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How a young child fought off the AIDS virus

first_imgIn 1996, a baby infected with HIV at birth was started on anti-AIDS drugs. But at age 6, against the advice of doctors, her family stopped treatment. Twelve years later, the young French woman is still healthy, with no detectable virus in her blood. Her unusual case, reported today at an international AIDS conference in Vancouver, Canada, may hold clues that might help other HIV-infected people control their infections without antiretroviral (ARV) drugs and offer insights to AIDS vaccine developers.The case adds a new wrinkle to earlier reports of people who manage to control their HIV infections on their own: the so-called elite controllers, who never receive treatment yet suppress the virus to low levels, and posttreatment controllers like the “Mississippi baby,” who stopped taking ARVs at 18 months of age and remained virus free for more than 2 years. In 2013, many researchers thought that child might have been “cured,” but HIV came back strong after 27 months off treatment.This time, it’s clear that the French woman is not cured: Investigators have found strong signals of HIV DNA in her immune cells and can readily induce them to produce virus, says Asier Sáez-Cirión, a viral immunologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris who reported on her case. But she is the first documented HIV-infected child to go off treatment and remain in remission for this length of time. “We don’t know why this happened,” Sáez-Cirión says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Some clues may come from a group of people infected by HIV as adults, known as the VISCONTI cohort, who went off ARVs and did not have the virus return for many years. As Sáez-Cirión and colleagues described in the March 2013 issue of PLOS Pathogens, the adults were diagnosed shortly after they became infected, began ARVs immediately, and stayed on them for an average of 3 years. At the time of that publication, the average person had been off ARVs for 7 years. Sáez-Cirión and co-workers have added the new case to the VISCONTI group, which now has 20 members.The people in the VISCONTI cohort look strikingly different from elite controllers, the 1% of HIV-infected people who never have high virus levels, even in the first weeks of infection, despite never receiving treatment. Although no single factor explains the unusual ability of elite controllers to rein in HIV, many are genetically predisposed to have high levels of the CD8 lymphocytes that identify and eliminate cells infected with HIV. Posttreatment controllers, like the people in VISCONTI, have high virus levels shortly after infection and their immune systems rapidly deteriorate. Paradoxically, many have a genetic background that predisposes them to a weak adaptive immune response to the virus.Sáez-Cirión thinks they may be receiving help instead from the more primitive and less powerful “innate” immune system that serves as a frontline defense against invaders. The researchers suspect that the innate immune system may be strong enough to contain HIV if people have very small reservoirs of viral DNA. Members of the VISCONTI cohort began treatment so quickly after infection that those reservoirs never got a chance to fill.Another, somewhat counterintuitive, possibility is that the weak immune response in posttreatment controllers helps limit the size of the reservoir before the drugs are even started. HIV preferentially targets and infects the CD4 white blood cells that help fight infections. A weak CD4 response to the virus means fewer targets for it to infect.Sáez-Cirión also suggests a third possibility: that some posttreatment controllers happen to be infected with a weaker form of the virus—a mutant resulting from HIV’s error-prone replication.Anthony Fauci, who heads the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says he’s intrigued by the new French case and how it fits together with the Mississippi child. “There’s something about the immune system of a very young person,” Fauci says. “The Mississippi child was a tickler for us, and I wouldn’t throw it out the window—27 months is a long time. Maybe, somehow, the way that child kept the virus under control is the same as the new case. I have an entirely open mind.”last_img read more

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‘This is amazing!’ African elephants may transport seeds farther than any other land animal

first_img 0 km 1 2 5 km 6 © Jonathan & Angela Scott/AWL Images Ltd/Aurora Photos 1 m 0 km 100 km 200 km 300 km By Erik StokstadApr. 10, 2017 , 2:30 PM Seedy competitionAmong seed dispersers on the savanna (black), elephants are the champs in how far they can move seeds, as measured and inferred by researchers. Globally, migratory birds top the list. 6 km 65 km Forest elephant (Graphic) A. Cuadra and G. Grullón/Science; (Data) K. Bunney Ants A bull elephant eats from a fig tree in Kenya. Savanna elephants can transport seeds many kilometers and likely help maintain the genetic diversity of trees.center_img Savanna elephant 2000 m 300 km 850 m Vervet monkey Migratorybirds Trumpeterhombill ‘This is amazing!’ African elephants may transport seeds farther than any other land animal The African savanna elephant holds the prize for largest living terrestrial animal, and now it apparently just set another land record: the longest distance mover of seeds. The pachyderms can transport seeds up to 65 kilometers, according to a study of elephant dung in South Africa. That’s 30 times farther than savanna birds take seeds, and it indicates that elephants play a significant role in maintaining the genetic diversity of trees on the savanna.“The scale of movement is really mind opening,” says Greg Adler, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh who was not involved in the study. “The implication is that elephants are absolutely critical to the integrity of these African savanna ecosystems.”Plants make fruit to encourage animals to eat and then move their seeds to new locations. Not only does this help expand the plant population, it also prevents seedlings from competing with their parents or suffering from any pathogens that may have accumulated in their home turf. Seeds lucky enough to be eaten by a large animal drop onto their new habitat encased in a big lump of nutrients. For some species, passing through the digestive tract of an animal increases the percentage of seeds that sprout. There seem to be other benefits as well; elephant dung, for example, somehow protects seeds from predation by beetles.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Katherine Bunney became interested in the role of elephants in moving seeds while a graduate student in ecology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She had read about large fruit in Central and South American forests that falls to the ground and rots because it evolved to be eaten by large herbivores now extinct. “I thought, ‘How lucky we are to still have ours,’” she says. “I wanted to start exploring what they do.” Studies in Asia and Africa have shown that forest elephants consume a large amount and diversity of fruit and spread the seeds, but little research had been done on seed dispersal by savanna elephants.The first thing that Bunney needed to know was how long seeds stay inside elephants while winding through their 20-meter-long intestines. For a week, she fed fruit to four elephants in a sanctuary near Kruger National Park in South Africa. She gave them honeydew melons because their smaller, softer seeds are relatively easy to distinguish from the seeds of the tree fruit the elephants were already eating.Keepers followed each elephant during the day, bagging the dung and bringing it back to Bunney, who sorted through hundreds of kilograms and counted the melon seeds. (It took a sharp eye, because the seeds were stained the same olive green as the rough, dry dung.) At night, Bunney fetched the dung herself from each elephant’s compound. “It was quite all-consuming and nonstop,” she says. The elephants, she found, defecated most of the seeds within 33 hours, while the last ones plopped out after 96 hours. The next step was to find out how far savanna elephants typically move. Bunney reached out to a conservation group called Elephants Alive that as part of its research has put collars with tracking devices on elephants in Greater Kruger National Park. With 8 years of data on 38 elephants, Bunney calculated the probability of seeds being moved various distances. For any given fruit, an elephant would move half the seeds 2.5 kilometers from where they were eaten, and 1% of seeds would move farther than 20 kilometers, Bunney and her colleagues report online in Biotropica. In extreme cases a seed could travel up to 65 kilometers, such as when male elephants take long treks searching for a mate.“This is amazing!” says Mauro Galetti, an ecologist at São Paulo State University in São Paulo, Brazil, who has studied seed dispersal by vertebrates for more than 20 years. Bunney suspects seeds travel even farther in Namibia, where elephants must roam to find water. In comparison, the likely maximum distance for seed transport by forest elephants has been calculated at just 5 to 6 kilometers. These animals probably have to walk less far than savanna elephants to find fruit, Bunney says.The world record for seed dispersal probably belongs to a bird (see chart). Most birds aren’t thought to be long-haul movers, because they tend to pass seeds through their guts quickly to shed the weight. However, some light, sticky seeds attach to feathers or legs and hitchhike long distances, and a study last year revealed seeds in the digestive tracts of migratory birds that had flown at least 300 kilometers.  On the savanna, elephants certainly trump the other known seed dispersers. Ants tend to move seeds about a meter, vervet monkeys less than 850 meters, and trumpeter hornbills as far as 2000 meters. In addition to their more expansive range, elephants can eat larger fruit than many other species, such as the meter-long seed pods of the sausage tree. And then there’s the sheer volume: Each elephant may deposit nearly 3200 seeds a day, estimates Joseph Dudley, an ecologist with Leidos, a science and engineering company in Germantown, Maryland, who studied savanna elephants in Zimbabwe in the 1990s.The genetic diversity of many tree species is maintained, and local inbreeding prevented, when their seeds are scattered widely by elephants. “They’re seeding genes—literally—across the landscape.” And it could provide insurance against climate change, he adds, by taking seeds into areas where the conditions may become suitable for the trees in the future.Elephants are doing well in South Africa, despite an uptick in illegal killings, but many populations elsewhere are declining because of poaching for ivory. If these creatures are lost, and their seeds no longer dispersed, Adler says, tree species in the savanna might have smaller ranges and perhaps eventually vanish. Bunney, now a Ph.D. student at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, is exploring the degree to which various savanna trees depend on elephants for seed dispersal, including the iconic baobab and marula. “The extinction of elephants would have a profound effect on plant survival and gene flow,” Galetti warns.last_img read more

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Youngster drowns in swimming pool in city

first_imgA 12-year-old girl drowned under mysterious circumstances while swimming at the Khazan Singh Swimming Academy in New Delhi on Tuesday night.A Class VII student of Bloom Public School in Vasant Kunj, Amrita had gone for swimming classes with her mother Kiran and younger brother Jasraj.According to the police, relatives of the deceased said Amrita had gone into the pool around 8.30 pm and had drowned within 15 minutes. Sources said the girl seemed to have some medical problems and she suffered an attack while she was under water.A resident of C-II Vasant Kunj, Amrita lived with her father Gurdeep Singh, a manager with a multinational company in Gurgaon, her mother Kiran, and two brothers.Maneet, Amrita’s elder brother, said the family did not suspect foul play.”We have told the police it is a case of natural death. Contrary to reports in the media, my mother told us there were life guards and the coach was present inside the pool. The staff tried their best to save my sister but failed,” he said.Maneet refused to comment on how his sister drowned. “We have given our statement to the police and do not want to say anything more,” he said.Police sources said preliminary interrogation of the staff at the sports complex revealed Amrita had an attack while she was swimming and required medical attention.”One of the lifeguards saw the girl floating in the pool. The lifeguard and the others rescued her and gave her first aid. After that, she was taken to a nearby private hospital where she was declared brought-dead. We have conducted the postmortem and are investigating the case. Once the autopsy reports are out we will be able to tell the cause of her death clearly,” said a senior police officer.advertisementThe Khazan Singh Swimming Academy remained shut on Wednesday with the authorities posting a notice at the main gate.According to the officials of the academy, Amrita had joined their facility a few months ago.”At the time of the incident, there were around 10-12 girls in the swimming pool. There was no foul play and our staff tried their best to revive her. She did not die because of drowning but because of an attack,” said an official at the swimming pool.last_img read more

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Cousins, Davis help Pelicans beat Clippers

first_imgAnd impressive they were. Cousins had 35 points and 15 rebounds and Davis added 25 points and 10 rebounds to help the Pelicans beat the Clippers 111-103 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Jrue Holiday had eight assists for New Orleans, half of the total assists generated by the entire Clippers team. The Pelicans also overcame 23 turnovers. Cousins lost the ball eight times — two on offensive fouls — and Holiday had seven turnovers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBlake Griffin led the Clippers with 27 points, but it came on 9-of-27 shooting. DeAndre Jordan has 12 points and 14 rebounds. The Clippers were held to 41 percent from the floor, while the Pelicans shot 54 percent.“We tried to keep DeAndre off the board and keep Blake Griffin off the paint,” Davis. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ By and large, the Pelicans succeeded.The game would likely have been a blowout were it not for the Pelicans turnovers, which kept the Clippers within striking distance until the final minutes.“What’s that stuff? Stickum,” said Cousins when asked what he wanted to do to curb his turnovers. “”I am the main culprit of the turnovers right now. I had eight of them. I have to do a better job of taking care of the ball, make better decisions. Luckily the turnovers didn’t affect us tonight because we got the win. It shows what kind of team we can be if we would take care of the ball”Cousins and Davis were too much for the Clippers, particularly an artful fadeaway jumper by Cousins from 15 feet with 8 minutes left that put the Pelicans up by 10. Almost 2 minutes later, Cousins ripped down a rebound and launched a coast-to-coast pass to Davis for a dunk.“We the amigos,” cracked Cousins after the game.ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) tries to get past New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23). APNEW ORLEANS — Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers summed up DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis before the New Orleans big men overpowered his Clippers.“Their versatility, their size, their skill level. Two bigs that are that skilled, who can handle the ball, shoot the ball, pass the ball, dribble the ball, you know, block shots,” Rivers before the game. “Other than that, there’s not much that’s impressive.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Austin Rivers managed to keep the Clippers in the game with 11 fourth-quarter points.“It was in reach. We didn’t execute down the stretch,” Doc Rivers said. “We came out of a timeout and had horrible execution.”RONDO’S RETURNPoint guard Rajon Rondo, the Pelicans’ major offseason free-agent acquisition, is a week to 10 days from making his regular season debut.“He’s close to doing it and everything seems to be going along fine,” coach Alvin Gentry said. “We’re not trying to push the issue at all.”DOC’S DIAGNOSISClippers coach Doc Rivers said his view that too many fouls are being called this year is, in essence, a structural issue with the league.“This day and time, they look at each other wrong, it’s a foul. I don’t know how they even play against each other anymore. It’s so difficult,” he said. “I don’t even blame the officials. There’s so much to call.”TIP-INSClippers: Griffin had his 2,000th career assist with a pass to Sindarious Thrornwell early in the first quarter. … Guard Patrick Beverley missed his second game in a row due to a sore right knee. … Rivers and assistant coach Sam Cassell were hit with technical fouls in the fourth. Aldridge’s 21 leads short-handed Spurs by Bulls Pelicans: Guard/forward Tony Allen did not play, leaving the Pelicans without the services of six players. Gentry said Allen was pulled for rest. … Though he leads the league in charges taken with five, Cousins had two offensive fouls in the first quarter. … Forward Cheick Diallo, who has shuffled between the Pelicans and the G-League since being drafted last season, looked sharp off the bench with nine points and six rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malditas save PH from shutoutlast_img read more

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Cameroon’s late show against New Zealand sets up England clash

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Nchout, whose opener was cancelled out by Aurelle Awona’s own goal in the 80th minute, found the back of the net five minutes into stoppage time.Cameroon go through as one of the four best third-placed teams and will now face England in the last-16 clash.The Netherlands topped the group with a maximum nine points after winning 2-1 against Canada, who ended with six points.Asked at the post-match press conference what was going through her mind as she prepared to shoot, Nchout said: “When I got the ball in the 95th minute, I thought, ‘Okay, there is so much on my shoulders’. But I took a bit of time, I kept a cool head and then I shot on goal.“We had been waiting for this moment for a long time. In 2015, we got to the round of 16, so we really wanted to do ourselves proud. We didn’t want to just stumble through, we wanted to prove that we are the Lionesses.” Women’s World Cup 2019 New Zealand had been pressing for a winner themselves after being handed a way back into the game, and coach Tom Sermanni insisted there were positives to take.He said: “You always have a feeling of failure when you don’t win any games. I don’t think the word failure is the right word, you just come up against teams that are a little bit better – teams like the Netherlands and today – so we’ll just have to look back at that.“We’ll look forward to the Olympics and the next World Cup, and we’ll look towards a better result.”• Comments on this piece are premoderated to ensure discussion remains on topics raised by the writer. Please be aware there may be a short delay in comments appearing on the site. Cameroon qualified for the Women’s World Cup last 16 when Ajara Nchout earned them a 2-1 win over New Zealand with the last kick of their Group E match. Read more Topics Last 16 drawNorway v Australia Nice, 22 JunEngland v Cameroon Valenciennes, 23 JunFrance v Brazil Le Havre, 23 JunSpain v USA Reims, 24 JunItaly v China Montpellier, 25 JunNetherlands v Japan Rennes, 25 JunGermany v Nigeria Grenoble, 22 JunSweden v Canada Paris, 24 Jun New Zealand women’s football team Thank you for your feedback. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Cameroon women’s football team Share on Messenger Share via Email Women’s World Cup Women’s football Share on WhatsApp match reports Hide Was this helpful? Lineth Beerensteyn grabs winner as Dutch maintain 100 per cent record Quick guide Women’s World Cup: Route to the final Reuse this content England will face Cameroon in the last 16, with a potential quarter-final against Norway or Australia ahead. Hosts France and defending champions USA are on course to meet in the last eight and are on England’s side of the draw.Germany are favourites to reach the final from the bottom half, but are joined by four other sides ranked in the world’s top 10 – although Sweden face Canada and Netherlands play Japan in the last 16. Show last_img read more

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25 days agoLiverpool wary rushing Alisson return to full training

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool wary rushing Alisson return to full trainingby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are wary rushing Alisson Becker’s return to full training.They hope he will reappear this week, but await confirmation from the medical staff before the Brazil goalkeeper joins up with his team-mates, says the Liverpool Echo.The £65million shot-stopper hasn’t featured for the Reds since pulling up towards the end of the first half of the 4-1 win over Norwich on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.A calf problem has kept Alisson sidelined since August 9, but after being placed on a specially-tailored training regime in the last international break, the former Roma star resumed action with the club’s goalkeeping staff last week. last_img read more

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Realme 3 launched: Key specs, features, India price and everything you need to know

first_img Next Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 08:59 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Realme 3 touts a 6.2-inch HD+ dewdrop display and a gradient unibody designThe Realme 3 is powered by a Helio P70 chipset and runs on ColorOS 6The Realme 3 price in India starts at Rs 8,999 and will go on sale on March 12 at 12pmRealme on Monday announced the Realme 3 for the Indian market. This is the company’s first new smartphone for 2019, and it aims to carry forward the company’s philosophy of “style meets power.” The Realme 3 is in all sense of the word a successor to the Realme 2 right from the design to the hardware and software. It touts a dewdrop display along with a unibody design and gradient colours on the outside, while getting the new Helio P70 chipset and a beefy 4,230mAh battery on the inside.The Realme 3 will be taking on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy M20, Honor 8C and Redmi Note 7 when it goes on sale in India. With the Realme 3, the company is touting an all-rounder that boasts of an attractive design along with some powerful hardware and battery life. Here’s a quick look at some of the key specifications and features of the new Realme 3.Realme 3 specifications:Display: The Realme 3 sports a 6.2-inch HD+ (1520×720) display with a 19:9 aspect ratioProcessor: It is powered by a 2.1GHz octa-core Helio P70 chipsetRAM: The device will be offered with 3GB and 4GB of RAMInternal storage: The 3GB RAM version will get 32GB of internal storage, while the 4GB RAM variant will get 64GB of internal storageRear camera: The Realme 3 gets a 13MP + 2MP dual camera setup. The primary camera gets a f/1.8 aperture, PDAF and 5P lens, while the secondary camera will be used for depth sensingFront camera: Up front, the Realme 3 gets a 13MP f/2.0 cameraadvertisementBattery: The handset houses a 4,230mAh batterySoftware: It ships with Android Pie-based ColorOS 6.0Realme 3 features:- The Realme 3 touts a new design language, one which sees a plastic unibody back that seamlessly curves around the frame and meets the glass panel on the front. The rear panel also gets a gradient colour in Dynamic Black and Radiant Blue. There is also a solid Black colour option available as well.- Like the Realme 2 Pro and Realme U1, the Realme 3 gets a dewdrop display on the front, which means it gets a droplet-style notch. The notch is much smaller and less intrusive compared to the wide, iPhone X-like notch on the Realme 2. This allows for a larger display on a handy form factor as well as a larger screen real estate. The Realme 3 touts an 88.3 per cent screen-to-body ratio. – A new feature being offered with the camera is Nightscape, which aims to offer improved low-light photography. In Nightscape mode, the camera will take a long exposure shot to offer more light in dimly lit environments. There is also a new Chrome Boost mode that uses AI to recognise a scene and offer better dynamic range and balanced exposure.- The Realme 3 is the second Realme phone to run on the new Helio P70 chipset. The first was the Realme U1 and in our review it offered a pretty fast and snappy performance. The Helio P70 chipset offers better performance and greater power efficiency compared to its predecessor, and Realme is even comparing its capabilities to the Snapdragon 660 chipset as well.- The Realme 3 is also the company’s first device to run on the new ColorOS 6.0 based on Android Pie out-of-the-box. The new software aims to offer a cleaner experience with fewer bloatware and better visual design. ColorOS 6.0 also brings an app drawer as well as the new Android P gesture navigation feature. You also get a Moto Ride mode and Game Space.Realme 3 price in India and availability:The Realme 3 comes with a pretty competitive price that starts at Rs 8,999 for the base model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The 4GB/64GB variant has been priced at Rs 10,999 and both the models will be available in Radiant Blue and Dynamic Black gradient colours.The Realme 3 will go on sale on March 12 at 12 noon on Flipkart. The company may launch the device in offline retail stores, but there no word on its availability just yet. On Flipkart, customers can avail a flat discount of Rs 500 via HDFC cards or on EMI. Reliance Jio customers can also avail benefits of Rs 5,300 on purchasing the Realme 3.ALSO READ | Realme 3 with Helio P70, ColorOS 6, dewdrop display launched starting at Rs 8,999Get 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow RealmeFollow Realme 3Follow Mobiles Realme 3 launched: Key specs, features, India price and everything you need to knowWith the Realme 3, the company is touting an all-rounder that boasts of an attractive design along with powerful hardware and an impressive battery life.advertisementlast_img read more

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General Assembly sets out its work programme for annual session

In a vote by consensus after a marathon debate on the Taiwanese item involving 140 speakers, Assembly members adopted the recommendation of the General Committee on the allocation of agenda items during this session, its sixty-second.The 163 agenda items that were approved include questions of international peace and security, sustainable development, human rights, development in Africa, humanitarian assistance, justice and international law, disarmament and the fight against drugs, crime and terrorism. It also includes many organizational and administrative matters.But Assembly members agreed with the General Committee’s recommendation not to include the item entitled “urging the Security Council to process Taiwan’s membership application pursuant to rules 59 and 60 of the provisional Rules of the Procedure of the Security Council and Article 4 of the Charter of the United Nations.”Ambassador Tamsir Jallow of Gambia said Taiwan deserved its own membership in the UN because it was not a part of China and had an independent government and economy. Continuing to deny the membership infringed the human rights of Taiwan’s 23 million people, he said.Mr. Jallow said it was unfortunate that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had returned a letter sent to him by Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian asking Mr. Ban to refer the matter of the membership application to the Security Council.But Chinese Ambassador Wang Guangya said the decision reflected the common will of a majority of UN Member States and there was no doubt that Taiwan was a part of China. He said no other sovereign State would allow one of its regions to apply for UN membership.Mr. Wang also said that General Assembly resolution 2758, adopted in 1971, had long resolved the matter. 21 September 2007The General Assembly today agreed to consider 163 agenda items during the annual session that began this week but decided for the fifteenth consecutive year to exclude a bid by some Member States to discuss the representation of Taiwan, Province of China in the world body. read more

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Senior UN officials survey shocking aftermath of Israeli offensive in Gaza

22 January 2009Senior United Nations officials today began their assessment of the humanitarian needs in Gaza, getting a first-hand look at the damage and destruction inflicted on the Strip’s 1.5 million residents during three weeks of Israeli military operations. “The mission was struck by the scale and urgency of the needs of the people of Gaza, and the heavy and multi-faceted impact that this conflict has had on the civilian population,” according to a joint statement issued by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes and UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry.The 22-day offensive, which Israel launched on 27 December with the stated aim of ending Hamas rocket attacks, claimed over 1,300 lives, 412 of them children, and wounded more than 5,450, 1,855 of them children, as well as causing widespread destruction and suffering.The bombing and shelling caused extensive damage to civilian facilities throughout the Strip, and supplies of basic food and fuel, and the provision of electricity, water and sanitation services remain critical.“We saw a lot of shocking destruction,” Mr. Holmes said in an interview with UN Radio, describing the scene at several sites in Gaza, including the still-smouldering ruins of the UN compound that was hit last week by Israeli forces. “What is evident when you’re there is how miraculous it was that no one was killed.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has demanded a thorough investigation by Israel into all attacks against UN facilities in Gaza, and that those responsible be held accountable for their actions. Mr. Holmes stressed that it was crucial to ensure that investigations do take place, adding that “questions of compensation will arise because there was obviously very significant damage… to UN installations, work and UN staff.”During the course of their mission, Mr. Holmes and Mr. Serry will meet with Israeli authorities to underscore that country’s role in facilitating humanitarian assistance for the people of Gaza, including the need for full, timely, and unrestricted access for all goods and humanitarian actors.They are also meeting the Palestinian Authority regarding the best way to scale up humanitarian assistance in Gaza.Once the assessment is completed, the UN will launch a Flash Humanitarian Appeal for Gaza in early February. Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today began emergency distributions of vitamin A-fortified date bars and high-energy biscuits to thousands of displaced people in Gaza City. The distributions also include ready-to-eat meals for hospitals and milk for children. They are part of WFP’s recently launched Operation Lifeline Gaza. The agency is also scaling up its regular distributions of wheat flour, vegetable oil, chick peas and sugar.WFP emphasized that all crossing points into Gaza will need to be re-opened for the agency to be able to move 600 tons of food every day into the Strip as is currently planned. So far WFP shipments have only been crossing through Kerem Shalom, at the southern tip of the Gaza Strip, including shipments from Egypt. read more

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Uber loses 524B in 2Q after postIPO stock payouts

NEW YORK — Uber lost $5.24 billion in the second quarter after making huge stock-based payouts in the months following its stock market debut.The ride-hailing giant said Wednesday it paid $3.9 billion in stock-based compensation and expenses during the quarter. It also paid $298 million in stock and cash to drivers to show appreciation in connection with the IPO.The loss per share including those expenses totalled $4.72.Uber’s revenue rose 14% to $3.17 billion.Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected a loss of $2.03 per share on revenue of $3.31 billion, on average.CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told reporters he expects the losses to diminish in coming years while the company invests aggressively. He says there’s no doubt the business will eventually become profitable.Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press read more

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Kosovo Albanians Serbia still diametrically opposed on provinces future – Annan

Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian Government and Serbia remain “diametrically opposed” in their views of the future status of the Serbian province, which that the United Nations has run ever since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting, according to Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report on the issue released today. Independence and autonomy are among the options for the province, where Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1, but Serbia rejects independence. A UN proposal for the future status, which was to have been submitted this year, has been postponed until after Serbia’s parliamentary elections on 21 January.“High expectations on the part of Kosovo Albanians, coupled with recent speculations about a possible delay in the process, have led to a feeling of uncertainty as to the way ahead and are likely to be a source of instability if momentum slows,” Mr. Annan tells the Security Council in the report.“There is a widespread feeling among them that a tangible delay in the process would entail high political and economic costs. Fringe groups and extremists on all sides stand ready to exploit more widespread frustration. Uncertainty and frustration are also prevalent among the Serbs and other minority populations, raising the potential for instability pending a political solution,” he warns.Mr. Annan notes that only uneven progress has been made in the status talks between the Kosovo Government and Serbia in talks that began this year under the sponsorship of his Special Envoy on the issue, former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, with only agreement on some specific elements. “Overall, the positions of the parties in each of the areas discussed remain far apart,” he writes. On a more positive note, he welcomes the Government’s commitment throughout 2006 to the implementation of the standards, eight overall targets that include building democratic institutions, enforcing minority rights, creating a functioning economy and setting up an impartial legal system.But he calls for further steps. “Progress will be achieved by demonstrating through actions, not words, that everyone has a future in Kosovo. It will be important that substantive actions take precedence over symbolism with the aim of promoting confidence and stability.”The return of hundreds of thousands of Serbs who fled after the withdrawal of Serbian forces in 1999 is seen as major element in establishing the UN goal of a pluralistic multi-ethnic democracy. But only some 15,600 returns of Serbs and Roma have so far been registered out of the estimated 250,000 who fled. It is estimated that only 1,173 minority community members returned from January to September 2006.“The primary factors affecting returns continue to include lack of economic opportunities, uncertainty about the future status of Kosovo, and, to a much lesser degree than in the past, security,” Mr. Annan says.He denounces the violent attacks that continue to be made by a few in an attempt to effect political change. “I am resolute in condemning such violence and call upon the people of Kosovo to help their institutions defeat it. Political developments and timelines will not be dictated by the streets, and violence will not be tolerated.” Just two days ago, 2,000 pro-independence Albanians attacked UN personnel in the capital, Pristina, pulling down a 4-metre high concrete barricade outside UN headquarters and hurling concrete blocks and an incendiary device at police officers within. Mr. Annan also reiterated his frequent past criticisms of Kosovo Serbs for boycotting the provisional government. “This is a disservice to their community,” he writes. “I once again call on the Belgrade (Serbian) authorities to remove all impediments to Kosovo Serb participation in Kosovo institutions, and on the Kosovo Serb leaders to engage with the Provisional Institutions.” read more

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No 14 Ohio State womens gymnastics defends its honor to the last

Ohio State women’s gymnastics coach Carey Fagan stopped short of calling this Friday’s contest against Kent State revenge. But, neither she nor her team has forgotten about a one-tenth-point loss to the Golden Flashes in last year’s regional qualifier that knocked them out of the NCAA Championships. “That stung, and I know it’s been on the minds of the girls for almost a whole year,” Fagan said. Almost a year later, a similar feeling still resonates with the team. The No. 14-ranked Buckeyes, though, have harvested that disappointment into this season’s rallying cry: “Our honor defend to the last tenth.” And it has been the driving force behind a year that Fagan and her team have condensed into a single word — consistent. “I think one of the best things we’ve done is we’ve been really consistent — we haven’t had to count a fall in several meets,” she said. “For us, all our scores have been right in that low 196, high 195 range.” Sophomore Sarah Miller echoed her coach’s sentiments. “I think that, overall, we’ve been really consistent throughout our entire season,” said Miller, who earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors this week. “Generally, all of our scores have pretty much reflected our season.” OSU, which hasn’t posted a score lower than 195.175 this year, set a school record for their 197.625 team score against Denver Feb. 18. Fagan said she thinks her team’s consistent and sometimes dominating performance is a combination of senior leadership and the strong sophomore class that includes Miller. “I think (the seniors are) coming upon the end of their gymnastics career, and I think they’re really doing a good job kind of motivating some of the younger kids,” she said. Fagan said her seniors’ lead-by-example approach has been different compared to past seasons. “I think the best leadership comes from when they’re performing well and they have the confidence,” she said. “It’s harder if you’re not doing well to kind of step up and be like, ‘Come on guys,’ if you’re not taking care of your own business.” “So the fact that our seniors are doing a good job, they sort of have that confidence and that backing.” Fresh off a 196.025-195.000 win against No. 10 Penn State, the Buckeyes look to put it all together Friday night. “Vault and floor, in general, are strong events for us,” Fagan said. “But if we can hit bars and beam really well in one night, I think it’ll be a good score for us.” In some ways, much of OSU’s season has led up to their rematch with Kent State. But, junior Colleen Dean said the Buckeyes need to approach Friday with the same mentality they took on against Penn State last weekend. “We all kind of have that feeling of a little animosity towards Kent State,” Dean said. “But like Penn State, we don’t want to focus on beating this team or like, the other team, because that’s something we can’t control. But we can control our routines and what we do with them.” Fagan said, for the most part, mental toughness isn’t an issue for OSU. “This group of athletes is pretty confident, and so they don’t need the constant repetition like some other teams that I’ve coached,” she said. “To me, I know walking into the meet on Friday, if they feel physically good, we’re going to be in good shape.” Miller said she knows how much a win would mean for her team. “We definitely want this,” she said. “It was just little things that happened at regionals, tenths here and there, and we definitely want this really bad.” read more

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Police hunt cruel burglar who drowned puppy in a bath during breakin

first_imgMark Phillips, left, and his brother in-law, Gareth Deacon-Walker discovered the family puppy drowned after a break-in at the homeCredit:Nick Butcher/Archant  A seven-month-old puppy was deliberately drowned in a bath by a “cruel” intruder during a break-in, police have said.Benji the Cockapoo was found dead at the ransacked address in Gorleston, near Great Yarmouth, by owner Susan Walker on Wednesday.The mother-of-two said the sight of her lifeless pet will “haunt” her forever and has left her unable to break it to her children. Mark Phillips, left, and his brother in-law, Gareth Deacon-Walker discovered the family puppy drowned after a break-in at the home A computer and other items were stolen from the home in Cobholm Close between 3.50pm and 5.30pm, Norfolk Police said.Ms Walker returned to find her house had been burgled and her dog missing, prompting her to call her brother, Gareth Deacon-Walker, and partner, Mark Phillips, for help.They found the bathroom door jammed shut, forcing her brother to kick it down and make the grim find, according to reports.”Everything we lost is immaterial. The fact we lost the puppy is the most devastating thing,” Ms Walker, 33, told the Eastern Daily Press.”I came straight down and told Mark to not go upstairs.”That sight will haunt for the rest of my life.”She added: “Benji was really playful and part of the family. I have not told the children what has happened. We have told them he has gone missing and police are helping us find him.”Mr Phillips, 40, was said to have been reduced to tears by the sight of Benji’s body in the bath.Detective Sergeant Richard Wallis said: “This is a particularly cruel crime and I would urge anyone who may have seen any suspicious behaviour in the area at around the time of the burglary to come forward.” 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.last_img read more

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Stephen Colbert The New Guy Fawkes

first_imgBlink and you missed it. For a split second, during an interview with lawyer-turned-journalist Glenn Greenwald about hacking group anonymous, the famous Guy Fawkes mask from V for Vendetta flashed across Stephen Colbert’s face. Weird, right? In recent months, the Fawkes mask has become something of an unofficial symbol of Anonymous, thanks in part to a number of group members who donned the mask during interviews with media outlets.The video is after the jump. Check out the weird visual around the 3:22 mark.last_img

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Recensement à grande échelle des écureuils roux en Ecosse

first_imgRecensement à grande échelle des écureuils roux en EcosseDans le cadre d’un plan de sauvegarde de l’écureuil roux, très menacé, une grande organisation privée de protection du patrimoine écossais, le National Trust for Scotland, annonce qu’elle va procéder à un recensement exhaustif du rongeur sur tous les territoires qu’elle gère.Au Royaume-Uni, 2 millions d’écureuils gris, indûment introduits, évincent peu à peu les quelques 140.000 écureuils roux indigènes, les concurrençant pour les ressources naturelles et leur transmettant des infections mortelles. À lire aussiUn écureuil nous donne une leçon de déblayage de neigeMais, malgré l’effort des naturalistes de terrain, le dénombrement exact et précis des effectifs subsistants du rongeur roux, nécessaire à la mise en place de mesures de protection efficaces, reste à faire.C’est donc justement à cette tâche exhaustive que va se consacrer le National Trust for Scotland (NTS), une vaste association écossaise qui possède 109 sites ou terrains abritant de tels rongeurs. D’ailleurs, pour 22 de ces lieux, elle n’a même aucune information concernant les populations d’écureuils – que ce soit les gris ou les roux. Le NTC tient ainsi à s’engager pleinement dans la sauvegarde et la protection de ces derniers.Le 4 octobre 2011 à 13:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Yogibo Bean Bags Make Your Apartment Feel Like an Internet Startup

first_img Geek Pick: SecretLab Titan Is a Next-Gen Gaming ChairGEEK PICK: GT Throne Stay on target If you’ve been to PAX East at any point and stopped by the handheld gaming area, you’ve seen the sea of beanbags they set up. They’re comfortable, easy to transport, inexpensive, and basically, make ideal convention lounge furniture. They’re also great furniture for your office if you’re an Internet startup who wants to seem casual and trendy. They’re also comfortable seating for your apartment, which I’ve been finding out over the last week. Yes, I am a grown man, and I have a bean bag chair in my home. I sit on it when I play video games.Yogibo is a bean bag chair manufacturer. In fact, they’re a staple on the PAX East expo floor where they regularly set up booths, even if they aren’t the makers of the handheld area bean bags (that’s Sumo, and we’ll get to them in a bit). Yogibo sent me a Yogibo Max, which I’ve been extensively stress testing.The Yogibo Max is a recliner sized bean bag chair measuring six by two by 2 feet, with a soft, stretchy, machine washable outer cover. It’s almost as wide as my couch and about as tall as a coffee table when laid flat. The bag is filled with tiny foam beads, smaller than the larger foam beans you might remember from the bean bag chairs of your youth (if you’re at least old enough to remember when The Simpsons was really good).The very long shape seems strange for a bean bag chair at first, but it makes the Yogibo Max very flexible. You can lay it flat so two or three people can comfortably sit on it, or so one person can lay down on it like a cross between a yoga mat and a waterbed. You can also set it straight up and sit back on it like a big chair. I used it in this position most of the time.As a bean bag easy chair, the Yogibo Max is very comfortable. The narrow, vertical shape of the bag ensures that the beads don’t spread out too much under you when you sit. This lets the bag provide plenty of support, letting you sit in a comfortable chair-like position rather than just sink into a big bean bag blob. This is the best position for watching TV or playing video games since you don’t need to struggle to lean or bend your neck forward to see the screen.You can also sit back on the Yogibo lengthwise, turning the bean bag into a flat, floorbound recliner. This lets you keep your feet and shoulders raised in a comfortable position for looking up at a TV, without putting any uncomfortable pressure on your back. I’ve been enjoying playing Persona 5 on the Yogibo in this way.While it’s comfortable to sit on when playing video games, the Yogibo Max is still a bean bag chair, and that means it’s still a comical struggle to stand up from it. The beans shift when you move, which makes it difficult to put your feet on the floor and get enough leverage to stand up. You can get used to it and figure out the best flailing ass-kata for standing up after a few days of use, but you’ll still look silly. This is a fundamental issue with bean bag chairs. There is no dignified or comfortable way to get up from them.As a couch or bed, the Yogibo Max is remarkably comfortable. It obviously doesn’t offer the support of a real couch when you lay down on it, but it’s soft, sturdy, and can accommodate even my large frame. I took a few nice naps on it, and while I occasionally had some soreness in my shoulders when I got up, it faded much quicker than when I sleep funny on my bed or couch.Yogibo calls its bean bag chairs “paws and claws friendly,” which is important because my cat destroyed my bonded leather sofa (bonded leather is the spray-hair of upholstery, a very thin layer of leather-like material applied to a fabric cover, and I’ve learned my lesson). I was suspicious about this claim because the soft, stretchy cover material seems like it’s just begging to get holes poked in it with anything remotely sharp.When my cat’s claws catch the fabric, it stretches slightly and then releases without any holes. And, because it’s soft, Pixel doesn’t feel like shredding it with gusto like he has with my couch and office chair. He also hasn’t chewed through the material at all, and I can’t say the same for several USB and headphone cables. I love the little grey furball, but he’s a real bastard who I suspect secretly works for Monoprice, considering how many wires I’ve replaced.That said, I noticed a minuscule hole in the outer after about two weeks of use. To be fair, it might have caught on something from the nearby furniture, or a forgotten bit of metal on the floor, and I can’t with certainty attribute it to Pixel (who still loves it). I also haven’t seen any additional holes in the cover since then, from claws or not. Keep the Yogibo away from any shredded furniture you really should have thrown out months ago, and you should be good.Sumo Lounge is the other big name for bean bag furniture, and a few years ago I tried one out. Specifically, I tried the Sumo Omni. The Omni is a four-by-five-foot, hacky-sack-shaped bean bag chair with a heavy nylon cover. The cover material seemed much more rugged and rip-resistant than the indoor Yogibo cover, but much less comfortable. It was a step above sprawling on a tarp. The Omni also had a very large fringe around the edges of the bag, with an inch or two strip of sealed cover material running around the actual bean-filled area. It made positioning the Omni comfortably as a chair more awkward than the Yogibo Max.To be fair, Sumo has some big, round bean bag chairs that might feel very different from the Omni. To also be fair, Yogibo has a whole line of Zoola outdoor bean bags that might have much sturdier covers. Right now, I can say that the Yogibo’s bean bags are more comfortable, if not actually more sturdy than Sumo’s bean bags, and a viable piece of seating for your apartment. Just don’t expect much dignity when using it, and don’t use it as a full replacement for a couch or futon, either; it’s furniture to consider after your home is equipped with all the standard things you need for it to function.last_img read more

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Hughton worried by series of fan incidents

first_imgBrighton manager Chris Hughton says he’s grateful to club stewards and staff for their role in helping identify supporters culpable for fan trouble in recent weeks.Hughton has expressed concern about the series of supporter-related trouble in British football.Dele Alli was struck by a plastic bottle during the North London derby on Wednesday night, and Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka was also struck by a bottle during a game against Newcastle this season.Hughton told Sky Sports: “Yes I think it is because it is not something that we want to see.“What everyone wants to see our exciting football matches where fans get behind the team that they support.“Of course, I have seen it, but what I would prefer to do is talk about is that a few incidents have happened over the last few weeks. This is something that is happening a little bit more regularly now.ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….“Credit to the football clubs with their CCTV cameras and the work by the stewards to identify any of these individuals.“It is not a part of the game that we want to see and the clubs are working as hard as they can to eradicate these things. I don’t see that there is any more than we can do.”last_img read more

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Assemblymember Todd Gloria looks back at 2018 and on to 2019

first_img KUSI Newsroom December 31, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) 2018 was Todd’s first year serving as Majority Whip in the California legislature. Last week, he was re-appointed by the Speaker to continue his role as Majority Whip.Gloria discussed on Good Morning San Diego several new laws going into effect in 2019 which include the California’s minimum wage will increase, stronger statewide regulations for concealed carry weapons permits, and protections for military families and students. Posted: December 31, 2018 Assemblymember Todd Gloria looks back at 2018 and on to 2019 Categories: California News, KUSI, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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New Tool Aids Farmers in Understanding Big Data Contracts

first_imgA coalition of major farm organizations, commodity groups and agriculture technology providers (ATPs) debuted a tool designed to help farmers understand how their data will be used when they adopt precision agriculture technologies.New technologies and products are constantly entering the marketplace and generating millions of bits of data about farmers’ fields, crops and equipment. A recent survey found that an overwhelming number of farmers do not know what happens to their data when they use these new technologies.The Ag Data Transparency Evaluator was created to help producers understand where their data is going and who has access and control over it. The Evaluator requires participating ATPs to answer 10 key questions about their technology product’s use and control of farmer data. A third party administrator then reviews the answers and determines whether the products meet the standards of transparency set by the Privacy and Security Principles for Farm Data (Data Principles). Products that meet standards will receive the “Ag Data Transparent” seal to be displayed on promotional materials and product pages. Additionally, farmers can go to the Transparency Evaluator website to see and compare all the products and services that have undergone the evaluation.The creation of the Ag Data Transparency Evaluator stems back to November of 2014 when a coalition of ag groups and ATPs announced a Data Principles document, an agreement that identified key areas of concern for producers.Some of the 10 questions addressed by the Evaluator include: What categories of data does the product or service collect from the farmer?; Will the ATP obtain the farmer’s consent before providing other companies with access to the data?; and Will the ATP notify the farmer if a breach of data security occurs that causes disclosure of the farmer’s data to an outside party?The American Soybean Association  (ASA) was part of the coalition involved in the development of the Ag Data Transparency Evaluator that combines both farmer-led industry organizations and ATPs, including: AGCO, AgConnections, Agrible, American Farm Bureau Federation, Beck’s Hybrids, Conservis, CNH Industrial, Crop IMS, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer, Farm Dog, Farmobile, Granular, Grower Information Services Cooperative, GROWMARK, Independent Data Management, John Deere, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, National Sorghum Producers, and The Climate Corporation.The Ag Data Transparency Evaluator is non-profit corporation governed by a board of directors from the participating organizations.  The corporate bylaws require that all actions be approved by the farmer-led organizations, making the Evaluator truly a farmer-driven initiative not controlled by the ATPs whose products are reviewed.To learn more about the Ag Data Transparency Evaluator and to see the full list of 10 questions visit www.fb.org/agdatatransparent. For more information contact the Ag Data Transparency Evaluator Administrator Todd Janzen at janzen@aglaw.us; or the Board Chairperson Mary Kay Thatcher, mkt@fb.org.last_img read more

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