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  • Video: Zebrafish Stripes Caused by Cells That Chase Each Other

    first_imgA cellular game of run-and-chase could help form the iconic stripes on zebrafish skin. Contact between two types of skin cells, the black “melanophores” and the yellow “xanthophores,” prompts the melanophores to move away and the xanthophores to follow in hot pursuit, developmental biologists report online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers’ models suggest that such interactions lead to the pigment cells separating into the distinct bands of zebrafish stripes. To understand how interactions between cells might lead to striped or spotted skin, the scientists found a way to grow pigment cells from zebrafish tail fins in lab dishes. Pigment cells of the same type didn’t seem to interact. But when xanthophores and melanophores were near each other, the yellow cells (apparently attracted) reached out to touch the black ones. The black ones, in turn, were repulsed by the overture and moved away. Undeterred, the xanthophores followed. (In the video, a yellow xanthophore chases a gray melanophore across the screen.) Cells from a zebrafish mutant called jaguar, which has broader, fuzzier stripes, behaved differently. Their black melanophores do not run from the yellow xanthophores, and the xanthophores do not chase them as ardently. This, the researchers say, could explain the mixed populations of yellow and black cells in the stripes’ fuzzy borders. The team hasn’t yet observed the cell movements in developing fish, but the work may help explain why mutations in genes that make proteins that are part of cell membranes can lead to different skin patterns in fish. It may also help explain how other animals—zebras, jaguars, leopards, or Dalmatians—get their patterned skin.(Video credit: Hiroaki Yamanaka and Shigeru Kondo)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

  • Nirav Modi is in London on Singapore Passport

    first_imgFugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi who is at the centre of the nearly Rs 13,000 crore Punjab National Bank scam is currently in London on a Singapore passport, sources told India Today.Sources added that Nirav’s brother, Neeshal Modi, is currently in Antwerp on a Belgian passport along with his sister Purvi Mehta.Read it at India Today Related Itemslast_img

  • Ranatunga blames Modi for India’s World T20 disaster

    first_imgIn a stinging attack on Lalit Modi, former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga has blamed the Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner for the national team’s disastrous show in this year’s Twenty20 World Championships.”India lost the Twenty20 World Cup thanks to Lalit Modi. No one else. Lalit Modi and his IPL,” he said.”When I was playing, there were players who always wanted to achieve something for their country. We used to play for our clubs for no money,” Ranatunga said in a speech to the Oxford Union to be carried in the January issue of The Wisden Cricketer magazine.”It was an honour to play for our country. Not like nowadays,” he added.India, who went into the event as defending champions, couldn’t go past even the first stage when the tourney was staged in England earlier this year.last_img read more

  • HTC 10 with Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM and BoomSound audio launched

    first_imgTaiwanese company HTC on Tuesday launched its next-generation flagship phone, aka, the HTC 10 at a starting price of $699 (which roughly translates to Rs 46,413). The 10 — #powerof10 as it’s being highlighted on social media — is HTC’s answer to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 (and S7 Edge) and LG’s G5. The phone boasts of a new metal design, better camera, improved performance and possibly better battery life over its predecessor phone, the One M9 (M9+).This is the first time in forever that the company is doing away with the One and ‘M’ monikers in its flagship phone. At the same time, the launch confirms almost all the leaks (and rumours) that were doing the rounds over some time now vis-a´-vis design and internal hardware. The company has itself been on a teaser spree to highlight the phone off late.The HTC 10’s design is inspired by light and sculpted to perfection, says the company. The phone comes with a full-metal unibody with distinct chamfers. The front is carved out of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and is pretty reminiscent of the HTC One A9, a phone that drew quite a controversy for resembling a certain iPhone.The front has an oval-shaped physical home button that houses a fingerprint scanner which is claimed to unlock the phone in 0.2 seconds. The fingerprint sensor has been designed in a way that it would recognise the user faster over time, according to the company. The phone also includes a USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing purposes.advertisementAlso Read: Watch out Huawei P9, HTC 10’s camera might just surprise youThe HTC 10 comes with a 5.2-inch QuadHD super LCD 5 display with a 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution. It is 30 per cent more colorful and 50 per cent more responsive to touch than its predecessor, says the company.The flagship phone is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB internal memory which is further expandable by up to 2TB via microSD card. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Sense 7 UI and supports 4G LTE connectivity.The HTC 10 sports a 12-megapixel (UltraPixel) camera on the rear with f/1.8 aperture, laser autofocus, Optical Image Stabilisation and dualLED flash. The camera app can open in as little as 0.6 seconds, claims the company. The rear camera further supports RAW format and 4K video recording. The phone also has a 5-megapixel camera on the front with f/1.8 aperture, autofocus, Optical Image Stabilisation and a screen flash.The phone supports BoomSound Hi-Fi with Dolby Audio. It has a dual speaker layout boasting of a separate tweeter and woofer design along with a dedicated amplifier for each.The HTC 10 is backed by a 3,000mAh battery which can be charged to 50 per cent in just 30 minutes, as per the company.The company has also launched a second variant (as expected) of the HTC 10 with a different processor (and lesser RAM). The phone has been named the HTC 10 Lifestyle . The phone comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory (expandable by up to 2TB via microSD). Rest of the specifics remain the same as the original HTC 10.It must be noted that the HTC website for India shows off the Snapdragon 652 variant of the phone (aka the HTC 10 Lifestyle) for now which could mean this is the variant that sees the light of day in India. There is no word however when either of the phone(s) will be making their way to India.last_img read more

  • SCRIPT

    first_imgSrinagar, May 23 (PTI) The civil society in Kashmir today Srinagar, May 23 (PTI) The civil society in Kashmir today rejected the reported move by the Ministry of Human Resource Development to introduce Devnagari as alternative script for Kashmiri language through its proposed council. “A group of writers, poets, artists, academicians, social activists and businessmen unequivocally resolved that the proposal to introduce Devnagari script was unacceptable,” Adbee Markaz Kamraz, a literary body, said in a statement after a meeting. In a resolution passed after the meeting, the literary body claimed that the move is politically motivated aimed at bifurcating the Kashmiri community in the name of the script. “It is aimed at demolishing our cultural identity as the existing script has been in vogue for past over five centuries and entire Kashmiri literature was available in this script. There is no need to have an alternative script that will not only divide the place but also lead to confusion,” the resolution said. The meeting impressed upon the political leadership of the state across the divide to play its role in forcing the government to stop this move. “The Chief Minister should also intervene and make Delhi understand that this will have dangerous ramifications,” it added. The participants warned the HRD Ministry to desist from taking such a step and also clarify its stand. They welcomed the proposal to have National Council for Promotion of Kashmiri language but it should serve the language only through the existing script. Ghulam Nabi Khayal, well-known writer and journalist, said the HRD ministry has shown “disrespect” towards Kashmiri literature and writers by proposing this move. “They should come clear on the issue otherwise whole civil society and intellectual class will be forced to come on the roads,” he said. (more) PTI MIJ PALadvertisementlast_img read more

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni surpasses Ricky Ponting’s captaincy record

    first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni today added another feather to his decorated career as he surpassed former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting’s record of captaining in most number of international games. (MS Dhoni to feature in just seven more games in 2016)Dhoni, who is leading India in their two-match T20I against West Indies in Florida, now has a record of captaining in 325 international games – the most by any player. Ponting led Australia in 324 international matches.Dhoni, who was appointed captain in 2007, has led India in 60 Tests, 194 ODIs and 71 T20 Internationals. (Why MS Dhoni is not good news for Indian cricket anymore)The 34-year-old happens to be India’s most successful captain ever, having overseen 27 Test match victories, 107 ODI wins and 40 T20 victories.Dhoni, in his nine-year tenure, has helped India lift the World T20 (2007), the World Cup (2011) and the Champions Trophy (2013) besides ensuring that his team rose to the top of the ICC Test rankings, thanks to some sensational performances at home.However, the Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batsman failed as a leader overseas, losing successive Test series in England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. His recent records in limited-overs cricket are not enviable either – since the World Cup last year, Dhoni has overseen series defeats against Bangladesh, South Africa and Australia.India also failed to reach the final of the World T20, which was held for the first time at home since its inception.Calls have grown louder to replace Dhoni with Virat Kohli as captain of India’s limited-overs teams. The Jharkhand veteran had retired from Test cricket in 2014 in the middle of a high-profile series in Australia.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Tripartite MoU signed for world-class TT academy in Kolkata

    first_imgNew Delhi, May 4 (PTI) The Sports Authority of India (SAI), today signed a MoU with Coal India Limited (CIL) and the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) for a state of the art academy to be set up in Kolkata. The MoU is initially for a period eight years and could be extended on mutual agreement of the parties concerned. Named Coal India-SAI National Table Tennis Academy, it will start functioning from Kolkata?s Salt Lake Stadium premises of SAI, with Coal India pumping in over Rs. 7 crore towards constructing a training centre that can accommodate 24 tables and house 48 residential trainees, all in the age group of 10-14 years. But come August, the academy will be able to induct 24 residential trainees before gradually increasing its capacity to 48, according to the MoU. SAI, on its part, will provide adequate space within its Netaji Subhas Eastern Centre at Salt Lake to construct the training centre with all modern facilities, besides appointing support staff, coaches, making available a complete scientific support, flooring, etc. Under the MoU, SAI is expected to meet the obligation of appointing two officials, seven coaches, a two-member staff and eight sparring partners, including some from abroad. The space provided for hostel at its premises will be large enough to comfortably accommodate 50 trainees with separate floors for boys and girls. CIL, on the other hand, will support the cause financially under CSR and take care of all capital expenditure and sports equipment and other operating costs for the initial period of three years which is extendable. It will be TTFI?s duty to provide all technical assistances, including helping in talent scouting, establishing periodical tie-ups with international coaches and granting affiliation to the academy in order to help its trainees participate in all national ranking championships under the Academy banner. This, in turn, will mean that the academy boys are eligible for international exposure as and when selected. Since the academy is residential in nature, it will provide for schooling of all its trainees, possibly adopting the open school method with provisions to monitor and supervise the academic progress of trainees on a regular basis. PTI BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

  • James Rodriguez dislikes defending – Ballack

    first_imgBayern München James Rodriguez is a typical No.10 who doesn’t track back – Ballack Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 16:44 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) James Rodriguez Bayern Munich Getty Bayern München PSG v Bayern München PSG Bundesliga UEFA Champions League The ex-Bayern midfielder believes the Colombian is still coming to terms with the Bundesliga, but has the full support of Carlo Ancelotti Bayern Munich playmaker James Rodriguez is a “typical No. 10 who doesn’t like tracking back”, according to former midfielder Michael Ballack.The Colombia international linked up with the Bundesliga champions over the summer in an initial loan move from Real Madrid which includes an option for a permanent switch.Hamburg 13/2 to beat Leverkusen Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing He has faced criticism since his arrival at the Allianz Arena, with questions being asked of his ability to adapt his game to meet the demands of life in the German top-flight.Ballack believes that is down to his mentality as a creative influence, but believes the 26-year-old will be given time to get things right as he has the full support of manager Carlo Ancelotti.The former Bayern midfielder told Bild: “He is a giant footballer, but he still has problems with the pace of the game. “Against Schalke his pace going backwards improved. He is just a typical No. 10 who doesn’t like tracking back. “James has the advantage that he has a good connection with his coach. “Carlo put him in a difficult situation because there was already criticism of him. For a player this is a big advantage if you have a coach who is standing beside you when you’re being questioned.”James was given just five minutes of action towards the end of Bayern’s 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg on Friday, as they squandered a two-goal lead to be held on home soil.His next opportunity to impress could come against big-spending Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, with Ancelotti’s side heading to the French capital to face his former club in Champions League competition.Kylian Mbappe Edinson Cavani Neymar Metz PSG Ligue 1 08092017Ballack believes that contest offers Bayern a chance to prove their strength against a formidable continental foe, with it up to the likes of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery to show that they can mix it with PSG stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.”For the Bavarians it is a chance to determine to where they stand,” added the ex-Germany international.“Above all, the attacking unit of Paris will want to show that they can rightly play for the Champions League title. “For the Robbens and Riberys, it is a great opportunity to show the Neymars and Mbappes that they can. “For Bayern, a draw would be a good result. PSG have more pressure on them following their spending.”Both Bayern and PSG opened their respective 2017-18 Champions League group stage campaigns with a win, with the former seeing off Anderlecht 3-0 while the latter crushed Celtic 5-0 in Glasgow.last_img read more

  • Toure refuses to rule out Serie A switch

    first_imgTransfers ‘Never say never’ – Yaya Toure refuses to rule out Serie A switch Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 17:02 10/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Yaya Toure Manchester City Wolves Getty Transfers Manchester City Napoli v Manchester City Napoli Internazionale UEFA Champions League Serie A Premier League Yaya Touré The Ivorian midfielder has been heavily linked with Inter in the past and he admits that a move could be made as a free agent in the summer of 2018 Yaya Toure has hinted that he could move to Italy when his contract at Manchester City expires in the summer of 2018.The Ivorian midfielder has been heavily linked with a switch to Serie A in the past, with Inter often leading the chase for his signature.Man City 6/4 to beat Napoli Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Toure has, however, remained loyal to City and is now into his eighth season with the club.There have, however, been issues for the 34-year-old since Pep Guardiola took over at the Etihad Stadium and despite earning a 12-month extension on the back of his efforts in 2016-17, the current campaign could be his last in England.Pressed by Gazzetta dello Sport on the regular links to Italian clubs and his plans for the future, Toure said: “In the past there have been several contacts with Italian football, but then I have followed different and important paths like those of Barcelona and Manchester City.“But never say never in life.”Toure could grace Italian soil on Wednesday, with City set to take on Napoli in their latest Champions League outing.He has been restricted to just four appearances so far this season, with Guardiola once again favouring other options in a side which has swept to the top of the Premier League table.His experience could be vital in a crunch European clash, though, with City seeking to stretch their unbeaten start to 2017-18.Kevin De Bruyne Gabriel Jesus Manchester CityGuardiola’s side have been full of goals, with an enviable array of attacking talent performing at the peak of its power.Among those to have caught the eye is Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus, with Toure happy to talk up the potential of a 20-year-old frontman who has settled seamlessly into life among the elite at the Etihad Stadium.He added: “He’s doing the right thing with the right pace.“He’s young, he’s talented, and it’s not easy to fit in with the football of a new country.“The future is on his side.”Gabriel Jesus has eight goals in 14 appearances this season, taking his overall tally for City to 15 in just 25 outings since a £27 million move from Palmeiras.last_img read more

  • Police now investigating over 2,000 child abuse referrals in football

    first_imgShare on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Reuse this content news Share on Twitter Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on LinkedIn Football Topics Share via Email The specialist police unit investigating child abuse in football has received 142 new referrals since publishing its last updated figures in June and is currently investigating complaints involving more than 330 clubs.The figures released on Tuesday reveal that information forwarded by police forces to Operation Hydrant up to 28 September amount to 2,028 referrals, an increase of 142 on the previous figure at the end of June.A total of 688 referrals came from the NSPCC with 1,340 from the police forces that were contacted. The statistics provided from Operation Hydrant reveal that a total of 331 clubs have been impacted since Andy Woodward’s interview in November sparked the now countrywide investigation.The vast majority of referrals relate to football. However, a number of other sports have also been the subject of 27 referrals. These referrals include basketball, rugby, gymnastics, martial arts, tennis, wrestling, golf, sailing, athletics, cricket, and swimming.The National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Child Protection, chief constable Simon Bailey said: “Allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse are complex, and often require specialist skills and knowledge, and can take time to progress. However, all allegations and information received by police forces across the country are being acted upon.“We continue to urge anyone who may have been a victim of child sexual abuse to report it, if they are ready to do so, by dialling 101, or contacting the dedicated NSPCC helpline, regardless of how long ago the abuse may have taken place. We will listen and treat all reports sensitively and seriously. Anyone with any information regarding child sexual abuse is also urged to come forward.“When allegations are reported it enables police to assess whether there are current safeguarding risks and ensure that appropriate action is being taken to prevent children being abused today.”last_img read more

  • England face tri-series elimination after 12-run defeat by New Zealand

    first_img Australia call in Chadd Sayers with Jackson Bird out of Test squad Topics Read more Share via Email Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Twitter Facebook England’s Trans-Tasman tri-series hopes are all but over after a 12-run defeat by New Zealand. Three successive, emphatic losses mean they need Australia to beat the Black Caps in Auckland on Friday and buck up their ideas when these two meet again on Sunday to have any hope of reaching the final on 21 February. Considering 163 is the highest successful chase at this stadium, England’s target of 197 was beyond them once Jason Roy was dismissed for his fifth single-figure T20i score in a row and Alex Hales was nipped in the bud for a blistering 47 from 24 balls. Jos Buttler, skippering for a second match as Eoin Morgan continues to recover from a groin strain, was caught in the deep as the first of two wickets for the leg-spinner Ish Sodhi. Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Australia sport Williamson, though, was the one that got away. A needless opening single should have been the end of him: Wood with a sterling effort to gather off his own bowling, but the throw that followed missed the non-striker’s stumps with the hosts’ captain nowhere in sight. Pace off the ball kept him in check but, for some reason, England abandoned the tactic and insisted on hitting him with pace at the end of his innings. When they eventually saw the back of him at the end of the 18th over, yorked by Jordan for 72 (his first half-century in 10 innings), the platform had been set for the debutants Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert to share four sixes. Chapman, now a dual international, became the first player born in Hong Kong to play for a full member side since Dermot Reeve’s England debut in May 1991. The 23-year-old Chapman has represented Hong Kong in two ODIs and 19 T20is.It was particularly chastening for Wood, whose four overs and extra pace allowed 51 runs. It was a spell that added further sincerity to one of the aims for his upcoming IPL stint with Chennai Super Kings – to develop a proper slower ball. Trailblazers in the 50-over format, over the last week England have played the shortest form as if they have much to learn.West Indies to face Rest of World XI at Lord’s in May The West Indies will take on a Rest of the World XI in a one-off Twenty20 tie at Lord’s to raise funds to repair Caribbean cricket grounds damaged by hurricanes. The reigning World Twenty20 champions will clash with a World XI on 31 May. Dominica’s Windsor Park Stadium and James Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla were damaged following the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and now the International Cricket Council (ICC) has sanctioned the match to help raise funds to repair the two grounds. Chris Jordan of England takes a spectacular catch on the ropes. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Cricket New Zealand cricket team That made it 109-4, with eight overs to go and 88 remaining on the table. A third 50 in four matches for Dawid Malan (59) and some proper clouts from David Willey gave the locals something to stick around for. When Willey was run out failing to scamper a bye off the final ball of the 19th – a boneheaded play considering he needed to be on strike for the final over – getting 25 from the last six balls was always beyond Adil Rashid and the No 11 Mark Wood. Any fears about the drop-in pitch at the Westpac Stadium, which sported a large bare patch in the middle, were allayed by the host’s 196 for five. A steady Power Play of 50-1 suggested a degree of ebb and flow after Buttler elected to bowl first, so when Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson could only add 10 off the next two overs, Buttler would have felt he had the match under control.However, Guptill and Williamson were then invited to click through the gears by England’s attack: both passing 50 – off 31 and 34 balls, respectively – with a six and then celebrating with a six off the next ball. As opener, the first six overs offered Guptill the chance to free his arms, before settling into what looked to be his second international T20 century. Instead, he was removed on 65, lazily working a leg-side full toss from Rashid to the returning Liam Plunkett at short-fine leg. Colin de Grandhomme went the very next ball to a stunning catch by Chris Jordan at long-off, who hung in the air and plucked a sure six out of the night sky. England cricket team Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Share on Facebooklast_img read more

  • Amit Shah is Home Minister, Rajnath is Defence Minister: Full list of new portfolios in Modi govt

    first_imgAmit Shah is Home Minister, Rajnath is Defence Minister: Full list of new portfolios in Modi govtBJP president Amit Shah is the new Home Minister in the second Modi government while Rajnath Singh will be the new Defence Minister. Nirmala Sitharaman is the new Finance Minister.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 17:24 IST The Council of Ministers at the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday. (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSThe President has announced the list of new ministers of Modi govtAmit Shah has been appointed the new Home Minister replacing Rajnath SinghRajnath Singh will be the new Defence Minister replacing Nirmala SitharamanPresident Ram Nath Kovind has announced the list of ministries on the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP president Amit Shah is the new Home Minister replacing Rajnath Singh while Rajnath Singh will be replacing Nirmala Sitharaman as the Defence Minister.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold the charge of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; and All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any minister.24 MPs took oath as Cabinet ministers in the new Modi government at a gala swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday. In two of the most significant moves, BJP president Amit Shah took oath as a Cabinet minister right after PM Modi and Rajnath Singh and the appointment of former foreign secretary S Jaishankar as a Cabinet minister.Here’s the complete list of portfolios:Cabinet MinistersRajnath Singh, who held the Home Minister in the previous Modi government is the new Defence Minister replacing Nirmala Sitharaman.BJP president Amit Shah, who contested his first ever Lok Sabha election, has been appointed the new Minister of Home Affairs in the second edition of the Modi government.Nitin Jairam Gadkari will continue to hold his position as the Minister of Road Transport and Highways. He will also be the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.DV Sadananda Gowda will be the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers.Nirmala Sitharaman who was the former Defence Minister in the previous Modi government has replaced her mentor Arun Jaitley as the new Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs.Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ramvilas Paswan has been appointed the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.Narendra Singh Tomar is the new Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare;Minister of Rural Development; and Minister of Panchayati Raj.Ravi Shankar Prasad will continue as the Minister of Law and Justice and will also be the Minister of Communications and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.Harsimrat Kaur Badal will continue to be the Minister of Food Processing Industries.advertisementThaawar Chand Gehlot is the new Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.Former foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has been given the prime post of Ministry of External Affairs. He was a key force in India’s relations with the US and China in the past five years of the Modi government. Jaishankar’s appointment as a minister came as a big surprise during the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ is the new Minister of Human Resource Development replacing Prakash Javadekar.Arjun Munda is the new Minister of Tribal Affairs.Smriti Zubin Irani, who beat Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his home turf Amethi and turned to be the biggest winner of the Lok Sabha elections, has been handed the Ministry of Women and Child Development along with the Ministry of Textiles. Smriti Irani has replaced Maneka Gandhi.Dr. Harsh Vardhan is the new Minister of Health and Family Welfare, replacing JP Nadda. Vardhan will also be the Minister of Science and Technology andMinister of Earth Sciences.Prakash Javadekar is the new Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Minister of Information and Broadcasting.Piyush Goyal continues to hold the Ministry of Railways and will also be the Minister of Commerce and Industry.Dharmendra Pradhan is the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas andMinister of Steel.Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will be the Minister of Minority Affairs.Pralhad Joshi will be the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Minister of Coal andMinister of Mines.Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey will be the Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.MINISTERS OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE)Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.Rao Inderjit Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning.Shripad Yesso Naik: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) and Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.Dr. Jitendra Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office; Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy andMinister of State in the Department of Space.Kiren Rijiju: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.Prahalad Singh Patel: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.Raj Kumar Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.Hardeep Singh Puri: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.Mansukh L. Mandaviya: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.MINISTERS OF STATEFaggansingh Kulaste: Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel.Ashwini Kumar Choubey: Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.Arjun Ram Meghwal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.General (Retd.) VK Singh: Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.Krishan Pal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.Danve Raosaheb Dadarao: Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.G Kishan Reddy: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.Parshottam Rupala: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.Ramdas Athawale: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti: Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.Babul Supriyo: Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.advertisementSanjeev Kumar Balyan: Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao: Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications andMinister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.Anurag Singh Thakur: Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance andMinister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.Angadi Suresh Channabasappa: Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.Nityanand Rai: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.Rattan Lal Kataria: Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.V. Muraleedharan: Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.Renuka Singh Saruta: Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.Som Parkash: Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.Rameswar Teli: Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.Pratap Chandra Sarangi: Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.Kailash Choudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.Sushri Debasree Chaudhuri: Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development.advertisementAlso Read | Complete list of Narendra Modi cabinet with names and detailed portfoliosAlso Read | Amit Shah joins Modi govt: What changes and what may now worry Team Modi-ShahAlso Watch | Narendra Modi takes oath as Prime Minister for second timeFor 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 bySanchari Chatterjeelast_img read more

  • India vs New Zealand, World Cup head-to-head: India look to set the record straight

    first_img Rohan Sen ManchesterJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 11:11 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: India head into the semi-final as favourites vs New Zealand (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia and New Zealand are meeting in a World Cup semi-final for the 1st timeIndia have beaten New Zealand only once in their last 5 meetings in World CupsIndia have beaten New Zealand thrice in 7 World Cup meetingsIndia and New Zealand will be battling it out in the first semi-final of the World Cup 2019 on Tuesday. Both teams will be facing each other for the first time in this tournament after the league game between the two sides got washed out without a ball being bowled in Birmingham last month.This will be the seventh time India will be playing in a World Cup semi-final while New Zealand will feature in their 8th last-four clash. India have won three and lost three so far while the Kiwis have lost 6 and advanced to the final just once so far, in 2015 when they lost in the World Cup final against Australia.Both these teams have a lot of experience of playing in the knockouts but this is the first time they will face each other in a World Cup semi-final match.Overall in World Cups, New Zealand hold a 4-3 advantage over India with one match being a washout.Virat Kohli’s team will be looking to level the record when they take the field at Old Trafford on Tuesday against Kane Williamson’s side.India vs New Zealand World Cup Past Results: New Zealand (4), India (3)1975 World Cup: India lost to New Zealand by 4 wickets1979 World Cup: India lost to New Zealand by 8 wickets1987 World Cup: India beat New Zealand by 16 runs1987 World Cup: New Zealand lost to India by 9 runs1992 World Cup: India lost to New Zealand by four wickets1999 World Cup: India lost to New Zealand by five wicketsadvertisement2003 World Cup: New Zealand lost to India by seven wickets2019 World Cup: India and New Zealand share points after a washout.The Virat Kohli-led Indian team finished at the top of the table after the end of the league stage with 15 points, followed by Australia (14), England (12) and New Zealand (11), who are coming into the semi-finals after three successive defeats.INDIA’S BATSMEN vs NEW ZEALAND’S PACEMENTuesday’s game is being touted as a matchup between India’s batsmen against New Zealand’s fast bowlers. It couldn’t have been more enticing that Rohit Sharma (647runs), KL Rahul (360 runs) and Virat Kohli (442 runs) with a cumulative contribution of 1347 runs will meet their match in Lockie Ferguson (17 wickets), Trent Boult (15 wickets) and Matt Henry (10 wickets), who have shared 42 wickets between them.Not to forget that all-rounder Jimmy Neesham (11 wickets) and Colin de Grandhomme (5 wickets) take the NZ seamers’ tally to 58 wickets.WILL RAIN PLAY SPOILSPORT IN MANCHESTER?As fans await to see India clash against New Zealand for the first time in the World Cup 2019, bad weather could play a spoilsport in the much awaited clash with downpour being predicted on Tuesday.Weather forecast says, “variable cloud and light shower” are expected on July 11.However, fans can breathe a sigh of relief as unlike the league matches where rain washed out 4 games to force the teams to share the points, the ICC has policy of a reserve day for both semi-finals and the final.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India already have one foot in the final, feels Michael ClarkeAlso Read | India will be world champions if Rohit Sharma fires in next two games: Sunil GavaskarAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow World Cup 2019Follow India cricket team Next India vs New Zealand, World Cup head-to-head: India look to set the record straightICC Cricket World Cup 2019: India and New Zealand have a lot of experience of playing in the knockouts but this is the first time they will face each other in a World Cup semi-final match.advertisementlast_img read more

  • VIDEO: World’s 1st FLNG Leaves DSME Shipyard

    first_imgzoom The PFLNG SATU, the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) vessel owned by Malaysian oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), embarked on its first voyage on May 14, marking the completion of its construction at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering’s (DSME) Okpo shipyard in South Korea.The vessel is capable of handling all production processes including gas extraction, liquefaction, refining, storage and offloading.The PFLNG SATU is to play a central role in PETRONAS’ efforts to unlock the gas reserves in Malaysia’s remote and stranded fields, according to the company.“PFLNG is the result of our determined focus in applying our best and brightest minds to innovate and deliver this groundbreaking energy solution,” Datuk Wan Zulkiflee, President & Group CEO says.#PFLNG1 sail away. An achievement not just for #PETRONAS, but for #Malaysia too. pic.twitter.com/va183zEsT6— PETRONAS (@Petronas) May 14, 2016 “Our gratitude to the PETRONAS project team and partners for their hard work and dedication in making PFLNG possible. Wishing the team success in the offshore phase of the project,” Adnan Zainol Abidin, PETRONAS Vice President of Pacific Northwest Project comments.The facility features a length of 365 meters and a width of 60 meters. Its hull has the capacity of storing up to 180,000 cubic meters LNG and 20,000 cubic meters condensate.The PFLNG SATU left the Okpo Shipyard on May 14 and is expected to arrive at a gas field located in the northwestern part of Malaysia, Kanowit field off Sarawak waters, where it will be deployed. The company plans to produce up to 1.2 million tons of LNG per year.The vessel was ordered in 2012 from DSME when the duo signed the engineering, procurement, installation, commissioning (EPCIC) contract.On May 10, 2016, PETRONAS launched the hull of its second FLNG unit, the PETRONAS Floating LNG2 (PFLNG2). The construction of PFLNG2 began in 2015 at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

  • Casey to Fill Ottawa Position

    first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald is announcing an appointment that will strengthen Nova Scotia’s voice in Ottawa. In Halifax today, April 28, the premier announced that long-time federal MP Bill Casey is Nova Scotia’s new Department of Intergovernmental Affairs’ Senior representative in Ottawa. Mr. Casey is a well known and highly respected Nova Scotian with a reputation of standing up for the province and its best interests. “For more than 17 years, Bill Casey has represented the people of Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley in the House of Commons,” said Premier MacDonald. “He knows the key decision-makers on Parliament Hill. His experience in getting things done in Ottawa, and how to make things happen for the people of Nova Scotia, will be a huge benefit.” Mr. Casey, a St. Francis Xavier graduate, has an extensive business background. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1988. He was re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004 and again in 2008. “It is a fresh start for me and I am very much looking forward to getting started with this position,” said Mr. Casey. “I feel like I have a lot to offer to the job. It is my hope that my experience and contacts at the federal government level will prove to be a strength. This is another opportunity for me to try and better my home province.” The Ottawa office opened in early 2006 to raise awareness and understanding of Nova Scotia in the nation’s capital. The position became open earlier this year when Ian Thompson left to take another position within the Nova Scotia government. “We’re thrilled to have Bill Casey join our team,” said Premier MacDonald.last_img read more

  • Public Archaeology Dig at the Museum of Industry Stellarton

    first_imgPeople will have an opportunity to discover the province’s past by participating in a public dig on the Museum of Industry’s foundry site in Stellarton, Pictou Co. on Sept. 10 and 11. “Participants of all ages will be able to join in the dig to help us find artifacts and features,” said Laura deBoer, lead archaeologist. “It’s a very hands-on way to get involved in the history that belongs to all of us as Nova Scotians.” In partnership with Industrial Heritage Nova Scotia, the museum will uncover the ruins of the foundry over the two days. Under the supervision of archaeologists and with industrial historians on hand to tell the story of the site, the search is on for items from the early 1800s, and more evidence of the foundry building. “We are a national historic site because of early coal mining here and its importance to Canada’s development,” said Debra McNabb, museum director. “The foundry was a key part of this history.” Beginning in 1827, the foundry was the beating heart of the earliest large-scale coal mine in Nova Scotia. The technology of working with iron was brought from England to the site to make the items needed to operate a coal mine and to support the miners who lived there. “The opening of the General Mining Association’s foundry and metal working shop in Stellarton in 1827 began the industrial revolution in Nova Scotia, and had an enormous influence on the next 100 years”, said David Rollinson, chair of Industrial Heritage Nova Scotia. “The dig and the artifacts produced will provide us with a visible link to the site and help us interpret this unique history.” The digs are free and will start each day at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the foundry site, 147 North Foord St. Registration is limited. To register, contact the museum at 902-755-5425 or industry@novascotia.ca. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Observers are welcome. For more information, visit https://museumofindustry.novascotia.ca/ .last_img read more

  • Casey Affleck Fronts Will Rogers Institute Campaign

    first_imgThe Will Rogers Institute (WRI) has announced Casey Affleck as its 2013 Summer Theatrical Fundraising Spokesperson.Casey Affleck Will Rogers Institute 2013 Summer PSA SpokespersonThe fundraising campaign, happening right now in participating movie theaters across the United States, is a time-honored tradition that began in 1936 and featured James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis in its first public service announcement.Throughout the summer, movie patrons have the opportunity to donate to WRI by buying a special combination pack at the concession stand, purchasing a personalized pinup for a display board or “rounding up” their total purchase and donating the spare change to a great cause. The money funds pulmonary research, medical school fellowships, neonatal ventilator equipment for premature infants and free health educational materials. Theaters known for participating include ACT V Theaters, AMC Theatres, Bow Tie Cinemas, Carmike Cinemas, CineMagic, Cinemark USA, Clearview Cinemas (Bow Tie Cinemas), Digiplex Destinations, Goodrich Quality Theaters, iPic Theaters, Malco Theatres, Marcus Theatres, National Amusements, Paragon Theaters, Phoenix/Big Cinemas, Rave Cinemas (Cinemark USA), Regal Entertainment Group, ShowPlex Cinemas (Starplex Cinemas), Southern Theatres, United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association and Wehrenberg Theatres.Casey Affleck’s acting career has spanned 25 years. He is well-known for his role in the ensemble cast of the “Ocean’s Eleven” series as well as for starring with his older brother, Ben Affleck, in such hits as “Chasing Amy” and “Good Will Hunting.” Casey garnered critical acclaim for his Academy Award-nominated role in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” He is married to Summer Phoenix (Joaquin Phoenix’s sister) and has two sons.
The Will Rogers Institute is a program of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation – a charity named after one of the greatest humanitarians, philanthropists and entertainers, Will Rogers. Originally a hospital for tuberculosis-stricken vaudevillians, The Will Rogers Memorial Hospital became a national training facility for doctors treating patients with tuberculosis, and the Will Rogers Institute was created. Currently, the WRI perpetuates the legacy of Will Rogers through a national charitable health program dedicated to the support of research in debilitating lung disorders, medical school training fellowships and the distribution of free health educational materials to the general public; it recently became a national leader in providing lifesaving neonatal ventilator equipment to hospitals throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.wrinstitute.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

  • Morocco: Oil Prices Down as of Oct. 1, Diesel Unchanged

    Rabat – The prices of premium gasoline, fuel oil n2, fuel oil n2 ONE and special fuel will decline as of October 1, 2014. The price of diesel oil will remain fixed at MAD 9.69 per liter, announced the Ministry of General Affairs and Governance on Tuesday.The price of special fuel will drop by MAD 166.97 per ton, to stand at MAD 6,361.30 per ton, while the price of fuel oil n2 ONE will fall by MAD 101.48 per ton to reach MAD 5,585.87, the Ministry said in a statement. The price of fuel oil n2 will decrease by MAD 101.47 ton to MAD 5,787.42, while the price of premium gasoline will cost MAD 12.87 per liter. read more

  • Volubilis, Morocco’s Magnificent Roman City

    By Aine MarslandMarrakech – Continuing on my road less travelled: We journeyed to the plains of ancient Mauretania. It’s impossible to adequately describe the magnificence of the area, but let’s try!Originally a Berber settlement before the Romans arrived, conquered, and renamed the area Mauretania Tingitana, was a fertile triangle between Meknes, Fez and Rabat, with direct connections to the ports of Tangier and, thus, the rest of the Roman Empire. Volubilis began its story in Neolithic times, with remains found dating back some 5000 years. Settled between the Zerhoun mountain and its river valleys, it was a fertile area for growing crops. Fast forward to the Romans arrival in around 150 BC and its rule under a descendant of Cleopatra. This site ticks all my boxes: prehistory, romance and famous folks.The modern museum in VolubilisBy the 2nd century, Volubilis had approximately 20,000 inhabitants. It was surely one of the most majestic cities in North Africa. In only another hundred years, the Romans were defeated and control of the plain returned to the original tribes of the area. History tells us it was here where Moulay Idriss (787) established the Idrisid dynasty of Morocco. After the capital moved to Fez, archaeologists tell us people lived here until the 14th century. Thereafter, it seems to have been slowly deserted. By the 17th century, Moulay Ismail demolished parts of the city to build his new palaces in the area, most notably the city of Meknes.This beautiful city was in the midst of destruction from all sides, being demolished stone by stone and recycled into newer palaces. Humans, however, were not the only things to cause destruction to Volubilis; it’s tallest buildings were flattened by an earthquake in 1755.Roman scriptIt seems to have remained dormant until the early 20th century, when archaeologists rediscovered it and excavations began in earnest. In the 1960s, several of the arches were restored and rebuilt, something that is frowned on today. But look at the beautiful pictures of the Triumphant Arch of Caracalla!Now we jump into modern times. In 1997, UNESCO listed the area as a World Heritage Site. In 2000, another area was discovered by INSAP and said to be the headquarters of Idriss I. Many of the objects found have been taken to the Archeological Museum in Rabat. There is also a small Museum on this site that you can visit.I am fascinated by the rich history of this site, inhabited for a 1,000 years, only to be cast aside for the new imperial cities of Fez and Meknes. I really recommend a guided tour, who can explain the complex history of North Africa’s conquest, the discipline of Roman architecture, as well as its being one of the founding sites of Morocco’s history as a nation. I can’t possibly cover its history in a few words and pictures, but please take the time to look it up online or even in a book!Local child descendant of original dwellers of VolubilisTriumphant gate of CaracallaVolubilis: Detail of mosaicVolubilis: Roman script© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

  • UN tribunal for Rwandan genocide holds discussions on possible referral of trials

    20 November 2008The Prosecutor of the United Nations tribunal set up after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda has been holding talks with his counterpart inside the African Great Lakes nation on possibly referring tribunal cases to the small Great Lakes country for trial. Hassan Bubacar Jallow, Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), today wrapped up two days of consultations with Martin Ngoga, Rwandan Prosecutor-General, in Arusha, Tanzania, where the tribunal is based.The discussions during the meeting – which was also attended by Aloys Mutabingwa, Rwanda’s representative to the tribunal – focused on the strategy for referring ICTR cases to Rwanda.“The parties welcomed the recognition by the ICTR that the Rwandan courts are independent and impartial,” according to a press release issued by the tribunal today. “They however took note that for various other reasons, the ICTR has declined for the time being to refer cases to Rwanda.”The two prosecutors also discussed ways in which obstacles to the referral of cases could be overcome, with Mr. Ngoga emphasizing the commitment of Rwanda to take the necessary remedial measures.An estimated 800,000 Rwandans, mostly ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus, were murdered – often by machete or club – during a period of about 100 days starting in early April 1994. read more