimes you need luck also and the free-kick was very unlucky. I saw the ball inside already, but it never went in.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We obviously had a lot of young players and a lot of players in who didn’t play for a long time.“We wanted to win this game to go to the next round, but the FA Cup is like this: you lose the game and you are out.“So, we close this game now and are looking forward to the weekend and the Premier League.”The 27-year-old, however, is confident that Liverpool have the required quality to bounce back.Shaqiri added: “I think we have enough players who can jump in.“This season we have the depth. There are a lot of players who are going to come in and give everything and the quality is still there.”Klopp’s side will next take on Brighton in the Premier League this Saturday.
Roadshow: Your “Debriefing” spot was a fun way to get Carol up to speed with the times. But Carol can fly. So I have to ask, what features in the E-Tron would entice her to stay on the ground and drive?Brie Larson: Well, the car can actually go really fast. I think that’s the key point, is if the car couldn’t go super, super fast-paced and have great pickup, then I don’t think she would be as interested in it. But it’s a great way for her to transport friends; you know, she can only carry one person at a time. So being able to drive around with a car full of people I’m sure would be an important aspect. More From Roadshow Spoiler-free: Ultimate love letter to MCU fans tops Infinity War Spoiler-packed: MCU clincher so close to being perfect More Marvel Audi 2019 Audi E-Tron basking in the desert sun The best moment from every Marvel Cinematic Universe… 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 4:23 Share your voice It’s a movie event most of us have been waiting over a decade to see. Avengers: Endgame is upon us (read our CNET spoiler-free review here and our spoiler-packed review here) and with it, comes an avalanche of press, collaborations, merch and more. You may not have realized it, but Audi is one of the longest-running Marvel Cinematic Universe partnerships. The German automaker has been involved since the first Iron Man in 2008. Tony Stark drove an Audi R8 supercar in that movie, but he trades that in for the all-electric E-Tron GT concept in the newest Avengers film. 51 Photos People I think have the misconception that not having access to gas stations will be a hindrance to them; but in fact, at least for me, for many years, it’s never been a problem. In fact, it’s been a huge convenience that I can just charge my car at home. And it doesn’t really take very long at all. And you can go pretty far. I think this car [the E-Tron] is what, like 200 and something miles per charge? [204 miles is the official EPA estimate of the E-Tron’s range.] It’s surprising how far you can go on one charge. The other thing is just the cost of it as well. It’s so much cheaper to charge your car yearly than it is to buy gas. I don’t know if people really understand that fully. You’re doing good for the planet. And it’s good. It’s good on your pocketbook, too. I also talked to Brie about her time playing Captain Marvel, which female hero she wants to see star in a future MCU film and if she’s interested in directing a blockbuster superhero movie someday. Look for that interview to hit CNET in the coming days.Avengers: Endgame is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide April 26. In the meantime, you can watch every other Endgame trailer and teaser right here. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Avengers: Endgame and every MCU movie, ranked When to take a pee break during Avengers: Endgame Endgame leaked footage — How to avoid spoilers online I binged every Marvel movie and I regret nothing 26 Photos Audi E-Tron GT concept on the streets of Los Angeles 32 Car Culture TV and Movies It feels really right to me, and there are so many perks that go along with it. Like, the fact that I got my electric car almost three years ago, and I’ve never had to get it serviced? That’s something that I always like to tell people. There are so many aspects of gas-fueled engines that need a lot of maintenance that electric cars don’t need. And we’re just not used to that. We’re not used to the fact that you can just have a car, drive around and not have to deal with like, continually bringing it into the shop to be serviced.What do you find the most interesting about EVs, aside from the obviously important environmental impact? Are there any features you hope to see added someday?I mean, there are a lot of small features that I really love, like I the help that I get when it comes to parking. Parallel parking in particular, especially in Los Angeles, it’s like a huge, helpful feature. And the other thing I think is interesting is how quickly the cars charge, that it doesn’t really take very long at all to get charged back up. For Endgame, Audi released a new ad spot that gets Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) up to speed on the progress she’s missed on Earth during her absence, including the company’s newest electric SUV — the E-Tron — which is due to arrive in reservation holders’ driveways in the next few weeks. Roadshow had the opportunity to sit down with Larson this week, to find out more about why she’s such a fan of Audi’s new EV. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comments Now playing: Watch this: Tags Read our reviews True. I guess you would need to take Goose to vet appointments too, maybe?Of course, exactly. Goose I’m sure needs lots of checkups, being a Flerken and all.Have you gotten a chance to drive the E-Tron? And if so, what do you think?I haven’t. I have not had a chance. I mean, I’ve been in the car, because I sat in the back of it. But I haven’t had a chance to drive it myself. It [the ride] was really zippy and super smooth.Have you driven any other EVs? Or have you had any experience with other electric vehicles so far? Do you own one?I do. I have an electric car right now. And I’ll be getting this car [the E-Tron] pretty soon. But it’s really, really important to me. Once electric cars were available, I did my research on them. And I just found it to be undeniable: The importance on the impact of the planet, from an environmental standpoint — and also just from a human being standpoint — to get out of the way of fossil fuels and the things that we’re arguing over on a global scale. Marvel Audi
Sorry angry citizens. You’re tweeting to the wrong account. Declan McCullagh/CNET It’s that time of year when the US Supreme Court is busy handing down decisions, and that means lawyer Tom Goldstein is busy making decisions too. He’s figuring out the best response to people who mistakenly tweet their frustrations about SCOTUS opinions to his SCOTUSblog Twitter account, thinking it’s the court’s official home on Twitter. Does this one warrant a Sponge Bob animation or meme? Or just some cheeky words? “What in the hell is wrong with you?” a Twitter user tweeted at SCOTUSblog after the Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing for the majority, blocked the Trump administration’s plan to include a census question that asks about citizenship status. The answer: “How much time do you have?” Another citizen outraged by the decision tweeted that he “WILL NOT FILL OUT THE 2020 CENSUS.” Replied the SCOTUSblog: “Even if we let you do it in crayon? Asking for nine friends.” Twitter declined to comment beyond reminding users of tools like two-factor authentication for enhancing account security, but the running of the trolls has been marching ahead apace Thursday afternoon. And observers seem to be well amused. “This is one of the more entertaining days of the year,” one wrote. Asked another: “Which justice is tweeting today? Is this Roberts?” Originally published June 27, 2:48 p.m. PT.Update, 4:14 p.m.: Adds that Twitter declined to comment. Perfect time for a summer recess. Moscow is gorgeous right now. https://t.co/96dXawX3K5— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 27, 2019 Share your voice The US Supreme Court doesn’t have an official Twitter presence, and Twitter users eager to engage with the nine justices appear to ignore SCOTUSblog’s Twitter bio stating in all caps that it’s NOT THE JUSTICES OR THE COURT. The blog, run by Goldstein and his wife and former law partner Amy Howe, has been around since 2002 and is “devoted to covering the US Supreme Court comprehensively, without bias and according to the highest journalistic and legal ethical standards,” according to their web site. “The blog is provided as a public service.”Goldstein, who has argued cases before the most powerful court in the land, calls this annual tweeting ritual the “running of the trolls.” It sees citizens from both the left and right attempting to let the justices know just how upset they are about court decisions. “We do our best to oblige in equally thoughtful terms.” 2 The tweetstorm has led to problems in the past. In 2016, Twitter shut the SCOTUSblog account down, presumably thinking it had been hacked. “A Twitter employee who was in the know about our annual trolling got wind … and helped us get back online,” SCOTUSblog manager Andrew Hamm told me. This year, the account even alerted Twitter as the running of the trolls hit the digital ground, tweeting that, “We haven’t been hacked. Pretty please, don’t lock the account and block us.” Tags In our annual end-of-Term ritual, confused twitter users deem this the official account of the Supreme Court and tweet their frustrations — from the left & right — at us, trying to start a discourse with the Justices. We do our best to oblige in equally thoughtful terms.— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 27, 2019 Twitter Comments Politics Online Stand by for the running of the trolls. 30 tweets in super-short order. @twitter, we haven’t been hacked. Pretty-please, don’t lock the account and block us.— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 27, 2019
LONDON: Some parts of the wreckage of the Titanic that sank over 100 years ago in the Atlantic Ocean is deteriorating rapidly, according to an international team of deep-sea explorers. Strong ocean currents, salt corrosion and metal-eating bacteria are attacking the ship, which sank in 1912 on its maiden voyage. While parts of the wreck, which lies 3,800m down in the Atlantic, were in surprisingly good condition, other features had been lost to the sea, the team found over the course of five submersible dives, the BBC reported on Wednesday. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The worst decay was seen on the starboard side of the officers’ quarters. Titanic historian Parks Stephenson said some of what he saw during the dive was “shocking”. “The captain’s bathtub is a favourite image among Titanic enthusiasts – and that’s now gone,” he said. “That whole deckhouse on that side is collapsing, taking with it the staterooms. And that deterioration is going to continue advancing.” Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us He said the sloping lounge roof of the bow section would probably be the next part to be lost, obscuring views of the ship’s interior. “Titanic is returning to nature,” he added. The Titanic has been underwater for more than 100 years, lying about 600km off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. The passenger liner, which was the largest ship of its time, hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 1912. Advertise With Us Of the 2,200 passengers and crew on board, more than 1,500 died. The Titanic expedition was carried out by the same team that recently made the deepest-ever plunge to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, which lies nearly 12 km down the Pacific Ocean. The dives have been filmed by Atlantic Productions for a forthcoming documentary, the report said. As well as capturing footage, scientists on the expedition have also been studying the creatures living on the wreck. Despite the near-freezing conditions, pitch-black waters and immense pressure, life is thriving there. This though, said expedition scientist Clare Fitzsimmons, from Newcastle University, was a factor in the Titanic’s decay. “There are microbes on the shipwreck that are eating away the iron of the wreck itself, creating ‘rusticle’ structures, which is a much weaker form of the metal,” she said. These rusticles – stalactites of rust hanging off the wreck – are so fragile that they can crumble into a cloud of dust if disturbed. The scientists are studying how different types of metal erode in the deep Atlantic waters, to assess how much longer the Titanic has left, the report said.
Shindewadi bus garage firetwitterA fire broke out at a Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) garage in Pune on Wednesday.The fire started around 10 am on a bus that was parked outside the garage in Shivneri luxury bus garage at Shindewadi. No casualties or injuries have been reported.According to the reports, 7-8 buses have been completely burnt in the fire including a luxury bus owned by MSRTC and nearly five buses have been partially damaged due to the blaze.Two Fire tenders and two water tankers were rushed to the spot but by the time the fire brigade reached the scene, the fire had spread to nearby buses.Fire officer Sanjay Ramteke, who headed the team, said, “It took two fire tenders, additional tankers to control the fire. We suspect the fire to have started because of some kind of short circuit or accidental fire in one of the buses that were under repair. No casualties have been reported”, reported The Indian Express.
Twitter/ICCHe may have hardly turned a ball in his six overs but New Zealand’s only spinner in the XI Mitchell Santner has established a boa constrictor like hold on the Indian batsmen. This has also led to him picking up two wickets. His bowling analysis reads 6-2-7-2.First it was Rishabh Pant who decided to break the shackles of Santner by trying to slog sweep him over deep midwicket and holed out to the fielder there. Then, it was Hardik who attempted the same shot but got a top edge and got caught by a fielder in the same position, though little bit inside the boundary.Santner hasn’t bowled one loose delivery and this was what forced both Indian batsmen to go for big hits. New Zealand were criticised for not playing enough scoring shots but India’s innings is making the Kiwi batting effort look like a blitzkrieg. Presently, India are 97/6 in 32 overs.
Double-hand transplant recipient eight-year-old Zion Harvey accompanied by Dr. L. Scott Levin, left, and his mother Pattie Ray, stands during a news conference Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in Philadelphia. Surgeons said Harvey of Baltimore who lost his limbs to a serious infection, has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An 8-year-old boy who lost his hands and feet to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday.Zion Harvey’s forearms were heavily bandaged but his hands were visible as he flashed some big smiles Tuesday at a hospital news conference. He demonstrated his still-delicate grip and described waking up with new hands as “weird at first, but then good.”The boy, from the Baltimore suburb of Owings Mills, Maryland, received the transplant earlier this month at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, though doctors did not publicly disclose the nearly 11-hour operation until this week.A 40-person medical team used steel plates and screws to attach the old and new bones. Surgeons then painstakingly reconnected Zion’s arteries, veins, muscles, tendons and nerves.Double-hand transplant recipient eight-year-old Zion Harvey smiles during a news conference Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in Philadelphia. Surgeons said Harvey of Baltimore who lost his limbs to a serious infection, has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)“He woke up smiling,” said Dr. L. Scott Levin, who heads the hand transplant program. “There hasn’t been one whimper, one tear, one complaint.”Zion, a bright and precocious child Levin described as having “a maturity that is way beyond his 8 years,” contracted sepsis as a toddler. The resulting multiple organ failure forced the amputation of his hands and feet; by age 4, he needed a kidney transplant, receiving the organ from his mother.Double-hand transplant recipient eight-year-old Zion Harvey arrives to a news conference with his mother Pattie Ray Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in Philadelphia. Surgeons said Harvey of Baltimore who lost his limbs to a serious infection, has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Leg prosthetics have allowed Zion to be very active, including walking, running and jumping. He learned to use his forearms to write, eat and play video games and has been attending school. Physicians hope he’ll now be able to achieve more milestones, including his goals of throwing a football and playing on the monkey bars.“It was no more of a risk than a kidney transplant,” his mother, Pattie Ray, said. “So I felt like I was willing to take that risk for him, if he wanted it — to be able to play monkey bars and football.”Several adults in the U.S. have received double-hand or double-arm transplants in the past few years. Hospital officials in Philadelphia believe Zion is the youngest person to have the surgery, which requires a lifetime of immune-suppressing drugs to ensure the body doesn’t reject the new hands.Zion already had been taking anti-rejection drugs because of his donated kidney, which made him a good candidate for the hand transplant, doctors said.Doctors say Zion will spend several weeks in physical rehab at the hospital before returning home. Two rows of relatives attended the news conference, and they stood to be recognized at Zion’s request.“I want to say to you guys, thank you for helping me through this bumpy road,” he said.The donor’s family chose to remain anonymous.Children’s Hospital said it would not hold Zion’s family liable for any costs beyond that which may be covered by medical insurance.___Follow Kathy Matheson at http://www.twitter.com/kmatheson