Rutgers’ historic year puts program in spotlight

first_img BY MIKE McDONALD Staff Writer Coach knows, with success comes heightened expectations BY MIKE McDONALDStaff Writer When the Rutgers University football team (11-2) beat Kansas State (7-6) by the final score of 37-10 on Dec. 28 in the Texas Bowl, it marked the end to one of the most illustrious seasons in school history. The win was the school’s first-ever bowl victory and validated the notion that the Scarlet Knights’ program has reached a level few thought was possible. Rutgers appears poised to be a national championship contender next season. While the Scarlet Knights’ emergence certainly has a storybook feel to it, head coach Greg Schiano is quick to downplay the idea that his team is an overnight success. “I never tried to correct anybody when they called us a ‘Cinderella,’ but no, I don’t like that [idea] at all,” he said. “I think Cinderella is year two, all of a sudden you kind of flip the switch. But this has been a hard grind, six years … I think this program has logically kind of climbed the ladder. I think had we found a way to win all our games, maybe that would have been a Cinderella because we kind of skipped a step, so to speak, but I think right now we’re just climbing and building a football program and the next step.” While the outcome of the Texas Bowl left some wondering if Rutgers deserved a spot in a more esteemed bowl game, the Scarlet Knight players did everything they could do to cap their memorable season. And while the bowl win was certainly rewarding, perhaps the most important thing to happen to Rutgers this season came in the form of a promise from the coach. When Schiano reinforced his commitment to Rutgers, telling the media, fans, personnel and players that he would be back following this season (thus rejecting what would likely have been several offers from various programs), it showed his loyalty to his school and his players. While most coaches bolt from school to school to try to move up in the coaching ranks and build their coaching résumés, Schiano insisted he had more work to do at Rutgers. The players responded by playing not only their best game of the year, but possibly the best game ever by a Rutgers team. Now Schiano and company are already thinking about that next step. But they’ll have to do it without several players who were key contributors in RU’s recent success. Sitting atop that list is Brian Leonard. Besides being the team’s leader, he has also been a staple on the team for four years. Rutgers football has come a far way since Leonard first stepped onto the field. And while the Scarlet Knights will certainly miss all of their graduating seniors (like William Beckford, Willie Foster, Clark Harris, Ramel Meekins, Joe Radigan, Devraun Thompson, Brandon Renkart and Derrick Roberson, among others), it was Leonard who over the last few seasons became the face of the program, and whose perseverance, determination and confidence helped shape the identity of the team. The best example of just how far Rutgers has come, came after the Scarlet Knights suffered what was thought to be a major setback with a shocking loss to Cincinnati. While in the past such a loss would have set off a tailspin, Rutgers was able to finish the season strong due to both great coaching and great leadership, which simply would not let this team stay down for long. “As you build and you evolve, your program has to understand the steps as well,” Schiano said. “There are different situations you look at. You look at this season, the Cincinnati game. I think, not to dredge up bad memories, but I think that the next time we’re in the same situation, if we’re blessed enough to be, we’ll be better prepared. Although at the time I thought we were doing things the right way, there are things now I would do differently. “As we approach next season, I think we’re going to have to understand that we were 11-2, and we tied for second, but the team we tied for second with beat us, so we tied for second, but we were in third place in a competitive nature. We know what we have to do, now it’s, Can we do it to be the team we want to be?” Part of what Schiano needs to determine is who will emerge as the next set of leaders? “That’s the interesting part about coaching,” Schiano said. “Talent-wise, we have enough talent. It’s going to be chemistry, it’s going to be work ethic, it’s going to be leadership — all those things that are the impetus to drive the team forward. “We’re at a point now where I don’t handle every little thing with the discipline. Bowl week, I’m sure there are things that occurred down there in Houston that never got to my desk, that were taken care of by the seniors before they became issues. Those are the things, hopefully, their tradition and legacy of leadership has been passed down throughout the program, and now it’s the next group’s chance. “That’s the fun part to me,” the coach added. “A lot of that is the head coach’s job, developing leaders. Certainly the assistant coaches help with that, but that’s something I can do in the offseason, meet with individuals, meet with leadership groups, try to prepare them for what’s ahead.” There will be 13 starters returning next fall, which should give the team some stability going into next season. “We’ll see,” Schiano said. “We do have 13 starters coming back, could be 14 if you consider Timmy Brown a starter. Jeremy Ito would be another guy. I’ve looked at all the depths at the positions. “For recruiting, you have to look a year ahead and see where your needs will be. We have a chance, from an athletic standpoint, to be a very good team, so we’ll see how the chemistry is. This year we were fortunate. If you look, our five offensive linemen started every game. That’s rare to be blessed like that without an injury. Same thing with the linebackers, quarterback. We were really very, very fortunate to be able to stay healthy in a lot of positions. “One of them where we weren’t [healthy], wideout, was one where we had depth,” the coach added. “No matter how young we might be, we had guys we could put out there. That all goes into play in how your year ends up from a win-loss standpoint, but from a starting standpoint, I think getting into the ’07 season we have some good, talented players to start with, and we’ll see where it goes.” Despite Schiano’s optimism, there are already skeptics wondering aloud whether RU can consistently maintain a successful program. Schiano has higher aspirations. “I look at it as just that, a springboard,” he said. “It’s a great accomplishment by this senior class, but if it’s not a springboard, then it’s all wasted, because we’re building something here to stand the test of time. Not every year are you going to be champions and not every year are you going to win 11 games; there are ebbs and flows. But our goal is to be a winning football team year in and year out. Some years you’ll be in the top 10, some years you’ll win the national championships, some years you’ll drift back a little bit. But to be a consistent winner, that’s what we came here to build, and that’s what we’re going to give the school, and that’s what we’re going to give the state.” While those are lofty expectations indeed, Schiano is hardly shying away from the challenge. “I think expectations will be heightened, and they should be,” he said. “That’s what we want. That’s what we’re trying to create. We hope we’d be better than just the top 25 after what we did. … I said the last few years we’ve talked about making history here at Rutgers, and I think by winning a bowl game we made history. But as importantly, and maybe more importantly, is that we’ve started a tradition, a new tradition here at Rutgers, and that, I think, is the legacy these seniors will leave behind. Bowl traditions, all these traditions, they have to start somewhere, and this is what this group of seniors gets to do.” Another sign of just how far the Rutgers University football program has come is the sudden interest in Schiano’s coaching staff — yet another sign of the respect RU is getting following this historic season. “My assistants already have gotten calls, which we’ll see how that all plays out,” Schiano said. “I keep that confidential because there’s a lot of reasons. Number one, it’s different when an assistant gets a call and investigates a job than when a head coach does, because you’re running the program, you’re the leader of the program. These guys are just checking things out to see if things are better for their family. But no doubt, when you win, especially when you take a program that hasn’t won, people say, well what are they doing? Our guys are respected coaches throughout the country, both on a collegiate level and a professional level.” Naturally, Schiano would hate to lose any of his assistant coaches, all of whom have helped change the perception of Rutgers football during Schiano’s regime. “Certainly, I think the continuity of our staff has helped over the last two years, and I would love to keep this group together,” he said. “It’s a great group of coaches, a great chemistry, but I also know we have quality coaches that are going to get offers that advance their careers. My philosophy is when guys lay on the line for you and for the program, I do everything I can to help them better themselves and better their situation, whether it be at Rutgers or somewhere else.” This past weekend, the coach had plans to finally relax and savor the victory. And such a break was certainly well deserved, since all he has done is put Rutgers University on the map and take a once depleted, undermanned, underachieving football team and turn them into a nationally ranked team with the expectations to be a perennial competitive team year after year. “This is, without a doubt, the most rewarding experience I’ve had in coaching,” the coach said following his team’s victory on Thursday. “Because you’re in charge of everything, you’re responsible for everything, it’s very hectic — that bowl trip. Bowl trips are very hectic for a head coach, for all the coaches, but especially for the head coach, when you think about all the different things that have to happen, all the logistics you’re not used to doing. You’re constantly planning, thinking, checking, but that’s why this weekend I want to just relax and enjoy the season we had. Then this Tuesday it’s time to get cracking. “The reality is, we’re already dealing with offseason surgery stuff, trying to plan those, so you never really get away, but that’s OK,” Schiano added. “I’ve said it many times — my job is my hobby, so I enjoy it; I just want to get some rest.”last_img read more

Evangelist Graham’s wife, Ruth, dies at 87

first_imgRuth Graham had been bedridden for months with degenerative osteoarthritis of the back and neck – the result of a serious fall from a tree in 1974 while she was fixing a swing for grandchildren – and underwent treatment for pneumonia two weeks ago. At her request, and in consultation with her family, she had stopped receiving nutrients through a feeding tube for the last few days, Ross said. A public memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Montreat Conference Center. A private interment service will be held the next day in Charlotte. As Billy Graham’s wife, Ruth Graham could have laid claim to being the first lady of evangelical Protestantism, but neither exploited that unique status nor lusted for the limelight. Behind the scenes, however, she was considered her husband’s closest adviser during his spectacular global career – one rivaled only by her father, L. Nelson Bell, until his death in 1973. “She would help my father prepare his messages, listening with an attentive ear, and if she saw something that wasn’t right or heard something that she felt wasn’t as strong as it could be, she was a voice to strengthen this or eliminate that,” said her son, Franklin, who is now the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. MONTREAT, N.C. – Ruth Graham, who surrendered dreams of missionary work in Tibet to marry a suitor who became the world’s most renowned evangelist, died Thursday. She was 87. She died at 5:05 p.m. at her home at Little Piney Cove, surrounded by her husband and all five of their children, Billy Graham said in a written statement released by his spokesman Larry Ross. “Ruth was my life partner, and we were called by God as a team,” Billy Graham wrote. “No one else could have borne the load that she carried. She was a vital and integral part of our ministry, and my work through the years would have been impossible without her encouragement and support. “I am so grateful to the Lord that he gave me Ruth, and especially for these last few years we’ve had in the mountains together. We’ve rekindled the romance of our youth, and my love for her continued to grow deeper every day. I will miss her terribly, and look forward even more to the day I can join her in Heaven.” “Every person needs that kind of input in their life, and she was that to my father.” Bell, a missionary doctor, headed the Presbyterian hospital in Qingjiang, China, that had been founded by the father of author Pearl Buck. Ruth grew up there and spent three high school years in what is now North Korea. “What she witnessed in her family home, she practiced for herself: dependence on God in every circumstance, love for his word, concern for others above self and an indomitable spirit displayed with a smile,” said the Grahams’ youngest daughter, also named Ruth. Billy Graham was a spiritual adviser to presidents for decades, and through him his wife, despite her reluctance to be a public personality herself, met many of the powerful and famous. In a joint written statement, President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush called her a “remarkable woman of faith” who “inspired people around the world with her humor, intelligence, elegance, and kindness.” She met Billy Graham at Wheaton College in Illinois. “If I had not been smitten with love at first sight of Ruth Bell, I would certainly have been the exception. Many of the men at Wheaton thought she was stunning,” he wrote in 1997. He coaxed her away from a foreign-missions calling and into marriage after both graduated in 1943. In 1945, he began his roving ministry for the Youth for Christ organization.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

KICKBOXING LK CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS…OF KICKS!

first_imgSince Kickboxing LK opening in January 2009 it has gone from strength to strength under the expert eye of commonwealth, european and two weight professional world kickboxing champion and professional mixed martial arts champion Tommy ‘The Ghost’ Mc Cafferty.The club, now entering its fifth year, has already created a few success stories with members losing mass amounts of weight, gaining confidence and even picking up a few irish titles along the way, the club currently boasts two senior Irish full contact champions in Letterkenny’s own Brian Crossan and Lifford native Ronnie Brennan.Although the club has had a lot of success on the competative circuit it’s not all about that side of things. Tommy believes the bulk of the clubs members are there to keep fit and loose weight. “We have a lot of people that compete and our junior team is one of the best in the country at the minute but I find the vast majority of our members don’t fight or have no intention of fighting they just enjoy the training,” he says.“At the club you can two birds with the one stone, you are getting fit and losing weight but you are also learning a very good skill set for self defence.“In the normal classes there is a lot of cardio,core-work and a lot of padwork with people burning 800+ calories in the hour,the normal classes has no contact as we keep fighters classes seperate so people can get the most out of their training no matter what their goal is,we give people the choice of getting weigh-ins, body fat measurements and nutritional advice so they can keep track of their progress towards their goals but this isn’t compulsory.“The atmosphere in the club is relaxed and fun but everyone pushes hard and encourages each other.” The martial art of Muay Thai has also arrived – with people travelling from all over the North West for classes.For further details check outwww.tommymccafferty.comwww.facebook.com/kickboxinglkKICKBOXING LK CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS…OF KICKS! was last modified: January 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:kickboxinglktommy mccaffertylast_img read more

3,700 U.S. troops to be sent to Baghdad

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2President Bush said this week that he had decided to send more troops to Baghdad after the surge in reprisal killings began to threaten the unity government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, which took power May 20. The wave of violence has dashed administration hopes for substantial reductions in the 127,000-member U.S. mission in Iraq before the November midterm elections. According to the United Nations, about 6,000 Iraqis were killed in insurgent or sectarian violence in May and June – despite American hopes that the unity government of Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds would win public confidence and ease the security crisis. The U.S. statement did not say when the Stryker Brigade would move to the capital from its base in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, but the redeployment was expected soon. A U.S. military official told The Associated Press that more troops will follow the Stryker brigade, normally based at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. The official gave no further details and spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons. Pentagon officials have said plans call for adding military police, armored vehicles and tanks to the streets of the capital to work alongside Iraq’s U.S.-trained police and army units. Those units are heavily Shiite, and the presence of Americans is intended to assure Sunnis that the Iraqi forces are not Shiite death squads in uniform. BAGHDAD, Iraq – The U.S. command announced Saturday that it was sending 3,700 troops to Baghdad to try to quell the sectarian violence sweeping the capital, and a U.S. official said more American soldiers will follow as the military gears up to take the streets from gunmen. The 172nd Stryker Brigade, which had been due to return home after a year in Iraq, will bring quick-moving, light-armored vehicles to patrol this sprawling city of 6 million people, hoping security forces respond faster to the tit-for-tat killings by Shiite militias and Sunni Arab insurgents. The U.S. military hopes more armor will intimidate gunmen, who in recent weeks have become more brazen in their attacks. “This will place our most experienced unit with our most mobile and agile systems in support of our main effort,” said Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the top U.S. commander in Iraq. “This gives us a potentially decisive capability to affect security in Baghdad.” U.S. and British officials have said Iraqi units, especially the police, have been infiltrated by Shiite militias and have lost the confidence of many Iraqi civilians. However, the strategy also risks further discrediting Iraqi forces, affecting their morale and making Americans more vulnerable to attack. U.S. casualties have eased in recent months as Americans handed over more security responsibility to the Iraqis and assumed a support role. But the bitterness of the sectarian conflict and the high stakes at play have proven too much for the Iraqi force in the capital. The surge in attacks also pointed to the failure of al-Maliki’s security plan for Baghdad, unveiled with great fanfare last month. Last week, U.S. spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell described Baghdad as a “must-win” not only for al-Maliki’s government “but for al-Qaida in Iraq,” which the Americans blame for fanning sectarian hatred.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Celtic to review travel plans after airport ‘abuse’

first_imgCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers will review travel arrangements after his team appeared to be verbally abused at Glasgow Airport ahead of the Champions League third qualifier against Rosenborg.Striker Leigh Griffiths, available after suspension ruled him out of the goalless draw at Parkhead last week, appeared to react to a comment made from a holidaymaker in the check-in queue.It was next to where the Hoops squad picked up their boarding passes for the trip to Norway.The person appeared to shout an obscenity and Griffiths was heard to say “your team’s deid mate, beat it.” There were also suggestions the Scotland forward was then accosted as he made his way to the security gates on the next level.Speaking at Celtic’s hotel in Trondheim, Rodgers said: “I don’t want to comment on it. I haven’t seen it or heard about it, that’s the first thing.“The second thing, the club knows my feeling on our travel and the organisation with that. That is something internal for us and obviously with the help of Glasgow Airport that we can get something a bit more suitable.“Incident or no incident, it is something we can look at that allows us to travel safely, which is the most important thing.” He added: “Any team in any airport in the world. If you are going from the first entrance to the airport, right the way through where you have to pass every element in the airport, every restaurant, every bar in a busy period, there is always a risk of that. “Not just Glasgow Airport but any airport, if that is the route you would take.“But we hope that with the help of the airport that we could maybe organise something. If there was an incident then it is not something we would want and not something that a team should have to go through.“You want to go, get checked in, get to your plane and get to the country you are travelling to safely and without anything else. There is nothing more to add to it.”last_img read more

Aids ‘animerts’ spread message

first_img“Victor the taxi driver” the lead characterin the Scrutinize series The young girl must learn life lessonsfrom the other charactersimages: Scrutinize Khanyi MagubaneA series of new animated commercials has been launched in a bid to communicate the HIV/Aids message in an innovative yet authoritative way. The Scrutinize campaign speaks to the young adult market in a fun yet fact-based and engaging manner.The campaign is the brainchild of a partnership between USAid, the Johns Hopkins Health Education in South Africa (JHHESA) and designer jeans label Levi’s. Backed by funding from the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief, the three organisations teamed up with South African creatives Matchboxology who created the entire animated series.The series makes use of characters from the township that the youth can easily relate to. Each of the animated commercials, known as animerts, is about 40-60 seconds long and is based on the everyday realities that place young South Africans at risk of HIV infection.The underlying strategy behind the campaign is to equip young people with the knowledge to take responsibility for their own actions, as a means to reducing their risk of HIV infection.Patrick Coleman, managing director for JHHESA, who has more than 30 years experience in public health communication, says he believes the reality of the series makes it very persuasive, “Scrutinize uses South African slang and symbology with the [same] kind of humour that makes shows like The Simpson’s so popular around the world,” he says.“People laugh because they can see themselves, but you can see in their eyes they are getting the message.”The lead character is taxi driver named Victor, created in collaboration with top South African comedian Joey Rasdien. Victor is on a mission “to flip HIV to H-I-Victory”. Rasdien is joined by a cast of four other local actors and comedians. The characters include a shebeen queen (a female owner of a small drinking establishment, usually in her home), a sugar daddy (an older man who dates young girls), a young girl, a businessman, and a teenage boy.Debbie Gebhardt, marketing director for Levi Strauss South Africa, says the creative use of multi-media gives the campaign a cutting edge, “We brought together commercial marketing and merchandising techniques, modern advertising creativity and hard epidemiological data with expertise from JHHESA and USAid.”The first eight animerts will be flighted on local television in South Africa for a period of a year. The aim will be to reach target audiences during peak hours and at times when youth programmes are broadcast.The campaign will also be taken to local communities, where the commercials will be used as discussion starters for a series of planned youth conversations around issues of HIV/Aids.Focus is on urban township youthDirector of communications at JHHESA, Richard Delate, says the campaign focuses on youth in South Africa’s black urban townships as their research has shown that this is where the spread of the HIV/Aids is most rife.He says part of the contributing factor to the spread of the virus is the prevalence of multiple and concurrent partners. This means that while a person may have a steady partner in a long-term relationship, they also have multiple partners on the outside. These partnerships usually overlap, forming a type of sexual network.While condom use amongst non-regular partners is high, it tends to become inconsistent and eventually decreases over time with the regular partner. This then puts the partners at a higher risk of contracting the virus.If one of the partners within the network gets infected with HIV, the virus spreads rapidly to others, as HIV is most infectious during the first three to six weeks after infection.According to the First National South African HIV/Aids Communication Survey conducted in 2006, 13% of young men and 4 % of young women between the ages of 15-24, reported that they had concurrent partners. This survey also found that youth falling into this age group have a greater chance of being involved with multiple and concurrent partners.Multiple and concurrent partnerships may also involve the exchange of material goods and status between a man or a woman better off economically, and a younger partner who isn’t. The younger partner is expected to give sexual favours in return to the “sugar daddy or sugar mommy”.For example, a girl may have three boyfriends, each of them catering to different aspects of her life. “Minister of transport” refers to the partner who provides her with transport to get around. It could be a guy with a car that fetches and drops her off at her destination of choice, or a taxi driver who lets her ride for free.“Minister of finance” refers to the man who offers her financial assistance. He may pay for her clothing accounts, her hair and in other instances, even her accommodation. “Minister of gigs” often refers to the man that provides entertainment. He takes her out to the nightclubs, to dinners and basically pays for their social life. The girl would usually sleep with all three men concurrently, increasing the spread of the virus.The Scrutinize campaign ultimately aims to empower young people with knowledge that will help them eradicate behaviour which places them in the high-risk category of contracting the virus. Levi’s will also feature the characters on T-shirts as part of their Red for Life range in shops nationwide.Useful LinksUSAid/South AfricaUSAid internationalThe Johns Hopkins UniversityLevi StraussDo you have any queries or comments on this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

North Dakota Might Exempt Military Retirement Pay

first_imgNorth Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum indicated in his State of the State address that:– his budget proposes a 100% personal income tax exemption for military retirement pay; and– he will enter into agreements with American Indian tribes to administer sales and use, alcohol, and tobacco taxes.2019 State of the State Address, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, January 3, 2019Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img

Researchers think they know what’s killing London’s iconic sparrow

first_img Researchers think they know what’s killing London’s iconic sparrow John Harding By Kelly MayesJul. 16, 2019 , 7:01 PMcenter_img Once a common sight around London, house sparrow (Passer domesticus) populations have been declining for decades; they’re down 71% since 1995. Now, researchers believe they know why: a mosquito-borne disease called avian malaria.Scientists collected 3 years of data from 11 sparrow colonies around London where the birds breed. They counted raw numbers of birds each year, and collected blood and excrement from a number of individuals.Seven out of the 11 colonies were losing birds, and roughly 74% of the sparrows carried avian malaria (Plasmodium relictum). That’s the highest rate of infection with this parasite seen in any wild bird population in Northern Europe, the researchers report today in Royal Society Open Science. Avian malaria may be causing declines in Western Europe, North America, and India as well, the team says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Similar to other forms of malaria, avian malaria is spread when mosquitoes bite birds and feed on their blood. The disease can lead to infections that can be fatal to the birds, and they can pass the infection on to their offspring. Most sparrows carried the parasite, but the quantity of parasites found in each bird’s system was significantly higher in declining populations, especially in younger birds, the team found.The scientists don’t know why avian malaria is particularly prevalent in house sparrows, but they say further research may provide clues.last_img read more

Microsoft sends out invites for its MWC 2015 event

first_imgMicrosoft has started sending invites for its MWC eventwhich is scheduled for the 2nd of March.Microsoft has announced that it will hold a special press conference in the MWC2015 in Barcelona. The Redmond giant will start the event at 8.30 AM local timewhere the press will be informed about the latest devices that the company isplanning to launch in the coming months.The event will happen a day after Samsung’s much anticipatedpress conference where the company will probably be launching this year’s flagshipdevice Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Edge.There is no confirmation as to what the Redmond softwaregiant will be talking about but there are speculations that the company willlaunch new hardware that will sport Windows Phone operating system. It has beena long time since Microsoft has updated its flagship line-up but there areindications that the company won’t launch a new flagship this MWC. The LumiaIcon/930 was the previous flagship which has performed better than average in alot of markets globally.   There are high chances that Microsoft will launch a successorto the mid-range phablet 1320 which will most likely be called Lumia 1330.last_img read more