Freshly-caught rat is at the top of the holiday menu for crowds flocking to a market in Assam that specialises in rodents from local fields.Destined to be boiled, skinned and then cooked in a spicy gravy, rat is more popular than chicken and pork with customers at the Sunday market in Kumarikata village, along the Indo-Bhutan border, some 90 km from Guwahati. Rat has become a valuable source of income for the poor Adivasi tribal people who struggle to make ends meet working in Assam’s famed tea gardens. In the winter months when tea picking slumbers, the Adivasis go to rice paddies to trap rats for the market. A kg of rat meat, which is considered a delicacy, sells for about ₹200 rupees — as much as for chicken and pork. Farmers say the region has seen growing numbers of rats in recent years. “We put traps in the fields as the rats eat people’s paddy,” said Samba Soren, a rat vendor at Kumarikata. The rodents are hunted at night during the harvesting season with traps made from bamboo. The vendors work at night to make sure other predators do not get to the dead rats first. Some of the rats weigh more than a kg and the traders say they get between 10 and 20 kg a night.
Regardless of the result, what Kvitova calls her “second career” post-attack is back on track.She put together an 11-match winning streak on the way to the final, including a title in Brisbane, and did not drop a set on her way to the decider at Melbourne Park.Her run to the final will lift her to number two in the world rankings, behind only Osaka, equalling the career high position she reached after winning her first Wimbledon title in 2011.Such a comeback appeared unthinkable after the December 2016 attack.Australian media this week published gruesome photographs of her injured hand, with the flesh sliced open and the tip of the index finger almost cut off.She said she did not know if she would ever hold a racquet again.“It’s not 100 percent and never will be. It’s just how it is,” she said.“I’m just trying to take maximum from the minimum. I feel great. I’m playing great tennis. I don’t think that I could really imagine at the time being this kind of player again.” The Czech said she had her chances against Osaka and the 2hr 27min final hinged on a few key moments.She was unable to convert five break points in the first set but forced a tie-break, only for Osaka to run away with it.Kvitova then summoned her renowned fighting spirit to survive three championship points as she trailed 3-5 in the second, forcing a decider.“I was thinking that if I turn it around, probably (momentum) it’s on my side. In the end, it wasn’t,” she said after Osaka rallied to take a decisive break in the third set.“I don’t think I played really badly, but I just maybe could have gone a little bit more aggressive one or two rallies.”ADVERTISEMENT Doctors had given her only a 10 percent chance of returning to the sport and Kvitova said reaching the final of the season-opening Grand Slam was an achievement in itself.“It’s hurting a lot today, I wanted to win and have the trophy,” the 28-year-old said after the 7-6 (7/2), 5-7, 6-4 defeat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“But I think I already won two years ago. So for me, it’s crazy. I can hardly believe that I just played in a Grand Slam final again.“I’ve been through many, many things, not really great ones.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’ PLAY LIST 01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic speaks at a press conference following her loss to Japan’s Naomi Osaka in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Comeback queen Petra Kvitova said she was hurting but still felt like a winner after going down guns blazing against Japan’s Naomi Osaka Saturday in an epic clash for the Australian Open crown.The Czech two-time Wimbledon champion overcame incredible odds to even play tennis again after a knife attack damaged her racquet hand in late 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Possible clash vs Demetrious Johnson fuels Adriano Moraes’ fire Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments
Indore, Oct 10 (PTI) Statistical highlights on day three Indore, Oct 10 (PTI) Statistical highlights on day three of the third cricket Test between India and New Zealand, here today. # Ravichandran Ashwin has become the fourth Indian bowlers to bag 20 or more instances of five-wicket hauls in Tests, joining Anil Kumble (35), Harbhajan Singh (25) and Kapil Dev (23). # Ashwin has taken his wickets tally to 213 at an average of 24.81 — the highest by a bowler after 39 Tests, surpassing Waqar Younis tally of 208 (ave.20.56). # Clarrie Grimmett had claimed 216 wickets (ave.24.21) in 37 Tests in his career. Just two bowlers had recorded 20 instances of five-wicket hauls in fewer Tests — Englands Sydney Barnes in 25 Tests and Australias Clarrie Grimmett in 37 Tests. # Ashwins tally of 20 five-wicket hauls in Tests include five vs New Zealand, four each vs West Indies, South Africa and Australia, two vs Sri Lanka and one vs Bangladesh. # Ashwin has become the first Indian bowler to produce five five-wicket hauls vs New Zealand in only five Tests. Only four bowlers have registered six instances of five-wicket hauls vs New Zealand — Derek Underwood, Ian Botham, Wasim Akram and Dale Steyn. # Martin Guptills 72 is his third fifty in seven Tests vs India in India. His first two fifties were 85 at Hyderabad in November 2010 and 53 at Bangalore in August/September 2012. # Guptills 72 is his 20th innings of fifty-plus in Tests — three hundreds and 17 fifties. # Ross Taylors 12th duck in Tests is his second vs India. For the first time, he has recorded two ducks in a Test series. # Tom Latham has registered his third fifty in the present series. He has recorded a fifty in each of the three Tests — 58 at Kanpur; 74 at Kolkata and 53 at Indore. # For the second time in a Test series, Latham has posted three fifties — the first instance being vs West Indies in 2014. # Luke Ronchi has recorded his first duck in Tests. # The top two run-scorers for New Zealand in the present series are — Latham (188 at an average of 37.60) and Ronchi (185 at 37.00). # Guptill and Latham were involved in a stand of 118 for the first wicket — the first century stand for the opening wicket by a visiting pair in 10 Tests in India — the last century partnership being 139 between David Warner and Ed Cowan for Australia at Mohali in March 2013. # James Neesham enjoys an excellent batting record vs India in Tests — his aggregate being 241 in three innings — the scores being 33 & 137 not out at Wellington in February 2014 and 71 at Indore. # Neeshams 71 is his fourth fifty in Tests – his first vs India. PTI Cor CM CMadvertisement
Rafael Benitez has denied a training ground row with Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles.The centre-back watched Newcastle’s 2-1 Premier League loss at home to Chelsea on Sunday from the stands at St James’ Park.Reports suggested Lascelles and Benitez argued in training about the Spaniard’s tactical plans, though the club said the player was absent at the weekend due to an ankle problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Benitez was widely criticised for a negative approach against Chelsea, despite Maurizio Sarri’s side needing a controversial penalty and a DeAndre Yedlin own goal to triumph.”The doctor is better than me, we’re waiting for results of a scan for Jamaal,” Benitez told the media when questioned over Lascelles’ possible return.”He came to support the team, I spoke to him before and after the game and three or four times this morning.”His partner is expecting a baby but everything is fine. I don’t know how long he’ll be out for.”RB: “Manquillo, Jamaal and Shelvey still have the same problems. Ritchie has a knock in his knee, so that could be another problem.” #NUFC pic.twitter.com/yRz6EJE3Rs— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 28, 2018Lascelles will miss a potential reunion with former club Nottingham Forest on Wednesday in the EFL Cup due to his injury.Jonjo Shelvey, Javier Manquillo, Florian Lejeune and Matt Ritchie have also been ruled out of Wednesday’s tie at the City Ground. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Sam Curran IPL 2019 Auction Live: England all-rounder Sam Curran became the costliest foreign player to be sold at the IPL Auction Live 2019 in Jaipur on Tuesday. Sam Curran, who was India’s tormentor in England during the five-match Test series, was sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 7.20 crore in a fierce three-way bidding war amongst Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore.Sam Curran made his Test debut against Pakistan earlier in the year and made an immediate impact. Sam Curran, in fact, was instrumental in England’s series win over India and was named man-of-the-series.South Africa batsman Colin Ingram too fetched big money. The auction witnessed a bidding war between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad for the T20 specialist.Sunrisers pulled out after the bid crossed Rs 6 crore before Delhi bought Ingram for Rs 6.6 crore. In the bid for wicketkeepers, Heinrich Klaasen was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for his base price of Rs 50 lakh. Shaun Marsh, the leading run-getter in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008, failed to find any buyers.West Indian stars continued to rule the roost in the IPL auctions yet again. Carlos Brathwaite was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 5 crore while Shimron Hetmyer sold for Rs 4.2 crore to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Wicket-keeper Nicolas Pooran was sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 4.20 crore.KXIP bagged the services of Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques for Rs 1 crore while the Sunrisers Hyderabad spent Rs 2.20 crore for English wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow and Rs 1.20 crore.advertisementMumbai Indians bought back Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga for Rs 2 crore while veteran Ishant Sharma was bought for Rs 1.10 crore by Delhi Capitals.Top overseas cricketers in the world Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Hashim Amla, Chris Woakes, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Angelo Mathews, Shaun Marsh and Adam Zampa were among the players who failed to attract any buyers.A total of 60 players, including 20 overseas stars, were sold at the IPL 2019 auction. A total of Rs 106.80 crore was spent by 8 teams.Sam Curran joins the squad! #KXIP #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SaddaSquad #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/CQKOZad6wBKings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) December 18, 2018
OSU has never played a home game while 7-0. OSU is 2nd in the country in points scored but 95th in time of possession. I think that’s called being efficient. What I’m excited about: It’s homecoming, I’m not sure I need much more to be excited about. Wouldn’t it be funny though, if this “porous” defense shut down everyone’s favorite darkhorse for the Heisman and stuck Baylor with another 30+ point loss? Wouldn’t it be funny if it was the defense that shone brightest this afternoon while the offense lay seething, ready to down K-State, Tech, and Iowa State en route to Bedlam…OSU will win if: They get a turnover. Like, one. That hasn’t been an issue this year as they’ve forced 2 | 1 | 4 | 4 | 3 | 4 in their first seven games. #OccupyTheBackfield How worried I am (out of 10):Uniform prediction:Gun to my head: OSU 49-27 – I think it plays out a lot like the A&M Baylor game. There’s so much pressure on RG3 to put it in the endzone every single time he touches it because of how paltry the Bears’ defense is. Baylor reminds me of OSU in ’08 or ’09: world-class offense that puts up 45 points and loses by 25.Give me your predictions below!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Justin Gilbert got his first kick return against Baylor which means he has 4 in the last 12 games. Photo Attribution: Icon SMITeams: #3 Oklahoma State 7-0 (4-0) vs. Baylor 4-2 (1-2)Time: 2:30 AM CSTTV: ABC/ESPN2 – Coverage mapOn the call: Bob Wischusen, Bob Davie and Jeannine EdwardsKickoff: Two of the six highest scoring offenses in the country meet up at Boone’s house on Saturday. The problem for Baylor is that one of those teams also has a legitimate defense. Football Outsiders actually says Baylor’s offense is more prolific on a play-by-play basis (that stat is explained in further detail here).OSU is looking to protect the highest BCS ranking in school history and is (I cannot believe my fingers are punching these keys) two games from moving into the #2 slot in the country. For entertainment purposes:Spread: Cowboys -14.5Over/Under: 79.5This line opened at OSU -18 which means people are piling cash on RG3 and the Bears. I think that’s fair, 18 seemed a bit extravagant. The real money to be made is on the over/under though. You guys know me, I’m all about taking the over, but I think Vegas is preying on people’s perception of OSU’s defense. Will OSU score 50+? Probably, but that means they’d have to give up 30+, which is a number they haven’t hit yet in conference play. Go under.A few stats you should know: Great find by Gavin Lang here: Nigel Nicholas has 8.0 tackles for loss this season. No OSU tackle had more than 4.0 TFLs all of last season.
Photo Attribution: US PresswireWinners: Big 12 aficionados, Alabama (Purdue lost to ND by three!), Clint Chelf, Heart of Dallas (great performance), everybody that beat OSU this year (they look really good now), QB ratings, Bill Young’s stock, J.W. Walsh (winning me over).Losers: everyone who woke up, B1G football, college football lovers (eight months of darkness), ACLs, Joe Randle fans (he’s gone), Gundy’s future OC (he thinks calling plays is easy now), Cotton Bowl vendors, fans who had to watch on TV (the awful announcing was chart-topping).Uni Heisman: I’ll let Quinn have it. I don’t think he’s ever won it and the all-black with white kicks was pretty good. Best play: probably the best play of Isaiah Anderson’s life. Best player: Chelf, he was terrific. Of course, it’s easy to be efficient when nobody on the team you’re playing has ever broken five in the 40.Best quote: Shoot, I’m going to coach until someone tells me I can’t. -Bill YoungBest photo: The one up top — that small man in the middle next to the kid in the orange hoodie makes $3.5 million to tell 19-year-olds where to run. Crazy.Tweeter of the game: Andrew Mitchell won this with one tweet at the very end of the game…What time does the #okstate game start?— andrew mitchell (@andrewmitch) January 1, 2013Stat of the night: Hard to overstate this, but pending the Ole Miss/Pitt game — OSU is now the all-time college football leader in bowl win percentage. Like, including all the teams.“KD lookalike” award: Mr. Gundy…If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)One of the top running back recruits in the 2020 class has announced his commitment. It’s a big one.Roydell Williams, a four-star running back out of Hueytown, Ala., was on hand for this afternoon’s Alabama-Auburn game.The top running back recruit announced his commitment shortly after the visit.Williams has committed to the Crimson Tide.“COMMITTED,” he announced.COMMITTED❗️ #RollTide ?⚪️? @RTRnews @ChadSimmons_ pic.twitter.com/DUIf2QeCpc— 6for6?❗️ (@RoydellW_6) November 25, 2018Williams, a 5-foot-10 running back, is ranked the No. 20 RB in the 2020 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. Alabama’s 2020 class is ranked the No. 2 class in the country.
MS Dhoni falls for 2 in 300th T20 match as India lose narrowly to New ZealandIndia vs New Zealand: Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first Indian and the 13th overall to play 300 or more Twenty20 matches. Dhoni affected two dismissals and scored 2 runs in his 300th game.advertisement India Today Web Desk HamiltonFebruary 10, 2019UPDATED: February 10, 2019 16:32 IST MS Dhoni has played 300 T20 matches (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni became the first Indian to play 300 Twenty20 matchesDhoni scored only 2 but was sensational behind stumps in the matchNew Zealand won the third and final T20I by 4 runs and captured the series 2-13rd T20I Brief Scores: New Zealand (212/4) beat India (208/6) by 4 runs to clinch 3-match series 2-1. Shankar (43), Mitchell (2/27), Santner (2/32). Full ScorecardMS Dhoni on Sunday became the first Indian to appear in 300 or more Twenty20 matches when he took to the field in the third T20 International against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton.Overall, Dhoni became the 13th cricketer to achieve the feat joining Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik, Ryan ten Doeschate, Dwayne Smith, Albie Morkel, Ravi Bopara, Sunil Narine, Sohail Tanvir and Luke Wright.Kieron Pollard leads list with 446 matches in the shortest format.Dhoni turned up for the 96th time for India in the final T20I against New Zealand on Sunday. Dhoni has played the most number of T20 matches for Chennai Super Kings having appeared for the Indian Premier League franchise for 169 times.Dhoni has also played 30 matches for Rising Pune Supergiant over the period of two seasons in 2016 and 2017 when Chennai Super Kings were suspended from the IPL.Apart from that, he has played 4 T20s for his state team and 1 for Indians during an England tour in 2011.Dhoni celebrated the feat with a lightening fast stumping and also took a catch behind the stumps. Dhoni took just 0.099 seconds to stump New Zealand batsman Tim Seifert off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav during the match.Dhoni holds the record for most T20I stumpings with 34 in his illustrious career. Dhoni also has the most number of dismissals in the format with 90, including 56 career catches.advertisementIn 337 ODIs, Dhoni has 311 catches and 119 stumpings. No other wicketkeeper has played more international matches than MS Dhoni’s 524.However, it was not a happy day for Dhoni with the bat as he scored only 2 off 5 deliveries as went down by 4 runs. New Zealand won the three-match series 2-1.The couple of runs took Dhoni’s tally of runs to 6136 from 300 matches with the help of 24 fifties.Also Read | I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli: Banner spotted during Hamilton T20IFor 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 Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow MS Dhoni
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Moody’s Japan K.K. has downgraded Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ (MOL) corporate family rating to Ba2 from Ba1 on the grounds of the company’s likely inability to cut debt over the next few years.The argumentation is based on the expectation that the company will continue to borrow to invest in its growth segments, such as offshore oil and gas infrastructure and LNG carriers. The rating outlook is stable.“We expect MOL’s debt will not decline materially over the next few years and its leverage will likely remain above our downgrade guidance of 7.0x for a Ba1 rating,” says Motoki Yanase, a Moody’s Vice President and Senior Credit Officer.Moody’s expects a marginal improvement in profitability measured by EBIT margin over the next few years, from its growth segments, the spin-off of its volatile containership business into the Ocean Network Express (ONE) joint venture, and the gradual recovery in the market, mainly in the dry bulk and containership sectors.According to the rating agency, ONE hasn’t benefited MOL’s profitability so far, and it will take several years to prove out. Even potential earnings improvement of the JV are likely to have a limited impact on MOL’s ability to lower leverage, given the large size of its debt.Moody’s expects that MOL’s EBIT margin will remain in the single digits, and that any improvement in EBITDA will not be enough to lower leverage. Moody’s estimates MOL’s retained cash flow/net debt will remain in the single digits, lower than that of its global peers at the Ba or single-B levels.Despite its weak credit metrics, MOL’s rating continues to be supported by its large scale, relatively diversified shipping segments, and well-established market presence.The company’s fleet includes about 850 vessels, including dry bulkers, car carriers, tankers and LNG carriers, which have different business cycles and mitigate business volatility to some extent, the rating agency said, adding that these mostly unencumbered assets put the company in a better position than many of its global peers to raise funds by selling or securing assets.
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EDMONTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Edmonton today, where he’ll face questions about his government’s plans for the beleaguered Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The prime minister’s office says Trudeau will meet with Premier Rachel Notley this afternoon. A spokeswoman for Notley says the meeting will be about the pipeline, and that the premier hopes to discuss possible paths forward for the controversial project.The Federal Court of Appeal last week reversed a cabinet decision to allow construction to go ahead, ruling there was not enough consultation with Indigenous people and that the National Energy Board didn’t properly consider the impact of an increase in oil tanker traffic.After last week’s court decision, Notley announced she was pulling Alberta out of the federal climate plan until Ottawa gets the expansion back on track. She also demanded that Trudeau appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada and hold an emergency session of Parliament on the issue.Trudeau has said Ottawa remains committed to getting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built.The project would triple the bitumen-carrying capacity of the existing pipeline from the Edmonton area and Metro Vancouver.Minutes after the court ruling was released on Friday, Kinder Morgan shareholders approved the sale of the existing pipeline and other assets to the federal government for $4.5 billion. The purchase closed on Friday, making the federal government wholly responsible for what happens next.During his visit to the Alberta capital, Trudeau will also tour several facilities and a cultural society with Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi, who is an Edmonton MP. The prime minister will give a speech at a Liberal fundraising event in the evening.
Jamaican children need more opportunities, support and hope to resist and rise above violence, former child soldier and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Advocate for Children Affected by War Ishmael Beah said at the end of a two-day visit to the Caribbean nation. The 27-year-old Beah, who was forced as a child to fight in Sierra Leone’s civil war, and was assisted with his rehabilitation by UNICEF, met with children in districts of Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, which have been marred by violence. He discussed ways to stay away from gangs and to navigate difficult situations without resorting to violence. “My life was all about weapons, drugs and violence,” he said during his visit. “Now I teach people to resist violence and to use that energy to do other positive things with their lives. I encourage them to see that it is possible to have a life outside of violence.” Violence is a major threat to children in Jamaica, where 87 per cent of those aged 2 to 14 are subjected to at least one form of psychological or physical punishment. Only 28 per cent of children think their communities are safe. Children are pressed into gang warfare, where they are used as spies and look-outs and are often forced to conceal and use guns. “Every child has the capacity to do great things,” Mr. Beah said at a presentation to the University of the West Indies. “No one wants to take up a gun. It is circumstances that push children into violence. What you provide and how you engage with children is what makes the difference. It is possible to refocus and reshape their lives.” 1 May 2008Jamaican children need more opportunities, support and hope to resist and rise above violence, former child soldier and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Advocate for Children Affected by War Ishmael Beah said at the end of a two-day visit to the Caribbean nation.
by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2017 7:04 am MDT Last Updated May 17, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CBS pairs ‘Big Bang’ & spin-off; O’Brien re-ups with TBS This image released by CBS shows David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, center, in a scene from the military drama “SEAL Team,” that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs. The show is one of eight new series coming to CBS in the 2017-18 season. (Skip Bolen/CBS via AP) NEW YORK, N.Y. – “Young Sheldon” and his grown-up version on “The Big Bang Theory” will be paired on CBS’ Thursday night schedule this fall.The “Big Bang” spinoff, centred on star Jim Parsons’ character as a precocious 9-year-old Texas high school student, is one of eight new series coming to CBS in the 2017-18 season, the network announced Wednesday.“It’s not ‘Muppet Babies,’” said CBS programming executive Kelly Kahl, but a gentle comedy in the mould of “Wonder Years” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.”Parsons and the rest of the “Big Bang Theory” cast are signed through the next two seasons, a recently wrapped negotiation that included CBS Corp. chief executive Leslie Moonves meeting with the actors of TV’s No. 1 comedy.“I hope it goes beyond that,” Moonves told reporters Wednesday, but, he added, “I can’t make any promises.”Other freshman CBS shows set for a fall debut include sitcoms “9JKL,” described as having an “Everybody Loves Raymond” vibe with the story of an actor (Mark Feuerstein) living near his parents and brother, and “Me, Myself & I,” which looks at a man at different stages of his life and stars Bobby Moynihan and John Larroquette.CBS’ new fall dramas are “Seal Team,” with David Boreanaz (“Bones”) as a member of an elite Navy SEAL team; “Wisdom of the Crowd,” with Jeremy Piven as a tech guru who creates a crowdsourcing app to solve crimes after his daughter is killed, and “S.W.A.T.,” inspired by the TV series and movie and starring Shemar Moore.The midseason slate includes “Instinct,” with Alan Cumming as a former CIA operative who’s pulled back into his old line of work, and the comedy “By the Book,” about a man (Jay R. Ferguson) who challenges himself to live strictly in accordance with the Bible. It’s based on A.J. Jacobs’ bestselling book “The Year of Living Biblically.”Returning shows that will be held for later in the season include “Amazing Race,” ”Code Black,” ”Man with a Plan” and “Undercover Boss.”But CBS viewers have seen the last of cancelled series “Two Broke Girls” and “The Odd Couple.”Stephen Colbert also took a victory lap at Wednesday’s presentation. He’s ridden relentless attacks on President Donald Trump to the top of the late-night ratings.Colbert noted the rush of late-breaking political news happening this week at the time his show tapes.“In the hour I’m on the air I can sound as out of touch about what’s going on in the White House as Sean Spicer,” Colbert joked.Moonves offered his thoughts on competitors’ plans unveiled earlier in the week to advertisers. He called ABC’s plan to revive “Roseanne” for an eight-episode run a “stunt,” then added diplomatically, “it’s a good stunt. People will tune in for it.”Asked about ABC’s decision to reboot “American Idol” next year after Fox dropped it in 2016, Moonves said CBS was offered the same chance but decided the show was so costly it would need an improbably big audience to break even.In other TV news announced Wednesday, Turner said TBS has closed a new deal with Conan O’Brien that extends through 2022.TBS and sister Turner network TNT plan to launch a total of six new series from stars such as Snoop Dogg, Daniel Radcliffe and Michael Moore. CNN has four new series in the works.And TNT is working with filmmaker Ridley Scott to develop a night of original science-fiction programming.Talk-show veteran O’Brien’s new four-year pact with TBS keeps him at the network where “Conan” debuted in November 2010 after his abrupt exit from “The Tonight Show” when NBC reinstated Jay Leno as host.But the format and distribution strategy for O’Brien’s talents will evolve from his current Monday-through-Thursday hour. He will “expand the boundaries from a talk show to a range of personality-based, cross-platform experiences,” according to TBS and TNT President Kevin Reilly.“In the past few years I’ve stumbled across many new and exciting ways of connecting with my audience,” O’Brien said, “and I’m eager to evolve my show into something leaner, more agile and more unpredictable.”Plans call for extending his Team Coco brand into digital content, podcasting, gaming, pay TV and live events.With Ridley Scott (“The Martian,” ”Alien: Covenant”), TNT will develop an evening-long programming block of original science fiction in many forms, serving as a showcase for hour-long series, short form and other formats.Meanwhile, TNT has announced “Who Run the World?” — a documentary series executive-produced by Sarah Jessica Parker and Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”). Slated to premiere later this year, it will focus on the issues that women face in today’s world.And in late fall, TNT will debut “Michael Moore Live from the Apocalypse,” a nonfiction series from the Oscar-winning filmmaker that promises to blow the whistle on everything from Washington politics to Wall Street shenanigans. Moore will star in the series as well as direct and produce.TBS has given the green light to these four new series:— “Miracle Workers,” a heaven-set workplace comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Owen Wilson and executive-produced by Lorne Michaels (“Saturday Night Live”).— “Close Enough,” an animated series from “Regular Show” creator J.G. Quintel.— An update of the durable game show “The Joker’s Wild” hosted by Snoop Dogg.— An untitled series from the comedy trio The Dress Up Gang, whose viral videos include the “My Roommate, My Friend” series.In addition, TBS is developing a fully interactive late-night programming block with the multiplatform studio Super Deluxe. TBS plans to launch the weekly 90-minute comedy block this fall.TBS’ previously announced comedy series that will star Tracy Morgan now has a title — “The Last O.G.” — and supporting players: Cedric the Entertainer and Taylor Mosby (“Criminal Minds”).CBS said it will pair “The Big Bang Theory” with its spin-off sibling, “Young Sheldon.”The new comedy is centred on star Jim Parsons’ character as a precocious youngster. “Young Sheldon” will follow “The Big Bang Theory” on Thursdays after debuting Monday, Sept. 25.CBS Corp. chief executive Leslie Moonves said he hopes “Big Bang Theory” continues beyond the two-year deal that was just concluded.In the just-ended season cliff-hanger, Sheldon is seen proposing to longtime girlfriend Amy, played by Mayim Bialik.CNN’s new series set for 2018 include:— “Detroit 1963: Once in a Great City,” a four-part series about the city of Detroit at its high point.— “American Heiress: The Patty Hearst Story,” a six-part series that will follow the transformation of Patricia Hearst from heiress to terrorist after her kidnapping.— “1968: The Year That Changed America,” a four-part series that looks back at a year marked by seismic shifts in American politics, social movements and national leadership.— “Kennedys: An American Dynasty,” a six-part series that explores how personal relationships within the Kennedy dynasty helped shaped national and global events.— “Pope,” a six-part series that goes inside the Vatican to reveal the true power held by popes throughout the ages.On tap for HLN is “Unmasking A Killer,” a five-part series that goes inside the investigation, case files and mind of The Golden State Killer, a man believed to be the most prolific uncaught rapist and serial killer in the nation.___Television Writer Lynn Elber contributed to this story.
THE DOORS HAVE only just opened at Pieta House West, but the calls are already coming in.This is Pieta’s seventh suicide crisis centre, and in another two weeks it will have opened its eighth centre, in Cork.Pieta House’s chief operations officer Cindy O’Connor explained that the centre was brought to the west thanks to the hard work of the local community, which fundraised for the building, and a secret millionaire.The latter was John Concannon, who appeared on the RTÉ show Secret Millionaire in September 2011, and donated €25,000 to the service.O’Connor explained that Concannon invited Pieta House to open a centre in Tuam, and the plans were set in motion.“The people of Galway have just been amazing,” said O’Connor. “They have done countless fundraising events and they secured the funding through all the events so we could open the house here.”Fundraising is incredibly important as all of Pieta House’s services are provided free of charge to people. O’Connor said there is “such a need all over the country” for services like Pieta House.That is evident from the ringing phones:We’ve had quite a few calls already. We’re delighted we’re up and running.There is a panel of therapists available to Pieta House, and people are invited to call the Tuam service, which is based on Bishop St, on 093 25586 to make an appointment.The current opening hours are 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, but as demand increases, that could change. It is anticipated that after Christmas, Pieta House West will open late one evening a week, and will also open on Saturdays.A large Pieta House centre will also be opened in Bishopstown in Cork in a fortnight, while a further centre is planned for Castleisland.To support the opening of the Cork service, CEO of Pieta House Joan Freeman is moving to the city for a number of months.Pieta House’s goal is to have a centre within 100KM of every person in Ireland, and so far it is proving that with community support – “the community take ownership of Pieta House”, as O’Connor put it – expansion is possible.Pieta House is a free service and can be contacted at 01 601 0000 or email@example.com.Read: Eight men died by suicide every week in 2011>Read: New campaign aims to curb suicides amongst farmers>Read: Pieta House to open suicide crisis centre in Galway>
Antennes-relais : elles n’auraient pas de lien avec les cancers de l’enfantGrande-Bretagne – Selon une étude parue dans le British Medical Journal, les femmes vivant à proximité d’antennes-relais ne seraient pas plus susceptibles de mettre au monde des enfants souffrant de leucémie ou de cancer. 1.397 enfants souffrant d’une leucémie, d’une tumeur au cerveau ou au système nerveux central entre 1999 et 2001 ont été suivis de 0 à 4 ans. Les données de tous ces jeunes patients ont été comparées avec celles de quatre autres enfants du même âge et en bonne santé.Les données ont été mises en relation avec le niveau de radiation auquel les mères étaient exposées durant leur grossesse, grâce à une carte répertoriant les antennes-relais de Grande-Bretagne. Il s’est avéré que les mères dont l’enfant souffrait d’un cancer n’étaient pas plus proches des antennes-relais que celles dont les enfants étaient en bonne santé.Cependant, les scientifiques ont tenu à préciser que l’étude avait porté uniquement sur les cancers survenant chez les très jeunes enfants et non sur ceux pouvant se déclarer plus tard. Le 23 juin 2010 à 12:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
Les radiations évaluées dans les écoles proches de FukushimaLes autorités japonaises ont mis en place un programme d’urgence pour évaluer le niveau des radiations dans les cours de récréations des écoles et dans l’eau de la région de Fukushima. Alors que la situation n’est toujours pas stabilisée à la centrale de Fukushima au Japon, les niveaux de radioactivité inquiètent de plus en plus les habitants. Pour rassurer la population, les autorités japonaises ont donc décidé de procéder à des mesures permettant d’évaluer le taux de radiation dans les écoles de la région. Ainsi, c’est plus de 1.400 écoles et crèches qui vont être testées pendant deux jours entiers alors que le gouvernement a indiqué qu’il ne devrait y avoir aucun danger pour les enfants s’ils restent à plus de 30 kilomètres de la zone.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéDans le même temps, les Japonais continuent de verser de l’eau sur le réacteur nucléaire de façon à limiter les émissions radioactives. De l’eau contaminée a déjà coulé vers la mer mais là encore, les Japonais se veulent rassurants, indiquant que cette eau n’est pas un danger pour la santé de la population. Pourtant, les mesures effectuées à proximité du deuxième réacteur, le 2 avril dernier, ont relevé une eau contenant 7,5 millions de fois le niveau d’iode radioactif considéré comme normal. De son côté, l’AP précise que 100 mètres plus loin en mer, le taux n’était plus que de 1.000 fois la limite autorisée.Par ailleurs, le gouvernement japonais a indiqué qu’une indemnisation allait être versée aux agriculteurs et aux pêcheurs qui ne peuvent plus vendre leurs produits. En effet, des poissons ont déjà été contaminés par l’iode radioactif et sont devenus impropres à la consommation.Le 6 avril 2011 à 14:27 • Maxime Lambert
There are clear signs that many of the construction projects needed to ready Guam to host more than 4,000 Marines are moving ahead. Work is still in the early stages at the site of the planned Marine Corps Base Guam, but military leaders are pleased the effort appears to be on track, reports Stars and Stripes. “It is clearly moving forward,” said Capt. Daniel Turner, commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas. Japan is paying about $3 billion of the $8.7 billion price tag for the undertaking, which does not have a firm deadline for completion. Current plans call for the Marines to relocate from Okinawa between 2022 and 2026. About $500 million worth of projects have been completed on the island, including a new parking apron for Marine aircraft and an aviation maintenance hangar at Andersen AFB. A utility and site improvement project has been completed at Apra Harbor. DOD also is funding off-base projects, including $50 million for the island’s commercial port, $125 million for wastewater treatment upgrades, road projects between Naval Base Guam and the northern part of the island, and $30.6 million for sewer improvements.While the lion’s share of the effort lies ahead, officials say one of the key obstacles has been navigated — satisfactorily addressing residents’ concerns over the pace of construction and its environmental and cultural impacts.Photo courtesy of the Navy Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Gerry Broome/APRick Colyer votes at the Durham County Library North Regional in Durham, N.C., Tuesday. Braun’s win might mean more for how Republicans try to win in primaries the rest of this year than Blankenship’s loss.4. Democrats aren’t facing primary headwinds yet — and might not.While there have been signs of division on the Democratic side, it hasn’t manifested very strongly.Instead, the division so far has still mostly been on one side — with Republicans unhappy with Washington. There were opportunities Tuesday night for the more progressive wing of the party to flex its muscles, but it instead chose the pragmatic route.Think: the Ohio governor’s race primary, for example, where former Rep. Dennis Kucinich was trying to paint Richard Cordray, the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau appointed by Obama, as too much of a centrist with less progressive views on guns. But Cordray, who was endorsed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, trounced Kucinich by 40 points.It might be somewhat worrying for Democrats that more Republicans turned out for the open Ohio gubernatorial primary than one that got as much attention as the Cordray-Kucinich contest. And a relatively unknown progressive challenger to Manchin got 30 percent of the vote Tuesday night, which is similar to what happened in Texas two months ago when an unknown got almost a quarter of the vote against Beto O’Rourke. But those seem relatively minor, compared with the anti-Washington messages Republicans are winning with and an ousted congressman.Looking ahead over the next month, in more than a dozen states, there’s really only one Senate race where progressives are expected to mount a significant challenge to a sitting Democrat. That’s Dianne Feinstein facing off with state Sen. Kevin de León. He’s a darling of the left, but Feinstein’s team is confident, and polls have shown her with a comfortable lead so far. There’s also the May 22 runoff for the 7th Congressional District in Texas, featuring Lizzie Pannill Fletcher against Laura Moser.The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee tried to muscle Moser out of the race, because it felt she was too liberal for the district. It’s a key race, because Hillary Clinton got more votes than Trump in the district yet it is represented by a Republican, Rep. John Culberson.But that’s it. The lack of challenges to Democrats, especially senators, means they’re able to preserve their resources to fight in the general election. The real Democratic fight that’s coming is likely in 2020 with a crowded presidential primary field and a race to the left shaping up.But, right now, there’s nothing more unifying for Democrats than Trump.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share In Indiana, Mike Braun, who runs a warehousing and shipping company, won the GOP Senate primary. He will take on another top GOP Senate target in a state Trump won — Joe Donnelly. Braun did it with a conservative outsider businessman message (heard that one before?), defeating two Republican congressmen. He ran a brutal ad that painted Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer as cardboard cutouts indistinguishable from each other. Midterms, especially primaries, are won and lost by activists.And right now, if Tuesday night’s primary results are any indication, Democrats appear to be in better shape structurally than the GOP. It’s still very early in primary season to draw conclusions that are too sweeping, but here are four takeaways based on what’s known from Tuesday night’s elections in Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and North Carolina:1. Republicans dodge a bullet. Are they learning the lesson of Alabama?Washington Republicans were holding their breath, hoping that Don Blankenship would not win the Republican Senate primary in West Virginia. Blankenship served a year in prison after 29 people were killed when one of his mines exploded and he was convicted of conspiring to undermine mine-safety regulations. Washington Republicans believed that if he won, he would lose to Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin. And Manchin should be a top GOP target in a state Trump won by one of the widest margins of any state in the country in the 2016 presidential election.Blankenship had been showing remarkable and surprising strength in the race with an anti-Washington message. He went after Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and said he was “Trumpier than Trump” after Trump tweeted urging West Virginia Republicans not to vote for him. Despite internal polling released by his opponents’ campaigns showing Blankenship in the lead, he wound up finishing third. State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey won with a little more than a third of the vote.Pragmatic Republicans are exhaling Wednesday morning and hoping that the base of the party is heeding Trump’s call to “Remember Alabama” and learning that nominating fatally flawed candidates who would have trouble winning in a general election is a bad idea.Republicans over the past decade have lost roughly half a dozen Senate seats because of problematic candidates. That’s something McConnell and his team have been throwing their hands up about for years.McConnell’s team was loving this West Virginia result, though.Thanks for playing, @DonBlankenship. #WVSen pic.twitter.com/TV1ETgQdmu— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) May 9, 20182. McConnell isn’t entirely off the hook. Despite his team’s gloating, the Republican Senate leader has become problematic for the party in some circles.He remains the most unpopular senator in the country. And just 30 percent of even people in his home state of Kentucky approve of the job he is doing.Highlighting that point, in congratulating Morrisey, Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli wrote of McConnell:“It’s important to note that Senator Mitch McConnell put this seat at greater risk by giving an unattractive candidate like Don Blankenship an even more unpopular foil to run against. McConnell has become so toxic with Republican primary voters that his support is often the kiss of death and his opposition is a powerful endorsement.”3. Republican voters continue to reject Washington.To that point, there was ample evidence Tuesday night that there is quite a bit of angst in the GOP base toward Washington Republicans:In North Carolina, the first sitting congressional representative this year lost a primary challenge — Rep. Robert Pittenger in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. Mark Harris, who lost to Pittenger in 2016 by 2 points, won in a rematch this time around. This seat, which leans Republican — Trump and Romney won it by 12 points — could now be competitive. The Democrat in the race, Dan McCready, had raised more money than Pittenger and has far more cash on hand than Harris, $1.2 million versus $71,000. As the Charlotte Observer notes, McCready is “one of nine Democratic challengers with a six-figure fundraising advantage over a GOP incumbent, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Only one Democratic challenger in the country had more cash on hand at the end of the 1st quarter.” And Democrats also showed up in droves in Tuesday’s primary, far outpacing the GOP turnout.In West Virginia, Rep. Evan Jenkins, who was the early favorite in the race and looks the Washington congressman part, finished second. Instead, the winner was the state attorney general, Patrick Morrisey, who ran as an “outsider” (despite his lobbyist past) and gained attention for an ad that uprooted a West Virginia mountain and dropped it on the U.S. Capitol. I’m running for U.S. Senate not to just change Washington, but to blow it up and reinvent it. Washington is fundamentally broken. We can fix that with a West Virginia conservative fighter! #wvsen pic.twitter.com/hogbOoYnms— AG Patrick Morrisey (@MorriseyWV) April 5, 2018