Too little food and too much work can stress out corals and leave them vulnerable to disease. The most pervasive family of diseases, called white syndromes, strips corals to mere skeletons of their former vibrancy (as in the image above). A paper published this week in PLOS ONE shows that dredging, the act of shoveling tons of sediment from the sea floor to maintain beaches and build new land, contributes to the spread of diseases like white syndromes by placing corals under intense stress. Researchers used satellite images to study the effects of the Gorgon Project, which dredged about 7.6 million tons of sediment to clear a shipping channel. Corals that were exposed to sediment plumes from 296 to 347 days showed twice as much disease than corals that suffered little to no exposure. Dredging muddied the water, increasing turbidity and blocking out sunlight. Without sunlight, the corals’ symbiotic algae could not photosynthesize to provide the coral with essential nutrients. Sediment that blanketed corals also prevented them from suspension feeding and forced corals to expend energy on sloughing off the muck. Under these stressful conditions, the corals were more susceptible to disease. The researchers hope to further study exactly how diseases like white syndromes latch on to corals as coastal development continues.
Chandy said he will have no objection if Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president V M Sudheeran contests the upcoming polls.”On what ground can we object (Sudheeran fighting polls)? If the leader is doing good work and if he and high command wants, he can contest very well,” Chandy said.Talking about allegations of corruption including his name cropping up in solar scam case, Chandy rejected the charges saying if even one per cent of these are correct, then he has “no right to hold this post and to continue in public life”.He said that the “whole story” and truth of this case will come out soon.The Chief Minister said similar allegations of financial irregularities were made by the opposition during the conduct of the National Games last year and it was stated that his government and leaders will go to jail “like (ex-CWG Chairman Suresh) Kalmadi” but the fact was that the sporting extravaganza was conducted at a “lower price”.He said while Kerala has “achieved a lot” in education and health sectors, it has shown “very poor performance” in the infrastructure sector, because of which there was “very low” investment in the state.”So, everybody is going out, especially youngsters, after getting degree, they want a visa and go out. Now, mindset of people is changing…”We must have our own development and our own investment, employment generation is necessary,” he said. PTI NES PRM SC PRM
Ruben Loftus-Cheek believes that if England can fulfil their potential they can challenge for top honours.During the summer, they finished fourth in the World Cup, falling to Croatia in the semi-finals and then Belgium in the playoff for bronze.They started their Nations League campaign with a 2-1 loss against Spain at Wembley on Saturday and on Tuesday tackle Switzerland. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Loftus-Cheek aims to replace the injured Dele Alli in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI for the midweek friendly and has been impressed with the squad.“I think we definitely have that potential,” he said when asked if this group is good enough to challenge for honours. “We have to have that belief to try and change things around.“We are in this transition phase at the moment where we want to become one of the best teams in the world – up there with Spain, France and Germany.“We want to compete with them and dominate football.“We are in this transition phase where we want to have it mentally in our heads that we are one of the best teams in the world.“It is that belief to have the courage to play in tight areas and try and play football rather than just going long. It takes time but we are working towards it.”Being close at hand to some of the world’s top players has given the 22-year-old midfielder the opportunity to study their games, and it was Sergio Busquets who caught his eye for Spain at the weekend.“His frame doesn’t look like a frame of a footballer; he is tall and gangly, but he’s so sharp in his mind,” he said.“He knows what he wants to do next, his technique – he looks like he has so much time on the ball.“He takes two touches or one touch and he makes it look so easy. If a fast and strong player had that as well, you could dominate.”Loftus-Cheek is hoping to win his ninth cap at Wembley on Tuesday, though he faces an uncertain time at club level, with opportunities liable to be limited at Chelsea this season under Maurizio Sarri.
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson roared back to form on Tuesday, helping Sydney Thunder to a five-wicket win over Sydney Sixers in the opening match of the Big Bash League at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Chasing 150 for a win, Sydney Thunder rode on Watson’s 46-ball 77 and an unbeaten 12 off 6 balls from Arjun Nair to seal victory off the final ball of the match.Watson’s knock was studded with six sixes and as many boundaries. The skipper also joined an elite list thanks to his swashbuckling innings.The 36-year-old became the sixth batsman to smash 300 sixes in the T20 format after Chris Gayle (819), Kieron Pollard (509), Brendon McCullum (420), Dwayne Smith (351) and David Warner (314).Despite Watson’s contribution, Thunder still needed 16 off the final over as T20 debutant Daniel Sams removed the skipper and Ryan Gibson off successive deliveries in the 18th over.That is when Nair and Aiden Blizzard came to Thunder’s rescue with the pair scoring 24 from the last 13 balls with both hitting two boundaries each.Earlier, the Sixers posted 149/9 batting first with England’s Sam Billings top-scoring with 32 off 21 balls. Nair, Mitchell McClenaghan and Fawad Ahmed picked up two wickets each while Watson bowled an over for 15 runs without any success.Watson retired from all forms of cricket after the 2016 World T20 with more than 10,000 international runs and close to 300 wickets under his belt. He amassed 3731 in 59 Test matches at 35.19, scored 5757 runs in 190 ODIs and smashed 1462 runs in 58 T20Is for Australia.Add to that his 75 Test wickets, 168 ODI wickets and 48 T20I wickets, the burly Aussie was surely one of the finest all-rounders to play the game.advertisementMeanwhile Gayle, who is the leading six-hitter in the shortest version of the game had last week broken his own world record when he slammed 18 sixes in an innings in the Bangladesh Premier League.Gayle hit 18 sixes in the course of his unbeaten 146 off 69 balls for the Rangpur Riders. The 38-year-old Jamaican had smashed 17 sixes during his record-shattering 66-ball 175 not out for Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors in the 2013 IPL.Gayle shared an unbroken 201-run stand with former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum who finished 51 off 43 balls. The Kiwi star hit three sixes which meant Rangpur Riders equalled RCB’s record of 21 sixes – the most by a team in an innings.He completed 11,000 runs in the shortest format of the game, and also became the first to score 20 centuries in T20s. He incidentally became the first player to blast 100 maximums in the BPL.Rangpur Riders went on to beat Dhaka Dynamites by 57 runs to lift their maiden BPL title.
India registered yet another convincing win over Sri Lanka in the second T20I in Indore on Friday to clinch the three-match series 2-0 with one game in hand.Stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front, smashing 118 off 43 balls as the hosts posted 260 for 5 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first at the Holkar stadium.Opener KL Rahul the next-best scorer for the Men in Blue with 89 runs off 49 balls.Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav then spun a web around the Lankan batsmen, picking up 7 wickets between them with the visitors managing 172 for 9 in 20 overs, falling short of the target by 88 runs.Rohit hundred was his second in T20 Internationals and was the joint fastest as it came off just 35 balls.Team India’s total of 260 was also the joint-second highest in T20 internationals. It was also India’s third highest win batting first. The team had registered its biggest win (93 runs) in terms of runs in the first T20I of this series at Cuttack under Rohit.India have now won 36 matches across formats in 2017, behind only Australia’s 38 in 2003.India’s wrist spinners once again did the damage for the hosts with leg-spinner Chahal taking 4-52 while chinaman Kuldeep picked up 3-52.Angelo Mathews could not bat due to an injury as Sri Lanka’s chase screeched to a halt after they lost six wickets in two overs from the spinners.Kusal Perera top-scored with 77 off 37 balls for the touring side, who had also gone down 9-0 across formats to India at home earlier in the year.advertisementThe 30-year-old Rohit smashed 10 sixes and 12 fours before he was eventually dismissed for 118 in 43 balls on a featherbed of a wicket at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, where Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera won the toss and opted to field.Four of Rohit’s sixes came in consecutive deliveries off Thisara which took him to 97 and he completed his second hundred in the format with a four on the next ball he faced from seamer Angelo Mathews.Rahul took charge after Rohit’s dismissal and added 78 for the second wicket with former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni before falling for 89 off 49 balls.India were well on course to eclipse the highest T20 International total of 263-3, which was set by Australia against Sri Lanka in 2016, but lost their way by losing four wickets in the last two overs of their innings.Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium will host the final match of the tour on Sunday.(With Reuters Inputs)
Neeraj Chopra was India’s flagbearer at Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony. He won gold in javelin throw with a national record. He is just 20 years old.Ahead of the Asian Games, Neeraj Chopra was one of India’s biggest gold medal prospects and he did not disappoint in Jakarta, Indonesia. With a personal best throw of 88.06m, Chopra steered clear of the competition by a massive margin of at least five metres.He became India’s first ever javelin gold medallist at Asian Games and brought India’s first Games medal in the sport since 1982, where India bagged bronze.”I am very proud of my Asian Games achievement as along with the gold, I also set a national record,” Chopra told IndiaToday.in in an exclusive chat.Also read – Neeraj Chopra wins India’s first javelin gold medal in Asian Games historyChopra has been in fine form coming into the 18th edition of the Asiad. In 2018, Neeraj has won three gold medals for India, including one at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Sotteville Athletics Meet and the Savo Games are the other two competitions, where he bagged the top prize.Ahead of the Commonwealth Games, Neeraj had participated in the IAAF Diamond League in Doha where he had thrown his then personal best distance of 87.43 metres to finish fourth.”For me the biggest experience this year has been the Diamond League because other big champions also play and Olympics will see the same competitors and that makes a lot of difference. I will try to play in the Diamond League next year as well and hopefully win a medal, which will put me in good stead for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Chopra told.advertisementWelcome home champion #NeerajChopra CWG 2018 @GC2018 & #AsianGames2018 Gold Medallist in Javelin Throw arrived this morning #Delhi after long time.#PrideofIndia #EnergyofAsia @Neeraj_chopra1 @nitinarya99 @BhimChopra2 pic.twitter.com/8xEFdTh095Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) September 11, 2018Also read – Passion is very important, says Neeraj Chopra after Asian Games 2018 goldWithin hours of winning the gold medal at Asian Games, Neeraj flew out to Zurich for the prestigious Diamond League Finals, where he missed the bronze medal by a whisker after throwing the best distance of 85.73m.Chopra was in for the bronze medal finish till the final throw, where the reigning Olympic champion Thomas Rohler of Germany came up with a 85.76m effort in his last attempt to pip the Indian by a mere 0.03 meters.Chopra felt that he could have done better if he had more time in his hands after throwing a massive 88.06m in Jakarta.”I could have done better [in Diamond League] with more time. It was my first experience of such competitions but still, I threw 85+ which is also fine. May be in the coming year, I will reap its benefits and will do better.”Post the Asian Games and Diamond League euphoria, Neeraj Chopra went to the IAAF Continental Cup, where four teams from Europe, Africa, America and Asia-Pacific compete and the top two athletes in the season’s rankings from each of the four regions take part.Neeraj could not emulate his success throughout the season in Czech Republic as he finished a disappointing sixth with a best throw of 80.24m. Neeraj easily delivered an 85+ throw in his last attempt but just about landed outside the area for a foul throw, which meant the throw did not count.It was a disappointing end to a season where Neeraj has consistently throw above 85 metres and emerged as a real medal contender for India.”Everything was going well but it happened with me for the first time that a very good throw of 85+ went for a foul but I made a mistake and it will take it forward and learn from this.”Also read – Neeraj Chopra’s personal best could have won him an Olympic gold in 2012Neeraj, however, is looking forward and is aiming to work even harder for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics now. He aims to better himself and be in contention for a medal in two years’ time.”If you look at the world rankings, I’m currently at the sixth place. I have been working hard and if I perform similarly well at the Olympics, I can get a medal and might go for a gold as well, if luck also favours.”Neeraj is one of the many athletes who is associated with Gatorade and he spoke about how the drink helps him perform better on the field.”If we feel dehydrated, Gatorade really comes to our aid at that time. Along with water, Gatorade contains energy-imparting elements as well, which is very important for us.”advertisement
Transfers January transfer news & rumours: Man Utd’s Dybala bid – £70m plus Mkhitaryan – rejected Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:54 12/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty composite Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Serie A Primera División Ligue 1 Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window MAN UTD’S £70M+ DYBALA BID REJECTEDManchester United’s offer of £70 million plus out-of-favour attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Juventus star Paulo Dybala has been rejected, according to The Sun.The Argentine is one of the most highly-rated forwards in world football and Jose Mourinho is believed to haver pinpointed him as a top target in 2018, rather than Antoine Griezmann.The reigning Serie A champions are reported to be holding out for £86m, which happens to be Griezmann’s buyout clause at Atletico Madrid. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player COURTOIS TELLS MADRID HE WANTS MOVEThibaut Courtois’ camp have informed Real Madrid that the player is very keen to join them, according to AS .The Chelsea goalkeeper’s current deal at Stamford Bridge expires in 18 months’ time, with Madrid having given a favourable response to the interest from Courtois’s side.Sevilla’s Sergio Rico and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak are apparently top of Antonio Conte’s list should Courtois leave the Blues.MAN UTD WITHDRAW GRIEZMANN INTERESTBarcelona will have a free path to sign £89 million-priced Antoine Griezmann, with Manchester United not keen to participate in a bidding war for the Atletico Madrid striker, according to Marca .It’s believed Jose Mourinho is a fan of Griezmann but is not convinced the France international is worth such a hefty transfer fee.Barca, meanwhile, are monitoring Griezmann and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, though the club can only afford to sign one of them.GLADBACH AGREE DEAL FOR OXFORDBorussia Monchengladbach have agreed a permanent deal to sign West Ham defender Reece Oxford, according to Bild .The 19-year-old centre-back is currently on loan with the Bundesliga side but Gladbach will now apparently make the move permanent having been impressed with the youngster during his time in Germany.BARCA PLAN TO SIGN DI MARIABarcelona are still keen on signing Angel Di Maria, with Paris Saint-Germain putting a £45 million price tag on the Argentine’s head, according to ESPN .The 29-year-old is only a squad player at PSG since the arrival of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.A move to Barca for Di Maria will mean he joins the exclusive club of players to have played for both Real Madrid and the Catalans.SPURS WILL BREAK BANK TO KEEP KANETottenham are willing to smash their wage budget in order to keep record-breaking striker Harry Kane, according to the Daily Mail . The 24-year-old, who is Europe’s top scorer in 2017 with 56 goals, is currently paid £110,000-per-week — a relatively low sum for a player of his calibre.It will be Kane’s fourth wage increase since August 2014, with Spurs hoping to ward off a potential offer from Real Madrid.PL CLUBS EYEING CARRASCOPremier League sides have been alerted after Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone gave the go-ahead for the club to sell winger Yannick Carrasco, according to AS .Manchester United and Chelsea have been heavily linked with the Belgium international in recent months, with Carrasco’s contract boasting an £86 million release clause.Nicolas Gaitan and Luciano Vietto are also understood to be on the transfer list.PSG WANT FELLAINI ON A FREEParis Saint-Germain are making enquiries to sign Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini on a free transfer in the summer, according to the Mirror .After the stunning double swoop for Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, PSG are keen for cheaper alternatives because of Financial Fair Play, with the Belgian high on their list.Fellaini’s contract expires at the end of the season, and the veteran is free to sign for a foreign club from January 1. It’s believed Besiktas and Galatasaray are also interested in the 30-year-old.TURKEY’S TOSUN TO JOIN EVERTONEverton are close to confirming the signing of Turkish striker Cenk Tosun for £25 million after the Besiktas player passed his medical, according to The Sun .It’s believed the transfer will be announced shortly once the 26-year-old agrees personal terms.Tosun has scored 41 goals in 96 league games since joining Besiktas in 2014.MEDINA SET FOR NYCFC MOVEParaguay international Jesus Medina is traveling to the United States ahead of a move to New York City FC, Tigo Sports reports.The 20-year-old attacking midfielder will join Patrick Vieira’s side from Paraguayan club Libertad, having been with the organization since 2010.JUVENTUS SET DYBALA PRICEJuventus have set a price of €150 million for star striker Paulo Dybala, according to a report in Corriere della Sera .The striker, who has found himself on the bench for Juventus as of late, is unlikely to be moved in January and the Serie A champions do not appear willing to accept the rumoured €68m Manchester United wishes to pay. LIVERPOOL AGREE RECORD VVD DEALLiverpool have reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk , who will join the Anfield club on January 1.Quiet negotiations had been moving quickly in recent days and the deal was tied up on Wednesday evening.The centre-back stands to make around £180,000 per week and gets his wish to work with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.Man City and Chelsea retained a strong interest in the Netherlands international but were ultimately been beaten by Liverpool’s record-breaking offer (for a defender) of £75 million.SCHURRLE EYES LOAN DEALDortmund winger Andre Schurrle is considering a January loan move with fellow Bundesliga side Stuttgart interested, according to RuhrNachrichten.de .With Marco Reus nearing a return, and Schurrle already behind Christian Pulisic and Andriy Yarmolenko, the Germany international wants to ensure he has playing time ahead of the 2018 World Cup. 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Malaga 0 Atletico Madrid 1: Griezmann narrows gap at top to six Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 01:08 2/11/18 Twitter (@Atleti) After a tumultuous end to their win over Valencia, Antoine Griezmann was back celebrating as Atletico Madrid beat Malaga 1-0. Antoine Griezmann should be firmly back in the good graces of Atletico Madrid fans after he fired them to within six points of LaLiga leaders Barcelona with a 1-0 win over bottom club Malaga.Griezmann had been jeered by Atletico fans for slowing play down instead of looking for another goal towards the end of their 1-0 win over Valencia last time out.He reacted angrily to those jeers, but both he and the Atletico supporters had reason to celebrate less than a minute into Saturday’s contest at La Rosaleda. 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 Griezmann opened the scoring with a confident close-range finish, his fourth goal in five games, and it proved to be enough for Atletico to at least temporarily gain ground on title favourites Barca.Malaga, who are seven points adrift of safety, had much the better of the second half but could not find an equaliser, with Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak rarely called into action.Barca will be expected to stretch their advantage back to nine points against Getafe on Sunday, but it is now three wins in a row for Diego Simeone’s men, who head into the first leg of Thursday’s Europa League tie with Copenhagen with momentum..@AntoGriezmann celebrated by holding up a shirt commemorating Atleti fan Nacho Barbera who died playing for @UDAlzira in an U12s game last weekend. #MalagaAtleti pic.twitter.com/2lfi15FAN3— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) February 10, 2018Griezmann needed only 38 seconds to break the deadlock as he coolly lofted the ball over Roberto Jimenez at the near post after Saul’s effort from outside the box had deflected into his path. The France international celebrated by running to the sideline and holding up an Atletico jersey adorned with the name of Nacho Barbera, a child who recently died following a cardiac arrest in a youth match.Diego Costa sent an ambitious volley well wide as Atletico pushed for a second, but they were almost pegged back as Brown Ideye headed into the side-netting from Roberto Rosales’ free-kick.Costa was unable to find the target with a header from a corner as Roberto was caught in two minds as to whether to come and collect.Malaga made an excellent start to the second half and Atletico were grateful to Oblak for preserving their lead as he sprung to his right to turn Rosales’ excellent free-kick over.That was as good as it got for Malaga, who were forced to finish the game with 10 men as substitute Mehdi Lacen was taken off on a stretcher with a head injury.Atletico held firm with little difficulty, leaving them now looking for a Barca slip-up to make a turnaround in the title race more likely.97′ | 0-1 | ¡Finaaaaaaal! ¡Nos llevamos los tres puntos de La Rosaleda. ¡Gran trabajo, equipo!#MálagaAtleti #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/j5xTsqp0c7— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) February 10, 2018 Key Opta stats:- Simeone has reached 150 wins in LaLiga as Atletico manager. – Atletico have the most LaLiga wins (10) by a single goal this season and are the second side to concede only nine goals after 23 games (alongside Deportivo on 1993-94). – For the first time ever, Malaga have failed to score at home in five LaLiga games in a row. – Indeed, Malaga have failed to score the most times in LaLiga this season (16), while Atletico have recorded the most clean sheets (15). read more
Producers of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway have announced a charitable partnership with Hetrick-Martin Institute, “the nation’s oldest and largest organization helping gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth to reach their full potential.”Hedwig and the Angry Inch begins preview performances Saturday and opens April 22 at the Belasco Theatre with How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris starring as Hedwig, a fictional East German rock singer living as a female after a botched gender-reassignment operation.The musical will donate a portion from each ticket sale to Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School, a New York City public transfer school where at-risk youth can learn without fear of physical or emotional attacks. According to a press release, the partnership “will also utilize the resources of the production, including representatives from the show meeting with young people in an educational and mentoring capacity, and additional fundraising support.”“Hetrick-Martin Institute has always been a part of Hedwig’s DNA and I’m thrilled HMI is able to join Hedwig on her journey to Broadway,” writes producer David Binder in a statement. “Our cast, creative team, and my fellow producers have been overwhelming in their support of this initiative benefiting this inspiring and incredibly important organization.”Hetrick-Martin Institute CEO Thomas Krever adds, “HMI is deeply grateful to Neil Patrick Harris and the entire Hedwig and the Angry Inch production team for partnering with HMI to help us provide life-changing programs to LGBTQ youth. Hedwig’s message of being proud of who you are resonates deeply with the thousands of youth we serve each year.”Hedwig’s relationship with Hetrick-Martin Institute began with the 2003 tribute album Wig in a Box: Songs From and Inspired by Hedwig and The Angry Inch, which benefited HMI, and the 2006 film Follow My Voice, a documentary about the Harvey Milk High School and the making of Wig in a Box.For more information on the charitable partnership, visit HedwigBroadway.com/HMI.
Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Wednesday dropped deputy CM Sudin Dhavalikar after two MLAs of the latter’s MGP broke away and joined the ruling BJP. Dhavalikar, the lone MGP MLA who did not break away from the party, hit back, terming the development as “dacoity by chowkidars”. In a communication addressed to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, Sawant informed her about dropping Dhavalikar. “I have dropped Sudin Dhavalikar from the cabinet. The decision on filling up the vacant seat will be taken very soon,” Sawant told PTI. The CM’s recommendation to drop Dhavalikar was accepted by Sinha. “The Governor is pleased to accept the recommendation of chief minister that Sudin Dhavalikar shall cease to be a minister in the council of ministers headed by Chief Minister, with immediate effect,” an official notification said. Dhavalikar said, “People are stunned the way, in the middle of the night, chowkidars conducted dacoity on MGP. People are watching and they will consider their course of action,” he said. He claimed the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party was an outfit of the masses and would not be eliminated by such moves. Dhavalikar was allotted portfolios of Transport and Public Works which would be now looked after by Sawant. Governor Sinha, who is in New Delhi now, has cut short her visit and would be arriving in Goa later during the evening to administer the oath to the new minister replacing Dhavalikar. During the wee hours Wednesday, two of the three Maharashrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) MLAs– Manohar Ajgaonkar and Dipak Pawaskar– gave a letter to officiating Speaker Michael Lobo, merging their party’s legislative wing with the BJP. Dhavalikar, the third MGP MLA, did not sign the letter. On Tuesday, MGP president Dipak Dhavalikar had claimed that his party was the target of a conspiracy by opponents. He had said moves were afoot by rivals to wean away Ajgaonkar and Pawaskar, and in the process isolate Sudin Dhavalikar. “Any attempt to disturb our MLAs will be viewed seriously and we won’t mind pulling out of the government,” the MGP chief had said.
Rabat – Seven Moroccan soldiers were reportedly killed on Sunday night along with Saudi soldiers in a rocket strike in Yemen as fighting flared before Tuesday’s peace talks.This information should be taken with utmost caution, as Moroccan authorities have not confirmed the death of the soldiers.The number of confirmed casualties on the Moroccan side is still not clear. Citing Asset Source, a mobile intelligence and monitoring company, the International Business Times reported that nine Moroccan soldiers were reportedly killed in the attack, in addition to 16 and 18 Sudanese, 23 Saudi, seven Emiratis. According to Reuters, “Two senior commanders from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were among dozens of Gulf, Yemeni and Sudanese soldiers killed,” in the attack.“In the absence of official sources, the information remains pure propaganda of the Houtis, following rumors about a Moroccan participation in ground operations,” Moroccan military expert, Abdelhamid Harifi, was quoted by medias24 as saying.Moroccan daily Assabah reported on its December 3 issue that Morocco had sent 1,500 elite soldiers to Yemen to participate in the Arab Coalition’s ground military offensive. However, the information was not confirmed by any statement from Moroccan authorities.“It is possible that Morocco has sent officers to assist in the development of tactics on the field, but to deploy them in Yemen is not likely,” Arifi added.According to Albawaba, the attack left nearly 150 casualties among the Saudi-led forces.“The Yemeni army, backed by popular committees loyal to the Houthi rebel movement, targeted a Saudi military headquarters in the Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz with a Tochka ballistic missile on Sunday night,” Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah news website reported.The Tochka rocket strike on a Red Sea army camp south-west of the besieged city of Taiz appears to be “one of the bloodiest setbacks for Gulf forces” after months of fighting against Iran-allied Houthi forces and Yemeni army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.If confirmed, tragedy comes only one day before a seven-day renewable ceasefire is scheduled to come into effect.The Iran-backed Houthi group had claimed responsibility for the “downing” of the Moroccan F-16 warplane in the Saada region in the north of Yemen.Saudi Arabia has led an Arab coalition in a military campaign from late March to stop the Iran-backed Houthi militias.Update:Moroccan authorities denied on Monday the death of their soldiers in Yemen.“The Kingdom of Morocco denies categorically the information published by some news agencies on the death of Moroccan soldiers in Yemen, said Monday a communiqué of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MAEC).“Such information is baseless,” the statement added. Furthermore, Morocco has at no time confirmed the sending of troops to that country for the purpose of a land engagement as reported by several media, including the Moroccan press,” it concluded.
The Brock community is invited to an announcement in the Learning Commons on Thursday, Nov. 3 that will help strengthen innovation across the Niagara region.Brock officials will be joined by several members of the federal and provincial governments, including Navdeep Bains, federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Deb Matthews, Ontario’s Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development.At 2 p.m., dignitaries will tour Brock’s co-generation facilities. The announcement itself will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons area of the James A. Gibson Library.
Members of the OSU and Akron men’s soccer teams face the flag during the national anthem before a Nov. 20 NCAA Tournament 1st round match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU advanced on penalty kicks, 1-1 (13-12). Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The Lantern Five rounds of penalty kicks weren’t enough to decide a winner. Nor were six, or 10 or 14.It took a 15-round penalty kick shootout for the Ohio State men’s soccer team to advance past Akron, 1-1 (13-12), in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night.“I think this result is what being a Buckeye is all about,” redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov said. “We battled through the end, we believed we could do it, we persevered and we did it.”The teams went back-and-forth until Ivanov denied Akron redshirt-freshman midfielder/defender Robby Dambrot to open the 15th round. OSU junior midfielder Zach Mason then put it into the net for his second score of the shootout to put an end to the game.“It’s relieving, and it’s just euphoria after that,” Mason said about his game clincher. “I mean, I don’t even know, I couldn’t even think, it’s just so exciting.”OSU coach John Bluem said the team has been working on penalty kicks since the days leading up to the Big Ten Tournament in preparation for a shootout.“We practice on them every day since the week before postseason play started because any of the postseason games can go to penalty kicks,” Bluem said. “But I think the main thing is just to be confident, pick where you’re going to go, don’t watch the goalkeeper’s doing if he’s jumping back and forth, just pick where you’re going to go and put it right in there.”In all, 30 shots were taken in the shootout, with 25 finding the back of the net. Ivanov said, even of the three stops he made, there is no strategy other than simply guessing.Members of the OSU men’s soccer team celebrate a goal from junior defender Kyle Culbertson (3) during a match against Akron on Nov. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU advanced on penalty kicks, 1-1 (13-12).Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The Lantern“At that point, you’ve just gotta pick a way and just dive, just get your hands there and make the save as best you can,” Ivanov said.Those 30 penalty kicks were not the only ones taken on the night, either.In the 30th minute, a collision off an Akron corner kick awarded the Zips a penalty shot, served by Akron sophomore midfielder Adam Najem. Najem sent it to the right post, where Ivanov dove, but not in time to stop the shot.“We thought in the first half that we played pretty well, and that it was – I haven’t seen video of it yet – but it was a pretty tough penalty kick call early on there,” Bluem said.The goal was Najem’s 14th of the year, moving him into a tie for third in the nation.OSU had trouble generating much offense in the first half, as it had to play against the strong, cold winds after Akron elected to play with the wind first. The Buckeyes only managed one first-half shot, compared to four for Akron, two of which were on target.However, the teams switched sides in the second half, and the Buckeyes were able to play the final 45 minutes with the wind at their backs.Despite five corner kicks and the majority of the possession in the first 20 minutes of the second half, OSU started slow, not registering a shot until 63rd minute.That first shot might have been all the Buckeyes needed to loosen up.About three minutes later, junior defender Kyle Culbertson received a pass in front of the box off a free kick from junior defender Liam Doyle, and put it into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season to tie the game.“It was just a set piece,” Culbertson said. “Liam Doyle had a great ball in, and it just fell through the back side. I just wanted to make sure I got solid contact and put it on frame.”The Zips had a chance to regain the lead with just over four minutes left in regulation, when a give-and-go freed up freshman forward Adi Dakwar with a shot at the net, but his shot banged high off the goalpost.OSU freshman forward Marcus McCrary then suffered a similar fate about 90 seconds later, when his shot careened off the Akron goalpost, causing the game to head to overtime.In the first overtime, OSU outshot Akron, 3-1, but none represented any real scoring chance, and the game went to double overtime.Despite a trio of good looks for the Buckeyes in the second overtime, no one could find the back of the net there either. OSU outshot Akron, 3-0, in the period, but the game advanced to penalty kicks.Culbertson originally signed with Akron out of high school before transferring to Columbia, and finally transferring a second time to OSU before the 2013 season. He had to sit out that season because of NCAA double-transfer rules. Despite never playing a game for the Zips, he said he had some extra motivation against his former school.“It’s not a team we like to lose to, an instate rival, especially me, I’m not a big fan having been in an Akron shirt before, I definitely don’t like losing to them,” Culbertson said.The overtime session was the third of the season for Akron, and sixth for OSU.OSU, appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010 when it advanced to the regional semifinals, now earns the right to face the No. 1 seed in the tournament and defending champion, Notre Dame.However, Bluem said his team’s difficult regular season schedule has adequately prepared it for a game like that.“I think it’s great that we’re going to go play the number-one seed in the country in the tournament,” Bluem said. “We have played one of the most difficult schedules of any team in the country all year long, and we’ve responded pretty well.”Bluem said that missing out on winning the Big Ten championship has motivated his team further.“We kinda feel like there’s still work left to be done, because we missed out on some things that we almost had,” Bluem said. “So now here’s another opportunity, and it’s a great challenge, but it’s a great opportunity, and our guys have been seizing those moments all year long, hopefully we can rise to the occasion and do it one more time.”OSU’s second-round matchup with Notre Dame is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. Sunday in South Bend, Ind.
The Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos expressed his contentment after holding 30-minute talks on Tuesday with US President Barack Obama. The US President assured him that when he meets with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on December 7, he will stress the need to respect the Ecumenical Patriarchate and call on him to allow the reopening of the Halki School of Theology. “Mention was made of human rights and of our problems of the Patriarchate. Indeed, he told us that he is expecting the prime minister of Turkey in December. And he will mention all these issues to him as he had done on other occasions. As you are aware, during his visit to Turkey he raised the issue of the reopening of the Halki School of Theology at the Grand Turkish National Assembly and said that he will not cease to speak about these issues which for him are issues of religious freedom and human rights for which he is interested for all the world,” the Ecumenical Patriarch said. “This was his message. We also spoke about the Greek community here and the freedom enjoyed by the Orthodox people in America. And the president said that this is self-evident because it is anticipated by the Constitution of America,” Mr Vartholomeos added. Speaking outside the White House, the Ecumenical Patriarch highlighted that he also discussed environmental protection issues with President Obama. “With the politeness and kindness characterising him he received us, the Archbishop of America and the other metropolitan brothers. With great politeness and kindness he referred to our first meeting in Istanbul. He said he was pleased that we were meeting again. We spoke about ecological issues, about the banquet that we had, while he is not yet sure if he will go to the world conference in Copenhagen,” he added. The Ecumenical Patriarch was accompanied by Archbishop of America Demetrius and three metropolitans who accompanied him on his trip to the United States. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Vancouver police responded late Friday afternoon to a reported stabbing at a home in the Wildwood neighborhood.A man called 911 shortly before 5 p.m. to report that his mother tried to attack him so he stabbed her with scissors, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian. He believed she was dead. The caller said they had gotten into an argument over money.Police and medical personnel responded to the home in the 13100 block of Southeast Angus Street. The woman was reportedly breathing when first responders arrived, according to emergency radio traffic.The woman was transported to an area hospital for treatment, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.The man, who was not identified, was taken into custody, Kapp said, and the department’s Domestic Violence Unit was investigating.There is no danger to the public, Kapp said.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A body discovered on the beach in Miami Beach may have been a victim of drowning, Wednesday.According to police, a body was found on the beach at 41st Street and Collins Avenue.Once officials arrived to the scene, they removed the body and loaded it into the medical examiner’s van for examination.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Copies of the petition summary may be obtained free of charge, and the prospective petition and related documents (including a map) are available for public review on the City of Soldotna website at https://soldotna.org, Members of the public may comment during the public hearing. The comment time period may be limited to three minutes per individual speaker. Written comments may also be submitted to the city by the end of the hearing on September 7. The territory proposed by the City for annexation consists of about 3.8 square miles of land, and includes areas adjacent to the existing City boundaries as shown on the map below.In June of 2018, the council voted to move forward with the process despite the overwhelming number of residents who testified against the ordinance, all of which either live or own businesses within the annexation zones. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Soldotna intends to file an annexation petition by legislative review with the Local Boundary Commission. The petitioner’s representative is Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen. The Soldotna City Council will conduct a public hearing on Saturday, September 7, at 2:00 p.m., at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Brian Olson, President of Borough Residents Against Annexation: “Not ONE single person spoke in favor of annexation last night, not one. All who spoke said NO to annexation but once again it fell on deaf ears.”
See it See It DJI Mavic Air $999 Walmart $999 Share your voice Comments 3 Security Drones Politics See It Abt Electronics $898 DJI’s drones could be under fire thanks to an advisory reportedly put out by the Department of Homeland Security warning against using Chinese-made drones in the US.The US Department of Homeland Security is reportedly warning about data security issues when using Chinese-made drones. The government is concerned commercial drones made in China and used in the US are being used to steal data or infect networks with malware, according to CyberScoop and Politico. An advisory against using these drones would include Chinese drone maker DJI’s extensive portfolio, including the DJI Spark. and the DJI Mavic Air, which CNET has reviewed as being “a folding 4K mini drone that’s close to perfect.” The reported warning follows networking equipment from Chinese tech giant Huawei being blacklisted by the US government and Huawei essentially banned via an executive order from Trump last week, and Google removing Android updates from Huawei phones. Huawei is seeing a slight reprieve, though; the US Commerce Department has created a temporary license until Aug. 19 for Huawei to keep existing networks and provide software updates to existing phones, according to Reuters. DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reportedly put out an industry alert saying to “be cautious” when purchasing this drone technology. “They can contain components that can compromise your data and share your information on a server accessed beyond the company itself,” the advisory reportedly says. “Other concerns are that an organization is susceptible to data theft if the drone is transmitting unencrypted data or, more broadly, that a drone could increase the risk of a network being breached.” In a statement sent to CNET, a CISA spokesperson confirmed that it sent out the industry alert, saying it provided information on the “risks associated with using UAS technology manufactured in China and measures to reduce such risk”. On its unmanned aircraft systems page, CISA lists the threats of using drones as being weaponized or smuggling payloads, prohibited surveillance and reconnaissance, intellectual property theft, and intentional disruption or harassment. DJI says safety is the core of its technology. “The security of our technology has been independently verified by the US government and leading US businesses,” DJI said in a statement. “We give all customers full and complete control over how their data is collected, stored, and transmitted. For government and critical infrastructure customers that require additional assurances, we provide drones that do not transfer data to DJI or via the internet and our customers can enable all the precautions DHS recommends.” First published at 4:55 p.m. PT on May 20. Updated May 21 at 9:20 a.m. PT: Adds CISA’s response. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo (Onyx Black) News • The DJI Mavic Air drone Dad wants is on sale for $695 See It Crutchfield $949 Tags Review • DJI Mavic Air review: A folding 4K mini drone that’s just about perfect DJI Drones Google Huawei Donald Trump
Indian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesThe benchmark Indian equities index, Sensex, lost a whopping 1,900 points since the beginning of February, before turning the corner on Monday with a 294-points gain. During the same period, Nifty shed more than 500 points but returned to healthier ground with an 84-points rise.Have the markets shrugged off the bear cycle triggered by a collapse in the US equities on the back of surprisingly positive US jobs data? Was the latest correction a springboard from where the bulls will leap forward? Not quite so, going by some of the top global analysts and investors.Another global rout is waiting in the wings, a top investor told Bloomberg Television. This panic sell-off is predicted to happen in March, around the Fed policy meeting on March 9. “As we go to the Fed meeting March 9, I think there will be more potential volatility weakness,” Nader Naeimi of AMP Capital Investors Ltd, which manages $120 billion in funds, said.He explains that heavy selling is often followed by a short period of recovery but in all likelihood the second leg of the crash will be more consequential.”The plan is to buy in the second leg down, usually it’s best to wait for the markets to build a base before committing heavily back into the buy side,” said Naeimi, who is ready with a huge cash chest that will be used to buy into the markets at the dip.Bottom fishingThe Sensex suffered its biggest fall in the latest bull cycle on the Budget day, dropping close to 900 points. The volatility continued in the following days, leading to a cumulative fall of another 700 points in the next three trading days. However, despite the absence of any positive cue, the markets looked up on the fourth day, recording a 331-points gain.The bounce back was attributed to value buying, as investors felt the great correction had fairly levelled off the prices. This sentiment is also known as bottom fishing. According to Investopedia, a bottom-fishing investor “speculates that the stock’s depressed price is temporary, will recover and make for a profitable investment.”If another sell-off happens in the US markets after the Fed meeting in early March, the Indian equities will feel the heat as well, given that the long-talked about de-coupling of the markets is still not a reality, and probably will never be. In which case, the focus will be on fundamentals and the valuations, which appear stretched in many sectors.Globally, the presentiment of impending higher rates is too strong to be brushed aside. The market rally all these past several years was partly the result of the massive quantitative easing initiated by central banks after the recession. When the easy money is rolled back, the equity markets will also become less attractive as governments’ better fiscal status will have a positive impact on bond prices and yields.”Should yields march further higher — which is quite possible with the upcoming US inflation and retail sales data to look forward to on Wednesday — then there is a possibility the equity markets could be in for another volatile week,” Forex.com analyst Fawad Razaqzada told AFP.For Indian stocks, there is actually more to worry even beyond March. The RBI kept its policy rates unchanged in the last policy meeting but the April session is far more likely to see a rise in rates. A whole lot of factors signal a hardening of the inflation outlook — post-budget spending, higher crop prices due to minimum support price (MSP), a projected rise in food inflation etc. Top five Nifty outperformers in 2017.IBT Raghavendra NSensex hit an all-time high of 36,000 points and Nifty breached the record 11,000 mark on January 23, 2018. Nine months before that, in April 2017 the benchmark index touched the then record 30,000-mark. So, between those two landmarks, investors took home an average of 20 percent returns.Cautious outlookHowever, the volatility and cautious outlook will force investors to take a harder look at valuations. This will in turn encourage the ‘sell on rally; sentiment. And then, the focus will be back on fundamentals — earnings, corporate profitability and the cost of borrowing.In India, the ratio of corporate profits to GDP has been much lower than the levels in most advanced economies. India’s corporate earnings to GDP ratio fell to 3.5 percent at the peak of the market. For comparison, in the US markets, which logged a similar boom as India, the corporate profits were at a healthier 9 percent of GDP.The numbers from the October-December 2017 earnings period aren’t very encouraging either. According to a Business Standard report, the combined net profit of the 1,395 companies was up 10.6 percent year-on-year, compared with 28.6 percent growth in the same period in the previous year.”Everyone has to deal with a globalised connected world. The markets get impacted by exogenous and indigenous factors. What is happening right now is due to external factors. The volatility may continue for some more time,” Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) Chairman Ajay Tyagi said last week.”The markets next week will focus on earnings, macro-data and, of course, global cues,” Devendra Nevgi, Founder and Principal Partner, Delta Global Partners, told IANS.