first_img Read more The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Leroy Sané was well marshalled by Brazil’s defence on Tuesday. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images 1) Argentina increase pressure on Messi with woeful displayBefore this game, Jorge Sampaoli had said that when it comes to the World Cup, Lionel Messi has a revolver pressed against his head. Far from removing it, on Tuesday night the Argentina manager and the rest of the team loaded it and took the safety off. Messi watched his team get taken to bits without him and it made for painful viewing, the pressure building: he didn’t even make it to the end, getting up and leaving before the final whistle. It may feel reductionist to make it all about Messi but it is unavoidable, not least because his manager does the same. There was something sad, almost needy, about the way Sampaoli insisted afterwards that Messi had shown his commitment by being with the team before the game, after the game and at half-time. It is during the game that they need him. Sid Lowe• Spain 6-1 Argentina: read Sid Lowe’s match report2) England should go for all-out attack in RussiaThat five-game, 624-minute streak without conceding was mighty flattering, because England – specifically John Stones – can’t afford to defend at a World Cup like they did against Italy. Not everyone will be as ponderous as Ciro Immobile when presented with such generous gifts. Thing is, this problem isn’t going to be fixed in time for the summer – even Pep Guardiola hasn’t got to the bottom of it – so better to accentuate the positives. Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard were clever and effervescent; Jamie Vardy scored a screamer; Kyle Walker, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ashley Young don’t half look dangerous when they’re at full pelt; Harry Kane is coming back. England may as well opt for reckless all-out attack, and to hell with the consequences, because attempting to keep things tight can only be an exercise in futility. At least this way they’ll have a puncher’s chance … and whatever happens, it’ll be a blast finding out how the story unfolds. Scott Murray• England 1-1 Italy: read Daniel Taylor’s match report• Dominic Fifield: who is on the England plane to Russia?• Southgate: Italy’s penalty not ‘clear and obvious’ for VAR• Barney Ronay: Sterling’s craft key for England to throw off shackles Facebook Share on WhatsApp Read more Spain Twitter Pinterest Twitter Pinterest 3) A missed opportunity for SanéThere was praise this week for Leroy Sané, with the Germany coach, Joachim Löw, saying how much the youngster has improved at Manchester City. On Tuesday night he started against Brazil but was the least impressive of the three attacking midfielders (Julian Draxler and Leon Goretzka being the other two), failing to make an impact against Dani Alves and being replaced on the hour. He should make the squad for Russia but did nothing on the night to suggest he will start Germany’s first game at the World Cup. Marcus Christenson• Germany 0-1 Brazil: Jesus restores some pride after 2014 defeat Share on LinkedIn Read more Kylian Mbappé avoids the attention of the Russia defenders Igor Smolnikov, Roman Neustaedter and Vladimir Granat. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images 7) Who needs Neymar?Brazil continued their remarkable recovery under Tite with a 1-0 win in Berlin against Germany and, following Friday’s 3-0 victory in Russia, the team showed that they can cope without the injured Neymar. Gabriel Jesus played up front against Germany and scored the only goal of the night but Willian was arguably the team’s outstanding performer. Playing to the right of the attacking three, he provided the cross for the goal, nearly scored and helped the right-back Dani Alves with some impeccable tracking back. Marcus Christenson• South American women rise again for the Copa América Femenina• Tunisia 1-0 Costa Rica: read Paul Doyle’s match report 4) Carrasco remains a weak link for BelgiumAlthough Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku sparkled in Belgium’s 4-0 victory over Saudi Arabia, the balance of Roberto Martínez’s defence was less convincing. Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen are three of the best centre-backs around, so it makes sense for Belgium to use a 3-4-3 system, but Martinez’s persistence with Yannick Carrasco as a left wing-back could cause problems in Russia. Carrasco is not a defensive player and he left space for Saudi Arabia to exploit. Belgium got away with it but better opponents are likely to capitalise on Carrasco’s naivety. Jacob Steinberg• Belgium 4-0 Saudi Arabia: read Jacob Steinberg’s report• Hazard to prioritise Belgium’s World Cup over Chelsea contract talks5) Spain show world champion identitySometimes it is tempting to strip it all down to something a little simpler. To cut through the nuance and the analysis and ask something a bit more basic: how good are your players? And Spain’s players are very, very good. This talking point is supposed to 100 words long. That target could be nearly met just by listing them: Sergio Busquets and David Silva were not there on Tuesday night but there in Madrid were Francisco Alarcón “Isco”, Marco Asensio, Andrés Iniesta, Thiago Alcântara, Jorge Resurrección “Koke”, Saúl Ñíguez and Diego Costa. And, yes, Iago Aspas too. There, that’s 100 words, and without mentioning Jordi Alba, Gerard Piqué, Dani Carvajal or Sergio Ramos. But it’s not just that: it’s that they share an idea, that they fit together, that they play together, combine, that there’s an identity. The identity that made them world champions. Sid Lowe• World Cup worries XI: key men with cause to fret6) Mbappé performance papers over French cracksLow intensity, little rhythm and a lack of cohesion – it was clear on Tuesday in St Petersburg that this is a France side still in preparation mode. Save for a few sparks of individual skill, the front three were unable to create much, while lapses in concentration from the defence kept Russia constantly within touching distance. Kylian Mbappé’s dynamic two-goal performance papered over many cracks. A much-improved Paul Pogba impressed with a string of precise through-balls and a goal from a free-kick but, despite a 3-1 win, Didier Deschamps will not be able to rely on individuals to drag the team out of these situations against better opposition in a few months’ time. Raphaël Jucobin, Get French Football News• International roundup: Pogba shines in Russia after regaining starting spot Share on Facebook Facebook Germany Ciro Immobile was wasteful in front of goal against England. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardiancenter_img Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook Topics Friendlies Pinterest Share on Messenger 9) McLeish quietens dissenters in HungaryWe may be in the midst of the most significant set of friendlies in Scotland’s international history. Those vocally unconvinced by the return of Alex McLeish as manager found sentiments endorsed by the insipid loss to Costa Rica on Friday. Scotland were booed off. With testing fixtures against Peru, Mexico and Belgium to come before the onset of the Nations League, McLeish had to buy some goodwill in Hungary. Amid experimentation and despite the dismal nature of the opposition, victory really was an important one as McLeish seeks to turn public opinion. The unsatisfactory circumstances by which McLeish succeeded Gordon Strachan continues to grate with many; Tuesday marked a necessary step towards dousing dissenting voices. Ewan Murray• Hungary 0-1 Scotland: Phillips gets off the mark for Scots10) Netherlands embrace change against Ronaldo and co“With Koeman, we now have a national team coach who will lead Dutch football into a brighter future,” Louis van Gaal said after Ronald Koeman’s second match in charge. For his first match, at home against England, Koeman used a 3-4-3 with Bas Dost up front, which did not work well. Against Portugal he switched to a more mobile 3-5-2 with Ryan Babel and Memphis Depay in attack, and oddly, the central midfielder Tonny Vilhena at left wing-back. The result? They won 3-0. Depay and Matthijs de Ligt in particular have hit the ground running along with the new captain Virgil van Dijk, while Davy Pröpper and Nathan Aké have also made good impressions. Priya Ramesh• Portugal 0-3 Netherlands: Depay, Babel and Van Dijk strike• Football Weekly: the World Cup countdown continues Brazil Share via Email Argentina 8) Immobile’s number may be up for ItalyCiro Immobile has played 32 matches for Italy, scoring seven goals. A record which suggests that, at 28, he’s not going to get any better. Which is an awful shame, because he really needs to: a top-class striker would have polished off a hat-trick within the first 16 minutes at Wembley. To be scrupulously fair, his sly movement led to chances one and three, and his harrying skills carved chance two out of nothing. But it’s equally fair to point out that tucking such chances away is the whole point, and it’s this sort of carry-on that cost Italy a place at the World Cup. They looked instantly sharper once he was hooked midway through the second half and replaced with younger models. It may be time for them to move on and give others a chance. Scott Murray• World Cup stunning moments: Suárez bites Chiellini in 2014 11) Russia heading for potential disasterNine goals conceded in three games, no wins in five. Russia are a record low 65th in the Fifa rankings and most would agree that reflects the state of the World Cup hosts. To add to their troubles Russia have lost to injury this year three players who would normally start and none is likely to recover for the tournament. The centre-backs Georgi Dzhikiya and Viktor Vasin tore knee ligaments and one of the team’s best attacking players, Aleksandr Kokorin, got badly injured, too. Strained relations between the coach, Stanislav Cherchesov, and Igor Denisov, Artem Dzyuba, the Berezutski brothers and Sergei Ignashevich mean players who would improve an (at best) mediocre team are out of the picture. Russia risk being the biggest disappointment of their own World Cup. 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first_imgPaul Pogba is making positive progress in his recovery from a minor knock, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping to have him available for Manchester United’s trip to Tottenham.The World Cup-winning midfielder was caught by a high tackle from Jonjo Shelvey during a recent victory over Newcastle.He suffered enough damage to keep him out of an FA Cup third-round clash with Reading. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Pogba was also late joining up with United for a warm weather training camp in Dubai as he continued to receive treatment.He has, however, linked up with the rest of his team-mates in the Middle East as they prepare for a return to Premier League action on Sunday.Solskjaer believes a man who has enjoyed a welcome return to form in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s departure could figure at Wembley Stadium, while updates have also been offered on a couple of other absent stars.United’s interim manager told the club’s official website: “Marcos [Rojo] has gone back home because his injury is taking a bit longer than we thought.“Fred[‘s partner] is expecting a baby and Paul [Pogba] has had his knock and has had a few days of treatment back home.“Hopefully, we can get Paul on his feet during this week.”Paul Pogba Manchester United Bournemouth 30122018Pogba, who found himself stuck on the bench as Mourinho’s reign came to a close, has netted four times in his last three appearances.He helped Solskjaer to open his spell at the helm with a run of four successive wins in the Premier League, before Reading were then seen off in cup competition.United will be eager to get him back into their side as soon as possible, especially as a visit to Spurs presents them with a chance to close further on the top four.It remains to be seen whether Fred will play any part in that contest, but the Brazil international did start the 2-0 win over Reading and is being given a chance to play his way back into form.Rojo, who has made just three appearances this season, will not figure as his fitness struggles continue.Eric Bailly will also be absent as he serves the final instalment of a three-match ban for the red card he picked up against Bournemouth, but fellow centre-half Chris Smalling has stepped up his recovery from a foot complaint. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_img Indo-Asian News Service BeijingApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 13:45 IST Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Choudhary won India its second gold medal in 10m Air Pistol Mixed event at the ISSF World Cup 2019 (Photo:Twitter/@Media_SAI)HIGHLIGHTSIndia bagged a total of three golds and a silver at their ISSF World Cup campaignOn Sunday, none of the Indians were able to add to the medals tallyIndia added two more Olympic quota places at the Beijing World CupIndia ended their campaign at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup with a total of four medals: three golds and a silver.Divyansh Panwar and Anjum Moudgil had won the first medal for India at the Beijing ISSF World Cup after clinching gold in 10m Air Rifle Mixed event. They defeated the Chinese pair of Liu Ruxuan and Yang Haoran on Thursday.Thereafter, Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Choudhary won the gold medal in 10m Air Pistol Mixed event. The pair of Bhaker and Chowdhary outshot Jiang Ranxin and Pang Wei of China 16-6 in the final on Thursday.On Friday, 17-year-old Divyansh won another medal for the country by winning a silver medal in 10m Air Rifle event. While the next day, Abhishek Verma won the gold in 10m Air Pistol event.On Sunday, none of the Indians were able to add to the medals tally as they failed to qualify for the finals in their respective events.While Gaayathri, Sunidhi Chauhan and Kajal Saini finished to make it to the finals of the Women’s 50m Rifle 3P event, Manu Bhaker, Rahi Sarnobat and Chinki Yadav could not make it to the summit clash of the 25m Pistol Event.At the ISSF World Cup, India secured five quotas in shooting for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Abhishek and Saurabh secured the Olympic quota in 10m Air Rifle event while Divyansh clinched the quota in 10m Air Rifle event. In women’s, Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela secured an Olympic quota in the 10m Air Rifle event.advertisementAlso Read | ISSF World Cup: Abhishek Verma shoots gold, seals Olympic quotaAlso Read | ISSF Shooting World Cup: Apurvi Chandela shatters world record to win India’s first goldAlso Read | Divyansh Singh Panwar secures fourth Olympic quota with silver in ISSF World CupAlso Read | Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary win India’s 2nd gold at ISSF Beijing World CupAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow International Shooting Sport FederationFollow ISSF World CupFollow ShootingFollow Olympic quota ISSF World Cup: India end campaign with 3 golds, 1 silverISSF World Cup: Divyansh Panwar and Anjum Moudgil had won the first medal, followed by another from Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Choudhary, followed again by Divyansh, and then by Abhishek Verma.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_img 7 of the Best Drink References in Music The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Fresh Hop Beers to Celebrate the Hop Harvest Combining beer with athletic endeavors may seem a silly premise. After all, beer is the nectar of the couch potato – one who would rather watch sports on television then actually participate, right? That stereotype has changed dramatically in recent years thanks to the proliferation of brewery-sponsored running groups, combination beer festivals and 5ks and the dreaded Beer Mile. Bicycle enthusiasts aren’t about to be left out of the fun, and Bikes & Beers is at the forefront of the beer and cycling movement. Bikes & Beers organizes group bike rides with breweries in metropolitan areas around the United States. The events typically start with a check-in at the participating brewery (with coffee – no drunk riding, folks). Then, you have the option of participating in a 15 or 30 mile group ride. After the ride is over, you celebrate at the finish line with two free beers and get swag like branded pint glasses and raffle items. Food trucks and live music complete the festival-like atmosphere.Image Courtesy of Bikes & BeersAs the saying goes, “nobody rides for free,” with typical Bikes & Beers signup costs hovering around the $40 mark. Teams of five or more qualify for discounts. The money raised goes to the organizers to offset the costs involved with the event as well as a bicycle-related area charity. For example, September’s ride at Sweetwater in Atlanta benefits the local chapter of Free Bikes for Kidz. The larger mission of Bikes & Beers is to promote cycling as a sport and hobby, and to influence pro-cycling legislation.The altruism associated with Bikes & Beers is great, but it certainly doesn’t hurt that there are some stellar breweries associated with the rides like Bell’s in Michigan, Sierra Nevada in California, Dogfish Head in Delaware and Cigar City in Florida.Learn more about Bikes & Beers and find an event near you at Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) last_img read more

first_imgA vessel master suffering from chest pains aboard the 2011-built chemical tanker FPMC 28 was medevaced on February 20 near Southwest Pass, Louisiana, according to the United States Coast Guard (USCG).Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a call at 5:45 a.m. and launched a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 helicopter aircrew at 7:45 a.m for the medevac.The aircrew arrived on scene half an hour later and transferred the vessel master to West Jefferson Memorial Hospital.USCG informed that the master was reported in stable condition.At the time, the 50,496 dwt tanker was on its way from Veracruz, Mexico, to the port of Houston, where it was scheduled to arrive later today, according to AIS data provided by MarineTraffic.The vessel is operated by Taiwan-based transportation firm Formosa Plastics Marine Corp (FPMC), VesselsValue data shows.last_img read more

first_imgThe province is preparing for the West Nile virus season and is reminding Nova Scotians to take precautions to reduce their risk of infection. “While there was no West Nile virus activity in the province last summer, it is important for all Nova Scotians to reduce their own risk of infection this summer, whether in their own backyard or as they travel,” said acting Health Minister Jamie Muir. Nova Scotia’s 2005 West Nile Virus Action Plan includes surveillance, information for health-care professionals and the public, and prevention of mosquito bites and mosquito breeding. The surveillance work, called West Nile Virus Watch, includes looking for West Nile virus in people, birds, horses and mosquitoes. This week, Department of Natural Resources staff have begun collecting reported dead birds. Nova Scotians are encouraged to report any dead crows, ravens, blue jays or grey jays to their local Natural Resources office. Natural Resources collects a sample of the birds for testing, and if West Nile activity is identified in an area, the mosquito populations are monitored and tested for the virus. Although West Nile virus was not detected in Nova Scotia in 2004, during the 2003 season two Nova Scotians became infected with the virus while travelling out of province. Seventeen birds and horses also tested positive. “We advise people to incorporate mosquito reduction and prevention tips into their regular summer activities,” said Dr. Maureen Baikie, deputy chief medical officer of health. “That includes wearing protective clothing, using insect repellent containing DEET, and eliminating standing water on property.” Highlights of the West Nile Virus Action Plan are located on the Department of Health website at . Nova Scotians can learn more about West Nile virus by visiting the website or by contacting their local public health office. Updates on West Nile virus will be made available through the media as necessary throughout the virus season.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — Councillors in Toronto are set to debate whether to allow retail pot shops in Canada’s largest city.City staff recommend that councillors allow privately run cannabis stores to operate in Toronto, saying it would “would have the unintended consequence of encouraging the illegal market.”The issue is on the agenda for today’s council meeting, a day after councillors in two neighbouring municipalities voted against having pot shops within their boundaries.Councillors in Mississauga and Markham voted Wednesday to opt out of hosting privately operated retail cannabis stores, which are expected to open across Ontario next spring.Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Markham’s Frank Scarpitti both said there are too many unanswered questions.However, Toronto Mayor John Tory says he plans to move a motion to allow pot shops — while acknowledging he’s not satisfied with the way things are now.“To me, the option of saying there aren’t going to be any in Toronto leaves us in the situation we’re in now, where we have a lot of illegal pot shops,” Tory told local TV station CP24 on Wednesday night.“And I don’t think we want this left in the hands of what amounts to organized crime.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mr. Kobler will replace Ad Melkert of the Netherlands, who has served as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq since July 2009.Mr. Kobler has served as Deputy Special Representative (Political) for Afghanistan since March last year. He brings to the position vast experience in developing policies for conflict areas, having served in his country’s foreign service for more than 25 years. He was previously the Director-General for Culture and Communication in the German foreign ministry.He served as Chief of Cabinet to former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer between 2000 and 2003, and Deputy Chief of Cabinet from 1998 to 2000. Between 1997 and 1998, Mr. Kobler was deputy head of the foreign ministry’s Balkan Task Force, prior to which he established the German representation with the Palestinian Authority in Jericho.Mr. Kobler, who was born in 1953, also served as an electoral observer with the UN missions in Haiti, Nicaragua and Cambodia. 5 August 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced his intention to appoint Martin Kobler of Germany as his Special Representative for Iraq and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission to the country (UNAMI). read more

He was produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate today and released on bail. A wing commander attached to the Air Force had also been arrested over the incident. The Ampara Mayor had got someone to call the Air Force Chief last year and order the cancellation of the transfer of an Air Force officer. A former Air Force officer himself, the Mayor was arrested today on the advice of the Attorney General’s Department, the police said. The Mayor of Ampara Indika Nalin Jayawickrema was arrested today and later released on bail after being produced in court, the police said.He was arrested over allegations he had attempted to mislead the Air Force Commander claiming to be parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa. read more

He also said that unlike when the former Government was in power, the current Government has the freedom to discuss and even oppose any proposal. The Government today played down a reported clash between Ministers Dayasiri Jayasekera and Lakshman Kiriella during the cabinet meeting held yesterday.Cabinet co-spokesman Gayantha Karunatillake said that there was no clash as reported by the media but only an exchange of opinion. It was reported that the weekly cabinet meeting held yesterday heated up after two ministers opposed the proposed Central Highway. A Cabinet paper presented by Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella had reportedly led to an argument between three key Ministers.Kiriella presented to the cabinet a proposal related to the Central Highway but two Ministers including Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera had raised concerns on the project. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Late last year, a delegation including representatives of two key factions – Jamiat and Jumbesh – collected approximately 50 mostly light weapons from the area. Commanders from both groups were asked to go back to their units in Mazar-i-Sharif while the armaments were returned to their respective weapons depots.Today, a UN spokesman in Kabul estimated that “a further 300 private weapons are still in the region,” and pledged that disarmament efforts would continue.David Singh also reported that a security delegation consisting of representatives from Jumbesh, Jamiat, Hizb-e-Wahdat and the UN travelled to Sholgara district of Balkh province yesterday “to investigate whether this area needs to be disarmed.”Another joint delegation was set to travel today to Piruz Nakhjir in Samangan Province “to monitor the recent disarmament there and to ensure that the area remains secure,” he added.Meanwhile, the UN also reported today that thanks to new funding from donors, thousands of Afghans are being added to the rolls of those receiving international relief aid. In central Afghanistan, for example, 66,000 families will receive assistance – more than double the 23,000 initially targeted. read more

Donald Trump says he is thinking about buying NY’s Plum Island, site of animal-research lab MINEOLA, N.Y. – Donald Trump is thinking about adding an island to his already flashy portfolio.The real estate mogul and TV reality star said Tuesday he’s considering purchasing New York’s Plum Island, but has yet to make a final decision.“I’d be interested in looking at it,” Trump told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “It is a very complicated subject and nobody knows what is going to happen.”The 843 acres off the coast of Long Island house a laboratory that studies infectious animal diseases that could imperil the nation’s livestock industry. Congress voted in 2009 to close the aging lab, which opened in 1954, and build a new one in Manhattan, Kan.The General Services Administration is overseeing the proposed sale of the island to defray the costs of constructing the new facility; there has been no estimate of what the island could fetch at auction.Trump said he has yet to consider exactly what he might do with the property.“We would do something, but it would not be on a big scale,” Trump said. “We would look at it and come up with something appropriate.”On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined a growing number of elected officials in New York and Connecticut expressing doubts about a planned sale. Cuomo is calling for a thorough environmental review of conditions on the island, specifically citing concerns about potential groundwater pollution.“Before the sale of Plum Island can continue, Washington must step up and sign a legally binding consent order spelling out its full plan for cleaning up the Island and giving the state oversight authority to make sure the work has been done properly,” Cuomo said in a statement.Additionally, several members of Congress from the region have introduced legislation that would overturn plans to sell the island. Even if it were sold, the town of Southold has passed zoning laws that would severely limit development of the property.In addition to a high-tech lab that studies foot-and-mouth disease and other illnesses dangerous to cattle and pigs, the island includes a defunct U.S. Army base and a lighthouse.Trump has numerous properties, including luxury hotels and other holdings in New York City, Chicago and Las Vegas. by Frank Eltman, The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2013 3:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The report, Marine Debris: Understanding, Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity found that the number of species affected by marine debris has increased from 663 to 817 since 2012. It also warned that this type of waste, which is mostly made of plastic, is an increasing threat to human health and well-being, and is costing countries billions of dollars each year.“I hope that this report will provide governments and other stakeholders with the information needed to take urgent actions to address marine debris, one of the most prominent threats to marine ecosystems, and support healthy and resilient oceans as a critical aspect of achieving sustainable development,” said Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, the Executive Director of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).The report was launched in Cancun, Mexico, on the sidelines of the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to Convention, known as ‘COP13,’ where governments and private sector delegations have been gathered since 2 December to discuss, among others, how to integrate biodiversity into policies relevant to agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism sectors. The meeting wraps up on 17 December.Marine debris is usually defined as any persistent, manufactured or processed solid material discarded, disposed of, or abandoned in the marine and coastal environment. Three-quarters of all marine debris is plastic, a persistent and potentially hazardous pollutant, which fragments into microplastics that can be taken up by a wide range of marine organisms.The most common types of marine debris are: food wrappers, bottle caps, straws, grocery bags, beverage bottles and cigarette butts. Five of these items are made of plastic. Marine and coastal species – fish, seabirds, marine mammals and reptiles – are affected by marine debris mostly through ingestion or entanglement. According to the report, 40 per cent of cetaceans, and 44 per cent of seabird species are affected by marine debris ingestion. The effect of ingestion is not always understood, as many ingest microplastics – little pieces or fragments that are less than five millimetres in diameter. Marine litter affects communities and seas in every region of the world, and negatively impacts biodiversity, fisheries and coastal economies. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Lawrence Hislop The problem with plasticPlastic is a very common material in our daily lives – eight per cent of global oil production is used to make plastic items. However, it is hard to dispose of and many times is discarded after a single use – think of plastic bags to carry groceries, wrapping for packages, among many others.Annual plastic production has substantially increased over the last 60 years, from 1.5 million tonnes in the 1950s to 288 million tonnes in 2012, with approximately two-thirds of production occurring in East Asia, Europe and North America. Current global estimates for plastic waste indicate that 192 coastal countries generated 275 million tonnes of waste in 2010, of which between 4.8 and 12.7 million tonnes (1.8 – 4.6 per cent) entered the marine environment. The economic costMarine debris has an adverse effect in the commercial fishing, shipping and tourism industries. The report also notes that previous research places the cost of pollution caused by marine debris at $13 billion.Some of the cost includes repairing vessel damage, clean-up, and decrease in tourism revenues due to polluted beaches. There are also social impacts such as direct, short-term human health issues (injuries, entanglement and navigational hazards) and long-term impacts on quality of life.The report makes recommendations for governments and citizens to reduce marine debris. Some of them include: reducing plastic packaging, introducing fees for single-use items, banning items like plastic bags and microbeads, and supporting innovation for new materials that are fully biodegradable. In addition, governments should increase awareness of the impacts of marine debris among their citizens, and facilitate recycling and reusing options, among other measures. read more

Gavin Williamson at the launchCredit:Christopher Pledger “Yes, you are really able to do a much more discrete insertion…it’s fantastic,” the minister said, adding: “Maybe if I can have a go in future there could be a bigger order.”An aid later clarified that, despite Mr Williamson’s eagerness to equip Royal Marines with jet suits, the technology was not generally thought to be ready for frontline action. His announcement of new investment comes as Russia and China continue to step up their spending on autonomous technology.The disruptive power of such devices was laid bare shortly before Christmas, when a remote-controlled drone grounded flights at Gatwick Airport for 36 hours.Drones and unmanned vehicles are to be developed using the new fund, including vessels capable of locating and destroying seabed mines – an area in which Britain is said to be a world leader.Some of the devices can be controlled using little more than an iPad.Billions of pounds is already being spent upgrading the naval fleet and it is hoped new mine-sweeping drones could be deployed on missions in the Arabian Gulf near Bahrain within three years.Mr Williamson said in a speech: “Imagine a world in which autonomous surface vessels tow ultra-modern synthetic aperture sonars at speeds to detect those deadly devices and then deploy unmanned underwater vehicles to destroy them. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Gavin Williamson at the launch Rocket suits could be worn by Royal Navy sailors to ambush rival ships, the Defence Secretary has suggested.Gavin Williamson enthused about the potential of jetpack-led combat operations after seeing a flying demonstration at a base in Portsmouth, where he unveiled a £75 million fund for new technology.The cash injection is ostensibly earmarked for two “autonomous mine-hunter vessels” and a new programme called Navy X to develop robotics for use at sea.However, the so-called “jet suit” elicited an excited response from the minister after Alex Wilson, a pilot from the private company Gravity, took to the air using handheld turbines.The £340,000 kit has been likened to inventions seen in the superhero movie Iron Man and is capable of blasting someone up to 10,000ft in the air.Mr Williamson, who had earlier been shown a selection of the navy’s most advanced drone technology, said to Mr Wilson, 23: “Can you just imagine doing an assault on to a ship?”A representative from Gravity replied: “A ship you need to regain control of? You can have 10 people in different places all at once and the first thing they’ll know is when they hear a faint jet noise.” read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAli slams $50B revamped CH&PA housing programme as “backward, nonsensical”November 3, 2016In “Local News”Islamic Development Bank may help fund housing projects …Govt hoping to deliver 10,000 housing unitsOctober 19, 2016In “latest news”Communities Minister should take responsibility for ‘chaos’ at LGC, says Ganga PersaudFebruary 19, 2019Similar post BY MICHAEL YOUNGEThe Ministry of Communities today announced that it was changing the manner in which it allotted house lots to Guyanese after its findings revealed that thousands of house lots allocated since 2000 remain unoccupied in several schemes across the country.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan said the trend was worrying and alarming to say the least as he explained that billions of dollars were expended to prepare the schemes for occupancy but progress has been slow over the last decade.Minister of Communities Ronald BulkanMinister Bulkan reported that during 2011 and 2015, some 38 new schemes were developed boasting a total of 20,000 house lots but to date 80% of those lots remain unoccupied.He charged that the Ministry after conducting the necessary evaluation would now scale back on the number of lots allocated and would shift its focus to the provision and construction of housing units.He argued this will allow for immediate occupancy.Minister Bulkan also told the media that From a total of 4927 interviews conducted in 2017, the CH&PA only issued 1131 house lots with Region #4 accounting for the majority of 3122 interviews and 513 allocations.The media also learnt that between 2000 and 2015 from an approximate total of 66,000 house lots allocated, some 28,000 or 40% remain unoccupied. read more

first_imgLe Royaume-Uni veut lutter contre le “binge drinking”Vendredi, le premier ministre britannique David Cameron a annoncé une série de mesures visant à lutter contre le “binge drinking” qui consiste à consommer de grandes quantités d’alcool en peu de temps. Il compte notamment instaurer un prix minimum pour une unité d’alcool.Considéré comme un problème majeur de santé publique, le “binge drinking” ou “alcoolisation extrême” suscite de plus en plus d’inquiétudes dans certains pays dont le Royaume-Uni. Observée notamment chez les jeunes, cette pratique consiste à consommer de grandes quantités d’alcool durant un laps de temps très réduit. D’où des effets dévastateurs. “Le ‘binge drinking’ entre pour la moitié de la consommation d’alcool dans ce pays”, a expliqué le Premier ministre britannique David Cameron. Selon des chiffres officiels, cette culture s’est ainsi traduite l’an dernier par 1,2 million d’hospitalisations et un million de délits et crimes liés à l’alcool.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais aujourd’hui, le gouvernement britannique a décidé d’agir. “Mon message est simple. Nous ne pouvons pas continuer comme cela”, a assuré le Premier ministre qui a annoncé aujourd’hui une série de mesures contre cette pratique. Parmi celles-ci, il propose d’instaurer en Angleterre un prix minimum de 40 pence (50 centimes d’euro) par unité d’alcool (10 ml d’éthyl alcool) vendue. Une mesure qui frappera en priorité les cidres vendus à bas prix, les bières fortes et les spiritueux bradés. Ainsi, une bière extra forte qui contient trois unités d’alcool verrait par exemple son prix passer de 75 pence à 1,20 livres (1,40 euro).Le prix minimum vise notamment à contenir l’achat d’alcool à prix bradés dans les supermarchés. “Soyons clairs, ceci ne va pas porter atteinte aux pubs”, a ainsi assuré M. Cameron. “Une pinte de bière contient deux unités d’alcool, si le prix minimum est à 40 pence par unité, la pinte ne sera pas touchée”. Selon le gouvernement, cette mesure pourrait même au contraire avantager les pubs en empêchant les supermarchés de vendre de l’alcool à prix cassés. Pour cela, le gouvernement britannique d’interdire les promotions de type “deux boissons pour le prix d’une” et d’introduire une taxe pour les pubs qui ouvrent tard, ce qui permettrait selon lui de compenser le coût pour assurer la sécurité publique dans le voisinage de ces établissements. En outre, le gouvernement entend également lancer une consultation pendant l’été. “Nous allons lancer une consultation, mais un prix minimum de 40 pence se traduirait par 50.000 crimes et délits en moins chaque année et 900 morts liées à l’alcool évitées par an d’ici la fin de la décennie”, a estimé M. Cameron dont l’annonce a réjoui les associations de lutte contre l’alcoolisme et le corps médical. Le 23 mars 2012 à 15:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgLes chiens moins doués que les loups pour apprendre d’un congénèreLors d’un congrès de psychologie qui s’est déroulé la semaine dernière à Washington, des chercheuses autrichiennes ont décrit la manière dont elles ont mis en évidence, chez le loup, de meilleures capacités que le chien à apprendre en observant un congénère.Le chien – capable, contrairement au loup, de suivre la direction indiquée par le doigt de son maître (et ce dès l’âge de 3 mois) – a acquis une intelligence sociale en divergeant de son ancêtre sauvage et en fréquentant l’Homme, dit-on. “Mais cette histoire est trop simple”, pense Friederike Range, biologiste du comportement à l’Université de médecine vétérinaire de Vienne (Autriche).Lors de la réunion annuelle de l’Association for Psychological Science, elle a présenté l’expérience qu’elle a conduite avec sa collègue Zsófia Viranyi au Centre scientifique d’étude du loup, près de Vienne. Les chercheuses ont élevé ensemble des chiens et des loups – les animaux se considérant alors comme faisant partie d’une même meute. Elles ont d’abord observé que si les loups sont plus agressifs les uns envers les autres quand il s’agit d’accéder à de la nourriture, tous finissent par en obtenir un morceau.A l’inverse, chez les chiens, pourtant moins démonstratifs dans l’intimidation, le dominant s’approprie souvent la totalité de la pitance. Mais les scientifiques ont procédé à une expérience bien plus étonnante encore.Les chiens, des loups capables d’apprendre de l’homme ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Après avoir enseigné à l’un des chiens comment ouvrir une cache de nourriture en manipulant un levier avec la patte (et à un autre, avec la gueule), elles ont proposé le casse-tête à l’ensemble des animaux (chiens et loups), mais en laissant d’abord opérer l’un ou l’autre des 2 chiens entraînés – une démonstration, en quelque sorte. Surprise : aucun des 15 chiens n’a réussi à imiter le chien ‘savant’, et 4 d’entre eux, seulement, ont pu ouvrir la trappe d’une façon ‘improvisée’. En revanche, sur les 12 loups, 9 ont su imiter le chien dressé, et les 3 autres se sont débrouillés autrement pour libérer la nourriture. “La théorie la plus largement répandue est que les loups sont devenus des chiens quand ils ont commencé à traiter les humains comme des membres de leur meute”, dit Friederike. Mais la chercheuse privilégie une autre vision : plutôt que d’acquérir de nouvelles capacités cognitives que les loups n’ont soi-disant jamais eues – telles qu’apprendre des tâches complexes en regardant les autres les exécuter (“théorie de l’esprit”) -, les chiens auraient connu un compromis évolutif, perdant une partie de la faculté d’apprendre à partir de leur propre espèce, mais gagnant celle d’apprendre de l’Homme.Le 2 juin 2013 à 14:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgFrance International Adrien Rabiot has reportedly been banished from first-team training at Paris Saint-Germain.The midfielder is set to leave the French champions before the end of the January transfer window as he will be out of contract this summer.The French player has been linked with a number of clubs this window with the latest being Spanish giants Barcelona although the club denied making official contact for the player.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Sports mole reports that Rabiot’s mother and agent Veronique Rabiot said last month that the midfielder would not be signing a new contract with PSG, making him a free agent at the end of this season.Apart from Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool have also been strongly linked with the 23-year-old whom PSG are mounting pressure on to leave sooner rather than later by making him train with the club’s reserve team.Rabiot has been a subject of controversy following his reaction to France Coach Didier Deschamps World Cup list last year.last_img read more

first_img4:59 Huawei isn’t just in trouble. China’s premiere maker of Android phones and networking equipment is in the kind of trouble that could break its business and detonate its ambitions of surpassing Samsung to become the world’s largest phone brand by 2020. Despite being banned from working with US companies, Huawei is confident its phone business will continue to grow without the help of Google, Microsoft and chip-designers like ARM. After being temporarily suspended from the Wi-Fi Alliance and SD Association, Huawei’s chances aren’t looking so hot.Following an executive order signed by President Donald Trump, Google, Microsoft, Intel, ARM and other US companies that supply software and hardware components to Huawei have cut ties with the Chinese brand, effectively hobbling its supply line for future phones (existing devices will still receive Google security support, for example.) Trump has said that reuniting Huawei with its US business partners — which also include consultants as well as components-makers — may be part of a trade deal with China.Huawei’s phone showing has been on an upswing, but that could change if Trump’s ban stays put. Angela Lang/CNET “Most of the companies that provide consulting services to Huawei are based in the US, including dozens of companies like IBM and Accenture,” Huawei’s founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei told Chinese mediaThe actions against Huawei stretch back to 2012 and highlight the heightened role that technology brands play in the strained trade relationship between the US and China, two countries that see 5G networks as pivotal to their success as world powers. Huawei is the largest maker of 5G networking software in the world.Here’s a look at the ways the brand is affected and how Huawei could possibly attempt to go it alone if agreements between the two nations aren’t resolved.Read: Everything you need to know about the Huawei controversy Comments 23 Photos 36 Photos Mate X foldable phone: Here’s what it’s really like to use The Huawei ban: What its phones can’t haveTrump’s executive order against “foreign adversaries,” including Huawei, rests on the fear that Huawei could be compelled by the Chinese government to use its telecommunications equipment (which helps make 5G networks) to spy on American companies and citizens.Huawei and Honor brand phones (and hybrid laptops like the MateBook series) fall into Huawei’s consumer business group and are affected by the ban, along with dozens of other Huawei subsidiaries. The action compels US companies to suspend business with Huawei for future devices, withholding software and components for use in the brand. That means Google and Microsoft won’t supply software for Android phones or Windows hybrids, and that Intel, Broadcom and ARM reportedly won’t work with the brand. Huawei has also been suspended from the Wi-Fi Alliance and from the SD Association, which designs storage. The specter of abandonment doesn’t bode well for a company that makes Android phones using Google software and which uses ARM designs to make the processors that every phone must have in order to work. If Huawei loses access to Bluetooth, its phone business is pretty much tanked. Huawei could survive without Android, barelyHuawei has already proven that it doesn’t need Google’s software or services to sell phones in China. The brand’s largest market already blocks Google search and other software services in accordance with national policies, where Google is outlawed. The tools we associate with Android phones — search, maps, Google Assistant, YouTube — are replaced by home-grown alternatives.Huawei and its Honor brand also use their own software interface, the Emotion UI, so there’s less of a distinct Android identity than, say, Motorola phones, which rely on a version of Android that’s closely related to what you see on Google’s Pixel phones.Huawei, seeing the writing on the wall, is already reportedly at work on a Huawei OS called Hongmeng, but it’s apparently far from ready. Although the company could rely on Google’s open source software, Huawei would be much later implementing new versions of Android, and would miss out on Google’s technical support to troubleshoot OS problems and secure the phones.Outside of China, the lack of Google’s app store and services would be crushing. Huawei is said to be working on its own app store in anticipation of the ban.Read: Huawei could survive without Android, but it wouldn’t be prettyhonor-20-pro-20Huawei and Honor phone’s don’t use Google Play services in China. Angela Lang/CNET Huawei already makes its own chips, but ARM licenses could break it in the long-termHuawei doesn’t require Qualcomm chips to power its phones — the in-house brand, HiSilicon, makes the processors in phones like the Mate 20 and P30 Pro.But Huawei does need a license from ARM, which designs the chip architecture to begin with. ARM isn’t based in the US, but the intellectual property flows from R&D labs there. However, since companies typically license chip designs for years ahead, Huawei shouldn’t run into long-term trouble here unless the ban lasts for years.Although Huawei does make its own chips in-house, Ren said. “We are always in need of US chips. Our US partners are fulfilling their responsibilities and asking for approval from Washington. If this approval is granted, we will still buy chips from these suppliers.” Ren did not make it clear which part of the business use these US chips.Read: Arm ditches Huawei due to Trump ban   Bluetooth Google Huawei IBM Intel Microsoft Motorola Samsung Tags Huawei P30 Pro’s low-light photo skills are truly superb What is going on between Huawei and the US? Carrier support is more crucial for some countries than othersIn some countries, like the US, phones that aren’t available in carrier stores don’t sell in meaningful volumes. In others, third-party retailers — like big box electronics stores — or direct-to-consumer online stores take a bigger slice of the pie. Huawei has a strong presence in countries around Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. If blocked from directly working with more global carriers as a result of US pressure, it could conceivably follow compatriot OnePlus and Xiaomi’s examples for growing through other means (Xiaomi is India’s top phone brand, according to IDC.)Even if that’s the case, Huawei still faces an image problem fomenting in the wake of the US government’s allegations. iPhone XS Max vs. Huawei P30 Pro sample photos How long will the ban against Huawei really last?There’s early evidence that Trump could help lift the ban against Huawei. The president said last week that he might use Huawei as leverage in his trade negotiations with China. If the two superpowers reached an accord, Huawei would be allowed to continue conducting its business.The US president took similar actions against Chinese brand ZTE in 2018, lifting a crippling trade ban shortly after.Samsung would keep the upper handRegardless of the outcome of Huawei’s turmoil, Samsung still retains the advantage while Huawei deals with the trade crisis. Samsung has only to fight off Huawei’s advance, whereas its chief Android competitor fights a two-front war — trying to beat Samsung while also beating down allegations that its equipment is used for espionage.While Huawei’s onslaught against Samsung might continue if the ban ends soon, the company won’t get anywhere fast without access to the US telecom companies that make essential parts for every phone. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 7:17 Now playing: Watch this: Phones 25last_img read more

first_imgDUBAI: The UAE has issued a travel advisory to its citizens who are either in Kerala or intend to visit the state to exercise extreme caution in the light of heavy rains, which have caused damaging floods in many areas and killed 43 people. Torrential rains continued to lash most parts of Kerala on Friday with the toll in the last three days rising to 43 in monsoon-related incidents, including two massive landslides, and over a lakh, people being shifted to relief camps. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us According to the UAE’s official news agency, Wam, the advisory urges the citizens to follow instructions issued by the Indian authorities in connection with the natural calamity. “In a second advisory, the Consulate, based in the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram, has urged the UAE citizens visiting Kerala to register with the diplomatic post so that it can keep track of them and ensure their safety and welfare,” Wam said. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The Consulate has asked its nationals to contact its dedicated phone number in case of any emergency. The heavy rains have also disrupted Eid holiday plans of thousands of Indian expatriates from Kerala due to closure of the Cochin International Airport till Sunday after floodwaters submerged parts of the runway, the Khaleej Times reported.last_img read more