Barton ‘on the verge of Blackpool move’

first_imgQPR’s Joey Barton is on the verge of a season-long loan move to ­Blackpool, according to the Daily Mirror.It is claimed Barton is open to the idea of joining the Tangerines and that Blackpool are keen to sign him in order to get one over their neighbours Fleetwood Town.Barton, who is banned for the first 12 matches of the season, has been training with Fleetwood and it has been suggested that he could join them on loan.The Mirror also say Wigan star Victor Moses is set to join Chelsea for £9m.It is claimed that Latics chairman Dave Whelan has agreed to a deal worth less than the £10m he insisted it would take to prise the former Crystal Palace forward away from Wigan.Moses is now tipped to discuss personal terms and complete his move to Stamford Bridge.This page is regularly updated.See also:Blackpool ‘reject chance to sign Joey Barton on loan’Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Wonders from the Animal World

first_imgSeveral recent stories prove that animals continue to amaze us with their tricks:Elephants:  The BBC News summarized a report from Nature1 about an elephant in Kenya named Mlaika that could make “convincing truck sounds.”  The elephant lived near a road and apparently learned how to do impressions.  This is the only other case of a terrestrial mammal able to imitate external sounds besides primates (particularly humans).  See also National Geographic News and [email protected]:  MSNBC News reported a study in Science2 that observed two species of octopus able to walk on two feet – er, tentacles.  The behavior is apparently a disguise to fool sharks into thinking it is just a piece of seaweed drifting by.  The octopus uses two tentacles to walk in a stepwise fashion, and the other six to imitate the shape of algae or a coconut shell.  This behavior must be hard-wired into the octopus brain.  See also [email protected]:  Science News summarized a report in the March 17 Nature about a species of vampire bat that can not only fly, but run (see also MSNBC News).  On a treadmill, they demonstrated an ability to trot by leaps and bounds.  The researchers thought this species must have re-evolved the ability to run, for some reason.  One scientist was impressed at the versatility of muscle-tendon system that give these bats the ability to both run and fly; he told Science News, “Few human-made machines can act like springs, motors, and brakes.”Playful Animals:  Finally, there was a recent book review about the evolution of play in animals.  Bernd Heinrich, evaluating The Genesis of Animal Play: Testing the Limits by Gordon M. Burkhardt (MIT, 2005) in Nature,3 commented that despite the valiant effort in the book, “Working out why animals play is no easy task.” –A kitten batting a ball of yarn, kids on a swing, or an adult wielding a fishing-rod – few would disagree that these behaviours can be described as play.  Yet in the study of animal behaviour, the phenomenon of play is an anomaly.  It is said to be adaptive and yet it involves the expenditure of much energy, often with no apparent pay-off.  When a certain behaviour is found to have obvious pay-offs or functions it is, almost by definition, no longer ‘play’ but is defined by its function, such as foraging, predator avoidance or mating.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)We know so little about play, he confessed, despite centuries of attempts to define it and fathom its functions.  It seems like senseless behavior in a world of survival, yet it is “a genuine behavioural phenomenon.”  In the end, he couldn’t decide whether animals (and humans) play for some unknown evolutionary fitness value, or just for fun. 1Poole et al., “Animal behaviour: Elephants are capable of vocal learning,” Nature 434, 455 – 456 (24 March 2005); doi:10.1038/434455a.2Huffard et al., “Underwater Bipedal Locomotion by Octopuses in Disguise,” Science, Vol 307, Issue 5717, 1927 , 25 March 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1109616].3Bernd Heinrich, “Just for fun?” Nature 434, 273 – 274 (17 March 2005); doi:10.1038/434273a.A game that is fun to play is to challenge Darwinists with an amazing capability of an animal and watch them try to explain it.  Then, while they tie themselves in knots, we can go play frisbee with the dog, tease the cat with a ball of string, or teach the parakeet to say Charlie is gnarly.  Wonder where we can get a recording of that elephant imitating a truck.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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South African-born film editor wins Oscar

first_img29 February 2016The dystopian action movie Mad Max: Fury Road already has more than one Southern African connection: it was filmed in Namibia; some of the post-production was done by BlackGinger, the Cape Town animation and visual effects studio; and it stars South African-born actress Charlize Theron.Now, Margaret Sixel, the South African-born film editor, has won the Oscar for Best Editing in a Feature Film for her work on it. Her win was one of six Oscars that it picked up.Oscar for Best Editing: Margaret Sixel – Mad Max: Fury Road pic.twitter.com/jJc9oYh05q— FilmmakerIQ.com (@FilmmakerIQ) February 29, 2016Filmed in the Namibian desert, the blockbusting Australian action film Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the most surprising critical and commercial successes in 2015.Starring Tom Hardy and Theron, and directed by Australian George Miller, the film has won numerous awards over the past year, including Bafta and Critics’ Choice awards, culminating in several wins at the 88th Academy Awards, known as the Oscars, held in Los Angeles on Sunday, 28 February 2016.Margaret Sixel wins Best Editing for Mad Max, the first action film she’d ever edited. #Oscars2016 pic.twitter.com/M7rb8VDgWb— GamesRadar+ (@GamesRadar) February 29, 2016Sixel’s frenetic editing was described by the Los Angeles Times as “Herculean”, considering the amount of footage shot by Miller to bring his masterpiece to life. Miller, who is also Sixel’s husband, used up to 20 cameras to shoot more than 480 hours of film. Sixel spent over 6 000 hours crafting 2 700 individual cuts, helping to create what the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) praised as a two-hour “cerebral post-apocalyptic car chase”.Asked about her editing style in an interview in the run-up to the Oscars, Sixel justified the editing process as part of storytelling philosophy, saying: “I don’t like meaningless cutting. It must enhance the story and the characters.”[email protected] director George Miller with wife Margaret Sixel walking the #Oscars red carpet. #9Today pic.twitter.com/Ae7odLSXU1— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) February 28, 2016According to a variety of filmmaking experts, the soul of the film came down to Sixel’s strong working relationship with Miller to find the heart of the film and her intuitive eye in creating thrilling tension without sacrificing the film’s narrative. Sixel has previously worked with Miller on his films Babe: A Pig in the City and the animated hit Happy Feet. Mad Max: Fury Road was her first action film.Asked by the Huffington Post why he choose a woman to tackle the intricacies of editing a large scale action movie, Miller answered that if he had used a male editor the film would “look like every other action movie”.The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, winning six, including Best Production Design, Costume Design and Sound Editing. The wins make Mad Max: Fury Road the most successful Australian production since The Piano in 1993. It also gives it the most wins at the Oscars for an Australian film since the Baz Luhrmann musical Moulin Rouge in 2001.On accepting the award, Sixel thanked her husband for his vision for the film, as well as his confidence in allowing her to experiment with the art of editing to give the film its unique feel. She added that the cast and crew involved in the most unlikely of Oscar winners had “incredible courage and guts to make this film”.Margaret Sixel wins Best Film Editing for “Mad Max: Fury Road” https://t.co/wvvnWW6pFt pic.twitter.com/jqbueVpJ0L— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) February 29, 2016Source: News24last_img read more

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Tendulkar writes to Lorgat for changing ODI format

first_imgThe ODIs are perceived to be on the decline and it’s none other than Sachin Tendulkar who has now come out publicly in support of revamping the current 50-over format having written a letter to ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.Tendulkar, the world’s highest run-getter in both Tests and ODIs and someone who is on the threshold of his 100th international century, wants ICC to make “a radical switch” from 50-50 to four 25-over innings.Apart from reducing the number of overs per innings, Tendulkar has also proposed several more changes for the ODIs.The Indian batting icon had spoken about this new concept in television interviews in the past but had never written a letter to ICC in this regard.”I have been capturing my thoughts on what I think would be the way forward to ensure that all three formats in the game co-exist and ensure value creation,” he wrote in the letter seen by ‘The Times’.He argued that four alternate innings of 25 overs for each side in an international would be the fairest way of balancing the advantages gained by the team that won the toss when pitch and weather conditions mean that a match can virtually be decided by the spin of a coin.Tendulkar’s letter also proposed changes in voluntary Powerplays.In each 25-over block, Tendulkar wants only two Powerplays at the behest of the batting side but suggested that up to four bowlers should be allowed up to 12 overs each, rather than the present limit of 10.advertisementOne of the prominent matches featuring India seemed to have been lost after spin of coin was 1996 Wills World Cup semi-final when Lankans batted first on a square turner.Tendulkar also cited two games in the most recent World Cup when evening dew helped England to achieve a tie in their classic qualifying game against India in Bangalore but then counted in favour of Ireland during their famous run chase against England at the same venue.A split into two equal innings a side was often proposed for the final of the domestic county competition in the UK – originally the Gillette Cup – in the days when it was invariably an advantage to field first, the report said.The hover cover, instant outfield drainage and sophisticated drying equipment have ensured that matches at Lord’s almost always start on a dry pitch these days, but that is not the case everywhere.In Australia last winter, the inter-state one-day tournament, the Ryobi Cup, was played over 45-overs-a-side, split into two alternate innings of 20 overs followed by two of 25.The format was generally rated a success by Cricket Australia (CA). There were more close finishes, more runs, more wickets and larger TV audiences.Significantly, the new regulations appeared to overcome the relatively dull and predictable middle-over phases of 50-over games.last_img read more

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WB Yeats Finally Delivered

first_imgAfter several delays, the Irish Continental Group has taken delivery of the cruise ferry W.B.Yeats from the German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft.The EUR 144 million-worth (USD 163 million) W.B.Yeats boast accommodation capacity for 1,800 passengers and 2,800 lane metres of freight (165 freight vehicles) plus an additional dedicated car deck with capacity for 300 passenger cars.The cruise ferry has been fitted with scrubbers to meet the new sulphur cap regulations as well as ballast water systems.The Irish Continental Group said that W.B.Yeats will also adhere to Ice Class specification which will allow for a wide geographic area of operation should opportunities arise.The newbuilding was scheduled to commence sailings between Ireland and France from July 30. However, Irish Ferries was forced to cancel July sailings for the ferry when they were informed in April by FSG, of the initial delay. A subsequent delay to the delivery was announced in November.The vessel will now undergo commissioning with Irish Ferries and is expected to commence services initially on the Dublin to Holyhead route in early January 2019 before switching to Dublin to France route in March 2019.“This is the first of two new builds commissioned by ICG with a total contracted investment of EUR 315 million. The second vessel is expected to be delivered during 2020. This investment will increase the tourism and freight capacity on the seamless connections from Ireland to the UK and Continent which are a vital part of Ireland’s tourism access and logistical chain,” Eamonn Rothwell, Chief Executive Officer, said.The second cruise ferry will be able to accommodate 1,800 passengers and crew, with capacity for 5,610 freight lane meters.  Upon completion, it will be the largest cruise ferry in the world in terms of vehicle capacity, according to ICG.Image Courtesy: Irish Continental Grouplast_img read more

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Toronto Uber driver charged in two sexual assault investigations

first_imgTORONTO (CITYNEWS) – Toronto Police say an Uber driver is facing sexual assault charges in relation to two investigations.A 36-year-old man from Mississauga, Ontario faces one count each of forcible confinement and extortion, and two counts of sexual assault.The first alleged incident occurred on Sept. 6, 2018, after a 24-year-old woman entered a black SUV she believed to be the Uber she had ordered.Police allege the driver did not allow her to leave the vehicle, and instead took her to a secluded spot where he’s accused of sexually assaulting her.The second alleged incident happened on April 8, 2019, when police say a 21-year-old woman entered a black SUV.They allege the driver would not let her leave the vehicle as he drove away from Toronto: first to a fast-food restaurant parking lot, where she tried to get assistance from a bystander; then to a secluded side street, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her. Once she was dropped off later that afternoon, she contacted police.Police tell CityNews the suspect was not the intended Uber driver for either alleged victim, but it’s unknown how he knew they were looking for an Uber driver.A spokesperson for Uber says the company is “fully co-operating with law enforcement,” and the suspect’s access to the app has been revoked. “What’s described is horrible and nothing anyone should go through,” their statement read.The suspect is due to appear in court on May 23, and police say they believe there may be other victims.last_img read more

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Tell the government it has to play a leading role

first_imgAdvertisement As part of the next phase of the consultation, the Minister is encouraging Canadians to share their stories and their advice.Please take the time to engage so performers like you are part of this important process.There are different ways to take part:Register on the government’s consultation website so you can submit ideas and support positive proposals;Click here to read and share your own stories about Canadian digital content, its importance and impact;Click here to submit your thoughts on how to promote, support and address Canadian Content in a Digital World;Support strong arguments and positive ideas. You can “vote” for positive ideas and comment on inspiring stories: on the challenges of digital transformation, on supporting artists, on promoting creativity and on what Canadian content means for you;Stay tuned for other events you can take part in, either in person or via social media.Think about the issues and what resonates with you then respond with your own priorities and thoughts.The government is seeking input on three questions:How do we support Canada’s artists, content creators and cultural entrepreneurs in order to create a cultural ecosystem in which they thrive and that will benefit the growth of our middle class at home, and help them reach beyond our borders?Dedicated creative talent combined with government investment and balanced regulation has created a world-class creative industry here in Canada;The core of the Broadcasting Act has always been a legislated commitment that Canada’s broadcasting system should be owned and controlled by Canadians, and operated for the benefit of Canadian people. These values have been key to Canada’s success; Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has launched the next phase of consultation into Canada’s cultural and creative economy in this Digital Age.This is an opportunity to advocate for progressive policies that build our sector, create jobs and put Canadian stories on our screens.More urgently, this is our chance to push back against the critics who want to tear down Canada’s cultural policies. Recent decisions from bodies like the CRTC have been eroding the approach that’s helped to build a world-class industry. This consultation is an opportunity to embrace the key role creative talent plays and ensure balanced regulation is there to support them.center_img “The engine that drives Canada’s creative economy is work that’s written, directed, produced and performed by Canadians. Canada’s creative economy won’t thrive unless government takes a leading role promoting Canada’s creative talent.”– ACTRA National President Ferne Downey Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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