Monthly Archives: September 2019

Scientists Study Fossilized Bird With Extremely Long Toe

first_img Nature never ceases to amaze: For its latest trick, researchers discovered a 99-million-year-old bird with toes longer than its lower legs.The feathered creature, preserved in amber, likely used its hyper-elongated third toe to hook food out of tree trunks.This is the first time such a foot structure—detailed in a paper published by the journal Current Biology—has been observed in birds, living or extinct.“I was very surprised when I saw the amber,” study author Lida Xing of the China University of Geosciences said in a statement. “It shows that ancient birds were way more diverse than we thought. They had evolved many different features to adapt to their environments.”Without removing the Cretaceous-era fossil from its casing, Xing & Co. scanned the amber with micro-CT and created a 3D reconstruction of the foot.It turns out the bird’s third toe, measuring 9.8 millimeters, is 41 percent longer than its second toe, and 20 percent longer than its tarsometatarsus—the bone in the lower leg of birds.The team compared those ratios with 20 other extinct fowl from the same period, as well as 62 living birds. None had a foot that resembles the just-named Elektorornis chenguangi.A nearly 100-million-year-old bird foot, featuring a very long toe preserved in amber (via Lida Xing/China University of Geosciences)The “amber bird” apparently belongs to a group of extinct creatures called Enantiornithes—once abundant during the Mesozoic era. It is thought that these birds became extinct along with the dinosaurs some 66 million years ago. They have no living descendants.Smaller than a sparrow, the Elektorornis likely spent most of its time in trees, as opposed to on the ground or in water.“Elongated toes are something you commonly see in arboreal animals because they need to be able to grip these branches and wrap their toes around them,” according to co-author Jingmai O’Connor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. “But this extreme difference in toe lengths, as far as we know, has never been seen before.”The fossilized tree resin in which the foot was protected comes from the Hukawng Valley in Myanmar. Xing obtained it from a local ambert trader.Scientists remain stumped as to why the amber bird evolved such an unusual feature. The only known animal with disproportionately long digits is the aye-aye—a lemur that uses long middle fingers to fish larvae and insects out of tree trunks. The team believes Elektorornis may have used its toe for the same purpose.“This is the best guess we have,” O’Connor said. “A lot of ancient birds were probably doing completely different things that living birds. This fossil exposes a different ecological niche that these early birds were experimenting [with] as they evolved.”Moving forward, researchers hopes to extract proteins and pigments from exposed features peeking out from the amber. Such data could help shine a light on the bird’s evolutionary adaptations.More on Baby Bird Gets Solo Uber Ride to Utah Rehab Center‘Exotic’ Bird Turns Out to Be Curry-Covered SeagullSecret Chamber Discovered in Roman Emperor Nero’s Palace Egg Fossils Provide Glimpse Into Prehistoric ParentingBoy Uncovers Rare Woolly Mammoth Tooth Outside Ohio Resort Stay on targetlast_img read more

Viewer numbers for 4/20 WWE RAW, viewers see an increase

first_imgFacebook Twitter Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Last night’s 4/20 WWE RAW drew an average audience of 4.04 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 4.11 million viewers, the second hour drew 4.14 million viewers and the third hour closed out the night with 3.87 million viewers.This is up from last week’s show that drew 3.67 million viewers.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipKim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing MakeupVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey Launching ‘Office’ Podcast Exclusive Interviews – Oscars buzz is rising at the Toronto Film Fest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsAppcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Kanye West Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Videos Articles RuPaul plans to continue hosting Drag Race ‘indefinitely’ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11last_img read more

SPOILERS: 10/19 WWE Superstars taping results from Dallas

first_img The following was taped on Monday night in Dallas, Texas.10/19 WWE Superstars tapings:* Fandango def. Heath Slater.* Cody Rhodes def. Zack Ryder.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCody Rhodes Says Stephen Amell Has Wrestling In His BloodVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Cody Rhodes Now Playing Up Next SPOILERS: 8/15 Impact TV tapings in Mexico City to air on Pursuit and Twitch SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch Heres What To Expect (Spoilers) From WWEs Christmas Eve Episode of Raw Stephen Amell SPOILERS: 9/1 NXT UK TakeOver Cardiff Fallout TV Tapings to air on WWE Network Stephen Amell Finds Inspiration With Cody Rhodes Friendshipcenter_img Pinterest Google+ Facebook Cody Rhodes Says Stephen Amell Has Wrestling In His Blood Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Black Panther Tops Poll For Audiences Pick For Best Picture Oscar Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Harry und Meghan: Stars eilen zur Hilfelast_img read more

Men’s and Women’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series teams set for this Sunday

first_img Nikki Bella Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Videos Articles Videos Articles Drew Mcintyre Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Facebook Google+ Behind the scenes of Survivor Series in Los Angeles, Cyber Monday WWE savings todaycenter_img What happened after RAW in Chicago, Survivor Series weekend schedule, Main Event tapings Now Playing Up Next Enzo Amore explains why he crashed the Survivor Series PPV back in November Following RAW on Monday night, the updated men’s and women’s Survivor Series teams for the 5-on-5 Traditional Elimination match are now officially set for this Sunday.For the men’s match, Finn Balor and Bobby Lashley are now official for Team RAW which already includes Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler and Braun Strowman. RAW Acting General Manager Baron Corbin will act as the Team Captain.On the women’s side, Team RAW – headed up by Team Captain Alexa Bliss – will now feature Nia Jax, Tamina Snuka, Natalya, Ruby Riott and Mickie James.Also official is the teams of Bobby Roode, Chad Gable, The Ascension, The Revival, The Lucha House Party and The B-Team representing RAW in a Tag Team Elimination Match against Team Smackdown which consists of The Usos, The New Day and three more teams that will likely be announced on Tuesday night during Smackdown Live.Here is the updated card for Survivor Series as of Monday night:Champion vs. ChampionWWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. WWE Champion AJ StylesChampion vs. ChampionWWE United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth RollinsChampion vs. ChampionRAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky LynchChampions vs. ChampionsRAW Tag Team Champions The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) vs. Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro)Men’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination MatchTeam RAW (Baron Corbin as Captain featuring Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Finn Balor and Bobby Lashley) vs. Team Smackdown Live (Co-Captains Daniel Bryan and The Miz, Shane McMahon, Rey Mysterio and Samoa Joe)Women’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination MatchTeam RAW (Alexa Bliss as Captain featuring Nia Jax, Tamina Snuka, Natalya, Ruby Riott and Mickie James) vs. Team Smackdown Live (Charlotte Flair, Asuka, Carmella, Naomi and Sonya Deville)WWE Cruiserweight ChampionshipBuddy Murphy (c) vs. Mustafa Ali5-on-5 Tag Team Traditional Survivor Series EliminationBobby Roode & Chad Gable, The Ascension, The Revival, The Lucha House Party and The B-Team vs. The Usos, The New Day and three more teams to be will have live coverage of WWE’s Survivor Series this Sunday night, along with a live review on YouTube immediately following the show.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Ronda Rousey Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Downlast_img read more

Woman tells family’s WWI history in book of relative’s letters

first_imgLillie Green and her son exchanged dozens of letters after he entered the Army in 1917. In the summer of 1918, several of the envelopes she had addressed to Pvt. Jasper Green came back to Greenleaf, Idaho, with a heartbreaking word stamped in red.Deceased.The 24-year-old soldier had been gravely wounded on July 22, 1918, in one of the pivotal battles of World War I. Jasper died a month later, even as Lillie and other family members continued to send him letters.“They were writing to him, and they didn’t know he was gone,” said Diane Green-Hartley, Lillie’s great-granddaughter.That was not the end of Lillie’s writings, however. In 1930, she became one of 6,654 American mothers and widows who visited the graves of their sons and husbands in Europe.Lillie Green kept a diary during her journey, describing where she and her fellow Gold Star women went and what they saw.The diary and the WWI letters — almost 100 years old — plus other family keepsakes help tell a little-known chapter of American history. Green-Hartley wove them into an account of her great-grandmother called “Lillie’s Jasper: The 1930 Pilgrimage of a Gold Star Mother.”Keeping her story aliveThe book started out as an exercise in preserving the diary of Lillie’s trip.“My parents knew about its existence, and they knew it was a good story, and they asked me to type it,” the author said recently in her Hazel Dell home.last_img read more

4 Washington state electors to be fined $1,000 for vote

first_imgOLYMPIA — Four Washington state electors who cast their vote for someone other than Democrat Hillary Clinton will each be fined $1,000 next week, the secretary of state’s office said Thursday.David Ammons, a spokesman for Secretary of State Kim Wyman, told The Associated Press that the electors will have 60 days to pay the fine, and said the office is putting together an appeals process in case of a challenge.Clinton won the state’s popular vote last month, earning her 12 electoral votes. Under state law, presidential electors — who are chosen by their party at their state convention — sign a pledge to vote for their party’s nominees for president and vice president. But during Monday’s Electoral College vote in Olympia, Clinton got just eight votes, while former Secretary of State Colin Powell got three and Native American tribal elder and activist Faith Spotted Eagle got one vote.Republican Donald Trump finished with 304 votes — winning all but two of the Electoral College votes he claimed on Election Day — and Clinton had 227 after losing five — the four in Washington state and one in Hawaii. It takes 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidency.A group called the Hamilton Electors, co-founded by Washington elector Bret Chiafalo, had sought to block Trump by encouraging both Democratic and Republican electors in every state to unite behind an alternate Republican candidate.last_img read more

Morning Press: Fatal Hazel Dell Shooting; waterfront plans; park name

first_imgLooks like we can look forward to a lot of rain. Check our local weather coverage for details.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:Police: One person fatally shot in Hazel Dell parking lotClark County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a suspect in a fatal shooting Monday afternoon that occurred in the parking lot of a Hazel Dell strip mall.An 18-year-old man, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim was reportedly shot while sitting in a white Jeep in the parking lot of the strip mallRelated: Man, 18, fatally shot at Hazel Dell strip mall ID’dRelated: Two more boys arrested on suspicion of murder in Hazel Dell shooting; suspected driver in courtRelated: Two boys, 15, appear in court in connection with Hazel Dell homicideJoe’s Crab Shack, Who Song & Larry’s site to become new developmentVancouver-based Kirkland Development plans to build a mixed-use development on a 3.5-acre site along the Columbia River, east of the Interstate 5 Bridge, the company announced Wednesday. The property is currently home to two restaurants: Joe’s Crab Shack and Who Song & Larry’s.“This is an incredible opportunity to re-envision a key section of Vancouver’s waterfront. Our goal is to bring new life to this area, and to create a unique destination for Vancouver residents and visitors alike,” said Dean Kirkland, Kirkland Development chairman.last_img read more

Portland man sentenced to 30 years for killing his boyfriend

first_imgA Portland man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison in the slaying of his boyfriend, whose body was found near Dougan Falls in April 2017.Benjamin C. Serrato, 41, was convicted by a Skamania County Superior Court jury in April of first-degree domestic violence murder in the killing of Christopher M. Libert, 40, of Portland. Libert’s body was found April 1, 2017, near a bridge at Dougan Falls; an autopsy found he had been shot in the head and stabbed at least 10 times, court records say.As part of their verdict, jurors also found firearm and deadly weapon enhancements, as well as an enhancement for being a family or household member.Serrato was sentenced to 364 months in prison and 36 months of community custody, online court records show.At trial, Serrato testified that he stabbed and shot Libert once at his Portland apartment and shot him again after taking him to Dougan Falls. He claimed it was self-defense, according to Skamania County Special Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Robinson.Skamania County sheriff’s deputies arrived around 9:15 a.m. at Dougan Falls for a report of a death. Nearby campers and residents said they heard a gunshot in the area early that morning. One resident heard a vehicle drive away several minutes after hearing the gunshot, according to an affidavit of probable cause.last_img read more

England coach suffers injury

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate had his right shoulder dislocated while running on Wednesday.The squad had a scheduled day off from training and Southgate suffered the injury near England’s base in Repino. This is coming after Southgate celebrated acrobatically after Harry Kane sealed a 2-1 win over Tunisia in England’s opening World Cup game on Monday.“The doc has made it clear that punching the air is not an option,” said Southgate via BBC.“I might not be celebrating any goals as athletically in future,” he added.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Southgate, who is wearing a sling, was treated at a nearby hospital with the assistance of team doctor Rob Chakraverty.Southgate won the League Cup with both Aston Villa and Middlesbrough and captained Crystal Palace to win the First Division championship in 1993–94. He also played in the 2000 FA Cup Final for Villa and the 2006 UEFA Cup Final for Middlesbrough.Southgate made 57 appearances for the England national team between 1995 and 2004, featuring in the 1998 FIFA World Cup and both the 1996 and 2000 European Championships. His playing career ended in May 2006 at the age of 35, and after more than 500 league appearances.He served as manager of Middlesbrough from June 2006 until October 2009, then managed the England U21 team from 2013 to 2016, before becoming the England national team manager in 2016.last_img read more

Gio Simeones wants to avoid nepotism in Argentina

first_imgGio Simeone is still going to work hard in order to become an Atletico Madrid player someday, but he wants to avoid nepotism in Argentina.The sentiment that awakens Atletico Madrid in some players is simply inevitable sometimes, Argentina international Gio Simeone is the best example of this because he doesn’t care that his father doesn’t want to coach him there for now.Any professional football player who has the characteristic fighting spirit that any Atletico Madrid player historically has, would have the dream of someday playing for the Colchoneros regardless of the circumstances.The oldest of Diego Simeone’s sons heard what his father had to say about the possibility of coaching him someday in the Spanish club, but he doesn’t seem to care about the response.Giovanni Simeone has the dream of playing for Atletico Madrid in the future because he is a true fan of the institution, he doesn’t care if his father is still the manager of the squad when he reaches a level that is good enough for the club to pursue him.The trades that this striker has are very similar to what the club has always wanted in their best players, which makes the possibility even greater for him in the near future.All Gio has to do is keep working hard, and hope that he can get that call soon.”ME ENCANTARÍA VER A MI PAPÁ ACÁ””SIEMPRE ME DICE QUE NO ES EL MOMENTO”#CentralFOX | Giovanni Simeone opinó sobre la situación de su padre como posible entrenador de la Selección Argentina.— FOX Sports Argentina (@FOXSportsArg) October 14, 2018The eldest of Simeone’s kids granted an interview with Fox Sports, where he discussed his father again and the upcoming friendly match between Argentina and Brazil on Tuesday.“Atletico Madrid is something that has been practically taught to us, it’s inside me and my dad, but I never had the chance of being coached by him.”“My old man has never talked to me about this possibility. The fact that people keep talking about this means that I’m still growing.”“Playing for Atletico Madrid someday would be truly amazing for me, an incredible achievement. As an Argentina player, I would love to see my dad as the manager here, but he keeps saying that it’s not the right time yet.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Every single person from Argentina would like having him here because he is a great manager, one of the best in the world,” said Gio during the interview.Gran partido de todo el equipo! #VamosArgentina 🇦🇷👊🏼⚽️— Giovanni Simeone (@simeonegiovanni) October 11, 2018Giovanni is getting ready to represent his country on his very first Classic match between Argentina and Brazil, he didn’t play much against Saudi Arabia last week but he could get more minutes for this match and he hopes he can live up to the family name.Getting a great participation in matches like this one, are what can assure him a permanent spot in the squad, something that he aims for before his father gets the job as the manager.Gio Simeone is very aware of nepotism, which is something that both he and his father are always trying to avoid.“If I keep getting called-up and I keep having minutes with this group, the possibility of us crossing paths here becomes greater. Things would be obviously different if I was never called-up and he calls me right after he gets the job,” he added.“What I aim for is to win a spot here before he gets the position, so I’m fighting against the clock. I’ve been preparing for this possibility this year, but I honestly didn’t expect a call-up this soon.”“My grandfather gave me a very useful advice. He told me that one minute in the national team is the equivalent of sixty minutes in a club. This means that I will give my very best in every minute I get a chance to play for Argentina.”“I’ve been in Europe for only two years, so if I already had this chance, is because I can still give a lot more than even I expected,” he concluded.Preparando el partido de mañana 💪🏼⚽️🇦🇷 #VamosArgentina— Giovanni Simeone (@simeonegiovanni) October 10, 2018How well do you think Giovanni Simeone would do with his father as the manager? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Matthijs de Ligt Hazard is truly out of this world

first_imgAjax defender Matthijs de Ligt described Eden Hazard as “out of this world” after squaring up against the Belgium star in a friendly on Tuesday.The Dutch side settled for a 1-1 draw with Belgium in Brussels after Arnaut Groeneveld cancelled out Dries Mertens’ opener in the first half.The highly-rated De Ligt, 19, featured in the first half like Hazard and was impressed by the Chelsea attacker.“I obviously knew about the size of [Romelu] Lukaku,” the Ajax defender told FourFourTwo.“And Hazard is truly out of this world. It’s been some night for me.”Virgil van Dijk, NetherlandsVan Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.The teenager enjoyed the opportunity to face some of the world’s best, saying: “It was fantastic.“You start playing football for games like these. Strikers like Lukaku, wingers like Hazard, it’s great to face them on the pitch.”De Ligt has made 11 international appearances but dismissed suggestions he was already a certain starter for the Netherlands.“I wouldn’t say irreplaceable, but I have played many games recently,” he said.“That was one of my goals, but to be irreplaceable, you have to play really consistently over a longer period of time.”last_img read more

Ancelotti on PSG and Group C standings

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti shared his thoughts about the 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain and the group standings after going top of the table.Napoli secured a draw thanks to Lorenzo Insigne who converted from the spot to cancel Juan Bernat’s first-half goal.“I tried to modify the approach, which was a little too prudent in the first half and we allowed them to control the tempo too much. We put more pressure on their midfielders and things went better,” he told Football Italia.“We played at a very high level for 20 minutes, then paid for the effort later on, as we tried to control at the end rather than attack.”Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…Napoli were held 2-2 at Parc des Princes too, but Liverpool lost 2-0 at Red Star Belgrade today.That means the Italians are ahead of Liverpool on their head-to-head record, with six points each, Paris Saint-Germain are on five and Red Star four.“The two draws with Paris Saint-Germain are positive, because we have a slight advantage if we do finish level with them. To be honest, we didn’t expect Liverpool to lose in Belgrade today, so now Red Star are getting involved too and the group cannot be more balanced.“It was really unexpected, especially for the result that saw them lose 6-1 in Paris. It’ll be tight to the end.”last_img read more

TCI Premier awarded as Tourism Champion

first_img Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Related Items:Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Caribbean Tourism Organization, Emil Lee, premier rufus ewing, Richard Sealy, tourism champion Recommended for you Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Oct 2015 – Premier Rufus Ewing has been named a ‘Tourism Champion’ and was last week awarded for it by the Caribbean Tourism Organization, CTO. During the annual State of the Industry conference Premier Ewing received the commendation and was also featured in a panel discussion, ‘What Our Leaders Say’. The award was done in conjunction with the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations and the World Travel and Tourism Council which salute country leaders for promoting travel and tourism as ‘a driver of socioeconomic growth and development’. “State of the Industry was this year held in Curacao and the presentation was made to Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing by Barbados Tourism Minister, Richard Sealy – who is also Chairman of the CTO and President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Emil Lee. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliamentlast_img read more

WhatsApp Netflix Skype Cutting profits to Telecoms companies

first_img Recommended for you Telecommunications Commission marks 10 Years Five from TCI to represent at regional Music, Model & Talent Showcase set for Nassau Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Nov 2015 – Telecomms companies in the Turks and Caicos are losing at the very least, tens of thousands of dollars due to over the top services like WhatsApp, Netflix and Skype. As the TCI Telecommunications Commission celebrates a decade of existence in the Turks and Caicos, there was a late day workshop Wednesday at the Palms Resort where talk turned to how these services are digging into the profitability of companies like LIME, Digicel and PTV.John Williams, Chairman, Telecommunications Commission: “We believe in freedom of information and yet to block such services, what would we be doing? Stopping the flow of information and so it is a difficult issue to deal with as we know that many of our operators are really hurting because of persons who are not licensed here are actually taking revenue from their area here in the islands where they are paying all of the fees and providing all of the infrastructure; so it was a discussion that was needed.”A founder of the Commission, Stuart MacPherson returned to TCI and led the panel discussion where he said he had hoped for more robust engagement on the issue, because it means these companies will have to be extremely creative if they are going to remain relevant. Stuart McPherson, Consultant: “Obviously TV, people doing streaming services and so on, especially in relatively small markets like this that is going to be a big problem for the small cable companies and so on.”It was agreed that while the change in how people communicate and are entertained will not necessarily drive these companies into extinction, MacPherson said it will alter how they make money. Related Items:John Williams, Netflix, skype, stuart macpherson, TCI Telecommunications Commission, whatsapp Cabinet Approves NEW government board members Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Letter to the Editor

first_img Related Items:damian wilson, leadership, tci patriots Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Jan 2016LIFE – Leadership, Integrity, Fraternity, and EducationHOPE – Help Our People ExcelPOWER – Possessing Our Wealth, Economy and ResourcesWhat is leadership?What is leadership?The above question sounds simple enough, and when answering many will tell you that leadership is simply being in charge or in command, being the one to make the decisions. While this is absolutely true, we must understand that leadership is so much more than that. While the word ‘leadership’ holds simple conations for most, it means much more than simply being in charge or making decisions. We must understand that there are effective leaders and there are those in a position of leadership; they are not necessarily the same thing. You see, the difference here is position versus purpose. What do I mean by this?Often times many persons are given a position where they are in charge of others. However, there hearts have no desire for progress or change, so they keep doing the same things that have always been done. It’s not that they’re not capable but they have not developed a desire for purpose in that role. They may have a lot going on but their actions doesn’t give inspiration to those around them, and therefore, they struggle to gain momentum in their leadership.What we must understand is that leadership isn’t just about the leader, but also about the people they lead. As a leader you will develop a purpose for your leadership by having a heart for the people that you lead. Real effective leadership isn’t about getting people to confirm to your way but about transforming people’s faith in their own abilities through your vision. Successful people identify what they do well; but successful leaders identify what others do well.Aside from the above, I firmly believe that there are a few more key characteristics that any leader should have. Some of these key characteristics are:1. Innovation: Leadership is about introducing something new or different that hasn’t been seen before or taking something already existing or established and transforming it into something new or different. Good leadership is creative and transformative. Innovation in leadership is a process which takes time.2. Decisiveness: A leader must not be afraid to make decisions. Sometimes those decisions will be very hard choices but a leader must have the ability to make good decisions quickly and effectively. Often times, those closest to you may not agree with your choice but being decisive may be the difference between life and death.3. Problem Solving: A leader must have the ability to solve a problem, whether that problem is in the conception of ideas, in the operation of the organization or even with individuals. They must try to see clearly and be objective. When problems are ignored or not resolve they can grow and become even more dangerous later on.4. Compassion: A good leader not only cares about achieving their vision but is also empathetic to the needs and concerns of others, especially of those that follow you. A simple compassionate act can motivate even the most disheartened follower to continue on or persuade the hardest enemy to see differently. Leaders must show that they care!As you may see, these few characteristics are not actually about the leader but how the leader related to others in their role as leader. Successful people position themselves well; successful leaders position others well. Not through favouritism or elitism but through vision. Because the greatest legacy of any leadership is producing more leaders not devoted followers.END.Damian WilsonTCI Patriot National Leadership Conference announced, Youth to get training Recommended for you Natl Leadership Conference begins today; Registration still on Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Vote Your Voice says they did not collect any forms during drivelast_img read more

Roadway Robbery attempts in Blue Hills Be Careful

first_img Related Items: #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 2, 2016 – At least two residents posted their own accounts of what happened to them while driving in Blue Hills and Millennium Heights and it points to the boldness of criminals.A man said his vehicle was ambushed by several men, one tried to get into the car but he sped off and that alleged attacker fell to the ground.Another involved a woman, also driving and who told neighbors a tree branch was tossed into the road to force her to stop; she didn’t and it is believed she averted danger in her decision.  Both instances are said to be from this week.Go to to see the holiday safety tips shared by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Police arrest 35 year old man in Provo in connection to March

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 12, 2017 – Providenciales – Despite challenging circumstances on the islands at this time, The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police are continuing their task of providing service and protection to the communities of Providenciales.Detectives have arrested and charged a 35 year old male of Providenciales for Conspiracy to Rob in connection with a report made on Saturday 4th March 2017.   Around 2:29am that date, police responded to the Cheshire Hall Medical where the victim told officers that upon exiting a vehicle in his hotel lobby he was approached by two masked men who shot him before making off with an undisclosed amount of money.   The male is presently on remand.Yesterday morning (Monday 11th September 2017) around 1:40am, officers responded to a report of an attempted Burglary at a business establishment, a 24 year old male was apprehended and is in police custody assisting with the investigation.Around 12:29am this morning (Tuesday 12th September 2017), Tactical Unit officers responded to a firearm related offence where three persons were arrested and are assisting Police in the investigation.   A firearm was also recovered and investigations are ongoing.“Officers are working hard despite some losses at their homes, we are committed to protecting the communities of the Turks and Caicos and these arrests are part of the work to tackle crime.”  said Commissioner James Smith.Press Release: RTCIPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Video AZ Alkmaar star left in disbelief as delightful chip spins

first_imgMats Seuntjens couldn’t believe his eyes as his brilliant chip bounced away from the goal just as he begun to celebrateThe Dutch midfielder chipped the ball from the edge of the penalty area on the right side to potentially hand AZ Alkmaar an unlikely goal in their KNVB Cup tie with PEC Zwolle.The ball went past the helpless Zwolle goalkeeper and appeared to be heading straight into the goal only for it to then take a backspin off the goal line.This left a flabbergasted Seuntjens crutching his hips wondering what happened.“Unbelievable. Unfortunately, there was just too much effect on the ball,” said Seuntjens afterwards, via talkSPORT.Europa League draw groups K and L George Patchias – August 30, 2019 Europa League groups K and L were kind to Wolves and United, weren’t they? confirmed that Europa League group K consists of, Besiktas, Braga,…“Really too bad, because it was a great ball, even if I say so myself. ”Although AZ did still win 5-0 anyway and progressed through to the quarter-finals of the KNVB Cup.Here’s Ralf Seuntjes of AZ scoring a delightful lob over the… hang on,— GoalScorer Challenge (@GoalscorerC) December 19, 2018last_img read more