Polar Bear Evolution Was Fast and Furious

first_imgFor polar bears, being tubby is a way of life. Fat can make up 50% of their body weight; the blubber-laden seals they eat make bacon look downright healthy. Now, a new, extensive comparison of the genomes of polar bears and their closest relative, the brown bear, has revealed how polar bears survive such unhealthy diets.The work also suggests that the bears evolved these changes relatively quickly, likely because they had to adapt to extreme conditions that forced them to switch to a diet that would be toxic to other mammals. “It’s a schoolbook example of evolution,” says Eske Willerslev, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Copenhagen who helped the lead the research.Brown bears—some of which are called grizzlies—and polar bears are closely related and are even able to interbreed. In the past few years, researchers have used genetic information to sort out this relationship and to understand how polar bears thrive in the frigid Arctic, feeding primarily on seals and other marine life captured from holes in the ice. This work has included sequencing the animals’ genomes, which has indicated that polar bears are truly a distinct species that at times lived apart from brown bears and at times intermingled and interbred with them. 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Although little more than a blink in time from an evolutionary perspective, that was long enough for key genetic differences to evolve, they note in a report today in Cell.The most distinctive polar bear genes include many related to fat processing and to the development of the heart and circulatory system. Indeed, nine of the 16 most distinctive genes are ones that in humans are associated with heart disease, Willerslev says. One that stood out was a gene called APOB, which helps transfer fat from blood into cells.In brown bears, the sequence of this gene varies from one bear to another, but all the polar bears surveyed have an identical version, with the exact same genetic code at nine variable spots in the gene, about half of which should change the function of the APOB protein.That all polar bears have the same version indicates that it is very beneficial, perhaps enabling the animals to eat lots of fat without developing artery-clogging plaques that can plague humans who eat high-fat diets, says study co-author Eline Lorenzen, a molecular ecologist at the University of California (UC), Berkeley. An independent chemical analysis of a 120,000-year-old fossil polar bear jawbone showed that the species was already dependent on marine prey by then—a big switch from the brown bear’s chiefly vegetarian fare—indicating that these genetic changes occurred in just a few hundred thousand years. “That’s very surprising for such a large mammal,” she says.Given the number of genomes studied and the sophisticated analysis used, the date for when the species diverges is “the best estimate of what we’ve gotten so far, and it makes sense,” says Beth Shapiro, an evolutionary biologist at UC Santa Cruz, whose earlier work also suggested these bears split less than a million years ago. But Charlotte Lindqvist, an evolutionary biologist from the University at Buffalo in New York who has proposed a much earlier date for the origin of the polar bear, is not completely convinced. “The evolutionary history of these animals has probably been very complex,” with the two species separating and interbreeding multiple times, she points out. “I don’t really see that [new study] resolves anything.”Both she and Hailer contend that researchers need to get genomes from a wider distribution of bears, particularly brown bears. “It might be that some conclusions will be altered when the genetic diversity within these bears can be characterized more thoroughly,” Hailer says.last_img read more

Making the Wright plays

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “It’s the only thing I wanted, man. I just wanted to win today,” he said after the Fuel Masters’ 74-72 win. “It was a big game, really important for both teams We were down all game but they let the door open. We’re just lucky to capitalize on some mistakes.”The Fil-Canadian dead shot, who had 16 points, five rebounds and three steals, said he already knew the kind of defense TNT was going to throw at him in Phoenix’s last offensive possession and he read it perfectly resulting to Kramer’s short baseline hook that won the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I knew that they’re gonna double. I know Coach Josh (Reyes), I know the scheme that they’re trying to do, they’re not gonna let me get off a good shot. I knew right when I touched the ball, when I came off that screen that I was gonna be met with either Kelly (Williams) or Mo (Tautuaa),” he recalled.“So it was just a matter of Doug positioning himself in the right spot, and a matter of me just making a good pass. It just happened very instinctively.” Matthew Wright. PBA IMAGESMatthew Wright turned 26 today and it was only fitting that the birthday celebrant was the one who put the icing on the cake Wednesday night.Wright accounted for Phoenix’s last five points inside the final minute, burying the game-tying triple and assisting on Doug Kramer’s game-winner with 3.0 seconds remaining.ADVERTISEMENT LA Revilla hurts hand in Phoenix win NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix won despite playing catchup majority of the game and trailing by as much as 13.“We’re a veteran team. We have some young guys, like myself, Jason (Perkins). But we got some very savvy vets who know how to win: RJ (Jazul), JC (Intal), Willie (Wilson), Doug, Jeff (Chan). They know how to win games, they know how to close out games. So I feel like we have a good batch of guys to go far this year.”Wright likes his team’s chances heading into its last three games in the elimination round.“This is the PBA, man. Anything can happen, so we’re not taking any of those teams lightly. We are confident in our abilities, and we’re expecting to go 4-and-0 in our last four games. We took care of today, so we just gotta take care of the next three.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stinglast_img read more

BCCI, COA in tussle over Saba Karim’s visit to England

first_imgA new chapter was added in the ongoing back-and-forth battle between the BCCI office bearers and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) when acting treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry questioned GM (Cricket Operations) Syed Saba Karim’s proposed nine-day visit to the United Kingdom on Monday.In an e-mail sent to the CoA, a copy of which is in possession with the India Today, Chaudhry questioned proposal of a dearness allowance of USD 4050 for a period of nine days (amounting to over Rs 30,000 per day) to Karim which does not include the hotel tariff.He also reminded CoA that they had recently forbid acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary to travel to the UK for the T20 series involving India and England while reasoning that they didn’t see any “value addition” in his trip.”I have received an e-mail for signing a letter for the release of foreign exchange to Mr. Syed Saba Karim for his DA of an amount equal to USD 4,050/- for his proposed visit to the United Kingdom for a period of 9 days,” Chaudhry wrote in his e-mail to the CoA. Screengrab of BCCI treasurer Anirud Chaudhary’s mail. (Photo courtesy: Ateet Sharma)Chaudhry wrote that even though directions from the Committee “forbids” him from “asking the staff for any details/bills”, he would like to request for the following information regarding Karims UK visit:1. The supporting documents that show the purpose of his visit to the United Kingdom and the decision making process thereof and any invitation from ECB or any communication to the ECB prior to the approval regarding the same.advertisement2. The supporting documents showing that the approvals are in place.3. Information as to whether any other staff has visited the United Kingdom recently.4. The possibility that if there was any such travel recently, could such staff person travelling not have done the work that Mr. Karim may be travelling for?When India Today tried to get in touch with CoA chief Vinod Rai, he didn’t respond to calls and messages.Meanwhile, Chaudhry also reminded Rai and Diana Edulji about not clearing Secretary Amitabh Choudhary’s visit to the UK recently.”I do not wish to be misunderstood here Sir and Madam and therefore I refer to the email from the Committee of Administrators dated 18.06.2018 to Mr. Amitabh Choudhary wherein the Honble Committee, while forbidding the Acting Secretary to travel to England, had stated, From the contents of your email, the Committee of Administrators does not see any value addition to the BCCI in your merely watching the three T20 India-England games to be played in England.Therefore, though I am not aware of the reasons for the 9-day tour of Mr. Karim and no paper, document or communication other than the letter for me to affix my signature has been sent to me, in addition to wanting to satisfy my curiosity, I also wanted to be cautious to ensure that no one was attempting to circumvent the letter and spirit of the decision of the CoA for which I may be questioned by the CoA or any other forum/authority since my signatures are required to be affixed on the said letter and the same requires us to abide by the rules framed under the Foreign Exchange Management Act and the provisions thereof.”last_img read more

No Harry Kane, no problem? Mauricio Pochettino keeps faith with Tottenham

first_img Read more Topics Read more Share on Facebook Manchester United loss to Huddersfield was one-off, says José Mourinho Share on Twitter Tottenham Hotspur Share on Pinterest Share via Email Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview Pochettino banged his fists together for emphasis. “It’s about power in games,” he continued. “Sometimes you force your opponent to go deeper. But it is about how the game is going. It’s about having a plan and changing, if it is not working. That is the most difficult thing during a game. It’s very important to have that possibility to change, to have different options that can happen very naturally and spontaneously.”Mourinho’s park-the-bus tactics for United’s 0-0 draw at Liverpool two weeks ago came into the discussion. Could Pochettino ever see himself setting up like that for a big game?“I don’t believe any manager ever plays for a 0-0,” he replied. “In my career as a player, no manager ever said to me: ‘We will try to finish the game at 0-0.’ It is down to the circumstances. Sometimes, you are happy with the draw and you take some risks or less risks.”The match on Saturday seems finely balanced, even without Kane and before the numerous subplots are factored in. In his recently published book, Pochettino brought up United’s desire to sign Eric Dier and he said he was angered when Mourinho chatted and laughed with the Tottenham player after the fixture at Old Trafford last December. The focus on the England man will be bright.Pochettino’s relationship with Mourinho, though, is tight and before Tottenham faced United at White Hart Lane in May the Portuguese spent the time before kick-off in Pochettino’s office. They did what friends do – hang out and bitch about rivals.Pochettino senses the chance to make a grand statement.center_img features Harry Kane Reuse this content Share on Messenger Manchester United One thing which can be said about Pochettino is that, to borrow a phrase from his United counterpart, José Mourinho, he does not “cry and cry and cry” about injuries. Pochettino recalled how Son Heung-min had excelled up front during Kane’s injury-enforced absence in the early weeks of last season, particularly for the home win over Manchester City, and he also has the option of the summer signing Fernando Llorente.“Of course we can win without Harry,” Pochettino said. “I always believe we can win against one or another team and with one or another player.”Pochettino’s message was that he will adapt and it has become one of his buzzwords. Kane’s absence is an untimely blow but the manager preferred to see it as a challenge; a test of his flexibility and that of his squad – at a venue where they have struggled. Pochettino has lost three out of three at Old Trafford during his time at Spurs, scoring no goals and, more broadly, he has won only one of 15 Premier League away games against members of the so-called big six – the 2-1 at Manchester City in February 2016.It has been possible to see a change of emphasis in Pochettino’s team this season – namely in their two biggest matches so far, the Champions League ties with Borussia Dortmund and Real.Against Dortmund, even though it was at Wembley, Tottenham played in a containing and reactive style, their game featuring clinical thrusts on the counterattack, and against Real at the Bernabéu Pochettino’s 3-5-2 formation quickly became 5-3-2. They would record a 3-1 win over Dortmund and a hugely creditable 1-1 draw with Real.Pochettino has always demanded that his players impose themselves on any occasion. In his first game as a manager, for Espanyol at home to Barcelona in January 2009, he instructed his team to press their more illustrious opponents high up the pitch and go one-versus-one at the back. His players thought he was crazy. Espanyol drew 0-0.“The plan is always to control possession and dominate the ball,” Pochettino said as he considered his approach for Old Trafford. But his team have come to look more capable of in-game adaptation against the better teams, of ceding possession and soaking up pressure if needed. It is down, in part, to Pochettino’s evolution as a manager and his broader repertoire of systems and, furthermore, to his players becoming more streetwise and mature.“It’s not a change in our style, it’s about our opponents,” Pochettino said. “For example, we played with the same system against Swansea [in a 0-0 home draw in September] and Real Madrid. You want to have possession of the ball but the big teams don’t always allow that to happen, so you end up dropping deeper.” Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Mauricio Pochettino dropped the bombshell with his first words on Friday morning. Harry Kane, the Tottenham Hotspur manager reported, will not be fit for the showpiece fixture at Manchester United on Saturday lunchtime.Nobody had seen it coming, not even after Pochettino’s slightly enigmatic “we’ll see” comment regarding his talisman’s prospects after Wednesday’s Carabao Cup defeat against West Ham United at Wembley. Kane sat out that game, having felt a hamstring tighten in the closing stages of last Sunday’s home win over Liverpool but he would surely pull through. After all, it was United and, well, this is Kane.The 24-year-old has threatened to transcend Tottenham over recent weeks because of his red-hot form; he has 17 goals in his past 13 games for the club and his country. But a hamstring injury is a hamstring injury and it cannot be rushed or risked.The way that Pochettino spelled it out the problem is minor and there was the hope that Kane could be fit for Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Real Madrid at Wembley. Then again, Pochettino rarely gives any information regarding a player’s fitness beyond the game at hand. Either way, the striker has to be a doubt for Real.last_img read more

Klopp: Wow, really bad defending

first_imgLiverpool ‘Wow, really bad defending’ – Klopp fumes as Liverpool crash out against West Brom Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 09:49 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Virgil van Dijk Liverpool FA Cup Alex Livesey Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion FA Cup The German manager felt his side deserved to exit the FA Cup given the standard of their performance at the back Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was left stunned at his side’s poor defending as they exited the FA Cup at the hands of West Brom on Saturday.Alan Pardew’s side claimed a 3-2 win in an eventful clash at Anfield, ensuring Liverpool failed to progress beyond the fourth round of the competition for the third year in a row.Roberto Firmino opened the scoring but a double from Jay Rodriguez turned the game on its head, before a third Baggies goal was disallowed and a Liverpool penalty awarded through VAR, only for Firmino to miss from 12 yards. 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 Joel Matip’s own goal at the end of the first half ultimately proved decisive, with Mohamed Salah’s 78th-minute strike coming too late to spark a comeback.Klopp was angry with the way his team defended for the visitors’ goals, particularly when it came to the marking for Rodriguez’s second and the failure to spring the offside trap in the build-up to the third.”Everybody saw; we made big mistakes and let them come back in the game,” he told BT Sport . “It’s obvious what we did wrong. We won the first balls but we lost the second and the third, so it makes no sense. “You must be much more clinical and shoot it in the stand if you are not sure where you can pass the ball.”The second one; wow, really bad defending. The whole group involved in that situation, not really compact, we let them play the ball, make the cross and the goalscorer is completely free in the box. That’s not how defending should be. Then we don’t use the chamce with the penalty, which can happen, of course.4 – Liverpool have been eliminated in the fourth round of the FA Cup in all three seasons under Jurgen Klopp. Repetition. pic.twitter.com/3sRKCnncLJ — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 27, 2018 “The third one is then in extra time of the first half. It must be offside; it’s unbelievable he wasn’t. It’s easy to defend; you push up, they pass the ball back and [Craig] Dawson is offside. He wasn’t, he celebrated the goal and he was like, ‘what can I do, if they let me do this?'”Second half, we had to show character, there’s no doubt about character. We chased the game and scored a little bit too late. We did a lot of good things but, if you start like this, you make the game complicated.”It was a bit hectic, they tried to save some time, it’s normal, but West Brom deserved it. We have to blame ourselves for this, it’s all about us, but compliments to West Brom.”Klopp also spoke on the use of VAR, which was prevalent throughout the match, claiming that West Brom’s goal being disallowed and Liverpool being awarded a penalty were instanced of the controversial system working the way it should.  “I think it’s important, that’s actually what we always wanted – that if a goal should be disallowed, it should be disallowed,” he told reporters. “Usually in these two situations after the game we talk about it and I have to explain a defeat which maybe wasn’t deserved because we didn’t get a penalty and they scored another goal.”It’s normal in the beginning that it takes a little bit longer. Is it cool in January when it’s cold for the players especially? Probably not.”That will, I think, become a little bit smoother, a little bit more fluent in the future.”The loss to West Brom saw Klopp’s side crash out in the fourth round of the FA Cup for the third time in his three seasons in charge and left the club with the Champions League as their last realistic hope of winning a trophy this season. The Reds trail leaders Manchester City by 18 points in the Premier League and face Porto in the Champions League round of 16.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Artistic Gymnastic Team Named for Canada Games

first_img The team is coached by 2004 Olympian, and senior national team member, David Kikuchi of Fall River. Vaughn Arthur of Halifax is the team manager. The men’s team has attended a number of training camps, including a week session in December, led by former Olympian Ken Ikeda from B.C. “We are hoping for some really good performances,” said Kikuchi. “Three members of our team have been to the Canada Games before, so we hope their experience will inspire the entire team to achieve its best.” Both the men’s and women’s teams will travel to P.E.I. this weekend for a competition. The final women’s artistic gymnastic team, selected after a two-day competition in November, is as follows: Jennifer Boone, Hammonds Plains Lindy Harrington, Fall River Alexa Jollimore, Waverley Kirsten Melnyk, Stillwater Lake Paulina Miller, Halifax Alison Sanford, Sackville Erica Saulnier, Cole Harbour Women’s team coach Susie Gallagher of Halifax will accompany the gymnasts, along with team manager Patti Healey of Lower Sackville. “Our team has grown a lot in the past few months from competitions and training,” said Gallagher. “In fact, just before the Games, we’re taking the team to a competition in Florida, which will help them get more experience.” Team Nova Scotia 2007 has 290 members — 213 athletes, 36 coaches, 23 managers, three artists and 15 mission staff. See the team’s website at ns.canadagames.ca for the latest information on Team Nova Scotia. The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. More than 3,600 athletes, coaches and managers will gather in Whitehorse to compete for 1,122 medals in 22 sports. Evan Cruz, Halifax Ian Downie, Brookside Grant Hawkins, Fall River Liam Hawkins, Fall River Devin Mitchell, Dartmouth Daryoush (Alex) Sehatzadeh, Dartmouth Greg Turney, Hammonds Plains Fourteen gymnasts will represent Nova Scotia at the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon from Feb. 23 to March 10. The final men’s artistic gymnastic team, selected in November, is as follows:last_img read more

Severe heat wave set to hit Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: The national Capital is already reeling under hot and dry weather conditions, a heat wave is expected to grip Delhi with the mercury likely to breach the 45-degree mark. Hot and dry conditions prevailed in the city on Wednesday. Delhiites woke up to a hot morning, with the maximum temperature expected to hover around 44 degrees Celsius. “Heatwave conditions are expected in some pockets of the city with the temperature soaring up to 45 degrees. Such conditions exist when the maximum temperature goes up five degrees above the season’s average,” said an official. The weatherman has predicted that the city is unlikely to get respite from the scorching heat over the next two-three days. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarDry weather conditions are expected to continue over entire North and Northwest India. With this, temperatures are set to increase over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh and parts of Rajasthan. On Tuesday, Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 41.8 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal, and a minimum temperature of 23 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature is likely to shoot up to 44 degrees today and the weather office has predicted a maximum temperature of 45 degrees for the national capital rest of this week. MeT officials had earlier predicted that the mercury will continue its upward trend this week. Private weather agency Skynet had said that weather will remain dry throughout the remaining days of May and a few areas of the Delhi-NCR region may witness heatwave conditions.last_img read more

Indian mountaineers perform yoga on Europes highest peak

first_imgDarjeeling: A Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) expedition successfully reached the summit of the highest peak of Europe on August 15 and fluttered the Indian tricolor.They also performed various yogic Asanas (postures) atop the mountain and will now try for getting the act (yoga) declared as a world record. The eight-member team scaled Mount Elbrus (5,642 meters) at 8:45 am on August 15. Leader of the expedition and principal of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Jaikishan told the Millennium Post: “We then unfurled the Indian National flag and other flags and then went onto to perform the yogic asanas.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFrom 9:25 am to 10:00 am the team HMI performed Asanas at the summit to the yogic chants of Sadguru, Adi Yogi mantras. It was quite a task owing to the high altitude, heavy equipment, boots and oxygen cylinders. “We will try in the Guinness book, World Records Academy and the Limca Book of Records, Yoga at this altitude,” stated Group Captain Jaikishan. The HMI team also performed yoga at different altitudes while descending with the final act at the base camp (4100m) where many foreign climbers joined in. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe HMI team comprised of Group Captain Jaikishan, Subedar Devi Singh (Dy leader) and instructors Havildar Pankaj Kumar, Roshan Ghatraj, Aditya Gurung, Passang Tenzing Sherpa and Umang Mukhia. The expedition was flagged off from Delhi by Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Yesso Naik on August 6. “This expedition is also a part of our vision to climb the highest mountains in the 7 continents,” stated the expedition leader. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute teams have already successfully summited Mount Everest (2003, 2012) and Mount Aconcagua (6,962 m) located in Argentina, South America in 1999. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was established on November 4, 1954 — a result of personal initiative of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru the first Prime Minister of India and Dr. BC Roy the then Chief Minister of West Bengal to promote mountaineering in India. Legendary mountaineers, including Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Late Nawang Gombu have been associated with this institute.last_img read more

KJo unveils his wax figure in Singapore

first_imgSingapore: Filmmaker Karan Johar was surrounded by the love of his family and friends as he unveiled his wax figure here on Thursday. Sharing the photographs of his waxed doppelganger on Instagram, Karan wrote: “Waxed at Singapore Madame Tussauds.” The 46-year-old director was accompanied by his mother Hiroo Johar on the occasion. “What fun with my mom and my family…and my surprise from friends who are too shy to be named,” he added. The official Twitter handle of his production house, Dharma Productions, too shared photos of the filmmaker with the figure, claiming he has become the first Indian filmmaker to “make his mark at Madame Tussauds”. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Karan’s wax figure is inspired by the filmmaker’s signature seflie pose, and is dressed in a printed blazer. His friends from the film fraternity sent in good wishes for him. Kajol posted a photograph of herself with Karan on Instagram and wrote: “With the real thing … Congrats. Waxed and how.” Director-choreographer Farah Khan Kunder commented: “Congratulations Karu. It’s actually smiling”. Actress Malaika Arora called Karan’s figure “double trouble”. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Varun Dhawan, Shilpa Shetty, Aditi Rao Hydari, Rohit Shetty and Manisha Koirala among others congratulated Karan on social media. At Madame Tussauds museum here, Karan also took a moment to pose alongside his “Student Of The Year” actor Varun Dhawan’s wax figure. Karan, known for directing friendship and love based films like “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham” and “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna”, is riding high on success as a producer now. “kesari”, which is backed by Karan, has grossed over Rs 100 crore so far, and now he is coming up with multi-starrer epic drama “Kalank”, as well as a fantasy adventure trilogy “Brahmastra”.last_img read more

Expenditure heads for two Ministries defeated

The expenditure heads for two Ministries were defeated during the committee stage of the 2019 budget debate in Parliament today.The joint opposition had called for a vote on the expenditure heads of the two Ministries. Accordingly, the expenditure head for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government was defeated in Parliament today.The expenditure head for the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development was also defeated in Parliament today. Most Government MPs were not in the House when the sudden vote was taken. (Colombo Gazette)

UN Food and Agriculture Organization votes new budget with cut in real

The governing conference of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has approved a 2-year budget of $749 million, a cut of $51 million in real terms due to inflation and changes in currency exchange rates.FAO’s budget was frozen from 1994 through 2001 at $650 million and increased in 2002-2003 to $651.8 million. To maintain the same purchasing power, FAO would have needed a budget of $800.3 million for 2004-2005.”I think the fact that we got complete consensus on the budget is a good thing, even though we can agonize over changes in the value of the US dollar and I think we can be satisfied that the Organization is sufficiently funded to maintain a good level of work, increasing the effectiveness of what it does,” conference chairman Jim Sutton, Agriculture and Forestry Minister of New Zealand, said at the end of the meeting in Rome last night.The conference also decided to limit the terms of office of future FAO Directors-General, starting with the election in 2005, to six years, renewable only once for a further term of four years.The FAO was founded in 1945 with a mandate to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity, and to better the condition of rural populations. Today, it is one of the largest specialized agencies in the UN system and the lead agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development. An intergovernmental organization, it has 187 member countries plus one member organization, the European Community. read more

Extreme flooding must be turning point on disaster response – UN official

A United Nations senior official today stressed that this year will be a “turning point” in how governments view and respond to extreme weather events, and floods in particular, which are currently affecting several countries across the world.“India, Nepal, Canada and many countries in Europe have experienced huge losses over the last two months due to intense precipitation events which have triggered extreme flooding affecting millions of people’s well-being and livelihoods,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström.Monsoon rains in India this year are believed to be the heaviest in 80 years, according to media reports, which noted that some 7,000 people are still stranded in the mountains after flash floods and landslides. More than 600 people are confirmed dead so far, while 80,000 have been rescued.“The shocking loss of life in India underlines how vitally important it is that we start planning for future scenarios far removed from anything that we may have experienced in the past,” Ms. Wahlström said. In the Canadian province of Alberta, more than 100,000 people were forced to flee their homes this month as floods triggered by torrential rains hit the region. The floods have washed away roads and bridges, cut off electricity and submerged hundreds of homes.“When we look at the worldwide escalation in economic losses from disasters over the last five years, it is clear that our exposure to extreme events is growing and this trend needs to be addressed through better land use and more resilient infrastructure as we seek to cope with population growth and rapid urbanization.”According to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), some 250 million people have been affected annually by floods over the last 10 years, and floods are the single most widespread and increasing disaster risk to urban settlements of all sizes. Major contributing factors include poor urban planning which increases flood hazard due to unsuitable land use change, increases in paving and other impermeable surfaces, poorly maintained drainage, sanitation and solid waste infrastructure. “Flood management systems need to be designed so that even if they are overwhelmed by floodwaters, the failure is not catastrophic,” Ms. Wahlström said, adding that UNISDR emphasizes the need for early warning systems, reduction of social vulnerability through land use planning and leadership at local government level. read more

Government and industry map path to hydrogen vehicle future

Plans for a nationwide roll-out of hydrogen vehicles and refuelling infrastructure have today been welcomed by SMMT as a major step in securing the UK’s position as a global leader in the development and manufacture of ultra-low carbon vehicles.UK H2Mobility, a consortium of 13 automotive companies, government organisations and energy companies, will consider the actions needed to secure the UK’s global role in the manufacture and use of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, ahead of an anticipated roll-out to consumers in 2014/15.“UK H2Mobility is an exciting initiative that will accelerate the development and introduction of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles in UK,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “It is yet another signal of the UK’s commitment to create a strong ultra-low carbon vehicle market and attract major international investment in R&D and product development to secure the long-term success of automotive manufacturing.”Work undertaken by the Automotive Council to develop the strategic direction for automotive technologies has played a pivotal role in identifying ‘sticky technologies’ and developing an industry-wide consensus ‘Low Carbon Vehicle Roadmap’, which forecasts mass market hydrogen vehicle uptake to begin within the next 10 years.Speaking at the launch of UK H2Mobility, Business Minister Mark Prisk, said, “The UK is proving itself to be a key early market for ultra-low emission vehicles with growing numbers of electric and plug-in hybrids appearing on our roads. The Government is supporting this market by investing £400million to support the development, demonstration and deployment of these vehicles.“Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles are increasingly being recognised as one of the viable options as we move to a lower carbon motoring future. They are highly efficient, can be fuelled in minutes, travel an equivalent range to a conventional combustion engine, and have zero tail-pipe emissions.“This country has a number of world-class companies that are developing exciting technologies in both the hydrogen energy and automotive value chains and it is vitally important that we identify what is required to make these cars a realistic proposition for UK consumers.“UK H2Mobility will bring together industry expertise to establish the UK as a serious global player in the manufacture and use of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and the supporting infrastructure.”Jerry Hardcastle, Vice-President for Vehicle Design and Development at Nissan, added, “This is an important step for the automotive sector towards the development of clean vehicle technologies and zero emission mobility. It will lay many of the foundations for the commercial deployment of hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles which could represent a large segment of the UK market in the coming years.”Dr Henri Winand, Chief Executive of Intelligent Energy, said, “The UK H2Mobility is a ground-breaking industry led task force. Its job is to roll its sleeves up and ensure that the UK is well positioned for the commercial roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from 2014/15 as part of a balanced portfolio of drivetrains.”Kevin Michaelis, Regional Vice President, Liquid Bulk/Generated Gases-Europe, Air Products, said, “The hydrogen infrastructure sector has been working over a number of years to develop hydrogen transport in the UK. We are very pleased that the progress made is being recognised by the Government in this groundbreaking initiative that will shift the focus from R&D to deployment of hydrogen infrastructure.”GM/Vauxhall have been investing in research and development of hydrogen fuel cell technologies for over a decade, and at today’s launch Vauxhall is presenting its fourth generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle “HydroGen4”. With more than 100 fuel cell vehicles in Europe and the US logging around two million miles since 2008, Vauxhall expects the technology to be ready for market introduction by 2016.Bill Parfitt, Vauxhall Motors’ Director for Government Affairs and Public Policy, said, “Following our company’s unrelenting focus on hydrogen fuel cell technology development, the launch and successful roll-out of these vehicles will now depend on the availability of hydrogen to the consumer in a real life environment.  We therefore greatly appreciate this very timely initiative, gathering various stakeholders, under government lead, to establish an adequate strategy for future hydrogen development in the UK.”Toyota has been researching fuel cell technology and hydrogen storage for almost 20 years and in 2002 its first generation of Fuel Cell Vehicles underwent field tests in Japan and the US.Didier Leroy, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, said, “We plan to commercialise Fuel Cell Vehicles in 2015 and to achieve this goal a hydrogen charging infrastructure will be required. That is why we welcome the establishment of the UK H2Mobility Group to confirm the potential for hydrogen as a low carbon fuel in the UK. A close and positive working relationship between vehicle manufacturers, infrastructure companies and Government is of vital importance.”UK H2Mobility will deliver its evaluation of the potential of hydrogen as a transport fuel by the end of 2012. If the results are positive, an action plan will be developed to work through the steps needed to get the UK ready to be one of the first markets for the global commercial roll out of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.Click through to read about the work of the Automotive Council in developing low carbon vehicles and fuels in the UK.The 13 industry participants in UK H2Mobility listed below are working together with three government departments – The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Department for Transport and the Department for Energy and Climate Change in addition to the European Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.Industry signatory parties to the Memorandum of Understanding are:Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy, SAAir Products PLCDaimler AGHyundai Motor CompanyIntelligent Energy LimitedITM Power PLCJohnson Matthey PLCNissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) LimitedScottish and Southern Energy plcTata Motors European Technical Centre plcThe BOC Group LimitedToyota Motor CorporationVauxhall Motors Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Search for missing 13yearold girl

first_imgPolice are seeking the assistance of the wider community to help locate a missing 13-year-old by the name of Sophia Sotiropoulos. Said to be from the Doreen area, she was last seen leaving an address in Landano Way on Monday 2 March, 2015.Described to be of Caucasian appearance, Sophia is 155 centimetres tall with a medium build, fair complexion, blue eyes and blonde hair with dark roots. Missing for over a month, police along with the girls’ family are very concerned for her welfare and have released an image in the hope someone will recognise her and be able to provide information regarding her whereabouts.Anyone with information is urged to call the police on 000 immediately. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Le MWC 2012 et ses nouveautés

first_imgLe MWC 2012 et ses nouveautésLe Mobile World Congress… L’occasion pour les constructeurs du monde entier de se réunir pour présenter tous leurs petits (ou grands) nouveaux gadgets en lien avec la téléphonie mobile. Après le Consumer Electronics Show à Las Vegas, les constructeurs se sont donné rendez-vous à Barcelone pour le Mobile World Congress. C’est à celui que présentera le smartphone le plus fin, le plus performant, avec le plus de gadgets ou d’accessoires… Tout est bon pour être le constructeur qui marquera le plus le salon. Acer, Asus, HTC, Samsung, Nokia… Tous les grandes firmes de la téléphonie mobile ont profité de l’événement pour présenter leurs nouveaux produits phares.  Retrouvez en images les nouveautés les plus marquantes du MWC sur Maxisciences.  Le 2 mars 2012 à 12:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Maruti Suzuki to Recall 103311 Units of Ertiga Swift and Dzire

first_imgMaruti Suzuki, the country’s largest car maker on Friday issued a voluntary recall of 1,03,311 units of Ertiga, Swift and DZire in India to fix a problem with the fuel filler neck.The company will recall 47,237 units of its popular hatch back Swift, 42,481 units of its sedan DZire and 13,593 units of its multi-passenger vehicle Ertiga. The company said the recall is limited to the aforementioned models, which were manufactured between 12 November 2013 and 4 February 2014 and the dealers will contact the owners of the affected models directly.”This exercise is limited to vehicles within the above specified range and does not pertain to any other vehicle of the company,” Maruti Suzuki India said in a statement. The problem with the fuel filler neck may also lead to fuel smell and also to fuel leakage in extreme condition, if fuel filled up to the fuel cap, beyond the ‘auto cutoff level’.The users can visit company’s official website www.marutisuzuki.com to check if their models also have been affected by entering the 14 digit chassis number. The latest recall of Maruti is believed to be the largest recall announced by any auto maker in India.In November 2013, Maruti had recalled 306 units of Ertiga, 592 units of Swift, 581 units of Dzire and 13 units of A-star models in the country to fix the problem with the steering column. Previously, the company had taken back 13,157 units of Dzire, Swift and Ritz in April 2011. In February 2010, around one lakh units of Maruti’s flagship export model A-Star were also recalled.Earlier this week, Toyota issued a recall for 45,000 units of its multi-utility vehicle (MPV) Innova, which were manufactured between February 2005 and December 2008, over a problem with the steering column.  Globally, Toyota has recalled the Yaris, Urban Cruiser (manufactured between January 2005 and August 2010), RAV4 and Hilux (between June 2004 and December 2010) models to fix problems with the wiring harnesses, steering column and seat railings.(ED/VS)last_img read more

Ban on Instant Noodles to Shrink Maggis Brand Value by ₹1300 Crore

first_imgBrand value of Maggi is expected to fall by over $200 million or nearly ₹1,300 crore, as a result of a ban on the popular instant noodles by Indian authorities.On 5 June, the food regulator mandated Maggi-maker Nestle India to recall all the available stock in the market following confirmation of harmful levels of lead in the ‘two-minute noodles’.Nestle India is estimated to recall 27,420 tonnes of Maggi noodles, including about 1,422 tonnes of noodles that are at its five factories in the country. Currently, the factories have halted the production of Maggi noodles.Before the ban, Maggi’s brand had a valuation of $2.4 billion and its manufacturer was the 23rd most valuable global food brand. A loss of $50 million in recalling Maggi noodles along with “damaged brand” is estimated to shrink the brand value to $2.2 billion, according to Brand Finance.”Nestlé will have to turn around swiftly to ensure that the Maggi brand can retain its dominance in the Indian market. If not, the Nestlé brand itself could be at risk as the Nestlé logo prominently features on the back of Maggi noodles packaging, making it synonymous with the Maggi brand,” Brand Finance CEO David Haigh told NDTV Profit.Nestle India on Monday estimated the loss in recalling Maggi noodles at ₹320 crore.Nestle India is reportedly using 10,000 trucks to carry over 27,000 tonnes of recalled Maggi noodles to the incineration centres. Destruction of such a huge amount of controversial noodles recalled from over 3.5 million retailers is expected to last for at least 40 days, Livemint reported.A drop in Maggi sales is expected to have a major impact on Nestle India’s performance, as the noodles account for 15 to 20% of the company’s overall revenues. Nestle occupies 60% of share in the instant noodle market in the country.”Sales of Maggi brand have increased by 21 per cent CAGR over the past 10 years (sales contribution rising by 1,100 basis points) but have remained weak over the past two years – a trend that is likely to persist near-term (impacted by rising competition and muted consumer environment),” Barclays told Business Today on 4 June.Shares of Nestle India traded at ₹5,850.00 on Wednesday, down over 17% from ₹7,064.85 on 27 May.last_img read more

EU gives Britain 6month delay for Brexit

first_imgBritish prime minister Theresa May holds a news conference following an extraordinary European Union leaders summit to discuss Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium on 11 April 2019. Photo: AFPEuropean leaders agreed with Britain on Thursday to delay Brexit by up to six months, saving the continent from what could have been a chaotic no-deal departure at the end of the week.The deal struck during late night talks in Brussels means that if London remains in the EU after 22 May, British voters will have to take part in European elections.Prime minister Theresa May and the other 27 EU leaders “have agreed a flexible extension until 31 October”, European Council president Donald Tusk said in a tweet.”This means additional six months for the UK to find the best possible solution.”France’s President Emmanuel Macron was the strongest voice opposing a long extension, but most leaders backed it and the French had to settle for a promise that the delay will be reviewed at an EU summit on 21 June.Most of the leaders gathered for the emergency summit, including German chancellor Angela Merkel, had backed a plan for Brexit to be postponed for up to a year.But as the talks went into Thursday morning, Macron — with backing from Belgium, Austria and some smaller EU states — held out for a short delay of only a few weeks and demanded solid guarantees that London would not interfere in EU business during that time.May has already said that if Britain is still an EU member when the European parliamentary election begins on 23 May, UK voters will take part. But some EU leaders are unconvinced that she is sincere, despite one official telling reporters her presentation had been “solid”.Without a postponement, Britain would have ended its 46-year membership of the EU at midnight (2200 GMT) on Friday with no deal, risking economic chaos on both sides of the Channel.May agreed a divorce deal with the EU last November but MPs in London have rejected it three times, forcing her to turn to the main opposition Labour party in a bid to find a way through.’As soon as possible’ But these talks are moving slowly, and the prime minister is under intense pressure from hardline Brexit supporters in her Conservative party not to compromise.As she arrived, May said she wanted to leave the EU “as soon as possible”.”I’ve asked for an extension to 30 June but what is important is that any extension enables us to leave at the point at which we ratify the withdrawal agreement,” she said.She said she still hoped to leave the EU on 22 May, the last day before Britain must hold European Parliament elections.For as long as Britain is in the EU, it must take part in bloc elections for them to be valid.EU leaders have already agreed one delay to Brexit, from 29 March to 12 April, and Tusk has warned there is “little reason to believe” the British parliament can ratify May’s deal by 30 June.A draft copy of the summit conclusions seen by AFP before the leaders sat down to finalise it said “an extension should last only as long as necessary and, in any event, no longer than [XX.XX.XXXX].””If the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both parties before this date, the withdrawal will take place on the first day of the following month,” the draft stated.EU members want to ensure that a semi-detached Britain does not seek leverage in Brexit talks by intervening in choosing the next head of the European Commission or the next multi-year EU budget.May’s ministers have begun cross-party talks with Labour on a compromise to get the withdrawal agreement through the House of Commons.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wants Britain to commit to remaining within the EU customs union, an idea that many in Europe would be keen to accommodate.”We would be generous in negotiating that, understanding that the UK couldn’t be a silent partner in such an arrangement — it would have to have a say in decisions being made,” Irish premier Leo Varadkar said as he arrived at the summit.last_img read more

Qantas partner China Southern

first_imgThe agreement includes expanded travel opportunities for passengers on China Southern flights into Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to fly on the Qantas domestic network to seven Australian destinations including Cairns, Adelaide and Canberra. China Southern Airlines have signed a commercial agreement with Qantas Airways, codesharing on flights and investigating other areas of potential cooperation. The new codeshare services are expected to be available for booking and travel from early 2014. China Southern is also considering pilot training assistance from Qantas and cargo opportunities. Qantas passengers can fly with China Southern from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to its main hub of Baiyun International Airport Guangzhou then onward to four major Chinese destinations – Xiamen, Kunming, Fuzhou and Urumqi. “We welcome this move because it will give our passengers greater access to Australia and will also open up Australian tourism to a leisure and business market that is growing by nearly 20 percent a year,” China Southern Airlines chairman Si Xianmin said. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

All joking aside an odd coping mechanism could be

first_imgAll joking aside, an odd coping mechanism could be the reason the Minnesota Vikings have blown leads and are sitting at 0-4.“The knock against Donovan [McNabb]…is his intensity level is not what it needs to be, both throughout the week and during games,” said Ron Wolfley, co-host of Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf Show. Wolfley was quick to add that this is not his opinion, but something he has heard around the NFL. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Apparently McNabb’s way of coping with the pressure brought on by a close game is to start laughing and joking with his teammates. This may be a great way to break the tension, but Wolfley said that seeing a man who commands respect throughout the NFL, like McNabb, smiling his way through the fourth quarter is demoralizing.“He is a king in the locker room and you can’t have a mad king in the locker room,” said Wolfley, adding that joking around after a loss — especially a close one — can take the intensity that is needed to improve for next week and drop it through the floor.“Football is a sobering game and it’s played by serious people,” Wolfley said.When the Cardinals come to town on Sunday, it is going to be a test for two teams who entered the seasons with high hopes and the glint of a possible stunner season in their eyes. Two teams who now have won just a single game between them.We’ll see who has the last laugh on Sunday.last_img read more