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The Ashes: Hope you practice your bouncers, Pat Cummins’ warning to England

first_imgAustralia fast bowler Pat Cummins has told England’s batsmen to prepare themselves for the barrage of short-pitched bowling that awaits them when the Ashes series begins next month.The 24-year-old was brought home early from Australia’s ongoing limited overs tour of India to prepare for the Ashes where he is likely to partner Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood in a tall and fiery pace battery.”Hope you practice your bouncers because we’ll be bowling a lot of them,” Cummins told reporters in Sydney on Thursday in a warning to Joe Root’s side.”No one really likes it if you’ve got real pace and real accuracy,” added the right-armer, who, like Starc, is capable of regularly exceeding 150 kph.”They play on slower wickets, not as much bounce, so over here … it’s one of our biggest strengths.”We grow up on these wickets and as bowlers getting bounce has always been really important.”I think we’re lucky that there’s a few of us who are all pretty tall and get a bit of bounce and like to bowl with a bit of pace.”Hopefully the wickets have a bit of pace and bounce in them, there’s nothing like getting your adrenalin up and then running in trying to bowl short.”Cummins made a sensational Test debut as an 18-year-old in South Africa six years ago but has since had his career blighted by injury, particularly to his back, and has played just four further Tests and a smattering of limited overs internationals.advertisementDue to those injuries, the five-Test Ashes series, which starts on Nov. 23 at the Gabba in Brisbane, would be Cummins first Test matches on home soil and he said he was keen to make a similar impression to that which Mitchell Johnson made on the 2013-14 tour.”To watch ‘Johno’ do what he did, (he) kept the whole morale of the side and Australia up against the Poms almost single-handedly,” Cummins said of the left armer, who took 37 wickets at 13.97 as Australia swept the series 5-0.”It shows the importance a really quick bowler can have and hopefully one of us three or four guys can do a similar job.”last_img read more

Giants Beat Mets in 9th, 5-4

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The New York Mets missed multiple opportunities to build a bigger lead and hold it.The San Francisco Giants took advantage of the chances they had when it mattered most.Anthony Recker had a crucial misplay behind the plate in the ninth inning and Jenrry Mejia blew his first save of the season as the Mets lost their fifth straight game, 5-4 at San Francisco on the night of June 7.“We’re not happy with what’s happened but we’ve been in all the games,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “All it takes is a base hit here or there to turn things around.”Former Mets outfielder Angel Pagan had three singles, two RBIs and got on base all five times. He reached leading off the ninth when Recker dropped the third strike and his throw pulled Lucas Duda off first base. Collins challenged the play but lost.Hunter Pence hit a tying double that scored Pagan and advanced to third on Buster Posey’s deep fly to left-center. After Mejia (4-3) intentionally walked Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse sent a game-winning single to deep right and was mobbed by teammates before he reached second.“The ball got away from me a little farther than I would have liked,” Recker said of the dropped strikeout. “I didn’t have to rush, but I rushed more than I should have.”Jeremy Affeldt (2-1) tossed one scoreless inning to help the Giants (41-21) extend baseball’s best record.Bartolo Colon gave up three runs — one earned — and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Mets. The 41-year-old, who spent the past two seasons across the bay in Oakland, struck out four and walked two.Tim Hudson, who began the game with a majors-best 1.75 ERA, allowed season highs of nine hits and three runs. Even with the tough outing, Hudson (1.97 ERA) is the first pitcher in San Francisco history with an ERA below 2.00 through his first 12 starts with the team.The Mets grabbed leads of 3-0 and 4-1, but stranded 12 runners to help Hudson’s team rally. “At this level you can’t give good teams more than three outs, if you do, you are going to get burned by it,” Collins said.The Mets ended Hudson’s scoreless streak at 16 consecutive innings in the second, when Duda doubled and scored on Recker’s single. In the third, Duda broke his bat hitting an RBI single off the wall in right and Recker drove in another run to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.The Mets might have had more if not for a baserunning blunder. Ruben Tejada was tagged out between second and third after Duda stopped at third and Recker ran to second.With the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth, Posey grounded into a double play to score San Francisco’s first run. Colon then got Sandoval to fly out.New York extended its lead to 4-1 on a wild pitch by George Kontos in the sixth, but couldn’t overcome an error by third baseman David Wright in the bottom of the inning.Wright fielded a grounder and misfired to second trying to get the lead runner with two outs. Pagan followed with a two-run single to bring the Giants within 4-3 and chase Colon.Pence’s single loaded the bases for Posey again, but Jeurys Familia struck out Posey on a sinking fastball clocked at 96 mph.“We were in control of the game most of the way,” Recker said. “And we let them back in it and they took advantage of it.”(ANTONIO GONZALEZ, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kings Take Cup, Down Rangers in 2OT

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The longest postseason for the Los Angeles Kings led into the longest game they had ever played.After 94 minutes of impossibly tense hockey, Alec Martinez could scarcely believe it when a rebound off Henrik Lundqvist’s pads came straight to his stick.“After it went in, I think I blacked out,” Martinez said. “I’m just so happy for these guys.”From their first elimination game seven weeks ago to Martinez’s championship-winning goal, these Kings were resilient, relentless and remarkable.And now they have the Stanley Cup. Again.Martinez scored 14:43 into the second overtime, and the Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Friday the 13th at night.Marian Gaborik scored a tying power-play goal in the third period for the Kings, who rallied from yet another deficit before finishing off the Rangers in the finals’ third overtime game at Staples Center.Jonathan Quick made 28 saves and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Justin Williams scored an early goal as Los Angeles added a second title to its 2012 championship, the first in the franchise’s 47-year history.Long an NHL afterthought in their warm-weather city, the Kings have turned into a burgeoning dynasty — and they’ve turned Hollywood into a hockey town with two titles, capped by this glamorous finish.“We have a team that simply will not be denied,” said Williams, a three-time Cup champion after scoring 25 points. “Every Cup is special. What we went through in 2012 (versus) what we went through this year, huge difference, and we really earned it.”After innumerable chances for both teams in two nail-biting extra periods, Martinez started the final rush with a pass to Kyle Clifford, who dropped it to Tyler Toffoli for a shot. The rebound went straight to Martinez, and the depth defenseman buried it for his fifth goal of the postseason.Martinez is becoming a late-game playoff legend after also scoring in overtime in Game 7 against Chicago in the Western Conference finals, but the Kings all see themselves as part of something bigger.“I don’t know if we’re part of (a dynasty) yet, but hopefully we’re on our way to that,” defenseman Drew Doughty said. “I believe this group could be at that point, but it’s going to take a lot of work.”The Kings rocketed off the bench and gathered for a huge group hug near the Rangers’ net before the handshake line and the Stanley Cup ceremony featuring captain Dustin Brown’s second chance to take the 35-pound silver trophy from Commissioner Gary Bettman.While his players went crazy, coach Darryl Sutter nonchalantly walked onto the ice with almost no celebration of his second title. He wore a broad grin when he raised the Cup above his head several minutes later.Brown swiftly handed the Cup to Robyn Regehr, the veteran defenseman and first-time NHL champion who never got back in the Kings’ lineup after his May 3 knee injury.Regehr handed it to Gaborik, the goal-scoring dynamo and late-season acquisition who led the playoffs with 14 goals to win the first title of his 13-season NHL career.The trophy soon went to Doughty and Jeff Carter, who became the seventh and eighth players to win an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup in the same year. Leading scorer Anze Kopitar raised it for the second time, and Quick gave a triumphant shout after his turn.Chris Kreider scored a power-play goal and Brian Boyle added a tiebreaking short-handed goal late in the second period for the Rangers, who showed no nerves while facing elimination for the sixth time this spring.Both teams had tantalizing chances in overtime, from shots off posts by Ryan McDonagh and Toffoli to Kreider’s failed breakaway late in the first OT. Rick Nash had an open net in the second OT, but Slava Voynov deflected the shot just high with the shaft of his stick.Lundqvist stopped 48 shots in another standout performance for the Eastern Conference champions, but the Rangers repeatedly came up one goal short against the Kings despite their goalie’s brilliance.“You go into this hoping that you don’t regret anything,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We put it out there. We gave our best shot, best effort. Three games here all went to OT. What can I say?”Los Angeles’ 2012 title run was defined by that raw, eighth-seeded team’s improbable dominance, but the second crown was all about resilience for the third-place team in the Pacific Division.After fighting through three straight seven-game series to emerge from the tough Western Conference, the Kings won the first three games of the finals, starting with consecutive OT wins on goals by Williams and Brown.Game 5 was the Kings’ 26th playoff game of the spring, matching the NHL record for the longest postseason run. Los Angeles has played 64 playoff games over the last three years, setting another league record.“This time around, we didn’t have time to think about ‘My God, we’ve been playing elimination games so many times,’” defenseman Willie Mitchell said. “I guess that’s probably the difference, that we were on the brink so many times playing really good teams. So that’s pretty cool.”The Kings raised the Stanley Cup just over seven weeks after they faced a 3-0 first-round series deficit against San Jose. Los Angeles confidently won four straight elimination games to become the fourth team in NHL history to rally from that deficit, and then won two more elimination games in a second-round series against Anaheim.The defending champion Blackhawks forced Los Angeles to a seventh game in Chicago, but Martinez’s deflected overtime goal sent the Kings into the franchise’s third Stanley Cup finals.After three straight wins, New York staved off elimination with a 2-1 victory in Game 4 at Madison Square Garden.Staples Center was packed well before the opening faceoff with fans eager for another celebration, rocking the arena with chants of “Go Kings Go!” while both teams were still in their dressing rooms.Los Angeles started out with yet another big-game score from Williams. He got his ninth goal of the postseason on a loose puck after linemates Dwight King and Jarret Stoll applied pressure on Lundqvist.The Rangers finally equalized when McDonagh found Kreider in front. Boyle then got a stunner after Carl Hagelin got the puck away from Voynov, skating around Doughty and wiring a pinpoint shot into the far top corner.But the Kings showed the same determination that has characterized their entire spring run, and they finally equalized with Mats Zuccarello in the box.Doughty’s long shot hit Lundqvist in the chest and dropped in front of him before Gaborik alertly poked it between his legs for the Slovak star’s latest goal in a spectacular postseason with his new club.That’s when the nail-biting hockey started — and roughly 46 minutes later, Martinez drove in the final nail.(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Quinton de Kock to captain South Africa in last two ODIs vs Sri Lanka

first_imgQuinton de Kock will lead South Africa in the last two ODIs against Sri Lanka in the absence of regular captain Faf du Plessis. Jean Paul Duminy on the other hand, will captain the Proteas in the sole T20I, said Cricket South Africa on Tuesday.De Kock will be leading his country out for the first time and he said that it is an honour to lead his country but he is quite nervous about it as well.”To be honest, I am feeling quite nervous. It is an honour to be given this responsibility of captaining the Proteas,” de Kock said.”I want to carry on where Faf has left off and to continue with his legacy. As a captain, I will try to stay true to myself and stay true to what I believe it takes to be a good leader. I will strive to help others going forward, just to be there as a captain.”The team performance at the moment speaks for itself,” de Kock said on the Proteas’ 3-0 lead in the five-match series.#CSAnews De Kock and Duminy to lead Proteas in Fafs absence https://t.co/EJHbnMFrGw #ProteaFire #SLvSA pic.twitter.com/owJQ65IldxCricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) August 7, 2018Du Plessis injured his shoulder on Sunday in the third ODI against Sri Lanka which South Africa won by 78 runs to clinch the five-match series.The 34-year-old hurt his shoulder while diving for a catch and played no further part in the match. Later, after further scans, Du Plessis was ruled out of the entire series.advertisement”Faf sustained an injury to one of the rotator cuff tendons in his right shoulder and will unfortunately be unavailable for the rest of the tour,” team manager Mohammed Moosajee said in a media release from Cricket South Africa on Monday.”He will need a rehabilitation period of up to six weeks to make a full recovery.”The South Africans hold an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, with the fourth game scheduled for the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday and the fifth being played at R. Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.The a one-off T20I in Colombo will be played on August 14 and that will close the tour, which included two Test matches that were convincingly won by the home side.South Africa’s next assignment will be a home limited overs tour by Zimbabwe starting in late September.last_img read more

Nasir Jamshed banned for 10 years for involvement in PSL spot-fixing scandal

first_imgFormer Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed has been handed a 10-year ban by an anti-corruption tribunal for his part in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal that engulfed the league in 2017, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Friday.Jamshed did not participate in the first two editions of the PSL but it was alleged that he played a major role in the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the tournament.Jamshed, who played 48 One-Day Internationals and two Tests, was suspended from all forms of cricket in February 2017 for violating the PCB’s anti-corruption code and handed a one-year ban in December for failing to co-operate with the ACU’s investigation.According to PCB’s chargesheet, Nasir convinced four cricketers through an agent, Muhammad Yousuf, to get involved in the spot-fixing scandal in the second season of the PSL in February last year.PCB’s legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi said Jamshed was the “lynchpin” in the scandal.”The tribunal has reached the verdict that the PCB’s multiple charges against Nasir Jamshed have been proved and he was banned for 10 years,” Rizvi told reporters.”He will not be allowed to be involved with cricket or cricket administration even after his period of ban is over.”Jamshed who once scored three back-to-back ODI hundreds against India in 2012/13 has denied his involvement in the PSL spot-fixing scandal which has already led to bans ranging from five years to six months on Pakistani players, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hasan and Muhammad Irfan.Jamshed has termed the charges against him as flimsy and ridiculous but he is also under investigation by the UK’s National Crime Agency after the PSL and the agency has withheld his passport till the investigation continues.advertisementNasir last played for Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup with his selection causing a lot of controversy while his last appearance in domestic match in Pakistan was in December, 2016.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Hyundai Santro all-set for a reveal tomorrow and here is what we can expect

first_imgHyundai is all set to reveal its much-awaited compact hatch Santro tomorrow. The AH2 hatchback has been spotted testing a number of times already and is slated to replace the Eon which is in dire need of an update. The Eon is powered by a BS3 compliant motor, which makes it all the more important for a new replacement.Here are top five things to expect:One:In accordance to sources, the Hyundai Santro is expected to carry a starting price of around Rs 3.50 lakh. The AMT-equipped variant will not be the top-spec model and is expected to carry a premium of around Rs 33,000 more than its manual siblings. The top-spec Santro will cost around Rs 5.50 lakh, ex-showroom.The Hyundai Santro hatchback will feature a substantial list of equipment and features which will be a first in the compact hatchback segment. Hyundai is planning to bring a single petrol variant with a potential diesel variant in the months to come.Two:The Santro will feature a touchscreen infotainment system which will be the same unit seen onboard the Hyundai Elantra sedan and also on the top-spec Hyundai i10 Grande. The system gets a new faster processor and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also doubles up as a display for the reverse camera.On the interior, the Santro takes a lot of cues from the current gen Hyundai i10 Grande. Sporting a dual tone look, the next-gen Santro gets a 7-inch touchscreen with dual vertical air-vents. The central console also gets circular knobs for the climate control, air-flow, and AC blower knob.advertisementThree:One of the other potential major features the Hyundai Santro is slated to get is the presence of rear AC vents which is obviously a segment first in the compact hatch space.Hyundai is also slated to offer an option of a “Smart Auto AMT Transmission” unit on the Santro. The Santro is tipped to be powered by a 1.1-litre Epsilon petrol powerplant churning out a modest 64bhp and mated to a 5-speed manual, or the Smart Auto AMT Transmission. Hyundai is also tipped to offer a CNG variant of the Santro as well.Four:In terms of safety, the AH2 hatch (codename) will also get a host of safety features which are in line with the all-new safety mandate coming into effect starting in July 2019. The safety features will include ABS, EBD, seatbelt reminder, speed warning system, and reverse parking sensors. Hyundai will also include speed sensing door locks as standard.Five:The AH2 Santro hatchback will get the traditional tall-boy design of the first gen Santro. On the exterior design front, the Santro AH2 will get Hyundai’s characteristic radiator grille, LED DRLs on headlamps, and a fat C-Pillar. On the interior, the Santro AH2 hatch will get a touchscreen infotainment system, air-con, and the basic tidbits.Hyundai will be launching the Santro hatchback officially on October 23. Once launched, it will go head-on with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Tata Tiago, and the Datsun Go facelift.last_img read more

Talking Horses: betting firms told to cut out unfair terms online

first_imgShare on Messenger Blaklion to prepare for Grand National at Haydock and skip Gold Cup Horse racing tips Topics Quick guide Thursday’s racing tips Support The Guardian Talking Horses Read more Was this helpful? Share on Pinterest features Chris Cook’s Thursday tipsWincanton 1.20 Turbotim 1.50 San Pedro De Senam 2.25 Rosemary Russet (nb) 3.00 Captain Cattistock 3.35 Sirruh Du Lac 4.10 Unioniste 4.45 Hideaway VicSouthwell 1.30 Something Lucky 2.05 Ignacio Zuloaga 2.40 Ray Purchase 3.15 Magic Pulse 3.50 Dose 4.25 Kody RidgeTowcester 1.40 The Vocalist 2.15 Doc Carver 2.50 Black Narcissus 3.25 Dr Des 4.00 Norse Light 4.35 Cafe Au LaitKempton 5.55 Freebe Rocks 6.30 Princess De Lune 7.00 Mercers 7.30 Thaqaffa (nap) 8.00 Time To Reason 8.30 Western Way- Share on Facebook Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Show The CMA says gamblers must no longer be required to play multiple times before they can withdraw their own money. Restrictions on gameplay must be made clear to gamblers and not couched in vague terms that allow the firm latitude about when it can keep a gambler’s money. And gamblers cannot be required to take part in publicity in order to collect winnings due to them. These problems and others were said by the CMA to be “common” in the online gambling sector and it is continuing to look at obstacles faced by gamblers when trying to withdraw their money after betting online. It’s all very encouraging to see some of the ‘Wild West’ being taken out of internet gambling and credit is due to groups like Justice For Punters and the Horserace Bettors Forum, who have been talking at length to government agencies about these issues in recent years. At Towcester today, there’s been just enough interest in Black Narcissus (2.50) to get my attention, the veteran having come down to 11-1 from an opening 16s. From the very sharp yard of Alexandra Dunn, she’s come down to an attractive mark, 5lb below the one from which she won at the start of last February. Most of her runs this season have been hopeless but she ran well at Ffos Las in November, when third. Perhaps it was no coincidence that that was her first run in a tongue tie. Since her last run, 32 days ago, she’s had a wind op. Blinkers are fitted for the first time. The in-form Gavin Sheehan rides her for the first time. It looks like connections mean business.At Wincanton, there’s 7-1 about Rosemary Russet (2.25), who showed a high level of form in winning a bumper in March. She raced prominently but didn’t get home in her first two starts over hurdles but a 52-day absence followed by the fitting of a tongue tie suggests a reason for that. We may see her take a significant step forward here, especially with Harry Fry going well. Half an hour later, Captain Cattistock (3.00) is fairly priced at 11-8 for his handicap debut. Bryony Frost takes off 5lb, which looks significant to me because I think Paul Nicholls is using her claim sparingly just now. They’re two from three together in the past fortnight. The nap is Thaqaffa (7.30) at Kempton tonight, where he is a 4-1 shot to get a third consecutive win. He’s not thrown in with a penalty and would actually be 2lb better off if he could just run off his revised mark but this place suits him and he has more to offer. Share on Twitter Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Hide Share via Email Today’s best bets, by Chris CookThe firm now known as Ladbrokes Coral have provided us all with a cheap laugh this morning, saying in a statement as it agreed to make changes to the way it offers bonus promotions that “things had unintentionally gone too far”. Oh well, so long as it was unintentional… They are one of three firms that have agreed to make changes, following an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority, which was concerned about “unfair online promotions that trap players’ money”. The other firms which have agreed to make changes are William Hill and PT Entertainment (which runs the Titanbet and Winner websites) and all other firms are also now expected to comply with the terms set out by the CMA, or face regulatory action from the Gambling Commission. Share on LinkedIn Thank you for your feedback. Horse racing Reuse this contentlast_img read more

G E Shipping Buys Suezmax Crude Carrier

first_imgzoom Mumbai-based Great Eastern Shipping (G E Shipping) has signed a contract to buy a 150,000 dwt Suezmax crude carrier.The company said that the 2000-built vessel is expected to join its fleet in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017.Earlier in December, G E Shipping took delivery of a secondhand Supramax dry bulk carrier Jag Radha, built in 2009.The 58,000 dwt vessel, previously known as Star Manx, was purchased from the Isle of Man-based shipping company LT Ugland Shipping in October 2016.Great Eastern Shipping’s fleet currently stands at 38 vessels, comprising 24 tankers and 14 dry bulk carriers, with an average age of 8.89 years.Additionally, the company has one newbuilding Kamsarmax on order and expects the delivery of two secondhand Aframaxes.last_img read more

Province Streamlines Safety Regulations in New Act

first_imgBusinesses and tradespeople who work with boilers, pressure vessels, and fuel burning appliances will benefit from safer workplaces through the streamlining and updating of important safety regulations into one new act. Regulations related to power engineers, crane operators, and oil burner technicians are also included in these changes. In the past, these regulations were administered through several individual acts. The new Technical Safety Act consolidates these acts into one updated piece of legislation. Regulations have also been revised to reflect current industry practices. “Keeping Nova Scotians safe needs to remain a top priority of government, industry and individuals. We’re working with industry to make sure our regulations continue to reflect this,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “The Technical Safety Act provides a modern, flexible and streamlined framework that will help make it easier to do business in the province while reenforcing the protections in place for the public.” The Technical Safety Act was passed in 2008. During the development of the framework, interested parties were consulted on the sections of the legislation that applied to them. The Technical Safety Act was passed in 2008. During the development of the framework and associated regulations, stakeholders were consulted on the sections of the legislation that applied to them. This included groups representing owners, contractors, manufacturers, various trades, and industry associations such as the Construction Association of Nova Scotia. “These changes will support innovation by allowing new technology to be evaluated and incorporated into our buildings, systems and processes more quickly,” said Carol MacCulloch, president of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia. “We look forward to continuing to work with the government, consulting on compliance initiatives, and working together to maintain a high standard of safety for the public.” Now that the framework is complete, the regulations are being phased in. The new act, when fully implemented, will replace the Amusements Devices Safety Act, Crane Operators and Power Engineers Act, Electrical Installation and Inspection Act, Elevators and Lifts Act, and Steam Boiler and Pressure Vessel Act. The act, and the regulations for this phase, come into affect April 1. To read the act and the regulations visit www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/ .last_img read more

Compound discovered that can kill superbugs

first_imgLondon: Scientists have discovered a novel compound which visualises and kills antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria that cause infections such as pneumonia and urinary tract infections, a finding that may help combat the rapidly emerging global threat of superbugs. The team, led by Jim Thomas from the University of Sheffield in the UK, is testing new compounds on antibiotic resistant gram-negative bacteria, including pathogenic E coli. The research, published in the journal ACS Nano, describes the compound which kills gram-negative E coli, including a multidrug resistant pathogen said to be responsible for millions of antibiotic resistant infections worldwide annually. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Gram-negative bacteria strains can cause infections including pneumonia, urinary tract infections and bloodstream infections. They are difficult to treat as the cell wall of the bacteria prevents drugs from getting into the microbe. Antimicrobial resistance is already responsible for thousands of deaths in each year, and unless this rapidly emerging threat is addressed, it is estimated by 2050 more than 10 million people could die every year due to antibiotic resistant infections. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaDoctors have not had a new treatment for gram-negative bacteria in the last 50 years, and no potential drugs have entered clinical trials since 2010. “As the compound is luminescent it glows when exposed to light. This means the uptake and effect on bacteria can be followed by the advanced microscope techniques,” said Thomas. “This breakthrough could lead to vital new treatments to life-threatening superbugs and the growing risk posed by antimicrobial resistance,” he said. The research shows that the compound seems to have several modes of action, making it more difficult for resistance to emerge in the bacteria. The next step of the research will be to test it against other multi-resistant bacteria. In a recent report on antimicrobial resistant pathogens, the World Health Organization (WHO) put several gram-negative bacteria at the top of its list, stating that new treatments for these bacteria were ‘Priority 1 Critical’ because they cause infections with high death rates, are rapidly becoming resistant to all present treatments and are often picked up in hospitals.last_img read more

UN envoy urges Security Council to punish recruiters of child soldiers

A month after the United Nations for the first time identified the combatants that are the most persistent violators of children in armed conflict, the Council heard calls to ensure that those violators are held fully accountable for their actions.“The naming and shaming exercise, along with the possibility of sanctions against persistent violators, has persuaded parties to cease this reprehensible behaviour and should deter others from future offences,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Radhika Coomaraswamy told the 15-member body at the start of a day-long debate on children and armed conflict.The Secretary-General’s most recent report on the issue, released in May, named 16 different armies and insurgent groups in Africa, Asia and Latin America as having recruited or used child soldiers for at least the past five years.Ms. Coomaraswamy noted that the majority of these parties were non-State actors “who need to enter into action plans with the United Nations to be de-listed.” She urged governments “to endorse this process in the best interest of the children.”The Secretary-General’s recent report praised the progress made through the signing of several action plans to end the recruitment and the use of child soldiers, including pacts with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Philippines, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist, which has released almost 3,000 people who were originally recruited as minors.While that action plan came too late for Manju Gurung, a Nepalese girl who was abducted by the Maoists at the age of 13, she addressed the Security Council today to speak “on behalf of all children in armed conflict who face and survive the atrocities of war.”“They trained me to use .303 rifles, ISAS, SLR, AK-47,” she said. “They also taught us how to make and detonate bombs. We had to wear shorts and short-sleeve shirts and do leopard crawls during trainings and my skin had cuts, scabs and bruises.” Highlighting the need to tackle the issue at all levels, Atul Khare, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told the Council that child protection advisers have been established in nine peacekeeping missions, a focal point has been named in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), and the department was strengthening its child protection presence in Afghanistan at the UN mission there (known as UNAMA).Also addressing the Security Council, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson noted that schools were increasingly being targeted by armed groups, an unfortunate reality as illustrated by her recent visit to Chad where she spoke with a group of boys. “I asked them about their hopes for the future. All then had one singular, uniform ambition: education.”In her statement, Ms. Johnson also noted the need for better monitoring and reporting to gather the factual details that are required to hold violators accountable, bring them to justice and enforce measures through existing sanctions regimes.The Council debate, which heard from dozens of speakers, concluded with the adoption of a presidential statement in which they voiced deep concern that some parties persistent in committing violations and abuses against children.Members expressed their “readiness to adopt targeted and graduated measures against persistent perpetrators,” including possible sanctions for breaches of international law by the recruiters of child soldiers.The panel also urged UN Member States to use their own national justice systems, as well as international justice mechanisms and mixed criminal courts and tribunals, to end impunity for those who commit crimes against children.Today’s debate comes one week after six countries in Central Africa committed to ending the recruitment of child soldiers in the so-called N’Djamena Declaration, a move applauded at the time by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The six – Cameroon, Chad, the Central African Republic (CAR), Niger, Nigeria and Sudan – outlined their commitments to child protection in line with global standards, including those in the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict. 16 June 2010Senior United Nations officials today urged the Security Council to take action, such as freezing assets and imposing arms embargoes and travel bans, against the leaders of rebel groups and military forces that recruit child soldiers or sexually abuse, maim or kill children during conflicts. read more

Egypt UNs Ban welcomes release of detained journalists urges fair trial

In a statement released by his spokesperson’s office, Mr. Ban said he hopes that both Mr. Fahmy’s and Mr. Mohamed’s cases, as well as those of other journalists currently held in detention, will be resolved “expeditiously and in accordance with Egypt’s international obligations to protect the freedoms of expression and association.”The two journalists were arrested in 2013 along with their Australian colleague, Peter Greste, or carrying out legitimate news reporting activities, according to the UN human rights office (OHCHR), and were subsequently convicted and sentenced in June 2014 by an Egyptian court.Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a binding treaty that Egypt ratified in 1982, states that ‘Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.’Nevertheless, journalists working for other media organizations have reported being attacked by Government supporters after being accused of working for Al Jazeera . A video also emerged last year which appeared to show a police officer threatening a camera crew working for another TV station that, if they did not stop filming, he would tell bystanders they worked for Al Jazeera so that they would be attacked. read more

Ohio State unable to manufacture runs against Northwestern drops quarterfinals showdown in

OSU freshman Emily Clark (20) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Big Ten title hopes for the Ohio State softball team were ripped away by Northwestern University on Friday. No. 6 seed OSU threatened to score several times in the final innings but ended up being eliminated from contention, losing 3-1 to the No. 3 seed Wildcats.The Wildcats were led by a stout defense and solid pitching, and the Buckeyes offense struggled to produce runs, while also giving up too many runs in the first frame of the game.Things got off to a rough start for OSU when the Wildcats scored three runs on three hits in the bottom of the first. After a dominating, seven-inning outing against Penn State on Thursday, OSU junior pitcher Lena Springer was pulled after allowing the trio of runs on Friday.Her replacement, junior pitcher Shelby Hursh, held the Wildcats to the three runs they scored in the first, along with striking out six. However, the strong showing out of the Tipton, Indiana, native was not enough to give OSU the win.A few highlight plays by the Buckeyes were potential sparks to fuel a comeback, but the Scarlet and Gray ultimately fell short of advancing in the tournament. OSU redshirt senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre made a difficult play to end the third, reaching far behind her head while racing toward the outfield to catch a line drive. After a pinch-hit single by freshman outfielder Bri Betschel in the top of the fifth, a double play quickly ousted any chance of OSU scoring in the fifth. A typically high-powered lineup for the Buckeyes was shut down by the combination of senior pitchers Amy Letourneau and Kristen Wood from Northwestern. Out of the five hits picked up by OSU, only one was for extra bases: A double by freshman utility player Emily Clark drove in senior outfielder Cammi Prantl for the only run of the game for the Scarlet and Gray.The Buckeyes will now have to wait and see their fate for the NCAA tournament. The team is projected to be within the top 64, but the loss to Northwestern on Friday could hurt OSU’s chances. read more

Ohio State womens basketball set to take on Illinois as season draws

With just two games left on its slate of regular season games, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is back on the hardwood to face Illinois Thursday in Champaign, Ill. After taking down Michigan State, 67-60, at home Monday night, the Buckeyes might be looking to salvage what’s been an otherwise disappointing season. “We played great Monday night and the win was important,” said OSU coach Jim Foster. “The team just needs to keep getting better and Illinois will be a tough test.” The Buckeyes (15-12, 5-9 Big Ten) have struggled in conference play this year. But the victory against the Spartans has OSU motivated heading into its contest with the Fighting Illini. “Winning games, especially the other night, helps a lot in terms of confidence,” said senior guard Amber Stokes. “This season has been somewhat of a struggle, but winning our next two games would be huge and we’d have some momentum going into the Big Ten Tournament.” Illinois (16-10, 9-5 Big Ten) head into the game coming off of a 13-point win against Indiana on Feb. 23. The game against OSU is Illinois’ final home game of the season and, as such, it’s Senior Night for the likes of senior forward Karisma Penn, who averages 19.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. In a 79-73 win against OSU on Jan. 6 at the Schottenstein Center, Penn scored 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. “That was really a bizarre game,” Foster said. “We sent them to the foul line over 30 times and we dealt with some injuries. It was very strange, but since then, I think we’ve gotten a lot better.” In that contest against the Illini, Stokes suffered a sprained MCL in the first half that sidelined her for four additional games. Stokes, who returned to action in a 71-56 loss to Penn State on Jan. 27, is relishing her time back on the court. “It was a tough loss, and spraining my MCL in the first half, then not returning, was terrible,” said Stokes. “I really want this win, it would be huge.” Senior guard Tayler Hill, who is averaging 21.2 points a game, has been a consistent force for the Buckeyes in spite of their ups and downs. “We have to take one game at a time and play as a team,” said Hill. “Everybody needs to play their role and we just have to play defense.” Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. Thursday at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill. read more

Prince Harry arrives at London Marathon after Queen starts it off

Prince Harry has been spotted at the London Marathon, where he will be cheering on the runners who are still going.  The Queen, pressed the starting button, sending a tide of more than 40,000 runners through the capital.She looked bright and cheerful in a coral pink outfit, and as usual matched her hat to her jacket.The Prince met the volunteers who make the marathon happen, organising the runners and handing out water.He also shook hands with First Aiders from St John’s Ambulance, who are there in case participants face any medical issues.Prince Harry will be handing out trophies to all the winners, and has already congratulated the wheelchair winners.Familiar faces were seen at the starting line, including the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon, who is running in her underwear alongside Jada Sezer in order to raise money for mental health charity Heads Together.BBC Radio 2 DJ and former Top Gear host Chris Evans grinned as he posed for a picture before the marathon, as did television presenter Jenni Falconer. Runners have been advised to drop their goal-times and organisers have added more ice, water and run-through shower stations along the 26.2-mile course. Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah has been seen leading the pack, as he hopes to win this year. He has been training for the race in Ethiopa for the last few months. Chris Evans posed at the beginning of the marathonCredit: Justin Goff/goffphotos.com Sir Mo Farah makes his way past the video screen of Queen Elizabeth II Credit:Adam Davy/PA Wire The Queen officially started the marathon Prince Harry then met volunteers who help make the #LondonMarathon a reality, and @stjohnambulance First Aiders who are keeping runners safe on this warm day. #SpiritofLondon pic.twitter.com/rYOFGZ6u8b— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 22, 2018 Sunday marks 25 years since the murder of the teenager, who was a keen runner. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Meanwhile almost 100 runners will attempt Guinness World Records – dressed variously in suits of armour, as mythical creatures, and wearing stilts and ski bootsHundreds of police officers will be on duty to keep around 800,000 spectators and runners safe. Sir Mo Farah makes his way past the video screen of Queen Elizabeth II  Chris Evans posed at the beginning of the marathon Tim P. Whitby/ Getty Images Among this year’s runners are firefighters who tackled the Grenfell Tower blaze, a police officer stabbed in the London Bridge terror attack and members of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer pose for a photo Credit:Tim P. Whitby/ Getty Images The Queen officially started the marathonCredit:WPA Pool/Getty Images Competitors will start from Blackheath, south east London, running a snaking route along both sides of the Thames, finishing on The Mall near Buckingham Palace.Last year, the event raised £61.5 million for charity, a world record for an annual one-day fundraising event, making the total raised since 1981 around £890 million, organisers said.A record 386,050 people applied for this year’s race – almost a third more than last year and the highest number for any marathon in the world. The 38th edition of the world-famous race may well be the hottest on record, with sweltering highs of 23C possible throughout Sunday. read more

Photo Cliffs of Moher meet the Milky Way

first_imgTaken by photographer Damien Stenson yesterday at around 10.30pm.For more like this, check out Damien’s Facebook page.Update: It was actually taken on September 21. And just to be clear, it’s the moon setting, not the sun.PHOTOS: The sun sets over Ireland>For more, follow @dailyedge on Twitter and like The Daily Edge on Facebook.last_img

Kim Dotcom releases new CCTV footage of illegal police raid

first_imgKim Dotcom isn’t your average CEO, and we shouldn’t expect average home videos. His latest YouTube video is anything but. It’s a carefully-cut sequence that details the police raid on his New Zealand home.As you’d expect from someone who owns a $150,000 Maserati and a full-scale replica of one of the aliens from Predator, Dotcom has his entire compound blanketed with high-quality surveillance cameras. He also, apparently, has a quadcopter hooked into his system.Assault rifles drawn, police officers wasted no time in rounding up Dotcom’s staff and guests who happened to be outside when the raid began early last year. Once police had gained access to the home, they wasted no time in opening the massive garage and hauling off Dotcom’s exotic car collection.Unfortunately for the “good guys,” it soon became clear that they let their eagerness to take down the Megaupload mogul get in the way of niggling details like due process. Dotcom’s legal team successfully argued that the search warrants had been overly broad in scope, and the presiding High Court judge ultimately ruled them to be illegal.Later, a judge ruled that the FBI (who had been working with and/or pressuring local authorities) had violated New Zealand law by removing hard drive data without specific authorization. Attorneys Rothken and Amsterdam also put together a whitepaper which can be downloaded from kim.com that details the numerous problems with the prosection’s case against Megaupload.Dotcom has already proven that he’s no fool, and that’s he’s not going to go down without a fight. With the PRISM controversy now casting a dark cloud over the U.S. government, what better time to poke authorities in the ribs by putting together a video montage of the tenuously legal actions against Megaupload?last_img read more

ASA Announces Regional Winners 2003 Conservation Legacy Awards

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the regional winners for the 2003 Conservation Legacy Awards.The Conservation Legacy Awards Program is a national program designed to recognize the outstanding environmental and conservation achievement of U.S. soybean farmers. Along with ASA, the program is co-sponsored by Monsanto and Soybean Digest, an Intertec/Primedia publication.A national selection committee, composed of soybean farmers, conservationists, and natural resource professionals, evaluated all nominations based on each farmer’s environmental and economic program. Based on information submitted, the following individuals have been chosen to represent the Western, Northeastern, Midwestern and Southern Regions.Western Region – Harold & Virginia Kraus, K.U. Farms, Hays, KansasHarold began his career in 1960 after serving in the U.S. Navy. His operation began with 960 acres of mostly rented land. He now farms 2,500 acres. The overall goal of K.U. Farms is zero runoff. To accomplish this, Harold and Virginia employ reduced and no-till practices, buffer strips, terracing and they have an aggressive nutrient management system.Northeastern Region – Jan & Cindy Layman, Layman Farms, Kenton, OhioThe Laymans operate a 100 percent no-till operation in West Central Ohio. The labor, fuel, and timesavings of no-till have allowed rapid expansion of their operation. The Laymans also employ buffer strips and grass waterways on their erodible land. A 2.5 acre stocked lake is a centerpiece for the Layman’s farm. The lake provides water and habitat for a number of wildlife.Midwestern Region – Delbert & Shirley Price, Alexis, IllinoisThe Prices consider conservation a method of farming that preserves soil from wind and water erosion for future generations. They use a number of sustainable farming practices on their land. In addition to conservation tillage and a nutrient management plan, the Prices have installed more than 13 acres of waterways, three water and sediment control basis, and two acres of critical area planting. They have also constructed a pond to manage excessive runoff.Southern Region – Earl Brown Hendrix, Hendrix Farms, Raeford, North CarolinaEarl Hendrix strives to promote wildlife, energy conservation, farm aesthetics, and neighbor relations in his day-to-day activities at Hendrix Farms. Hendrix practices conservation in everything he does on his family’s farm from picking up trash to proper crop rotations to scientifically applied fertilizer and land nutrients, and by protecting both land and water.All four regional winners and a spouse/guest will receive a trip to Commodity Classic, the annual joint convention of the American Soybean Association and National Corn Growers Association, February 27 – March 1, 2003 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Regional winners will also be featured in the January 2003 issue of Soybean Digest.From the four regional winners, one national winner will be announced during ASA’s annual Awards Banquet, Thursday, February 27, 2003. The national winner will also receive a plaque and yard sign, and will be featured in a special Soybean Digest article.last_img read more

Radiohead Bon Jovi LL Cool J Among 2018 Rock Hall Nominees

first_imgNews Depeche Mode, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, the Meters, Kate Bush, and Nina Simone also make the list of nominees for the class of 2018Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 5, 2017 – 7:21 am The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2018 nominees, which includes GRAMMY winners Bon Jovi, Radiohead, Eurythmics, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Dire Straits, LL Cool J, Judas Priest, and Rage Against The Machine. Radiohead, Bon Jovi, LL Cool J Among 2018 Rock Hall Nominees NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Judas Priest Win Best Metal Performance Who’s Nominated For The Rock Hall For 2018? radiohead-bon-jovi-ll-cool-j-among-2018-rock-hall-nominees Email Twitter Facebook Also making the nominee cut are Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, the Cars, J. Geils Band, MC5, the Meters, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray, and the Zombies. To be eligible, a nominee’s first single or album had to have been released in 1992 or earlier. The artists making their first appearance on the ballot include Radiohead, Bush, Dire Straits, Judas Priest, Nina Simone, Radiohead, and Rage Against The Machine, with the latter two appearing in their first year of eligibility.The class of 2018 will be announced in December. The 2018 induction ceremony is scheduled for April 14, 2018, at Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio.  For the sixth year in a row, the public can cast votes for the nominees they believe deserve induction via the hall’s website until Dec. 5. The top five acts will comprise the “fan’s ballot,” counting as one of the ballots that determine the class of 2018.Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Announces Solo Tour, Album Reissuelast_img read more

Best phone for gaming in 2019 Razer 2 vs Asus ROG Xiaomi

first_img 64GB Black Shark: Having the joystick on the Gamepad accessory and actual buttons changed PUBG for me. It was so easy to run and move. With my fingers off the screen I could see the game better, too. Note that the Gamepad kind of bends and feels like it’s a sneeze away from breaking. It makes the Nintendo Switch feel like a robust piece of German engineering.Razer: After 12 minutes the phone was very warm. Game control was OK, but when I played with the optional $150 Razer Raiju Mobile game controller it was a far more enjoyable experience — especially since I didn’t have to hold onto a warm phone with my bare hands.Red Magic Mars: The phone got warm after 20 minutes. The capacitive shoulder buttons are great to have, especially for gunfire and kneeling.ROG: The fan popped on right away at a low speed, but the phone never got hot. Mapping onscreen controls to the pressure-sensitive shoulder buttons (AirTriggers) was easy and made playing PUBG much easier.Sdorica Sunset Best value gaming phone Xiaomi Black Shark Best overall gaming phone $399 Black Shark 8,371 Black Shark: After 7 minutes, the phone got warm. The physical buttons on the Gamepad were nice, but I didn’t find much of an advantage over screen taps.Razer: After 8 minutes, the phone warmed up on the sides and corners. The screen made the constantly shifting graphics look amazing.Red Magic Mars: In darker scenes, it was difficult to see details on the display. Like the ROG, the touch shoulder buttons were OK, but I preferred the onscreen controls for this game.ROG: After 4 minutes the fan accessory kicked in. The phone remained lukewarm throughout gameplay though. The main game controls are tapping and tapping-and-holding on the screen. I tried using the pressure-sensitive AirTriggers instead, but for fast jumps and holding flips I found more nuance from the onscreen controls.PUBG Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Tags Geekbench v.4.0 multicore Black Shark 62,751 Solid battery life even when gamingThe Razer Phone 2 and Black Shark both have a 4,000mAh battery and during our test for continuous video playback on airplane mode, the phones lasted nearly the same amount of time. The Black Shark stayed on for 10 hours and 25 minutes and Razer Phone 2 lasted 10 hours and 31 minutes. It’s worth noting that when I first reviewed the Razer last fall, it only lasted 9 hours and 11 minutes. That impressive extra hour or so is thanks to the Android 9 Pie update.The ROG also has a 4,000mAh battery but lasted even longer in our tests at 13 hours and 40 minutes. I think a lot of that has to do with the phone’s OLED screen, instead of an LCD one like the other three phones.The Red Magic Mars has the smallest battery of the four at 3,800mAh, but managed a time of 14 hours and 7 minutes in our tests.In everyday use, all four phones got through a day on a single charge just fine.Quick Charge supportBlack Shark: Quick Charge 3.0Razer: Quick Charge 4.0+Red Magic Mars: Quick Charge 3.0ROG: Quick Charge 4.0Big speakers equal big soundThe built-in speakers on the Razer and ROG are loud and offer a rich audio experience whether playing a game or watching videos. The Razer also has 24-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) via a USB-C dongle. With a good pair of headphones, audio sounded warmer and fuller.Why we didn’t consider the Galaxy S10E and iPhone XRMy priority was comparing phones designed around the gaming experience first and foremost. Would the Samsung Galaxy S10E   or the iPhone XR be an excellent phone for gaming? Absolutely. They both have powerful processors and lots of RAM and are a tad more affordable than their flagship siblings, the iPhone XS and Galaxy S10.But neither is focused solely on the gaming experience and culture. The iPhone offers an interesting predicament because iOS tends to get new games first, and many games remain iOS exclusives. To that end, Apple announced it would offer a gaming subscription service filled with exclusives called Arcade. The platform offers some amazing gaming experiences that were built exclusively for the iPhone. At this point, the service is expected to launch this fall but there’s no word yet on how much the subscription will be. 6GB Same processor but one is fasterAll of these phones use a Snapdragon 845 processor, which is pushed beyond normal speeds for gameplay. For example, the ROG can get a sustained 2.96GHz out of the processor while all the other phones max out at 2.8GHz. For perspective, the Pixel 3 tops out at 2.5GHz.Cooling systems are tkey to a gaming phoneAll of these phones have an internal cooling system to keep things from getting too hot. This is probably the most important aspect of a gaming phone.The Razer Phone 2 and ROG use a vapor chamber cooling system to maximize the area to dissipate heat. The result is that there’s not a specific part of the phone that feels hot to the touch. The ROG also uses a built-in cooling pad and copper heat sink to combat heat. And if that weren’t enough, there’s also a tiny fan that attaches to the back of the ROG that Asus calls the AeroActive Cooler.The Black Shark uses a liquid cooling system. As it gets hotter, special liquid evaporates into gas and collects into cooler areas of the chamber, eventually becoming liquid again. The Red Magic Mars uses a vapor heat sink too, along with four air intakes to keep things cool.As expected, all four phones got warm when I played games, but these cooling systems are all about longevity. I found the ROG with its fan accessory and the Red Magic Mars were the most comfortable to hold for long periods of gameplay.Which gaming phone is the fastest?Each phone has performance enhancement tweaks that keep the phone fast and sustain that speed during extended gameplay. All four phones perform pretty close to each other and all four were plenty fast. But on paper, the Razer ultimately has the edge over the other phones. Best gaming phone & accessory combo 3 Review • Razer Phone 2 review: A powerful gaming phone with a dash of flagship panache In 2019 mobile gamers have access to a wide array of phones to choose from like the Razer Phone 2, Asus ROG, Nubia Red Magic Mars and Xiaomi Black Shark, and it takes a bit of diligence and legwork to find the best gaming phones in the market. The specs on these phones match higher-priced flagships like the Galaxy S10, Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T, just not the price. Gaming phones are designed especially for gaming with features like superfast processor speeds, advanced cooling systems, gaming-specific controls and displays with a high refresh rate. Interestingly enough, all of these phones run on Android.The iPhone XS and XR gaming phones have a more powerful processor and access to newer and exclusive game titles. But Apple’s phones lack gaming features to make the phones more compelling to play on. And like Android flagships, iPhones are expensive — a baseline iPhone XS starts out at $999.Fortunately for consumers, the four gaming phones reviewed here have prices ranging from $385 to $900: the Razer Phone 2, Asus ROG, Xiaomi Black Shark and Nubia Red Magic Mars. 8,905 See at Nubia Note: Longer bars indicate better performance 128GB Now playing: Watch this: Best gaming phone for the everyday Preview • Razer Phone 2 attempts to fix the first phone’s mistakes, will cost $800 $385 $900 Geekbench v.4.0 single-core See at Amazon But first, some notes on priceAt this time, three of the phones cost under $500. The Razer Phone 2 is a steal right now, especially since its originally retailed for $800. Compared with the other phones, the ROG is the most expensive. For the price of one ROG, you could buy the Red Magic Mars and Black Shark and still have a few bucks left in your pocket.Even if you got an upgraded Black Shark with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, it is still just $425. Also, as of the writing of this review, there are discounts on the Black Shark and Red Magic Mars as new models are expected to be released in the US at the end of May or June.I’m not saying don’t buy the ROG at all (as you will read soon, I highly recommend it). But the phone you’ll buy will most likely depend on your budget.Best overall gaming phone: Asus ROGThe Asus ROG sporting its detachable fan on the back. Josh Miller/CNET The Asus ROG phone (which stands for Republic of Gamers) offers the most power, the best ergonomics and the most thoughtful design. Its 6-inch AMOLED display refreshes 90 times a second — a first for any OLED phone. The higher refresh rate means less motion blur and faster response times. It’s not as high a rate as the Razer Phone 2’s 120Hz LCD screen has, but I still saw a noticeable improvement over other phones when playing games.The phone’s innovative AirTriggers which are pressure-sensitive corners that double as bumper buttons for games, expanding game control beyond the screen. Its dedicated X mode gives you an optimized gaming experience that can be made even more comfortable when using the phone’s detachable fan accessory, which is included in the box. The ROG also has the longest battery life in the group, and has the most gaming accessories that you can buy — though the detachable fan comes included with the phone.The downside is that, at $900, you’re going to pay a lot for these refinements and innovations.Read: CNET’s Asus ROG phone review Razer Phone 2 64GB Black Shark: Sometimes the joystick on the Gamepad 2.0 accessory would send me in the wrong direction. Recalibrating didn’t help.Razer: The phone was warm bordering on hot. I used the included USC-B DAC headphone dongle and a pair of Sennheiser over-the-ear headphones and was amazed by the quality of the sound.Red Magic Mars: It was surprisingly comfortable to hold without getting hot. I didn’t feel any real advantage using the capacitive shoulder buttons over onscreen controls.ROG: Shadow Legends got the ROG cooking pretty hot and the fan turned on high immediately. Shoulder buttons weren’t needed for this game.Nimian Legends BrightRidge Check out the Razer Phone 2 and its chic boxy frame RAM News • The Razer Phone 2 hits an all-time low: $498 Price 3DMark Slingshot Unlimited 62,751 6,499 61,252 6,438 Black Shark 2,556 Razer Phone 2 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Comments Nubia Red Magic Mars reading • Best phone for gaming in 2019: Razer 2 vs. Asus ROG, Xiaomi Black Shark, Nubia Red Magic Mars 3DMark Slingshot Unlimited Black Shark: This was another game where the joystick accessory hugely improved gameplay.Razer: I topped out the quality of the graphics, effects and frame rates with this game. The Razer got hot instantly. At least the game looked gorgeous on the display.Red Magic Mars: The capacitive shoulder buttons helped in certain aspects of the game.ROG: The AirTriggers were nice for gameplay.That ‘gamer look’If you want a gaming phone, it needs to look the part. Angular lines, exposed copper heat sinks, a touch of neon or bright colors are all hallmarks of a gaming phone. The metallic red color of the Red Magic Mars screams for you to pick it up and play.  The ROG phone looks like something Frank Gehry would have designed if he were a gamer. Somewhere underneath all the exposed copper heat sinks, carbon fiber and angular cutouts lies a smartphone. Its different textures and asymmetrical grooves don’t feel like any phone I’ve ever used. An informal poll of friends and coworkers found that people were divided on the look: Half loved it, but half hated it. The Black Shark looks the most like a normal phone. The smooth angled back has a raised area like contour lines on a topographic map — that’s where its lights are hidden.Out of the four, the Razer Phone 2 has the most minimalist design. It has a rectangular shape with right-angled corners and edges. I realize this approach isn’t for everyone, but out of the bunch, I find it the most appealing.The optional Razer Phone 2 wireless charging dock lights up as you charge. Patrick Holland/CNET Does the phone unnecessarily light up?Black Shark: Yes, the logo and four bowtie-looking corners on the back.Razer: Yep, the back Razer logo glows the color of your choosing.Red Magic Mars: Yes, there is a long LED strip on the back.ROG: Yes, the Asus logo on the phone and the detachable fan light up any color you choose.Built-in physical game controlsThree of the phones use buttons and/or capacitive or pressure-sensitive touch to help improve gameplay. The Red Magic Mars and Black Shark phones each have a physical switch that triggers a game mode to organize your games, optimize settings and protect your gaming sessions from interruptions. The Black Shark calls its gaming mode “Shark Space.” Every time I played on the Black Shark I felt inclined to whisper to myself, “Going into Shark Space.”The ROG and Red Magic Mars have faux shoulder buttons that can be mapped to different actions for games like triggering a gun. The ROG also has a second USB-C port on the side, so you keep the phone plugged in while playing it in landscape, though the cable does fall between your hands. The other three phones only charge at the bottom, which made them awkward to hold while gaming and charging at the same time.The Razer Phone 2 is the only phone of the group that doesn’t have a physical feature to improve game controls or ergonomics.After playing games for hours on each phone most of these additions were nice, but didn’t yield enormous improvement when it came to controls. I found that good mobile games should be played with onscreen controls. However, having capacitive touch buttons for playing games originally designed for a console was useful.There is one feature I’d add if I were to design a gaming phone: a joystick. I’d want a thumbstick that could lie flat when not in use and telescope up for gameplay. Imagine something like an iPhone 8, where the home button popped up to be used as a mini joystick.As phones move away from having bezels, foreheads and chins around the screen, my joystick dream doesn’t seem like it could become a reality. But since gaming phones tend to eschew mainstream trends, perhaps it could happen one day. See at Amazon Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Best Buy Asus ROG $534 Best gaming phones Asus ROG Asus ROG $399 Asus ROG Razer Phone 2 2,385 63,253 See All 61,252 Storage Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Black Shark $500 Red Magic Mars 8GB Red Magic Mars 2,417 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See It Red Magic Mars 128GB Asus ROG Phone is the best phone for playing PUBG Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Phones Gaming 2,393 Razer Phone 2 Razer Phone 2 2:56 63,253 Asus ROG See it 6,616 High refresh rate displayPretty much all phones have screens that refresh 60 frames per second (fps). The Razer Phone 2 has a refresh rate of 120 fps, which leads to sharper images and text as well as smoother animations. There aren’t a ton of mobile games designed for 120 fps, but the ones that were looked wonderful. And even games designed for lower refresh rates looked good.The only other phone with a high refresh rate is the ROG, which has a 90Hz screen. Like on the Razer, things are sharper and animations are smoother. The Razer Phone 2 has a much brighter screen while the ROG’s OLED display had better colors that were more vibrant.The Red Magic Mars’ screen is the weakest part of the phone. It’s dim and feels lower quality when viewed next to the other phones.OS: Android 9 Pie and Android 8.1 OreoBlack Shark: Android 8.1 Oreo. It’s not known exactly when Android 9 Pie will be available.Razer: Android 9 Pie.Red Magic Mars: Android 9 Pie.ROG: Android 8.1 Oreo: Asus announced it will upgrade to Android 9 Pie sometime this year. Walmart 19 Photos Black Shark Best gaming phone for everyday use: Razer Phone 2razer-phone-2-8090The Razer Phone 2 sports a display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Josh Miller/CNET If you’re looking for a gaming phone that can double as a daily driver, I recommend the Razer Phone 2. It looks the part of a gaming phone, but doubles as a terrific phone to use every day, when you’re not gaming. The Razer Phone 2 is the only phone in the group with IP67 water resistance and wireless charging.Out of the four, I like the Razer Phone 2’s design the most. There are many people who will be turned off by the “monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey” looks. But the marquee feature on the Razer Phone 2 is its bright 120Hz screen. Whether you’re gaming or not, animations like scrolling pages look supersmooth and graphics are crisp. It has amazingly loud built-in speakers and seems as designed for gamers as it is for anyone who lives on a diet of movies and music.In my initial review the battery wasn’t great, but with the update to Android 9 Pie, the battery life has improved quite a bit. Best of all, this phone is only $499 right now.Read: CNET Razer Phone 2 reviewSee at AmazonBest value gaming phone: Nubia Red Magic Marsnobia-red-mars-1The back of the Nubia Red Magic Mars phone. Angela Lang/CNET The Nubia Red Magic Mars is the follow-up to 2018’s Red Magic phone. A Red Magic Mars with 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM originally cost $399. Now that gets you a model with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.The Red Magic Mars crams in a lot of features like capacitive shoulder buttons, an innovative cooling system and a terrific game mode at a wallet-friendly price. Aside from its custom gaming mode, the phone runs stock Android 9 Pie. Its biggest downside is the screen: It’s just OK, and in that area the Red Magic Mars can’t compete with the Razer and ROG phones. Other than that, the phone is solid. But if you’re interested in grabbing a Red Magic Mars, I’d wait, or at least shop around. First, the Black Shark is often discounted and recently its price has been hovering between $380 and $400.Second, Nubia announced the Red Magic Mars 3 last week. It packs an upgraded Snapdragon 855 processor, a 90Hz OLED screen and an internal fan. These are enormous upgrades. It just launched in China and is expected to hit the US at the end of May. Best of all is the price; a model with 64GB storage and 6GB of RAM will be 2,899 yuan or roughly $430.Read: CNET en Español Nubia Red Magic Mars phone reviewSee at NubiaBest gaming phone with the best accessory: Xiaomi Black Sharkxiaomi-black-shark-gaming-1029The Black Shark with the Gamepad on the left and the Gamepad 2.0 on the right. James Martin/CNET Xiaomi’s Black Shark comes with a Gamepad that slides onto the end of the phone. Having a physical joystick made a huge difference in gaming for me. Unfortunately, it felt lopsided when I used it, so there is a Gamepad 2.0 for $89 that has a more symmetrical design. Similar to the Nintendo Switch, it has a left and right controller that slide and lock onto either end of the phone.Like the Red Magic Mars, the Black Shark runs close to a stock version of Android. It’s Android 8.1 Oreo and not Android 9 Pie, but using the phone’s UI for nongaming stuff felt like using a Pixel 3 when it first came out.There are some downsides though, like the lack of a headphone jack and the very “cheap” plastic feel to the gamepad accessory. At launch the Black Shark cost $499 but you can find it for around $380 these days. In March, Xiaomi announced the Black Shark 2. It includes an updated Snapdragon 855 processor, a touch-sensitive screen similar to Apple’s 3D Touch, an in-display fingerprint reader and mappable onscreen left and right controls. Currently it’s on sale in China for 3,200 yuan, which converts roughly to $475. No word yet on US availability.Read: CNET en Español review of Black Shark phoneSee at AmazonShall we play a game?I played a variety of games on all of these phones from RPGs and side scrollers to puzzles. Below are five games I played on each phone and my notes on the experience.Alto’s Odyssey Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 6,526 8,132 Mentioned Above Razer Phone 2 See It $399 Razer Phone 2 Red Magic Mars CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Asus ROG Red Magic Mars Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Black Shark: Within minutes the phone got really hot.Razer: The music and effects sounded full over the built-in speakers. But man oh man did the phone get hot.Red Magic Mars: The audio was thin and when the volume grew louder it also sounded muddy. Without a case, this is my favorite phone to hold for playing Sdorica.ROG: The phone remained warm but never got hot.Shadowgun Legends 61,010 Apple 4:12 61,010 I evaluated each gaming phone in terms of design, specs, performance and, most importantly, gameplay. (P.S.: All of them have the Snapdragon 845 chipset that’s found in the Note 9, OnePlus 6T and Pixel 3.) Below are my recommendations and an in-depth breakdown of gameplay, design, battery life and cooling systems on each phone. Read on to see which of these gaming phones is the best buy.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 8GB • 8GB Share your voice See at Amazon Razer Phone 2 Razer Phone 2 gets unboxed 8,445 Xiaomi ZTE Amazon Asus Google Razer Samsung Applelast_img read more