IPL 4: Gambhir bags the highest price of Rs 11.04 cr

first_imgIndia opener Gautam Gambhir, who played a pivotal role in helping India secure a draw in the final Test in Cape Town against South Africa, has bagged the highest price so far in the ongoing Indian Premier League season IV auction in Bangalore.Gambhir, who played for the IPL Delhi team till last season, was bought by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s IPL team Kolkata for a whooping Rs 11.04 crores on Saturday – the first day of the two-day auction.Gambhir, who led Delhi Daredevils in the last edition, was surprisingly not bid for by his former team, even as others clamored for the left-hander. New franchises Pune, Kochi as well as Mumbai bid aggressively for him before Kolkata clinched the deal.But, the more surprising was that some big names that did come up for bidding were left unpicked by any teams.Sourav Ganguly, Brian Lara, Mark Boucher, Chris Gayle and South African Herschelle Gibbs were all left unpicked. However, all these players will again come under the hammer again on Sunday.Ten franchises are participating in the two-day bidding, including the Rajasthan IPL team and the Punjab IPL team, who were disqualified by the Indian Premier League following breach of ownership regulations but cleared following a Mumbai High Court decision.Over 350 players are up for grabs for the next three seasons, with the sequence of players coming up for auction decided by drawing of lots.The other major earners on the day were Yusuf Pathan, all-rounder Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma and Robin Uthappa and England’s Kevin Pietersen.advertisementYusuf Pathan, who earlier represented the Rajasthan Royals, was bought by Kolkata IPL team for Rs 9.66 crore. His brother Irfan was bought by IPL Delhi team for Rs 8.74 crore.Yuvraj Singh was taken away by Pune IPL team for Rs 8.28 crores. Rohit Sharma, who earlier represented IPL Hyderabad in the last season, was sold to Mumbai IPL team for Rs 9.2 crore.S. Sreesanth, who has been performing well in South Africa, was bought by IPL Kochi for Rs 4.14 crore. Mumbai Indian player till IPL season III, Zaheer Khan was bought by IPL Bangalore for Rs 4.14 crores.Rahul Dravid was taken by IPL Rajasthan Rs 3.2 crores. He earlier played for IPL Bangalore.Meanwhile, former Kolkata IPL player Brendon McCullum, who struck the first ton of the League in IPL season 1, was bought by Kochi for Rs 4.14 crores.IPL Hyderabad skipper in the last season, Adam Gilchrist was sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 4.14 crore. His teammate, VVS Laxman was bought by Kochi IPL team for Rs 1.84 crore.Andrew Symonds was bought by IPL Mumbai for Rs 3.91 crore. Now, he and Harbhajan Singh will be in the same team. It will be interesting to see how the two will get along considering that they were involved in a bitter spat of the racist nature when Australia had toured India in September 2008.IPL Kolkata it seems have completely revamped their team. Another good pick from them this season is Kevin Pietersen. They bought him for Rs 9.66 crore.Robin Uthappa, who represented Bangalore IPL team in the last season, was bought by Pune IPL team for Rs 9.66 crore.Twelve players, including India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (IPL Chennai), Sachin Tendulkar (IPL Mumbai) and Shane Warne (IPL Rajasthan) were retained by their original franchises.Teams are allowed a maximum of Rs 40.8 crores to spend, which includes money for those players retained from previous seasons.The 2011 IPL season will be held from April 8-May 22.IPL season 4 table 1PlayerBought byPrice in RsFormer team 2Gautam GambhirIPL Kolkata11.04 crIPL Delhi 3Tillakaratne DilshanIPL Bangalore 2.99 crIPL Delhi 4Zaheer KhanIPL Bangalore 4.14 crIPL Mumbai 5Ross TaylorIPL Rajasthan 4.6 crIPL Bangalore 6Yusuf PathanIPL Kolkata 9.66 crIPL Rajasthan 7Kevin PietersenIPL Kolkata 3.00 crIPL Bangalore 8Mahela JayawardeneIPL Kochi 6.9 crIPL Punjab 9Yuvraj SinghIPL Pune 8.28 crIPL Punjab 10Camroon WhiteIPL Hyderabad 4.99 crIPL Bangalore 11AB de VilliersIPL Bangalore 5 crIPL Delhi 12Kumar SangakkaraIPL Hyderabad 3.22 crIPL Punjab 13Jacques KallisIPL Kolkata 5.06 crIPL Bangalore 14Andrew SymondsIPL Mumbai 3.91 crIPL Hyderabad15Rahul DravidIPL Rajasthan 3.2 crIPL Bangalore 16Rohit SharmaIPL Mumbai 9.2 crIPL Hyderabad 17Adam GilchristIPL Punjab 4.14 crIPL Hyderabad 18Graeme SmithIPL Pune 2.3 crIPL Rajasthan 19Robin UthappaIPL Pune 9.66 crIPL Bangalore 20John BothaIPL Rajasthan 4.37 crIPL Rajasthan 21VVS LaxmanIPL Kochi 1.84 crIPL Hyderabad 22Daniel VettoriIPL Bangalore 2.53 crIPL Delhi 23Brendon McCullumIPL Kochi 2.18 crIPL Kolkata 24S SreesanthIPL Kochi 1.14 crIPL Punjab 25Irfan PathanIPL Delhi 8.74 crIPL Punjab 26R.P. Singh IPL Kochi 2.3 cr IPL Hyderabad 27Michael Hussey IPL Chennai1.95 cr IPL Chennai 28Shaun MarshIPL Punjab 1.85. cr IPL Punjab  29J.P. DuminyIPL Hyderabad1.38 cr IPL Mumbai 30Shikhar Dhawan IPL Hyderabad1.38 cr IPL Mumbai  31Saurabh Tiwary IPL Bangalore 7.36 cr IPL Mumbai 32Parthiv PatelIPL Kochi1.3 crIPL Chennaiadvertisement 33 Dinesh KarthikIPL Punjab 4.1 cr IPL Delhi  34 Naman OjhaIPL Delhi1.24 cr IPL Rajasthan  35Wriddhiman Saha IPL Chennai45.3 lakhs IPL Kolkata  36 Brad HaddinIPL Kolkata1.49 cr IPL Kolkata  37 Tim PaineIPL Pune1.24 cr  – 38 Davy JacobsIPL Mumbai87.4 lakhs  – 39 James HopesIPL Delhi1.61 cr  IPL Punjab 40Ravindra JadejaIPL Kochi 4.37 cr  IPL Rajasthan 41Shakib Al HasanIPL Kolkata1.95 cr  – 42Stuart Broad IPL Punjab 1.84 cr  – 43 Abhishek NayarIPL Punjab 3.68 cr  IPL Mumbai 44 Angelo MathewsIPL Pune   4.37 cr   IPL Kolkata 45 Dwayne BravoIPL Chennai92 lakhs  IPL Mumbai 46 James FranklinIPL Mumbai46 lakhs  – 47 Steven SmithIPL Kochi92 lakhs IPL Bangalore 48 Ishant SharmaIPL Hyderabad 2.07 cr  IPL Kolkata 49 Praveen KumarIPL Punjab 3.68 cr  IPL Bangalore 50 Ashish NehraIPL Pune 3.91 cr IPL Mumbai 51 Brett LeeIPL Kolkata 1.85 cr IPL Punjab 52 Morne MorkelIPL Delhi 2.18 cr IPL Rajasthan 53 Dale SteynIPL Hyderabad 5.52 cr IPL Bangalore 54 Ryan HarrisIPL Punjab 1.49 cr  IPL Hyderabad 55 Doug BollingerIPl Chennai 3.22 cr  IPL Chennai 56Muttiah MuralitharanIPL Kochi 5.06 cr  IPL Chennai 57 Piyush ChawlaIPL Punjab 4.14 cr  IPL Punjab 58 R AshwinIPL Chennai 3.91 cr  IPL Chennai 59 Pragyan OjhaIPL Hyderabad 3.2 cr  IPL Hyderabad 60 Amit MishraIPL Hyderabad 1.38 cr  IPL Delhi 61Nathan McCullumIPL Pune 46 lakhs  – 62 Ramesh PowarIPL Kochi 82 lakhs  IPL Punjab 63 Brad HodgeIPL Kochi 1.95 cr  IPL Kolkata 64Callum FergusonIPL Pune 1.38 cr  – 65 Manoj TiwaryIPL Kolkata 2.18 cr IPL Kolkata  66Cheteshwar PujaraIPL Bangalore 3.22 cr IPL Kolkata 67 S. BadrinathIPL Chennai 3.68 cr IPL Chennai 68Paul CollingwoodIPL Rajasthan 1.15 cr IPL Delhilast_img read more

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Dwyane Wade ExWife Arrested Over Custody Dispute

In happier times, Dwayne and Siohvaughn Wade.Wade Wife Arrested – The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade has asked a Chicago judge to suspend his ex-wife’s right to visitation with their two children after a weekend incident that delayed the boys’ return to his custody and led to her arrest.Wade’s attorney, James Pritikin, filed an emergency motion and appeared in court Tuesday to have it heard, hours before the Heat guard was to play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.A hearing was set for June 26, which would be the date of Game 7 if the Heat and Thunder extend the series to its limit.Wade told The Associated Press that his sons have been with him in Miami since about 6 a.m. Sunday — “That’s what mattered most to me, getting them here to be with me on Father’s Day,” he said — and that the incident has not adversely affected his play in the championship series.Siohvaughn Funches-Wade was charged with two counts of attempted child abduction, two counts of unlawful visitation interference and one count of resisting arrest, Cook County Sheriff’s spokesman Frank Bilecki told The AP on Tuesday. Another woman at the home at the time, Nadgee Alarcon, was charged with one count of resisting arrest, Bilecki said. All the charges are misdemeanors.Funches-Wade posted $10,000 bond on Monday, Bilecki said, and is due back in court in August. It was not known if she had an attorney.“Once again, S.L. has used our minor children as the proverbial pawns in this contentious dissolution of marriage action,” Wade wrote in the filing, using initials to protect identities but referring to his ex-wife. “This court must take action to protect our minor children from further exposure to the present environment S.L. creates while they are in her care and preventing S.L. from exercising her parenting time in a manner that is harmful to our children.”The couple was divorced in 2010. Wade was awarded custody of the boys in March 2011. His ex-wife’s appeal of that decision was denied in December, and the couple is scheduled to return to court in September in an attempt to complete financial terms of the divorce.“The minor children have been subjected to great deal of drama/trauma as a result of S.L.’s conduct,” the filing said.Dwyane Wade has asked a Chicago judge to suspend his ex-wife’s right to visitation with their two children after a weekend incident that delayed the boys’ return to his custody and led to her arrest.According to the filing, the two boys were to be picked up by Wade’s sister around noon Saturday so they could make a 3:05 p.m. flight from Chicago to Miami so they could be in South Florida for the entirety of Father’s Day.Wade’s sister got no response at the home, and after “several hours,” the sheriff’s office was called to send someone to the scene, according to the filing. It also said Funches-Wade attempted to leave the home without the children when one of the responding deputies tried taking her into custody. The boys, at that time, were with Alarcon inside the home, according to the filing.Wade eventually hired a private jet to bring his sons home early Sunday, and upon their arrival, his older son told him that Alarcon “smacked him on the head,” according to court records.Records show Funches-Wade was transferred to a hospital after the incident on Saturday. She told officers she was experiencing shortness of breath and thought she was having an asthma attack.Wade recently finished writing a book primarily about fatherhood and the custody fight for his sons. It will be released Sept. 4. read more

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Dolphins Suspend Don Jones For Tweet About Michael Sam

Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones tweeted “horrible” when Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted in NFL history, and it has cost him an undisclosed amount fine and suspension from the team until he “completes educational training” for his actions, according to the club.Sam, the former Missouri linebacker was selected by the St. Louis Rams, with the next-to-last pick in the draft. His reaction—including tears and a kiss from his male friend—was captured on television, prompting Jones to post on Twitter: “OMG. Horrible.”In the NFL, which is seeking to create a culture of sensitivity, Jones’ reaction was not welcomed, even if it represented many others’ views, too.“I want to apologize to Michael Sam for the inappropriate comments that I made last night on social media,” Jones said in a statement released by the team. “I take full responsibility for them and I regret that these tweets took away from his draft moment. I remember last year when I was drafted in the seventh round and all of the emotions and happiness I felt when I received the call that gave me an opportunity to play for an NFL team, and I wish him all the best in his NFL career. I sincerely apologize to Mr. Ross, my teammates, coaches, staff and fans for these tweets. I am committed to represent the values of the Miami Dolphins organization and appreciate the opportunity I have been given to do so going forward.”“We met with Don today about respect, discrimination and judgment, coach Joe Philbin said. “These comments are not consistent with the values and standards of our program. We will continue to emphasize and educate our players that these statements will not be tolerated.”Rams head coach Jeff Fisher told NFL Network soon after Sam was picked that he didn’t anticipate issues about his sexuality.“I don’t have any concern whatsoever. We drafted a good football player,” Fisher said. “I’m excited to get him on the practice field and get him going so yeah, there’s gonna be a little extra tension for a couple days, but Michael was the SEC co-defensive player of the year.”Sam had 11 1/2 sacks last season for Missouri. Many believe he would have been selected higher had he stayed essentially in the closet. NFL scouts, of course, likely would have learned he was gay after they began evaluating prospects after the season, since Sam was out to his college teammates — and there was a strong chance of him being outed against his will. read more

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Border Patrol Agents in the San Diego Sector arrest illegal alien with

first_img March 19, 2019 Border Patrol Agents in the San Diego Sector arrest illegal alien with active homicide warrant #USBP agents in San Diego Sector arrested a group of 6 men who entered the US illegally, including a man who was wanted for murder in Mexico. Learn more: https://t.co/HFrfpuMnA3 pic.twitter.com/IyKYrQ6jHS— CBP (@CBP) March 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom center_img Posted: March 19, 2019 United States Border Patrol Agents in the San Diego Sector arrested a group of 6 men who entered the United States illegally, including one man who was wanted for murder in Mexico. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection‘s detail of the arrest is below.SAN DIEGO—Last week, Border Patrol agents arrested a group of six men who entered the United States illegally.  One man was wanted for murder in Oaxaca, Mexico.The incident occurred on Friday, March 8, at approximately 3:30 p.m., near Imperial Beach, Calif., when a scope operator notified agents that six individuals climbed the primary border fence and passed through a cut in the old secondary border fence.Agents responded and apprehended six men just north of the secondary fence breach.  With no documentation allowing them to remain in the U.S., the men were placed under arrest and transported to a nearby station.Border Patrol agents ran record checks on the men which revealed that one of them, 26-year-old Mexican national Antonio Santiago-Ruiz, possessed an outstanding warrant for homicide issued by the State of Oaxaca, Mexico.On March 13, in coordination with Mexico’s General Office of the Republic, Santiago-Ruiz was turned over to Mexican government officials at the San Ysidro port of entry due to his outstanding warrant.San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott stated, “While criminals persist in their illegal activity, we too are persistent.  The arrest of Antonio Santiago-Ruiz illustrates this well.  We can be thankful that agents arrested this individual who attempted to escape justice.”The five remaining men, three from Mexico, one from Honduras, and one from Guatemala, were processed for expedited removal.To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900. Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Report Subscription Discounts Drive Down Newsstand Sales

first_imgIt’s no secret that newsstand sales are, at best, a marginal revenue source for the vast majority of magazine publishers. Titles that offer per-issue subscription discounts of less than 50 percent off the cover price saw, on average, newsstand declines of between 3 and 5 percent over the two-year period. Titles offering subscription discounts of 50 to 70 percent, however, experienced declines around 11 percent. Titles taking the aggressive stance of offering subscription discounts greater than 70 percent saw newsstand sales slip over 16 percent, on average. In an effort to measure the correlation between newsstand declines and subscription discounts—or, more realistically, the degree to which such discounts are eating into newsstand sales—MagNet examined cover prices, subscription prices, and sales trends for 70 of the top 100 selling regular frequency magazines over a two-year period ending December, 2015. SIPs were not considered. Not surprisingly, the study found a direct correlation between deep subscription discounts and lagging newsstand sales, as the less money consumers will save with a subscription, the more apt they are to purchase a frequency title one issue at a time. What is surprising, perhaps, is the extent to which this idea has manifested itself in the marketplace. MagNet’s own conclusion is kinder to retail. Most monthly titles analyzed sit squarely in that 50-to-70 percent range; MagNet reports that the average subscription discount was 63 percent off, compared to just 27 percent off for quarterly titles. Accordingly, newsstand sales of those monthly titles dropped 15.2 percent over the two-year period ending December, 2015, while sales of quarterly titles fell 3.4 percent. None of this likely comes as a surprise to publishers, many of whose print editions are driven primarily by advertising as opposed to single-copy or subscription sales. It raises questions, however, about what a magazine offering subscription rates for 70, 80, or even 90 percent off the cover price is still doing on the newsstand to begin with. Those looking to maintain high ratebases by aggressively discounting subscription rates, however, may want to reconsider that strategy, according to a new study from MagNet. “We ask publishers to take a step back and reconsider their aggressive ratebases, their deeply discounted subscription offerings, and to again refocus on the newsstand, which we believe is, or could again be, their most profitable circulation revenue source,” reads the study.last_img read more

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Northstar Travel Group Acquires Burba Hotel Network

first_img “The BHN transaction is another important step in our strategy of expanding our event portfolio as well as to move into related market segments such as hotels and hospitality,” Kemp wrote in the memo. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. But CEO Tom Kemp said in a companywide memo that the acquisition is the largest in Northstar’s history. Jim Burba and Bob Hayes, founders of BHN, will continue to run the portfolio as Northstar’s Hospitality Group. The group will report to Alicia Evanko, SVP of Events, and Bob Sullivan, president of Northstar’s Travel Group. Northstar Travel Group announced Monday that it has acquired the Burba Hotel Network (BHN) and its portfolio of hotel investment conferences—and said that with this deal, event revenues at the company now surpass print for the first time. The BHN portfolio also includes ALIS, the largest hotel investment conference in the world, which is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Northstar Travel Group will co-produce ALIS with the AHLA. BHN, based in Costa Mesa, Calif., consists of 10 events and conferences globally. These include the Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific, which takes place in Singapore, as well as the Hotel Investment Conference Europe, which takes place in London. Northstar Travel Group already owns several international events, including CruiseWorld China Shanghai, and Phocuswright Europe. Northstar is only the latest media company to shift its sights toward events, as print revenues decrease across the media landscape. Similar recalibrations have happened at Informa and UBM. Event revenues grew 1.2 percent across the B2B space in 2016, while print revenues dropped 8.6 percent, according to Connectiv’s BIN Report.last_img read more

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Third Eye Blind And Jimmy Eat World Announce Joint North American Tour

first_img“We couldn’t be more excited to spend our 25th summer as a band touring the country of our birth to play music for our American fans,” Jimmy Eat World tweeted out.Third Eye Blind, who went on a Summer Gods tour with Silversun Pickups in 2017, tweeted: “Excited to head out on the Summer Gods Tour 2019 with @jimmyeatworld!”Both bands were founded in the ’90s and released major hits. Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle,” peaked at No. 5 on the Hot 100 in 2002 and Third Eye Blind’s “Ursa Major” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in 2009. Pre-sale ticket information for the tour can be found on the Ticketmaster website.Where Does Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale Keep Her GRAMMY? Twitter News Facebook Third Eye Blind And Jimmy Eat World Announce Tour third-eye-blind-and-jimmy-eat-world-announce-joint-north-american-tourcenter_img Third Eye Blind And Jimmy Eat World Announce Joint North American Tour Email Both bands have been together for more than twenty years Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 25, 2019 – 5:06 pm Alternative rock bands Jimmy Eat World and Third Eye Blind are joining forces and bringing along indie band Ra Ra Riot for a trek across North America this summer.The bands will embark on the Summer Gods 2019 tour that will have its first stop in Los Angeles in June and play shows in Seattle, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Houston and more before returning to Irvine, Calif., to end the tour in August.last_img read more

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Karmas new Revero will get a little help from BMW under the

first_img Post a comment 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel first drive: More capability for an already solid fullsize truck Share your voice Shanghai Motor Show 2019 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric review: Ease into electrification Future Cars Hybrids 2017 Karma Revero looks like a Fisker, but much improved underneath 48 Photos Update, April 5, 9:47 a.m.: Corrected statement that the 2020 Revero was designed with help from Pininfarina, when it was actually done in-house by Karma. Enlarge ImageThe 2020 Karma Revero is a swoopy, sexy range-extended electric vehicle that will debut in Shanghai. Karma Karma Automotive is getting ready to debut some new models in Shanghai — this we knew. What we didn’t know was how exactly they were going to be powered. Thanks to an announcement from the California-based, Chinese-owned automaker on Thursday, now we know that too.First of all, Karma is calling its vehicles “all-electric,” but that’s a bunch of malarkey. Its cars can more accurately be described as range-extended electric vehicles, which is another way of saying that they’re a fancy plug-in hybrid where the wheels are always driven electrically, with no mechanical connection to the internal combustion engine.That internal combustion engine is being sourced from BMW. It’s a turbocharged three-cylinder unit that might be related to the unit found in the base Mini Cooper and the BMW i8. Still, Karma says that BMW has been working with the brand since 2015 to develop the engine, so it could end up being something more bespoke.”BMW is a natural fit for Karma’s luxury-tech focus because it is a proven technology leader renowned for conceiving and delivering ground-breaking innovations,” said Bob Kruse, chief technology officer for Karma, in a statement.The 2020 Karma Revero in which this new BMW-assisted drivetrain will live was designed in-house by Karma and will make its official debut at the Shanghai motor show later this month. More From Roadshow 0 Tags BMWlast_img read more

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George RR Martin goes full mad Targaryen over Game of Thrones rumors

first_img 2 Comments MSI Wind 6:20 George R.R. Martin has set the internet alight in more ways than one. Christopher Polk/NBC via Getty Images The internet is ablaze with Game of Thrones rage — and George R.R. Martin is adding his own to the storm.The writer of the epic fantasy series has taken to his blog a la Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network to address rumors he has been sitting on his long-awaited next books The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.”All of a sudden this crazy story about my finishing The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring years ago is popping up everywhere,” he wrote on May 13.He cleared that up quickly, though: “The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring are not finished. Dream is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six.” Game of Thrones Rumors 38 Photos Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice He also addressed rumors that HBO and Game of Thrones TV series showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wanted him to delay the novels.”Why would I sit for years on completed novels? … Delaying makes no sense. Why would HBO want the books delayed? The books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the books.”There is no “deal” to hold back on the books.”Martin’s fifth and latest book in the series, A Dance with Dragons, was published in 2011. He’s since released a few prequels in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, but admitted finishing The Winds of Winter has been a bit of a struggle.Game of Thrones the TV series is currently sitting on a pyre in the seven kingdoms of the internet following a mixed response to the events in episode 5 of the final season, aired Sunday on HBO. A clinical psychologist analysed why the character arc of Daenerys Targaryen did not go down well, a fate which apparently many a subtle detail had foreshadowed in previous seasons. A record number of viewers took in the spectacle of the episode, which you can relive in our recap. Or not, depending on your own reaction to the episode. Review • MSI Wind Tags TV and Movies The 38 most gut-wrenching Game of Thrones deaths, rankedlast_img read more

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Mass graves of IS victims found in Iraq

first_imgIraqi forces search the site of a suspected mass grave containing the remains of victims of the Islamic State group, near the former al bakara military base in south west of Hawija. Photo: AFPMass graves containing at least 400 suspected Islamic State group victims have been found near the former jihadist bastion of Hawija in northern Iraq, the regional governor said Saturday.The string of grisly discoveries was made at a military base around three kilometres (two miles) from the city that the jihadists “turned into an execution ground”, said Kirkuk governor Rakan Said.“Not less than 400 people were executed,” he said, adding that some were clad in the uniform of prisoners condemned to death while others wore civilian clothing.IS was forced out of Hawija — 240 kilometres north of Baghdad-by Iraqi forces in October in a sweeping offensive that has seen the group lose the vast bulk of territory it seized in 2014.As government troops have advanced across Iraq they have uncovered dozens of mass graves holding hundreds of bodies in areas that fell under the jihadists’ brutal rule.The burial pits near Hawija were discovered “thanks to witness accounts from local residents” given to the Iraqi military, General Mortada al-Luwaibi said.Saad Abbas, a farmer from the area, told AFP that during the three years of IS control the group’s fighters could be seen “driving around in cars with their prisoners”.“They would shoot them and then throw them to the ground or burn their bodies,” Abbas said.last_img read more

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No ink required paper can be printed with light

first_img Various samples of the light-printable paper. Credit: Wang et al. ©2017 American Chemical Society Rewritable material could help reduce paper waste The researchers, Wenshou Wang and coauthors at Shandong University in China; the University of California, Riverside; and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, have published a paper on the light-printable rewritable paper in a recent issue of Nano Letters.”The greatest significance of our work is the development of a new class of solid-state photoreversible color-switching system to produce an ink-free light-printable rewritable paper that has the same feel and appearance as conventional paper, but can be printed and erased repeatedly without the need for additional ink,” Yadong Yin, Chemistry Professor at the University of California, Riverside, told Phys.org. “Our work is believed to have enormous economic and environmental merits to modern society.”Currently, paper production and disposal have a large negative impact on the environment: paper production is a leading source of industrial pollution, discarded paper is a major component (approximately 40%) of landfills, and even recycling paper contributes to pollution due to the process of ink removal. There is also the issue of deforestation: in the US, about one-third of all harvested trees are used for paper and cardboard production.Working to address these problems, researchers have been investigating alternatives to disposable paper. One possibility is to take advantage of the color-switching ability of certain chemicals when exposed to light, although in the past this approach has faced challenges in terms of stability, limited reversibility, high cost, toxicity, and difficulty in applying the coating to ordinary porous paper.The light-printable paper developed in the new study improves in all of these areas, bringing the technology closer to applications, which could include any medium on which information is printed and needed for only a short time.”We believe the rewritable paper has many practical applications involving temporary information recording and reading, such as newspapers, magazines, posters, notepads, writing easels, product life indicators, oxygen sensors, and rewritable labels for various applications,” Yin said. When the Prussian blue and TiO2 nanoparticles are evenly mixed and coated onto paper, the plain unprinted paper appears solid blue. To print text or images, the paper is exposed to UV light, which photoexcites the TiO2 nanoparticles. These nanoparticles then release electrons that are picked up by the adjacent Prussian blue nanoparticles, which turn from blue to colorless. Since it’s easier to read blue text on a colorless background than colorless text on a blue background, it’s the background rather than the text that is typically printed by light, turning colorless (although the paper can also be “reverse-printed” to show colorless text on a blue background). Different colors besides blue can also be achieved by using Prussian blue analogues of various colors.Once printed, the paper retains its configuration for at least five days with high (5-µm) resolution, and then slowly fades back to solid blue through oxidation under ambient conditions. To erase the paper more quickly, the paper can be heated for about 10 minutes to return it to its solid blue state. The researchers predict that light-printable paper will be inexpensive when produced on a commercial scale.”The light-printable paper is indeed cost-competitive with conventional paper,” Yin said. “The coating materials are inexpensive, and the production cost is also expected to be low as the coating can be applied to the surface of conventional paper by simple processes such as soaking or spraying. The printing process is also more cost-effective than the conventional one as no inks are needed. Most importantly, the light-printable paper can be reused over 80 times, which significantly reduces the overall cost.”Future plans focus on bringing the technology closer to practical use.”Our immediate next step is to construct a laser printer to work with this rewritable paper to enable fast printing,” Yin said. “We will also look into effective methods for realizing full-color printing.” Citation: No ink required: paper can be printed with light (2017, February 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-ink-required-paper.html Journal information: Nano Letters Explore further (Phys.org)—In an effort to curb the adverse environmental impacts of paper production, researchers in a new study have developed a light-printable paper—paper that can be printed with UV light, erased by heating to 120 °C (250 °F), and rewritten more than 80 times. The secret to printing with light lies in the color-changing chemistry of nanoparticles, a thin coating of which can be easily applied to conventional paper to transform it into the light-printable version. © 2017 Phys.org Light-printable rewritable paper showing a quote by Richard Feynman. Credit: Wang et al. ©2017 American Chemical Society The new coating consists of two types of nanoparticles: those made of Prussian blue, which is a common inexpensive, nontoxic blue pigment that turns colorless when it gains electrons; and titanium dioxide (TiO2), a photocatalytic material that accelerates chemical reactions upon UV light exposure. More information: Wenshou Wang et al. “Photocatalytic Color Switching of Transition Metal Hexacyanometalate Nanoparticles for High-Performance Light-Printable Rewritable Paper.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b03909 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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