N Srinivasan shows who rules cricket

first_imgSupreme Court has barred N. Srinivasan from BCCI affairs for the time being.Sidelined BCCI president N. Srinivasan on Sunday made it amply clear as to whose writ runs in Indian cricket – rather world cricket. At an unusual and informal gathering of his supporters in Chennai, a majority of 30 affiliated units was present to testify that Srinivasan, who is also president of the International Cricket Council, continues to be their boss.Srinivasan has, in fact, penetrated into his so-called opposition camp as at least one association representative met him on Saturday, apparently to join ranks, but skipped Sunday’s meet. Another official of an absentee unit called up during the meeting.While pledging their support to Srinivasan, officials of the state associations present – said to be numbering between 17 and 22 – gave their consent to the plan to enable him to fight election for the top BCCI post again. Srinivasan was present at the meeting.The plan comprised convening a meeting of the working committee on September 26 and postponing the annual general meeting. The AGM, according to the BCCI constitution, should be held by September 30.But since the Supreme Court has barred Srinivasan from managing BCCI affairs while it hears the 2013 IPL fixing case, he can’t contest the election. Srinivasan, who completes three years as BCCI president this month, is reportedly keen to contest again.There is an additional incentive for all those who will be elected BCCI office-bearers and vice-presidents this time. As per the amended constitution, all of them will have a straight threeyear term, as against the previous two-year-plus-one-year rule.advertisement”There were about 17 state associations present, including all six East Zone units,” an office-bearer of an east zone association told MAIL TODAY.However, the president of another association who attended the meeting claimed there were more than 20. “About 21-22 associations were represented,” he said.”It was agreed that a working committee meeting would be convened on September 26 to decide the future course of action [read AGM],” he told MAIL TODAY. Another source put the number at 18. A source informed that a representative of one of the associations absent met Srinivasan.”He is the office-bearer of an association that has been very vocal about Mr Srinivasan,” said the source. The secretary of another state association that was absent said the numbers that turned up in Chennai on Sunday doesn’t reflect votes. “It’s not necessary that all those that attended would vote for Srinivasan. There are several small clusters of associations at present and it remains to be seen who votes for whom,” he told MAIL TODAY.Among those who were either not invited, or did not attend despite being invited, were Mumbai, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Saurashtra, and Vidarbha. Five of the six South Zone units, which include the Srinivasan-headed Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, were present, though there was a question mark over the Goa Cricket Association. Its president Vinod Phadke was present, but the association had debarred him for being allegedly involved in a match ticket scam in 2001.The only South Zone unit absent was Hyderabad, which had its AGM on Sunday. At the AGM, there was a complete change of regime as former India player Arshad Ayub-led panel swept the election. Ayub is new president.Meanwhile, Aditya Verma, secretary of the unrecognised Cricket Association of Bihar, threatened to approach the Supreme Court if the AGM is deferred.”I will be forced to move the Supreme Court if the BCCI decides to defer or postpone the AGM,” said the man, who filed a PIL in the IPL fixing case.last_img read more

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Pacers handle playoff-chasing, Griffin-less Pistons

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Griffin missed a third straight game Wednesday, and the Pistons were routed 108-89 by the Indiana Pacers. Detroit says Griffin has been dealing with a sore left knee. He’s missed just six games this season, but it’s not clear when he’ll be available again. Coach Dwane Casey hopes to have him back for the team’s next game Friday.“He’s worked the past couple days,” Casey said. “Just not quite right.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe out-of-town scoreboard had mostly good news for the Pistons. Brooklyn and Miami both lost, so Detroit remained alone in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. But the Nets and the Orlando Magic are just a half-game behind, and the Heat — who dropped to ninth — are only a game back of the Pistons.Thaddeus Young scored 21 points for the Pacers, who snapped a 10-game losing streak on the road and won for just the third time in their last 10 games overall. Bojan Bogdanovic and Myles Turner scored 17 points apiece, and Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and 13 rebounds. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Indiana closed the third quarter with nine straight points, and Doug McDermott’s 3-pointer gave the Pacers a 78-62 lead.“We talked about trying to be road tough tonight,” Indiana coach Nate McMillan said. “We wanted to come out and play well, and I thought the guys did from start to finish. Offensively, we didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, but (our) defense was able to help hold the lead.”Andre Drummond had 28 points and 19 rebounds for the Pistons, and Wayne Ellington scored 24 points.The Pistons turned the ball over seven times in the first quarter and trailed 18-15 after one. Indiana was up 44-36 at halftime. There was a highlight for Detroit in the third, when Turner fell to the ground trying to stay with Reggie Jackson on the perimeter, and Jackson made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to six. But it was a tough evening for the Pistons overall.Griffin has averaged 24.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 72 games — the most he’s played since he appeared in 80 in 2013-14 with the Los Angeles Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT “Whenever you’re missing your main guy, it’s kind of hard playing on the fly and figuring it out, but we have to adjust and we have to do it quickly,” Jackson said.HOME COURT?The Pacers are safely in the playoffs, but they’re still tied after Wednesday with Boston for fourth place in the East. So home court in the first round is at stake for both those teams down the stretch.“Every win counts. Every game, we have to play like it’s our last possession or our last game,” Young said. “We have to get as many wins as possible to keep up with that four spot. We just need to continue the course and continue to play and just take it from there.”RECORDDrummond tied his own team record with his 66th double-double of the season. He also had that many in 2015-16. Isiah Thomas had 65 in 1984-85.TIP-INSPacers: Indiana is 22-21 in Victor Oladipo’s absence. He is out for the season after a January knee injury. … Darren Collison (groin) and Wesley Matthews (hamstring) also missed the game. … Cory Joseph had six points and 12 assists.Pistons: Detroit has lost five of seven. … The Pistons went 11 of 41 from 3-point range. … Detroit finished with 20 turnovers.UP NEXT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin, second from left, sits on the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Detroit. Griffin sat out for a third game with a sore knee. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Blake Griffin made it through almost the whole season without a significant injury.Now, as the Detroit Pistons try to hold on to a playoff spot, their star’s health is a concern again.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES MOST READ Pacers: Host Boston on Friday night.Pistons: At Oklahoma City on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Walt Lemon Jr. makes most of chance to play in NBA in Bulls’ skid-snapping win Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

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Biles, Phelps power their way to more gold in Rio

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Michael Phelps and Simone Biles powered their way to more gold medals with rousing routs at the Rio Games on Thursday.Sauntering to the sounds of Latin music befitting the beaches and boulevards of Rio de Janeiro, Biles soared to the women’s all-around gymnastics title.Hours later, Phelps blew away rival Ryan Lochte — and everyone else, for that matter — to win his fourth gold medal of the Rio Olympics and 22nd overall with a victory in the 200-meter individual medley.This was touted as the last showdown between two of America’s greatest swimmers, though there’s never been any question about which one had the upper hand. Lochte didn’t even reach the podium this time, fading to fifth after leading at the midway point.Simone Manuel of the United States and 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak of Canada tied for the gold medal in the women’s 100-meter freestyle, upsetting world-record holder Cate Campbell. Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming.Putting the gulf between herself and the rest of the world on full display , the 19-year-old Biles became the fourth straight American woman to win the Olympic all-around title and fifth overall while cementing her reputation as the best of her generation and perhaps ever.Biles has spent the last three years dominating her sport, winning 15 world championships.The pair’s powerful performances came on a day the Rio Games turned aside the disconcerting lime-like waters at the aquatics center and toward the emerald green fairways as golf returned to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years.Adilson da Silva of Brazil hit the first Olympic golf shot since 1904 with the opening tee shot. Justin Rose made what is believed to be the first hole-in-one.The Pacific Island nation of Fiji erupted into celebration after its rugby sevens team defeated Britain 43-7 to capture the country’s first Olympic medal.Rugby is back in the Olympics for the first time since 1924.Golf is back after an even longer absence.Da Silva smiled and removed his cap to wave to the sparse crowd that included more golf officials than fans after his tee shot. Growing up in golf-starved Brazil with little equipment, Da Silva used to make golf clubs out of tree branches as a child.Marcus Fraser of Australia had the first that mattered the most on the Olympic Golf Course — the first-round lead. Fraser shot an 8-under 63 that stood for a three-shot advantage over Henrik Stenson of Sweden and Graham DeLaet of Canada.The only one of four Americans in the 60-man field to break par was Matt Kuchar (69). Rickie Fowler started with a double bogey and shot 75, beating only two players. Patrick Reed shot 72 and Bubba Watson had a 73.The world’s top four players — Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy — skipped the Rio Game s because of Zika fears and safety concerns.Pervasive violence is an everyday part of Rio, and a police officer died hours after getting shot in the head when he and two others got lost near a slum, the Justice Ministry said in an official Facebook post.The incident was the bloodiest of several at the start of South America’s first Olympic Games. Muggings have been reported among Olympic athletes, officials and journalists.A total of 21 gold medals were earned in 11 sports Thursday.last_img read more

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Jamie Vardy pounces to give Leicester morale-boosting win over Chelsea

first_img 10 Hazard 7 Kante 1 Schmeichel (s 75′) 8 Barkley Share on Pinterest 21 Zappacosta Read more Read more 11 Pedro 13 Caballero 9 5 28 Azpilicueta 21 Iborra LEI29CHE71% (s 61′) Share on Messenger Andros Townsend wonder goal helps Crystal Palace stun Manchester City (s 84′) (s 61′) Twitter 5 Jorginho 24 Cahill 24 Mendy David Luiz bites the net in frustration after missing a chance to score. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images Fouls (s 82′) 2 Rudiger 28 Fuchs 11 Albrighton 20 Okazaki David Brooks’s double seals win for Bournemouth over 10-man Brighton Chelsea Substitutes Share via Email The Observer Share on Facebook 30 Luiz Reuse this content Substitutes Match stats 18 Giroud Lineups Leicester City 9 Vardy Leicester 25 Ndidi 14 Ricardo Pereira 5 Morgan Share on WhatsApp 9 9 38 Choudhury Facebook Pinterest 3 Alonso Goal attempts 8 Iheanacho 12 Loftus-Cheek 22 Willian Topics Premier League LEI CHE Possession 12 Ward Share on LinkedIn 29 71 Corners 12 Chelsea Off target 5 Leicester 5 Chelsea On target 3 Leicester 7 Gray 15 Maguire Chelsea 4 Fabregas A certain amount of wheeling and dealing will be required but, on occasions such as this, even Sarri must crave a striker such as Vardy to shift a contest’s momentum. For all Chelsea’s monopoly of the ball, it would take fine saves from Kepa Arrizabalaga to deny Wilfred Ndidi and Marc Albrighton but, in between, Vardy had made his decisive intervention. The goal owed much to Ricardo Pereira’s muscular burst forward and James Maddison’s composure, the playmaker capitalising on Antonio Rüdiger’s slip to prod Vardy into space, with his finish thumped inside Kepa’s post. The goalkeeper had been left flat-footed and hopelessly exposed. He deserved better. Chelsea, probably, did not. 1 Arrizabalaga match reports Claude Puel had punched the air at the final whistle, albeit in his customary understated way, with this a result that should choke the criticism, so regularly flung his way, for a while at least. Leicester City had not won here since back in 2000 but, by checking Chelsea’s recent surge of optimism, his position suddenly feels assured heading into Christmas. The Frenchman might find that a rather unfamiliar sensation.This was such a timely triumph, a display that allied commitment and defensive discipline with industry and real threat on the counterattack. It was almost a throwback to better times, though, in truth, City have hardly looked a side on the slide this season. They are restored to the top half, and even the non-selection of Jamie Vardy for the League Cup quarter-final defeat to Manchester City – and that only on penalties – in midweek appears less of an issue now given the striker, fit after recent groin trouble, sprung forward to plunder the only goal of this game.“I have nothing to justify,” said Puel, around whom the familiar criticisms over playing style and training intensity have swirled. “I try always to do my best to get the right balance to protect some players, get the best out of others and put a team on the pitch with the ability to win the game. If we’d won at Crystal Palace last weekend, we’d have been seventh in the table. We lost and were 12th, it’s just so tight. But our performance against City was very encouraging and, if Chelsea did not respond today, that is down to my players.” It was certainly not the display of a team whose faith in his methods had withered.Leicester’s willingness to scrap and compete would claim the day. The midfield unit was abrasive and industrious, Ben Chilwell was a force of nature down the left, and the backline heaved to thwart Chelsea’s attempts at revival. When Eden Hazard threatened to wriggle through, five City players swarmed round him to choke his dribble on the edge of the six-yard area. “We pressed them, defended well and created chances,” said Chilwell. “The result builds confidence. We know we have a brilliant squad, we know how good we are.”In contrast, Chelsea are still finding themselves. A first home defeat of his tenure confirmed what Maurizio Sarri must have suspected: that his team remain a work in progress, even if the panic that set in once they had slipped behind disturbed the head coach. “The reaction was, for me, strange,” said Sarri. “Not in the right direction. Not as a team. But as 11 different players. So it was really very strange. I think we could have done better in the reaction. We had only to continue to play as [we had] in the first part of the match. There was time to score without a reaction as a team shocked, a team in mental confusion.”Chelsea struck the woodwork twice, and both Hazard and Marcos Alonso might concede they should have scored having glided unchecked into space, but were otherwise rather lacking in punch. The experiment of utilising Hazard as a false No 9 backfired this time, and they craved more of a focal point to that front line. Maybe this will intensify efforts in next month’s window to conjure some firepower. There have already been talks with Juventus and Milan over Gonzalo Higuaín, the Argentina forward who has already worked under Sarri and is on loan at San Siro from the Turin club. That arrangement could potentially be cancelled, with the Rossoneri apparently open to the idea of taking Álvaro Morata for the rest of the campaign. 17 Kovacic 6 Evans Share on Twitter 10 Maddison 3 Chilwelllast_img read more

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Fame an otherworldly feeling that nothing could prepare you for

first_imgLondon: Pop diva Madonna says it is impossible to learn how to deal with fame. The 60-year-old singer, who released her debut album in 1983, emerged as one of the world’s best-selling singers in the 1980s and 90s. In an interview with Guardian, Madonna said the scale of her first concert made her aware of the success she had achieved and it took a her while to get used to it. “It took my breath away. I can’t begin to tell you. I remember the first concert I did on the Virgin tour, in Seattle, when everything became big and I had no way of being prepared for it. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography”It literally sucked the life out of me, sucked the air out of my lungs when I walked on stage. I sort of had an out-of-body experience. Not a bad feeling, not an out-of-control feeling, but an otherworldly feeling that nothing could prepare you for. I mean, eventually you get used to it,” Madonna said. Pop music singer Madonna was born in Bay City, Michigan, on August 16, 1958. And, in the year 1981, she went solo as a pop singer.last_img read more

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States sue to stop $26.5 billion Sprint-T-Mobile deal

NEW YORK — A group of state attorneys general led by New York and California filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to block T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion bid for Sprint, citing consumer harm.The state attorneys general said the promised benefits, such as better networks in rural areas and faster service overall, cannot be verified, while eliminating a major wireless company will immediately harm consumers by reducing competition and driving up prices for cellphone service.New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement that combining the two companies would reduce access to affordable, reliable wireless service nationwide and would particularly affect lower-income and minority communities in New York and other urban areas.Other attorneys general joining Tuesday’s lawsuit are from Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Virginia and Wisconsin. All 10 attorneys general are Democrats. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in New York.The lawsuit is an unusual step by state officials ahead of a decision by federal antitrust authorities. The Justice Department’s decision is pending. The Republican majority of the Federal Communications Commission supports the deal , though the agency has yet to vote.Too many “mega mergers have sailed through the governmental approval process,” so it’s up to the states to “step up,” James said at a news conference.“There’s no rule or regulation that we have to wait for the DOJ,” she said. She added the attorneys general will “continue to litigate whether the DOJ approves the merger or not.”Diana Moss, the president of the American Antitrust Institute and an advocate for tougher antitrust enforcement, said the states’ lawsuit could signal to other potential merger partners that there would be tougher enforcement from states even if the federal government permitted deals to go through.James said Tuesday that her office’s renewed focus on mergers and anti-competitiveness goes beyond the tech industry, though she did not elaborate.T-Mobile and Sprint have argued that they need to bulk up to upgrade to a fast, powerful “5G” mobile network that competes with Verizon and AT&T. The companies are appealing to President Donald Trump’s desire for the U.S. to “win” a global 5G race.Consumer advocates, labour unions and many Democratic lawmakers worry that the deal could mean job cuts, higher wireless prices and a hit to the rural cellphone market.Amanda Wait, an antitrust lawyer and former Federal Trade Commission lawyer, said states are acting because they disagree with what they have seen the federal government doing.“They see the FCC accepting certain remedies and concessions that don’t, in their minds, solve the problem,” she said.T-Mobile declined comment. Sprint and the Justice Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.One famous example of when the states and federal government diverged on a big antitrust case was in the fight against Microsoft, although that was not a merger case. Several states dissented from the Justice Department’s settlement roughly 20 years ago, pushing for tougher sanctions to curtail Microsoft’s ability to use its dominance in the Windows operating system to thwart competition in other technologies.More recently, in the Bayer-Monsanto agribusiness merger, five states last year criticized the federal government’s approval.T-Mobile and Sprint previously tried to combine during the Obama administration but regulators rebuffed them. They resumed talks on combining once Trump took office, hoping for more industry-friendly regulators.T-Mobile has a reputation for consumer-friendly changes to the cellphone industry. T-Mobile and Sprint led the return of unlimited-data cellphone plans, for example.T-Mobile, trying to reassure critics, promised the FCC it would build out a 5G network and invest in rural broadband on a specific timeframe or pay penalties. It also promised to sell off Sprint’s prepaid Boost Mobile brand and keep price increases on hold for three years.That was enough for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to back the deal. The other two Republican commissioners indicated they would join him.But public-interest advocates said these conditions did not address concerns about higher prices and reduced competition— and would be difficult for regulators to enforce.The Justice Department evaluates deals using stricter criteria than the FCC’s “public interest” standard — namely whether they harm competition and raise prices for consumers. Staff attorneys at DOJ have reportedly told the companies they won’t approve the deal as proposed, but the ultimate decision lies with Makan Delrahim, the top antitrust official who is a political appointee.The state attorneys general said in Tuesday’s lawsuit that combining Sprint and T-Mobile would make the industry as a whole — Verizon and AT&T, too — less likely to offer plans and services that consumers like. And they say the companies have already been working to roll out 5G and don’t need to combine to do so.Japanese tech conglomerate SoftBank owns Sprint, while Germany’s Deutsche Telekom owns T-Mobile.Tali Arbel And Mae Anderson, The Associated Press read more

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Join the Brock team for the Rankin Run

Join the Brock University team at the Rankin Run May 23. Lace up those runners and join Brock’s team for the 10th annual Rankin Cancer Run happening on May 23 in St. Catharines.Students, staff and faculty are invited participate with Brock’s team in the event. Visit the Rankin Cancer Run’s website to sign up as a member of the Brock University crew.Participants can walk or run the five-kilometre route along the Welland Canal. There is also a one-kilometre event. For those who prefer to donate instead, visit the Student Life and Involvement Commons (MCA204).More than 270 teams and 12,000 participants competed in the run last year. The run has raised $4,654,000 for local cancer support organizations over the past nine years. A Brock team has participated every year since the run began. The University intends to continue this tradition to help achieve the goal of $1 million raised this year.The run begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Grantham Lions Club (Niagara Street and Parnell Road). Please arrive for 9:00 a.m. to register. Registration for students costs $10 and $20 for all other participants. This includes a free t-shirt and complimentary barbecue lunch.For more information, please email studentlife@brocku.ca, call (905) 688-5550 x6321 or stop by the office. read more

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Can Science Help Runners Break The Marathons 2Hour Barrier

When Kenyan Dennis Kimetto set the world record at the Berlin Marathon in 2014, his time, 2:02:57, made him the first runner to complete a marathon in less than two hours, three minutes. His time was 26 seconds faster than the previous record, set by fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang at the previous year’s Berlin Marathon. Such has the marathon world record progressed over the past 20 years: in increments measured in tens of seconds.But now three teams — one sponsored by Adidas, another backed by Nike, and one called SUB2 that’s being led by a team of academic researchers — are aiming to push the record nearly three minutes faster. Their audacious goal: to break the two-hour marathon mark.When Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in 1954, he did so as an amateur athlete, often training during his lunch breaks while attending medical school. By contrast, these two-hour marathon attempts are being made by professional runners handpicked by teams of researchers and bankrolled, in two cases, by corporations eager to show that their products can turn good runners into makers of history.We gathered a few of our favorite running science geeks to discuss the two-hour record, the current attempts to break it and whether these projects are good for the sport. The transcript has been lightly edited.Our participants:Christie Aschwanden is lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight.Wouter Hoogkamer studies the biomechanics, energetics and neurophysiology of running and other sports at the University of Colorado.Alex Hutchinson covers the science of endurance sport for Runner’s World and other publications.Steve Magness is coach to professional and collegiate runners and co-author of the book “Peak Performance.” christie: I want to start by asking (on behalf of our readers who aren’t marathoners): What is the magnitude of the goal here? Is breaking two hours a gargantuan feat? Or is this a technicality that will happen soon regardless?alex: Under “normal” circumstances, it’s very big. A few years ago, I predicted it would happen in 2075, which gives a sense of where my thinking was at that point.wouter: Without targeting some external factors to make it easier, it will be a long time before it happens.steve: Agreed. It’s a huge task. We’re looking at a several-decades jump in performance, at the minimum.christie: Is there some equivalent or analogy here that might help nonrunners understand the scope? How much faster is this record-breaker going to have to run?wouter: 2.5 percent faster.alex: For comparison, Usain Bolt has improved the 100-meter record by 1.6 percent, if I recall correctly.christie: Wow, that makes this look like a pipe dream.alex: And Paula Radcliffe improved the women’s marathon record by about 2.5 percent.wouter: In two increments, though, Alex.1Radcliffe broke Catherine Ndereba’s record of 2:18:47 with a time of 2:17:18, then broke that with the current record of 2:15:25.steve: I think the important thing is it’s a long, long way from our current reality.christie: So what makes the folks behind these three projects think they can do it?alex: People have been aware for a few years that there’s some “low-hanging fruit,” like optimizing the course and pacing, that would bring the goal much closer. It’s been a question of when someone would believe it’s close enough to invest money to make those things happen.wouter: Exactly.steve: Personally, I think it’s scientific arrogance and naivete that makes them think they can get it done within months/years. Can they drop the world record? Of course. But to get sub two hours is another question.alex: In rough terms, I always figured the “easy” stuff could get us halfway there. For Nike, I suspect it was their development of a new shoe that made them believe they could bridge the other half. Not sure about the other two.christie: Does science have a track record for facilitating faster running times? How much of the previous records are attributable to scientific advances?steve: As a coach and exercise scientist, I’d say the advancements due to science are minimal, at best. That seems like sacrilege, but if we look at the drops in time, they aren’t athletes training utilizing scientific gadgets. They are East Africans training with coaches doing standard training. The one advancement that has contributed in the marathon is refining of fuel intake.alex: I think running improvements are less influenced by science than almost any other sport. But there are still effects: equipment, track surfaces, etc.steve: When we look at running, science only adds the very small finishing touches. We’re talking fractions of a percent here and there.wouter: Outside running, there are multiple examples of where technology improvements have substantially improved sports performance: pole vault pole, clapskates for speed skating. Kimetto’s world marathon record was set with a shoe with a midsole material that has been shown to save 1 percent of energy.steve: But does 1 percent energy saving result in 1 percent improvement? I’d highly doubt so. Yet that’s what people immediately jump to. They think, “Oh, I’m 1 percent more efficient, so I’m 1 percent faster.” But it doesn’t work like that.alex: I think Wouter might disagree that changes in efficiency don’t translate to changes in race speed!wouter: Correct. We showed that adding 100 grams to shoes costs about 0.8 percent more energy and makes you run about 0.8 percent slower.alex: Of course, whether that holds true over 26.2 miles is a very big question!wouter: The relationship might not be perfectly linear at high speeds due to the effect of air resistance.steve: The marathon is a different ball game. In the shorter events, the physiology is mainly the limiting factor. When we get to the marathon, the causes of fatigue multiply.christie: So what are the limiting factors in the marathon?steve: Factors that all could be the weak link in the chain depend on the athlete and the race, things like fuel utilization, muscle damage or cramping, mental fatigue or psychological coping, and on and on.Basically, in the marathon, there are a lot more pipes that can burst than, say, in a mile or a 5K.alex: It’s important to note that Nike’s project, at least, isn’t really trying to change any of these traditional limiting factors. (I should add that Nike would probably disagree with that characterization, but it’s my take.) They’re instead trying to optimize some of the well-understood limiting factors like air resistance, as well as course details like the number of hills and turns.christie: Alex, you’ve reported on the different projects. What distinguishes them?alex: I know basically nothing about the Adidas project other than that they have a pair of shoes. The Nike and SUB2 projects are somewhat similar in the tactics they’re trying, with the difference that Nike has a lot more money and is staging its own event instead of using an existing race.wouter: I think that is the most important part of their approach.alex: Even more important than the shoes? 🙂wouter: Current races are not optimized to run as fast as possible, coursewise.christie: So what makes for fast conditions?steve: Flat course, perfect racing temperature (45 degrees or so), fewer turns. If you want to truly optimize, you’d have a slightly downhill finish.alex: Wouter’s dream course, outlined in his recent paper, was a flat, sheltered loop for the first half, followed by a gradual downhill (just within the 1 meter-in-1,000 rules for record-eligible courses) for the second half. I pretty much agree, except I might save the downhill portion for the last six miles, when things really get tough.christie: Track and field’s governing body, IAAF, has rules for what makes a legal course: a maximum overall drop in elevation of no more than 42 meters and a start and finish that are no more than 13.1 miles apart, as the crow flies, to prevent aid from a tailwind.wouter: We say you need to look for a course that drops exactly 42 meters. Same for the wind, if we can go 13.1 miles in one way, let’s do it and make sure you have a tailwind there and limit the negative effects of wind during the first half.christie: You also mention drafting.wouter: Yes, that’s the final strategy. The problem is you would need four guys who run a 2:03 marathon all running the same race and collaborating, and that won’t happen without serious monetary incentives.christie: How many runners are currently capable of that kind of time?steve: If they are all on their best at the same time (which never happens), four.wouter: Right, it’s not very likely. But if you could bring two of them together, and apply the downhill, tailwind and shoe technology, they’d have a fair shot.christie: Why is it so hard to run a perfect marathon?steve: There’s a reason that at most major marathons, with all the best guys trying to run fast, you are normally left with one, maybe two survivors — despite almost a dozen of them on the starting line who are able to run in the 2:04 range. We forget that these are humans, not machines. The training it takes to even get in 2:03-04 fitness is crazy. Marathoners live near the edge. They do as much as possible without falling over the cliff of overtraining or injury.alex: Steve’s point is important. If you compare the start list to the finish results at major marathons, it’s like, “What happened to all those fast guys?”That’s one reason I was pretty surprised that Nike went with a team of just three runners. Even getting to the start line of a marathon is a low-odds game. On these points, it comes down to “will it happen on any given day?” rather than “can it happen in theory?”christie: So the proposed approaches include a fast course, drafting and fast shoes. The SUB2 team also has a newfangled sports drink. How likely are any of these to make the difference?alex: I’d say a fast course, drafting and shoes are the big ones. There are lots of other things people are doing, but they’re not make or break. Nike’s not doing much new with sports drinks — just trying to make sure the athletes execute best practices, which not everyone does even at the elite level. The SUB2 project has an interesting new drink that makes some bold claims but hasn’t published any data to back it up yet.steve: And we haven’t even touched on the biggest limiting factor: the psychology of it all …christie: How does psychology play in, Steve?steve: You’re almost three minutes from the record. These guys are going through the half-marathon at near their half personal record. People think that “elites” are invincible mentally. But they freak out, they panic if they are too fast or slow, even if they don’t show it. The way fatigue works is a comparison to our prior experience and our current context. If your prior experience is nowhere near what you are trying to do, your body’s default setting is to freak out.alex: There’s that famous Herb Elliott quote about how, to set a world record, you have to have the arrogance to believe that you can be better than anyone else in history and then the humility to actually do it. Everyone who does it starts with an arrogance that is basically irrational, and most people will never do something that justifies that arrogance — but without it, you don’t even come close. Anyway, Nike (and SUB2, etc.) clearly have the arrogance, but the jury is still out about the humility.christie: I want to switch gears for a moment. Last week, we learned that the women’s gold medalist in the Olympic marathon in Rio, Jemima Sumgong from Kenya, has tested positive for the blood booster EPO. At this year’s Sloan Sports Analytics conference, Peter Weyand, a researcher on the SUB2 team, argued that their project could show athletes that there’s a way to excel with science that doesn’t send the sport down what he called the “pharmaceutical gene-doping freak show.” What do you all think? Could he be right, or is this just naive optimism?steve: I think it’s naive optimism, and Peter was my adviser during undergrad, so I can say that! The money and fame in running sub two are enormous. We still use Roger Bannister as an example of a barrier breaker nearly 70 years later! With that much to gain, athletes, coaches, agents, even sponsors will take risks. Athletes are already taking risks for much lower payoffs. If the payoff is that large, you bet it will bring doping into it.wouter: I don’t think the sub-two-hour quest will encourage doping more than gold medals and “regular” prize money.alex: I’ve been totally baffled by that message from the SUB2 team. Everyone wants to run fast and beat people, so it’s not clear to me why one sub-two project would encourage more doping and the other would encourage less!steve: We’re talking about all these measures that may improve a half percent here or there. EPO can improve performance by up to 6 percent, according to some research!christie: This leads me to another question: How important is it, really, to reach this arbitrary number? The marathon distance is an artificial construct, and the two-hour mark is just a function of our love of round numbers, right? I don’t recall anyone getting excited about breaking the 2:03 mark.alex: Well, I was pretty excited.christie: Ha!steve: Ha, so was I. But it’s a round number, like a four-minute mile or a 10-second 100 meter. So, yes, it will capture our imagination.christie: If it were the women’s record that stood this close to the two-hour mark, would there be as much interest?alex: You know the answer to that, unfortunately, Christie.christie: 😞alex: That said, that’s one area where this sport isn’t too bad. Think of the biggest marathon stars in the American firmament — Deena Kastor, Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher, etc. There’s definitely respect for female accomplishments.christie: Most of the major marathons have equity in prize money, right?alex: Yes, as far as I know.steve: Exactly. Compared to most other sports, running is much more progressive. As someone who coaches mostly professional women marathoners, I wish it was more even in popularity. But you are seeing more split coverage and starting times so that the women’s race gets equal coverage. Which is huge.wouter: There are also scientific papers on the women’s equivalent of the two-hour marathon.christie: That research says the women’s equivalent of the two-hour marathon “has already been achieved.” 🏆steve: That’s because Radcliffe’s 2:15 is such a large outlier.christie: Right. It has stood for 14 years!alex: Put those worms back in that can!steve: I didn’t say why! I just said it was far better than anything else we’ve seen!christie: I want to finish by asking: Is the pursuit of the sub-two-hour marathon good for the sport?steve: I think it’s bad for the sport. We’re getting further and further away from what makes sport interesting: competition. Our obsessive drive for faster has hurt track and field as it is. We set ourselves up for failure by hyping up world records and then being disappointed when they do not occur. If we ever want to have this sport gain popularity, we need to take it back to its roots. Draw a line on the street and race to the next light pole. That’s the essence of running. These gimmicky approaches using artificial environments just push us further away from competition. Yeah, it’s great to see where limits lie, but I think this will push us more toward doping and a focus on times.alex: I should start by saying that I recognize many of the concerns that people have. I, too, love good, old-fashioned competition for the sake of head-to-head racing, instead of commercialized mega-events. But even with those caveats, my general sense is that it’s a net positive. I can’t overstate the number of people I’ve heard from whose messages start with some version of “I don’t usually follow running, but I saw your article on the sub-two thing and wanted to ask. …”wouter: Well, I think it’s definitely good for science. Everything we learn from what’s limiting human (sports) performance will have the potential to be used somewhere down the road in making walking easier for specific patient populations, which has many known benefits.alex: Ultimately, the sport is driven by what people want to see. Many people within the sport say “the focus on times is bad.” And many others watch the Olympics (where, e.g., the men’s 1,500 was the slowest time since 1932) and say “the focus on competition rather than time is bad.” To me, those are both interesting aspects of the sport, at opposite poles. I don’t want all one or the other, but neither do I want to get rid of one aspect entirely.christie: Yeah, although I lean toward Steve’s point of view here, the fact that it’s garnering more attention for the sport seems like a good thing.Wouter, you’re running the Boston Marathon on Monday. Do you have a time goal?wouter: I aim for sub-2:40.alex: Good luck, Wouter. Hope you’ve got some cooperative drafting lined up!wouter: Using the downhill and cooperative drafting. Regular shoes, though.christie: Best of luck! Only 40 more minutes to shave off … 😜Thanks for being here, everyone. read more

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Urban Meyers recruiting knows no bounds

For Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, going out of state to recruit the top players in the country isn’t foreign territory. Meyer already has seven out-of-state high school players who have verbally committed to OSU for the 2013 season. Recruits from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Missouri, Florida, Texas and California will represent the Buckeyes in the 2013 football season. Marc Givler, recruiting analyst at BuckeyeGrove.com, said there are several reasons for Meyer’s success when it comes to out-of-state recruiting, including his coaching experiences in different regions of the country. “He’s coached in Ohio so he’s got the Midwest ties, he’s coached in Utah so he has the West Coast ties and he’s coached in Florida so he’s got the Southeast ties,” Givler said. “He’s built all these relationships with high school coaches across the country, so it’s pretty easy for him to get in the door.” Meyer can’t take all the credit for out-of-state recruiting because his assistants within his staff have played a major role in getting these players as well. When Meyer assembled his coaching staff, he did so with recruiting in mind. “This staff was put together with a purpose,” Meyer said on National Signing Day Feb. 1. “And recruiting was without question a purpose in putting together this staff.” Kevin Noon, managing editor for BuckeyeGrove.com, said assembling a national staff of assistant coaches has been pivotal in Meyer’s success. “He’s able to go into Texas because of (offensive coordinator) Tom Herman and he’s able to go into North Carolina because of (co-defensive coordinator) Everett Withers, so he has some reach thanks to the guys working for him,” Noon said. In addition to recruiting players from around the country, Meyer has also maintained OSU’s appeal to in-state athletes. Givler said it is equally important for Meyer to win Ohio and keep in-state high schools happy. “You have to keep healthy relationships with high school coaches and players within Ohio also, because you don’t want to alienate yourself from your own state,” Givler said. “Meyer’s done a good job of keeping the balance.” Meyer’s theory is simple, which is to get the most talented players regardless of what state they are from. Noon said Meyer, along with all coaches, will always go national with recruiting because it’s all about getting the best available talent to help win games. “It all comes down to winning games, competing for the Big Ten and competing for a national championship in a couple of years,” Noon said. “If you can’t find certain talent in your own state, then it’s natural to go looking for it on the national level.” Steve Helwagen, managing editor for Bucknuts.com, said quarterback prospect J.T. Barrett, out of Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, is one of Meyer’s most impressive out-of-state recruits. “The scouts have him listed as the No. 1 run-pass quarterback because he can drop back and throw from the pro style, or he can take off and be effective running the ball,” Helwagen said. Joey Bosa, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Lewis Neal, a 6-foot-1, 232-pound defensive end from Wilson, N.C., are Meyer’s most recent committed recruits. Helwagen said OSU will always be a popular destination for national recruits with Meyer as coach. “He’s won two national championships,” Helwagen said. “He’s produced a bunch of NFL guys, his reputation along with Ohio State’s tradition is what kids want to be a part of.” read more

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Britains most senior Catholic at odds with the Pope over Alfie Evans

Last month Pope Francis said he hoped parents Kate James and Tom Evans’ “desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted”. Via his Twitter account, he also said: “It is my sincere hope that everything necessary may be done in order to continue compassionately accompanying little Alfie Evans, and that the deep suffering of his parents may be heard.”In a joint statement released on April 18, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales praised the “professionalism and care for severely ill children” at the Liverpool hospital, and added: “We know that recently reported public criticism of their work is unfounded as our chaplaincy care for the staff, and indeed offered to the family, has been consistently provided.” Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric is at odds with the Pope over the treatment of terminally ill child Alfie Evans.Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols backed doctors and said palliative care “can be an act of mercy”.The Pope previously expressed support for the parents’ desire to take their child abroad for treatment. The Cardinal said: “Wisdom enables us to make decisions based on full information, and many people have taken a stand on Alfie’s case in recent weeks who didn’t have such information and didn’t serve the good of this child.”He told the Polish church’s Catholic information agency KAI that some groups had also “used the situation for political aims”. “It’s important to remember Alder Hey hospital cared for Alfie not for two weeks or two months, but for 18 months, consulting with the world’s top specialists – so its doctors’ position, that no further medical help could be given, was very important,” he said on Sunday. “The church says very clearly we do not have a moral obligation to continue a severe therapy when it’s having no effect, while the church’s catechism also teaches that palliative care, which isn’t a denial of help, can be an act of mercy. Rational action, spared of emotion, can be an expression of love; and I’m sure Alfie received this kind of care. 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. “It’s very hard to act in a child’s best interest when this isn’t always as the parents would wish – and this is why a court must decide what’s best, not for the parents, but for the child.” read more

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Danish Jack Jones League New defeat for KIF Kolding

With a debutant, Petar Nenadic, Tvis Holstebro surprised KIF Kolding 33:30 (11:12) in last match od Danish “Jack & Jones” League. Obviosly, Kolding has a problem with playing on two fronts (EHF Champions League, where they open competition with two wins). In second match of second Danish CL participant, AaB showed quality performance in victory over Midtjylland 41:32.Team Tvis Holstebro – Kolding IF 33-30 (11-12) Team Tvis Holstebro: Morten Nyberg 7, Heino Holm Knudsen 6, Søren Nørgaard 5, Søren Tau 4, Petar Nenadic 4 (1), Joacim Ernstsson 3 (1), Michael Damgaard 2, Søren Reinholt Hansen 2KIF Kolding: Kasper Søndergaard 6, Simon Edelberg Jensen 6, Lukas Karlsson 5, Bo Spellerberg 4, Boris Schnuchel 4, Lars Christiansen 3 (1), Mads Forslund 1, Lasse Mikkelsen 1 (1)HC Midtjylland – AaB 32-41 (14-21)HC Midtjylland: Kasper Witt 9, Morten Bjerregaard 5, Martin Hansen 3, Asbjørn Madsen 3, Petur Palsson 3, Kasper Kvist 3, Benjamin Dalgaard 2, Michael Nielsen 2, Troels Aagaard 1, Dennis Jeppesen 1AaB: Kristian Kjelling 11 (2), Henrik Møllgaard 8, Rasmus Wremer 4, Mads Christiansen 4, Tobias Torpegaard Møller 4, Jan Lennartsson 2, Mark Nielsen 2, Olof Ask 2, Jonas Larholm 2 (1), Rasmus Carlsen 1, Ingimundur Ingimundarson 1 ← Previous Story EHF CL (Round 3): Secure victory for Zagreb and “Bears” Next Story → EHF CL (Round 3): Kolding and Veszprem beat “big” names read more

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Pick Szeged without Sulc and Blazevic in Poland

Alen BlazevicFrantisek SulcPick SzegedVirag Farkas Vive Targi Kielce was defeated for the first time in this Champions League season by Pick Szeged. But after the 26-25 victory, the Hungarians can’t be so glad, because they lost Alen Blazevic and one of their most important players, Frantisek Sulc against the Polish champion. The Slovak middle back suffered muscle tear after the break and can’t play in Kielce. He will probably return  for the Hungarian Cup’s Final Four in the middle of April.The Croatian Blazevic’s hand was hit at the end of the match. According to the first diagnosis he suffered contusion, but his metacurpus has broken.With just a 1-goal advantage Pick Szeged is not in an easy situation, but without Sulc and Blazevic will be harder to reach the best 8.text: VIRAG FARKAS ← Previous Story Poland: Vive Kielce wins in last match of regular season Next Story → Csurgoi KK going stronger: Wyszomirski prolongs, Pukhouski comes read more

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VIDEO 1000 people eat some of the worlds hottest chillis

first_imgTHIS VIDEO IS weirdly compelling… But also slightly gross.Earlier this month, a Copenhagen-based chilli company brought 1,000 people together so they could take on the bhut jolokia, also known as the ghost chilli.It is one of the world’s hottest chilli peppers. On the Scoville Scale, this particular chilli hits one million heat units. (To offer a comparison, a jalepeño is only about 3,500 to 8,000 of the same units).Here were some of our favourite reactions from the event, organised by Claus Pilgaard, a Danish YouTuber, to promote his new book. The full video is after the images. Here’s the full video. Enjoy. Source: Chili Klaus/YouTubeAt least they gave them milk, right?More: What are ‘spornosexuals’ and why is everyone talking about them?Like: People who say ‘you know’ and ‘like’ are, like, surprisingly thoughtfullast_img read more

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Doctor Who Cast Crew Talk Season 10

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target What scares the Doctor more: being locked in a room with half a dozen Daleks, or with only himself?Himself, duh.“There’s a lot him,” Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi said during a Q&A for Canada’s Space TV channel. “And there’s a lot of him that is dangerous and, not bad, but chaotic and uncontrollable. And so he has to keep a lid on all that.”Capaldi and co-star Pearl Mackie (new companion Bill Potts) quizzed each other in this two-minute clip (below), which answers hard-hitting queries like whether the Doctor has ever lost anyone inside the TARDIS (a resounding “no” from the Time Lord) and where/when Bill would most like to travel.“Maybe, like, 1960s, 1970s New York,” she says, earning the approval of her screen partner.Bill Potts—described by Mackie as “quite chatty, a bit mouthy, sometimes says the wrong thing”—makes her debut this Saturday, in Doctor Who season 10 opener “The Pilot.”“She questions things that haven’t been questions in a really long time, which is fun,” the actor told The Guardian, adding that “This is by far the biggest thing I have ever done, which is amazing. And also a bit mental.”Before landing the coveted role as the Doctor’s companion, Mackie appeared in musical comedy film Svengali (2013) and one episode of Doctors (2014), and spent a year acting in the West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2015-16).Now she’s rocketed to international fame—before even stepping into the TARDIS. (In response to recent rumors that Mackie will leave the series after one season, the BBC simply said viewers will have to “tune in to find out.”)But Bill isn’t the only newbie this year: The lunch lady is joined by alien Nardole (Matt Lucas, reprising his role from the 2015 and 2016 Christmas specials).“They discover the Doctor is a hero and then they discover the Doctor is clinically insane,” showrunner Steven Moffat said at the weekend’s BFI & Radio Times Television Festival.Saturday marks the beginning of the end for Capaldi and Moffat, who are retiring from Doctor Who after December’s holiday special; Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is slated to take over the long-running sci-fi show, starting with season 11.The hand-over, Moffat told The Telegraph, is “surprisingly straightforward,” adding that Chibnall is “actually the most experienced showrunner who’s come on to Doctor Who.”Tune in to BBC America on Saturday at 9 p.m. Eastern to see what’s in store for the Twelfth Doctor’s final run. And check out below what Moffat (who penned episodes one, six, 11, and 12) had to say about the writing team’s season 10 chapters.The first episode of Who‘s Patrick Ness-helmed spin-off Class follows at 10:10 p.m.Episode two: “Smile”By Frank Cottrell-Boyce (“In the Forest of the Night”)“There are some amazing ideas in this show, and some truly horrifying ones.”Episode three: “Thin Ice”By Sarah Dollard (“Face the Raven”)“Regency era, a frozen Thames, possibly an elephant!”Episode four: “Knock Knock”By Mike Bartlett“Mike was talking about the way floorboards creak—because, you see, he’s discovered the terrible truth…”Episode five: “Oxygen”By Jamie Mathieson (“Mummy on the Orient Express,” “Flatline,” “The Girl Who Died”)“One of my favorite episodes ever. I think you’re going to love this one. Clever and creepy, classic and brand new, this one’s got it all though.”Episode seven: “The Pyramid at the End of the World”By Peter Harness (“Kill the Moon,” “The Zygon Invasion”/”The Zygon Inversion”)“Basically, he [Harness] wanted to find quick and efficient ways of wiping out all life on Earth. … The terrors of the modern world are never far away when Peter is in control of the TARDIS.”Episode eight: “The Lie of the Land”By Toby Whithouse (10 DW episodes, including “Before the Flood,” “The Husbands of River Song”)“Hand on my heart, this is his best one.”Episode nine: “Empress of Mars”By Mark Gatiss (nine DW episodes, including “Sleep No More,” “Robot of Sherwood”)The episode features an Ice Warrior hive on Mars with “lots and lots” of Ice Warriors and “some Victorian soldiers.”Episode 10: “The Eaters of Light”By Rona Munro (1989 Doctor Who TV serial Survival)“I was properly surprised when she was happy to come in for a meeting, and I adored the script that came out of it. But I don’t think I really understood how wrong I’d got her, until I saw her wandering around the studio, taking selfies with Daleks, Weeping Angels, and the TARDIS. You see that Rona Munro, of international renown? She’s a Doctor Who fan, she is.”Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.last_img read more

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When It Comes To Endangered Plant Species Botanic Gardens Are The Best

first_imgDid you know there were several varieties of endangered plant species out there? When you hear the term, it’s easy to go straight to animals and think about the species we may never see again, but the truth of the matter is there are several plant species out there that are slowly going extinct as well. The best hope for keeping them around, as you might imagine, maybe keeping them in botanic gardens around the world, according to the BBC.According to a study published in Nature Plants, researchers have estimated with data from the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) that said botanic gardens grow about 105,634 different species of plants. That comes out to about 30% of about 350,699 different kinds of plant species currently in the wild out there and known to scientists. Of that, according to the report, only about 10% of the gardens are comprised of endangered species. It appears that some of the more endangered kinds of plant life aren’t actually very well represented in the botanic gardens either.However, with that said, this data will help diversify and improve the representation of various plant species that aren’t being preserved right now or at the very least not preserved well. Researchers will need to up this number considerably to help keep some of the plant life that appear to be dying out at a more exponential rate.So while botanic gardens may be the best way we can keep these plants in danger of dying out safe, it seems that there’s still a ways to go when it comes to making sure the species in the most trouble are included. Hopefully going forward these gardens can be expanded to include those plants that are in the most danger of being pushed out of existence so we can start to preserve the plant life that’s so near and dear to our hearts, just as much as the animals we strive to protect.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for June 10 Driver Issued Summons Bunny Turtle Issues Homeowner

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, June 10, 2019:A Marion Street caller reported people banging on his door and windows. The caller came out of his house and saw 4-5 parties run off. Police checked area and was unable to locate any individuals. (12:19am)A caller reported a turtle was laying eggs in the dirt right next to the street near the Methodist Church on Church Street. Animal Control Officer responded and checked back during the day. (7:28am)An Andover Street caller requested the Animal Control Officer respond after their cat brought a baby bunny inside the house. Officer could not find the bunny’s nest and made arrangements. (12:33pm)A male party stated he dropped his phone in the water and it accidentally dialed 911. (4:06pm)Michelle Moriarty (56, Tewksbury) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With Revoked Registration and Uninsured Motor Vehicle. Moriarty was pulled over on Main Street. (10:04pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 27: Kids On Train Tracks; Ammunition Turned In; Orphan Bunnies RescuedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 15: Wilmington Man Arrested; Driver Issued Summonses; Teens Bullying At Plaza?In “Police Log”last_img read more

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Tata Sons removes Cyrus Mistry appoints Ratan Tata as interim chief speculations

first_img1/2 In this file photo, the then Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata (R) and Deputy Chairman Cyrus Mistry attend the launch of a new website for tech superstore Croma, managed by Infiniti Retail, a part of the Tata Group, in Mumbai April 23, 2012. On Monday (October 24, 2016), Tata Sons, the holding company of the Group, announced that Cyrus Mistry has been replaced by Ratan Tata as interim chairman of Tata Sons.Reuters fileTata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry poses with Tata’s Nexon concept car during the Indian Auto Expo in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi February 5, 2014Reuters filePreviousNextIn a development that has taken many in India Inc. by surprise, Tata Sons said on Monday that chairman Cyrus Mistry has been replaced by doyen Ratan Tata as the interim head of the holding company. The sudden decision to remove 48-year-old Mistry was attributed to his approach to non-profitable businesses of the Tata Group, which grossed combined revenues of $103.51 billion in 2015-16.Mistry was appointed the chairman of the company in December 2012.The board also constituted a panel of reputed industrialists and professionals to choose a new chairman within four months.”The Committee comprises Ratan N. Tata, Venu Srinivasan, Amit Chandra, Ronen Sen and Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, as per the criteria in the Articles of Association of Tata Sons. The committee has been mandated to complete the selection process in four months,” Tata Sons said in a statement.A PTI report said that Mistry was probably removed as Tata Sons chairman because of his approach to the loss-making entities of the group and focus only on profitable ones.Mistry has about 18.5 percent stake in Tata Sons, making him the single-largest shareholder in the holding company. He is the son of Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry.The Group’s market capitalisation as of October 6, 2016 was $125.4 billion. The Group employs about 6.60 lakh people and operates about 29 listed companies that include Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Tata Chemicals, Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Elxsi, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Coffee, Voltas, Jaguar Land Rover, Indian Hotels (Taj chain of Hotels), Rallis India, Tata Investment Corporation and Tata Power.As expected, many people are tweeting on Cyrus Mistry’s removal from Tata Sons and speculating the reasons therefor:Sources say decision to replace #CyrusMistry was performance based, town hall likely in a few weeks to address group #MistryReplaced pic.twitter.com/wmBJmD6WEV— CNBC-TV18 (@CNBCTV18Live) October 24, 2016 There will be headlines like “Tata to Cyrus” or “Return of the Ratan” / “Ratan Returns” etc. #CyrusMistry @RNTata2000— Dinakaran Rengachary (@dinakaran) October 24, 2016 Cyrus Mistry’s abrupt resignation as chairman of Tatasons suggests Ratan Tata may not be happy with his stewardship of the group.— M K Venu (@mkvenu1) October 24, 2016last_img read more

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Bengaluru gets a new police commissioner Bhaskar Rao takes charge

first_imgBhaskar RaoTwitterIn a major reshuffle in the police department, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa transferred the incumbent Bengaluru City Police Commissioner and Additional Director General of Police Alok Kumar, IPS with immediate effect on Friday. Kumar held the post of the Bengaluru city Commissioner for only 47 days and his tenure was marred with controversies amid a high news drama.Bhaskar Rao, IPS (90) has now been appointed as the ADGP and Commissioner of Bengaluru City Police. Rao, an avid cyclist, and a prolific cop was earlier posted as the ADGP of the KSRP. Rao will be the 35th police commissioner of the Bengaluru city.last_img

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Cam Newton got benched over a tie and Carolina got benched by

first_imgRivera’s decision was the right call….if he was coaching a high school or college team. It doesn’t make a ton of sense when you’re the head coach of a 4-8 NFL team and might be coaching for your job as your season spirals out of control.For “Riverboat Ron”, apparently ties are more important than wins. The football world was left collectively scratching its head last night when Carolina back-up quarterback Derek Anderson took the field for the first drive of their Sunday night game against Seattle.Anderson threw a pick on the first play of the game, which proved to be an omen of where the night was headed for Carolina.rpmsports18: Derek Anderson in over Cam Newton to start the game. What c… NBC Sunday Night … https://t.co/W7ojd3ynmQ pic.twitter.com/H4Jml781hO— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) December 5, 2016 Newton returned after the first series and witnessed the rest of the 40-7 thrashing by the Seahawks, first hand.  The loss dropped last year’s NFC champs to 4-8, in what has been a disastrous encore to their 15-1 regular season from a year ago.Social media was in overdrive throughout the game in an attempt to determine the reason for the micro-benching.Head coach Ron Rivera addressed the elephant in the room in the postgame press conference. He said the always dapper Newton was benched for not wearing a tie to the game. Rivera said he made the call because everyone on the team has to follow the same rules.Ron Rivera, on his decision to bench Cam Newton at the start of the game.[ESPN] #Panthers pic.twitter.com/rupJqRpkAi— Funhouse (@RNs_Funhouse) December 5, 2016center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

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2 injured in crash on R103 just outside Colenso2 injured in crash

first_imgTwo people were injured in a crash on the R103 on Friday (May 4) just outside Colenso.The exact cause of the crash is unknown at this stage, but what is known is that a bakkie and a light motor vehicle were involved in a collision.It is believed that one of the vehicles rear-ended the other.Also read: Breaking News: 9 dead in horror crash between taxi and bakkie outside LadysmithAlso read: Video Included: 7 dead in horror crash on the R74 just outside Bergville Also read: Watch: 7 dead and 4 seriously injured in crash near LadysmithEmergency personnel responded to the scene and treated two people for slight injuries.They were then taken to hospital for further medical attention.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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