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first_imgA legislative stalemate over animal research could become costly for Italy. On 23 January, the European Commission asked the E.U. Court of Justice to impose a fine of more than €4.5 million per month for failing to incorporate a 2010 E.U. directive on animal testing into its national laws. A new law on animal tests has been the subject of a fierce debate in Italy.E.U. directive 2010/63 aims to harmonize the protection of animals in research across the European Union and minimize their use by requiring alternatives to be used when available. All 27 E.U. member states were supposed to have “transposed” the directive in national legislation by 10 November 2012. Six other countries—Finland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, the Netherlands, and Poland—have failed to do so, for various reasons. A spokesperson for the Environment Directorate-General says the commission may ask for punishment for those countries, too; their cases don’t all move at the same speed, he says. Whether a fine is actually imposed is up to the court.In Italy’s case, the directive’s transposition has become entangled in a struggle over the future of animal testing in the country. A draft law that is now wending its way through the political system would put far-reaching limitations on animal testing that go well beyond those required by the European Union, and some wonder whether it is in compliance with the E.U. directive. 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The bill still has to go to a committee at the Chamber of Deputies before it comes back to the government for the president’s signature. Scientists say the law would damage scientific research in the country, and they recently launched a petition in protest. But the current version of the bill would postpone until 2017 three controversial bans: on drug abuse research involving animals; xenotransplantation; and breeding dogs, cats, and nonhuman primates for scientific purposes.Countries are allowed to have more restrictive rules than those in the E.U. directive only if they were already in place before September 2010. This is not the case for Italy, which could expose the country to a so-called infringement procedure by the commission. Emilia Grazia De Biasi, chair of the Senate’s Health and Hygiene Committee, has asked the government to assess whether the new law would be compliant with the E.U. directive.Italy should just transpose the directive without further modifications, as most countries have done, says Roberto Caminiti, a physiologist at the University of Rome La Sapienza and chair of the Committee on Animals in Research for the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. Postponing the most controversial restrictions in the law is “a clumsy attempt to have the best of both worlds,” he says. Caminiti says Italian politicians don’t know or care enough about science to resist the animal rights movement and blames media for spreading “misinformation” about animal research.Ilaria Capua, a former avian influenza researcher and now a member of the Chamber of Deputies, agrees that Italy should respect its obligations within the European Union and pass a law that is compliant with the directive. Not doing so—and incurring a fine—is “expensive nonsense,” Capua says. But Michela Kuan, a biologist and a member of the animal rights group Lega Anti Vivisezione in Rome, says Italy’s problems weren’t caused by animal rights activists or the political debate, but by the animal research lobby. Kuan hopes that the 3-year delay will be taken out of the legislation.last_img read more

first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—St. Clare-Virtuality took the lustre out of Go for Gold-College of St. Benilde, 92-78, in the PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.Joshua Fontanilla took charge for the Saints in the fourth quarter scoring 15 of his total 27 points in the period spearheading their 18-5 run to take an 88-74 lead with a couple of minutes remaining.ADVERTISEMENT St. Clare head coach Jinno Manansala admired Fontanilla’s attitude in showing utmost positivity despite being the target of his scolding.“He has a strong heart and that even though I’m hard on him he’ll still lead the team no matter what,” said Manansala in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJunjie Hallare pitched in 13 points, six rebounds, and three steals for St. Clare while Ray Rubio added 11 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.Justin Gutang led the Scratchers with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals, while shooting at a 5-of-13 clip. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town No. 1 Duke, Zion Williamson figuring out what’s next after knee injury LATEST STORIES MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

first_imgcricket RELATED Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL null SHARE India wins its 500th test match in style at Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium.   –  PTI Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin returned 6-132 to go with the four wickets he had claimed in the first innings. COMMENT India 159/1 against NZ, take overall lead of 215 runs India a win away from reclaiming ICC Test top spot India notched up a mammoth 197-run win in their historic 500th cricket Test to assert their supremacy in home conditions, bowling out New Zealand for 236 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series here today.After setting the Kiwis a rather improbable target of 434, the Indian bowlers, especially senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (6/132), revelled in home conditions to rip through the visiting team’s line-up with more than a session to spare.Beginning the day at a precarious 93 for four, overnight New Zealand batsmen Luke Ronchi (80) and Mitchell Santner (71) frustrated the Indian bowlers for only about 20 overs by adding 65 runs in the morning session but that only delayed the inevitable.The Black Caps raised hopes of a fight till the time Ronchi and Santner held fort but it all went downhill for them when the former played an extravagant slog sweep off Ravindra Jadeja, handing India the opening.Ashwin (6/132) completed his fifth six-wicket haul by adding scalps of Santner and Ish Sodhi (17) and Neil Wagner (0) to his three wickets grabbed yesterday when he had become the second-fastest man to take 200-Test wickets.Jadeja took one wicket today while Mohammed Shami, who got some reverse swing, scalped two batsmen in the morning session.Ashwin grabbed the remaining three wickets in the post-lunch session to complete India’s victory, their 88th on home turf.Both the teams will now travel to Kolkata, where the second Test is scheduled to begin from Friday.The Kiwis struggled to negotiate a slow track, which offered occasional turn and bounce but improved as the match wore on.The visitors, chasing a mammoth 434-run target, had a daunting task at hand to bat out three full sessions on the fifth day, which has always been a big challenge for tourists in India.With this win, India have taken their unbeaten tally on home soil to 11 matches. New Zealand, on the other hand, have remained without a win on the Indian soil since 1998.It was Ronchi, who handed India the opening when he went for a sweep slog against Jadeja and ended up handing a top-edge to Aswhin at point.The mistake ended his 102-run stand with Santner, who scored his maiden Test fifty and kept fighting in the second session.After Ronchi’s departure, Santner remained solid from one end and defied the Indian bowlers for the next 10 overs with BJ Watling (18).Together they were involved in a 36-run stand, which was broken by paceman Shami, who trapped the wicket-keeper batsman LBW.In his next over, Shami breached the defence of Mark Craig. In a double blow to the Kiwis, Craig was also ruled out of the series due to a side strain. Jeetan Patel has been named his replacement in the squad.The two wickets in successive overs, pegged New Zealand back and they were on the verge of a huge defeat.Santner struck seven fours and two sixes in his 179-ball fighting knock, before an Ashwin delivery jumped and turned from outside leg, took an edge and went straight to silly point fielder Rohit Sharma.India needed only three wickets in the second session and the in—form Ashwin took all three as he sent back Sodhi and Wagner.At the start of the day, batting with utmost caution, the overnight New Zealand players took 19 balls to score their first run but after getting their eye in, Ronchi and Santner negotiated the spin confidently to keep the hosts waiting for an early opening.center_img Indians to hunt Kiwis in historic 500th match COMMENTS India 185/4 at tea in first test versus NZ September 26, 2016 2/2 × New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner plays a shot on the fifth day of the first test against India being played at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. — REUTERS India wins its 500th test match in style at Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium.   –  PTI 1/2 New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner plays a shot on the fifth day of the first test against India being played at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. — REUTERSlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementThe biggest event on the internet took place in the wee hours of the morning (IST), the most talked about fight between KSI and Logan Paul ended in a majority draw. One ringside judge had KSI ahead by one point but the other two scored it even, meaning a majority draw was declared.Infront of a sold-out crowd in Manchester Arena in London, the two YouTubers who collectively boast of having 37 million subscribers went toe to toe with each other exchanging wild and heavy punches.Interviewed after the fight, KSI said: “Let’s do that again, that was fun. Holy shit.” Paul, too, seemed to have enjoyed the experience: “I think it’s what the people want. Let’s give them a motherfucking rematch! … I feel like I won that fight, but it doesn’t matter. What happened. The rematch is going to be fucking crazy.”The fight streamed live on Youtube on PPV and was priced at $10, but it looked like lot of people saw that fight via illegal pirated streams and over a million people were using Twitch to watch a fight on YouTube.Also Read-Logan Paul and KSI square up for the biggest event on the internet; Here’s how you can watch it Live in INDIA Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgStriker Mario Balotelli and veteran playmaker Andrea Pirlo have both been left out of Italy’s 30-man football preliminary squad for Euro 2016 which was announced on Monday.Balotelli, who had scored a brace against Germany four years back, was expected to be left out by chief coach Antonio Conte. The 25-year-old managed to score only one goal in his whole Serie A season for AC Milan, where he is on loan from Liverpool.Pirlo, who is now 37, was left out alongside Sebastian Giovinco, who too plies his trade in Major League Soccer (MLS) like the former. Pirlo also played his part in the Euro qualifiers.Milan and Juventus legend Pirlo was one of Italy’s key men during their FIFA World Cup triumph in 2006. Italy are in Group E one of the toughest of the tournament with Belgium, Ireland and Sweden.Preliminary Italy squad for Euro 2016:Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Federico Marchetti (Lazio), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain)Defenders: Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Davide Zappacosta (Torino)Midfielders: Marco Benassi (Torino), Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Bologna), Jorginho (Napoli), Riccardo Montolivo (Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Stefano Sturaro (Juventus), Antonio Candreva (Lazio).Forwards: Eder (Inter), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Graziano Pell (Southampton), Simone Zaza (Juventus), Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Stephan El Shaarawy (AS Roma).last_img read more

first_imgcentral officialJamshedpur, Dec 10 (PTI) Union Government?s ambitious Swachh Bharat mission was not a government programme but a ?Jan Andolan? (Mass movement) as proved by Jharkhand, Union Secretary (Drinking Water and Sanitation), Parameswaran Iyer said today.While the previous governments had focussed on toilet constructions rather than its utilization, the Swachh Bharat Mission is not a toilet construction drive but a behaviour changing campaign launched in the country, he said here.The top bureaucrat was addressing a state-level Convention on Cleanliness, organized by Drinking Water and Sanitation department at JRD Tata Sports Complex here.Iyer appreciated the high-level initiatives undertaken by Jharkhand under the leadership of Chief Minister Raghubar Das.The sanitation coverage in Jharkhand, which was recorded at 30 per cent when the Swachh Bharat Mission was launched on October2, 2014, reached 45 per cent figure now.This feat was achieved within a short span due to the strong leadership as well as participation of people including elected members of rural body, the top union official said.As far as the Sanitation coverage of the country was concerned, Iyer said it has increased to 58 per cent today from 42 per cent in October, 2014.A 16 per cent growth within a short span on this front was really appreciable, he admitted adding that altogether 65 districts and 1.25 lakh villages in the country has already become Open Defecation-free (ODF) so far.Later, talking to newsmen Iyer said the government has targeted to made 150 districts across the country ODF by end of this fiscal.Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Iyre said he had visited almost all the states in the country but he did not witness such a massive Convention on Cleanliness as organized in Jharkhand today.advertisementJharkhand government has been working on high-level to become ODF by 2018 and if it was achieved by December 2018, it will be great achievement for the state, he said.Apart from ODF, he said Jharkhand has also developed some good model on Solid and Liqid waste management, which would help the state to achieve the target. PTI BS SUS SUSlast_img read more

first_imgCroatia head coach Zlatko Dalic said he knew his side’s first game since the World Cup final would not be their prettiest after a 1-1 draw with Portugal, but demands more against Spain.Dalic’s men led the European champions after 18 minutes at Estadio Algarve, courtesy of Ivan Perisic’s clinical finish, but Pepe headed Portugal’s equaliser shortly after the half-hour mark in a game the home side dominated.Portugal attempted 19 shots to Croatia’s five across the duration of the friendly but Dalic defended his side’s somewhat cagey approach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I did not even expect beautiful football from our side,” Dalic told reporters. “We played as well as we could. “It was not easy this first game after everything. I knew it would be so.”We made six changes, and Portugal is a very good, fast team.”But that’s the preparation for the European Championship. Selection and training. Let’s see where we are, what individual players can do.”Croatia were criticised at times during their World Cup campaign for playing drab, negative football and Dalic admitted his players did little to threaten Portugal’s defence.He demanded more from his side ahead of his team’s Nations League opener in Spain on Tuesday, saying: “We were not aggressive enough.”In the second half we stood firmly, but we were completely harmless in attack.”Against Spain, however, we have to be better.”Dalic’s opposite number Fernando Santos, whose side will play Italy at home on Monday in the first of their Nations League games, said: “We gave a successful performance that met my expectations.”We ended up dominating the game and in the first half the most fair thing was to end up winning for the opportunities that we managed to create.”It was a good game for a friendly, and we played well against a powerful team.”last_img read more

first_imgWC Qualification Asia Syrian fans hilariously troll Australian supporters on Facebook Goal Last updated 2 years ago 10:26 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Syria supporters WC Qualification Asia Australia v Syria Syria Australia The Qasioun Eagles’ supporters have taken to the official Socceroos Facebook page to deliver interesting banter ahead of Tuesday’s match Everyone loves a bit of banter between football fans but Syria’s supporters have taken it to the next level ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifying playoff second leg against Australia.The Socceroos have a slender advantage in the tie, with the 1-1 draw achieved in Malaysia last week securing a vital away goal.Syria 7/1 to beat Australia Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. But Syria’s fans aren’t short of confidence – or comical trolling – as they flooded the Socceroos official Facebook page with a stack of hilarious comments.Check out some of their best work below.- Martin Hassan: A kangaroo named Cahill went to a bar, Cahill the kangaroo ordered a beer, the bartender was an eagle named Soma, simply sent the kangaroo home. it’s not a joke I know, cause we are here not to make you laugh.- Youssef Sy: people of australia do you walk normally like other humans or jump around like kangaroo?- Tarek Audi: We will defeat you in your homes…We are the sons of Syria…Woe to you…Ask history about Syria and it will tell you…Victory to us, God willing Syria my love…#yes#…#we..#can They are coming, Russia….Syria Australia– آلاء ابراهيم: Did you know the first blood transfusion was carried out by Gan Dennis in 1667. When the transfer of donkey blood to a boy …! 350 years later, the grandchildren of this boy appeared in the form of the Australian team. Learn and do not learn, and God does not know you!- Hanan AlKadi: Did you like our comments? We will steal from your eyes sleep .. Yellow Gecko. We are coming ..#Syria- Mohamed Dliwati: Goaaal! the first one for the syrian team by Omar Al Soma, oh wait.. why are you so afraid?.. i’m just missing with you and the match haven’t even started. Go syrian eagles- Waddah Ghanem: Kangaroo will know the taste of bitter this night .. your night to forget.- Samer M Amoudi: The Australian team is very weak and we can crush it simply and we do not care about the number of people in the stadium because every Syrian in the stands represents thousands of Syrians and they all beat one heart and say Syria will win and eat the kangaroo.- Jalal Ibrahem Salama: I am from Syria and I would like to tell you that we will freeze your oxygen in your throat and we will do it on your land. Woe to you, you idiot kangaroo.- Ahmed Aljarad: We will make you forget the milk that you breastfeed from your mother #Syrialast_img read more

first_imgWillian enjoying Chelsea veteran roleby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Willian is enjoying his different role within the squad this season.The Brazilian is now one of the senior members of the team, given the youth injection from manager Frank Lampard this summer.And Willian is happy to pass on his knowledge to the youngsters. But he insists that he has a lot to offer on the pitch as well. More than anything, he is happy at the club.”I enjoy it a lot,” he said to the club’s website.”I enjoy myself, I enjoy it with my team-mates and I have pleasure to play with them and this is what I want – to have pleasure, play, enjoy myself on the pitch and get the results.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgHead Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama steamrolled Tennessee on Saturday afternoon, and for some, the highlight of the contest wasn’t what we saw on the field – but rather what happened at halftime. Alabama head coach Nick Saban had a drink thrown his way as his team headed to the locker room at the break.Footage of the incident, which shows a Tennessee fan throwing a cup full of mostly ice at Saban, has gone viral. So what does Saban think about the whole thing?He seems to be taking it in stride. After the game, he joked with reporters that he’d rather have a fan in an opposing stadium throw a drink on him than a fan in his own stadium.His logic? He wants fans in opposing stadiums to be upset. Makes sense.Here’s his response. You can check out video of the ice toss here.A Tennessee fan threw a cup of ice at Nick Saban as he ran off the field for halftime: “I’d rather have somebody upset when we’re playing on the road.” #RollTide— Kyle Burger (@kyle_burger) October 20, 2018Alabama, with the win, is now 8-0 on the season with a solid grip on the No. 1 ranking in the country. At this point, it’s the Crimson Tide’s to lose.last_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 6, 2019UPDATED: May 6, 2019 16:04 IST David Warner is the Orange Cap holder in the IPL 2019. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSSRH’s David Warner is the highest run scorer in the IPL league with 692 runsDelhi Capitals’ Kagiso Rabada holds the purple cap with 25 wicketsKKR’s Andre Russell hammered 52 sixes in the IPL tournamentIt all began on March 23 with 8 teams and after 44 days of razzmatazz here we are with the final four of the Indian Premier League 2019.It was an easy passage to the playoffs for the Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians while there was a lot of competition for the last knockout spot.Royal Challengers Bangalore were first to find themselves at the IPL exit gate and were soon followed by Rajasthan Royals. Both the teams had nightmarish phases at the beginning of the IPL 2019 but turned the fortunes around half-way through the tournament to keep hanging by the thinnest thread, hoping for all sorts of miracles to see them through.However, that couldn’t happen.Kings XI Punjab finished third from the last on the points table to leave it to the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders to fight it out for the last playoffs spot. SRH lost to RCB in their last league match and were hoping Kolkata to lose their’s against Mumbai Indians.And exactly that happened to carve out a way for the SRH to the playoffs.The best of IPL 2019Orange CapAfter missing out on the previous edition of the IPL due to the ball-tampering scandal, David Warner rose up to the expectation when he marked his return to the 12th edition of the league.The Australian opener is the highest run scorer in the league with 692 runs from the 12 matches he had played for the Sunrisers. He had smashed 8 fifties and one hundred to attain the feat.advertisementWarner couldn’t add more to his runs as he had to leave the IPL and depart home for World Cup duty calls.He sits atop of the runs table with a 99-run lead over KL Rahul who is second on the table with a total of 593.David Warner (SRH): 692KL Rahul (KXIP): 593Andre Russell (KKR): 510Purple CapThe bowler with most number of wickets in IPL 2019 is Kagiso Rabada of the Delhi Capitals.Rabada had scalped 25 wickets in 12 matches before leaving the tournament with a back niggle as South Africa couldn’t risk their fast bowler ahead of the World Cup 2019.Kagiso Rabada (DC): 25Imran Tahir (CSK): 21Shreyas Gopal (RR): 20IPL 2019 hundredsSix players have hit a hundred so far in the IPL 2019. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow of SRH, KL Rahul of KXIP, Virat Kohli of RCB, Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson of Rajasthan Royals.Jonny Bairstow (SRH): 114 off 52 balls against RCBSanju Samson (RR): 102 off 54 balls against SRHDavid Warner (SRH): 100 off 54 balls against RCBVirat Kohli (RCB): 100 off 57 balls against KKRAjinkya Rahane (RR): 105 off 58 balls against DCKL Rahul (KXIP): 100 off 63 against MIHighest Strike rateAndre Russell with this big-hitting power won a couple of matches almost single-handedly for the KKR. The West Indies star had collected 510 runs off just 249 balls in 14 matches. Russell has figures of some impressive 50*, 45, 65, 80* and 24 this IPL season.Andre Russel (KKR): 204.81Hardik Pandya (MI): 198.95Sam Curran (KXIP): 172.72Most number of sixesKolkata Knight Riders had whacked 52 sixes in IPL 2019. Second in the list of hitting the most number of sixes is Chris Gayle but he is way behind his compatriot Russell here.Andre Russell (KKR): 52Chris Gayle (KXIP): 34Hardik Pandya (MI): 29Fastest fiftyHardik Pandya smashed 91 runs of just 17 balls against KKR to become the fastest one to do so in this season. Delhi Capitals Rishabh Pant has the second-fastest in IPL 2019.Pant hit 78 runs off 18 runs against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium.The third one in the fastest league is KL Rahul, who shone with his 71-run blitzkrieg against Chennai Super Kings from just 19 balls in KXIP’s last league match.Hardik Pandya (MI): 91 off 17 balls against KKRRishabh Pant (DC): 78 off 18 balls against MIKL Rahul (KXIP): 71 runs off 19 balls against CSKHat-tricksThe IPL 2019 saw two players bagging a hat-trick. Firstly, Sam curran surprised everyone with his sensational display of bowling in death overs during KXIP’s match against Delhi Capitals.Curran bagged the wickets of Harshal Patel in the final delivery of the 18th over and then got rid of Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane respectively with his beautiful yorkers to give us the first hat-trick of IPL 2019.Rajasthan Royal’s Shreyas Gopal was the second one to bag the hat-trick as his side faced RCB in a first-ever 5-over IPL match.Gopal first had Kohli caught for 25 off 7 balls, then AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis to complete his first hat-trick in the IPL.Best bowling figuresMumbai Indians fast bowler Alzarri Joseph was ruled out of the season with a shoulder injury but before leaving the tournament the West Indian had set a record of best bowling figures with his 6-wicket-haul in 3.4 overs, giving away just 12 runs against Sunrisers on April 6.advertisementAlzarri Joseph (MI): 6/12Mohammad Nabi (SRH): 4/11Sam Curran: 4/11Most economical bowler (in a match)RCB’s Yuzvendra Chahal proved to be the most economical bowler during the match against Chennai Super Kings on March 23. The wrist spinner gave away only 6 runs off his 4 overs to maintain an economy of 1.50.Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB): 1.50Hardik Pandya (MI): 2.00Imran Tahir (CSK): 2.25Also Read | Ashwin’s Mankading to Dhoni’s rage: Controversies that headlined IPL 2019Also Read | All not well in KKR camp? Assistant coach Katich admits to on-field tensionAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow David WarnerFollow Purple CapFollow Orange CapFollow Jonny BairstowFollow Ball-tampering controversyFollow Andre RussellFollow Kagiso Rabada IPL 2019: Warner, Rabada and Russell chart-toppers after league stageIndian Premier League 2019 is half-way through with 4 teams–Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad– into the playoffs. So far in the league matches overseas players have dominated the IPL charts.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgEmployees who purchase unhealthy food at office may indulge in such diet outside work as well, increasing their risk of lifestyle ailments such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, a study suggests. A recently conducted study demonstrated that employees at a large urban hospital who purchased the least healthy food in its cafeteria were more likely to have an unhealthy diet outside of work, be overweight and obese. They also were more likely to have risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, compared to employees who made healthier purchases. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThese findings contribute to a better understanding of the relationship of eating behaviours at work with overall diet and health and can help to shape worksite wellness programmes that both improve long-term health outcomes and reduce costs. “Employer-sponsored programmes to promote healthy eating could reach millions of Americans and help to curb obesity, a worsening epidemic that too often leads to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer,” said Anne N Thorndike, from Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School in the US. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painPrevious research has shown that obesity contributes to higher absenteeism, lower productivity, and higher healthcare expenses for employers. These findings can lead to more effective strategies to encourage employees to choose healthier foods and reduce their risks for chronic conditions. “Workplace wellness programmes have the potential to promote lifestyle changes among large populations of employees, yet to date there have been challenges to developing effective programs. We hope our findings will help to inform the development of accessible, scalable, and affordable interventions,” noted Jessica L McCurley, from Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. Participants were 602 Massachusetts General Hospital employees who regularly used the hospital’s cafeterias and were enrolled in a health promotion study. As part of the hospital’s “Choose Well, Eat Well” programme, foods and beverages in the hospital cafeterias have “traffic light” labels to indicate their healthfulness: green is healthy, yellow is less healthy, and red is unhealthy. Food displays have also been modified to put healthier choices in the direct line of sight, while unhealthy foods were made less accessible to reduce impulse purchases. “Simplified labelling strategies provide an opportunity to educate employees without restricting their freedom of choice. In the future, using purchase data to provide personalised nutritional feedback via email or text messaging is another option to explore to encourage healthy eating,” said Thorndike.last_img read more

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. — One person was killed in a shooting that sent five others to hospital west of Toronto Saturday evening, police said as they hunted for suspects in the case.Circumstances surrounding the incident were scant, but Const. Iryna Yashnyk of the Peel Regional Police say it happened outside an apartment building in a residential area of Mississauga, Ont., just after 6 p.m. One person died at the scene, while five others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.“It’s early in the investigation, and it’s still very much an active scene and a dynamic investigation,” Yashnyk told reporters as police officers went door-to-door in the nearby apartment building looking for more victims and potential suspects.She said she didn’t know if the shooting was targeted or if the victims knew the shooter or shooters.Officers didn’t have any suspect information to provide, she said, noting that nobody had been arrested as of 9 p.m. Yashnyk also declined to provide information about the people who were shot.Paramedics, meanwhile, said the person who died was a male, though his age was unknown. Supt. Kyle Johansen of the Peel regional paramedics added that a woman was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.He said two of the injured were under the age of 18. A male teenager had serious injuries, he said, as did a girl who was even younger.He said both of them were expected to survive.Numerous police cruisers remained outside the apartment building on Saturday night.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Strong sales of several new drugs, particularly its hot new hepatitis medicine, lifted Johnson & Johnson’s second-quarter profit by 13 per cent, topping analysts’ expectations.The world’s biggest maker of health care products raised its 2014 profit forecast for the second time since January, again up by a nickel to a new range of $5.85 to $5.92 per share, excluding one-time items.Still, J&J shares fell in midday trading after company officials cited two drags on second-half revenue: the June 30 sale of its Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics business for about $4 billion, and expected new competition for Olysio, J&J’s new treatment for chronic hepatitis C. In midday trading, shares were down $1.71, or 1.6 per cent, at $103.67.J&J on Tuesday reported earnings increased to $4.33 billion, or $1.51 per share, from $3.83 billion, or $1.33 per share, a year earlier.Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring litigation and other costs, came to $1.66 per share. Analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expected $1.54 per share, on average.The maker of Band-Aids, medical devices and biologic drugs said revenue rose 9.1 per cent to $19.5 billion from $17.88 billion a year ago. Analysts expected $18.85 billion.The company “seems to have turned the corner on its string of unpleasant surprises, and is delivering mostly positive surprises,” said Erik Gordon, a professor and analyst at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.The New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company said prescription drug sales rose 21 per cent to $8.51 billion. That was led by Olysio, at $831 million in the quarter, as well as Xarelto for preventing heart attacks and strokes ($361 million) and Zytiga for prostate cancer ($562 million). J&J’s two newer drugs for rheumatoid arthritis and other immune system disorders, Simponi and Stelara, both grew by more than 40 per cent, lifting the immunology franchise to $2.63 billion in total sales.J&J CEO Alex Gorsky said J&J plans to apply for approval of 10 new drugs, plus 15 additional uses for existing medicines, through 2017.The strong performance of prescription drugs recently has helped it regain the lead over J&J’s device business and offset the lagging consumer segment, which is still recovering from dozens of product recalls since 2009.Most of J&J’s nonprescription medicines, including Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl, are now back in stores, boosting their total sales nearly 8 per cent to $1 billion. Consumer product sales increased 2.4 per cent to a total of $3.74 billion.Medical device sales edged up 0.7 per cent to $7.24 billion.Johnson & Johnson shares have increased $13.27, or 15 per cent, in the last 12 months.___Follow Linda A. Johnson at J&J 2Q profit rises 13 per cent to $4.33B, beats forecast on sales growth for new medicines AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by By Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2014 6:24 am MDT read more

“I am told repeatedly by members of government and Permanent Missions that human rights are being misused as a pretext for interference in the affairs of sovereign nations,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said in an oral update to the Council this morning.“Statements by my Office regarding credible allegations of violations […] are deemed ‘biased,’ ‘irresponsible,’ ‘misleading’ or based on ‘false’ premises. Monitoring activities, and advocacy intended to help better protect the people of your countries, are refuted as somehow violating the principle of state sovereignty – or even the UN Charter,” he added.With a mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the world’s commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. Its thematic priorities include strengthening international human rights mechanisms; enhancing equality and countering discrimination; and early warning and protection of human rights in situations of conflict, violence and insecurity. It also supports the work of UN human rights mechanisms, including the Human Rights Council.Taking place at the UN Office in Geneva, the Council’s session will last three weeks and tackle a range of human rights issues currently before the world. These include an interactive dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, as well as an enhanced interactive dialogue on Burundi and a discussion on the integration of a gender perspective, to name but a few. Emphasizing in his remarks that governments have the responsibility to uphold their human rights obligations and to respect the standards, Mr. Zeid underlined that the human rights of all people, in all countries, also require the collective attention of the international community.UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein deplores lack of cooperation on human rights by some countries. Credit: UN News CentreHe stressed that human rights violations “will not disappear” if a government blocks access to international observers and then invests in a public relations campaign to offset any unwanted publicity. “On the contrary, efforts to duck or refuse legitimate scrutiny raise an obvious question: what, precisely, are you hiding from us?” the UN official asked.He added that if OHCHR is not allowed access by countries, it will assume the worst and yet do its utmost to report as accurately as it can on serious allegations. Such reporting, relying on remote monitoring – using witness testimonies, credible third party reports, satellite imagery and other techniques – would make it more challenging to ascertain the actual situation on the ground as well as make verification and confirmation of competing allegations of any party, including the Government, extremely difficult.“I regret that imprecision, and encourage all States to assist us to correct it, by permitting my teams unhindered access to events on the ground when requested,” he said.In his remarks, Mr. Zeid also listed out a number of countries that have not engaged with or permitted access to OHCHR or to independent human rights mechanisms such as special rapporteurs. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.Interdependence of all human rightsSpeaking on the interdependence of all human rights, the High Commissioner underlined that that civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, as well as the right to development, can only be effective when they are viewed as mutually supportive.“If States pick and choose which rights they will uphold, the entire structure is undermined,” he said, urging all members of the Human Rights Council to swiftly establish legal frameworks which can ensure implementation and accountability for economic and social rights. The UN official recalled that the world body was created at a time the world was devastated by two immense wars and, similarly, the entire human rights framework was also a product of great necessity. He emphasized that the world must remain committed to collective action, as it continues to confronts grave challenges, including terrorism and its main exponent Da’esh (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL), and the alienation and frustration that many people feel due to poor governance and corruption will fuel the work of the deceivers. “A number of elections will be held in well-established democracies, with dangerous xenophobes and bigots running for office, and what falls to us then could begin to determine, as never before, the future course of ‘we the peoples’ of this earth,” he added.The UN Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. It was setup by the UN General Assembly in March 2006, and replaced the Commission on Human Rights. The Council is made up of 47 UN Member States which are elected by the General Assembly. UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré read more

OSU football coach Urban Meyer addresses the media at the 2014 Big Ten Media Days July 28 in Chicago. Meyer was involved with one of 22 self-reported NCAA violations by OSU in the first half of 2014.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorOhio State coach Urban Meyer spoke on the weekly Big Ten teleconference Tuesday afternoon and discussed the Buckeyes’ upcoming matchup with Rutgers as well as select players who have made an impact on the 2014 season.Meyer said senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett has an “incredible future.” He added that Bennett could fall anywhere from a first round pick to a late round pick in the 2015 NFL draft depending on his performance.Meyer’s first comment about Rutgers was how impressed he is with its punt block team. He said he believes the Scarlet Knights are very aggressive and said they are one play from being undefeated.Meyer said Rutgers senior quarterback Gary Nova had “the day of days” in his last game against Michigan. Meyer added the Buckeyes began preparing for Nova and the Scarlet Knights during the bye week.He said sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa is a two-dimensional player in that he is skilled at pass rush and stopping the run. Meyer added that most players at that position are one dimensional.The coach said his offense has “seen almost every defense you could imagine,” and added that the offense will not get caught again like it did against Virginia Tech.Meyer said that while each offensive lineman has improved, redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin stands out for his big improvements.He said that although the line has improved, it is still “concern No. 1,” moving forward.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Scarlet Knights on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

first_imgCases of sex abuse by priests in Poland exposed in new report The document details the cases of 85 priests convicted of paedophilia. By AFP A REPORT DOCUMENTING nearly 400 cases of sex abuse by clergymen in Poland has been released by a foundation supporting victims of paedophile priests in the staunchly Catholic country. The publication of the 27-page report, which activists presented to Pope Francis on Wednesday, coincided with the pontiff gathering the world’s top Catholic bishops at the Vatican at a summit on tackling clerical sex abuse.Images broadcast on Polish television showed Pope Francis kissing the hand of Marek Lisinski, head of the Be Not Afraid foundation, as he handed over the report to the pontiff.The document details the cases of 85 priests convicted of paedophilia, another 88 whose alleged abuse has been exposed by the media and 95 others accused by alleged victims.The report also names 24 Polish archbishops and bishops accused of covering up abuse. “We expect resignations among Poland’s church hierarchy, otherwise nothing will change,” Agata Diduszko-Zyglewska, one of the report’s authors, told AFP.She documented cases where paedophile priests were “protected” by bishops or other superiors.‘Zero tolerance’ Father Pawel Rytel-Adrianik, the spokesman for the Polish episcopate, said yesterday that he had not yet read the report.The Polish episcopate insists it has “zero tolerance” for criminal acts such as paedophilia. It has vowed to publish statistics on the number of child victims of priestly sex abuse, covering the period starting in 1989 when communism fell.However, Diduszko-Zyglewska said the episcopate is “only pretending to take action” by adopting rules that are “fair, certainly, but not realised”. The foundation insists that church authorities in Poland are “avoiding contact” with it and victims of abuse despite the steady trickle of criminal allegations.“We are already struggling to record and verify” a growing number of historic and current cases of abuse, Diduszko-Zyglewska told AFP.- © AFP 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/wideonet Friday 22 Feb 2019, 9:34 AM 75 Comments Short URLcenter_img File photo Image: Shutterstock/wideonet File photo Feb 22nd 2019, 9:34 AM 14,497 Views Share773 Tweet Email last_img read more

first_img Short URL Image: Shutterstock/ No Comments By Gordon Deegan Pensioner who sexually assaulted 84-year-old man on rural bus walks free from court The married father of three pleaded guilty to sexual assault at an unknown location on the N68 route linking Kilrush to Ennis. A PENSIONER WHO sexually assaulted an 84-year-old man on a rural Bus Eireann service today walked free from court.The sex assault on a Bus Eireann west Clare service last June was videoed by a third party on his smart phone and at Kilrush District Court today, Judge Patrick Durcan imposed a €1,000 fine on the 70-year-old accused and placed him on the Sex Offenders’ register.In the case, the married father of three pleaded guilty to sexual assault contrary to Section 2 of the Criminal Law Rape Amendment Act on 9 June 2017 at an unknown location between Kilrush and Lissycasey on the N68 route linking Kilrush to Ennis.Garda Eoin Daly previously told the court that a passenger sitting across the aisle from the two men on the west Clare Bus Eireann service to Ennis filmed the assault on his smart-phone.The third party who filmed the incident uploaded the footage to Facebook.Gardai were able to obtain that footage along with internal bus CCTV footage of the incident from Bus Eireann as part of their investigation.The victim in the case had got on the Kilkee to Ennis service and he was joined by the accused on the bus when it made its stop to pick up passengers at Kilrush.Judge Durcan told the court today that the accused was sitting beside the 84-year-old man “and placed his hands on the man’s genitals. The effect of this incident on the injured party was very serious”.Judge Durcan described the assault as “a hugely serious incident” and that the victim feels that his freedom by virtue of his frequent use prior to the incident on public transport “is considerably restricted”.On behalf of the accused, solicitor, Patrick Moylan said: “This incident is an example of how one mistake can ruin a 70-year-old life and that is exactly what it has done.”Moylan said that he has had many consultations with clients before the courts over the years “and I don’t think I have ever seen a client more affected by an offence to date”.Moylan said that on the date, his client missed the first bus and consumed alcohol while waiting for the second bus.On the incident, Moylan said: “If he had his life to live again, it certainly wouldn’t happen and the court need not be concerned that there is any chance of a repeat.”Moylan said that his client is a married man with three adult children and has no previous convictions.Moylan said: “My client is a man who lives in the country and is part of rural society. While there have been reporting restrictions, it is known far and wide about this case. It was put on Facebook and published by other means.”He said: “My client is deeply ashamed by it. It has caused him huge distress to himself, his family and his friends. He has seen people treat him differently since this incident and he in no way wishes to play down what he did.”Moylan said that his client also made an early plea of guilty with the gardaí.Judge Durcan said that in imposing the sentence, he took into account the ages of both the accused and the injured party and that the accused had no previous convictions.Judge Durcan said that he would accede to a request by the victim that his victim impact statement not be read out in court. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/ Jun 19th 2018, 8:12 PM 27,885 Views Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 8:12 PM Share20 Tweet Email last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police takes 10 to court for murders and other crimes, including a couple for cruelty to a child Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Feb 2016 – Unsolved murders in the Turks and Caicos are getting a new set of eyes on the cases and the evidence; and those eyes have come from abroad. This was explained today in a media statement that a team of special investigators are in country and the goal is for them to take another and a more expert look at some of the homicides committed within the islands. “The Commissioner alerted the Council to the arrival of an investigative group of senior police, who would be in TCI for twelve weeks to review a number of murder cases.” The special team is being funded by TCIG. Also being reviewed is the illegal landings and troubles with poachers. The Council made up of the Governor, the Premier, the Border Control Minister, the Attorney General and the Police Commissioner notes that the total number of arrivals have been more limited in recent months, and were also considerably fewer in individual vessels. Still, it was explained that the British Ambassador to the Dominican Republic was arranging for a visit by the Governor and Minister of Border Control to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Santo Domingo to discuss illegal fishing and maritime issues. Worst fears as a tourist is murdered in Providenciales; ten homicides for 2019 Related Items:james smith, murder, police, special force Increased Police presence promised, TCI Police Commissioner statement on recent shootingslast_img read more

first_imgJP: A genuine editorial justification is that I’m interested in exploring new and different ways to tell stories, and different and innovative ways to do design. We want to offer a more interactive user experience. It’s not just a corporate [mandate]. I’m absolutely sincere that the principle justification for digital-first for Technology Review is a thinking, a mode of being, that promotes innovation and excellence. This will allow us to write smarter and more link-y journalism; to design more beautiful and interactive experiences.Though it is certainly true that print is healthy and not going away, it is by no means a growing business. It is becoming more and more expensive to acquire print readers. At the same time that’s happening, print advertising has been in free fall for the last 15 years. When I was the editor of Red Herring, in the first six months of 2000, we had more than $100 million in print advertising. We did two editions a month with 400 to 500 pages, and 40 percent of these pages was advertising. It is a great month at Technology Review when we have 30 pages of print advertising. When print audiences are not growing and it is becoming increasingly expensive to acquire new readers; when there is declining and stagnant print advertising; we’ve seen our online audiences increase 75 percent year-over-year.For me as a businessman, as I’m the publisher as well as the editor-in-chief, I must follow where the audiences and advertisers are going, and for us, they’re going to electronic media. We feel that some of the unhappiness of traditional publishers is richly deserved. They haven’t provided good service to their marketing partners and their media partners’ ad agencies. FOLIO: How are you defining “good service?” JP: National Journal; Ars Technica has an interesting membership service for Ars Technica Prime; the membership model at GigaOm. We looked outside traditional media business to the new media properties like Amazon, Google and even Facebook to begin to explore what membership and community might look like. We were transparently sincere when we said, ‘we don’t know, tell us what you want.’ We’ll add up all the stuff and try to price it at the level the market can bear. We want to be less like a traditional media company as we think about the membership model, and more like a software or Web company, maybe even like Apple.FOLIO: Describe the models you’ve worked through before getting to this digital-first plan. JP: We have very deliberately worked through a series of experimental models. We tried having an ‘all or nothing’ paywall. As many people discovered, it was the least effective of all possible options. We experimented with a porous paywall, which didn’t work for us because we don’t publish as much as NYT, WSJ or FT. They work well when you’re publishing so much. You have enough readers who are reading this waterfall of editorial that you create sufficient friction. We don’t publish that much, only three to seven stories a day. It’s not enough to create that needed friction. Then we’ve experimented with what has become a default, a paid print magazine and an entirely free site. While it works best, we don’t think that’s the long-term home of Tech Review. We suspect it will be some combination of a free website; one that’s readable on tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers, a print magazine for both national and international for as long as people want it and a membership model that does some innovative things.FOLIO: What is your revenue model now?JP: We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, fully owned corporation of MIT, which doesn’t mean we’re not in business. We are a commercial enterprise. MIT gives me zero venture capital. Everything I want to do has to be funded by cashflow. MIT provides some revenue for an alumni magazine, that is appreciated, but it by no means pays our bills. They also subsidize us in a variety of other ways—our research material is free, we have access to MIT libraries. We receive about a third of our revenue from subscribers/consumers, which includes the newsstand. We receive a third from advertising—two-thirds of that is digital. Within that final third is a mixture of the MIT contribution and what is now our largest and fastest growing line of business, which is a foreign licensing line of business; and things like list rental. JP: You know that old joke which publishers like to chortle about, when marketers say, “I know I’m wasting half my ad dollars, I just don’t know which half?” That must be really infuriating if you’re in the advertising business. Online, we know exactly which advertising dollars are effective, and a strong impulse for going digital first is to provide more unique and more interactive opportunities for our strongest advertising partners and their agencies. There are some intriguing opportunities to which we don’t have all the answers for yet, about constructing a truly digital homologue to the old subscription business around membership and community. FOLIO: What models out there are appealing to you? Technology Review editor-in-chief Jason Pontin recently provided a one-two punch of blog posts detailing a pair of significant digital pivots for the brand. Both have caused a stir among the media crowd for their frank assessment of TR‘s progress in the digital space. The first announced the brand’s plan to ditch the app model after being “deluded” by its initial appeal. The second laid the groundwork for an exploration of a membership model after a series of paid and hybrid digital strategies failed to pan out. Here, Pontin explains what he and the team behind Technology Review have planned next.FOLIO: It’s obvious that the print isn’t going away for Technology Review. You’ve made it clear that it remains important to you.Jason Pontin [JP]: I love print, and we have a very robust international publishing business where print is by and large healthier than in the United States. We have editions in Germany, in China, in India, in Italy—we hope to expand soon to the Middle East, perhaps Russia. To serve our domestic audience and to surprise and delight our international readers, print will always be part of what we do, so long as I’m editor-in-chief and publisher.FOLIO: So then what is driving the digital-first decision? FOLIO: How do you see these portions shifting as you go digital-first?JP: I suspect we’ll remain a three-legged stool, though I’d like to see the width of the legs increase. I’d like to do more foreign publisher business. As our audiences grow, particularly online, I think we’ll see digital advertising swell. I don’t anticipate we’ll significantly increase print circulation, the membership model in some form will swell our consumer revenue.last_img read more