Crime-solving technique maps the underground lair of the Slovenian dragon

first_imgFAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS—Although the blind cave salamander Proteus anguinus is one of the national animals of Slovenia, it’s so shy that there have been only about 300 sightings in 300 years. Now, molecular biologists have learned how to keep track of these elusive animals without having to see them: by using a new probe that detects their DNA in the springs in which they swim. Already the probe—described here last week at the 2016 International Conference on Subterranean Biology—has detected Proteus in places it’s never been known to go. The approach has also provided tantalizing evidence that a rare black subspecies of the typically white creature might actually be a bona fide species of its own.The work opens up new possibilities for the salamander’s conservation and also for using so-called environmental DNA (eDNA) to monitor animals that live where humans just can’t go. “It has fantastic utility because so many aquatic cave habitats are unavailable to us,” says Rick Olson, an ecologist at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky who was not involved with the work.Cave animals are among the most bizarre and understudied creatures on this planet. And Proteus tops the list, as the world’s biggest cave animal and Europe’s only cave vertebrate. It lives in underground aquifers in Slovenia, surfacing only when floodwaters sweep it from its lair. At 30 centimeters, Proteus is a giant among salamanders, and—like most cave creatures—it has lost its eyes and its color. Lab-raised specimens show that the amphibian can live for more than a century. It becomes sexually mature about the same time as humans (age 14), but it can reproduce only once every 7 years. And it can go years without eating a thing and survive just fine. Four hundred years ago, locals thought the salamanders were baby dragons, with mythical protective powers.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)But little has been done to ensure the animals’ survival, despite its status as a European “priority” species—one that deserves the government’s protection. The rare, black Proteus may be even more endangered than the white Proteus, the more common form of the species. Since it was first discovered in 1986, it has only been sighted at four springs in southeastern Slovenia.Frustrated that biologists don’t know the first thing about how big or widespread the salamander populations are, Špela Goricki, a molecular biologist at the Tular Cave Laboratory in Kranj, Slovenia, decided to borrow a forensic technique more commonly used in law enforcement: eDNA. The method, which detects DNA from skin cells, hair, and other cells released into the environment, has already been used to track surface organisms like invasive fish and snakes. But it had never before been used to track cave creatures.By analyzing Proteus DNA from previously collected specimens, Goric​ki designed genetic probes, short stretches of genetic material that differentially link to its DNA but bypass that of other organisms. Further, the team has designed the probes so they can differentiate white Proteus DNA from black. Goric​ki and her colleagues then systematically surveyed dozens of springs and caves in Slovenia known or suspected to have Proteus residents. They also checked underground water in nearby Montenegro and Herzegovina.Black Proteus DNA showed up in five new places all within a few kilometers of each other. The team also found evidence for white Proteus in new spots, including Herzegovina and Montenegro. What’s more, the team found the first evidence that these two groups might sometimes live side by side, suggesting that they are two separate species. If they were a single species, such side-by-side living would lead to interbreeding. But that doesn’t seem to have happened, Goric​ki says.But the wider range doesn’t mean that the salamanders are any safer than they were. More agriculture in the area means more nitrogen and phosphorous in the aquifers where they live, which could be toxic to the animals, Goric​ki says. “I hope the conservation authorities will fulfill their promise” to develop more effective ways to protect this species, she adds.Even if that plan is slow in coming, Goric​ki thinks her success will pave the way for other eDNA monitoring programs. “In 10 years, this will be the method of choice for rare and endangered species, as well as invasive species,” she predicts. Olson agrees. At Mammoth Cave National Park, researchers have already begun to use eDNA to keep track of the endangered Kentucky cave shrimp, Palaemonias ganteri. “Environmental DNA gives us a way of not only knowing if it’s present, but also the concentration of DNA can give an idea of relative abundance,” Olson says. And that will go a long way in helping conserve these species.last_img read more

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Underwater grasslands can cut concentrations of harmful bacteria in half

first_imgUnderwater grasslands can cut concentrations of harmful bacteria in half By Michael PriceFeb. 16, 2017 , 2:00 PM Here’s some advice to make your swimming sessions safer: Stick to seagrass meadows. That’s because these underwater grasslands, widespread in coastal areas all over the world, can filter out much of the seaborne bacteria that is harmful to humans, according to a new study. To find out just how effectively seagrasses can block bacteria from their environments, scientists went to four islands in the Spermonde Archipelago off the western coast of Indonesia. There, they found that a common intestinal bug, Enterococcus, was 10 times above the recommended exposure level set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in shore waters around the islands. But in water where dense mats of seagrass covered the sea floor, Enterococcus levels were three times lower. Looking deeper, the scientists found that the chance of encountering dozens of different bacterial pathogens harmful to both human and marine life was cut in half near seagrass meadows, they report today in Science. Corals appear to benefit from these meadows, too. Surveying more than 8000 reef-building corals, researchers found that several deadly coral diseases were 50% less prevalent in regions with seagrass meadows. The scientists aren’t entirely sure how the seagrass combats bacteria so effectively, but one possibility could be that it anchors the nutrient-rich sediment to the sea floor, effectively preventing harmful microbes from feeding on the nutrients.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Globetrotter: Katrina Kaif

first_imgFortune’s face, Box Office queen and Bollywood’s leading lady on falling in love with Spain’s zest for life, watching a live soccer match in Manchester, and more…1. Favourite cityI took a holiday to Marbella, Spain, and I simply fell in love with it. It is a magical place. My second time there was during the shooting of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. I have visited and experienced some of the most beautiful places on earth in Spain. The architecture one gets to see in almost every city, especially Valencia, is amazing. And I love the Spanish people-their energy and vibe is unmatched. It’s not one of those countries where you feel people are walking down the streets, minding their own business. There is a certain kind of unity and I find that very similar to India.2. A memorable sporting event I first visited Manchester as the brand ambassador of Etihad Airways. Manchester is a great city and what they’ve done with the Etihad Stadium is spectacular. I am told it is the fifth-largest stadium in the Premier League and the twelfth largest in the UK. Before my visit to Manchester in 2010, I hadn’t ever seen the game live in a stadium and it was a really exciting experience! 3. A South East Asia experience I had heard a lot about the night safari in Singapore, and that’s one of the things I wanted to do. I was told the safari involved walking a trail in pitch darkness. I took out time from my schedule to do this. From coming face to face with the one-horned rhinoceros to hyenas, the Singapore Night Safari isn’t for the faint hearted.4. Shopping cityI love Dubai. I have been visiting Dubai for the last six years and a lot of my films have been shot there. I like the Mall of the Emirates. I am not a very big shopper but I really like the experience of walking around a mall, stopping by at the coffee shops. I am not a very brand or label conscious shopper. If I had to pick brands-I like a lot of dresses by Dolce & Gabbana among western designers. My other favourite is Roberto Cavalli. 5. On LondonI am very close to my family and London being my hometown will always harbour a special place in my heart. Namastey London was a turning point in my career and I’ve very fond memories of shooting the film. My sisters and I would paint the town red post pack-up as we dined at the amazing restaurants, cafes and have a blast together. 6. Favourite foodJapanese cuisine is my all time favourite. I can live on sushi. Wasabi By Morimoto at the Taj Mahal Palace would be my pick for the best sushi in Mumbai.advertisementlast_img read more

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InterGlobe frames code for price sensitive info disclosure

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 18 (PTI) IndiGos parent InterGlobe Aviation, which debuted on the capital market earlier this month, has put in place a code to ensure fair disclosure of unpublished price sensitive information. The companys board of directors adopted the code on November 9. As per the code, the companys Chief Investor Relation Officer (CIO) would deal with the dissemination of information and disclosure of UPSI (Unpublished Price Sensitive Information). In addition, President & Whole Time Director and Chief Financial Officer would be authorised spokespersons who can can communicate with investors and media in coordination with the CIO. “The CIO shall be responsible for ensuring that the company complies with continual disclosure requirements, overseeing and coordinating disclosure to stock exchanges, analysts, shareholders and media, and educating staff on disclosure policies and procedure,” it said. Under Sebi norms, listed companies are required to formulate and publish on its official website a code of practices and procedures for fair disclosure of Unpublished Price Sensitive Information (UPSI). Among others, the code restrains company officials from interacting with “analysts, financial market participants, investors or any media representatives unless the CIO (or his authorised representative) or any other authorised spokesperson of the company is also present during such interaction”. InterGlobe Aviation got listed on the stock market on November 10 and the shares jumped nearly 15 per cent, over the issue price of Rs 765 apiece on the opening day. InterGlobe raised Rs 3,008.5 crore, making it the biggest in nearly three years. This was the biggest initial share sale IPO in the Indian market since Bharti Infratels over Rs 4,000-crore public offer in December 2012. PTI RAM MRadvertisementlast_img read more

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Vidarbha thrash Andhra by 10 wickets in Vijay Hazare

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 17 (PTI) Pace spearhead Umesh Yadav led a supreme bowling charge as Vidarbha shot out Andhra Pradesh for 87 runs to win their Group C league match by 10 wickets in the Vijay Hazare One-day cricket tournament, here today. Electing to field at the Palam B Ground, Model Sports Complex, Vidarbha bowlers justified the think-tanks decision to pack the Andhra side in 25.3 overs. Sharing the new ball with Umesh, left-arm pacer Shrikant Wagh trapped opener Koripalli Sreekanth for nought to start the batting rot. Umesh soon joined in the party with three scalps as left-arm spinner Akshay Karnewar, who wiped off the tail in double quick time, managed to be the destroyer-in-chief. Skipper Prasanth Kumar top-scored a valiant 38, but the rest of the batting fell like a pack of cards. Chasing the paltry score, openers Jitesh Sharma (47 not out) and Faiz Fazal (44 not out) made short work of the target in 19.2 overs. Vidarbha are in a strong position to move into the quarter-finals with four wins from five matches, while Andhra are on a slippery ground with just two wins from their five outings. Brief Scores: Andhra Pradesh 87 all in 25.3 overs (Prasanth Kumar 38, Kuppu Ganesh Kumar 17; Akshay Karnewar 4-13, Umesh Yadav 3-16) Vidarbha 91/0 in 19.2 overs (Jitesh Sharma 47 not out, Faiz Fazal 44 not out; Siva Kumar 0-13) Points: Vidarbha 4, Andhra Pradesh 0. PTI FK ATKlast_img read more

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Solskjaer scouting Barcelona at Camp Nou against Atletico ahead of Round of 16 tie

first_imgAdvertisementManchester United have this weekend off and new caretaker turned permanent manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer uses this time to scout Barcelona. The UEFA Champions League has not been kind to Man Utd and pitting them against the feared Barcelona.Atletico’s chances of winning La Liga lie in winning this weekend, which enables the Norwegian to watch a high intensity game with Barcelona fielding their best 11.After the miraculous 3-2 victory in Paris against tournament favorites PSG , the momentum will definitely be with United. The Catalonia team had a fairly simple match against Lyon which they comfortably won. This quarter final fixture between the Spanish and English giants will be much more than what it looks like – A revelation of what the long term future of the current regime depends on the result of this fixture. Barça travel to Manchester on Tuesday, with the second leg a week later at Camp Nou in what is a feast for the neutrals. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Who made Germany’s 2018 World Cup squad?

first_imgWorld Cup Germany’s 2018 World Cup squad: Who joins Muller & Ozil in 23-man squad? Goal Last updated 1 year ago 19:15 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Joachim Low & Timo Werner Getty Images World Cup Germany Opinion The 2014 winners are looking to defend their title in Russia and Joachim Low had many tough decisions to make as he chose his final panel World Cup holders Germany are one of the favourites to win the trophy this summer in Russia, with expectations further heightened by their perfect qualification record and 2017 Confederations Cup victory.Germany won all 10 of their qualifying games, putting seven past San Marino, beating Norway 6-1 and recording a 5-1 win over Azerbaijan to comfortably progress to their 19th World Cup. This impressive run was broken up by a trip to Russia last summer which saw Joachim Low bring a panel of fringe and young players to the Confederations Cup where a 1-0 win over Chile in the final gave them another international trophy.In addition, Germany’s Under-21 side spent their summer in nearby Poland, lifting the UEFA European Championship with players like Max Meyer, Serge Gnabry and Yannick Gerhardt all having senior international experience prior to the tournament. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The future looks bright for Germany, but it gave Low multiple selection headaches as he planned who to bring to Russia with him. The provisional panel was named on May 15 and the final 23 were confirmed on the deadline of June 4. Goal takes a look at which players will help the champions in the defence of their title this summer.Who made Germany’s 23-man squad?Despite missing the majority of the past season with a number of niggling injuries, Manuel Neuer looks set to reprise his role as Germany’s number one. The Bayern Munich shot-stopper will be joined by Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kevin Trapp.In defence, Jerome Boateng has recovered from injury to claim a place in the final 23, where he is joined by Bayern team-mates Mats Hummels, Niklas Sule and Joshua Kimmich. Despite suffering relegation from the Bundesliga with Cologne, Jonas Hector has been included, with Matthias Ginter, Marvin Plattenhardt and Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger completing the defensive line-up.Germany’s midfield is filled with veterans of their 2014 World Cup triumph, with the likes of Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira expected to show leadership in Russia. PSG’s Julian Draxler will be pushing for a place in the starting XI, along with Ilkay Gundogan, while Confederations Cup stars Julian Brandt, Leon Goretzka and Sebastian Rudy will also hope to impress. Interestingly, Marco Reus has been included in the final panel after seeing his 2014 tournament dreams taken from him by an untimely injury.In attack, Thomas Muller will have a chance to extend his impressive World Cup scoring habit, while RB Leipzig’s free-scoring striker Timo Werner will be aiming to establish himself as his country’s chief goal threat for the coming years. The 23-man squad is completed by experienced front-man Mario Gomez, who is set to play in his third World Cup.Who didn’t make the Germany squad?Leroy Sane Germany 2017-18The biggest surprise from Germany’s final 23-man squad for Russia is the omission of Manchester City winger Leroy Sane. The 22-year-old enjoyed an incredible season at club level but hasn’t managed to convince Low of his worth to the national team ahead of the tournament.Sandro Wagner was not deemed worthy of inclusion by Low and the 30-year-old did not take the news well, immediately announcing his retirement from international duty. Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi was part of the 2014 World Cup triumph but has paid the price for an inconsistent season with the Gunners.Mario Gotze, hero of the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina, was not included in the final cut as he struggles to reach the heights he previously scaled at club level. Bayer Leverkusen duo Jonathan Tah and Bernd Leno were scythed from the preliminary squad.Freiburg striker Nils Petersen was a shock inclusion in the preliminary panel, but has been dropped from the final squad, while Borussia Monchengladbach’s Lars Stindl and Liverpool’s Emre Can also missed out.last_img read more

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Kane Williamson 3rd captain to hit successive World Cup hundreds

first_imgKane Williamson 3rd captain to hit successive World Cup hundredsKane Williamson had smashed an unbeaten 102 to win the match against South Africa and once again showed his class with a 124-ball century against West Indies. view more view less commentary graphs advertisement No data available! Rohan Sen ManchesterJune 22, 2019UPDATED: June 22, 2019 21:44 IST Kane Williamson is fifth on the list of highest run-scorer’s in this World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKane Williamson brought up his 13th ODI hundred off 124 balls vs West IndiesWilliamson is the 3rd captain after Ricky Ponting and Brendon Taylor to hit successive hundredsThis was Williamson’s 2nd hundred of World Cup 2019 and 4th in EnglandNew Zealand batting mainstay Kane Williamson on Saturday joined elite company as he scored his 13th ODI hundred in the ongoing match against West Indies in Manchester.Williamson became the third captain after Australia’s Ricky Ponting and Zimbabwe’s Brendon Taylor to score back-to-back hundreds in the World Cup. This is also his fourth 100-plus score in England, drawing him level with Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Viv Richards for the most hundreds by a visiting batsman in the country.Williamson brought up his second hundred of World Cup 2019 in the 38th over. He took just 124 deliveries to reach triple figures with his ninth boundary of the innings. WI v NZ Live ScoreFormer Australia captain Ricky Ponting had managed to score successive centuries in the 2003 and 2007 editions while ex-Zimbabwe skipper Brendon Taylor had achieved the feat in the last World Cup.Williamson is currently fifth on the list of highest run-scorer’s in this edition and is also the fifth batsman after Joe Root, Shakib Al Hasan, David Warner and Rohit Sharma to score two hundreds so far.Captain Kane does it again!Back-to-back centuries13th in ODIsNew Zealand’s Mr. Fantastic! #CWC19 | #BackTheBlackCaps pic.twitter.com/AhJSbTFQdRCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 22, 2019Williamson had scored a match-winning knock of 106 not out in the last match against South Africa which New Zealand won by 4 wickets as the captain led from the front and helped his team chase down 241 with 3 balls to spare in the 49-overs-per-side match.On Saturday, Williamson steadied the inning for New Zealand after they lost openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro in the first over itself with Sheldon Cottrell removing both batsmen for golden ducks after West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl first.advertisementWilliamson came to the crease after the first ball and added 160 runs for the third wicket with Ross Taylor, who made 69 off 95 balls with 7 boundaries.Williamson carried on after Taylor’s dismissal and batted patiently to add another feather to his cap with the hundred. Williamson was eventually dismissed for 148 off 154 balls by Cottrell in the 47th over.Also Read | From 237 not out to golden duck: Martin Guptill’s contrasting fortunes vs West Indies in 2 World CupsAlso Read | Dream11 Prediction: Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for West Indies vs New ZealandFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow West Indies vs New ZealandFollow World Cup 2019Follow WI v NZ scorecard Nextlast_img read more

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Fort McMurray mayor doesnt foresee big population shift after wildfire

first_imgFORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Wood Buffalo Mayor Melissa Blake says she’s not expecting last May’s wildfire to have much of an impact on the Fort McMurray area’s long-term population.Before the fire, the municipality was expecting growth of between one and three per cent over the next five years and Blake said Wednesday she’s not expecting that to shift much.The downturn in oil prices and resulting layoffs had already caused the population to shrink in the oilsands region after years of breakneck growth during boom times.“The economy has changed. Investment has diminished,” said Blake. “It’s a very different, more stable environment that we’re operating in.”In the near term, while some residents may have not come back since the fire, others are being attracted by a surge in construction activity as homes are rebuilt.“I think over a longer horizon we’re going to come out just net-even if you will,” said Blake.The city estimates a current population of about 73,500 — not far off from 2016’s pre-fire federal census numbers, the mayor said.In 2015, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo said it had a permanent population of almost 82,000 and a transient worker population of more than 43,000.On May 3, it will have been a year since a ferocious wildfire spread into Fort McMurray and forced everyone out of the northern Alberta city. Nearly 2,600 dwellings were destroyed.Most of the damaged areas are busy with construction and 33 families were back in their homes as of early April.“I think that we’re making some really good progress, but for every day that we have people that are not where they want to be, it feels like it’s not fast enough,” said Blake.Jody Butz, the municipality’s new fire chief, said there has been little turnover in the department since the fire and they have had no trouble recruiting eight new members.The new recruits are training now and start their jobs on Monday.“I think that the wildfire last year maybe put our department in, I guess, a bit of a spotlight and I’m encouraged with those results.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Tuesday.last_img read more

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Milton limestone quarry has been awarded the highest honour

The former Milton limestone quarry has been awarded the highest honour in rehabilitation efforts, after it was transformed from a gravel and stone pit into a sprawling parkland.Standing amid the lush grass and turquoise water, you’d never know Kelso quarry park used to be a gravel pit. After 20 years of rehabilitation, the former Milton limestone quarry earned a highly coveted award called the ‘Bronze Rehabilition Plaque’ from the Ontario Stone Sand and Gravel Association.This is the second bronze rehabilitation award for conservation Halton. They first won the award back in 2005, with the rehabilitation of Kerncliff Park in Burlington. Only 21 sites have earned the coveted plaque since 1975 including the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton.Kelso quarry park includes a swimmable lake, fish habitats, hiking trails and a protected section of the escarpment containing 1000 year old cedars.Over the last two decades, stone extraction gradually slowed, and rehabilitation efforts ramped up. It accelerated in 2006, when the pit was donated to Halton conservation. In it’s heyday, it was one of the largest aggregate and limestone producers in Canada.Approximately one million tonnes of high quality aggregate was extracted annually from the quarry, and were used for many construction projects such as the 401, 407 and Pearson Airport.An exact date of when the park will open to the public is not known, but it’s expected to be within the year read more

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Iraq UN envoy continues meetings with political leaders

Mr. Vieira de Mello, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, discussed with Abdel-Aziz al-Hakim, senior member of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), issues related to the current transition and explored how to advance the political process. They agreed to continue these consultations.Tomorrow, Mr. Sergio de Mello is expected to meet the leader of Al-Da’wa Party, Ibrahim al-Ja’afari. Yesterday, he saw Hamid Al-Bayati, a member of SCIRI’s Central Committee and on Sunday he met with Adnan Pachachi, a former Foreign Minister.Meanwhile, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to name Demetrius Perricos acting head of the UN weapons inspection team as of 1 July, when the current Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), Hans Blix, retires. Mr. Perricos is currently UNMOVIC’s Deputy Executive Chairman. Before that appointment in January, he served for three years as the Commission’s Director of Planning and Operations.A native of Greece, he joined the International Atomic Energy Agency in 1972 as a nuclear safeguards inspector and in a 28-year career had extensive experience in Iraq, notably after the end of the 1991 Persian Gulf War. He also led the IAEA team which certified the dismantling of South Africa’s nuclear weapons programme. read more

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Mongeau stepping down as CN Rails chief executive due to medical issue

CN chief executive Claude Mongeau gets set to start the company’s annual meeting in Montreal on April 26, 2016. The CEO of Canadian National Railway is stepping down at the end of June. Claude Mongeau had returned to work after a medical leave last fall following the surgical removal of his larynx but says he found it difficult to continue as head of Canada’s largest railway company. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Mongeau stepping down as CN Rail’s chief executive due to medical issue by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 7, 2016 6:09 am MDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2016 at 10:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Canadian National Railway will have its third leader in more than six years after the CEO of the country’s largest railway said Tuesday he’s stepping down because a medical condition makes it difficult to continue in the job.Claude Mongeau returned to work in January after a five-month medical leave for treatment of a tumour in his larynx.Luc Jobin, CN’s chief financial officer — who was among members of the leadership team that filled in for Mongeau during his absence — will take over the top job as of July 1.“Facing up to a situation like this inevitably stirs a lot of emotions, but I step down from my role with a deep sense of pride and the firm conviction that CN remains in good hands and has a bright future,” Mongeau, 54, said in a statement.He has been CN’s chief executive since Hunter Harrison, now the current head of CP Rail, retired from the railway at the end of 2009.Prior to that, Mongeau was CN’s chief financial officer for 11 years and has been with the Montreal-based railway for 22 years. He has been described as one of the key architect’s of CN’s transformation from a federal Crown corporation to a publicly traded company.As CEO, he oversaw the railway’s dramatic growth as profits nearly doubled and revenues surged 71 per cent to $7.4 billion.Jobin, 57, has been CN’s chief financial officer since joining the company in 2009. Prior to that, he had been a senior executive at the related companies Imasco, Imperial Tobacco and British American Tobacco, and at Power Corporation.“Luc (Jobin) and the senior leadership team are well-prepared to carry on delivering CN’s agenda of operational and service excellence,” said CN chairman Robert Pace.Jobin is taking over as the railway industry faces volume decreases amid a challenging economic backdrop across North America.Still, industry analysts said CN Rail’s “solid management team” should result in a seamless transition.“Mr. Mongeau certainly made his mark at CN, in no small part by bringing a new way of thinking to CN Rail’s railroading (especially with regards to service and the customer),” Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets wrote in a research note. read more

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Womens World Cup Preview The US Has Company In The Lead

10AustraliaD88.7 TEAMGROUPWSPI 20ColombiaF78.0 Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.On Saturday, two dozen women’s national soccer teams — the most ever to be featured in the same tournament — will begin play at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Previous women’s tournaments featured 12 or 16 teams, and back then, simply rooting for the good ol’ U.S. of A. would typically have earned you a championship run — if not the full victory tour.But if you’re an American hoping for an easy bet, this isn’t the tournament for you. There is no favorite.That doesn’t mean there aren’t front-runners. The United States and Germany, the only countries with two World Cup championships, enter the tournament with almost equal chances of winning a third title: 28 percent and 27 percent, respectively, according to our forecasting model, which uses game-based offensive and defensive ratings to estimate a team’s overall skill level. The U.S.’s slight advantage over Germany — despite Germany’s stronger power rating in our model — is because Germany is more likely to face a very strong French side in the quarterfinals.The U.S. and Germany are no strangers; one has eliminated the other in three out of the six World Cups. At the first Women’s World Cup, in 1991, the U.S. defeated Germany 5-2 in the semifinals in what has been the U.S.’s most-lopsided victory over Germany in a competitive match. Eight years later (at the infamous 1999 World Cup), the Americans beat the Germans again, this time 3-2 in the quarterfinals.By 2003, the Germans were fed up. They routed the U.S. 3-0 in the semifinals — on American soil, no less — and went on to win the tournament.It’s been 12 years since the two have crossed paths at a World Cup. This year, each has about a 40 percent chance of making it to the final. That the U.S. and Germany are ahead of the pack is clear, but if you’re hoping for a U.S.-Germany final, don’t hold your breath1According to the model, there’s a 27 percent chance that they will meet in the semifinals and a 7 percent chance that they will meet in the final. — the road to Vancouver will be riddled with former champions and dark horses making their World Cup debut.Japan, the 2011 champion, is the next-most-likely team to win, with a 10 percent chance.2If it wins, Japan will be just the second country (after Germany) to win back-to-back World Cups. France isn’t far behind, with an 8 percent chance of winning the tournament. And if its recent performances in friendlies against the U.S., Germany and Brazil are any indication, France may do even better than expected.With home-field advantage working in its favor, host-nation Canada has a 7 percent chance of winning. The Brazilians, once World Cup bridesmaids, have a 6 percent chance, and the Swedes have a 5 percent chance of winning. After that, the field drops off considerably — only England, Norway and Australia have more than a 1 percent chance of winning — and the 24-team tournament begins to look more like a 10-team tournament. To our knowledge, this is the first-ever forecast of a Women’s World Cup (if you’ve seen one done before, please tell us in the comments!). Our projections are based on what we’re calling the Women’s Soccer Power Index (WSPI), a simplified version of the Soccer Power Index (SPI) ratings that FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver developed for men’s soccer a few years back.Unlike SPI, WSPI doesn’t use player data from club games — that data either doesn’t exist (many women’s leagues have folded and started up again) or doesn’t have enough historical context to be meaningful. Instead, our Women’s World Cup model takes into account 8,000 competitive and friendly international matches that have been played since 1971. Below, we take a closer look at each group, breaking down the chances of each team advancing from the group stage to the knockout rounds and where each team’s WSPI ranks. 24EcuadorC63.3 6SwedenD91.6 14SpainE84.7 7CanadaA90.1 8EnglandF89.6 9NorwayB88.7 2USAD95.4 3JapanC92.7 15South KoreaE84.3 4FranceF92.4 Bonus Hot Takedown Podcast: Allison McCann talks with ESPN’s Julie Foudy and USWNT players Kelley O’Hara and Christen Press. Subscribe on iTunes.Audio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/hottakedown_150504_wwcspecial.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 21Ivory CoastB75.6 18MexicoF81.1 13ChinaA85.2 1GermanyB95.6 Group A: Canada, Netherlands, China, New ZealandGroup A has the second-highest average WSPI (86.0) but the smallest standard deviation of WSPI within any of the groups (3.1 points), meaning that the teams are evenly matched. Canada is the most likely team to win Group A (59 percent) — and is even more likely to advance to the knockout rounds (93 percent). The team is led by star striker Christine Sinclair, who you might recall as the player who absolutely thrashed the U.S. backline at the 2012 Olympic semifinal, scoring three goals (two with her head):The Dutch, appearing in their first World Cup, have a 69 percent chance of advancing beyond the group stage, and a young, technical Chinese team isn’t far behind, with a 64 percent chance. The weakest team in Group A, New Zealand, is quick and scrappy and could advance with a wild-card third-place spot — but it will more likely than not be eliminated (a 53 percent chance).Game to watch: Canada (58 percent chance of winning) vs. the Netherlands (20 percent), June 15Players to watch: Christine Sinclair (Canada), Manon Melis (Netherlands)Group B: Germany, Norway, Ivory Coast, ThailandGroup B is one of the most-lopsided groups: Germany and Norway are almost guaranteed to advance (with chances of more than 99 percent and 95 percent, respectively), while the Ivory Coast and Thailand will need a minor miracle to survive (their chances of being eliminated are 59 percent and 86 percent, respectively). Germany has the highest WSPI of any team in the tournament, 95.6, although it’s without the 2015 World Player of the Year, Nadine Kessler.3WSPI doesn’t take injuries into account. Thailand, meanwhile, has the second-lowest WSPI of any team in the tournament, 68.0, so Group B is likely to feature some blowout games (Germany’s chances of beating Thailand are 95 percent).Norway looked strong against the U.S. at the Algarve Cup in March, losing 2-1, but is likely to earn the second-place spot in Group B (69 percent). That would lead to a match against the second-place team from Group F (most likely England). The Ivory Coast is most likely to place third in this group (57 percent), with an almost equal chance of advancing or being eliminated from that spot. Thailand will likely take quite a beating in Group B — the highest chance it has of winning a game in the group stage is 23 percent, against the Ivory Coast.Game to watch: Germany (70 percent) vs. Norway (12 percent), June 11Players to watch: Ada Hegerberg (Norway), Nadine Angerer (Germany)Group C: Japan, Switzerland, Cameroon, EcuadorThis is the weakest group in the tournament, with an average WSPI rating of 79.8; three of the four teams in Group C are appearing in their first World Cup. The 2011 champions, Japan, should breeze through (they have more than a 99 percent chance of advancing). The team plays a highly technical style of soccer that focuses on quick, short passing and lots of midfield movement, thanks to Aya Miyama’s ability to move the ball seamlessly between the back and front lines.Switzerland is one of the most exciting additions to this year’s World Cup, and the newcomers have an 87 percent chance of making it to the knockout round — in part because of the fast, strong and skillful striker Ramona Bachmann. Cameroon looked promising at the African Women’s Championship, conceding just one goal in the group stage and finishing in second place behind Nigeria. Cameroon has a pretty good chance of advancing (72 percent). Ecuador, however, is the weakest team in the tournament. It has a WSPI rating of 63.3, having barely qualified by beating Trinidad and Tobago for the last spot.Game to watch: Japan (69 percent) vs. Switzerland (13 percent), June 8Players to watch: Ramona Bachmann (Switzerland), Aya Miyama (Japan)Group D: U.S., Sweden, Australia, NigeriaWe labeled this the Group of Death after the draw in December, and Group D’s average WSPI rating (90.4) backs that up: There are no bad teams here. The U.S. is the most likely team to win the group (a 65 percent chance), but it will have to get past a very strong Swedish team — helmed by former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage. Although the Swedes have only a 20 percent chance of beating the U.S. in the group stage, they’re very likely to advance from Group D: a 79 percent chance.The bottom two teams here, Australia and Nigeria, are still very solid, with WSPI ratings of 88.7 and 85.7, both above the median tournament rating. The Aussies are strong and athletic, and who knows — maybe striker Lisa De Vanna has another bicycle kick goal or two she’ll unleash to increase the chances that her team makes it out of this group (it has a 58 percent chance now). Nigeria won the African Women’s Championship and has a standout in youngster Asisat Oshoala, who recently won the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year Award. But the Nigerians’ chances, even with Oshoala, look grim: They have a 62 percent chance of being eliminated.Game to watch: U.S. (58 percent) vs. Sweden (20 percent), June 12Players to watch: Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Christen Press (U.S.), Lisa De Vanna (Australia)Group E: Brazil, Spain, South Korea, Costa RicaBrazil came close to World Cup glory in 2007 but made a disappointing return in 2011, losing in the quarterfinals. The Brazilians remain almost a surefire bet to advance from Group E (98 percent), but their chances of making it to the championship match are another story (only 15 percent). Let’s wait and see what five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta has in store.Spain and Costa Rica are two more new additions to the tournament, but Spain’s prospects are a lot better than Costa Rica’s. Spain has a 77 percent chance of advancing, compared with Costa Rica’s 20 percent. Spanish forward Vero Boquete will be riding high into the World Cup, having recently clinched a UEFA Women’s Champions League title with her club 1. FFC Frankfurt. Shirley Cruz Traña, who plays for the French club Paris Saint-Germain, will be Costa Rica’s best shot at making it out of Group E.Last but certainly not least in Group E are the South Koreans, who held the U.S. to a scoreless draw last weekend. They are about as likely to advance as Spain, with a 75 percent chance of doing so.Game to watch: Brazil (64 percent) vs. Spain (16 percent), June 13Players to watch: Marta (Brazil), Vero Boquete (Spain)Group F: France, England, Mexico, ColombiaThe final group is another solid mix of teams with an average WSPI rating of 85.3, the third highest in the tournament. The top two teams — France and England — will face off again at a World Cup: France knocked out England in the 2011 tournament quarterfinals. These are the two teams most likely to advance: 97 percent chance for France and 90 percent for England. France has been my not-so-dark horse for 2015; the team is technical, physical and fast, and Louisa Nécib and Eugénie Le Sommer are fantastic together.Mexico came out strong in a recent friendly against the U.S., holding on in the first half before flaming out 5-1 in the end. The team has less than a 50 percent chance of advancing from Group F, but that’s still better than Colombia’s 32 percent chance. A breakout performance by Colombia’s Yoreli Rincón could help Las Chicas Superpoderosas’ chances, but it’s more likely that they’ll be eliminated: a 68 percent chance.Game to watch: France (50 percent) vs. England (27 percent), June 9Players to watch: Eugénie Le Sommer (France), Yoreli Rincón (Colombia) 23ThailandB68.0 22Costa RicaE72.8 5BrazilE92.2 12NigeriaD85.7 17New ZealandA82.5 16SwitzerlandC83.7 11NetherlandsA86.2 19CameroonC79.3 read more

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A Mets Fan Tries To Control A Cruel And Random Universe

Warning: This post was written by a Mets fan.When Daniel Murphy let a ball bounce beneath his glove in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the World Series, I threw my Mets hat to the ground. It was ostensibly the pivotal moment in a 5-3 Royals win, the kind of play that reminded me why other sports have fouls but baseball has errors.We could sit here together and dwell on all the Mets errors: We could wonder how Jeurys Familia, an all-star closer, blew five saves in 48 opportunities during the regular season, but has blown two in two opportunities during the World Series. We could plumb the depths of Yoenis Cespedes’s above-average defensive metrics, and make the case that to measure Cespedes’s true defensive capacity we need a new metric that somehow quantifies a fielder’s nonchalance.1And ideally a fielder’s tendency to kick the ball off his leg when he can’t catch it. And we could spend hours trying to understand Terry Collins’s faith in an eighth-inning set-up man who is allowing a .835 OPS to opposing batters in the postseason. (It seems as though I may spend the next several years doing that.)But instead I want to tell you about my hat. If you read FiveThirtyEight a lot, you know that we’re puritanical about baseball’s playoffs being a crapshoot. They’re a series of games that may or may not be a reflection of a team’s actual quality. Intellectually, I know the same rules of randomness that apply to a baseball also apply to what I wear to watch a game. But the World Series is not a time for intellect.On July 31, the day Cespedes was traded to the Mets, I bought a Minnesota Twins hat at Target Field in Minneapolis. It was a tourist’s purchase – I was in Minnesota for a couple of ballgames with some friends.But the hat started to mean something more. That weekend, the Mets swept the Washington Nationals to tie for first place in the NL East. So I kept wearing the hat. And the Mets kept winning. The Mets went 37-22 to close out the season, and won the NL East despite a 23 percent chance of doing so when I bought the hat. (The rational readers among you will note that they also went 37-22 to close out the season after Cespedes joined the team, but, again, this is not a rational story.)Soon, the Twins hat had replaced my Mets hat. My Mets friends texted me and asked me to wear it when they were feeling nervous about a game. I nearly forgot it on a plane, and felt the Mets season slipping away until I stormed back to retrieve it. At the start of the playoffs, I went on a poorly timed vacation to India, and brought the Twins hat to ensure the Mets advanced.I returned to the U.S. in time for the World Series, and there was no question I’d wear the Twins hat into the heart of a Mets bar for Game 1. Fourteen innings later, the hat wasn’t enough. The Mets lost 5-4.So I put on something different. I went to Game 3 in Citi Field and wore a hat that spelled out M-E-T-S. I had worn it to every Mets home game I attended this year.That Mets hat has its own history, with a winning percentage of about .550 this season, if I recall correctly. Good, but not Twins hat good. Yet the Mets won Game 3 9-3. And so, before Game 4, I faced the same choice any manager does: Do I ride what’s hot, or stick with the steady performer? I looked into the archives of Baseball Prospectus, but couldn’t find any research on whether there’s such a thing as a hot-hand effect in fans’ attire. I was adrift with nothing but my own small sample sizes.Saturday, I put on the Mets hat. By the end of the night, it had regressed to its mean. It couldn’t stop a Royals team that had a .301 BABIP in the regular season from having a BABIP of .346 in Game 4 (and that doesn’t even count the ball that skittered beneath Murphy’s glove). It couldn’t make the Mets win. It couldn’t get Terry Collins to bring in his best bullpen pitcher for a six-out save with nobody on, rather than a five-out save with two runners on base. It couldn’t get Cespedes to stay closer to first base in the final moments.A hat with a .550 winning percentage could never do that. But a Twins hat with a .627 winning percentage? We’ll find out during Game 5. read more

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Poll Should Irish people wear poppies to honour the war dead

first_imgTODAY THE TÁNAISTE will lay a wreath in remembrance of the nearly 60,000 Irish people who died between the two World Wars.The Taoiseach will lay a wreath in Enniskillen and TV screens will show the poppy being worn on everything from sports jerseys to ball gowns.Yet in Ireland, Remembrance Sunday and tomorrow’s Remembrance Day will go largely unmarked, aside from a few ceremonies across the country. Writing on TheJournal.ie last week, Kate Bellamy made the case for wearing the poppy.She says it recognises a senseless loss of life across Europe, not British nationalism.So, we’re asking:Should Irish people wear poppies in honour of our war dead? Yes (2778) I don’t know (3518) No (5250) No, but we should have an Irish alternative (4964) Poll Results: YesNoNo, but we should have an Irish alternativeI don’t knowVoteColumn: As an Irish woman, I believe in wearing the remembrance poppy. Here’s why…Read: Gilmore to mark Remembrance Day in Belfastlast_img read more

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Acropolis museum ranked ahead of Louvre

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram TripAdvisor’s annual Travelers Choice Awards for museums this year has the Acropolis Museum land just ahead of Paris’ jewel, the Louvre.The 2018 list still sees Musee d’Orsay in first place, another French museum followed by New York’s National 9/11 Memorial and Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art that came first in 2017.The British Museum in London came fourth and Prado in Madrid was fifth, only a few votes ahead of the Acropolis Museum.Designed by Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi, the Acropolis Museum officially opened its doors in 2009.According to the TripAdvisor readers that voted of the 30,432 reviews so far, nearly half – 14,246 – rated it excellent, 3,243 as very good, 757 said average, 144 rated it poor and 47 said it was terrible.There is only one space that has not been filled yet, a glass facade that faces the Acropolis that is intended for return of the Parthenon Marbles currently housed by the British Museum.The Louvre came seventh with the National WWII Museum in New Orleans in eighth place closely followed by the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City while on number ten, sits the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.last_img read more

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Silva believes City can be better this season

first_imgThe midfielder believes Manchester City has what it takes to surpass what they did in the 2017-2018 season.Last season, Manchester City was crowned champion after getting 100 points in the English Premier League.And now the club has 62 points after 26 matches, but they are running three points behind leaders Liverpool.For midfielder David Silva, his team can be champions and beat whatever they did last season.“I think it is good and the club is doing well, which you can see on the pitch. This season, maybe we can do better than last season,” he told Goal.com“I adapted so well because the people here helped me a lot, so I am grateful to them.”“That is one of the reasons, the other one is that my family are always with me and behind me and I am so strong in my head,” Silva continued.“It is always there and I am working a lot every day. When you work and you give everything, things become easier.”“It was tough at the beginning because I wasn’t fit,” he added.“We won the World Cup [in 2010] and I had only two weeks to rest and when I came here, I realized how tough this league was. It was physically strong so I had to get fit.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I think it was about two months and then I scored the Blackpool goal [his first Premier League goal during a 3-2 win] and my confidence increased,” he commented.“I don’t have a plan [for the future]. Now, I just want to enjoy it more because I’m 33 and someday, football will be over for me.”“I want to enjoy life more after what happened with my son, and enjoy time with my family and friends,” he explained.“I don’t think too much, I just play every game and try in every training. I don’t think about the future. Maybe more now because I’m older, but before I just enjoyed playing and working hard and that’s it.”“This club is progressing well and they want to sign good players so someone will come in to replace me. Another year, playing at a high level and winning titles, it is not easy in England so that is why I think they like me,” Silva was very honest.“When you do something which is not good for your body, you can feel it more [as you get older], but in my head, it is still the same so when this is not going well, there is a problem. For now, it is still fresh so I’m feeling good.”The numbers between us…All your #MCICHE stats right here 📈@SAPSports #mancity pic.twitter.com/JrdKdhEUTe— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 10, 2019last_img read more

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Man who fatally shot girlfriend while shielding their children sentenced 35 years

first_imgMan who fatally shot girlfriend while shielding their children sentenced 35 years to life SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man who fatally shot his girlfriend in the back as she was shielding their baby in her arms and standing near her 5-year-old son in their San Carlos apartment was sentenced Thursday to 35 years to life in prison.Rodrick Lamar Harris, 33, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder in the Oct. 12, 2016, death of 29-year-old Vanessa Bobo.Bobo’s mother, Marie, said what Harris did “stabbed me right in the heart. This is not what humans do.”The victim’s father said the defendant’s actions, including shooting his daughter as she held her 11-month-old son, was hard to understand.“What I would like is the death penalty (for Harris),” Brady Bobo told Judge Eugenia Eyherabide.Beverly Pridgen Howard, the victim’s youngest sister, said the loss of her nephews’ mother “makes living difficult.”Harris’ attorney said her client killed the person he loved and traumatized the two boys, reading aloud a letter he penned to the victim’s family.“You can’t hate me more than I hate myself,” Harris wrote.A neighbor, Bryan Fields, testified at a hearing last year that he was watching television just after midnight on Oct. 12, 2016, when he started hearing noises, including a woman yell for help. He said he saw the victim on a patio, and the defendant forced her back inside their apartment.Fields testified that he thought the confrontation was over, but then heard three gunshots and heard the defendant slam the door and leave the apartment on Lake Arrowhead Drive.As he was getting off the phone with police, Fields said he heard a child scream and went to the couple’s front door. Fields said he opened the door and saw the baby on the couch and the 5-year-old standing there.“I heard the (5-year-old) son say his dad killed his mom,” the witness testified.Prosecutors said Harris — a security guard and an avid shooter — retrieved a .357 Magnum and followed the victim into her 5-year-old son’s bedroom.Bobo tried to shield their 11-month-old son from the defendant, but Harris fired, with one shot striking her in the back, severing her spinal cord and causing her to drop the baby, prosecutors said. Neither child was injured.Harris — who had been dating Bobo for about four years — fled after the shooting, but was arrested in the South Bay about 12 hours later. A number of firearms were recovered from the couple’s apartment, according to prosecutors. KUSI Newsroom Updated: 4:59 PM KUSI Newsroom, center_img Posted: February 1, 2018 February 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Getaway truck hits witness

first_imgA burglar driving an old pickup accelerated and hit a witness who was trying to stop him from fleeing the scene.The incident occurred about 2:30 Monday afternoon at 5303 Kalama River Road. According to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, Ricahrd W. Tolmie, 64, was keeping an eye on his neighbor’s place while they were out of town.He noticed the door to his neighbor’s shop was broken in, and spotted two people in an old pickup driving away. He attempted to stop them by standing in the road and waving his arms, but the driver accelerated, striking him and knocking him to the ground. Although he had scrapes and bruises on his hands and arm, he tried to pursue the truck in his own car, but lost sight of it.It isn’t known what items the burglars stole.The suspects’ vehicle was described as a mid-1980s red Chevrolet or GMC S-10 pickup. It was lowered, and has a matching red aluminum canopy with possible silver accents and chrome wheels. The first digit of the license plate is “B.”The suspects are wanted for first-degree burglary, vehicular assault and hit-and-run driving. Anyone with information should call Deputy Marc Johnson, 360-577-3092.last_img read more

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