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  1. Trance music pioneer Paul van Dyk had hoisted himself onto an elevated ridge of the stage to greet the cheering crowd. He waved and took a stroll -- and plunged into an abyss. A 4.5-meter (15-foot) cavity in the stage had been covered as if it were a solid surface. The German DJ's girlfriend was told that van Dyk may never speak or walk again. Just a year and a half after the February 2016 accident at a festival in The Netherlands, van Dyk has not only recovered but has recorded a new album, "From Then On," which comes out Friday. The 45-year-old, one of the key creators of the fast, free-flowing electronic style that has become trance, has brought to the album a new appreciation for life -- and determination to be his own master. "I was in a coma and when I woke up I wasn't able to do anything. So whatever I do now is to me a miracle, a gift," van Dyk told AFP in New York, where he recently premiered a visual-rich live show. After cheating death, van Dyk will also no longer suffer the recommendations of managers. He said that every sound on "From Then On" is "1,000 percent how I want it to be." "I don't want to waste my talent -- or call it whatever -- on somebody else's idea of how my music should be," he said. "I am closer to myself and to my music than I have ever been, simply because there is a certain element of myself that sees life very differently." Hidden scars remain As he sat in a hotel suite with a postcard-like view of the Manhattan skyline, little appeared different about van Dyk, who conversed in English with no trace of trauma. But van Dyk said the scars were present, if invisible. His legs still go numb and he gets tired after two hours in the studio, whereas once he could spin for eight hours straight. "When I'm on stage with the adrenaline and the energy of music -- because this is what I love to do -- people don't see this, but as soon as I'm off stage, plfff!" he said, making a noise as if collapsing on a couch. Van Dyk, who broke his spine in two places and bled inside his brain, was in a coma for two days and later had to relearn the motions of speaking. But van Dyk did not lose long-term memories, nor did he need to relearn how to make music. The album stays true to van Dyk's style of smooth synthesizer melodies that crescendo into climaxes. But the music of "From Then On" carries a new scale of drama and urgency. "While You Were Gone," the album's first track, starts with more than three minutes of melancholic piano before the rhythms kick in. The tellingly titled "I Am Alive" opens with piercing, solitary beats before escalating into a refrain of self-affirming joy. 'Stronger Together' The album's first single -- "Stronger Together," written with Namibian DJ Pierre Pienaar -- similarly layers on keyboards to project a transition from loneliness to community. An accompanying video shows young people striving to find one another in an ultra-hi-tech city of the future. (The city is unnamed, although the street signs intriguingly are in Tibetan script.) Van Dyk said "Stronger Together" reflected how support from others helped him survive. Told that "Stronger Together" was also the slogan of Hillary Clinton's ill-fated presidential campaign, van Dyk was visibly surprised. The song has no connection to Clinton. But van Dyk -- whose previous "Politics of Dancing" series united DJs from around the world -- said there was a political subtext. "I still seriously believe that in the big challenges of this planet we can only pull through together as humans. The Americans can't deal with climate change alone, the Europeans can't, the Asians can't," he said.
  2. In an attempt to address several key issues in the game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) recently introduced some drastic changes to the rules in cricket. Implemented from 28 September, the fresh alterations in regulations range from limiting bat sizes to fielding restrictions. While there has already been a long debate about some of the new regulations, the 'fake fielding' clause has already found its first victim in an Australian domestic team. © Reuters The ongoing JLT Cup - a limited-overs cricket tournament - provided one of the first instances where the new rule pertaining to on-field play was put into practice by the umpires. The new rule was introduced to prevent 'fake fielding' which often creates doubts in the minds of batsmen that could lead to their dismissals. Playing in the JLT Cup clash between Queensland Bulls and the Cricket Australia (CA) XI on Friday, Marnus Labuschagne's error saw the umpired adding five additional runs to CA XI's total for his 'fake fielding'. The incident occurred in the 27th over of CA XI's innings when Labuschagne dove to his right and failed to stop the ball which was hit in his direction by batsman Param Uppal. The Queensland Bulls fielder had visibly failed to collect the ball, but as the batsmen were scurrying for a run, he faked to have stopped it and gestured throwing it towards the wickets. CA XI batsman Clint Hinchliffe got alarmed and increased his pace to complete the run, only to realise that Labuschagne had faked the throw. © Twitter/@qldcricket The umpire were quick to spot the mistake - a violation of rules - and immediately signalled the scorers to add five more runs to CA XI's total, despite Labuschagne's apology. The Queensland Bulls were charged five penalty runs according to the new ICC rule of ‘intentionally deceiving or distracting a batsman'. While the new rule will now be seen taking a toll on fielding violations - courtesy ICC, it was already implemented in Australian cricket even before the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) introduced their updated laws on the game earlier this year.
  3. Fish have complex individual personalities, a British university study found in research published Monday. Photo: National Geographic LONDON: Fish have complex individual personalities, a British university study found in research published Monday. Scientists from Exeter University in southwest England studied how individual Trinidadian guppy fish behaved in various stressful situations and discovered wide differences in how they responded. The researchers studied their coping strategies in situations designed to trigger various levels of stress. They found their modes of behaviour could not simply be explained as risk-taking or risk-averse. "When placed into an unfamiliar environment, we found guppies have various strategies for coping with this stressful situation -- many attempt to hide, others try to escape, some explore cautiously," said Tom Houslay, of the university´s Centre for Ecology and Conservation. "The differences between them were consistent over time and in different situations. "So, while the behaviour of all the guppies changed depending on the situation -- for example, all becoming more cautious in more stressful situations -- the relative differences between individuals remained intact." The tiny guppies were individually transferred to an unfamiliar tank, to create a mild level of stress, while a higher level of stress was caused by adding models of predatory birds or fish. The study found that while introducing predators made the guppies overall more cautious, individuals still retained their distinct personalities. "We are interested in why these various personalities exist, and the next phase of our research will look at the genetics underlying personality and associated traits," said Alastair Wilson, from the CEC. "We want to know how personality relates to other facets of life, and to what extent this is driven by genetic -- rather than environmental -- influences. "The goal is really gaining insight into evolutionary processes, how different behavioural strategies might persist as species evolve." The paper, entitled "Testing the stability of behavioural coping style across stress contexts in the Trinidadian guppy", was published in the journal Functional Ecology.
  4. VIENNA: Tests show that some imported egg products in Austria have been contaminated with a potentially harmful insecticide, Austria's food safety agency said on Monday, adding to the list of countries affected by an international health scare. Millions of chicken eggs have been pulled from European supermarket shelves as a result of the scare over the use of the insecticide fipronil, and hundreds of thousands of hens may be culled in the Netherlands. "Fipronil was detected in a quarter of the samples," Austria's Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) said in a statement, adding that 80 samples had been taken from a range of products. Contamination was found in wholesale products used in the restaurant industry that had come from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland, AGES said, without elaborating. The contaminated products would be withdrawn immediately, even though there was no public health risk, it said. "The highest measure recorded was 0.1 milligrams (0.000003 oz) per kilogram (2.2 lb), or more than 10 times less than the highest measure recorded until now in Belgium," AGES said. Some national regulators in Europe have voiced concern that many contaminated eggs have entered the food chain, mainly through processed products such as biscuits and cakes. While a large amount of contaminated eggs would need to be eaten to show negative health effects, fipronil is considered moderately toxic and can cause organ damage in humans. Fipronil is widely used to treat pets for ticks and fleas but its use in the food chain, for example to clean out barns, is forbidden in the European Union. Germany received at least 28 million possibly contaminated eggs, nearly three times the number previously reported, the Neue Osnabrueckner Zeitung newspaper reported in Wednesday editions. It cited data obtained by the government of Lower Saxony from a European Union database. Dutch authorities on Thursday arrested two directors of the company at the center of the food safety scare, with prosecutors saying they suspected them of threatening public health and possession of a prohibited pesticide. Fresh eggs sold in Austria are mostly produced within the country, and the health ministry had said last week there was no indication that the Austrian poultry industry had been affected. The first reports of suspected cases in Austria last week involved eggs that had been processed abroad and imported. "There is no indication so far that fipronil was detected in Austrian products, especially in fresh Austrian eggs," health ministry official Ulrich Herzog told ORF radio. Batches of possibly contaminated eggs from the Netherlands and Germany have been shipped to Sweden, Switzerland, France and Britain, EU filings showed earlier this month.
  5. YAOUNDE (Thomson Reuters Foundation): These days, the word on the street in war-torn Syria is that hospitals are best avoided - even if you´re injured. "Sometimes we hear that people feel the home is safer than the hospital," said Mohamed Elamein, an information officer at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Gaziantep, Turkey, close to the Syrian border. Communities often oppose plans to build a clinic in their town or village fearing it will be targeted, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by telephone. Keeping a standardised track of attacks on health facilities and workers has been a major challenge in conflict zones. But a new digital instant messaging tool that relies on smartphone application WhatsApp has been developed by the WHO and its partners to detect, verify and log the devastating consequences of such attacks. It is hoped the WhatsApp-based tool will provide vital evidence for the international community, which in the future could be used to hold perpetrators to account. More than 800 medical workers have been killed in Syria since 2011 Syria has been named the most dangerous place on earth for healthcare providers by a Lancet Commission on Syria report, published in March, which revealed that more than 800 medical workers had been killed since 2011. Nearly half of hospitals in non-government controlled areas were attacked and a third of services hit more than once between November 2015 and December 2016, according to a separate study published by Elamein and others. The new tool piloted in Gaziantep by health organisations working in Syria involves a WhatsApp group of nearly 300 trusted contacts on the ground. After the initial alert of an attack, further details are logged and cross-referenced with a range of sources in a central database. ´WHO´ you gonna call? Mobile messaging is the fastest-growing digital communication phenomenon ever, according to a report compiled this year by the International Committee of the Red Cross. From the Syrian hospital alert system to refugees who share information about safety at sea, digital messaging services like WhatsApp, owned by Mark Zuckerberg´s Facebook Inc, are becoming indispensable in fast-unfolding humanitarian crises. Their potential is growing every day, experts say, with 3.6 billion people globally expected to use messaging apps by 2018. In Syria, the WhatsApp tool identified 402 attacks against health facilities and medical workers between November 2015 and December 2016. It is also designed to report attacks on ambulances and patients. 3.6 billion people globally are expected to use messaging apps by 2018 The tool is already being deployed in Jordan and Pakistan, and the WHO plans to roll it out in Iraq and Yemen. The UN agency is also considering its use in other troubled hotspots, including in Africa. African apps While smartphones are less widespread in Africa, the number of users almost doubled between 2014 and 2016, reaching 226 million. In Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania, up to 90 percent of smartphone owners regularly use at least one messaging service, such as WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, according to a study issued last month by GSMA Mobile Economy. During the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, 25,000 people subscribed to the BBC´s first "Lifeline" humanitarian service using WhatsApp. It disseminated public information via audio, image and text message alerts to combat the disease´s spread. In Somalia, a country grappling with drought and attacks by militants, messaging apps also play a critical role for the diaspora, said Amor Almagro, a spokeswoman for the World Food Programme. "It´s one of the ways by which they stay in contact with their families in Somalia, get news from home and arrange for money transfers through the informal networks," she said. Fanning the flames But instant messaging is far from a panacea in crisis zones, and some experts say it can also be used to fuel violence. In Central African Republic, diamond smuggling gangs are plundering the country´s resources and funding conflict by making illegal sales via WhatsApp and Facebook, said a recent report by NGO Global Witness. Connectivity disruptions are another hurdle. Earlier last month, Somalia plunged into an internet blackout lasting more than three weeks, after a cargo ship damaged an underwater cable. Other countries simply pull the plug. In 2016, 11 African governments suspended internet connections during elections or protests. A 2016 paper by Adebayo Fayoyin of the United Nations Population Fund warned of a "new media utopianism", adding "technology is a tool of development, not an end in itself".
  6. This handout video grab taken with an underwater robot and provided by Japan's International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning on July 21 shows a part of the pedestal wall inside reactor No. 3 at Fukushima nuclear power plant Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection. Large amounts of the solidified lumps and deposit were spotted for the first time by the robot on the floor of the primary containment vessel underneath the core of Fukushima's No. 3 reactor, the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said. "There is a high possibility that the solidified objects are mixtures of melted metal and fuel that fell from the vessel," a TEPCO spokesman said, adding that the company was planning further analysis of the images. The three-day investigation using the small, remote controlled underwater robot, which is about the size of a loaf of bread, ended Saturday, the spokesman said. TEPCO said the images were the first "highly likely" sighting of melted fuel since the 2011 disaster, when a massive undersea earthquake sent a huge wave barrelling into Japan's northeast coast, killing more than 18,500 people, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the plant in the worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986. Locating the fuel debris is a key part of the decommissioning process for the plant, which is expected to take decades. In February, TEPCO sent another robot into one of three damaged reactors where radiation levels have hit record highs. But the mission at the No. 2 reactor was aborted as the robot had difficulty moving and could not reach its target destination beneath the pressure vessel, through which nuclear fuel is believed to have melted. The Japanese government said in December that it expects total costs including compensation, decommissioning and decontamination to reach 21.5 trillion yen ($192.5 billion) in a process likely to take at least four decades as high radiation levels slow operations.
  7. LONDON: Children exposed to antidepressants during their mothers' pregnancies seem to have a slightly higher risk of autism than children whose mothers had psychiatric disorders but did not take antidepressants while pregnant, a study has found. But publishing their findings on Wednesday, researchers said the results should not cause alarm since the absolute risk of a child developing autism remains very small. Depression is common in women of childbearing age. In Europe, experts say that between 3 and 8 percent of pregnant women are prescribed antidepressants. Several previous studies have suggested associations between antidepressant use during pregnancy and autism in offspring, but researchers say it is not clear whether this is due to the illness itself, the antidepressants, or other unknown factors. A Canadian study published late in 2015 found that women who take antidepressants while pregnant may be more likely to have children with autism ? but it also noted that the overall risk is very low. For this research, a team led by Dheeraj Rai at the Britain's University of Bristol analysed data from more than 254,000 children living in Stockholm, Sweden, aged between 4 and 17. Their mothers were either women with no mental illness who had not taken antidepressants, women who'd had a disorder and taken antidepressants while pregnant, or women with psychiatric disorders who had not taken antidepressants during pregnancy. Of the 3,342 children exposed to antidepressants during pregnancy, the study found that 4.1 percent were diagnosed with autism, compared with 2.9 percent of the 12,325 children not exposed to antidepressants whose mothers had a history of a mental illness. The researchers stressed, however, that the absolute risk was small: More than 95 percent of women in the study who took antidepressants during pregnancy did not have an autistic child. They estimated that, even if the association between antidepressant use and autism is causal, only 2 percent of cases would be prevented if in future no women with psychiatric disorders took antidepressants when pregnant. In a commentary on the findings, published in the BMJ British medical journal, Diana Schendel at Denmark's Aarhus University said the findings "should be viewed through the kaleidoscope of possible causes of autism". She said the small apparent increased risk of a child developing autism "must be carefully weighed against the substantial health consequences associated with untreated depression."
  8. Eranga's bowling action has been found to be legal by ICC The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday confirmed that the bowling action of Sri Lanka?s Shaminda Eranga has been found to be legal, and the player can now resume bowling in international cricket. Eranga underwent a re-assessment of his bowling action at the ICC accredited testing centre in Chennai. The assessment concluded that the amount of elbow extension in his standard deliveries was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions. The umpires are still at liberty to report Eranga in future if they believe he is displaying a suspect action or that he is not reproducing the action that has been declared legal during this assessment. To assist the umpires in this respect, they have been provided with images and video footage of the bowler?s legal bowling action. The fast bowler was initially reported after the second Test against England at Chester-le-Street on May 31 last year and was suspended following an independent assessment which found his bowling action to be illegal.
  9. Jamshed Dasti seen speaking to media outside the ATC on June 29, 2017 - Screen grab LAHORE: A medical report of Member National Assembly (MNA) Jamshed Dasti has found no visible marks of violence, however, expert advise has been sought from a cardiologist, physician and dental surgeon on complaints of chest pain, epigestrim and toothache. A medical board was constituted to examine Jamshed Dasti after the MNA alleged that he was being tortured in jail. Dasti was imprisoned for forcefully opening a canal gate and speaking to the media outside an anti-terrorism court on Thursday claimed he was being tortured and his barrack had scorpions crawling around. The MNA said he was beaten and had been deprived of food at the Multan Central Jail. Following Jamshed Dasti?s video being broadcast on television, Chief Justice Lahore High Court took notice of the MNA?s alleged torture. The LHC chief justice has demanded a report on the matter from the sessions judge Sarghoda and the anti-terrorism court. The judges will send their report after visiting the jail on June 30. Meanwhile, a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court by Advocate Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta seeking suo moto notice on the video of Jamshed Dasti. The petition seeks Dasti?s appearance in the apex court and a medical examination of the MNA.
  10. An artist's rendering shows the South American native ungulate Macrauchenia patachonica which had a number of remarkable adaptations, including the positioning of its nostrils high on its head in this illustration released on March 17, 2015. Photo: Reuters PARIS: Charles Darwin, Mr. Evolution himself, didn´t know what to make of the fossils he saw in Patagonia so he sent them to his friend, the renowned paleontologist Richard Owen. Owen was stumped too. Little wonder. "The bones looked different from anything he knew," said Michael Hofreiter, senior author of a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications that finally situates in the tree of life what Darwin called the "strangest animal ever discovered". "Imagine a camel without a hump, with feet like a slender rhino, and a head shaped like a saiga antelope," Hofreiter, a professor at the University of Potsdam, told AFP. Macrauchenia patachonica -- literally, "long-necked llama" -- also had a long rubbery snout and with its nostrils high on the skull just above its eyes. For nearly two centuries, biologists and taxonomists argued over the pedigree of this bizarre beast, which weighed 400 to 500 kilos (850 to 1100 pounds), lived in open landscapes, and snacked on grass and leaves. But its mixed bag of body features, and a paucity of DNA evidence, made it nearly impossible to determine whether M. patachonica was truly related the llama after which it was named. As it turns out, not really. Evolutionary dead end A new kind of genetic analysis revealed that Macrauchenia was more akin to an ancient placental order known as Perissodactyla that includes horses, rhinos and tapirs. "We had a difficult problem to solve here," said lead author of the new study Michael Westbury, also at the University of Potsdam. "When ancient DNA is so degraded and full of unwanted environmental DNA, we rely on being able to use the genomes of close relatives as a kind of scaffold to reconstruct fossil sequences," he said in a statement. But Macrauchenia -- itself an evolutionary dead end -- didn´t have any close cousins that we know of. To solve the puzzle, Westbury and a 20-strong team of scientists used mitochondrial DNA extracted from a fossil found in southern Chile to decode the extinct mammal´s origins. Inherited from the mother alone, the mitochondrial genome is smaller and has more copies in the cell -- and thus in fossils -- than DNA from the more complex nuclear genome, Hofreiter explained. "Mitochondrial DNA is very useful for evaluating the degree of relatedness among species," he said. The team eventually pieced together almost 80 percent of the total genome, making it possible to situate Macrauchenia in an evolutionary timeline. The creature´s lineage, they concluded, split with that of modern perissodactyls some 66 million years ago, about the same time a massive asteroid slammed into Earth and wiped out non-avian dinosaurs. Macrauchenia survived until the late Pleistocene, 20,000 to 11,000 years ago. "Why it disappeared we really don´t know -- it is still an open question whether it was humans, climate change, or a combination of the two," said Hofreiter.
  11. Astronomers on Monday added 219 candidates to the growing list of planets beyond the solar system, 10 of which may be about the same size and temperature as Earth, boosting the chances for life. Scientists found the planet candidates in a final batch of NASA's Kepler Space Telescope observations of 200,000 sample stars in the constellation Cygnus. The candidates include 10 newly discovered rocky worlds that are properly distanced from their parent stars for water, if it exists, to pool on their surfaces. Scientists believe liquid water is a key ingredient for life. ?An important question for us is, ?Are we alone?'" Kepler program scientist Mario Perez said in a conference call with reporters. ?Maybe Kepler today is telling us indirectly ... that we are not alone.? The National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched the Kepler telescope in 2009 to learn if Earth-like planets are common or rare. With the final analysis of Kepler data in hand, scientists said they will now work on answering that question, a key step in assessing the chance that life exists beyond Earth. During a four-year mission, Kepler found 2,335 confirmed planets and another 1,699 candidates, bringing its tally to 4,034. That number includes about 50 worlds that may be about the same size and temperature as Earth. Including other telescope surveys, scientists have confirmed the existence of nearly 3,500 planets beyond the solar system. Kepler?s data also provided a new way to assess whether a planet has a solid surface, like Earth, or is made mostly of gas, like Neptune. The distinction will help scientists home in on potential Earth-like planets and better the odds for finding life. The Kepler team found that planets which are about 1.75 times the size of Earth and smaller tend to be rocky, while those two- to 3.5 times the size of Earth become gas-shrouded worlds like Neptune. ?It?s like finding what we thought was a single species of animal is really two different things,? said Benjamin Fulton, a graduate student in astronomy who analysed the Kepler data. So far, these planets, which scientists refer to as ?super-Earths? and ?mini-Neptunes,? have not been found in Earth?s solar system, though scientists are on the hunt for a potential ninth planet far beyond Pluto. ?It is interesting that we don?t have what appears to be the most common type of planet in the galaxy,? Fulton said.
  12. The date 18th June was being looked upon as one of the biggest days in the history of the sporting rivalry between India and Pakistan. While the cricket teams from both the nations were gearing up for the ICC Champions Trophy final, the hockey teams from the two countries were also looking to renew their rivalry in the Hockey World League Semifinal. However, it wasn't really surprising to witness the Indian fans choosing the cricket match over the hockey encounter with Virat Kohli's men on the cusp of winning the Champions Trophy for a second consecutive time. However, what eventually unfolded at The Oval, didn't just leave the Indian fans red-faced, but a bit frustrated as well. Tipped to overcome Pakistan's challenge in the final, the Kohli brigade failed miserably in an absolute shambolic performance in the final. Chasing a mammoth total of 338, the Indian cricket team was bowled out for a mere 158 runs. Clearly, the Indian fans were miffed, with some of them leaving the stadium much before the game ended. Reuters While Kohli's side was being hammered and staring at a heavy defeat at The Oval, the Indian hockey team led by Manpreet Singh registered their biggest-ever win over Pakistan following a 7-1 rout at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre just 10 miles away. Congratulations, @TheHockeyIndia team & @srikidambi for the victories today in #HockeyWorldLeague2017 and #IndonesiaOPEN2017 respectively — sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 18, 2017 In what turned out to be a complete domination by the Indians, dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh (13', 33'), Talwinder Singh (21', 24'), Akashdeep Singh (47', 59') and Pardeep Mor (49') were all on target for India, while Pakistan notched up a consolation goal through Muhammad Umar Bhutta in the 57th minute. While the scoreline might highlight India's dominance, it was Pakistan who made a bright start early on but couldn't keep up the pressure beyond 10 minutes. After getting an early chance to take the lead, Pakistan failed to convert a penalty corner that sailed over the bar. Twitter/@mansukhmandviya But, as the game progressed, the Indian team started controlling the tempo of the game with some quick attacks. Harmanpreet gave India the lead in the 13th minute, scoring through a penalty corner wuth a low grounded flick. India got another opportunity four minutes later, but Harmanpreet's flick was saved by Amjad Ali in front of Pakistan's goal-post. Congratulations to @TheHockeyIndia and #Srikanth & thanks for giving us memorable win today. #HockeyWorldLeague2017 #IndonesiaOPEN2017 🇮🇳 — Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) June 18, 2017 India saw their lead getting doubled through Talwinder who combined well with Satbir Singh and SV Sunil. Three minutes later, Talwinder notched up his second goal after neatly lifting the ball over Pakistani goalkeeper to help India take a 3-0 lead in the first-half. The second half witnessed the same intensity from India who found their fourth goal through Harmanpreet's set piece three minutes later. While India was running riot, Pakistan, too, had their share of chances but they failed to get past an alert kash Chikte who was guarding the Indian goal-post. Twitter/@mansukhmandviya Chinglensana Singh came close to scoring the fifth goal for his side, but he was unfortunately denied by Pakistan goalkeeper Amjad Ali. In the 47th minute of play, Akashdeep combined with Sardar Singh in a brilliant one-two before scoring a sensational field goal from the top of the circle. Good news for India in Hockey- congratulations Team India on the fantastic victory! #HockeyWorldLeague2017 https://t.co/L2uuBx9dsl — Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) June 18, 2017 Two minutes later, Pardeep Mor drilled home from a tight angle to go past Amjad Ali at Pakistan's goal-post. India were cruising with a 6-0 lead when Umar Bhutta pulled one back for Pakistan. However, in the 59th minute, Akashdeep restored India's victory margin with yet another stunning strike. Congratulations @TheHockeyIndia. Fantastic win! Way to go for finals! #HockeyWorldLeague2017 https://t.co/Dy7Ofz4frZ — Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) June 18, 2017 It was India's third straight win in the tournament which also helped them maintain their top spot in Group B (nine points from three wins). The victory also ensured India of a quarterfinal berth in the tournament with a game still left to play against Netherlands on Tuesday. While the triumph of the hockey team was clearly pivotal in the tournament, it also served as a great relief for the Indian fans who were left licking their wounds after a dismal show from Virat Kohli and his team at The Oval. Congratulations to the Indian hockey team for a brilliant victory today!! 7-1 .... DAMN!! 👏👏😊#HockeyWorldLeague2017 — Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) June 18, 2017 Congratulations team #India 🇮🇳 Yayyyy!!!! #HockeyWorldLeague2017 #INDVsPak https://t.co/UVAdolGrrQ — Dia Mirza (@deespeak) June 18, 2017 Nalaykon. Mai na kehta tha. Leave cricket madness, watch hockey. #India thrashes #Pakistan 7-1 in the semifinals of #HockeyWorldLeague2017. — Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) June 18, 2017 If you are disappointed by #India in cricket then watch #HockeyWorldLeague2017 #Hockey#INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/ZC0m7bt3Ce — Babita Phogat (@BabitaPhogat) June 18, 2017 Loving watching hockey for a change! Go team india 🇮🇳 #HockeyWorldLeague2017 — Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) June 18, 2017 The score board speak for us today..what a game guys 👏👏 congratulation.. india VS Pakistan 7-1 #WHL2017 @TheHockeyIndia @FIH_Hockey — sreejesh p r (@16Sreejesh) June 18, 2017 7-1 is not just a win, it's a STATEMENT! Well done team... PROUD OF YOU! 🤗 #INDvPAK #HWL2017 @TheHockeyIndia pic.twitter.com/EStV3I6o7T — Rupinder Pal Singh (@rupinderbob3) June 18, 2017 Congratulations #TeamIndia ! So well played!Just one more to go & then we celebrate at the awards! #HockeyWorldLeague #HockeyWorldLeague2017 https://t.co/ojWcEVswB4 — Sophie Choudry (@Sophie_Choudry) June 18, 2017 Making the nation proud in the national game! Congratulations #TeamIndia! #HockeyWorldLeague2017 @TheHockeyIndia pic.twitter.com/3U8607bIOd — Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) June 18, 2017 what a win by indian hockey team.7/1.great reason to smile in the mid of all despair. .congratulations indian hockey team. — Manoj Bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) June 18, 2017
  13. Donald Trump turned 71 on the 14th of June and rang in his birthday in a very sedate manner. No more spaceships and getting flashed by Pamela Anderson for this birthday boy (how can you top that anyway). In the hope that he will continue get more ‘presidential’ by the day our resident astrologer Baba Sangha Mitra has set out to correct the doshas and nakshatras (planetary movements) in trumps kundli (birth chart). He’s already sent the Hindu Sena on their way to do a havan in Trump’s name (true story!) and as the poojas concluded, some facts from Trumps birth-chart have come tumbling out. Ruled by Mercury, this President has the sun in Gemini and moon in Sagittarius; opposite signs of the zodiac! They cancel each other out. Now you know why the Trump administration has been under eclipse. His ascendant is Leo, so don't expect any trouble as long as all eyes are on him. If they start to stray towards investigations with his connections to Russia, he becomes Ganesha–remover of obstacles, first (former) FBI chief Comey and, Special counsel Robert Muller maybe next. A real TV President he’s the only one to have been on the SNL roast, the white house roast (in absentia) *** and the City, and WWE; he’s got everything from comedy central to C-Span covered. Any similarity to indigenous leader with similar affinity towards the camera is not purely coincidental. Modi ji is also ruled by Mercury and has dealt with similar problems with the help of Baba Sangha Mitra and is now scores ahead of Trump when it comes to these petty vighnas (interruptions). Baba ji lists some of the similarities between the mercury ruled Dear Leaders: 1. Trump: Fires Comey as FBI Chief for not dropping case on Russia. Babaji Recommends: Using CBI as your private detective agency. 2. They are also cunning linguists, having added multiple words to our ever expanding vocabulary 3. On Medical Policy Trump: Against Abortion Babaji Recommends: Be Against ***. It is anti-thetical to Indian kalchur 4. Their obsession with construction 5. Handling of the media Trump: Throws a journalist out of the meeting Babaji Recommends: Raid NDTV; or any other network in your way 6. Nicknames given by the media 7. On terming his opponents Trump: Crazy Bernie, Lying Ted, Crooked Hillary Babaji Recommends: Calling them Anti-national 8. On Education Trump: Opens a fake university Babaji Recommends: Shutting down a real one 9. On multiculturalism Trump: Muslim Travel Ban, Bad Hombres Babaji Recommends: Beef ban, note ban, media ban, chowmein ban, momos ban 10. Favourite Animal Mascots Trump: The Forgetful Elephant Babaji Recommends: The Holi Cow © right image- The viewspaper 11. On Fact checking speeches Trump: factually incorrect Modi: Scientifically, according to the Vedas... 12. On Social Interaction Trump: Awkwardly long handshakes Babaji Recommends: Go straight to hugs 13. Scatologically speaking Trump: Healing effects of the Russian golden shower Babaji Recommends: 100 % pure gau mutra 14. On social media Trump: Tweets late at night Babaji Recommends: Why do something you can hire people to do. Hello BJP IT Cell, we know you’re reading this. 15. The worlds obsession with their physicality Trump: Tiny hands syndrome Babaji Recommends: Chhappan inch ka seena
  14. A view of the houses destroyed in the US airstrike in west Mosul on March 17. Photo: AFP WASHINGTON: A Pentagon investigation has concluded that at least 105 civilians died in an anti-Daesh strike in the Iraqi city of Mosul in March, officials said Thursday, but they blamed the toll on a secondary explosion of militants? munitions. A US aircraft delivered a single precision-guided bomb into a building in west Mosul on March 17, with the aim of killing a pair of snipers on the second story of the structure in the Al-Jadida neighbourhood, which at the time was under Daesh control. But the bomb also caused a large cache of Daesh explosives to detonate, leading to the catastrophic collapse of the building that had civilians sheltering downstairs, officials said. "The secondary explosion triggered a rapid failure of the structure which killed the two Daesh snipers, 101 civilians sheltered in the bottom floors of the structure and four civilians in the neighbouring structure to the west," said US Air Force Brigadier General Matt Isler, the lead investigator. Isler said another 36 civilians who are "believed to be connected" to the building remained unaccounted for, but they had likely fled the area shortly before the strike. He said he was "very confident" in the final toll. It was the single deadliest incident for civilians stemming from a coalition strike since anti-Daesh operations in Iraq and Syria began nearly three years ago. Residents in western Mosul on Friday carried the bodies of people killed in fighting between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State. Scores of residents are reported to have been killed by coalition airstrikes in the area this month. Photo: Associated Pres The United States had previously only acknowledged that it "probably" had a role in the civilian deaths. The investigation comes amid broader claims that US forces under President Donald Trump are killing more civilians as the military fulfills a plan to "annihilate" the Daesh group. The Pentagon denies this and says its rules of engagement remain unchanged and insists its precision-targeting abilities are the best in the world. ´Defeat Daesh´ Officials say the US takes every precaution to avoid hitting civilians, including by aborting missile strikes at the last moment if a civilian unexpectedly wanders into the target zone. "Our condolences go out to all those that were affected," said Major General Joe Martin. A man exits a house in Mosul damaged in the fighting. Photo:Associated Press "The coalition takes every feasible measure to protect civilians from harm. The best way to protect civilians is to defeat Daesh." No condolence payments have been made, Isler said, though such a move has not been ruled out. According to Isler, Iraqi counterterrorism service (CTS) troops had been moving into the Al-Jadida neighbourhood in west Mosul when they came under fire from the Daesh snipers. Mosul was a former Daesh bastion but the militants now only control about 10 percent of the city. Bad weather had kept surveillance drones from gathering video of the area for two days, and CTS and coalition forces -- not knowing civilians were in the building -- ultimately called in a strike, Isler said. The precision-guided bomb selected -- a GBU-38 carrying 192 pounds of explosives -- was rigged to cause only localised damage to the building, but it ignited a large amount of ordnance which, unbeknownst to the coalition, Daesh fighters had previously placed inside. "Post-blast analysis detected residues common to explosives used by Daesh, but not consistent with the explosive content of a GBU-38 munition," Central Command said in a statement. A man is helped after identifying the body of a relative who died in the Mosul Jidideh neighbourhood. Residents there said airstrikes hit a number of houses in recent days, killing dozens, including children. Photo: Associated Press "Engineering and weapons analysis indicates that the GBU-38 should have resulted in no more than 16-20 percent damage to the structure, localised to the front of the second floor." Officials said Daesh may have deliberately rigged the building to explode and then used the snipers to intentionally provoke an air strike. As of the most recent Centcom official tally, a total of 396 civilians had been killed since the beginning of the bombing campaign against the Daesh group in Iraq and Syria nearly three years ago. The 105 figure from the March incident would push that number beyond 500. Airwars, a London-based collective of journalists and researchers that tracks civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria, claims a minimum of 3,350 people have died in coalition strikes.
  15. When it comes to technology, we Indians are hands down prodigies and know our s**t too well and Anand Prakash, a Bengaluru hacker has proved the same with his recent stint with one of the leading online car services, Uber. However, we aren’t sure whether we should be proud of him for finding a major security loophole in the app or feel bad for letting go the opportunity of getting free rides for a lifetime. Anand has discovered a bug with the help of which anyone could have travelled for free without shelling out a single penny EVER while travelling with Uber. © Twitter Anand has revealed the entire process in a video and was apparently rewarded $5000 (over Rs. 3 lakh) for this discovery. He reported the issue through Uber’s bug bounty program wherein the hackers get rewarded for identifying and informing about the security bugs or issues. Reportedly, hackers can make anywhere between $100 and $10,000 at Uber depending on how major the issue is. According to Anand, when someone creates an account on Uber and starts the ride, they can ride and make payments either through credit, debit, cash or wallet, once the trip is over. But, when Anand specified an invalid mode of payment, the app allowed him to take a free ride. © Twitter He told the team about how because of this bug in India and in the US, he wasn’t charged anything. However, please don’t try it from your end because Anand took due permissions from the Uber team before demonstrating this bug. Further, this trick isn’t meant for any Tom, Dick or Harry to experiment with since you will need some sort of prior knowledge about scripting and coding. The bug has now been fixed by Uber, saving the company from incurring huge losses, had someone misused it to their benefits. Prakash is an ethical hacker and is also, reportedly, one of the top hackers with Facebook’s White Hat bug finding programme. Prakash was also the one who found the security error with Facebook where anyone can change someone’s password and take that account. Reportedly, this 24-year-old Vellore Institute of Technology alumnus has earlier spotted flaws for tech giants like Google, Twitter, RedHat, Adobe, PayPal and more. Source: Tech Crunch