Kolkata: Dinesh Karthik getting the nod over Rishabh Pant in India’s 15-member squad for the World Cup raised a lot of eyebrows, but former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels the snub is not the end of the road for the young Delhi stumper. Playing for Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Pant made a statement with a blistering 36-ball 78 to power his team to a six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals a few days back. After the knock, the 21-year old India Test wicketkeeper said that World Cup selection thought was in his mind. Ganguly, who is the Delhi Capitals advisor, backed Pant, saying he is just 21 and has nothing to worry. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Pant is a fantastic player. He is just 21 years old so there is nothing to worry,” Ganguly said on the sidelines of a promotional event. Asked about not getting picked in the World Cup squad, Ganguly said: “There is no point talking about it. This is not the end of the road for him. He is only 21 years of age. I always stay with him and the players.” Pant, though, has been kept as one of the standbys. DC have been on a roll, currently placed second in the points table with 14 points in their kitty from 11 matches. Quizzed if he is the reason for the success, Ganguly said: “I don’t play and it is not possible for me to do it alone. It is always the players who are responsible.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterGanguly also praised MS Dhoni who has been in great form lately for Chennai Super Kings. “Dhoni is a great player.” Ganguly backed his former team Kolkata Knight Riders to bounce back after facing five defeats in a row. “KKR is a fantastic side, its just four-five games. This can happen.” On the upcoming World Cup starting May 30, Ganguly said it’s going to be one of the most keenly contested one, adding India will always be one of the favourites in any tournament they play. “Indian cricket is so strong that in any tournament they will be favourites. This World Cup will probably be the best format. The best four teams will reach the semi-finals and there are no easy teams,” he expressed. Asked to pick his teams for the semis, Ganguly said Australia and West Indies are doing really well lately.
15 February 2012The United Nations postal union reported today that it has acquired what is probably the world’s best-known stamp – the Penny Black – which was issued 172 years ago and shows a profile image of United Kingdom’s Queen Victoria on a black background. The Universal Postal Union (UPU) now also owns two other Victorian stamps, the Penny Red and the Two Pence Blue, as well as an envelope bearing the Penny Black and cancelled on 22 July 1840, only two months after the famous stamp was officially issued on 6 May 1840.The Penny Black will add to UPU’s vast stamp collection, which contains more than 800,000 stamps. The historic philatelic items were purchased for a total of 1,800 Swiss francs ($1,965), the agency said in a press release.The Penny Black shows a profile image of Queen Victoria looking to the left. Although it is known as the world’s first postage stamp, the Penny Black is not considered rare.More than 70 million copies of the stamp were issued and it can easily be purchased. The other particular feature of the famous Penny Black are the Roman letters that are printed at the bottom two corners to identify the stamp’s line and column position on the printed sheet. The technique was also designed to discourage counterfeiters.“The Penny Black is unique and its creation is one of the great moments in world postal history,” said UPU Director General Edouard Dayan. “The postage stamp has a certain magic; each stamp is a tiny ambassador that informs about the history, the art, the culture and the national heritage of our member countries.”The acquisition of the Penny Black was the idea of Jean-François Logette, the manager of the philatelic programme at UPU’s International Bureau.“The stamps in the collection are a testimony to great moments in the history of our member countries and the world and constitute an important philatelic heritage,” said Mr. Logette.Before stamps existed, the recipient of a letter paid for the delivery cost, based on a complex tariff scheme. The postage-paid letter bearing a stamp was the brainchild of Rowland Hill, who initiated a reform of the British postal system and was knighted for his services.He apparently proposed the postage stamp’s creation after noticing that the postal service was losing significant mailing revenues because recipients could refuse to take delivery of an item.Switzerland and Brazil followed in the United Kingdom’s footsteps by issuing their own stamps in 1843. Stamps appeared in the United States in 1847 and in France and Belgium in 1849.Today, all countries issue their own. Even the UN Postal Administration issues stamps, 80 per cent of which are sold to collectors, while the rest are used on mail leaving UN offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna.UPU Member States are expected to send a copy of each postage stamp they issue to the International Bureau in Berne.The newly acquired stamps and envelope have been framed and will be displayed in the International Bureau conference room named after Rowland Hill.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fresh water being trucked in for people living at site of Alberta oil spill DICKSON, Alta. – People downstream of an oil pipeline breach in west central Alberta are worried but hopeful the spill wonâ€™t seriously damage the Red Deer River they depend on for water and recreation.Andrew Van Oosten and his friends were hoping to go fishing Saturday but were told by Alberta Environment officials to stay away from the water.“I was going to go fishing but they said, ‘No, you’re not allowed,’” he said as huddled with his friends underneath a tarp at his campsite near the Gleniffer reservoir.“You are not allowed to go near the water because it (oil) is washing up on shore. I hope it just passes by in a week or two.”Out on the lake that provides the water supply for the City of Red Deer and other communities downstream from Thursday’s spill, crews were busy spreading booms across the surface to skim away any sour crude.Plains Midstream Canada estimates as much as 475,000 litres of oil spilled and then leaked into the river. The company says the oil spilled into Jackson Creek near the community of Sundre, about 100 kilometres from Red Deer.In a news release Saturday, the company said the crude oil has been contained within two booms it placed on the Gleniffer Reservoir, and that an additional boom was being positioned on the west end of the reservoir to expedite the cleanup.“We deeply regret any impact this incident may have on local residents,” the news release stated.Randy Westergaard of the Gleniffer Lake Resort is doing his best to deal calmly with a calamity that came as residents prepare for the summer season. The marina has been closed until further notice, as have a number of campsites in the area.The resort includes 750 recreation lots and permanent homes purchased by people who love to go boating, fish, or just enjoy the clean air and pretty views.Westergaard credits the company for moving quickly to deal with the mess, including trucking in drinking water to the resort.“All I can say is that Plains Midstream stepped up to the plate immediately and as far as I can see are doing everything in their power,” he said.“Who is to blame? The government are the ones who gave them approval in the first place. It’s unfortunate it had to happen.”Alberta Premier Alison Redford assured Albertans on Saturday that the co-ordination to deal with the spill has been moving quickly.“There was some concern that if the weather was difficult today that there might be a challenge,” Redford told reporters in Edmonton, immediately after speaking at the city’s gay pride festival.“My understanding is the weather hasn’t impacted it and everything is on course.”“We’re seeing some good containment.”Redford has said this latest oil spill has raised questions about how oil pipelines are monitored and regulated.She has promised a full investigation and said if there are safety shortfalls the government will make changes.This is the second recent serious spill for Plains Midstream. In April of last year a company pipeline in northwestern Alberta ruptured, leaking more than 4.5 million litres of oil. Just last week the company issued a release, showing clean up efforts near the spill are almost complete.The Red Deer River spill comes at a time when Alberta-based pipelines such as Keystone XL in the proposed Northern gateway pipeline to the B.C. are under increasing public scrutiny.Redford insisted on Saturday that the spills are not the norm.“It’s actually an exception, if you think that we have hundreds of thousands of kilometres of pipelines across this province. There has been a leak and it has been contained,” Redford said.“We have pipelines that criss-cross this province that are intact and work.”Between the spill site and the Dickson dam, Plains Midstream is building a base of operations headquarters to stage and direct the cleanup effort that is to come.On Saturday, a long line of transport trucks dropped off supplies at the camp as cranes and bulldozers laid down prefabricated flooring on the wet ground. Office trailers were being set up and clean-up equipment was being stockpiled as a helicopter buzzed overhead.A company official said there is no official time line on when the clean up is expected to be complete on the fast moving river, which has been swollen in recent days by heavy rain.The company said Saturday that an information centre has been set up for residents at a community hall in James River.Closer to Sundre, within a few kilometres of the breached pipeline, a film of black ooze coats grass along the remote shoreline of the river. In pools and puddles away from the main river the oil has pooled, discolouring the water.Back at Van Oosten’s campsite he and his friends sit around a fire, chatting and drinking beer.“I hope to get fishing soon,” he says. by News Staff Posted Jun 9, 2012 9:19 pm MDT
Ahead of this year’s INTERGEO in Stuttgart, in September, Aibotix presented a new solution for high-precision surveying with Version 2 of its tried and tested hexacopter AibotX6: High Precision GNSS. After the successful conclusion of collaboration between the R&D departments of HEXAGON and Aibotix, which has been part of HEXAGON since its acquisition by Leica Geosystems, the INTERGEO 2015 exhibition provided the backdrop for the presentation of High Precision GNSS for the surveying hexacopter AibotX6. The upcoming release of the system, which can also be installed in existing AibotX6 hexacopters as Version 2, was first announced at this year’s HxGN Live in Las Vegas and will now be available as a serial product following the completion of all field trials. This makes Aibotix the first company to offer a serial-production solution for high-precision GNSS for surveying UAVs.Only the close collaboration of several development teams made it possible to adapt the new technology so rapidly and develop it further for use in a surveying hexacopter. The precision and quality of the surveying data can be significantly improved by using RTK technology on the basis of the SmartNet (Leica Geosystems) correction data service. Post-processing is also a possible alternative. This new flexibility not only saves users a lot of time, but also offers them more scope for adapting their activities to a specific operational situation.From the word go, great care was taken to ensure that the system could be superimposed on proven existing solutions. Besides allowing the use of existing surveying hexacopters, this meant above all the continuing generation and processing of data with the fully integrated software Aibotix AiProFlight. Only an update is required to enable the software to be used in conjunction with the new HP GNSS for the AibotX6, although the significant time reduction in comparison with conventional UAV surveying represents the greatest benefit for customers.
Ore sorting is one of the subjects covered in the May issue of International Mining. A. Donahue; Marketing, General Kinematics, pointed out at this year’s SME Conference (paper entitled Vibrating Feeders for Enhanced Recovery) that there is an often overlooked feeder in front of the optical sorters. He reports that GK’s High Stroke Feeder (HSF) “enhances the presentation of the materials to achieve over 3% additional recovery rates.”The HSF is cutting edge vibratory technology for enhanced material presentation. Challenged by customers to do more within a limited footprint, General Kinematics developed the HSF to create separation, improve on purity/recovery and improve the bottom line. These vibratory feeders improve on the presentation and recovery of various commodities by putting more energy into the material, thereby increasing separation of the various particles. In addition, this spreads the materials across the width of the unit which results in enhanced material presentation for optical sorters.GK says: “with our high stroke vibrating feeder, General Kinematics has redefined the synergy between vibratory feeders and optical sorters.“ HSF performance advantages:High stroke creates separation for improved purityFaster travel speed = better material separation = optimal recoveryMore energy transmitted to the materialFull width spread in shorter lengthLower initial and operating costsDynamic response to negate surge loadsUp to 2/3 less power required to operate
“Pituffik is one of the most economically promising mineral projects we have ever had the privilege to visit. We are reviewing our model and will update the market in due course.” This is according to SP Angel analyst John Meyer who has recently returned from a site visit to Bluejay’s Pituffik titanium project in Greenland.“Bluejay has already proven that its Pituffik project in Greenland is the highest-grade mineral sand ilmenite project globally and as announced, its 2017 field program is exceeding expectations as it looks to demonstrate the significant size of the asset, secure an off-take partner and define a viable logistics solution, with commercial production on track to commence in 2018.”Bluejay Mining recently announced that drilling, bulk sampling and feasibility and permitting programs are now underway at Pituffik.Drilling underway – focus is to expand and upgrade the current resource of 23.6 Mt at 8.8% ilmenite, which is independently proven to be the highest-grade mineral sand ilmenite project globally. The emphasis is on validating the significant tonnage potential along the additional 25 km of raised beach licence area not currently included in the resource as well as the existing resource.35 holes completed within one week, in an extensive program using sonic drilling to improve and extend the current resource. To date ilmenite rich sediment has been observed in all drill samples, confirming the rich regional potential and extent of mineralisation across entire onshore 30 km licence, areas of the raised beach remain open at depth due to only having 30 m of drilling equipment on hand.Auger drilling completed to the east and west of Moriusaq and will move to Itelak shortly. To date ilmenite rich sediment has been observed in all 35 holes drilled, further confirming the regional extent of mineralisation across entire onshore licence area.Proof-of-concept bulk sampling programme commenced – material to support ongoing offtake discussions. The first batch, containing 250 t ilmenite rich run-of-mine product, has been shipped from Pituffik.Based on visual estimates the ilmenite concentrations in the bulk sample are better than expected.An additional 250 t bulk sample destined for separation to provide ilmenite concentrate for customer analysis purposes is now advanced and expected to be completed within a similar timeframe.Bathymetry survey underway to enable a robust assessment of exploration options. Completion expected in Q3 2017. It is designed to identify possible exploration channels both to and from Pituffik as well as optimal fixed-point mooring locations for Handymax sized bulk carriers adjacent to the Moriusaq area. Near shore surveying also completed for ship loading option study underway.Orbicon Arctic A/S on track to complete the final baseline sampling program for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) by end of August 2017.Pre-consultation period for EIA and Social Impact Assessment (SIA) studies now complete. All stakeholder comments (12 stakeholder responses in total) incorporated into final Terms of Reference (TOR) and resubmitted to Government for final approval.Once TOR approval has been received, the company will finalise the EIA as part of the exploitation licence application process. Both the EIA & SIA are advancing well.Feasibility study due for delivery H2 2017. Operational unit cost is low and project economics appear robust based on internal modelling.The company is well-funded to maintain active development program – current cash position of over £5.2 million with majority of work programs prepaid.Bluejay CEO Roderick McIllree said, “I am delighted to report that our 2017 work program is now well advanced. With drilling started, bathymetry survey commenced, and licencing application modules such as the EIA, SIA & stakeholder engagement all progressing as stated earlier this year it was very pleasing to see the onsite team implementing and managing multiple work programs in an efficient and effective manner.“We have already proven that Pituffik is the highest-grade mineral sand ilmenite project globally. Now we are focussed on demonstrating the significant size of the asset, securing an off-take partner and defining a viable logistics solution to ship our premium quality ilmenite product, as we remain on track to commence commercial production in 2018.“Despite having only recently commenced the onsite part of the work programs, Pituffik continues to exceed our expectations, with early results already confirming the significant commercial potential of our project. Indicative of this is the first hole drilled on the active beach area immediately east of the current resource limit, where we intersected what appears to be extremely high-grade ilmenite bearing material throughout the entire 5.5 m hole depth. This is a remarkable outcome; it’s clear we have a project of unique and special value and I am convinced that the resource upgrade expected Q4 2017/Q1 2018 will confirm Pituffik as being globally significant in terms of tonnage as well as maintaining its position as being the highest-grade project globally.”
AFTER COMING PERILOUSLY close to causing “a massive disruption the world over” – in the words of International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde – US congressional leaders struck a deal at the 11th hour this past week to end the 16-day long partial government shutdown and to raise the debt ceiling (i.e., how much money the US can borrow). Lagarde’s view was widely shared by business and political leaders around the world. Like all of us ordinary citizens, none of them could imagine the consequences of the world’s largest economy suddenly having no/limited access to money.While the world may now breathe a collective sigh of relief, the truth is that the deal only fully funds the government until January 15th and lifts the debt limit until February 7th of next year. The “kicking the can down the road” metaphor has been overused at this stage, but it is apt.Congressional Republicans are the big losersPolitically, the most recent data shows that congressional Republicans are the big losers, with nearly 80% of the American people holding them responsible for what has transpired. Those “Tea Partiers” who would not fully fund government operations and who have questioned whether the debt ceiling really matters seem possessed by their hatred for President Obama and by their vehement opposition to the health care reform package he got through Congress and successfully stood for re-election on. 162 of them – 144 in the US House of Representatives and 18 in the US Senate – actually voted against the deal to avert an unprecedented calamity for their country. That is a disgrace.On the flip side, however, there is the sad fact that the US debt now exceeds $17 trillion. This astonishing and ever-ballooning figure can be attributed, in significant part, to increasingly unsustainable spending on entitlement programmes, such as Social Security and Medicare, that leftist Democrats stubbornly refuse to reckon with.So unless congressional leaders in both parties respond to President Obama’s plea and adopt a “new approach” to dealing with the national debt in the next few months, a similar ugly drama might again unfold early next year.And unfortunately, it is ugly dramas that the rest of the world has grown accustomed to when following events in Washington, DC. Gridlock, corruption and money are three words that so many people outside the US say come to their minds when they think about American politics. This leads some to make harsh assumptions about the country’s electorate and to conclude that American democracy is broken beyond repair. In my view, they are wrong on both fronts; yet there is no question that there are very serious problems on Capitol Hill in 2013.Paucity of moderate voicesPerhaps the most vexing of these is a paucity of moderate voices in the two parties. In the past, there were sizable factions of liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats – otherwise known as moderates. Now, it doesn’t take much more than the fingers on two hands to count their number in the House of Representatives and Senate. Instead, both sides of the aisle, especially the Republican side, are dominated by individuals who are convinced that they are always right and that those who take a different view are always wrong.It is exceedingly difficult to work constructively when this is the case. In the past, those in the middle were sufficiently numerous that they could blunt the absolutists on their right and left and forge compromise. Even today, the small band of remaining moderates like Republican Senator Susan Collins and Democratic Senator Mark Pryor are being widely credited with getting the deal done on the government shutdown and debt ceiling.How is it that American politics has come to be dominated by those on the ideological poles? One factor is certainly the very powerful interest groups on the left and right who play a larger than ever, grossly disproportionate role in the primary contests each party holds to select its general election candidates. The nationwide networks and extraordinary financial resources these groups have cultivated and can bring to bear mean that the candidates who most stridently toe the line on “their” issues have a pronounced advantage in primaries.A second, related factor is congressional redistricting. In 34 out of 50 states, state legislatures have the power to reconfigure more than 2/3 of the 435 districts that comprise the House of Representatives and typically do so in a partisan fashion. The result has been that there are relatively few competitive districts. Most are either reliably Republican or Democrat. As such, to win elections, a large majority of congressional candidates must run to the hard right or to the hard left, depending on the district. In particular, in the safe Republican districts, candidates, once elected, cannot be seen to cooperate with the other side, on anything, or they may face an intra-party challenger in the next primary who will likely have received substantial funding from outside interest groups.The future of American democracy?This is not to say that American politics used to be a bastion of civility or equity. Government shutdowns have happened before. The place of money has always been too prominent. But this past week, 162 members of the current Congress brazenly voted to put the future of America and Americans in real jeopardy. That is very different.Not even big business interests could persuade these Republicans to ensure temporary stability. They are a new breed of Republicans whose constituents are disproportionately poor and struggling, but who vote for them because of their similar views on cultural issues and because they are desperately worried about the future of their country for a myriad of good reasons. These Americans care little about the global economy because it has already left them behind. This emerging base of support for the Tea Party engenders a complicated and incongruous new political dynamic that is very worrying and is a further impediment to getting more moderates elected to Congress.All this said, I can see why outside observers are so down on American democracy. I am too at the moment. I can’t give up though, especially when I read the words one long time Capitol Hill observer wrote after this past week’s vote: “after all the fighting, all the battling of left and right in this country, we’re in this thing together. In the end what matters is the system of self-government itself. It’s what gives us the chance to make things better.” Here’s hoping the US Congress eventually hears and heeds these eternally prescient words.Larry Donnelly is a Boston attorney, a Law Lecturer at NUI Galway and a political columnist with IrishCentral.com.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The resignation of the head of the state privatization fund (TAIPED) on Sunday, demanded by Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras after Stelios Stavridis was found to have flown on the private jet of a businessman involved in the purchase of Greek gaming firm OPAP, fueled a fresh political row on Monday.It remained unclear who would replace Stavridis, who gave several television interviews in which he sought to defend his decision to ride in the Learjet of Dimitris Melissanidis, a major stakeholder in the Greek-Czech consortium Emma Delta, which bought 33 percent of OPAP. Stavridis said he felt bad for putting the government in a difficult position but insisted that he was “not a monk.” He said Melissanidis had dropped him off on the island of Cephalonia on his way to France.Sources said Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was furious about the trip, with his aides describing Stavridis as “criminally naive.”The left-wing opposition SYRIZA party quickly jumped into the fray, condemning TAIPED as “a hotbed of corruption” and saying Stavridis’s slip-up had highlighted “the dirty relationship between the government of the memorandum and business interests.” Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said SYRIZA opposed “changes crucial to the economy” and accused it of threatening investors.Source: Kathimerini
Maladie de Parkinson : il existerait deux formes différentesUne équipe de chercheurs a découvert qu’il existait deux formes distinctes de maladie de Parkinson. Cette avancée pourrait, si elle se vérifie, permettre de développer des thérapies adaptées pour chacune de ces deux formes de la maladie.La maladie de Parkinson est la seconde maladie neurodégénérative la plus fréquente après la maladie d’Alzheimer avec quelque 150.000 malades en France. Dans 60% des cas, cette pathologie se traduit par d’importants tremblements involontaires ou par des symptômes tels que des perturbations motrices, des troubles du comportement ou encore des symptômes dépressifs. La maladie de Parkinson, on le sait, est due à l’agrégation d’une protéine, l’alpha-synucléine, qui entraîne l’autodestruction des neurones. Pour autant, il n’existe à ce jour pratiquement aucun traitement de la maladie. La compréhension de la maladie de Parkinson vient pourtant de progresser avec la découverte réalisée par une équipe du Laboratoire CNRS d’enzymologie et biochimie structurales. Ces chercheurs viennent de montrer qu’il n’existe pas qu’un seul type d’agrégat d’alpha-synucléine.Des formes différentes d’agrégats En effet, les scientifiques sont parvenus à produire deux types d’agrégats qui se différencient par la façon selon laquelle ils s’empilent. La première forme d’agrégat ressemble, à l’échelle du millionième de millimètre, à un spaghetti, tandis que la deuxième est longue et aplatie, rappelant la forme d’une pâte plus large, explique le CNRS dans un communiqué.À lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?Suite à cette découverte les scientifiques ont cherché à savoir si ces morphologies distinctes se traduisaient par des fonctionnements eux aussi différents. Ils ont ainsi constaté que la forme “spaghetti” parvenait à se lier aux cellules et à les pénétrer de manière bien plus importante que l’autre forme. De plus, elle est aussi nettement plus toxique et tue rapidement les cellules qu’elle infecte puisqu’elle parvient à résister aux mécanismes de la cellule chargés de l’éliminer. Inversement, les agrégats d’alpha-synucléine qui ont une forme aplatie sont, jusqu’à un certain degré, bien maîtrisés par la cellule. Un espoir pour un meilleur diagnosticPour les chercheurs, cette découverte explique les différentes formes de maladie de Parkinson qui peuvent être rencontrées, celles-ci étant très variables d’un patient à un autre. Toutefois, ils préfèrent rester prudents et poursuivent leurs recherches sur des souris pour valider cette hypothèse. Si elle se vérifie, cette découverte pourrait constituer une avancée considérable capable de découler ensuite sur la mise au point d’une méthode efficace de diagnostic. Il serait alors possible d’évaluer à l’avance la virulence de la maladie chez les patients. Mieux encore : à terme, il pourrait être possible de mettre au point des stratégies thérapeutiques ciblées destinées à ralentir la propagation de l’alpha-synucléine anormale dans le cerveau.Le 11 octobre 2013 à 18:13 • Maxime Lambert
AutoRip: Amazon offers MP3 access for past and future CD purchasesNeil Young shows off his studio-quality Pono music player The MPEG-1 Audio Layer III (a.k.a. mp3) coding format is officially dead.Children of the ’90s and noughties can pour one out for the 24-year-old digital configuration.Last month, Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS), inventor of the iconic format, terminated its licensing program.“We thank all of our licensees for their great support in making mp3 the defacto audio codec in the world during the past two decades,” Fraunhofer IIS said in a recent statement.A mp3 file takes up 10 percent of the storage space of a CD, allowing music to be quickly transferred over the Internet and stored on portable devices.It also makes it easy for people to download and share tunes illegally, as author Stephen Witt points out in his book “How Music Got Free,” which traces all digital music piracy back to the mp3.A modern mp3 player, according to Fraunhofer IIS, holds between 2,000 and 200,000 minutes of music—more than 130 days of uninterrupted listening. You can’t get that kind of service with a Walkman.” Although there are more efficient audio codecs with advanced features available today, mp3 is still very popular amongst consumers,” the agency said, lamenting the changing technology that made its original compression algorithm obsolete.Don’t worry: Those mp3 files stored on your iPod or external hard drive won’t suddenly disappear. But don’t expect many new devices to support the defunct setup.Newcomers like AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) and MPEG-H “can deliver more features and a higher audio quality at much lower bitrates compared to mp3,” the German agency said.It’s true: Designed as the successor to the mp3, AAC—the default for YouTube, Apple iDevices and iTunes, Nintendo DSi and 3DS, PlayStation 3, and Nokia Series 40 phones—generally achieves better sound quality. It is also supported on PS Vita, Wii, Android, BlackBerry, and by manufacturers of in-dash car audio systems.The futuristic MPEG-H standard is still under development for an audio compression standard. Stay on target
Looking for ways to add probiotics to your diet? You can pop a supplement, have a cup of yogurt, eat a chocolate bar, or tuck into a bit of kimchi. Fancy a beverage? There are plenty of teas and juices to choose from.Soon you might even be able to crack open a cold one to improve your gut health! Yes, probiotic beer is coming… and you can thank researchers at the National University of Singapore.Probiotics are naturally present in some fermented beverages, like kefir. It’s a little trickier to pull off with beer due to the highly-concentrated alpha and beta acids present in hops which inhibit bacterial growth. When you’re a team of scientists who enjoy both drinking craft beer and promoting a healthy gut microbiome, you find a way to combine the two.That way involved a modified brewing process and a healthy does of Lactobacillus paracasei L26. Brewing takes about month from start to finish. The result: a sour beer “with sharp and tart flavors” with an alcohol content of around 3.6%.How does it taste? Associate Professor Liu Shao Quan (on the left in the image above) says he’s confident that the beer “will be well-received by beer drinkers,” especially when they realize that “they can now enjoy their beers and be healthy.”Probiotics have numerous reported benefits, from boosting your immune system to helping fight all kinds of gastrointestinal issues. They won’t make you more attractive, but fortunately, there’s another beer that claims its secret ingredient can do that.
Apple is reportedly developing curved screens and touchless gesture control for future-generation iPhones.Considering how long the company has been rumored to be working on a curved display, consumers should take this news with a grain of salt.Citing “people familiar with the situation,” Bloomberg described a gradual arch from top to bottom—different from the distinctly curved edges of competitor Samsung’s Galaxy lineup, which use OLED technology.Unlike the inflexible LCD screens covering older models, Cupertino’s latest iPhone X embraced the organic light-emitting diode, which can be shaped or even folded.The 10th-anniversary phone does actually bend ever so slightly at the base, though the contour is invisible to the naked eye. It sounds like whatever Apple has planned for its upcoming handsets, however, will be more pronounced.Tim Cook & Co. are also allegedly designing a control feature that would let users perform certain tasks by simply hovering their finger over the screen.Sound familiar? Samsung in 2013 launched the Galaxy S4 with “Air Gesture,” which let owners move their hand over a sensor to scroll, browse, move icons, and accept calls without actually touching anything. Both iDevice elements are “still in the early research and development stage,” according to Bloomberg, which tipped a wait of at least two to three years. That is, if the company ultimately decides to move forward with either enhancement.Apple did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.Cupertino last week released iOS 11.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, promising the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, as well as a handful of new features.Beta battery management settings are now visible on certain handsets; and Business Chat for iMessage is being tested with Discover, Hilton, Lowe’s, and Wells Fargo. Plus, iPhone X users can chat with friends behind four additional Animoji masks: lion, skull, bear, and dragon. Stay on target These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingiPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More Problems Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
ADC AUTHOR The Department of Homeland Security has asked the Pentagon for more border support, including providing tents to handle a surge of migrants at the southern border, The Hill reported.A Pentagon official confirmed the new DHS request Friday evening, saying it was for single-occupancy units.Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has not formally responded to the request, but it was discussed with Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan Saturday when they visited the U.S.-Mexico border, according to The Hill.The latest request for DOD to bear additional border costs came as Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) tweeted Friday that every Democratic member of the Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee and the Senate Appropriations MilCon-VA subcommittee signed a letter to Shanahan protesting DOD’s transfer of $1.5 billion for the administration’s border activities.Earlier Friday Durbin sharply criticized DOD’s border funding support while military installations such as Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., badly need funds for disaster repairs.Customs and Border Protection photo by Mani Albrecht
Share your voice Ford 88 Photos 0 Post a comment 2019 Ford Shelby GT-S Mustang supercharges the rental car experience More From Roadshow 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Holy hell Tags 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star Performance Cars Sports Cars Coupes Shelby has been building limited-edition Ford Mustang rental cars since 1966 with Hertz, but now, the performance brand is partnering with another rental company, Sixt, to launch the latest in a storied line of potent ponies for hire: the 2019 Ford Shelby GT-S Mustang. (The “S,” in case you were wondering, stands for “Sixt.”) Like the legendary GT350-H, the Shelby GT-S boasts significant performance credentials. Under the hood sits a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 pushing out more than 600 horsepower (versus the standard V8’s 460 horsepower) through a 10-speed automatic transmission. Hauling down the rent-a-pony are model-specific Brembo front brakes, while upgraded suspension, wheels and tires from the Shelby GT help keep the GT-S stuck to the road. 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride Ford In addition to special “Shelby GT-S” rocker-panel striping and “Sixt Supercharged” badging, the exterior will come in two color schemes: black with orange stripes or orange with black stripes. These livery choices are designed to match the rental company’s colors, which are also echoed in the Mustang’s interior. The GT-S will be incredibly rare. Shelby will crank out only 21 units, 20 of which are slated for rental programs which begin this summer in Los Angeles, Miami and Las Vegas. The 21st car will be owned by Sixt USA CEO Sebastian Birkel. Enlarge ImageThe Sixt brand’s orange and black permeates inside and out. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow “I truly hope that the customers will be as excited as we are of that newest addition, and we also hope that it’s going to add the necessary adrenaline to what we need in order to fire up our portfolio,” Birkel told Roadshow at a Shelby media event on Thursday. Rental pricing has yet to be announced, but Birkel also told us he doesn’t expect a daily rate higher than $200. At the same time, he’s cautious to even offer that number due to the mercurial nature of car-rental pricing. The first run of Shelby Mustangs created a substantial stir back in the 1960s. Shelby built 1,000 units of the Mustang GT350-H to kick off the Hertz “Rent-a-Racer” program. According to the official Hertz blog, the Rent-a-Racer initiative “inspired more customers to rent with Hertz … while also creating more potential buyers for [the] Shelby Mustang.” Enlarge ImageProbably safe to say Sixt doesn’t want you rippin’ burnouts like this with its new rental. Shelby Hertz adds that the “program was a huge success for its time, but eventually came to an end after the pattern of vehicle repair expenses became too high,” and that, “some renters would take the GT350-H to the race track for a weekend of amateur racing, leaving much to be fixed upon return.” Still, apparently that wasn’t enough to end the Shelby-Hertz partnership. Similar programs returned to commemorate the 40th and 50th anniversaries of the Rent-a-Racer program in 2006 and 2016, respectively. Who knows? If this small-scale Shelby-Sixt program does well, perhaps these 21 specials will be the start of another glorious long-term relationship in rentable racers. Enlarge ImageWhen Sixt is done renting these limited-edition Shelby Mustangs, they’ll go on sale. Shelby
Close IAF does not have enough fighter jets, says Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The state-of-art anti-radiation missiles being ingeniously developed in India will be mounted on Sukhoi Su-30 MKI and LCA Tejas. (Representation Image)Creative Commons/ g4spEThe Indian Air Force is looking to purchase 18 additional Sukhoi-Su-30MKI multirole fighter aircraft from Russia, the deputy director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) has said. According to Vladimir Drozhzhov, Russia has also offered a range of bids for military weapons to India.”We have fully met our commitments on delivering all technological sets of Su-30MKI fighter jets and have received an additional bid for another 18 technological sets,” Drozhzhov told TASS news agency. “The bid is being worked out,” he added.Around 222 Su-30MKIs, that was agreed upon under various previous defence contracts from 2000 onwards, were confirmed to have been delivered to be licence-built in India. Moscow also said that it is processing New Delhi’s request for 20 additional advanced MiG-29UPG twin-engine jet fighter aircraft.In the 1990s, IAF received 50 fly-away condition Su-30 jets from Russia for an estimated $1.5 billion. India later pursued a deal to licence build 140 Su-30’s at the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) plant in Nashik, India. In the past, India signed defence deals with Russia, one in 2007 and the other in 2012, to build 82 additional fighter jets under licence, according to IHS Jane’s. In the recent deal with Russia, India seeks 13 squadrons totalling 272 Su-30MKIs which the IAF will be able to operate by 2020-21.Official sources told IHS Jane: “Along with the powerpack, missile systems, and other major components, Russia has also provided HAL with 5,803 types of titanium blocks and forgings as well as aluminium and steel plates to assemble the aircraft. It has also provided HAL with about 7,100 ‘standard components’ that include nuts, bolts, and rivets.”HAL sources have reportedly said that around 50 percent of Su-30MKIs are indigenously built. In 2018, HAL had offered to produce 40 Sukhoi Su-30MKIs for the IAF. In June 2019, it was reported that the IAF is considering to integrate the Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters with Israel-made Rafael Advanced Defence Systems I-Derby extended range (ER) Beyond-Visual-l-Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) by 2022. The decision was strengthened after the military operations over the Line of Control (LOC) in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack in February this year.Defence experts have pointed out that Rafale’s extended-range (ER) variant, which offers advanced guidance system and software-defined radar seeker, should replace the ageing Russian Vumpel R-77 (AA-12 “Adder”) air-to-air missiles (AAMs) currently carried by the Su-30MKI. The Diplomat reported that the Israeli dual-pulse solid rocket motor has an estimated range of 100 kilometres and can reach top speeds of Mach 4.”We already have the missile as part of the SPYDER (Surface-to-Air Missile) system,” Indian Air Force official told NDTV in May, “Integration (with the IAF’s Su-30s) is the next step.”HAL’s proposal to manufacture the additional aircraft was also a part of the Ministry of Defence to fit Su-30MKIs with BrahMos missiles. “We are required to modify 40-odd Sukhoi-30s to carry the BrahMos ALCM [air-launched cruise missile]. Instead of upgrading older fighters, with a shorter residual lifespan, it would be better to build three more squadrons of Sukhois with the capability to carry BrahMos missiles,” HAL chairman T. Suvarna Raju, told media on May 15.As of December 2018, HAL has manufactured 202 Su-30MKI aircraft in India.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is speaking at inaugural ceremony of regional hub of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) in Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina today called upon Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDBG) to take definite actions for repatriation of the displaced Rohingya citizens of Myanmar to their home.She said Bangladesh has been proactively responding to the unprecedented humanitarian crisis, by keeping its border open and accepting the large influx of forcibly displaced Rohingyas.“But, now we want them to go back to their own land,” she said adding that IsBDG cannot remain silent when Rohingyas are facing ethnic cleansing.“Rohingyas are creating multifarious negative impacts on local community and ecosystem along with our own resources,” the prime minister said.The prime minister said this while inaugurating the Regional Hub of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) in Dhaka on Sunday.Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, president of the Islamic Development Bank Bandar M H Hajjar, economic resources division (ERD) secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam also spoke on the occasion.The prime minister also sought support of IsDBG to meet the deficit of the investment plan of Bangladesh to address the adverse impacts of climate change.Bangladesh will need a total amount of USD 11.7 billion to determine the investment demand, current investment and investment gap that exist in environment, forest and climate change sector.So far USD 4.7 billion has been invested from internal and external sources, and there is an overall investment deficit of USD 7 billion, she said seeking IsDBG support to meet the gap.Expressing her firm commitment to build Bangladesh as a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041, the prime minister hoped continued support and cooperation of the IsDB.“Together we will build a brighter and prosperous future for our new generation,” she said adding that Bangladesh has already started the SDGs implementation aligning the same with our national plans and strategies with a target to achieve most of the SDGs within 2030.The prime minister welcomed the decision of the IsDBG for opening the regional hub in Dhaka saying it will definitely help IsDBG to speed up its operational activities.This will also help IsDBG to be more intimate and closer to client countries in understanding the development needs and challenges as well as development priorities, she said.Sheikh Hasina said IsDBG is one of the trusted development partners of Bangladesh. Bangladesh acknowledges the role of IsDBG over the last four decades in its socio-economic development.IsDBG has so far extended cumulative development assistance of USD 22 billion to Bangladesh making the country single largest recipient of Group’s economic cooperation among its 57 member countries, the prime minister said.The establishment of new office in Dhaka is also marked as a joint step forward in further consolidating the relations and strengthening the partnership between Bangladesh and IsDBG, she noted.Pointing out Bangladesh’s hard journey to sustainable economic growth, the prime minister said, “Our journey had never been smooth. With a strong leadership and sturdy resilience of our people, Bangladesh has been able to make the transition from an alleged ‘bottomless basket’ case to a developing country.”“We are working towards elevating our status to upper middle-income country shortly. We have also set our next target of becoming a happy and prosperous country by 2041,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said, Bangladesh now becomes a role-model of socio-economic development for others and is now globally considered as a ‘development-miracle’.It is the 43rd largest economy in the world in terms of nominal GDP and 32nd in terms of purchasing power parity, she said.The prime minister said in spite of having diverse development challenges, Bangladesh is a unique example of achieving fastest poverty reduction with its limited resource base. Poverty rate declined to 22 percent today.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh needs to reap the potential benefits of demographic dividend by creating more employment opportunities.In view of this, the government is working for developing 100 special economic zones, a number of High-tech parks and Software technology parks, and facilitating more private and foreign investment in this regard, she said.“We have undertaken a number of mega projects to take the growth trajectory to further higher level to meet the infrastructure challenges,” she said adding that Padma Bridge is one of such projects, which is being implemented with own resources.Pointing out Bangladesh progress in human resource development, the prime minister said the government has been given due importance to general education, vocational and technical education including the ICT education.Sheikh Hasina also highlighted Bangladesh’s success in health sector saying 18,500 community clinics and union healthcare centers were made operational to reach the health services to the doorsteps of the rural poor and the marginalized community.Maternal and child mortality rates have fallen to 1.76 and 28 per thousand, respectively. Currently, the rate of immunization of infants less than one year is 82.3 percent and the rate of feeding vitamin A capsule is 92 percent. Average life expectancy has gone up to 72 years, she said.‘Health Window’ has been introduced for providing 24 hours free medical consultancy services, she added.Pointing out success in the power sector, the prime minister said her government’s power generation capacity was 4,942 MW in 2009 that has now increased by four times to 20,000 MW. Now, 90 percent people have access to electricity. “Our target is to ensure electricity supply to all in an affordable price and scale up power generation to 24,000 MW by 2021, 40,000 MW by 2030 and 60,000 MW by 2041,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has already reached the level of becoming a technology driven ‘Digital Bangladesh’. Extensive IT infrastructure has been put in place to connect even the farthest and remotest corner of the country.“Almost all public services including education, health, agriculture, birth-registration-and social allowance related services are now at the doorsteps of the common people,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh achieved the glory to be 57th member country of the elite satellite club through successful launching of the ‘Bangabandhu Satellite-1’ into the space on 11th May, 2018.Bangladesh has been acclaimed internationally for good disaster management, but it is still one of the most vulnerable countries that suffers and will continue to suffer from climate change issues, she added.
Updating your website involves more than just rearranging words and pictures on the homepage. Changing your website involves implementing new technology behind the scenes, eliminating dot-com domains and using research to optimize pages to capture your audience’s attention. Just think about your website two, five, 10 years ago. Chances are, it looked quite a bit different from the version you have today.All businesses need to keep up with modern internet technology if they want to maintain their competitive edge. So it’s important to keep an eye on emerging website trends and anticipate how evolving tech will impact the creative direction of your website.Attention spans are shortening and the amount of content living online is growing exponentially, so expect to see data influence the future of your website’s looks and operating systems. Not sure what trends you should be paying attention to? Here are some examples.1. Virtual stores in virtual realityWhen we think of ecommerce, we typically think of logging on to a website store or using a mobile app to do all of our shopping. But virtual reality could be changing how we shop in the very near future. Imagine putting on a VR headset and instead of browsing a flat website catalogue you could be walking through a virtual store or viewing things around a showroom.EBay actually launched what it calls the world’s first virtual reality department store, partnering with an Australian-based retailer to bring shoppers an opportunity to shop from home. Though implementing virtual reality on an ecommerce site might take time and money, it could be the way of the future — and a new way for businesses to gather information on how their customers shop.2. Clever website namesFinding the best domain name for your new business can be a major challenge. Luckily, website owners are no longer limited to just one or two options to the right of the dot. Businesses, brands and individuals have hundreds of new choices when selecting their digital identities, from “dot-clothing” (.clothing) to “dot-boutique” (.boutique) to “dot-style” (.style) and “dot-shopping” (.shopping). “Businesses in all industries can pick a domain name that tells the world exactly who they are and what they do,” say Paul Stahura, co-founder and CEO of Donuts Inc., an internet domain registry that operates nearly 200 of these extensions, dubbed “not-com” domain names. “New businesses can stand out from the crowd in a way that was never possible before, and tell the world what business they’re in.For example: No one would know what Driftaway.com is, but www.Driftaway.coffee tells the world that it is a coffee business. Amici.com does not tell the world anything about your business, but www.Amici.catering tells prospective clients that it is a catering business.”While many small to mid-size businesses are quickly jumping aboard the “not-com” domain train, big enterprises have been trading “dot-com” names for more memorable ones. For example, Lady Gaga’s non-profit organization uses BornThisWay.foundation and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, announced their homepage live at ABC.xyz. Even retail giant Amazon is using domain name endings such as www.Amazon.clothing and www.Amazon.shoes to redirect visitors to the appropriate shopping page on its website, while also enhancing SEO.3. Increased personalizationTechnology is becoming smarter every day and it’s time for businesses, particularly in ecommerce, to include some type of anticipatory artificial intelligence into their websites. A website is more than just a page with pretty pictures and words. Designed properly, a website can relay information about your site visitors and use data on previous customers to predict their needs in the future. More data translates to increased personalization on various websites, which could lead to a more immersive user experience.Take Amazon for example. The Seattle retailer is working on technology it says is “anticipatory shipping,” a method that will deliver packages before customers even click buy. Not only will anticipatory technology cut down on delivery time and inefficient service, it could also improve customer satisfaction and increase loyalty to a particular brand. Using a customer’s previous order information and shopping habits, data pulled from the Amazon website, Amazon can predict demand based on a variety of factors and begin to show customers more personalized shopping ads based on their past behaviors.4. Augmented realityWith newer, faster and more powerful smartphones hitting the market, websites are increasingly becoming more mobile. Responsive design is no longer an optional feature for websites — it’s the difference between keeping your customers and repelling them to your competitors. And now websites need to take their capabilities one step further and begin incorporating augmented reality into their web designs.Pokémon Go, the hit mobile game, brought augmented reality right into the mainstream and caught the attention of marketers looking for the next big thing. Augmented reality is not the same thing as virtual reality. In AR, users are offered graphical enhancements to the physical environment they’re living in. The eyewear industry incorporates AR into their websites seamlessly. Sites such as Lenscrafters have specific websites that allow customers to virtually try on any eyewear product in the Lenscrafters’ stock.If you work in the ecommerce space or sell items that need to be tried on prior to purchase, revamping your website to accommodate AR might be good to look into.Technology is changing rapidly and evolving trends make it difficult for websites to stay static. Companies need a competitive edge and the best way to do so is identifying differentiating factors that help your website stand out. Trends like the “not-com” revolution and the growing presence of virtual reality will result in websites that are about more than just media and content.Scheduling routine checkups for your website and bringing your pages up to date are great ways to ensure your business won’t get lost in the dark hole of the internet. 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Before Costa Rica’s friendly against Paraguay on March 5, national team head coach Jorge Luis Pinto said he was in no rush to declare injured star Bryan Oviedo in or out for the World Cup. He said he could wait until FIFA’s June 2 deadline to name World Cup rosters before deciding on Oviedo, whosuffered a double leg break while playing with his Premier League team on Jan. 25.Pinto has no reason to make a rash decision about one of Costa Rica’s most important players, especially with the latest news coming out of Oviedo’s Premier club Everton. On Friday, Everton manager Roberto Martinez said the 24-year-old is “well ahead in his recovery time.” He added that Oviedo saw an independent specialist in London, who said Oviedo was on pace to make the World Cup. Even before today’s update, Pinto seemed cautiously optimistic about Oviedo. Before the Paraguay friendly, Costa Rica had called up Waylon Francis, who plays Oviedo’s left back position. However, Francis didn’t see the pitch during Costa Rica’s 2-1 victory. It seems to be a sign that Pinto feels confident Oviedo will be able to take the field for the World Cup opener against Uruguay on June 14.Oviedo returned home on March 7, his first visit to Costa Rica since the injury. Here, the national team is assessing his status. He’ll spend two weeks in Costa Rica, doing weight training and physical therapy before returning to England. The Tico arrived in Costa Rica with his own Everton medical staff in tow. Martinez said Everton is trying “everything we can for him,” and part of that package includes a personal physical therapist for the Costa Rica trip.Oviedo had a rod entered into his fibula and tibia after the injury, which caused some analysts to declare Oviedo’s World Cup dreams as over. But with six months to recover, the player has shown remarkable progress. He told television station Repretel that he spent the first two weeks after the injury immobile. During that time Oviedo lost nine pounds (four kilos) and had to consume 20 pills a day. Once he started moving again, Oviedo demonstrated his improving health by posting a video of himself riding an exercise bike. Six weeks into the recovery, Oviedo walks with a slight limp and some pain but believes the World Cup is a realistic goal. He said he has not watched the video of his brutal injury, and doesn’t know if he ever will.Despite his professed patience, Pinto likely will know of his decision on Oviedo long before the FIFA cutoff date. In the Repretel interview, Oviedo said he will learn if he’s made the team at the end of April. Pinto will name 30 candidates for the World Cup roster in May, before narrowing down the roster and submitting the final 23 players to FIFA on June 1. National team roster candidates will head to Denver, in the U.S. in mid-May for training sessions and some friendlies. Costa Rica national team head coach Jorge Luis Pinto addresses the media on March 4. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesOviedo was instrumental in Costa Rica’s World Cup qualification campaign last year. In December, he became a fan favorite for Everton after scoring the goal that gave the Premier League club its first victory over Manchester United in 21 years. After England was drawn into the same group as Costa Rica for the World Cup, Everton fans jested on social media that Oviedo would be the downfall of the English team. England and Costa Rica meet on June 24.Oviedo is one of three Costa Ricans with ties to Premier League clubs. The other two, Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruíz, are currently on loan to other European teams. Oviedo’s fans in England appear to all be rooting for the Tico star’s participation in that match against the English.Everton’s manager would like to see it happen too. Martinez said he has no qualms about Oviedo participating in the World Cup. He believes the experience could better prepare Oviedo for next season in the Premier League.From The Guardian:“We know for sure that he’s going to be fit for pre-season but if we can get him fit for the World Cup it would be incredible. For a player to go through an injury like that and make a World Cup would mean so much. We want that to happen, I certainly wouldn’t stand in the way. He deserves it to happen. We would get a better player back at Everton if Bryan has played in the World Cup.“Physically he is a machine, so I would have no concerns over that. The surgery went really well and he is better than we could have hoped at this stage. There is no reason for us to feel it is a risk him going the World Cup but we just hope that Costa Rica can use him, otherwise it would be pointless them taking him. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican soccer star Bryan Oviedo undergoes successful surgery, recalls grisly leg injury Tico star Bryan Oviedo says he won’t play in the World Cup unless he feels at full strength Costa Rica declares injured star Bryan Oviedo out for the World Cup Costa Rica unveils preliminary 30-man roster for the World Cup
Comments Share Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates BRUSSELS (AP) – European Union foreign ministers recommended on Tuesday that Montenegro open accession negotiations with the bloc later this week, opening the way for the Balkan nation to eventually join the union.A ministerial statement said the talks can officially start on Friday. EU heads of state and government must still approve the move when they meet Thursday, but that’s considered a formality.Despite the financial crisis and structural problems shaking the European Union’s foundations, Balkan states are still enthusiastic about joining the 27-nation bloc. Croatia has completed accession negotiations and is slated to become the EU’s newest member in 2013. ErrorOK ErrorOK Accession talks can drag on, and in Croatia’s case they lasted seven years. But because of Montenegro’s tiny size they are likely to proceed faster, officials say.Ministers urged the nation of 625,000 people to step up the fight against corruption and organized crime.Ministers “endorsed the EU Commission’s assessment that Montenegro has achieved the necessary degree of compliance with the membership criteria … to start accession negotiations,” a statement said.Stefan Fule, EU commissioner for enlargement, welcomed the decision.In Podgorica, Montenegro’s Prime Minister Igor Luksic praised the EU foreign ministers’ decision, calling it “a victory for Montenegro, but also for the whole region’.“The process of enlargement continues, because there is no Europe without the Western Balkans in it,” he said.Foreign Minister Milan Rocen said the EU decision will spur the nation to speed up reforms and that “it will be remembered by generations of Montenegrins.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day