first_imgWayne Rooney has revealed his final days at Manchester United were embarrassing.The Manchester United all-time top scorer insists his failure to start the club’s league cup final against Southampton and the UEFA Europa League final against Ajax convinced him his time at the club was over.Despite having a bit-part role in manager Jose Mourinho’s squad, the former England international remained the captain as well as a living icon during his final season at Old Trafford.However, his reduced status in the dressing room meant Rooney was ’embarrassed’ to lift both trophies.Rooney told Sky Sports: “I came on for one minute in the Europa League final. I was about to come on against Southampton in the League Cup final, and in those moments it was embarrassing.“It was getting to a point where I was embarrassed. I thought “I can’t keep doing this”, as hard as it was to leave United.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“In the Southampton game, [manager Jose] Mourinho came to me and said: ‘I want you to lift the trophy.’ I was like: “Well, I didn’t even play in the game.’”“He was persistent with it, and I literally lifted it and moved it on. What was I doing? I need to move on and go somewhere else.”Rooney called time on his United career in the summer of 2017, joining his boyhood club Everton with Romelu Lukaku moving in the other direction in a separate deal.However, his time at Goodison Park would be equally difficult and he made the move to the MLS this summer.He enjoyed an impressive campaign in the United States and his family have flourished in their new environment.last_img read more

first_imgNote, we weren’t looking for page views, necessarily, but we got them. Who knew FOLIO:’s Web site would become a forum for debating abortion rights issues? Since posting this story Monday (“Pro-Life Groups Outraged Over Vogue Photo Spread”) about how a photoshoot for a Vogue column on partial-birth abortions has angered religious and pro-life groups—who say it makes the controversial procedure appear fashionable—thousands of people have stopped by to read it, and many have posted passionate comments rationalizing all sides of the issue.Our story was even picked up by Page Six today, which may or may not be a first for FOLIO:. last_img

first_imgAre better times coming for boating magazines?Citing the latest report from marine, manufactured housing, and RV industry market data firm Statistical Surveys, boating trade publication Soundings Trade Only says the intense decline in boat sales may be slowing.”Declines in every segment are slowing compared to the activity recorded in June,” Statistical Surveys national marine sales manager Aarn Rosen reportedly said in a statement. The report is based on registration data from 26 states, or about 60 percent of the U.S. market. So, does this mean the ailing boating magazine sector can expect an up-tick in ad sales? According to Publishers Information Bureau first half figures, boating magazines took an especially hard hit during the period, with ad pages plummeting double digits for many of its titles, including Boating (-24.3 percent), Motorboating (-23.6 percent) and Yachting (-22 percent). SEE RELATED: Magazines That Managed to Grow Ad Pages in the First Half, We Salute YouAccording to the Statistical Surveys report, though, July numbers were still down severely, with sales for fiberglass boats falling 25.3 percent, aluminum boat sales down 17.7 percent and personal watercraft sales declining 17.5 percent.Is this really good news? Or is it just not-as-bad, bad news?last_img read more

first_img Share your voice Random Post a comment 13 Photos Bill Gates Bill Gates has some suggestions for your 2019 summer reading list. Bill Gates/Gates Notes Summer vacation is almost here in the northern hemisphere. Woo-hoo! You’re heading to the beach. You could pack a romance novel or a lightweight spy caper. Or you could pack the five books Microsoft founder Bill Gates recommends you read. Get ready to get heavy.Gates’ summer reading list is an annual tradition. He released the latest version on his Gates Notes blog on Monday, giving you plenty of time to hit your local bookstore for some thought-provoking reading to pack with your sunscreen and bathing suit.”I’ve recently found myself drawn to books about upheaval (that’s even the title of the one of them) — whether it’s the Soviet Union right after the Bolshevik revolution, the United States during times of war, or a global reevaluation of our economic system,” Gates wrote, saying most of these books deal with the idea of disruption. 0 UpheavalJared Diamond’s Upheaval delves into “how nations managed existential challenges like civil war, foreign threats and general malaise” through a group of case studies. Gates acknowledged this might sound like a bummer, but said he left the book feeling optimistic about our ability to solve problems.Nine PintsIf you made it through all the bloodshed of Game of Thrones, then chances are good you can handle Nine Pints by Rose George. The subtitle clues you into the subject: “A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood.” “It’s filled with super-interesting facts that will leave you with a new appreciation for blood,” Gates said.A Gentleman in MoscowNow we detour into the realm of fiction with Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow. This bestselling novel follows the rich Count Alexander Rostov who is living under house arrest in a hotel in Moscow in the 1920s. The book spans several decades. Gates called it “fun, clever, and surprisingly upbeat.” Presidents of WarMichael Beschloss’ Presidents of War tackles the complicated history of US presidents and the conflicts the country became involved in, including the War of 1812 and the Vietnam War. “Beschloss’s broad scope lets you draw important cross-cutting lessons about presidential leadership,” said Gates.The Future of CapitalismGates said he doesn’t agree with everything in Paul Collier’s The Future of Capitalism, but that the author’s “background as a development economist gives him a smart perspective on where capitalism is headed.” Gates recommended this as a good analysis of the problems around capitalism today.While these five titles make up the official summer reading list, Gates also threw in a plug for his wife Melinda Gates’ The Moment of Lift, a book about the women who have inspired her. “I know I’m biased, but it’s one of the best books I’ve read so far this year,” he said. These books should keep you busy until the end of 2019 when we can expect Gates’ annual list of his favorite books of the year. 1:08 Tags How to check out digital library books Inside Microsoft’s HoloLens development lab Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

first_imgPolice investigate the scene of an explosion in the U.S. embassy compound in Kiev. ReutersA small blast hit the premises of the US embassy in Kiev overnight causing no casualties after an unknown assailant lobbed an explosive device, Ukrainian police said on Thursday.”Investigators found that an unknown person threw an explosive device onto the territory of the diplomatic mission,” the police said in a statement.The US embassy — located in central Kiev — confirmed that an “incident involving a small incendiary device” happened just after midnight but said diplomats were working “as normal” after no damage was caused.”At this time, we do not consider this incident a terrorist act,” the embassy wrote on Twitter.Ukraine’s foreign ministry condemned the incident, saying it could have “harmed the life and health of the diplomatic mission staff”.”Law enforcement agencies are taking all measures to investigate the crime, and additional measures are being taken to ensure the security of the diplomatic mission”, ministry spokeswoman Mariana Betsa wrote on Twitter.Ukraine has been roiled by crisis since mass protesters begun in 2013 that eventually ousted a Moscow-backed leader and pitched the country into a mammoth tug-of-war between Russia and the West.The Kremlin responded by seizing Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and backing a pro-Moscow rebellion that spiralled into a bloody conflict still rumbling on in eastern regions.last_img read more

first_imgBimanThe managing director of Biman Bangladesh Airlines AM Masaddique Ahmed has been relieved of his duties, reports UNB.Civil aviation and tourism secretary Mohibul Haque confirmed it to UNB on Wednesday.He said Biman director (operation) captain Farhad Hasan Zamil will perform as acting managing director until a new MD is appointed.The decision was taken at a meeting of Biman managing committee on Tuesday night following allegations of irregularities and corruption in Biman, he said.A new managing director will be appointed within 15 June, he added.last_img

first_img Share Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/APThe cast of “Moonlight” celebrates as “Moonlight” wins the best picture award at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.1. AT ACADEMY AWARDS, AN EPIC ERRORIn an apparently unprecedented mistake, the wrong winner is announced for best picture. Things are soon sorted out — and “Moonlight,” not “La La Land,” wins the Oscar.2. TERROR ‘WAGED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD’Former congregants say they were subjected to years of emotional and physical abuse inside an evangelical church in western North Carolina, an AP investigation reveals.3. WHERE US FORCES COULD BE HEADEDA new military strategy to meet Trump’s demand to “obliterate” the Islamic State group is likely to deepen American military involvement in Syria.4. IRANIANS CHEER CHOICE FOR BEST FOREIGN FILMHis countrymen are also lauding the decision by Asghar Farhadi, director of “The Salesman,” to boycott the Academy Awards because of the Trump administration’s travel ban.5. POLAND A POPULIST FRONT-RUNNERMonths before Britain voted to leave the EU Union or the U.S. elected Trump, Poles booted out their own political establishment.6. LITTLE CONSEQUENCE FOR DRUG MISDEEDSStaff at VA hospitals were fired or reprimanded in a small fraction of thousands of reported cases of opioid theft and missing prescriptions since 2010, according to government data provided to the AP.7. GUILTY PLEA EXPECTED IN AIR BAG SCANDALJapanese auto parts maker Takata is also expected in U.S. federal court to agree to a $1 billion penalty for concealing the deadly air bag inflator problem.8. WHO’S NOT LOWERING GUARD ON POTThe American Academy of Pediatrics is beefing up warnings about marijuana’s potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use.9. KURT BUSCH USES LAST-LAP PASS FOR DAYTONA WINIt’s a victory of redemption for the driver, who was suspended by NASCAR two days before the 2015 Daytona 500 for off-track behavior.10. WHAT’S NEXT MOVE FOR BILL COSBYThe actor is set to return to a Pennsylvania courtroom to ask a judge to bring in outside jurors in his criminal sex assault case.last_img read more

first_imgStatue of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney at the Maryland State House. Feb. 23, 2016. (Capital News Service photo by Connor Glowacki.)ANNAPOLIS — Legislation moving through Annapolis could put a statue of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney, a Maryland native known for writing the pro-slavery Dred Scott opinion, in jeopardy.Monuments from the Civil War with ties to slavery and the Confederacy have been an increasingly controversial matter throughout Maryland in the past year. Over 20 Democratic delegates are co-sponsoring a House bill that, if passed, would remove and destroy the statue. The bill is set to be introduced to the Maryland House Health and Government Operations committee on Wednesday and has a companion bill in the state Senate, set for a hearing March 4.One of the House bill’s sponsors, Delegate Benjamin Brooks, D-Baltimore County, said that growing up in South Carolina and being subjected to racial prejudices gave him a unique perspective on this issue. “I think any symbol of racial hatred and oppression should not be something the state is endorsing,” Brooks said. “Anything and everything I can do to remove them from society, I’ll do it.” Taney was the fifth chief justice in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court and is remembered most for his decision regarding the Dred Scott case in 1857. Scott was an enslaved African American who said that he and his wife should be granted freedom because they were taken as slaves, by a white owner, to live in Illinois and the Wisconsin Territory for four years. But both those states considered slavery illegal. According to the case’s decision on the Cornell University Law School website, Taney said in the opinion, “Neither Dred Scott himself nor any of his family were made free by being carried into this territory, even if they had been carried there by the owner with the intention of becoming a permanent resident.”Taney grew up in Calvert County and practiced law for over 20 years in Frederick County before becoming a part of the Supreme Court in 1836, according to the Historical Society of Frederick County’s website. Delegate Kathy Afzali, D-Frederick, disagreed with the bill and said there were more important things that the legislature could be doing this session. She also said that there were a lot of historical figures who had prejudices, but who were also in tune with their time.“I honestly think we have parts of our history that are good and then parts that are embarrassing, but he was still a part of our history,” Afzali said.Afzali said that instead of removing the statue, there should be a plaque added to the monument detailing Taney’s decision in the Dred Scott case. However, Brooks said he would consider amending the bill to move rather than destroy the statue.“Let’s put it in a library or something. Memorialize it that way,” Brooks said.last_img read more

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: wake of the backlash against him after seemingly fawning over Donald Trump, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank has written an open letter to the city of Baltimore. We’ll examine the substance of the letter with a man who knows Plank well, former Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes. Plus, the Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report from Annapolis on the efforts at bail reform.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

first_img Male wolf spiders cannibalize females Citation: Study finds cannibalism helps some spiders produce more offspring (2012, August 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Photo of Agelenopsis pennsylvanica in funnel web. Image: University of Michigan. More information: Sexual cannibalism is associated with female behavioural type, hunger state and increased hatching success, Animal Behaviour, In Press, … ii/S0003347212002916AbstractPrecopulatory sexual cannibalism may represent the most extreme form of sexual conflict because it necessarily truncates the reproductive potential of the victim. Three of the most prominent mechanisms invoked to explain incidence of precopulatory sexual cannibalism are the ‘adaptive foraging’, ‘aggressive spillover’ and ‘mate choice’ hypotheses. These hypotheses argue that sexual cannibalism is either (1) the result of female choice, where females gauge the benefits of suitors as perspective mates versus prey, (2) a neutral (or deleterious) by-product of selection on aggressiveness in nonreproductive contexts, or (3) a mechanism by which females express their mating preferences, respectively. We tested the predictions of these hypotheses in the funnel-web spider Agelenopsis pennsylvanica using staged laboratory encounters. We then tracked numerous fitness proxies of cannibalistic versus noncannibalistic females to determine whether cannibalism was associated with increased female performance. We found that more aggressive females and those deprived of food were more likely to engage in precopulatory cannibalism. Cannibalism was not associated with male condition, male body size or female body size, nor with the mass of females’ egg cases, the number of eggs therein, or the mass of individual eggs. In contrast, there was a positive association between the mass of the egg case and the number of offspring that emerged in cannibalistic females, but not in noncannibalistic females. Thus, offspring of cannibalistic mothers appear to have increased hatching success in heavier egg cases. This may represent a novel advantage associated with sexual cannibalism.via BBC Explore further © 2012 , Animal Behaviour This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The researchers, led by Aric Berning, set out to learn more about why the common female funnel grass spider quite often eats male spiders that come near, prior to copulation, which would seem counterproductive, unless it’s seen as a sign of discrimination, i.e. they only eat the ones they don’t want to have as a mate. To learn more they captured a bunch of the spiders and brought them back to the lab. The females were allowed to build webs, and then males were subsequently dumped into them to see what would happen under different circumstances. They found that the females were likely to eat any male that arrived if they were hungry, or just feeling particularly aggressive. In other scenarios, they found the females a little more discerning, allowing some to mate with them, while eating others. In some extreme cases they found some females that refused to eat any males at all, and some that ate every male no matter what else was going on.But they found something else too. In instances where the females dined on a male or two before eventually copulating and producing young, the egg cases they produced tended to be a little more robust than usual and inside of them, were more young than were found in egg cases produced from females that had not eaten males prior to producing the cases and offspring. So it seems that eating a few suitors before giving birth appears to give the females some added vigor in producing and protecting offspring, something that has never been observed in any species before.The researchers don’t know why things work out this way, but speculate that eating males might offer the perfect combination of vitamins and minerals for assisting with case production, or perhaps it prompts a hormonal response. Either way, it appears that the relationship between male and female funnel web spiders is much more complex than it might appear at first glance. ( — Researchers have known for years that many female spiders kill their mates, either before or after mating and some even eat them, and while many theories have arisen as to why this occurs, this newest instance appears to be the most bizarre yet. A team of biologists from the University of Pittsburgh have found, as they describe in their paper published in the journal Animal Behavior, that females of one species of spider that eat males, tend to produce thicker egg cases out of which emerge more hatchlings, than those that don’t. Journal information: Animal Behaviorlast_img read more

first_imgEnglish-language Turkish news service, TRT World, has launched on UK subscription-free satellite TV platform, Freesat.The channel is available from today in standard and high definition on channel number 215, joining Freesat’s ‘News and Sport’ section.“We’re very pleased to be the first free-to-air platform to offer TRT World to UK viewers,” said Alistair Thom, managing director of Freesat.“In coming to Freesat, TRT World joins the likes of CNN and Al-Jazeera in providing our viewers with an international perspective on news and current affairs from both home and abroad.”Murat Akguc, managing director at TRT World said: “TRT World is strengthening its worldwide position as a global news organisation and this deal will enable us to reach out to UK homes to provide an alternative viewpoint on world events, challenging perceived narratives and providing a much-needed perspective on news.”TRT World is the international face of Turkish Radio and Television Corporation. It had been broadcasting in the English language since 2015 to communicate a Turkish perspective on current affairs to a global audience.last_img read more