Evolution via Roadkill

first_imgCliff swallows that build nests that dangle precariously from highway overpasses have a lower chance of becoming roadkill than in years past thanks to a shorter wingspan that lets them dodge oncoming traffic. That’s the conclusion of a new study based on 3 decades of data collected on one population of the birds. The results suggest that shorter wingspan has been selected for over this time period because of the evolutionary pressure put on the population by cars. “This is a clear example of how you can observe natural selection over short time periods,” says ecologist Charles Brown of the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, who conducted the new study with wife Mary Bomberger Brown, an ornithologist at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. “Over 30 years, you can see these birds being selected for their ability to avoid cars.” The Browns have studied cliff swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) in southwestern Nebraska since 1982. They return to the same roads every nesting season to perform detailed surveys of the colonies of thousands of birds that build mud nests on bridges and overpasses in the area. Along with studies on living swallows—counting birds and eggs, netting and banding individuals, and observing behaviors—the Browns also picked up swallow carcasses they found on the roads, in the hopes of having additional specimens to measure and preserve. They hadn’t planned studies on roadkill numbers, but recently they began to get the sense that they were picking up fewer dead birds than in the past. 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During that same time, the number of nests and birds had more than doubled, and the amount of traffic in the area had remained steady. The birds that were being killed, further analysis revealed, weren’t representative of the rest of the population. On average, they had longer wings. In 2012, for example, the average cliff swallow in the population had a 106-millimeter wingspan, whereas the average swallow killed on the road had a 112-millimeter wingspan. “Probably the most important effect of a shorter wing is that it allows the birds to turn more quickly,” says Charles Brown. Previous studies on the dynamics of flight have illustrated the benefits of short wings for birds that perform many pivots and rolls during flying and shown that shorter wings also may allow the birds to take off faster from the ground, he adds. When the researchers analyzed the average wing length of the living birds in the population, they discovered that it had become shorter over time, from 111 millimeters in 1982 to the 106 millimeter average in 2012. The data suggested to the Browns that roadkill deaths were a major force driving this selection. Birds with longer wings would be more likely to be killed by vehicles and less likely to reproduce, the team reports online today in Current Biology. The data illustrate a “beautiful trend that never could have been predicted,” says evolutionary biologist John Hoogland of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in Frostburg, who was not involved in the study. “We humans, because we’re changing the environment so much, are adding a new kind of natural selection to these animal populations.” Few studies have looked at long-term changes in roadkill numbers, Charles Brown says, so more work is needed to determine whether similar trends hold for swallows in other areas, for other types of birds, or for mammals. “I would think that this would be a pattern that certainly might apply to other species,” he says. “But there’s almost nothing in the literature on historical trends in roadkills, because surveys typically last a season or two, not an extended period of years.” The new findings could also apply to birds killed by wind turbines, Hoogland adds, and they illustrate the payoff that can come with careful data collection and observation. “I think the most important lesson from this research is the paramount importance of collecting data even when you’re not sure what it means or how it could lead to findings in the future.”last_img read more

South Korean Hyeon Cheng beats Alcaraz Ivorra of Spain, wins Junior ITF II

first_imgSouth Korean Hyeon Cheng’s appearance does not betray that he can hit the ball that hard. So it made for some exciting moments when he made the tall Albert Alcaraz Ivorra of Spain run around during the final of the Junior ITF II in New Delhi on Thursday.Cheng displayed his court craft to perfection as he defeated Ivorra 6-7( 0), 7-7, 6-4 in a gruelling final to win the junior boys’ category. Unlike Cheng, third seeded Oleksandra Korashirli of Ukraine had an easy outing as she thrashed seventh seed Michelle Werbrouck of Belgium 6-2, 6-2 to claim the girls’ title.The boy’s final was an intense affair as none of the players were ready to concede an inch. Ivarro’s booming strokes and strong forehand were challenged by Cheng’s powerful serves.The Spaniard got the first break in the seventh game and took a 4-3 lead. Ivarro then broke Cheng in the 10th game, but the Korean fought his way back. He came up with some beautiful drop shots and levelled the score at 6-6. Ivarro recollected his game and pushed him to the limits in the tie- breaker as the Korean couldn’t score a single point and lost the set.Ivarro maintained the momentum and broke Cheng in the first game of the second set. The Korean, however, stepped up his game and broke back in the 8th and 12th game to draw level.The third set saw the two raise the bar. Ivarro dominated the set with his big serves but Cheng stretched him to the flanks with his angles, forcing the Spaniard to play on his back hand. His strategy paid dividends as the temperamental Ivarro appeared to lose his focus and screamed at his errors.advertisementIt cost Ivarro as he was broken in the 10th game. His strokes lacked the sting and Cheng cashed on it. The Spaniard doubled faulted and Cheng scored on a cross- court forehand. Ivarro double faulted again and Cheng sailed through. “My opponent was tough as he was serving fast and had an equally effective forehand. I made to play him on the back hand and I was successful in my strategy,” said Cheng, who will next play in Kolkata.last_img read more

New Zealand Tourism goes one up on the selfie by launching the ongoing Audi quattro Winter Games with dronies- a new trend emerging globally that uses a flying camera to take videos from the sky.

first_imgWell, this photo features double gold medallist alpine skier Ted Ligety along with athletes, supporters and organisers up close at the South Island resort of Queenstown, New Zealand, as he launches the 2015 Audi quattro Winter Games (August 21-August 30).But what’s so cool is that the image, touted as the ultimate selfie, has been captured by a dronie – a pioneering way to take a selfie with a drone aircraft.  Coronet Peak, Queenstown, location for the official opening ceremony of the Audi quattro Winter GamesThe dronie (drone aircraft with a mounted camera) captured the excitement of the athletes, supporters and organisers up close and then gained altitude to expose the snow-capped mountains and contrasting lakes of Queenstown.A play on the ‘selfie’ phenomenon, a ‘dronie’ is a new trend emerging globally that uses a flying camera to take videos from the sky. Tourism New Zealand’s NZ dronie campaign offers holiday-makers the chance to capture the ultimate holiday ‘selfie’ by capturing an eight second video of themselves, which they can instantly share with their friends on social media using the hashtag #NZdronie. Visiting Macau? Don’t forget to take selfies! A dronie captures a stunning view of the Remarkables and Lake WakatipuChief Executive of Tourism New Zealand, Kevin Bowler was thrilled to launch the Winter Games in such a unique way. He says, “I can’t think of a better way to profile an event like this than by capturing the whole stunning winter scene from the air, showing world class athletes in this spectacular Winter Games setting.”advertisementThe Games in the South Island resort of Queenstown, New Zealand, have become New Zealand’s largest recurring sports event and one of the top five on the international winter sports circuit.last_img read more

Fancied Mohun Bagan take on Abahani in AFC Cup

first_imgKolkata, Apr 3 (PTI) With less than a week to go for the the all-important I-League derby, Mohun Bagan will go easy against their Bangladeshi rival Abahani here tomorrow, even as both teams eye their first win in the AFC Cup. Fresh from their 3-0 drubbing of reigning champions Bengaluru FC in the I-League two days ago, Mohun Bagans next stop is in Siliguri where they face bitter-foes East Bengal in the return leg clash on Sunday. They go on to play two more matches on the road — April 12 (Shillong) and April 15 (Minerva) — before resuming their AFC Cup campaign against Maziya Sports & Recreation Maldives on April 19. “We have to overcome adversities. We have been able to overcome the obstacles, be it the flight journeys between AFC Cup games and I-League games or be it the international break,” Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen about their packed schedule. Focused on the I-League where they are three points behind Aizawl with a game in hand, Sen may opt to give his key players rest. Sony Norde made three assists to hand them a win over Bengaluru, and it remains to be seen whether the Haitian starts tomorrow along with captain Katsumi Yusa, who struck twice. Mohun Bagan squandered their lead to lose their AFC Cup group E opener in Bengaluru March 14 and Abahani too faced a a similar fate, going down 0-2 to the Maldives Premier League champions. The five-time Bangladesh Premier League champions, who did a double by winning the Federation Cup, are struggling to return to winning ways under coach Drago Mamic. The Dhanmondi-based outfit became champions of Federation Cup and BPL under coach George Kottan. But under the former Churchill Brothers coach Mamic, they have struggled to replicate their show, finishing with a wooden spoon in the Sheikh Kamal International Cup last month. They are missing two key foreigners Sunday Chizoba and Lee Tuck and have roped in Samad Youssif, Emeka Darlington and David Jonathan. The 28-year-old Nigerian Darlington earlier played for Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi along with Norde and the two players will be seen in different colours this time around. Darlington will be seen alongside former Cardiff City forward Jonathan Brown and Sky Blues would want the duo to come good in their bid to make the knockout stage for the first time in four appearances. They are likely to miss Ghanaian defender Youssif because of visa issues and Nasiruddin Chowdhury may take his place at the heart of their five-man backline. “In one sense Mohun Bagan and we are on same position, as they also conceded defeat in their first match like us but they have the advantage of playing at home ground and in front of home crowds. Nothing is impossible, but the boys would have to perform,” Abahani football manager Satyajit Das Rupu said. “If you play with full dominance for 90 minutes but fail to score and concede a goal, it has no meaning. That was what happened in our first match against Maziya.” PTI TAP AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgIT’S HAPPENED AGAIN.A STRETCH OF INTERSTATE 29 IN SOUTHWEST IOWA HAS CLOSED BECAUSE OF FLOODING.RADIO IOWA’S MATT KELLY EXPLAINS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/AGAIN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..S.O.Q. :21THE MISSOURI RIVER WAS EXPECTED TO CREST AT 29 FEET NEAR FLOOD STAGE AT OMAHA LATE MONDAY.Photo by IDOT traffic camera at 3:45pm 10/7/19last_img

a month agoJagielka backing Sheffield Utd keeper Henderson for England call

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jagielka backing Sheffield Utd keeper Henderson for England callby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been backed for success at international level with England.Henderson again impressed in Sheffield United’s win over Everton on Saturday.“I know Deano is desperate to get in there and get his international debut,” Henderson’s Blades teammate Phil Jagielka said.“He just has to keep his head down here and keep doing the right things. And, above all, keep putting in performances like he did against Everton.“It is all about getting experience when you are a young goalkeeper like Dean.“No matter how good you are, you have to have that experience. He will need to make mistakes. He will need to have the highs and lows.“But I think you could see afterwards just how excited he was. He was then trying to talk his way through the game in the changing room.“What I like is he is a little bit of a perfectionist. That is what you want. He will only grow as a character and as an individual.” last_img read more

Levante to take Copa case to CAS

first_imgLevante will take their appeal against Copa del Rey elimination to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after their initial move was rejected.The LaLiga club alleged Barcelona used an ineligible player in the first leg of the last-16 tie, but their appeal was rejected by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).Levante beat Barca 2-1 at home in the first part of their two-legged clash, as Ernesto Valverde shuffled his pack, giving games to fringe players and youngsters. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Among the unfamiliar names in the starting XI was defender Chumi, who Levante believed to have been suspended for the match after accumulating five yellow cards for Barca’s ‘B’ team in the third tier.Barca were convinced Chumi was eligible, with Valverde suggesting the defender’s suspension was active for Sunday’s win over Eibar, while the club understood a rule change in November meant a reserve player can feature for the first team in another competition as long as the suspension is less than a two-match ban.However, the RFEF ultimately rejected Levante’s appeal due to their complaint being lodged too late.But Levante announced on Monday they would take their appeal to the CAS.”Levante will file an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport,” the club wrote on Twitter.El #LevanteUD presentará recurso ante el Tribunal de Arbitraje Deportivo del Consejo Superior de Deportes tras la resolución del Comité de Apelación de la @rfef que confirma el archivo de la reclamación por alineación indebida del @FCBarcelona_es en los octavos de #CopadelRey.— Levante UD  (@LevanteUD) January 21, 2019The draw for the quarter-finals has already been made, with Barcelona set to play Sevilla in the first leg of their tie on Wednesday.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic: Pavon too good for MLS

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has warned LA Galaxy fans not to get used to seeing Cristian Pavon, who he claims is “too good” to stay in Major League Soccer for very long. Pavon joined the Galaxy this summer on a loan deal and has hit the ground running, helping the Galaxy end a poor run of form with a star showing in a 2-0 win over FC Dallas on Saturday night. AdChoices广告His performance was impressive, earning a penalty that Ibrahimovic converted, and with the Galaxy sitting third in the Western Conference the LA outfit could well be on the verge of hitting its stride as the playoffs approach.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Following the win Ibrahimovic called Pavon “the best on the field” and offered his assessment of the 23-year-old’s future prospects, which he doesn’t think will include a long stint Stateside.”He is very good,” Ibrahimovic said to ESPN. “He is too good for MLS.”Pavon has drawn interest from the likes of Arsenal in the past, and his Swedish teammate sees him moving on quickly. “I think MLS will not have him for a long time,” he added. “We should enjoy him while he is here.”While the Galaxy may not be able to hold onto the Argentina international for long, the Ibrahimovic isn’t worried about trying to build chemistry, claiming that Pavon is good enough that the two can connect on the field without much time to learn each other’s styles. “When you have a player like that, you don’t need to say much,” he said.”You just communicate in the game and try to make the best of it.”He knows what he is doing. This is his second game and he was the best on the field and today he made a difference.”I have played with many players and I see when a player is the difference, and he is the difference.”The Galaxy will look to add another win to their record on Saturday when they face off against the Seattle Sounders, who sit just one point back of them in the Western Conference table. The club is also in the running for another trophy, with the Galaxy set to face Cruz Azul in the Leagues Cup semi-final next Tuesday.last_img read more

India vs Australia: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4th slowest Indian to reach 100 ODI wickets

first_img Ritayan Basu SydneyJanuary 12, 2019UPDATED: January 12, 2019 09:03 IST India vs Australia 1st ODI: Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Aaron Finch to reach his 100th ODI wicket (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia 46 for 2 in 11 overs (Khawaja 14*, S Marsh 0*. K Yadav 4 for 1, M Shami 7 for 0)Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the 19th Indian to reach 100 ODI wicketsBhuvi is the fourth slowest Indian to the 100-wicket mark in ODIs1st ODI (Full scorecard) Brief scores: Australia 46 for 2 in 11 overs (Usman Khawaja 14*, Shaun Marsh 0*. Kuldeep Yadav 4 for 1, Mohammed Shami 7 for 0).Bhuvneshwar Kumar reached the milestone of 100 wickets when he dismissed Australian captain Aaron Finch in his second over during the first one day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.Bhuvneshwar on reaching the 100-wicket mark, became the fourth slowest Indian to reach the milestone in ODIs. Bhuvneshwar reached the mark in his 96th ODI, with the likes the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and Ravi Shastri having managed the feat in more matches.Sourav is the slowest to the feat with 308 ODIs, with Tendulkar taking 268, Yuvraj with 266 ODIs and the current India coach Shastri taking exactly 100 ODIs to take 100 ODI wickets.Bhuvneshwar will be the 19th Indian bowler to reach the mark.Bhuvneshwar Kumar picks up his 100th ODI wicket in style.Stream live via Kayo HERE: https://t.co/rHhkFrd50M #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/jNeP2XuWRKcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 12, 2019Fastest Indian in that regard is Irfan Pathan who had taken just 59 matches to reach 100 ODI wickets. Rashid Khan had recently become the fastest ever to take 100 ODI wickets when he took just 44 matches to reach the mark.Bhuvneshwar joins the illustrious list of bowlers to take 100 ODI wickets for India: Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Kapil Dev, Venkatesh Prasad, Irfan Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Manoj Prabhakar, Ashish Nehra, Sachin Tendulkar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Shastri, Ishant Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Umesh Yadav and Sourav Ganguly.advertisementBhuvneshwar made his debut in December 2012 against Pakistan, and took two wickets. Bowling on pitches and conditions at home meant a slow start to international cricket for the Meerut-born bowler. Bhuvneshwar has taken only one 5-wicket haul in his career, against Sri Lanka at Colombo in Septmeber 2017.This is how Bhuvneshwar Kumar took his 100th wicket – 2.2 Overs: B Kumar to A Finch, OUT! Bowled! Gone right through! Test match, T20I or ODI – Aaron Finch continues to be a walking wicket. He departs cheaply again and Bhuvi roars to get his 100TH ODI SCALP. What a beauty by Bhuvneshwar! He beautifully deceives the Aussie skipper. The previous ball moved away from him this time Kumar swings it back in and Finch is completely bamboozled. The ball was a bit fuller and pitched outside off. Aaron tries to defend it but the ball goes straight through the gap between the bat and pad. It’s a huge wicket and the dangerous Finch is back in the hut he has had a very bad summer so far.Bhuvneshwar had been out of cricket with a back spasm he incurred durin the Indian Premier League and which again retunred in the first Test during the tour of England. He made his return during the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates and looked patchy with his line and length.He made his comeback during West Indies’s tour of India last year but looked cagey and rusty. He leaked runs with the ball, conceeding in excess of 70 in one of the games.Bhuvneshwar’s shined with balls as he took 2 wickets from the three T20Is against Australia but didn’t get a chance in the Tests. He retunred in the ODIs to shine again.Also Read | Won’t travel in same bus as Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | MS Dhoni will make the most of large grounds in Australia: Sunil GavaskarFor 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 Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow 1st ODIFollow Bhuvneshwar KumarFollow 100 ODI wicketsFollow Sydney India vs Australia: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4th slowest Indian to reach 100 ODI wicketsIndia vs Australia 1st ODI: Australia 46 for 2 in 11 overs (Usman Khawaja 14*, Shaun Marsh 0*. Kuldeep Yadav 4 for 1, Mohammed Shami 7 for 0). Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the 19th Indian to reach 100 ODI wickets.advertisementlast_img read more

Boman Irani joins Ranveer Singh’s film 83 as Farokh Engineer

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 27, 2019UPDATED: August 27, 2019 12:43 IST Boman Irani to play Farokh Engineer in 83Boman Irani, who was last seen in the biopic PM Narendra Modi this year, has now joined Kabir Khan’s directorial venture 83. In the film, Boman will be essaying the role of former opening batsman and wicket-keeper of team India Farokh Engineer, who was also the only Indian commentator during 1983 World Cup match.Nadiadwala Grandson, the production banner owned by Sajid Nadiadwala, took to social media to announce Boman Irani’s collaboration in 83. “To the man that said that if India wins the World Cup in 83, it should be declared a national holiday!’ Presenting @bomanirani as #FarokhEngineer!” the official handle of the banner wrote.To the man that said that if India wins the World Cup in 83, it should be declared a national holiday! Presenting @bomanirani as #FarokhEngineer! @RanveerOfficial @kabirkhankk @deepikapadukone #SajidNadiadwala @Shibasishsarkar @madmantena @vishinduri @83thefilm pic.twitter.com/uAY4mndIG3Nadiadwala Grandson (@NGEMovies) August 27, 2019Boman, who will play Farokh’s role in Ranveer Singh-starrer, is a big fan of former cricketer and his Instagram photo featuring the legendary cricketer is proof of it.In 2018, Boman took to his Instagram handle to post a photo with his “childhood hero” Farokh Engineer.”They say you must not meet your childhood heroes……Well, they are wrong! Charming, warm and humble is the legend that is Farokh Engineer,” Boman wrote in his caption.Ranveer Singh, who will essay the role of Kapil Dev, former captain of Indian cricket team during 1983 World Cup, took to Twitter to welcome his new co-star Boman Irani in the film. Both the actors will share screen space for the first time.”All-star arrival! One of the most remarkable people I have ever met. One of the finest actors I know..someone I admire immensely..He’s one in a million! A special gem of a person and a universally loved, colossal talent. The one and only BOMAN IRANI IS IN THE BUILDING!” Ranveer wrote.Ranveer’s wife Deepika Padukone will be playing Kapil Dev’s wife, Romi Bhatia in Kabir Khan’s film.Apart from them, 83 will also star Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Ammy Virk, Harrdy Sandhu, Jiva, Sahil Khattar, Chirag Patil, Adinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa, Dinker Sharma, Jatin Sarna, Nishant Dahiya, R Badree, Pankaj Tripathi and Zakir Hussain in key roles.Boman Irani was last seen in the Vivek Oberoi-starrer PM Narendra Modi, where he played the role of famous industrialist Ratan Tata. The film hit the screens on May 24 and clashed with Arjun Kapoor’s India’s Most Wanted at the box office.Apart from 83, Boman also has Drive, Made in China and Housefull 4 in his kitty.ALSO READ | Kapil Dev on Ranveer Singh’s 83: India was not ready to make sports films 20 years agoALSO READ | 83: Pankaj Tripathi joins Ranveer Singh as manager of winning World Cup teamALSO READ | Ranveer Singh’s 83 will now release in April 2020ALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in ItalyGet 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 bynisha Tags :Follow Boman IraniFollow Ranveer SinghFollow Farokh Engineer Boman Irani joins Ranveer Singh’s film 83 as Farokh EngineerBoman Irani will be essaying the role of former opening batsman and wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer in the upcoming film 83.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Worn Out Wednesday – Jay Fletcher

first_imgJay’s personal style:I don’t necessarily consider myself to be a stylish guy, but fortunately I think being a designer gives you an appreciation for well-crafted things, so hopefully a little bit of style has infiltrated my closet as a result. I’m also my own boss, so luckily I get to place a premium on comfort above all else. Not sure how I’d describe my look, if I even have one. “Little Boy Grows Up?”Jeans: I basically have one pair of jeans at this point – Imogene + Willie Bartons.Shirts: Gitman Vintage and J. Crew. In the summer I mostly wear blank American Apparel 50/50 tees.Pants: I’ve been wearing the hell out of a pair of Engineered Garments Fatigue Pants, along with a pair of Overhang Shorts from Battenwear.Suits: J. Crew Ludlow, though I live a life where I rarely put on a suit. I don’t know if that’s cool or sad.Shoes: The rotation includes Quoddy Kennebec Chukkas, Alden 403 Indy Boots, Oak Street Bootmakers Trail Oxfords, and a pair of New Balance 998s from J. Crew.Accessories :I’ve firmly jumped on the Ebbets Field bandwagon and have three or four of ‘em, along with a couple Patagonia trucker hats and a red Best Made Co. “Cap of Courage” for the colder months.My watch is a Seiko 5 Sports Automatic Diver Watch on a Maratac nato strap, which actually gets a ton of compliments for something relatively inexpensive.Depending on where I’m going and what I need to carry, I’ve got either a Filson Original Briefcase or a Topo Klettersack slung over my shoulders.Outerwear: Engineered Garments CPO Shirt, Battenwear Warm-Up Fleece, Post O’Alls wool jacket, and a Raleigh Denim CPO shirt.Your favorite App: Instagram, all day every day.Favorite piece of technology: I’m sure this is unoriginal, but I can’t imagine life without my iPhone.Next tech purchase: The iPhone 6 when it comes out. My trusty 5 is on its last leg. A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Photo Courtesy of Sully Sullivan. The Best Pillows Designed With Stomach Sleepers In Mind The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Today we speak to the fantastically creative graphic designer Jay Fletcher (and have peppered his work through this interview):Originally from Enfield, Connecticut, Jay went to art school at CCAD – the Columbus College of Art & Design – in Columbus, Ohio where he majored in illustration. Fletcher wanted to make my way to Charleston, but Florence, SC was as close as he could get right out of school, so he took a job as a staff illustrator at their daily newspaper. A little less than a year later he got a job doing illustration & design work for Charleston’s daily, The Post and Courier, where Jay stayed for almost eight years, with his own freelance work steadily building on the side. Eventually the economy got the better of him and Fletcher was laid off, but fortunately he was more or less working two full-time jobs at that point – his 9-to-5, and his late-night freelance life. Jay went straight home and got to work, and thankfully things have only gotten busier and busier, and better and better, ever since.For the past 14 years Jay Fletcher has been living & working in Charleston, South Carolina as a graphic designer, illustrator, and art director. In 2004, as a means of burning off unused creativity, a budding freelance career took root as a late-night side gig. Kegs of coffee were brewed, momentum built, and now J Fletcher Design has a stable of clients ranging from Nickelodeon to his niece, work featured in international industry publications, and shelves of recognition from some of the design world’s most prominent voices. Editors’ Recommendations 10 Lawnmower Beers You Should Sip This Summer The Best History Podcasts for Learning About Everything From Pirates to Presidentslast_img read more

US Navy Salvage and Diving Teams to Look For El Faro

first_imgzoom The U.S. Navy Salvage and Diving division of the Naval Seas Systems Command was contracted to locate the El Faro container ship which has been missing since October 1 and presumed to have sunk off the Bahamas close to the eye of Hurricane Joaquin.The navy salvage team have been tasked with assisting in the sea floor documentation of the wreckage, and recovering the voyage data recorder, U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said in its preliminary report on the incident issued on October 15.The El Faro, a 790-foot roll on, roll off cargo ship owned by Sea Star Line and operated by TOTE Services, was en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Jacksonville, Florida. At approximately 7:30 a.m. local time October 1, U.S. Coast Guard watchstanders were notified that the El Faro was disabled some 36 nautical miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas.Just minutes before the distress alerts, the El Faro master had called TOTE’s designated person ashore and reported that the ship was experiencing some flooding. He said the crew had controlled the ingress of water but the ship was listing 15 degrees and had lost propulsion.The Coast Guard and TOTE were unable to reestablish communication with the ship. Twenty-eight U.S. crew members and five Polish workers were on board.The Coast Guard located one deceased person in a survival suit in the water Sunday night. 32 remaining crew members, including the ship’s captain, are missing and presumed dead.The family of one of the missing crew members, the 33-year-old Lonnie Jordan, have filed a USD 100 million negligence and wrongful death lawsuit against Tote Services Inc., Tote Maritime Puerto Rico, and the vessel’s captain in Jacksonville, Florida.last_img read more

Govt to set up central room to respond to panic alarms of

first_imgNEW DELHI: After the new buses hit the road from the next month, the Delhi government is also planning a central monitoring room for these buses as each of these new buses will have panic buttons for women. From the central control room, the officials will respond to the siren which will ring for four seconds after a panic button is pressed.The sources in the Delhi government said the Chief Secretary took a meeting with the Transport Department and also with the Home Department in order to decide on the matter. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after the Lok Sabha election directed all the department to end the pending works by 2020, thereafter the meeting was held in priority. The new buses will start to come from the next month. These buses will have a panic button and also GPS,” said an official. The transport department recently opened bids to run low-floor buses on three different routes and shortlisted companies on the basis of their technical and financial capabilities and rates offered. The department will soon put up the details for the consideration of Delhi Cabinet and, once approved, the agreement will be signed with the private players. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe number of DTC’s operational buses was 3,974 in 2017-18. The target was to raise it to 4,176 in 2018-19, but it remained stagnant 3,897. The average daily ridership of the public transporter improved slightly as it stood at 33 lakh as against a target of 32.93 lakh in 2018-19. It is targeted to be raised to 33.50 lakh in 2019-20. But, the average fleet utilisation dipped from targeted 87% to 84.63 % in 2018-19. The target for 2019-20 is 90% fleet utilisation. The operating cost per km of DTC buses in 2018-19 was targeted at Rs 88 but it stood at Rs 97.12. The corporation would try to bring it down to Rs 95.99 per km in 2019-20. Meanwhile, sources claimed that the meeting was held on January 15 under the chairmanship of the Principal Secretary (Home), GNCT of Delhi. The meeting was attended by senior officials from the Delhi Police, Delhi Government and other important persons. “Principal Secretary (Home) sought details about the action taken on the installation of GPS, CCTV and a panic button in all DTC, cluster buses and private carriages,” sources added. Sources further disclosed that Special Commissioner (Transport) informed that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) has notified that all public transport vehicles will mandatorily have panic buttons before they are registered. An official said that the tender has been issued for the installation of panic buttons in existing buses.last_img read more

Reese Witherspoon prefers her 40s

first_imgLos Angeles: Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon does not mind ageing as she prefers her 40s over her 20s. “I have a point of view because I’ve been on this planet for 43 years, and I didn’t feel that same way when I was 25. I didn’t have the same things to say,” Witherspoon told Allure magazine, reported femalefirst.co.uk She added: “I’m 43 and I’ve had a whole bunch of experiences, and I can speak with a thoughtfulness about the changes I’d like to see in the world… I just feel like I earned that grey hair and my fine lines. I like them. I so prefer 43 to 25.” Witherspoon said she feels like she “grew up” with her daughter Ava, who is now 19. She finds it “so weird” that her daughter is an adult now.last_img read more

HBC names CVS Health executive Helena Foulkes as its new CEO

At the department store chain, Foulkes will be responsible for HBC’s global strategy and operations for all of its banners. She will also be appointed to HBC’s board of directors.“The future of retail will be defined by companies that think creatively about where the consumer and the world are headed,” Foulkes said in a statement.Foulkes added that one of her priorities will be to “build upon strategies that capitalize HBC’s physical and digital assets and deepen our core operating effectiveness.”The department store is grappling with persistent losses in an increasingly tough retail environment by implementing a transformation plan.It included cutting 2,000 jobs across North America in an effort to save the company $350 million annually by the end of fiscal 2018. The company has also expanded its online offerings and is looking at ways to unlock more value from its vast real estate holdings. TORONTO — A former executive with the CVS pharmacy chain will be the new CEO for Hudson’s Bay Co., Canada’s oldest company and owner of Saks Fifth Avenue and other retail operations.Helena Foulkes will start in the role on Feb. 19, the Toronto-based company said Monday in a statement.Richard Baker has been acting as HBC’s interim CEO since the departure of Jerry Storch last fall. Baker will continue as governor and executive chairman.‘They are now way behind Amazon and Walmart’: Challenges mount at Hudson’s Bay as losses almost doubleHBC withholding info in deceptive-pricing probe, Competition Commissioner saysHBC says Competition Bureau’s mattress pricing probe has cost it US$425,000“Helena is a transformational leader who will invigorate the business with a new perspective as we position HBC for the future,” Baker said in a statement.Foulkes comes to HBC after 25 years at CVS Health Corp., a health-care company with about 9,700 pharmacies. Since January 2014, Foulkes was the company’s executive vice-president and president of subsidiary CVS Pharmacy.Helena is a transformational leader who will invigorate the business with a new perspective as we position HBC for the futureRichard Baker, HBC interim CEO read more

Fridays Daily Brief Sudan powersharing deal welcomed hope for Venezuela talks Rohingya

Six children among 53 confirmed fatalities after Libya detention centre airstrikes Guterres welcomes power-sharing deal between Sudanese military and opposition   UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council on Friday she was “hopeful” that the Venezuelan Government may be ready to engage with her Office to address widespread and serious alleged violations.Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the meeting, Ms. Bachelet welcomed the recent release of more than 80 detainees, and the fact that the authorities have agreed to allow two human rights officers to work in the country.The full story is here:Watch High Commissioner Bachelet’s address to the Human Rights Council below. Three days of rain and more than two dozen landslides in Bangladesh have wrecked 273 shelters and damaged food stocks in refugee camps that are home to 900,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar. According to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, 350 millimetres of rain fell in 72 hours at the start of the week and more downpours are expected next week, with four months of the monsoon season to go. Our story is here.   Listen to or download our audio News In Brief for 5 July on SoundCloud: The toll from Tuesday’s reported airstrikes on a detention centre in Tripoli has risen to 53 dead and more than 130 injured migrants and refugees, UN aid agencies said on Friday.According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) six children were among the fatalities at the Tajoura site, where the more than 600 detainees came from at least 17 mainly African States.The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, meanwhile, noted that both parties involved in the fight for Tripoli, knew where civilians were sheltering.Latest details in full, here. Latest Mediterranean drowning claims dozens of lives Staying with Libya, the UN Migration Agency also reported on Friday that more than 80 migrants are feared drowned after their vessel capsized while trying to reach Europe from the Libyan port of Zwara earlier this week.IOM spokesperson Joel Millman said that one of four male survivors suffering from hypothermia – a 29-year-old national from Cote d’Ivoire – has since died. “The survivors told IOM staff that the inflatable boat carrying 86 people including four women and two children, left Zwara around 6am on 1 July”, he said. “A few hours later, the boat began to leak and capsized due to the confusion and frantic movements of dozens of people on board.”So far this year, the UN migration agency has reported 426 deaths from drowning linked to attempts to cross the central Mediterranean route to Europe.In May, two rescues were carried out on two overloaded crafts that left Libya, which continues to be used by traffickers. On one vessel, 59 people went missing and 16 were rescued, IOM said. And on the second, 69 were saved. Monsoon rains destroy shelters and food stocks in Bangladesh’s Rohingya camps UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday he was “encouraged” by reports of a newly-inked power-sharing deal between the Forces for Freedom and Change – a coalition of opposition and protest groups – and Sudan’s ruling military council.The two sides have reportedly agreed to share power for three years, and then hold elections for a return to full civilian government. Mr. Guterres welcomed the decision to establish transitional governing bodies, and congratulated the African Union, Ethiopia and the regional Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), for their role in mediating the talks.Our full report is here.Venezuela needs ‘time and space’ to implement reforms, says UN’s Bachelet read more

Church of England bishops raise age limits for trainee clergy as they

“He knows that faith has to relate to life or it doesn’t work.”The move comes as figures show that the number of people under the age of 32 applying to become Anglican priests has risen by almost a third over the past two years.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Church of England dioceses are abandoning upper age limits for clergy training as they hope to boost numbers by encouraging second careers. A change in approach is allowing more older people to train to become ordained ministers in their late fifties and early sixties, with dioceses lifting previously-enforced age limits. “60 is the new 40,” said the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, bishop of Winchester. “We’re living longer, we’ve got a lot of energy – I look at some of my episcopal colleagues and they’re still going like a bomb. They’re really hard-working, energetic people,” he said. A new programme in his diocese allows trainees to stay in the local area to do their training part-time instead of having to travel to a college to train full-time. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––The number of people recommended for training in the diocese has risen from 14 two years ago to 21 this year. Nationally, numbers have risen from 476 in 2016 to 580 this year. New guidelines mean dioceses can now choose in consultation with the candidate what form of training they should do, rather than being governed by nationally set requirements.   Bishop Dakin said the change was introduced following a shift in policy in the Church of England to give individual bishops more control over their policies for local candidates. If you’re in your late fifties or early sixties, the thought of going off to a college or even a course elsewhere in the country is just a bit too muchRight Reverend Tim Dakin “The emphasis is now on local decision-making,” he said. “If you’re in your late fifties or early sixties, the thought of going off to a college or even a course elsewhere in the country is just a bit too much I think.”You can stay in the diocese, in your local context, and we want to draw on your experience and your understanding, because we think you’re going to be a pretty effective person with all that background,” he added. “We like people with experience.”Different dioceses can set different upper limits for students beginning training depending on the length of the course and the type of role they are training for. Local age limits for new trainees, which vary from 56 to 62, have been based on the premise that new priests needed to be able to work for enough years before their retirement, which is normally between 65 and 70. There are currently four trainees over Winchester diocese’s previous limit of 56, including Peter Goodall, 62, a former senior police officer in Hampshire, who began training last September. Bishop Dakin said older priests had particular skills based on having already had a previous career and more extensive life experience. “Imagine having an assistance chief constable as a priest. He’s seen everything. He’s locally engaged, he knows Hampshire, he’s got a realism about what life is all to do with, he’s seen some really tough issues.  read more

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Sisters of Plenitude

first_img You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels, and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. In celebration of this week’s International Cat Day (Aug. 8), here’s one feline fatale you won’t want to cuddle up with.Never trust a nun. Never trust a nurse. And never trust a cat. (via BBC)SISTERS OF PLENITUDEFirst appearance: “New Earth” (2006)—season 2, episode 1Home planet: New SavannahDoctor: TenthCompanion: Rose TylerNever trust a nun. Never trust a nurse. And never trust a cat.The Sisters of Plenitude were an order of Catkind nuns, devoted to helping the sick.Dressed in wimples and habits, the nursing staff of the New Earth hospital conjures feelings of calm reassurance (unlike my own grimacing grimalkin). But exactly how do the duty-bound felines manage to bring people back from the brink of death, to cure incurable diseases?The Doctor isn’t the only one dying to find out.The last “pure” human, Lady Cassandra O’Brien.Δ17—as bitchy and trampoline-like as ever— lurks in the hospital basement, remotely spying on the Sisters. It’s not until she tricks a still-naive Rose into carrying her energy on two feet, though, that she can further investigate.Feisty felines (via BBC)Reunited with the Doctor, Cass-Rose squirms her way through the Time Lord’s musings, impresses with a newfound grasp on technology, and exposes herself by virtue of utter disgust at what they find.The hospital’s “intensive care unit” is lined with thousands of pods (a bit reminiscent of the Tomb of the Cybermen) containing artificially grown humans—and very sick ones, at that.“They were born sick. They’re meant to be sick. They exist to be sick. Lab rats,” according to the Doctor. “No wonder the Sisters have got a cure for everything. They’ve built the ultimate research laboratory. A human farm.”It’s a bit more … complicated for the nuns, who believe their work is righteous and paramount.Novice Hame (Anna Hope) (via BBC)“Mankind needed us. They came to this planet with so many illnesses. We couldn’t cope,” Novice Hame admits. “We did try. We tried everything. We tried using clone-meat and bio-cattle, but the results were too slow. So the Sisterhood grew its own flesh. That’s all they are. Flesh.”(Not to be confused with The Flesh, elastic doppelgängers liberated from their human “originals” in season six.)The well-intentioned procedure—think of all the lives saved!—backfires when Cass-Rose and assistant Chip free the infected. One touch is all it takes to pass on their disease. And one touch is all these people want, after a lifetime in solitary confinement.The Doctor and Cass-Rose (against her better judgment) create a disinfectant shower that instantly cures the humans, ending the attack and liberating hundreds of people into New Earth.Novice Hame (Anna Hope) with the Doctor (David Tennant) and the Face of Boe (voice of Struan Rodger) (via BBC)With blood on their hands paws, the surviving Sisters are arrested by the New New York Police Department. Novice Hame, however, is ordered to attend the Face of Boe—one of the oldest creatures in the known universe—as penance for her part in the Sisterhood’s crimes.Over time, the reformed cat grows fond of her patient, who saves her from an airborne virus that kills the New Earth Senate and most of the planet’s population. In return, Hame cares for and protects the Face of Boe until his dying day.Fun fact: Adjoa Andoh, who plays Sister Jatt, returned for Doctor Who seasons three and four as Martha’s mother, Francine Jones. But you’d never have known she was the same person under all that fur.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon last_img read more

World War II reenactors provide handson link to history

first_imgDirk deBroekert has had a varied medical career: U.S. Navy medical corps, family practice physician, Civil War doctor.And today, deBroekert is a World War II Army surgeon. He is part of the 113th Cavalry Living History Group encampment, which, in turn, is part of a busy day of historical programming at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.The encampment next to Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St., represents the WWII troops who were shipped from Vancouver Barracks to combat theaters in Africa, Europe, and the Pacific.Eric Porter, chairman of the Living History Group, said that these events provide a tangible link to America’s military heritage.“It’s one thing to read about it. It’s another to smell it and touch it,” Porter, from Sherwood, Ore., said Friday after the weekend’s first visitors walked through the encampment.Not everybody who comes by is a newbie at this sort of hands-on history.Porter has an M1 in a rifle rack in his headquarters tent. At an earlier re-enactment, an elderly man saw the rifle and asked: “Do you mind if I hold it?”Go ahead, the re-enactor said.After hefting the M1, the man told Porter that the rifle was just as heavy as he’d remembered.These living history events help deBroekert combine two different aspects of his life.“I practice medicine, and I was in the Navy medical corps. And I have a degree in American history,” deBroekert said.Through re-enacting, first as a Civil War doctor and now as an 8th Infantry Division surgeon, “It all came together.”There also will be displays and exhibits inside Pearson Air Museum’s Historic Hangar.They include an exhibit on Donald Morrow, a WWII Army combat photographer serving in Italy who was awarded a Bronze Star.last_img read more