ICC Champions Trophy: Bring back Ravichandran Ashwin, play five bowlers, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly and former Australia skipper Michael Clarke have urged Virat Kohli to recall Ravichandran Ashwin into the playing XI against South Africa in their must-win ICC Champions Trophy game on Sunday. The winners will qualify for the semi-finals while the losers crash out.”I think Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja must play. Batting has done splendidly well, India need a bit more variation in the bowling attack. Drop Hardik Pandya, bring back Ashwin. India should play five bowlers against South Africa,” Ganguly told India Today.Even after posting a challenging total, India suffered a seven-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka. However, Ganguly backed India bowlers to perform against the Proteas on Sunday.”Not only batting, India’s bowling has also looked good except for just one game. Sri Lanka batted exceptionally,” Ganguly said.WATCH FULL VIDEOIndian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have been in good form and will look to give India a good start against South Africa.Kohli and Yuvraj Singh will look to click in Sunday’s tie after failing to reach double digits against Sri Lanka. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya meanwhile, will look to inflict some damage on the opposition bowlers lower down the order.”Really impressed with the way India’s top order has performed in Champions Trophy, especially Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma,” Clarke said.Clarke further said, “South Africa are No.1 team in the world. Interesting to see how they play under pressure.”Ganguly wants India to play sensibly in the must-win match and also praised Kohli.advertisement”Play sensibly, it’s about absorbing pressure. Virat Kohli is a terrific player, one of the best in this format. He is a world class one-day batsman,” Ganguly said.Clarke said India go into the clash as favourites.”This Indian team can deliver under pressure. AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli are two great players and different captains. Hard to compare. De Villiers has been a great player for a long time but hasn’t had much success in big tournaments,” Clarke said.last_img read more

Why do YOU love the UCL?

first_imgUEFA Champions League What do you love most about the Champions League? Goal Last updated 1 year ago 17:50 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Real Madrid celebrating Champions League Getty Images UEFA Champions League Europe’s elite club competition has now moved on to the all-important knockout stage and we want to know what YOU think about the competition Do you watch the Champions League? How many games do you watch? Is it better than domestic leagues around the world?We want to know your insights into Eurpes premier competitions.Please take two minutes to fill out our Champions League and Europa League fan survey. Champions League + Europe League

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a month agoPotter insists Balogun fitness important for Brighton

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Potter insists Balogun fitness important for Brightonby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton manager Graham Potter insists Leon Balogun’s fitness is important to his side. The Nigeria international has been working his way into the Albion fold after competing in the African Cup of Nations this summer.Potter said: “He is probably having a bit of a bad time at the moment because he’s not healthy, and that’s the most important thing.”You cannot do anything about things if you’re not on the pitch so we have to just focus on getting him back training as soon as we can and also as safely as we can.”Then football decides who is out on the pitch.”Hopefully, we can get him back to enjoying football and get him back to playing football, then he’s an important guy in our squad.” last_img read more

Hanjin Heavy Bags Boxship Duo Order

first_imgzoom South Korea’s shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries has received a KRW 75.6 billion (USD 67.9 million) order to built two container ships for an unnamed European owner, the company’s stock announcement shows. The contract was signed on May 29, and the two boxships are expected to be delivered by the end of November 2016.Hanjin Heavy signed a similarly valued contract to build two 1,850 TEU container ships for an European buyer back in November 2014, so the latest order might be an exercise of an option for additional vessels.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Kamal Nath undergoes trigger finger surgery at govt hospital

first_imgBhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath Saturday successfully underwent a surgery for trigger finger at the government-run Hamidia Hospital here. “The chief minister was admitted to Hamidia Hospital around 9 am on Saturday. A team of doctors performed a surgery for a medical condition of trigger finger,” Aruna Kumar, dean of Gandhi Medical College (Hamidia Hospital) said. “He has been kept under the observation for a few hours and is likely to be discharged by evening,” she added. An official said that the surgey was performed on Nath’s right hand. Medical tests had been conducted on him at Hamidia Hospital on Friday evening, after which he was sent home and called for the surgery in the morning.last_img

Test cricket needs to appeal to millennials Gambhir

first_imgNew Delhi: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir believes in the present era of T20 and ODIs, Test cricket should become more appealing to the new generation and must address some core issues. In order to add more excitement to the longest format of the game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has already come out with the concept of World Test Championship. The ongoing first edition of the World Test Championship will see the teams — Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies — fight for top honours across 71 Test matches in 27 series over the next two years, the winner of which will be crowned in 2021. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “It is a no-brainer that Test cricket must jazz itself up to survive the onslaught of T20s and alternate entertainment options. I am a die-hard traditionalist, but Test cricket needs to appeal to the millennials. The core issues need to be addressed,” Gambhir wrote in his column for The Times of India. The cricketer-turned-politician, who represented India in 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is, also called on the ICC to standardise cricket ball used in Test matches. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later While SG balls are used in India, Dukes balls are used in England, Ireland and the West Indies while the rest of the countries use Kookabura balls. “I can understand the commercial compulsions of this but it is strange to be in a common competition with variable apparatus,” he said. “Maybe ICC can list out standard parameters for a cricket ball to be used in Test cricket and float a tender for the manufacturers. Whoever meets them at a desired cost can be the ‘bowling partner of the ICC’. A spinner like R. Ashwin will be thrilled if he gets a cricket ball with the healthy seam of SG, or Dukes,” he added.last_img read more

Tamsin Greig Interviews An Escapee Of Sex Trafficking

first_imgWhen someone offers you your dream, those oppressed by poverty tend to seize the opportunity. Sex trafficking, however, is one of today’s fastest growing crimes, which affects over a million children.Making lofty promises to needy children is an easy way to acquire the bodies needed for renting to men for sex.While in India filming a movie earlier this year, actress Tamsin Greig met children who had been rescued from traffickers and are now living in an Oasis safe house with the support of TEARfund. There she also interviewed a girl, Anisha, who had escaped the red light district in Mumbai on her own.Through an interpreter, Greig was told that Anisha was convinced to leave her village for a good job in the city, where she would earn good money and be able to make a home and take care of herself. Instead, she became a sex worker. She was taken to the red light area and forced to dance for customers and was given a room “where all the wrong things happened”. When she rebelled, says Anisha, she was beaten by the woman of the house.Determined to escape, one night she ran away in her nightgown, got into a taxi and asked the driver to take her to the police. A woman police officer brought her and two vans back to the house and asked Anisha to identify the perpetrators, resulting in three arrests: the woman of the house who brought her to Mumbai, her daughter and the pimp.Oasis provides up to three years of rehabilitation and support for rescued girls. Its goal is to give them a safe place where they can regain confidence, become more independent and learn skills to support their independence.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

BRENDAN FRASER SAYS ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT MAY HAVE DERAILED HIS CAREER

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement “On Fraser’s way out of the hotel, he was hailed by Philip Berk, a former president of the HFPA. In the midst of a crowded room, Berk reached out to shake Fraser’s hand,” the article reads. “Much of what happened next Berk recounted in his memoir and was also reported by Sharon Waxman in the New York Times: He pinched Fraser’s ass — in jest, according to Berk. At some point in the middle of the last decade, actor Brendan Fraser disappeared from the big screen. A once-leading man in hit movies like School Ties, Encino Manand The Mummy, it seemed as though Fraser dropped off the face of the Earth.In a new, revealing GQ interview, Fraser explains what led him away from Hollywood, and it’s a collection of unfortunate circumstances: his marriage was on the rocks, he was exhausted and he had some medical issues, but the biggest shocker is his claim that he was sexually assaulted.The alleged culprit? Former Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) president Philip Berk. Twitterlast_img read more

Maoist torch vehicles used in road construction work

first_imgBhawanipatna (Odisha): Maoists torched at least five vehicles and some machines used in road construction work at Panimunda village in Kalahandi district, police said on Wednesday. A group of armed ultras stormed the site camp of a contractor engaged in the construction of a road under Pradham Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) late on Tuesday night, Kalahandi, Superintendent of Police, B Gangadhar said. The red rebels, who have been opposing construction of a new rural road between Urladani and Lahadi, set ablaze five tractors and some machines used in the work, police said. Before leaving, the Maoists left some posters at the site expressing their opposition to the road construction project in the area, they said. The SP said that combing operation and patrolling in the area bordering Kandhamal district has been intensified after the incident.last_img read more

Drilling forecast cut due to lower expectations for 2019 oilpatch spending

CALGARY — The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is cutting 1,000 wells from its 2019 drilling forecast due to what it calls deteriorating investor confidence in Canada.The industry group says it now expects 5,600 wells to be drilled in Canada this year, down from its November forecast of 6,600, and 19 per cent behind the 2018 total of 6,948 wells drilled.PSAC CEO Gary Mar says a lack of market access continues to discourage investment in oil and gas exploration and production in Canada.He says Alberta’s decision to curtail oil production by 325,000 barrels per day as of Jan. 1 has added to uncertainty levels, leading to more delays on spending decisions by producers.He says his members are laying off workers and struggling to stay solvent with current active rig levels below 40 per cent, down from over 50 per cent at the same time last year.The forecast reduces the number of wells expected to be drilled in Alberta by about 580 to 2,950, and in Saskatchewan by about 450 to just under 2,000.The Canadian Press read more

Activists air grievances about drilling in Alaska refuge

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Activists pushing against oil development in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge dominated a Bureau of Land Management public scoping meeting in Fairbanks.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the open house format meeting on plans for lease sales on the refuge’s coastal plain was quickly interrupted by protesters Monday.The protesters aired grievances about the meeting style, its short notice and the lack of consultation with Alaska Natives during the drafting process for the environmental impact statement.Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Joe Balash says he feels the majority of Alaska residents still support drilling in the section of the refuge, but those against are “incredibly passionate about it and feel very strongly.”Public comment on the draft environmental impact statement is being accepted through March 13.___Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.comThe Associated Press read more

EU to help war displaced

The new housing programme will last until mid-2015. The EU contribution of LKR 1.9 billion (EUR 12 million) will be complemented with funds from the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and the Australian Aid (AusAid). The European Union (EU) and UN-Habitat signed an agreement to assist 4,000 families in North and East Sri Lanka to rebuild permanent houses in their villages of origin.This commitment builds on the success of past and ongoing EU-funded housing programmes undertaken in close cooperation with the Government of Sri Lanka, Implementing Partners and other local stakeholders. The construction will continue to take place on the basis of the “Owner-Driven Housing Reconstruction” (ODHR) in which owners are granted the funds and with the technical help of UN-Habitat and SDC, contribute their labour, time and resources to ensure the success and completion of the process.Construction standards and the selection of beneficiaries will also take place on the basis of the government’s former housing programme, NEHRP (North East Housing Reconstruction Programme) which was implemented by the World Bank and co-funded by the EU under the first EU housing programme. Priority will continue to be given to households most in need. On occasion of the new housing agreement, the EU Ambassador Bernard Savage said: “I am extremely pleased with the signature of this new agreement which constitutes the fourth major housing reconstruction programme funded by the EU since 2006. By 2015, the EU will have financially assisted 20,000 families in North and East Sri Lanka to rebuild their houses, many of whom have endured displacement for over a decade. The EU’s total contribution to housing will amount to approximately LKR 7.5 billion (EUR 50 million). These grants add up to ongoing EU-funded programmes (approximately LKR 19 billion or EUR 120 million) supporting livelihoods and socio-economic development in selected districts. By moving from humanitarian assistance to long-term sustainable development projects, the EU will have significantly helped Sri Lanka achieve its main development targets by the year 2016”. read more

Guinea UN agency moves over 27000 Sierra Leoneans to safer areas

Speaking to the press, Kris Janowski said UNHCR’s first relocation site in Kountaya was full, at 26,000 people, and convoys were bringing refugees to a new site in Boreah, where 1,500 people have been transported to date.Some of the recently relocated refugees were evacuated from a camp in the northern part of the Parrot’s Beak – a stretch of Guinean territory that juts into Sierra Leone. Others were picked up from a camp north of the town of Gueckedou, where thousands of refugees have gathered in the past weeks following fighting in the border region. Relocation also continues from a camp near Kissidougou, at Massakoundou, which has been used as a transit area for refugees going to Conakry, the capital of Guinea, to catch ferries to the Sierra Leonean capital of Freetown.Because of overcrowding in the Conakry transit centre, which currently holds more than 3,000 people, UNHCR is setting up an additional centre north of the city, with a capacity of 1,000. The centre will be used for one-night stopovers before refugees arriving from camps in Guinea’s forest region are taken to the port. In Sierra Leone, the agency is assisting with the continued arrival of both boat and spontaneous foot returnees from Guinea and Liberia. In other news, the UN peace operation in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) said today that the women in the country had expressed “their deep yearning for peace” through a series of nationwide events held over the weekend. In Freetown, a march organized by UNAMSIL in collaboration with civil society organizations weaved through the streets of the capital, and culminated in a prayer rally of 1,500 women at the National Stadium. Similar events were held around the country, in Bo, Moyamba, Kenema, Daru, Lunsar, and Tongo. In Bo, internally displaced women from the four camps in the area – most of whom are from Kono district, joined other women to march and hear a peace message. The President of the Women’s Forum read out a statement calling on the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) to lay down their arms and join the peace process. As part of the ceremony, the women then dropped white handkerchiefs at the foot of UNAMSIL troops and officials. Meanwhile about 100 UN peacekeepers conducted a long-range patrol to Tongo, where a member of a UN contact group met for the first time with the RUF brigade stationed there. The team from the UN peacekeeping mission (UNAMSIL) called on the rebels to cooperate with the operation’s future deployment there and to join the disarmament programme. read more

A majority of Canadians may be a little too comfortable with debt

A majority of Canadians may be a little too comfortable with debt, survey finds TORONTO – A new poll suggests that most Canadians are quite comfortable with using debt as a financial strategy — at a time when debt loads have risen to alarming new highs.The survey, done for bankruptcy trustees Hoyes, Michalos & Associates, finds nine out of ten respondents would consider borrowing money to cover an unexpected cost.The poll by Harris/Decima asked respondents how confident they were about being able to raise $2,000 within a month if an unexpected need arose.While 55 per cent said they were extremely or very confident they could raise the cash, 92 per cent said they’d consider borrowing to come up with some of the cash.Less than half — 45 per cent — said they’d never faced a debt problem.The poll results come as Canadian debt-to-income ratios sit at a record 152 per cent and top officials issue warnings to start paying down debt before interest rates rise.The findings suggest consumers have been unmoved by warnings that rates will inevitably rise and that the resulting financial burden could sink some households.“It’s frightening to see that Canadians have become totally blase about debt — it’s becoming their new ‘normal’ and they’re numb to this dangerous trend,” says Douglas Hoyes, a bankruptcy trustee with Hoyes, Michalos & Associates Inc.“For many, the use of debt to not only pay for big ticket items like cars, but also to cover day-to-day living expenses, has become commonplace.”Consumers have taken advantage of ultra low interest rates since the 2008-9 recession to heap on low-cost debt.The Bank of Canada’s key interest rate — which affects banks’ prime rates for loans — remains on hold at one per cent, where it has been since September 2010. Coming out of the recession, the central bank set the rate as low as 0.25 per cent in an effort to stimulate borrowing and therefore the domestic economy.However, with rates still low as the central bank tries to buffer against a globally depressed economic backdrop, the Bank of Canada has declared household debt the number one risk to Canada’s economy.The Hoyes, Michalos & Associates poll results suggest the trend toward debt accumulation is continuing as 26 per cent of respondents said their debt level is higher than a year ago.The survey also found that 70 per cent of respondents said they need immediate help with daily financial matters, including paying down debt (20%), increasing savings (16%), and improving cash flow (13%).Ted Michalos, a bankruptcy trustee with Hoyes, Michalos & Associates said it appears that Canadians are replacing saving for a rainy day with accessing debt to deal with financial problems.“Canadians are carrying record levels of debt and yet, surprisingly, 62 per cent of those surveyed are comfortable with their financial situation,” Michalos said.“That is quite a disjoint. It’s concerning to see that access to credit and taking on more debt has become an accepted part of financial planning,” he added.One-in-five Canadians surveyed said they believe it would take them two months or longer to come up with $2,000, even if they could borrow. Among those who said they couldn’t raise the money within a month, 26 per cent said they couldn’t raise the money no matter how much time they were given.“That’s a lot of people who are already at their maximum borrowing capacity,” Hoyes said.The Harris/Decima survey interviewed 1,010 Canadians between Aug. 15 and 23. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.Last month, a report on Canadian debt trends by TransUnion found the average consumer’s non-mortgage debt load rose another $192 to $26,221 in the second quarter — the highest average debt per person it has seen since it began tracking the variable in 2004.The quarter also marks something of a turning point as the second consecutive quarter in which debt accelerated following more than a year of quarterly declines.In July, another consumer credit reporting agency, Equifax Canada reported that consumer indebtedness, excluding mortgage debt, grew 3.1 per cent year-over-year in the second quarter, down from 4.4 per cent in the same period of 2011.The Equifax study also found that high-interest credit card debt fell by 3.8 in the quarter and consumer bankruptcies were down 4.5 per cent from a year earlier. Meanwhile, bank loans and lines of credit showed very moderate growth compared to a year ago. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 24, 2012 6:00 am MDT read more

UN anticrime chief urges better use of Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

“The international community has repeatedly recognized that the UN Convention [against Transnational Organized Crime] and its three protocols on human trafficking, migrant smuggling and firearms are more relevant than ever to address urgent global challenges,” the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, told the opening of the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention in Vienna. “The negative impact that transnational organized crime has on health, livelihoods and the environment, on the fitness of institutions, governance and the rule of law, is indisputable,” he added. With 187 States Parties, and with similarly high levels of ratification for the protocols, the Convention enables and enhances the cooperation, formal and informal, within and between regions, needed to confront transnational organized crime, he said, explaining that this includes formal judicial cooperation, such as extradition and mutual legal assistance, as well as other types of cooperation including law enforcement cooperation, joint investigative teams, use of special investigative techniques, as well as protection of witnesses. Mr. Fedotov went on to emphasize that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development acknowledged that confronting crime and promoting the rule of law were essential to the achievement of the sustainable development goals. “Targets under many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address human trafficking and forced labour, drug and wildlife trafficking, and illicit financial and arms flows, as well as the recovery and return of stolen assets,” he said. He also noted that UNODC is working hard to highlight the Convention’s unique value in addressing new and emerging crimes, including cybercrime, whether involving criminal use of the internet, cyber-enabled fraud or online exploitation and abuse of children; organ trafficking; environmental crime; and maritime crime, as well as trafficking in cultural property. However, he pointed out, implementation represents a distinct challenge and this gap must be closed.Stronger implementation of the Convention and protocols can also contribute to improving responses to the continuing refugee and migration crises, he said.This was recognized in the New York Declaration adopted at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants last month, Mr. Fedotov said, recalling that he had emphasized in his address to the Summit that the protocols on human trafficking and migrant smuggling are needed to help to protect vulnerable women, men and children on the move from violence, abuse and exploitation at the hands of criminals.Held every two years, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention attracts some 800 participants from Member States, ministries and civil society. The meeting runs through Friday. read more

Ohio State confident in JT Barrett after losing Braxton Miller to injury

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett scans the field during practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Aug. 9.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen a team loses its best player, not many expect the days following to be very positive.Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said that was not the case following the news that senior quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the entirety of the 2014 season after re-injuring his shoulder Monday.“It would be hard to say it wasn’t — maybe the best practice we’ve had since our staff has come to Ohio State,” Meyer said Wednesday. “High energy, especially for practice 20. Really impressed.”On Saturday, Meyer announced redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett had earned a slight edge on redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones for the backup quarterback position. With Miller out for the year, Barrett will likely be thrust into the starting role, something in which Meyer said he is confident.“J.T. had about 300 competitive throws this fall, where when (former OSU quarterback) Kenny Guiton went into the game a couple years ago, I think he had six,” Meyer said. “He (Barrett) is a meticulous guy.”Meyer was not shy about comparing Barrett to Guiton, going as far as calling Barrett “Guiton-ish.”Senior cornerback Doran Grant also said he sees similarities between Barrett and Guiton.“J.T. does what KG does. He has had a lot of competitive reps this fall and has been looking pretty good,” Grant said. “They call him ‘The Distributor’ — that’s a good name for him because he is doing what he has to do.”Meyer said he also believes that Barrett’s ability to spread the ball around to the rest of the offense is one of his best skills.“Some of the best quarterbacks are great distributors,” Meyer said. “I thought Kenny Guiton was one of the best I have been around as far as getting the ball out rather quickly and distributing to playmakers…my initial evaluation of J.T. is that he is very good at that.”Grant said he has been impressed with not only Barrett’s play but also his leadership on the team.“I don’t think a lot of guys know this, but he (Barrett) was a part of the leadership committee as a true freshman,” Grant said. “He was the third or fourth quarterback on the depth chart (last season)…he just has those leadership qualities, and that has shown on the field.”Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman echoed Grant’s comments on Barrett and said the young quarterback has other positive qualities to bring to the table as well.“He is a great leader. He is super smart, he’s a hard worker and I think that was the case before this happened,” Heuerman said. “He handles his business and does everything right, and we have full confidence in him and full trust.“We’re behind him 100 percent.”Although the discussion was almost solely focused on Barrett and Miller, Meyer said he will still consider playing both Barrett and Jones week one against Navy.Meyer said both Barrett and Jones have positive qualities to their game.“J.T. has a pretty good release, and he has a good skill level. Cardale has got just a cannon,” Meyer said.Despite the confidence in Barrett, the loss of Miller still was not easy to take at first, Heuerman said.“I was with him when his shoulder was out of place, and I had never seen him like that,” Heuerman said. “He was in pain. So we kind of knew right away that it wasn’t going to be good.”Heuerman said that although Miller is lost for the year, he is confident that the Buckeyes will be fine with Barrett when surrounded by playmakers.“We got a lot of playmakers, and we are going to have to rely on them a lot to make plays,” Heuerman said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to open the 2014 season on Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore against Navy. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Geekcom is hiring in New York

first_imgWe’re looking for an ambitious writer that eats tech news for breakfast, gadgets for lunch, and then has a light snack of thermal invisibility cloaks to get them through the afternoon.The ideal candidate will have some tech writing experience (1-2 years), be very familiar with ongoing trends, be able to dig up an interesting story no matter how slow the week, and have an undying passion for gadgets, technology, and assorted geekery. You should be a quick, clean writer that operates without much supervision, but also someone that can work with our freelancers and send a good story idea their way, possibly doing some light editing so that their work is ready for prime time. There will be some busy work — community tasks and other day-to-day stuff — but this job will primarily be about the writing.You’ll need to have a fun, interesting tone, an understanding of what’s happening around the internet, and love for this crazy business we’re in. Ideally the candidate will have an area of expertise. In addition to news, you’ll need to be able to write some unique, longer stuff, so you better have something interesting to say past what you find in Google Reader.This is a full-time position with benefits, based on our NYC office. The candidate will start ASAP.If you are that person send an email with a resume, salary expectations, and links to your work to sal@geek.com with “Geek Job” in the description.last_img read more

Videos detail the microscopic horror of a mosquito bite

first_imgEver wondered what actually happens when a pesky little mosquito jabs its proboscis into your flesh? A group of French scientists decided to use a microscope to get a disgustingly detailed look.The YouTube video clips are really quite amazing. What appears to be a straight, needle-like probe turns out to be an incredibly flexible collection of oral appendages. Mandibles and maxillae pierce the skin, with barbed ends allowing the mosquito to latch on. Two other parts, the hypopharynx and the labrum do the dirty work: the former injects anaesthetic saliva and the latter pumps blood out of a victim.Click play below and stare in amazement as an anaesthetised mouse has its skin scoured for delicious blood cells.It’s a much more complex operation than I ever thought. Like most laymen, I’ve always assumed that mosquitoes buzz around irritatingly until they zero in on a juicy spot and then dive in headfirst. Then again, when you’re living in the wilderness that is Northern Manitoba you don’t often pause to admire the intricacy of nature. You either ignore it or smack it down with a vengeance.Those with an affinity for poetic justice sometimes resort to the mosquito-gut-bursting skin pinch. And really, after watching the video, it’s hard to blame them.Once the labrum springs into action, the average mosquito can feed for four full minutes. I’ll leave you with on more very pleasant thought: when mosquitoes are infected with malaria-causing Plasmodium parasites, they tend to spend more time poking around and dribbling bubbles of diseased saliva deep inside the skin.Now then… who wants to go camping?last_img read more

Armed robbers terrorise Greek Vietnam vet and family

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek Australian man is warning fellow business owners to have proper safety procedures in place after he and his family were terrorized by four armed burglars in his Ballarat home. James Frangos, owner of Frangos & Frangos cafe in Daylesford, was celebrating at home with his wife, children and grandchildren earlier last month when four men wearing balaclavas broke into his home. Mr Frangos, who was upstairs at the time, ran downstairs when he heard his daughter screaming. The men came in through the back door of the house, which is on a two acre property with remote controlled security gates, and rammed Mr Frango’s wife, daughters and son-in-law onto the living room couches, threatening them with shotguns and a pistol. “I made some attempt to grab one of these blokes and as I did I got hit on the back of the shoulders with an iron bar, then I got up and saw four armed men, all had iron bars, one bloke had a knife,” Mr Frangos, a Vietnam veteran now in his 60s, told Neos Kosmos. “I took control. I’ve always had a set system for my business, if anybody approaches any of my staff the policy is you give them what they ask for, absolutely everything, that’s the basic policy,” he said. However, when the armed robbers demanded an exorbitant amount of cash, gold and diamonds from Mr Frangos said he could not give them what they wanted. The intruders kept Mr Frangos and his family hostage for one and a half hours, as they rummaged through every drawer and cupboard of the house, upturning furniture, smashing things and creating chaos in their wake. They stole cash, most of the women’s jewellery, including family heirlooms, clothing and household items.Mr Frangos pleaded with the intruders not to disturb his daughter Bianca, who has Down Syndrome, and his three grandchildren, aged 11 months, two and three years, who were upstairs asleep. But the intruders still searched the bedrooms and under mattresses that the children were sleeping on. “They told me they’d followed me for two or three days and said they knew I had the day’s takings from the restaurant, so they’d been casing the joint,” Mr Frangos said, adding “they knew I wore Armani suits and were looking for them”. Eventually the men locked Mr Frangos and his family members into an upstairs bedroom before fleeing the scene. Mr Frangos, who is an artist and businessman, has since had an operation and hasn’t been back to work since the incident. “It’s been an absolute traumatic experience; the consequences are horrendous,” he said. “The trauma has been terrible for our daughter and the rest of our children. We can’t watch television downstairs now because we don’t have curtains, and we no longer feel safe. They’ve forced us to maybe move, but we don’t know where we would go.”Mr Frangos said he and his family are just trying to get on with their lives. Mr Frangos predicted the intruders, yet to be caught, were aged between 25 to 30 years. “They weren’t scared at all. I fought in Vietnam and that’s how they teach you to run into a room and create chaos and scare people into responding; they knew what they were doing and knew what to find; they made a hell of a mess,” Mr Frangos said. The Ballarat man said this was a warning that every shopkeeper should be aware. “It’s important that proper procedures are followed and you have plans for if you’re put in the situation; thank God we weren’t killed.”Police said this has never happened in Ballarat before. “If it happens here it can happen anywhere. They’re out there looking, watching, asking, swapping information, you need to be prepared,” Mr Frangos said.last_img read more

Oregon failed to tell parents it shut down a day care So

first_imgPORTLAND — Parents shopping online for child care aren’t the only people Oregon regulators leave out of the information loop. Sometimes, state officials fail to notify existing customers when problems arise at a facility.That’s what happened this year when the Office of Child Care tried to shut down an east Portland day care called Sugar Pine.Regulators intervened after the owner and licensed child care provider, Sarah Herbelin, admitted using illegal drugs, state records show.Regulators wrote that Herbelin told them she never used opiates around children or when her in-home day care was open. She also told regulators she completed a treatment program, state records say. She declined to comment for this story.State officials considered an emergency license suspension. Parents would have been notified if that happened, said Lisa Morawski, an Office of Child Care spokeswoman.But regulators worried a suspension wouldn’t hold up legally. They opted instead not to renew the facility’s license when it expired in January. Morawski said the state does not inform parents of non-renewals.last_img read more