Europe’s pesticide problem

first_imgThe first large-scale risk assessment of organic chemicals in European rivers and lakes has revealed an extensive problem with pesticides. Nearly half of these water bodies had levels that could harm fish, invertebrates, and algae. “We were surprised that it was so widespread,” says environmental engineer Egina Malaj of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany. The concern is greatest for insects and algae, but the researchers say that in areas where the levels are highest, people should not drink untreated river water.”It’s really an impressive assessment,” says Deborah Swackhamer, an environmental chemist at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, who was not involved in the work. Many studies have looked at single watersheds, but the new research is by far the most comprehensive. “Whole river basins are potentially at risk,” she says.Malaj is a Ph.D. student in a research group that focuses on the environmental effects of organic chemicals. These molecules contain carbon atoms, and they include pollutants such as pesticides, herbicides, and other synthesized compounds. 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The thresholds for death and chronic illness are well known for three kinds of laboratory organisms that are commonly used in ecotoxicology: the fathead minnow; a water flea; and a solitary, microscopic alga that is part of the base of the aquatic food web.Levels of organic chemicals were high enough to likely cause chronic problems, such as fewer offspring, at 42% of the sites. And at 14% of sites, the levels were high enough to kill a significant number of individuals of one or more of the three test species, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Pesticides were by far the most common culprit. That’s what the team expected, Malaj says, because environmental monitoring tends to test for these chemicals.Although many people assume that pesticides tend to be local to agricultural areas, they turn up much more widely, Malaj says. Pesticides and herbicides are sprayed onto fields, and they can waft or wash into adjacent streams, where they persist and float downstream. “It’s surprising that despite extensive regulations, we still find the pesticides,” she says. Rules specify how close to a stream farmers can spray pesticides and what the concentrations should be. “Our study shows that pesticides are a key pollutant,” Malaj says. Also common were brominated flame retardants, which are used in many consumer products. Often, these are spread by dust into waterways. Another ubiquitous pollutant is polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which typically come from vehicle exhaust or petroleum spills from boats. The risk from organic chemicals appears to be higher in streams and lakes in northern Europe than in southern Europe. Malaj doesn’t think this difference is necessarily because of varying amounts of chemical use. Rather, countries in northern Europe tend to test their streams and lakes for more kinds of chemicals, and their measurements are more sensitive and accurate. That means the chemical risk in southern Europe could be underestimated.”The real situation of European waters is probably even worse,” said the study’s senior author, ecotoxicologist Ralf Schäfer of the University of Koblenz-Landau, in a statement.The best approach for reducing the risk to aquatic life would be to design pesticides and other products that are safer, the authors say. In the meantime, farmers could help by spraying fewer pesticides and herbicides, or by planting more vegetation around streams to reduce the polluted runoff from fields. And, Malaj adds, regulators should assess the cumulative risk of the many chemicals in the environment. Not only would this better protect fish, insects, and algae, Schäfer says, but it would also likely help safeguard water quality. Because the health risk of many chemicals has not been studied, a more protective approach could help prevent people from getting sick.last_img read more

Indian techies sees tremendous opportunity in Digital India

first_imgFrom Lalit K Jha Washington, Sep 24 (PTI) A section of Indian techies, who have made a mark for themselves in the highly competitive Silicon Valley, see tremendous opportunity for them in the ambitious Digital India plan of the Modi government. Prakash Bhalerao, a successful entrepreneur said, India is moving up the value chain from being in service industry to a product development paradigm. The early venture capitalists investing in India replicated successful business models of Silicon Valley like Flipkart based on Amazon, Ola Cabs based on Uber and so on and they have given good return to the VCs, Bhalerao said at a penal discussion on Digital India in Sunnyvale. However this could change as new products for Indian markets are now beginning to emerge, Bhalerao, a venture capitalist, said. “We believe Prime Minister Modi sees an important role of technology and innovation from Silicon Valley in his plan of making India transition from a developing nation to a developed nation,” said Khanderao Kand, director, Big Data at Oracle and founder of Global Indian Technology Professionals Organisation. There is an overwhelming sentiment of techies and entrepreneurs from the Silicon Valley who are eager to welcome Modi over the weekend, he said. Ashok Banerjee, chief technology officer and vice president engineering at Symantec, said lack of digitisation leads to long delays in getting services and healthcare. This results in lack of transparency and corruption in the system. Observing that in India a lot of productivity is lost due to waiting in queues to get things done, he said, this could easily be done online like here inUS. “Privacy concerns are everywhere, but that does not mean you do not digitize, but instead you do it in a secure fashion,” Banerjee said. He said without digitisation and sharing of data securely, such high-value companies like AirBnB, would not have come into existence and the popularity of these services indicate that people are willing to share their information as long as they are secured by an entity or government policies. According to Bhalerao for StartUP India mantra to succeed and to replicate the Silicon Valley in India, one will need to attract people from other nations, provide better infrastructure and connectivity. “India missed the industrial revolution due to colonisation, butthe mobile revolution should not be missed,? he said. PTI LKJ KNDadvertisementlast_img read more

When VVS Laxman approached Michael Hussey to coach India

first_imgFormer Australia batsman Michael Hussey has revealed in his latest book that he was asked by former India batsman VVS Laxman if he was keen on coaching India.Hussey retired from international cricket but continues to trade his skills in different T20 leagues around the world, including Australia’s Big Bash League and the Indian Premier League. ESPNcricinfo reported it was during  a match between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad, last year that Laxman approached Hussey. Laxman is mentor of Sunrisers Hyderabad while Hussey had been bought by the Super Kings in the auction last year.Laxman spoke to Hussey a month before the BCCI named him in a three-member panel to find India’s next coach. Duncan Fletcher’s contract had expired with the 2015 World Cup. The terms of team director Ravi Shastri, who took over during the England tour in 2014, and the rest of his coaching staff come to an end after the World Twenty20. (MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli smash records as India enter Asia Cup final) Hussey, known as Mr Cricket for his sharp understanding of the game, served as a consultant for South Africa during the 2015 World Cup and he will assist Darren Lehmann with Australia for the ICC World Twenty20, which starts in India next month.Not long before Laxman’s request, Mahela Jayawardene had requested Hussey to take over assistant coach with the Sri Lankan team. But Hussey politely said no to both men because he wanted to spend more time with the family after nine years as an international cricketer. (World T20: India will be unstoppable if Rohit, Kohli fire, says Sehwag)  advertisement”The former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene rang me a while ago to ask if I would be interested in being an assistant coach of Sri Lanka with a view to taking over as head coach a few months further down the track,” Hussey wrote in Winning Edge, his third book, which was released recently.”A week later (after Jayawardene’s call) the ex-India batsman VVS Laxman asked me if I would be interested in coaching India. My initial answer to both of them was no because at the time I did not want to be on the road ten months a year; I wanted to be at home with my family and make up for some lost time from the previous few years. But, probably more relative to them, I said to each that I did not think I was ready to become the head coach of an international cricket team.”However, Hussey said that while Laxman understood that family was a good reason to not spend more time on the road, the Indian legend disagreed that Hussey was not qualified to coach a top-level team.”VVS accepted that I was not interested because of family reasons. But he would not accept my feeling that I was not up to standard for a job like that. ‘You have played the game very well for a long time, you know what needs to be done, you shouldn’t doubt yourself’, he said.”I replied that coaching individuals within a team is one thing and perhaps I could do that right now. But, I said, these days coaching is not just about coaching players. It’s about dealing with boards, sponsors, business owners, investors, officials, all sorts of people outside the team environment,” Hussey wrote.”It’s a very complex job that requires numerous skills that have little or nothing to do with cricket.”Laxman told Hussey that players with their kind of experience did not need to tick all the boxes of a qualified coach.”He said that guys with our level of experience had more understanding of the ins and outs of the game than just about anyone. It got me thinking that maybe you do not need to go off and do all sorts of courses and tick all the official boxes,” Hussey wrote. “Maybe just having played for so long ingrains in a long-serving former player the knowledge required to take on all that is necessary to be a good coach.”last_img read more

Scams that shamed India: 5 biggest scams in Indian history

first_imgWhat is a scam? It is a dishonest scheme or fraud in which a person or a group is tricked. In the recent past, India has been tricked by people in charge of the system or someone with whom the power lays. One of the biggest scams and only scam to have attracted the attention of international media was the CWG scam which included several issues such as child labour, misappropriation of funds, payment to non-existent parties among others.We have collected a list of top 5 scams that have caused a certain degree of damage to the country. Read on:CWG Scam”India faced several socio-economic challenges and to instead spend on a grand sporting spectacle sounds like we [India] have got our priorities wrong.” – Azim PremjiThe CWG scam is perhaps the only Indian scam which attracted the attention of international media. Concern and controversy emerged before the 12-day sports event, 2010 Commonwealth Games, as it was estimated that India lost nearly Rs 35,000 crore while one in three Indians live below the poverty line. Apart from proving irrelevant to the common man, the Games, according to the Indian investigative agencies, found several other issues including corruption by the Games’ officials, preparation delay in the construction of the Games’ venues, possibility of terrorist attacks, labour law violation, child labour, misappropriation of funds, payment to non-existent parties among others.Fodder ScamPopularly known as ‘Chara Ghotala’ and also the ‘mother of all scams’, the Fodder scam was worth Rs 900 crore and for this, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra were disqualified from parliament for corruption. The scam came to light in the year 1996 when animal husbandry department found corruption in the funds meant to purchase cattle fodder, medicines and animal farming equipment. By 2013, nearly 500 accused were convicted.advertisementSatyam Scam”It was like riding a tiger, not knowing how to get off without being eaten.” – Ramalinga RajuThe biggest corporate scam involved fraudulent auditing practices allegedly in support with auditors and chartered accountants. The company, Satyam Computer Services Ltd, lied about its financial health by grossly inflating its account to stakeholders, board, regulators etc. As per the reports, the raised cash was used to purchase thousands of acres of land across Andhra Pradesh. Raju also admitted to have inflated the actual amount by showing 300 crore more than the actual amount.2G Spectrum ScamThe telecommunication scam involved the politicians and officials undercharging telephone companies for frequency allocation licences which was then used to create 2G spectrum subscription. There was a huge difference between the money collected and the money directed to be collected. The loss was estimated to be Rs 309845.5 million. In 2012, the Supreme Court of India cancelled all the 122 licences issued under A. Raja. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) audit also revealed that the licence were also issued to the ineligible corporations, those with no experience in the telecom sector.Coal Allocation Scam (Coalgate)Popularly referred to as ‘Coalgate’ in the media, the political scam consumed the governance of the UPA government in the year 2012. The scam came to light when CAG revealed that the then governing body had allocated 216 coal blocks to public and private enterprises illegally between 1993 to 2006. The coal blocks were not in the production plan of coal by Coal India Ltd. A total of 70 coal mines were allocated between 1993 and 2005: 53 in 2006, 52 in 2007, 24 in 2008, 16 in 2009 and one in 2010.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Ultimate Table Tennis: Sanil Shetty stars as Falcons TTC race to top of the table

first_imgMumbai player Sanil Shetty scored a stunning 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-10) over Portuguese world No 48 Joao Monteiro (DHFL Maharashtra United) in the men’s singles (Foreign v Indian) in the sixth match of the day to put Falcons TTC in a dominating position in the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the NSCI in Mumbai on Wednesday.Sanil put on an exceptional display for his home crowd and completely outplayed Monteiro throughout the match.Forehand is Sanil’s strength and he used his strength wonderfully to leave Monteiro confused. Sanil’s strategy was to be aggressive against the Portuguese and he did that to perfection.With his edge of the table shots and strong forehand winners, Sanil was the delight of his home crowd.Highlights: Another day, another giant on the victim list for @ShettySanil, as he defeated Monteiro, 3-0! #UpTheGame #FALvMU pic.twitter.com/SCW5lor66K- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 26, 2017Falcons TTC raced to the top of the league table with 78 points after completing their quota of five rounds with a thumping 17-10 win over DHFL Maharashtra United.Britain’s Liam Pitchford put Falcons TTC ahead with a 3-0 (11-6, 11-4, 11-9) win over Harmeet Desai, ranked 79 in the world, in the men’s singles (Foreign v Indian), the tie’s opening clash.Sutirtha Mukherjee rallied strongly to pull off a surprise 2-1 (7-11, 11-5, 11-9) win over China-born Portugal’s Fu Yu (DHFL Maharashtra United) in the women’s singles (Foreign v Indian) to extend Falcons TTC’s lead to 5-1.Highlights: Sutirtha Mukherjee pulled off a huge upset, beating Fu Yu 2-1 in Match 2!#UpTheGame #FALvMU pic.twitter.com/Bm4yQAuYCZadvertisement- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 26, 2017Next up was mixed doubles (Foreign/Indian pair) where Harmeet Desai and his China-born Austrian partner Liu Jia of DHFL Maharashtra United won the opening two games before Sanil Shetty and Lee Ho Ching pulled one back for Falcons TTC, who continued to hold the lead at 6-3.Portuguese Joao Monteiro of DHFL Maharashtra United won the first two games against Par Gerell in the men’s singles (Foreign player category), but the Swede clinched the third to help Falcons TTC stay ahead at 7-5.Thereafter, the experienced China-born Austrian world No 22 Liu Jia upstaged Wu Yang (Falcons TTC) 2-1 (11-10, 5-11, 11-9) in a hard fought women’s singles (Foreign player category) clash to reduce DHFL Maharashtra United’s deficit to 7-8.It was after DHFL Maharashtra United had reached this close that Sanil pulled off that inspired win against Monteiro to give Falcons a 11-7 lead.Wu Yang then bounced back from her earlier defeat to thump Krittwika Sinha Roy 3-0 (11-4, 11-4, 11-5) in the women’s singles (Foreign v Indian) to give Falcons TTC a tie-winning lead at 14-7.Wong Chun Ting and Fu Yu won three of the remaining six games (men’s and women’s singles) for DHFL Maharashtra United.On Thursday, Shaze Challengers (58 points) will lock horns with RP-SG Mavericks (48 points) in the final tie of the league stage.Dabang Smashers are comfortably second in the table with 69 points, followed by DHFL Maharashtra United (64) and Oilmax Stag Yoddhas (61).Falcons TTC beat DHFL Maharashtra United 17-10 (Results):MS – Liam Pitchford beat Harmeet Desai  3-0 (11-6, 11-4, 11-9)WS – Sutirtha Mukherjee beat Fu Yu 2-1 (7-11, 11-5, 11-9)MD – Sanil Shetty/ Lee Ho Ching lost to Harmeet Desai/ Liu Jia 1-2 (10-11, 10-11, 11-5)MS – Par Gerell lost to Joao Monteiro 1-2 (5-11, 10-11, 11-8)WS – Wu Yang lost to Liu Jia 1-2 (10-11, 11-5, 9-11)MS – Sanil Shetty beat Joao Monteiro 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-10)WS – Wu Yang beat Krittwika Roy 3-0 (11-4, 11-4, 11-5)MS – Liam Pitchford lost to Wong Chun Ting 1-2 (10-11, 11-9, 3-11)WS – Lee Ho Ching beat Fu Yu 2-1 (6-11, 11-4, 11-4)Highlights: Fast-paced, and highly entertaining table tennis on display, as @falconsttc beat @maharashtrautd! #UptheGame #FALvMU pic.twitter.com/LmzKeomYX0- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 27, 2017last_img read more

Maxim: single-chip security supervisors provide robust tamper detection and cryptography

first_imgDesigners of internet of things devices now have a smarter and more secure way to protect stored, sensitive information with the highly integrated MAX36010 and MAX36011 single-chip security supervisors from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). These security solutions make it easier for designers to implement robust tamper detection, cryptography and secure storage while safeguarding sensitive information via logical and physical protections, without having to be security experts themselves.The MAX36010 and MAX36011 both offer strong security that can be easily integrated into a design at any stage of its development. Additionally, if these parts are integrated later in the design cycle, there is no need to change the platform to accommodate them, thereby simplifying the implementation process. Compared to competitive solutions, the devices, due to their high level of integration, facilitate a 60 percent faster design cycle, while also lowering bill of materials (BOM) costs by 20 percent. To ensure a higher level of security, these supervisors generate keys via a true random number generator (TRNG). The keys are then stored in battery-backed RAM along with certificates and other sensitive data. This data is erased when tampering is detected, a capability that meets the requirements of Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 140-2 at its highest security levels (Levels 3 and 4). The MAX36010 and MAX36011 both support symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic functions such as Data Encryption Standard (3DES), Advanced Encryption Standartd (AES), Rivest–Shamir–Adleman (RSA) and Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA). These secure cryptographic engines are designed and compliant to the requirements of Payment Card Industry (PCI) and FIPS140-2 certifications. The MAX36010 supports symmetric key generation for AES and 3DES, whereas the MAX36011 supports both symmetric and asymmetric key generations for AES, 3DES, RSA and ECDSA. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Wibu-Systems exhibits at Embedded World with incredible lineup of solution partnersNext Abaco: wideband low latency FMC module offers leading ADC and DAC functionalitylast_img read more

Ireland v All Blacks is pick of autumn feast with strong World Cup flavour

first_img Twitter Since you’re here… Rugby World Cup 2019 Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Topics Rugby union Autumn internationals Scotland (World ranking: 6 Points: 83.02): For once Scotland took November form into the Six Nations last season but their fixture list does not wholly reflect the needs of a team on the up: Wales in a fourth international, Fiji, South Africa and Argentina. Despite running only two professional sides they have developed strength in depth, as shown by the inclusion in the squad of the 21-year old Edinburgh full-back/wing, Darcy Graham. He is not the biggest but was deceptively quick for Edinburgh against a Toulon side that struggled to lay a hand on him. The Scots still have a marauding pack but even without Stuart Hogg, and this weekend Finn Russell, brim with attacking options.Australia (World ranking: 7 Points: 82.86): The 2015 beaten World Cup finalists have never been lower in the rankings and have won four of their last 13 away matches, two in Argentina, one in Japan and the other in Cardiff against opponents they have in the last 10 years devised various ways of beating. They have Wales first up, group opponents in Japan next year, and continuing that run is a target; but their final match at Twickenham looks more significant. Since dumping England out of their World Cup three years ago the Wallabies have lost five times to them and conceded 169 points. Their capacity to score has been offset by defensive softness. They need more resolve and the tour has real meaning for them.France (World ranking: 8 Points: 79.10): France have become harder to beat under Jacques Brunel, which even the All Blacks found in the summer despite a 3-0 series victory that on paper gives the false impression of being a romp. The head coach started with defence: Les Bleus conceded only six tries in the Six Nations but fashioned only eight of their own. Without Morgan Parra and Wesley Fofana for their matches with South Africa, Argentina and Fiji, the next step is back to the future – attack.Argentina (World ranking: 9 Points: 78.01): The Pumas’ only autumn victories since the last World Cup came in Japan and Italy. They face Ireland, France and Scotland having conceded 29 tries in six Rugby Championship matches. The new head coach, Mario Ledesma, needs to achieve a balance between the laissez-faire attitude of his predecessor and his side’s traditional ball-winning capacity. Reuse this content Share on Messenger New Zealand (World ranking: 1 Points: 92.96): New Zealand are like a machine, mowing down all who stand in their way, but their blades get tangled occasionally, as they did against South Africa. It was another day when they did not go through the gears but engaged top immediately; they tend to be more strategic in Europe, getting a game won before indulging themselves. After what should be a weekend frolic in Japan, they face England and Ireland in consecutive weeks, two of their main World Cup rivals. The two games will provide greater World Cup preparation than next year’s Rugby Championship, a tournament the All Blacks have come to dominate but have not won in a World Cup year since 2007. Armed with their strongest available squad, England will be the warm-up for the breakdown-savvy Ireland.Ireland (World ranking: 2 Points: 90.12): The match of the month promises to be in Dublin on 17 November when the All Blacks roll up. It was fiercely contested when the teams met there two years ago, three weeks after Ireland had beaten the World Cup holders in Chicago; New Zealand needed a late try and conversion to win in 2013, five months after a late Dan Carter drop goal had earned them victory in Christchurch. Ireland’s capacity to hustle and retain possession has flustered a team used to getting their own way, but they will miss their Lions’ scrum-half Conor Murray. Ireland, like Leinster, have perfected a way of playing but need to stay ahead in a game evolving at pace. Italy and the rest: Ireland, Australia and New Zealand have less significance for Italy than Georgia, who lie just above them in 13th in the world rankings. Defeat would add to calls for the Six Nations to introduce promotion and relegation. The teams from 10-15 in the rankings are in action against tier one sides this autumn: Fiji face Scotland and France, Tonga are in Cardiff, the United States take on Samoa and Ireland while Japan follow New Zealand with an Eddie Jones reunion.• This is an extract from our weekly rugby union email, the Breakdown. To subscribe just visit this page and follow the instructions. Share on LinkedIn The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. The Breakdowncenter_img Pinterest Wales (World ranking: 3 Points: 85.94): Wales moved into the top three of the rankings almost unnoticed. They used to declare loudly their ambition to join the leading group but now prefer to remain low key, developing strength in depth for what they believe is a realistic tilt at the World Cup. Beating Australia for the first time since 2008 would be a start, especially given the Wallabies’ recent travails, and there is a quiet confidence despite losing Sam Warburton permanently and Taulupe Faletau for the series. Wales have changed from a team most comfortable containing and chasing to a creative one. Will it be Gareth Anscombe or Dan Biggar at 10 to face Australia?England (World ranking: 4 Points: 85.68): Eddie Jones may have a full squad to pick from one day but until then he has two issues to resolve: defence and making use of slow ball. Results will matter for England’s head coach after a year in which they lost their Six Nations with a whimper and contrived to throw away winning positions in the first two Tests in South Africa; but winning three out of four and taking the All Blacks into the final quarter would be a considerable achievement given the rebuilding needed in every phase of the pack. England have over the years struggled to live off their wits, to cope with the unexpected. They were on top in South Africa when successfully delivering their gameplan but fell apart when it was thwarted, reaching the stage where it goes beyond coaching.South Africa (World ranking: 5 Points: 83.52): The Springboks have rallied but remain an enigma. They lost away to Australia and Argentina before winning in New Zealand, reflecting how a country with a historical Test record second only to New Zealand has come to relish the role of underdog, performing when not expected to. Their record this year is only 50%, hardly a marked improvement on the previous regime, but Rassie Erasmus has supplemented organisation with emotion. A team that used to relish conditions in Europe have struggled on recent tours, particularly under the high ball, and without the Sale scrum-half Faf de Klerk the pace of their game will probably drop off. The next four weeks are a building process. Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Willie le Roux with Schalk Brits during a training session in London this week. Photograph: Gallo Images/Getty Images features … 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. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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. Share on Twitter Pinterest Twitter Facebook Agustin Creevy makes a break against the All Blacks in September. Photograph: Evan Barnes/Getty Images Share via Email Facebook last_img read more

Warren Gatland set to return as Lions coach for 2021 South Africa series

first_imgWarren Gatland is set to be reappointed as head coach of the British and Irish Lions for their 2021 tour to South Africa. The Wales coach is understood to be the Lions’ preferred choice having taken charge of the two previous expeditions to Australia in 2013 and New Zealand in 2017. Read more Topics Alun Wyn Jones says don’t rule out Warren Gatland coaching England Share on Facebook Gatland, 55, also served as forwards coach under Ian McGeechan when the Lions last toured South Africa in 2009. Having most recently masterminded Wales’s 2019 Six Nations grand slam, he has been seen as the leading candidate for some time and the Lions board hopes to finalise arrangements within the next month.Touring with the Lions in 2021 would not, in theory, rule Gatland out of contention for the England coaching job when Eddie Jones’s tenure draws to a close. For the moment, however, the Lions are not formally confirming his appointment.“As with any thorough recruitment process it is confidential and it is therefore not appropriate to discuss until an appointment is made,” said a Lions spokesperson. Share on Twitter Warren Gatland British & Irish Lions news Rugby unioncenter_img Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Bale shows Ronaldo the way to goal

first_imgPrimera División Madrid’s main man: Bale shows Ronaldo the way as Real rediscover goal touch Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 01:46 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(30) Gareth Bale Real Madrid Getty Images Primera División Gareth Bale Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruña Real Madrid Deportivo La Coruña Opinion The Welsh winger struck twice to lead Los Blancos to an impressive win at home to Deportivo as Zinedine Zidane’s side banished their Bernabeu blues This was more like it from Real Madrid. The Spanish champions were in danger of losing three successive league games at home for the first time in their history, but rediscovered their touch in front of goal to secure an emphatic victory. And Gareth Bale played a pivotal part.Zinedine Zidane’s side went behind early on and it looked like another frustrating afternoon could be on the cards following back-to-back defeats at the Bernabeu to Barcelona and Villarreal.But after Nacho had levelled for Los Blancos, Bale made it 2-1 with a lovely curled effort, the ball whistling past Cristiano Ronaldo’s ear as the Portuguese appealed for a penalty. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With that strike, Bale became the first Real Madrid player to reach five goals in La Liga. And the mere fact that it took until Los Blancos’ 19th fixture in the competition, on January 21, was a reminder of the side’s struggles in the Primera Division this term.A Bale header later made it 3-1 to Real and that was his ninth goal in all competitions this season, matching his return from last season. This time, the nine have arrived in just 17 appearances, though, compared to 27 last term.The Welshman has been Madrid’s most effective attacker in the current campaign, with Ronaldo and Karim Benzema both below their best. Unfortunately for Madrid, however, he has been missing far too often with injury.Zidane will hope his problems are now over and that Bale can carry on performing at this level, without injuries, until the end of the season. Madrid will be much better off if that can happen.Ronaldo also ended with two goals as Real ran riot in the closing stages, the Portuguese converting with a tap-in at the far post and later a fine header as he took a boot to the face that left him floored and needing treatment.Gareth Bale Real Madrid Deportivo LaLigaCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Deportivo LaLigaPrior to this match, Cristiano had netted just four in 14 appearances in La Liga this season and his double was more good news for Zidane as Madrid look to challenge in the Copa del Rey and the Champions League over the next few months, as well as returning to the top three in La Liga.Winning the Primera Division seems impossible now with Barca 19 points ahead at the start of this weekend, but with the goals flying in once more Real could yet finish the season with some satisfaction as they prioritise the new two knockout competitions over the weeks and months ahead.Real Madrid Deportivo scoreBale, Benzema and Ronaldo have not started a game all together for Los Blancos since last season’s Clasico defeat at home to Barcelona in April, but the three forwards all featured here and could be reunited soon.That and a return to 4-3-3 should see some improvement from Madrid and it will be much needed as Paris Saint-Germain lie in wait in the Champions League next month. Now, if only they can all stay fit…last_img read more

Humiliated & isolated – why Isco’s Madrid career is in tatters

first_imgReal Madrid, despite being decimated by injuries and struggling for goals across the board since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, are showing no signs of reintroducing Isco to the starting XI under Santiago Solari – but why?The situation is a complex one, especially given the lack of communication coming out of the Spain international’s camp, but Goal will attempt to explain.Firstly, Solari is not a big fan of the four-time Champions League winner’s style of play. The Argentine coach prefers a 4-3-3 system without a recognised number 10 – the very position that the playmaker plays his finest football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? In addition, Isco has not been in his best form since Solari’s appointment (one only has to watch his performances to note that as fact), but is seemingly showing no interest in training sessions to rectify that situation.Indeed, it is thought that Isco had counted on being given more game time to return to his best, but Solari has no intention of giving additional minutes to someone who seems not to be pushing personal limits to return to 100 per cent match fitness.Instead, Solari prefers players with a good engine and willing to run themselves into the ground for the team. One must only look at Lucas Vazquez, Fede Valverde, Vinicius Jr. and even Brahim Diaz being picked ahead of him to recognise that.Isco, Real MadridSo what chance does Isco have of regaining his spot in the starting XI? Well, he has been named on the bench several times, so there is nothing to suggest that he has been frozen out. It is more likely that his coach won’t place his trust in him until he returns to match fitness.That’s all well and good, you might say, but how does he feel about Dani Ceballos, four years his junior, being introduced off the bench against Betis, with 15 minutes to go and Madrid needing a goal?In general, the people in Isco’s camp are staying quiet, but one look at the player’s face during matches paints a picture of an unhappy and angry young man.One friend of the 26-year-old did speak out via Instagram, however, stating: “Solari has the same idea of football as I do of engineering” before calling the Real boss a “murderer of football”.Aitor Costa Instagram story, IscoAnother large matter of note is the complete lack of public support from Isco’s team-mates – not a single member of the squad has defended him during his time in the wilderness. That could be a suggestion that the players are in agreement with the coach that Isco’s style simply doesn’t suit the club’s football.And let’s not forget being booed by his own fans in Madrid’s clash with CSKA Moscow. Couple that with a lack of support from the club and it’s easy to imagine that a departure from the Santiago Bernabeu could be on the cards as soon as is feasible.So is Isco’s Real Madrid career over? In short: yes. Certainly as long as Solari remains in charge and Isco is not at 100% fitness. Even if Madrid do appoint a new boss in the summer, however, the damage may already be irreversible.What happens next? A January move is unlikely. Even with Castilla players being preferred ahead of Isco, the club are still in tatters with regards to injuries, and a player with such a high profile means negotiations will not be fast.Although he has been linked with Manchester City in the past, Goal understands that a move to the Etihad will not be forthcoming as he does not fit into Pep Guardiola’s plans. Instead, reports suggesting Juventus as a potential destination are probably closer to reality.For now, Isco’s seat on the bench is likely to stay warm until the summer at the earliest.last_img read more

Security Council urged to keep focus on civilians in armed conflict

While much attention had been focused on the hardships faced by the Iraqi people, in other countries, “sadly, this year we have witnessed some of the more horrendous acts of violence carried out against civilians,” Kenzo Oshima, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said in an open briefing to the 15-nation Council on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.”The plight of civilians in armed conflict remains a considerable and grave problem in many other parts of the world,” Mr. Oshima said, stressing the value of Council missions to areas of conflict over the past year in bringing international attention to situations where the lives of civilians had been at the utmost risk. “The recent Council mission to Central Africa provided a considerable impetus for addressing protection issues and I hope the upcoming mission to West Africa will do the same.”In the meantime, on Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Oshima said the practical results of the Council’s increased engagement in civilian protection issues have been enshrined in its latest resolution, which not only mandated peacekeeping forces on the ground to ensure the safety of local populations, but recognized the paramount importance of protecting civilians when they were being deliberately targeted by conflict parties who were seemingly indifferent to their own obligations for civilian protection.Outlining the progress since Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s 2001 report on civilians in armed conflict, Mr. Oshima reminded the Council that the emphasis had been to make the “culture of protection” a practical reality. “As you yourselves, have noted, this is the time to move from words to action,” he noted.The culture of protection, he said, “urges us to put the individuals in need of protection at the centre of our efforts. It is the millions of voiceless that require our attention and commitment; it is the father who is too powerless to protect his family from brutal attacks; the mother who has no access to medical care and is helpless to save her sick child…the teenage girl who has been brutally raped and may never fully recover from the internal injuries she has suffered.”Mr. Oshima said that the Aide Memoire adopted last year by the Council had proved an important tool in establishing a stronger common base of analysis and assessment on key protection of civilian requirements and responses within the United Nations system as a whole. It had also been used as a practical tool in the field to develop an active collaborative framework for civilian protection in countries such as Burundi, Afghanistan and Iraq.”Immediate international intervention is required to stabilize the security situations, allow humanitarian agencies to assist the vulnerable and thus prevent a further deterioration in that most desperate of humanitarian situations,” he stressed. read more

US stock indexes edge higher in early trade a day after big

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2015 7:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US stock indexes edge higher in early trade, a day after big sell-off; euro continues to slide NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stock indexes are opening slightly higher, a day after a big sell-off prompted by worries about higher U.S. interest rates.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 25 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 17,687 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 gained three points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,046. The Nasdaq composite slipped three points, less than 0.1 per cent, to 4,858.The euro continued to slide against the dollar. It was trading at $1.05, its lowest level in 12 years.The price of crude oil rose 19 cents to $48.48 a barrel in New York.Bond prices fell slightly. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note edged up to 2.14 per cent. read more

Best of OSU Kyle Snyder voted Best Male Athlete at Ohio State

Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder runs out of the tunnel prior to his match in the the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorKyle Snyder fell just shy of claiming the Best Male Athlete in The Lantern’s 2017 Best of OSU poll.Just like he always does, Snyder bounced back with a win, claiming the 2018 crown for Best Male Athlete ahead of former quarterback J.T. Barrett, who received the honor last year. Passing up an opportunity to receive what head coach Tom Ryan said was $250,000 to $300,000 worth of endorsements, Snyder returned to Ohio State. In Snyder’s final season at Ohio State, the Olympic gold medalist won his third individual national championship, defeating Michigan senior Adam Coon in the finals in Cleveland.The 225-pound Snyder suffered his first collegiate loss since his sophomore season to Coon earlier in the year, but beat the 6-foot-5, 285-pound wrestler in both the Big Ten championship and the NCAA championship. Ohio State finished second behind Penn State in the race for a team title.Snyder took home his fourth All-American honors in 2018. He joined Bo Jordan and Nathan Tomasello to become the first trio of teammates all to be named four-time All-Americans in the same season.He found plenty of success on the international stage as well. In August, Snyder squared off against Russia’s Abdulrashid Sadulaev, a two-time world champion, in the World Finals and took down the renowned heavyweight 6-5 to deliver a world team title to Team USA, its first in 22 years.Leaving Ohio State, Snyder is the only American to record three national championships, an Olympic gold medal and a pair of world titles. He now will pursue wrestling on the international stage full time. Runner-up: J.T. Barrett, football read more

Two firefighters injured in fire at derelict house

first_imgTWO DUBLIN FIRE Brigade firefighters were injured in a fire at a derelict house on the Naul Road last night.Four engines were deployed to the empty property at about 11.40pm.The two men were injured as a stairs collapsed from under them. Both were released from hospital this morning.Gardaí say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the blaze.Read: The Lansdowne Road Riot of 1995: an oral historySydney: Nurse accused of setting fire to nursing home pleads guilty to killing 11 peoplelast_img

Papa Stratis dies age 57

first_imgFather Efstratios Dimou, or Papa Stratis as he was known on the Greek island of Lesvos, died on Wednesday after slipping into a coma.The Greek Orthodox priest who launched the set up of the charity Agkalia (Embrace) in 2009, a NGO organisation helping refugees on the island.Papa Stratis had been permanently connected to an oxygen tank that supplied oxygen directly to his lungs as he suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, obstructive lung disease and sleep apnea.Despite his critical condition, with the help of the locals, he had been at the forefront of humanitarian charity in the area since 2007. Agkalia has been providing refugees with clothing, food, water and a place to sleep over the last few years and Papa Stratis would always be there eager to assist even whilst connected to an oxygen tank,“As long as we are useful on earth, God will keep us alive,” the priest would say.In one of his latest interviews for the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR Papa Stratis was worried the the constant migrant influx would soon exceed the organisation’s capacity.He was right. According to Frontex, the European Union border agency, nearly 25,000 migrants arrived on the Greek islands by sea the last few days, and many more left their last breath in the Aegean waters.“These people are not migrants, they do not choose to come here,” the 57-year-old priest told the UNHCR.“They are children of war, fleeing bullets. They are life-seekers, they search for life, hope and the chance to live another day.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hearsts David Carey Outlines Pubworx Plans

first_img David Carey: The main economic opportunity is the efficiencies gained through shared procurement and processes, and the opportunity to add external clients in the future, which will create a network effect which will benefit everyone.     Folio: In a few words, what’s the primary aim of the new venture? Carey: Conde Nast and Hearst plan for this to be a center of excellence for the industry, with a full range of back-office services that will particularly benefit medium-sized publishers. Carey: The job reduction component is small piece of the savings, and the head count reductions will be modest. Folio: Can you share any numbers? Carey: The specific revenue targets, and savings, are not public numbers. Carey: While PubWorx starts with 130 employees, over time we expect that number to grow substantially, as new clients join.     Folio: What are the staffing plans? Folio: What was the genesis for this decision? Last week, Hearst Magazines and Conde Nast announced a joint venture to manage various back-office functions at both companies, including production, procurement and circulation. The company, called PubWorx, will also seek to take on work from third-party companies. Folio: reached out to David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines, to elaborate on his vision for the venture. Folio: What impact will this have on existing jobs? Folio: Is there an overarching vision for this move? Carey: Hearst and Conde Nast already operate several joint ventures, we’re often in contact about those businesses, and PubWorx was a natural outgrowth of that.last_img read more

André Previn AwardWinning Conductor And Composer Dies At 89

first_img André Previn, Award-Winning Conductor And Composer, Dies At 89 Email André Previn, Award-Winning Composer, Dies At 89 andr%C3%A9-previn-award-winning-conductor-and-composer-dies-89 Previn won 10 GRAMMY awards over the course of his long and storied careerRachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Feb 28, 2019 – 1:00 pm GRAMMY-winning composer and conductor André Previn has died. He was 89 years old. Previn’s manager Linda Petrikova confirmed the news to NPR on Thursday.A composer, conductor and pianist, Previn famously directed the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1985 to 1989. Over the course of his career, he was nominated for 44 GRAMMYs and won four Academy Awards for “My Fair Lady,” “Irma la Douce,” “Porgy and Bess” and “Gigi.””André Previn was a multitalented composer, conductor, and pianist who achieved supreme success across the jazz, pop, and classical music genres,” said Recording Academy CEO and President Neil Portnow in a statement. “During his versatile eight-decade career, André earned 44 GRAMMY nominations and 10 GRAMMY Awards, and was recognized by the Recording Academy with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 for his creative contributions to the field of recording.He earned his first GRAMMY at the inaugural GRAMMY Awards in 1958 for Best Soundtrack Album, Dramatic Picture Score Or Original Cast for Gigi. His eclectic approach to creating music and ability to effortlessly combine genres will continue to be celebrated by our industry. André was an incomparable talent, and his legacy will live on through his countless compositions.” News Facebook Twitter last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 finale Who survived and where did they

first_img TV and Movies Game of Thrones season 8 finale: Our watch has ended Tyrion, after seeing Dany’s wrath as she burned the men, women and children of King’s Landing, admitted his treason and handed back his Hand of the King pin early in the final episode. But our guy, the man who drinks and knows things, was spared Death-by-Dracarys after convincing Jon that Dany had to die. After being locked away by the Unsullied, he suggested a new King — Bran the Broken — and was spared by the new ruler.Not only that, he ended up as Hand of the King. Again. Tyrion is the man for that job and before a meeting with the small council at the end of the episode, Tyrion shuffles a few chairs around. He’s in the right place. Small CounciloldmatessssA small council with Tormund’s famed “big woman” HBO With Bran named leader and Tyrion named Hand of the King, one of the lingering questions would be “Who serves on the King’s Small Council?” and honestly, if you asked anyone this 6 episodes ago, I doubt you would have got all of these correct.Samwell Tarley: Grand MaesterNo matter who ruled, Sam always seemed destined to be the Grand Maester. In his final scenes he delivers a book called “A Song of Ice and Fire” he has written about the events that have transpired, in what seems like a pretty obvious callback to one of the other biggest fantasy franchises that have ever existed.Bronn: Master of CoinBronn’s final season was kind of a garbage fire of rushed writing but in the end he got what he wanted. A nice big castle. He also has a position on the Small Council and, as Master of Coin, he knows where all the money is flowing. Seems like a good spot for Bronn — I am just sad that the show did him dirty before getting to this place. Ser Brienne of Tarth: Lord Commander of the KingsguardBrienne taking her seat at the Small Council is one of the show’s small wins, in our books. She is the most capable knight who remains and she fulfilled her duty to protect the Stark kids as well as she ever could. Despite having her heart broken by Jaime Lannister, she even penned a positive tribute to his life and deeds. She’s got the best heart and found her place in the world. It’s nice. Ser Davos Seaworth: Master of ShipsWell, this makes sense, for sure. Davos is a seafaring man and a great smuggler. However, I am worried about his wife who he mentions in passing and hasn’t spoken of for years. Did she come to King’s Landing with him? Please tell me Marya Seaworth is OK. The titles of Master of War, Master of Whisperers and Master of Laws were all vacant at the end of the show. The Unsulliedgame-of-thrones-season-8-episode-5-grey-worm-swingsGrey Worm fights a bloody path through King’s Landing. Helen Sloan/HBO Grey Worm  The man who served Dany valiantly for most of her reign and was basically unkillable somehow survived long enough to sail away. In what is a fitting end for his character after all the trials and tribulations he encountered during serving the Mother of Dragons, Grey Worm (and his forces) found a way to Naath. Importantly, this is the same place Missandei grew up and before the Battle of Winterfell, she told Grey Worm it’s where she wanted to end up when all was said and done. Her head was lopped off by the Mountain, but Grey Worm made his way across the seas to Sothoryos, where Naath lies. Did he take the Unsullied as his banner men? Davos certainly told him to, so here’s to Grey Worm and love. The Othersrobin-arrynYou’ve come a long way, baby.  HBO After Daenerys meets her end, we get a meeting between all the major lords and ladies of the kingdoms in the dragon pit. Yohn Royce, Robin Arryn, a new Prince of Dorne and a couple of unnamed lords all sit around debating who will be king. They are never seen again.Gendry Baratheon, his thirst and unrequited love for Arya aside, finished up pretty well. In the penultimate episode, Dany makes him Lord of Storm’s End and he’s seen in the final meeting just sort of hanging out and agreeing to the proposition of Bran as king. At least he finally got off that row boat. Yara Greyjoy, the lady reaper of Pyke, appears to have assumed the mantle of Queen of the Iron Islands. She doesn’t get much of a say in the final episode, except to demand some sort of justice. She’s the last living Greyjoy. Maester Wolkan is also credited in this episode. He made the chair for Bran. He goes on to create more of Westeros’ most amazing devices.Unbelievably, against all odds, Edmure Tully made it through to the very end. This is a man held captive by the Freys for who even knows how long (spacetime in this show gets bent really hard) and subject to some pretty severe torture. Fortunately, he makes it to the final meeting as, he says, “one of the senior lords in the country.” He lucked out but when he tries to make his case at the Dragonpit, he’s told to sit down by his niece, Sansa. Ouch.  Now playing: Watch this: Updated May 21, 4:30 p.m. PT: Adds information from meeting in the Dragonpit Hot PieThe man. The myth. The legend. A real survivor. Hot Pie, unseen since season 7, is Game of Thrones’ most wholesome character. We know that he stayed at the Inn at the Crossroads and baked amazing Direwolf bread. He will live out his days as the world’s best cook, going on to win season 3 of Westeros Masterchef. We stan the Pie.***Is this truly the end for all of these characters? As of right now, it would seem to be. However, Game of Thrones will be receiving a prequel series at some point in the future. We’ve got all the details about that right here but will they also spin it out into a number of sequels? There’s certainly enough survivors to suggest it a possibility.  57 Photos 0 Season 8 finale recap: Win or die Twitter reacts with disappointment to the finale What did Brienne really write about Jaime? Some ideas Who won the game? Well, it’s complicated More from the GoT finale The Game of Thrones has been won and we can all breathe a deep sigh of … well, I’m not sure yet. We’re still coming to terms with the madness and disappointment of the final episode. Warning: total and complete spoilers ahead. In the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die, or you just burn the whole thing down and start again. HBO Having been engrossed in the narrative for eight years, we’d heard a lot of theories about how Game of Thrones would ultimately finish. Dany and Jon would share the rule. Arya would kill Cersei. Cleganebowl is all that matters. Hot Pie deserves the throne. We’re not too sure many of the theories came close to what actually transpired. There was death, there was a new King and there were some happy endings, too. In fact, the Game of Thrones ended like a game of Monopoly, really: We picked up the board and threw it across the room, demanding to start all over again.So as the credits rolled on TV’s biggest show ever, where did all your faves finally finish up?Spoilers, of course, follow.screen-shot-2019-05-19-at-7-09-28-pmThe Iron ThroneI’ll stop the world and melt with you. HBO Let’s get this one out of the way first. The Iron Throne is gone. It’s nothing but a heap of crumpled, molten metal. Kind of sad to see the iconic Throne topple.   House TargaryennicejuansssssNot how Dany would have hoped things went down. HBO Daenerys TargaryenShe had many wonderful titles, but after burning King’s Landing to the ground in Thrones’ penultimate episode, Dany was not long for this world. The “Mad Queen” arc may have seemed a little abrupt. She did not get the ending she has been chasing her entire life but, instead, was betrayed one last time by the man she loved — her nephew, Jon “Aegon Targaryen” Snow.Jon Snow (Aegon Targaryen)After Sam revealed Jon’s true parentage early in the final season, the cracks between him and his Aunt began to show. Jon almost seemed like he was going to let Dany live and he would serve her. A real case of Stockholm syndrome. Ultimately, after a heart-to-heart with Tyrion, he acquiesced and plunged a dagger into her heart as tears filled his eyes. For that crime, he was “sentenced” to head back to the Night’s Watch, an organization that really need not exist anymore because, yo, the Night King is dead, remember? Arriving at Castle Black at the end of the final episode, Jon reunites with Tormund and thankfully Ghost, before he heads out beyond the Wall to live with the free folk. After everybody kept prodding Jon, begging him to be king and Jon parroting “I dun want eet” hundreds of times, he got his wish. DrogonDrogon is alive and well. After Dany was knifed, Drogon picked up her body and flew into the graying skies with her corpse. He was never seen again. At the small council meeting that ends the episode, Bran mentions finding Drogon — presumably with his warging abilities — and just keeping an eye on him. For mine, having the most powerful dragon just disappear is not good news for Westeros. I mean, we’ve seen how powerful Drogon can be and that kind of unchecked power disappearing into the night. Bad news.  center_img 187 Photos Share your voice See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos 6:42 Tags House StarkdirewolvesArya’s taking a ship west… beyond the borders of any map. See you in the sequel? HBO Bran Stark”Bran the Broken” arguably made the biggest rise in the entire series. He went from cripple to King, from bed to throne, from Hodor’s back to the Realm’s top. He finished the series as the new King and with that “won” the Game of Thrones. Who honestly picked that? If you’re wondering what happened to Podrick, he’s squiring for Bran and helping him get around King’s Landing’s various steps and staircases. Arya StarkArya is following in the footsteps of… well, no-one. She’s sailing west of Westeros, to a land which has never been documented on the maps. Arya Stark, arguably the most skilled assassin in the Seven Kingdoms and the woman who defeated Death incarnate is off to enjoy her time as the realm’s Marco Polo or Christopher Columbus. Is there potential for a sequel here? Honestly, it won’t be the same without the Hound to follow her ’round. No word on that poor white horse that Arya rode at the end of episode 5.Sansa StarkAfter learning basically every trick in the book from some real unsavory characters like Littlefinger and Ramsay Bolton, Sansa was a lock to ascend to power. She said it herself — she’s no longer a little bird. The question that remained heading into the finale was would she rule the North or would she rule the entire realm? Her final scene had her take up the crown in Winterfell, as Northmen bowed down around her before raising their swords and chanting “Queen in the North.” Sansa’s final two seasons were perhaps the most expertly plotted in the entire show and her rise to “most intelligent person in the world” was well done. She will do a good job up there. House Lannistergame-of-thrones-season-8-episode-6-tyrion-debris“I don’t want to be Hand of the King” — The eventual Hand of the King HBO Tyrion LannisterWith Jaime and Cersei Lannister sharing a tomb at the conclusion of episode 5, House Lannister was basically in ruins. Their children, Myrcella and Joffrey were dispatched by poison and Tommen came to meet his maker after meet the ground at high velocity. Tywin is long gone and poor uncle Kevan was blown to smithereens in Cersei’s mad Sept bombing. As we hit the finale, the biggest hope for House Lannister came from the smallest man, one Tyrion Lannister. 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So far seals are adapting to shrinking sea ice

first_imgThe two species of ice seals that were declared “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act are, so far, doing well with less sea ice.“We’re seeing fat seals,” said Lori Quakenbush, a wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Arctic Marine Mammal Program. “They are reproducing earlier than they have in the past, which says they are getting enough nutrition at this point to grow quickly and become reproductive at an earlier age.”Quakenbush studies marine mammals and monitors their condition. She says that so far, the evidence indicates that ice seals are getting plenty of food.“We’re looking at stomachs and we’re seeing pretty similar diets to what they have done in the past. So we’re not seeing those big changes either. They’re still eating arctic cod; they’re still eating saffron cod,” Quakenbush said.First polar bears, then ringed and bearded seals were listed as threatened, even though they were not showing any population declines at the time. Bearded and ringed seals were listed because the Arctic was warming so fast that their ability to use sea ice to raise young would disappear by 2100, setting the stage for being endangered. Quakenbush is among the biologists watching for warning signs to show up in the seals.Along the North Slope coast, ice is forming a month later in the fall and disappearing earlier in the spring. Both ice seals in threatened status raise their young on the ice, but ringed seals have a unique behavior. They build snow caves above the ice to protect their pups from polar bears. It was thought that without thick ice for snow caves, ringed seal numbers would plummet, but now Quakenbush is not so sure. She points to populations that are now making do without snow caves in Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk.“Its far enough south that the ringed seals don’t build lairs. They pup on top of the ice, so they don’t have to have snow caves to produce pups. There are no polar bears there, so there may be some reasons why they are successful in doing that. We’re starting to see ringed seals haul out on land. We know how they behave when there’s lots of ice, and we’re just beginning to see what they are capable of without that. And I think they might more flexible in that behavior than we’ve given them credit for,” Quakenbush said.Quakenbush says that her data for the ice seals has only been analyzed up to 2016. This was before the spike in warm water two winters ago, which does seem to have made more major changes in the region, according to data presented at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.“So we might see something upcoming here soon in the data that we have that might make us change our minds about how they are responding, but right now, up through 2016, we’re not seeing any major alarm bells,” Quakenbush said.Ice seals are not the only marine mammals adjusting to changes in the ice. Pacific walruses are doing so as well. They also used to raise their calves on sea ice, but recently started coming to Alaska’s shores to haul out in record numbers. New haul-outs include Point Lay on the Chukchi coast, which historically didn’t have many walruses. Now there are thousands there most summers, and initial predictions were that that would be bad news for those animals. At first it was not pretty. Walruses spook easily, and stampeded over everything in their path to get to the safety of the sea. They plow right over small calves, and the first few years there were lots of dead calves on the beach.“And we were worried about that going into the future, and after a few years there were less calves that got trampled,” Quakenbush said. “So either females with young calves figured out where in the herd to haul out or not to, we don’t know, but there were fewer calves after the first couple of years of that.”The other prediction was that hunters would have more access to walruses, but apparently near-shore ice and stormy seas are a bigger problem for humans than walruses, and harvests have declined.“So two predictions that we made about what could be bad for walruses, just within a couple of years turned around and were sort of the opposite,” Quakenbush said.Quakenbush has been watching marine mammal throughout her long career, and she has given up predicting the future for these animals. She says that biologists know what the animals do with ice because they have studied that, but we don’t know what they do without it.“It’s an absolutely fascinating time to be an arctic marine mammal biologist,” Quakenbush said. “Things have changed so much since I started. So, right, that makes you think all over again about what might be going on, and it wasn’t even in the list of possibilities last year.”Lori Quakenbush has an almost childlike sense of wonder as she talks about and puzzles over the capacities of Arctic marine mammals to adjust to rapid changes in their ocean. Biologist Lori Quakenbush monitoring arctic marine mammals. (USFWS photo)Ice seals thought to be most affected by the disappearance of arctic sea ice seem to be doing well, according to data presented at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium last week.last_img read more

Lot of scope for Sircilla development KTR

first_imgSircilla: Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) working president and Sircilla MLA KT Rama Rao participated in the National Handloom Day celebrations in Sircilla on Wednesday.During his visit, KTR had inaugurated computer lab and additional classrooms in Sircilla Government School and attended as a chief guest at the District Zilla Parishad general body meeting held for the first Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us time under the newly elected ZP chairperson Nyalakonda Aruna in Sircilla town on the day. Speaking at the meeting, MLA KT Rama Rao told all the public representatives of the district to wear handloom clothes on every Monday without fail to encourage handloom weavers. Even though the district is too small in terms of the space compared to other districts, it is formed for the convenience of the people. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us He felt that there are plenty of opportunities for Sircilla to become one of the best districts in the State. If the districts are small, then the people will get welfare schemes very easily, he observed. The MLA said that with the initiation taken by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, as many as 4,000 thandas were formed as village panchayats. The TRS government had allotted 50 per cent of reservations to women in local bodies. Advertise With Us The government is focused more on transparency in the new Panchayat Raj Act. Everyone must be aware of the new Panchayat Raj Act that was introduced by the State government for getting works done from the officials. Disturbances will occur with those, who are irresponsible. Irrespective of political parties and agendas, all must work unitedly to lead the district towards development, he advised. KTR assured that this region will become fertile very soon with Godavari waters reaching through the prestigious project Kaleshwaram taken up by the State government. Vemulawada MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh, Choppadandi MLA Sunke Ravi Shankar, Manakondur MLA Rasamai Balakishan, ZPTCs, MPPs, MPTCs were present along with other public representatives in the meeting.last_img read more